Hikvision Tribrid Recorder Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Nov 05, 2014

HD over existing coax, IP and legacy analog cameras, all in a single recorder.

A 16 camera 'tribrid' DVR that does all that for less than $400.

This is what Hikvision is claiming with its 7200 series HDTVI tribrid DVRs.

We bought one of them, the DS-7204HGHI-SH to determine:

  • How well does it handle TVI, analog SD and IP?
  • What limitations existed on the recorders?
  • How well / poorly did the DVR client / software work?

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Market ******

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Physical ********

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Comments (9)

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