Testing Milestone GO VMS (Free 8 Ch)

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Aug 28, 2010

Milestone's aggressive moves targeting the smaller video surveillance systems continue. This month's release of a free 8 channel VMS, called XProtect Go, adds to their June 2010 release that dropped its price by more than a half for their 25 camera version.

It is free but how good is it? And what 'catches' are there?

In this test, we examine Milestone XProtect Go and compare to other entry level / 'budget' VMS.' We analyze how the limitations of Go compare to existing budget entrants and to Milestone's other VMS offerings.

Most importantly, we  recommend readers carefully consider the numerous limitations placed in Go that will adversely impact the usability and value of this offering. We discuss these throughout the test results.

Compare this system to our test results of iCam, a $4.99 VMS system designed for the home/SMB market.

For more on Milestone's overall offering review our tests of Milestone's Smart Client, Enterprise VMS Version, Corporate VMS Version, and Central Alarm Management Add-On plus our extensive analysis with other entry level / 'budget' systems.

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