Top Recommended Home Video Surveillance Systems By Integrators

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Dec 01, 2017

Friends regularly ask security integrators for their recommendations for video surveillance systems, trying to tap into the expertise of their security integrator friend.

But what do integrators actually recommend? Is it:

  • Consumer products like Nest, Ring or Blink
  • Low-cost professional products like Dahua or Hikvision
  • Higher-end professional products like Axis or Avigilon

150+ integrators told IPVM their choice, producing definitive recommendations that might surprise you.

Professional Brands Top Consumer/DIY

Overall, integrators recommended professional brands like Axis, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, etc. over consumer or DIY-oriented products by a margin of nearly 2:1:

******* ********* *** ******** *********** *** ***** *************** *** ***** surveillance *******, ****** ** *** **** *** ********* ** ***** security ********** ******.

*** **** ** *********** ******** *********? ** **:

  • ******** ******** **** ****, **** ** *****
  • ***-**** ************ ******** **** ***** ** *********
  • ******-*** ************ ******** **** **** ** ********

***+ *********** **** **** ***** ******, ********* ********** *************** **** might ******** ***.

Professional ****** *** ********/***

*******, *********** *********** ************ ****** **** ****, *****, ******, *********, etc. **** ******** ** ***-******** ******** ** * ****** ** nearly *:*:

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Hikvision **** ******** ***** ***************

********* *** *** **** ******** ********* ******** *****. ********* ** Dahua, ********* *** ***, **** **** "*****" ******, ******* ******** accounted *** **** **% ** *** ************ ****** ***********, *** made ** ~**% ** *** ******* ***************.

Hikvision / ***** ***************

*********** ********* *** ***** **** **** ******-******* **** ********** ********* and **** **** ** **** **** ***** ************. ***** ******* contributed ** *********** ******* *** ******** *********, *****, *** ***** Chinese ******** *******. ***** ******** ******** **** ***** ******** **** generally *** ***** ** ********** *********.

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

  • "********* ** *** *****, **** ** *******, ***** ***** **** the **** **** *** ***** * ***** *** ***** ******** guy ******** **."
  • "*********. ***** *******, **** *** ** *** ****** *** ***** point."
  • "********* - ** ***** *** ** ** ***** *********."
  • "********* ** ** ** *** *** **** *** **** ***** what ** **** **** **** *** ***** ** *** **** to *** **** *****."
  • "********* **** *****"
  • "*********. ** ** *******, **** **** **** ****/******** *****."
  • "********* ****** ** *******. ***** *** ****** ******* *** ***** requirements."
  • "**** ********* *** ******* ***** ******* ******* ***********. *** *** end ********* **** *** **** ****** *******."
  • "*********. **'* ***** *** *****."
  • "*********; ****** ** *********, **** *******, ****** *** ****** ********* and ** ** *******."
  • "*** ** ********* *** ** *****."
  • "********* *** ********** ******* ** ***** *** **** **** ****** from ******* *** ************ *** ****** *******."

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

  • "********* ******* *** ******* *** ***** ** * ********* *****."
  • "*****, ***** *** **********"
  • "********* *****. **** ***** *** ******* ******* *** ******** ******. Only ** ****'** ** *** ***** ******* ** ** **** behond * ***."
  • "***** ***** ****** **** ********** *******"
  • "*****, *** *********** **** * ****** **** ****** ******** (* years **. * *****). **** ******* **** ***** ***** ****. So *** *** ******* ** ****** ********. *** **** ****, they *** ***** ********* ** ***** *** ***** ***** * chance ** ******** **** ********* ** ***** ******* ***-****** ******."
  • "*****. ******* ** **** ** :-)"
  • "* *** ** **** ********** **** ********* ***** *******"
  • "*****. ***** ****** ** ******** ** ***** *****."

******:

  • "*****/********* ****** *****"
  • "****** ********* ******* ******** **** ( *********, *****). ******* ** is **** **** ********* ******* ** ***** ******."
  • "*** *********** * ******* **** ** ********* ** ***** ******* it’s ***** *** *** *** ** ******. "
  • "********* ** ***** **** **** ******** *********... **** **** *** buck"
  • "***** ** *********. ****** ******** *** *** *** *** ******** needed *** *********** ************."
  • "***** ********* -******"

Axis ***************

**** *** **** ******** ********** **** ******* ******* ** ******* reasons *** ***************, ****** **** *** ****** *******. *****, **** integrators *** **** **** ****' *****-**** ********* ******** **** ******-******** enough *** *********** ************.

  • "***** ***** **** ******* *** **** ****** *********. **** *******, free ********. *** * *****, **** ** *** *** ****** need."
  • "**** **************, ******** *** *******"
  • "**** ********* ** **** *** ** * ******, ***** ** is **** ** *** *** ****** * **** ***** ** camera *******."
  • "****, **** **** ** ******* *** * *** **** **** support ** ******"
  • "****: ***** ****, ********* *** **** ** *****, **** ** connect **** **** ********** *******."
  • "****, ********** ****** ******* ********* ** *********, **** ******** *** free ********* ********."
  • "* **** ********* **** ****** ********* ***** *** **** **** scoff ** *** ***** * **** **** ********* **** ****** something **** *** ******** ******."
  • "****. ***** ***** *********...**** ** *** **** ***."
  • "**** *********. * ***'* ********* ******** * *****'* **** *** the ***** ***** ******* **** **** ** *** ******** ******** we ****."

Hanwha ***************

****** ******** **** *********** *** ***** ***** *****/******* *****, *** also ** *********** *** ********** ***** ******** ****** ****** ** Hikvision *** *****.

  • "******. **** *** ****** *** **** **** ** ****** *** don't **** *** ******* ***** ******** ******."
  • "****** - * **** **** **** * ****** ******* ** a ****** ***** *** *'* *** *** ******* ***** ******** loop-holes."
  • "*******/****** - * ******** ***** *** *** ********** ******* *** feel **** *** ***** *** "****" ******** **** **** **** for *****."
  • "****** - **** ******* *** ******* *** *** ***** - hands ****"
  • "* ********* ******, * *** ***** *** ** ********** ******** to **** **** *** ***** ***** *** *** **** ***** get *** ******* ** * ************ ***** (****** * ****** or **+)"

DIY *******

*** *********** ************ *** ** ********-******** ******, **** ******* ** "just *** ******** **** **** ** ******" *** *** **** common **************. *** ******** ****** ** **** *******, **** *** the **** ******** *********, ******** ** ****, ****, *** ****. Combinations ** *****, *** **** ** ***** *** *** **** common ******* *********** *********** ***** ******* ** *******.

** ** ******:

  • "******* ** *** **** ** *** **** *** ******** *****. Some * **** ** ****** *** * ******** ******, ****** I ********* * ****** **** *** ** *** *********** ***** consultants *** *** * *** * **** ******** ******* **** HIKVision ** ********."
  • "***'* ********* ********. **** **** ** ** ** ******. * do **********."
  • "* **** **** ** ** ** ******. *** **** **** brand **** *****."
  • "****** *****, ** **** ** *********** *************"
  • "* ********* **** **** ** *** **** ******. *** ****** we **** *** ********* *** ********* *** *********** ************."
  • "******. *********** ****** **** **** * ******. *** ***** ** phone *** *****. ****'* *** * ***'* ** ***********"
  • "* ********* *** ******/**** **** ****** ***** **** *** **** enough *** * **** ****** *** **** **** ********* **** professional *******. ****, **** *** **** ****** ** ******* *** set ** **** ************ ******* ***** ******* **** ********** *********"
  • "* **** **** ** ** ** ******, **'* ** **** Buy"
  • "****** ********** ****** ***** **** ***** ******* **** ***, ****** or ******** **** *** **** **********. ***** **** **** ** capture ****** *** ******, *********, ***.*********** ***** *** ******* ******* with ********* *******."
  • "****** *******. ***** *** ** **** ***** *******. "
  • "******. * *** ***** ***** ***** ** ****. ********* ** interested, *** *** **** ** *** ** **** *'* *****. The *** ******* *'** **** **** ****, *'** *** ** a ***** *** ******."
  • "** **** **** ** ** ** **********, ** ** **** or ****** *** *** **** **** ****. ***** ** *** a ********* *** *** ***** ** *****."
  • "* ***** *** **** **** ****** ** **? ** **** want * *** *** *****. * **** ** ** ** Costco *** *** *** *** *** *****. "
  • "** **** **** **** ***** **** *** ******** ****** ** selling."

****:

  • "****, ******* **'* ******. *** **** *******, ***-********* *** **** you ***** *************** *** **** **'* *** ** ** ** DEAD ******. **** **** * **** *** **** ****. ** isn't *********** *** **** ******/********/******** ***, *** *** ***** ****** is ******** ****** ***-***** *** ****-**-***. ** ********* ******** **** means ************ ** "****" (****: ** *** **** ********)."
  • "******* ********* **** ****. **** ***'* **** ** **** **** router *******, ******* ********, ********** ** ****** **** ****. * give **** *** ******* ***** *** ******* *** ***** ** being ******."
  • "**** ** **** - * ***'* *** ******** **** *******...* give **** *** ******** ***** ** **** ** ** ***** own."
  • "******* ** **** ****'** ******* ***. * ****** ****, * usually ********* ****. **** ** ***, ***** *** ****** *** being *** **** ******."
  • "****. ** ******* **** ** *****, ***********."
  • "******** ******** **** ****. **** ******* ***'* *** ******* *** commercial **** ********."
  • "******* ** *** ***** - * ** * ****** - Google ****."
  • "* ********* *** "****" ********. ****** ** *** ***** ***** and **** **** ** **** ****."
  • "****. * ***'* **** ** **** ** **** **** **** it."

**** (****** *** ************ ****** ** **** *********, ** ** safe ** ****** *** **** ********** *** *** ****'* ********-********/***** products, *** ***** ************ *******):

  • "* **** ********* ********* * **** ** ******. *********, *** data ******* ** ****. *** **** ** ******* *** ****** solid *** ****** ***************. *** ******* **** ** ******* *** data ******* ** *** ***** ******."
  • "**** *********, ****. *****, *** **** **** ************."
  • "**** ******* ** *** ***** *** *******. **** ****** **** is **** *** **** ****** *** **** *** *** *** IP ******* *** **** *** *** *****."
  • "****** *** ** **** *** ***** *** *****-******** **** ** it, ** *** ***-*** **** ********, *** ** *** *********** of *********** *** ***** ** ****."
  • "***** ** **** **** **** ********* ***** **** ***** *******"

****:

  • "******* ** **** **** *** ******* *** *** **** ** the **** * **** *****."
  • "**** ******* **** *** *** ****"
  • "**** ** ***** - ** ****** ****** **** *** ** unless *** ******** *** **** **** **** *** ********* *** slow"
  • "****. *'** ********** ********* * *** ** ********** ** ***** brands. *******, ***** ****, *** ***** ** ** **'* **********."

****:

  • "******* **** *** *****, ****"
  • "*** ****, ****. *** ** ******* *** ***** **** ** install * ********* ****** ******* ******* *** ********* *********** *** the ****. **** ** ** *** ** *** *******."
  • "* *** ** **** **** ******* ********* **** ***** ** Arlo."
  • "**** - **'* **** ** ******* *** *******"

Free ********* *** - ********* *******

**** ******* ******* ** ****** ****** ************, ** ******** **** Hikvision, ***** *** ****** ******* **** ***** ******* ********* ** well. *******, * ******* ** *********** ********* *********, ************ ********* ******** *********+ ********** ***** ***** *************** ** *******.

  • "** ***** ** ** ****** **** ******* *** ********* *** If ***** ** * ****** **** ** ******* ********* ******* and ********* *** *** ** ***** ** ********** ********* *** to ***. * *** ** ***** ******* ********* ******* *** the **** ** *** *** * *** ****** *** ******** to *** ******** *** ******* *** * ********* **** ******* there **** *****."
  • "********* - ******* ** ** ******* **** *** * ******* it ***%"
  • "***** + **** ********* *** ** * **. "
  • "********* *** *****, **** ** *******, ******, ****** ******, ** they **** **** * ******* ** ******* ** ** ****. "
  • "********* *** * **** ******* ** *********."
  • "** **** **** ****, * **** **** ** ******* ** they **** * **** ******, * ********* ********* ** **** have * **** ******* *** ****, **** ******** **** ***** they **** *** ****** *** ******* **** **** ***** *** or ******** **** **** *****."
  • "********* ** ***** **** **** ******** *********... **** **** *** buck"

Avoid ***************

********* ****** ********** *************** ** ******* ** ****** *** ******** when **** ****** *** ** ****** ***** **-**** *******. ** suspect **** ** *** **** *********** ***** ** ***** ****** recommendations:

  • "** ** *** **** ** **** ******, ** * ***** making ***************."
  • "* *** *** **."
  • "* ****** ** ********* *** ****** ** ** *******."
  • "*** ** **** *** ** *** ******* *** ****** ********, but **** ** ****** ** ******* ** ******* ***** ** purchase * *** *** **** ** ******* **********."
  • "***'* ********* ********. **** **** ** ** ** ******. * do **********."
  • "* ***'*"

Comments (15)

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***** ***’* ***** ***** *******? *** ***.

****.

****'* *** * ********* **** ******** ********* **** *** ******, cloud-based *** **** ****** ***** *******. **** ***** ***'* **** the ******* ** ************ ******* *** *** ********* *** *** much ****** **********. *****/********?

*** ***** **, *** ***** **** ** *** **** ******* it, *** ****** **.

*** *** ***-***** ******** **********, ****'* * ****** ****** ** North ******* **** ***** ** ******* **** *** ** **** at ********* ** **** ** ********* ********* **** * ********, and *** **, ******** **** ******* ** **** ******** ** system ********** *** *** ********** ******* *********** *** ******.

*** *** ***-***** ******** **********, ****'* * ****** ****** ** North ******* **** ***** ** ******* **** *** ** **** at ********* ** **** ** ********* ********* **** * ********, and *** **, ******** **** ******* ** **** ******** ** system ********** *** *** ********** ******* *********** *** ******.

**** *'* ******** *** *** * *** ***** ** *** same ***, ******* *** ** ** ******* **** **** ** business ****** **** ** ** **** **** *** **** **** on ***** ******, ** *** ********* ** ***** ***. *'* my ****** ******* "**** *****"

*********** *** ****-******* ****. **** *****, ******** ****.

****, *** ***** *** ** **** ** ****** **** **** statement. ** ** * ***** ****** * ** ******** ***** now. *** *** **** ******** ********** ***** ******* *** **** wants ** ** ** **** ********/***** *****. ***** *** *********** requests **** * ****** **** ****** **** ** ***** **. This *** *********** ******* ********** ******* **** ***** ******** *** the **** ***** ** ********** *** ******** *********** *****. ***** Nest ***** *** *** *** *** ****’* **** * ** certain * ***** *** *****.

****, ** ***** * ******* ******* ** ******** ****** ******...**** I ******** ******** ****** ****** ***** **** **** ******* *** life. **** ****** *** **** ******** ****** ******.

* ****** ** **/********* ******* ** **** ****** *** *******...*'* already **** ******* *** **** ** ** ******, ** ****** how **** ***** **'* **** *****. *'** ******* ***** **** mistakes ** ***, **** *'** ***** **** ** *** * heard...."blank" ** ****. * *** ****** ****, * **** ** commercial ****/*** *****, *** ***'* **** ** *** **** * do...etc. ***** ****** * ** ***** ***** **** **** **** Hikvision ******* ** ***** ******.

* ****** *** * *** ** * ****** ***** *** about * ***** ****...**** ******* ** ** **** *** ** since ***** * **** ***** *** *** ************* ****** ** this ****.

******* ***'* *** ******* ******* ***** ** ***.

**** ********* **** ** ** *&* ***** ******* **** ***** $600 ****, ****'** **** ****** *** **** *** *** ** Sams ** ******.

* ********* * ***** ****** *** **** ******* ** ***** pharmacy ***** **** *** ********* ** ** ******. *** * get ***** ***** **** **** ****** ***** ********, **** ** find ******* ** **** **** **** * ******* ********. **** phone **** **** ** *:** ** ** ****** ***** ** I *** ****** ** ******** ** * *****-******** ****** ****. I *** *** ****** ** *** ****'* ******, **** **** started ******* ** ***** ****** ******* - ******* * ****** them **** *** ** ***** *** **** *** ******* * scratch ** ***** ***** **** *** ****** ** ** **** them ** ******* *** ********* ******* ** *** ** ** could **** **** ********...* **** **.

** *****, ****** ******* - * ***'* ** **** *****.

**** ****** ******* ****** **** ***'* **** ********, **** *** damn ******!!!

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

******* *** ***** ****

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**** ******** ****** ** **** ******, ********** ** **, **** somewhere ****, ** ******* ****'* *****

**** *********** ******** ****** , ******* ******

**** ** *** * ******** *** **** ** *** ****

*********** ** *** *** **** *** ***, *** ********** ****** orders

***** ***** ***** *** ******** *********** *** ****** ***** **** installing ** **** ******** ******** ******** **** **** **, *******, etc.

********* *** ** **** ***

*** ** ******* ** *** *** *** ******* ***.

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