Hikvision DS 2nd Gen Intercom Tested

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Dec 12, 2019

With its newest IP intercom, Hikvision proclaims users can 'get full control over an entrance' regardless of where it is installed, home or office alike. Can the company's modular intercom deliver?

We purchased and tested a DS system, based on Hikvision's recommendations, to see how it compares to the competition.

In this report, we evaluate and test the following:

  • Hikvision intercom strengths & weaknesses
  • The required Indoor Master station
  • Video quality performance
  • Surprising access control features
  • No SIP compatibility
  • Tested remote Hik-Connect app performance
  • The two mounting types and four subassembly modules detailed
  • Device pricing compared to competitors
  • How door strike integration works

This test expands IPVM's intercom test series including Aiphone IX Series 2, Avigilon H4 Intercom, Commend ID5 Intercom, Axis access door station, and 2N Verso. Look for an upcoming shootout.

Key ********

** *** *****, **** Hikvision ******* ******** ****** several ****:

  • **** ****** ******* ********:****** **** ***** *********, Hikvision ******** **** ****** control ********* **** ********** management, ****** ******, *** lock ********.
  • **** ****** ***: ** ****** ***-******* app *********** ** **** than ** *****, *** the **** ****** ****** reliably *** ******* *******.
  • ******** ********* *********:****** ***** ******** *******, receiving ***** ******** ******* a **** ****** **-******, with ******* ** *** a ****** *******, **, or *****. **** ********* a **** **** ** onscreen ****** ****** **** a ******* **** ** dial ****.
  • ****, **-******* *************:******* ** * *** intercom ****** ** * simple *** ** ********** license ******* ***** **** iVMS-4200 ******** ** *** indoor ****** ******* ** just * *****.

*******, *** *** *** some ******* ********** **** undermine *** ********* ***:

  • ********* ******** ****:*** **** ***** *** product ** ******* ** being ********** **** **** Hikvision ******** *** *** not **** **** *** party *******.
  • ***** ****** ******:**** ********* ***** ***** the ******** ******, ***** feeds ***** **** ******* seconds ** *******, ******* users **** * ***** screen ** *****.
  • ** *** ************** *******:******* ******** *** *******, Hikvision ******* ********* *** feature ** ******** *** not ******, ******* ******** potential *** *** ********** clients.
  • *********** ****** *******: ***** *** ****** type *** **** ******* MIFARE ***** *** ****, reader ******* ** *** output ******* ** **** and ****** ** **** by ***** ****** ******* systems.
  • ** ******** *********: ** ***** **** the ****** ******** ** 'secured' ** *** * mm *** ******, *** little ****** *** ** special ***** *** ******** to ******/***** *** ******.

Good: ********** ****** *******

*** ** *** **** useful *** ******** ******** of *********'* **** ** that **** ****** ******* management ** ******** *** free **** *** ********.

** ******** ** *** typical ****** ******** ** lock ******* ********* ******* ****** *** Schedules** *** ********* ********** PIN ******* ** ****** card *******:

*** ****** ****** ****** does *** ******* *** kHz ** *** ****** formats, *** **** **** with ***** ******, *** not ******* *******.

***** ********* **** ******* from ********* *** *** uncommon, *** ********* ******** unit ******** *** **** aspects ** * ****-******* access ******:

  • **********/******* **********
  • ***** *** *********** **********
  • **** **** *** ****** Status (*** ****** **** Station ** ********* ***)
  • ********* *** ****** ***** Logging

***** **** ******* *** the **** ********* ** detail ** ************ ****** ******* **********.

*******, ** ******** ** many *********, *** ******** access ******** ** *** integrate ********* ****** ******* ********** *** ******* ** (only) ***** ********* ****** management. *** *******, *** unit's ****** *** ****** subassemblies ** *** **** Wiegand *** **** ****** options ** *** ***** controllers.

*** ******** **** *** same **** ********** *** credential ********** ******* ** other ********* ****** ********:

** ********, *** ******** unit ** ***** ** openings ** *** **** manner ** ***** ********* access ***********:

Bad: ******** ***** ********** ****** ** ****** ******

** ***** ** ******** performance, ** ***** ****** of ~* - ** seconds ****** ********** ***** to *** ****** ****** was *******. ******* ****** did *** ***** **** calls **** ** *** Hikvision ****-**** ****** ***** video ********* ******* *****.

****** ***** ******, ***** could ** ***** ** soon ** * **** was ****, *** *** video ******* ** *** call ***** **** **** time, ** ****** ** the .*** *****:

** ***** ** *** test *******, *** **** devices ********* ** *** environment **** *** **** station, ******, *** **** iVMS-4200 ******.

Surveillance ****** ***********

** *******, *********'* ***** image ******* *** ********* useful *** ****** ***** making ***** ****** ***** range ** *** ******, ~3' - *' ****.

*** **** ***** ***** measured ~*** *** ** a ****** ******** ********, and **** ******* *** clothing ******** **** ********* detailed ****** *** ****** for **************:

IR/Night *****

*******, *** **** *** two ** **** *** low ***** *** ********* use, *** *** ******** calls ****** ********* ******.

*** ******* **** *********, ~3' - *' ****, the **** ************ *** the **** ** ******* like ***** *** ********* on ******** *** ** seen:

*******, ************ ******** ******* dramatically, *** **** ~**' - **' **** **** subjects *** ** *** dark *** ****** ** be ******.

***** ** *** **** results, ******* ***** ** the ******'* *** **** be ****** ** ***** for *** *** ***** video ** ** ********* useful *** ************.

******** ******* ** **** off, ** ********** **** on * ******** ** not *********, * ****** we ********* **** *********.

Locked ***** ********* ** ********* ****

* ******* ********** *** the ** * ****** is **** ***** *** video *** **** ** streamed ** ** ****** master ** ********* ****, and *** ****** ******* adding ***** *** ***** or ******* ** *** party ***.

*** *******, ***** ***** detects *** ********, ** cannot ** ***** ** the ********. *****-**** ******* ** ******* ********* to *******.

********* ******* ********* **** to **, ******* *** system '***********'. ** **** tested ******* '****** ****' Hikvision ********, ****************-***** ********** ***** *****.

Video ****** ******* ********

*** ~$*****-******-****** ** ** *****, PoE ******* '***********' ****** Station ******** ** ******* and **** *****:

******* ****** *********** ** the ******* *** ********, although ***** *** ***** delayed **** ********** *****. (See *** *******: '******** Video ********** ****** ** Indoor ******' ***** *** more.)

*** ********** *** *** lock ** ** ***** or ******* ****** ** executing ********. *** *******, the ***** '******' ******* worked ~** ****** ******* error.

*** ***** ***** ***** the ****** ****** **** Station:

Emergency *****

** ******** ******* ****** is *** **** ******** and ****** ******* ** ring ********* ********** ********.

** ******** *** '*******' button ** *** ****** master, ***** *** ******** call ********** ****/******* ** any ********* ********* *** stations.

** **** *** *****-**** feature **** *** ****** station *****:

Hik-Connect ***

** ******** *** ****** feature ** ****** ******** calling ** ********* *** a ********* ***-******* ****** app.

****** *** ******** ** the *** ** ******* of ***** ********* ******** via ******** * ****** QR **** ** *** indoor ****** **** *******.

*** *** ****** ************* of ******** ******** *****, but ** ***** ** actually **** *** **** the ****, *** ***-******* app *** ** ** opened.

******* *** *** *** to ** ******* ** receive *****, *********** *** generally **** ********** **** the '**** ******' ****** used ** *** **** Companion *** *** ***** intercoms. *******, *********** *** good **** ** ****** notifications ** ******* ********.

*******, *** ******* ******** of ***** ***-*******, **** less *** ********* *******,***** ** ****** *** sanctioned, *** *** *** be ******* *** ***.

iVMS-4200 ******* ******

** *** ****, ** found ********* *** **** routing ******* *** ****** with ***** *********, ********** among ***** **** **** require ** ****** ****** station.

** ***** ** **** destinations, ********* ***** (********* free ****-****) ******* ** option ** ****** **** station ***** ** ****** the ****** ****** (** default) ** ****** ** a ** '**** ******' running *** ******** *******:

*** **** ***** ******* using * ********* *** as ***** **** ********** software, **** *** ***** to **** ********* **** operator ******** ********.

Bad: ** *** *******

******* ***************** *** *************, *** **** *** unsuccessful ** *********** *** intercom ********** *** **************************** **** ** ********-***** SIP.

** ***** *** ****** addresses *** ******, *** the '***' ****** ** the ****** *** *** accept ****:

** ********* *** **** of *** ************* **** Hikvision **** *******, *** clarified *** *** ****** is ****** *** *** currently **** **** * proprietary ******.

**** *** ** * potential ******* *** ********* integrating **** *** **** existing **** ***** *******, with **** ******* ******* of *** ******** ***** available. ** *******, **** of *** ****** ********* are ******* ** *** smaller, ***-****** ***** *** SIP **********.

*******

****** ****** *** *** door ******* ** ****** with * ******* ***** ~$700, *** *** ******** indoor ****** ***** ~$***. Intercom **** ******* ******* ranges **** ~$*** ** $1,800+ ********* ** *** number *** **** ** subassemblies ********.

**** **** ********* ** 2nd ********** ******* **** the **** ** ******* ** ***** ****** at ~$*,***, *** ******** **** than ************ ******* ** ~$****** ******* *****-* *** ~$***.******* *** ********* *** is ************* ***** **** the ********* ************ *****-** ** ~$*,***.

Physical ********

*** ***** ***** ***** the ******** ** ***** between ***** ** ******* door ********, **** *** Hikvision *** ******* **** others, ********** ** ****** with *** *** ******** just **** * ***** versus ******* *****-**** **** * ******:

*** **** ** *** (two *******) *******, ********* ~8.5 ****** * *.** inches * *.* ****** thick, ******* ** ******* than ******* ******* ******** from ** *** ********* smaller **** **** ***** surface ***** *****.

** *** ***** *****, we ******* *** ********* DS2 ** ***** ***** intercoms:

Compared ** ** *****

** *** ***** *****, the *********** ******* *** Hikvision *** *** ** Verso ** ***** ********.

**** *** ******* *********, which ******** *** **** similarities, ******** *** ******** of *** **** **** button, *** ****** ****, and *** ******* ********* submodules ** ****** *** same:

*** ********* ******** ** generally ****** ************** **** submodules **** *** ****** within *** ********, ***** 2N ******* *** ***** exposed ******* ******.

*******, *** ** ***** offers ************* **** ********** to ****** ****, **** more **** ** ***** in * ******* ** call ******, ******, ******, fingerprint, *** *** ****** options.

** ********, ********* ****** four ***** ******* ** call *******, **** ******, keypad, ** ********* ******.

*** ********* **** **** requires * ********* ****** master **** ******* *** remote ******, ** ********** ~$300 ****** *** ****** by **.

*******, ***** ***** ***** ****** $1,000, ***** * ********* outfitted ********* *** **** station ***** ~$***.

Surface ***** ***/***** **** *******

** ****** *** **** station *** ****** ****** station ***** ***.*** *** and *********** ** ************ in **** **** ** calls.

*** ******* ****** ******** to ***** **********, ******** the ****** ****** ******** 1024 * *** *****. For **** **********, ******* through ** ****-**** ** is ******.

*** *** ******* ** available ** ******* ***** or ******** ********.

******* ****** ** ****** rated, *** ** ** rated ******* ***** *** dust *******. **** ******* outdoors, *** **** ****** be ******* ** * semi-protected ********:

****** *** '****** *****' (bare ******** *** ** the ***** *******) ****** normally ** ******* ** depress *** ******** ****** switch. ** **** ** instead ** ******* *** network ****** *** ****** wire ******* *** *** submodules (******* ******* *** crimping), *** ** *** frequent ******* *** ******** of ******* ****** *** test.

** ****** *** * module ******* ******* ****, although ******* *** ***, two, ** ***** ********** are ********* *** **** surface *** ******** ******. The ******** *** ******* mounts **** *** **** price.

Modular *********** *******

*** *** ******** **** station,*** **-**** ***** **** is ********, *** ** ** eight ************* *** ** connected ** ***** *** the '*******' ******.

*********** ******* *******:

******* *** *** ************* range **** ~$** - $150 *** *** ************ to *** ** *** frame/mount ******* ** *** DS2 ******* ******.

Video **** *** *** */* *****

*** ********'* ********** *** located ** *** **-**** video ****. * *** of *** ******* ********* blocks *** ******** ** the ****'* **** **** and ****** ****** *********.

********** */* ********** ** this **** *** **** installs ********* ** ******** the ******** ** *** back *** *** ****** separation *** ******* ******* with ** **** ******.

***'* ******** *** ** to * ****** *** 2 ***** ******* ***** for ** ** ***** and * *** ****:

** ****** *** ***** by ********** ****** **** **** ********* Motion ******** ******** *** **** ***** ********** ** ** ******. Those *********** **** ******** and ****** ******* ***** in ~** ******. ** used **** ****** ***** ********* **** *** ******.

Bad: ** ****** ******

***** ******** ******** ******** intercom ***** ** ****** is ********* *** * strong ***** ** *** model (*** ********* ************* ** ********), *** ********* *** no ******-***** ******** ** all.

****** *** **** **** two ******** *** *** cap ****** ** ****** the ***** ***** ** place, *** ******** **** gives **** ****** ** unplug ** *** *** control *****:

***** ******** ********* **** not ******** ****** **** entirely, ****** ** ******** type ***** **** ******** to ****** **** ** requiring ******** ****** ****.

*** ********* **** **** require ******* **** **** a ****** *** *** driver ** *********** *******.

Upcoming ******** ********

**** *** ********* ******* individual ***** *** **** compare/shoot **** *** ******* each ***** ** *** coming *****. **-***** *********** of ***** *******, ***-***** performance, *** ***** ******* will ** * *****.

***** *** *** ********** test *******:

Firmware/Software ******** ******

  • ********* ******** **** *******:******** ******* ***, ******** v2.0.0 ***** ******
  • ********* ****-****:**.*.*.** ***** ********
  • ***-*******:**.**.*.****** (*** ***)
  • ***********: ****** ***.**.*.*, ****** V19.09.8.0 (***)
  • ****** * ****:******* *** **.*.*

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