Cut Milestone Licensing Costs 80% By Using Hikvision and Dahua NVRs (Tested)

By: Sean Patton, Published on Aug 13, 2018

Enterprise VMS licensing can be quite expensive, with $200 or more per channel common, meaning a 100 camera system can cost $20,000 in VMS licensing (plus annual support costs). What if you could cut that down to just $2,000 in VMS licensing by using a few thousand dollars worth of NVRs?

In this test, we evaluate the performance and licensing cost tradeoffs of using Dahua and Hikvision NVRs as encoders connected to Milestone XProtect. 

********** *** ********* *** be ***** *********, **** $200 ** **** *** channel ******, ******* * 100 ****** ****** *** cost $**,*** ** *** licensing (**** ****** ******* costs). **** ** *** could *** **** **** to **** $*,*** ** VMS ********* ** ***** a *** ******** ******* worth ** ****?

** **** ****, ** evaluate *** *********** *** licensing **** ********* ** using ***** *** ********* NVRs ** ******** ********* to ********* ********. 

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Key ********

*** *** ******** ** noted ****** *** ****:

  • ******** *** **** ** connect **, *********, *** record **** ***** *** Hikvision **** *** *** "ONVIF ********** ****** (*-** channel)" ******.
  • ****** **** ** ******** was ************, ** *** to ****** *** ****** ONVIF ****** **/*** ******** times ****** ** ***** add.
  • ** ********** ******* *** introduced ** **** ***** monitoring **** ********** ******* to ******** *** ** NVR.
  • ***: ******* ***** ** an *** ***** *** NVR ** ***** ** XProtect **** ******* ****** to *** ****** ***** on ********, ********** ** whether *** *** ** deleted / ******* *** re-added ** ********.

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*** ***** *** **** to **** ***** ** ********* and *** ******** ******** such ** ******** ********** in ******* ***** *** bug ** ****** *** cameras ** *** ***, and *********** ** ***** point ** ******* ** the ***, **** **** be **********. 

**** **** ** **** your ******* *********** ** NVRs *** ********* ******** before ******* ** ********* this.

Significant ******** ***** *******

*** *** ** **** used ** * ****** between *** ******* *** the ******, ** ** serves ** ***** ********* functions ** *** ********* of *** ******, *** introduces *** *********** ** outlined.

*******, ********** ** *** with ** ******* ** XProtect **** ******** * single ****** ********** ******* and * ***-**** ***, compared ** ** ******** for ** ********** ** cameras, ***** *** **% savings *****. **** ** not **** ****** **** using ***** *** ********* cameras *** ** ****** a *** **** ***** or ********* *** ** an ******** ******, *** can *** *** ***** ONVIF ******* (*******, ****, Hanwha, ***) ******* ********* each ********** ******.

Setup ********

**** ***** ***** *** process *** ****** ********* issue **** ****** ** NVR, *** ******* **** and ******** *****.

 

Adding **** ** ********

**** *********, ******** *** able ** ****** *** configure ***** **** ******* additional ************* ** *** NVR. ***** *** ***** points ** ** ***** of:

  • ******** *** *******:********* "**** *** ********" will ***** ****** ** the ****** ******* ***** driver ***** ********. *******, users ****** ******** *** the *** *** ****** "ONVIF ********** ****** (*-** Channels)" ** *** ******.
  • ******* **** ** ** connected ****** ****** ** Milestone: **** ********** ** add *** *** ******* any ******* *********, ******** found *** **** *** failed ** *** ** to *** ********* ******
  • ****** ****** ********* ****:***** **** ********** ** add * ********* ***, ONVIF ******* *** ** be ******** *** **-******* for ******** ** ************ enroll *** ***. ********* support *** *** **** to ******** **** *** causing **** *****.

Adding ******* ** *** *** *******

**** ** *** ** added ** * ********* Server, *** ********** ******* that *** ***** ** the *** ** *** show ** ** ********. Deleting *** *** *** re-adding ** *** *** enroll *** *** *******. New ******* ***** **** to ** ***** ****** to ********, ** ** additional *** ***** ** added ** ****** ******** new *******.

**** ** * ***** limitation ****** ****** ******* directly ** ******** *** in ******* ***** ***** deployments (***** ****** *****, gas ********, ***** ****** buildings, ***) **** ***** be **** ** ** issue. *** ***** **** are ******** ** ****** or ****** ***** *********** could **** **** ************.

Limited / ** **** ********* *******

**** ********* ** ********* not ********* ******* ***** on ***** ****, *******,*********'* ********* ****** ***** state** ** ** **** Hikvision ****. ******* *** specified *******, ** **** not ********** ** ******* it ** **** ****** testing.

Latency ******

***** *** ** *********** latency ***** **** ********** a ****** ****** ** XProtect ****** ******* ** NVR. ** **** *****, the ********* **** ***** through *** *** *** displaying ** ****** ***** to *** ******** ********* camera ******. **** ** a ********** ** ****** time **-****** ******* ** the **** ******:

Firmware/Software ********

***** *** *** *** firmware ******** **** ** this ****:

  • ***** ***-*******-***-**** *.***.****.*
  • ********* **-******-**: *.*.** ***** 171204

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

  • ******** ********* **** ** (12.2a, ****** **** *.**)

Comments (35)

** **** ********* ********* is **** ****?  ***** a ****** *** ** be ********* ** ******* about *** ** *** around ********* *****.

** ***** ** ********* about *** ******, *** they *** ********** **** with **. **** ***** that **** ******* ** is * **** ***** percentage ** ***** ******* deployed ** **** ******, and **** ****** **** small **********, ******* **** license *****, **** ***** have ****** ** ** presence ** *** ******* where ** ** ****.

*'* ***** **** ** they ***** ****** * large ********** ** ***** sales ***** ** **** then ****'** ***** *** price. 

**** ** *** ** added ** * ********* Server, *** ********** ******* that *** ***** ** the *** ** *** show ** ** ********. Deleting *** *** *** re-adding ** *** *** enroll *** *** *******. 

* ***** ***** **** Milestone ** ******* * reference ** *** ****** by *** ******* ** a ********. ** *** could ****** ** **** the ******** (* **** never ***** ** **** around ** *********'* *********) you ***** ** **** to ***** **-****** **.

******* ********, ***** *** cheap ***** ***'* *** would ** ** **** swap ** *** **** a *** *** ******** you ****** ** *** more *******. ** ***** keep * ****** ** spare ******* **** *** enroll ** *** *** when *** *** ** up ** **** *** channels *** ****, **** take *** ***** ******* down ***** **** **** as *** ******** ***** to ****** ***** ******, then *** *** * new ****** ** *** NVR.

** ***** ** **** whole ***** ******** ****** Milestone ********* * *****-****** device ** ****** **** a ***** ****** ** stream *** **** *** offer * ********* ** change *** ****** ** available *******/******** ***** ******* discovery.

** ******* *** ** Milestone ******* *** ** answer ** *** **** is *********, *** **** update *** ****** **** we *** * ********.

* ***** **** **** wager ***** *** ********* by *** ** *** database ** ***** * likely ****** ** *** limitation, *** * *** not **** ** ****** that.

**** ****, ****!

*’** ********* **** *** the **** **************.

 

 

*********** *********** *** **** is * ******** * real ********** ***** ***** allow ** ** *** of ***** ********. **** has ***** **** **** and ****-**** ********* ******* all **** **. *******, there *** ** * few (**** ***) ************ where ** ***** ** beneficial ** *** *** user ** *** ***** term. ** *** **** term ******** **** **** because ** **** ***** and *** ********** **** be ** *** **** to **** ** **** again. 

*** ***** *** *** user **** ***+/- ******* that ***** * ****** software ******** **** ********* risk * ******** **** is ********** ** ** insecure, ********, ********** *** unmanageable?

**** ** *** **** of *****, "**** ***** matters" ****** ** **** give *** ******** * bad ****. 

* ********, ****** ** need ** ******** **** comment. * ***** **** approach ** ***** ** the "**** ***** *******" market *******, *** ***** higher-level *********** * **** at ********* **** ***** highly ***** ********* *********.

*** **** ****** ***** not ** **** *** a ***+ ** **** 50+ ****** ******. **'* for * *-** ****** system ***** *** **** would **** ********** **** "stuck" **** *** ********** crappy ****** *** *********. Instead, *** *** ***** of * ********* ** and * ******* **** can *** *** ******* of * **** ****** overall ********* *** ************ by ***** ********* ** the ******** *** **/**.

********** ******** **** ***** make * "**** **********" competitive ** ***** **** (if **** **** ****), as *** *****-*** *** may *** **** ** aware ** *********, ** be *********** ******* *** supporting **. * ***** think **** ** *** let *** ******** *** the *** ********* *** then *** *** ********* interface (******** **** * little ******** ** *****) they ***** *** *** much ****** *** ****** approach ***** **, *** a ********** ****** ***** increase.

* ***** **** ***. One ** *** ******* for ** ******* *** that *** ** *** premises ** *** ******* in *** ***** ****** sentences *** *** ******* savings ** * *** camera ******. 

** *** ***** ** sell, *******, **********, *******, warranty *** ******* **** level ** ********* ********* plan **** ******** ************ for * *** +/- camera ******, **** ** not *** *** ** it.

***** * ***** **** a ******* ****** ** their *** ********** ****** selling * ******** **** this, *** ******* ** massive ******* ** ********* licensing. ***** *** *********** with *********/************* **** **** could **** **** ***.

*** ***** *** *** user **** ***+/- ******* that ***** * ****** software ******** **** ********* risk * ******** **** is ********** ** ** insecure, ********, ********** *** unmanageable

*** *** *** ********* this? ***** **** *** small ****** **** **** Patton ******* *** ** the *******, **** **** are *** ********* **? I *** **** ***** that *** "****** ****** to ********* ******** ***** be ******" *** ** this **** *** ***** have * **** **** arguing ******* *** "**** price *******" ****** ******* we *** ******* ***** an $***** ***** ******. Is ** $***** ******.

**, ********* *** ** too ****** * **** for *** ********. *** about, "****** ********?"

* ***'* **** *** how **** ***** ** 30 ***** *'** *****, "we *** ***** ***** to *** ******* ** this ******. **** ** all **'** **** ****."

* ****** *****, "**** is ******* ****** ****. We ******* ******, ** reduced ****** **** ******, verified *** ***** ****** into *** ****, ***. Can *** *** * couple **** *******?"

****, ***** ***, ** more ******* *** ** added ******* ******* ***. But *** **** *** cheap. 

****'* *** * ********** a ************ ******** ******* or ************** **** ***** or ***** ** **** with ***** *** ****. 

*'* *** ****** ** dog **** ************* *** work. *** **** ** a ***** ******* ** the ******** ******* ****** and ******** *******. 

* **** **** * lot ** ********* ********** that ********* ********** ** save ***** ***** **** a *** ** ***** many **** *****.

*** ********'* **** ** there *** * * click ****** ** ******* the ******* ** *** being **** ** *** more ******* **** ***** realistic *** ******** ****** can *****? * *** this ******** ****** ***** as *** *** *** the *** ******/** ******* and *** * *** more ******* *** *** get * ********* ******* point ******* ** *** milestone ******** (********* **** add ****** **** *******).

***** **** ******** ***** you **** ** ******* the *** ($***-$*** ***** is ******** ******* **** a ******* *** ******). Though * ** ***** with *** ** *** insecurity ****** *********** ** has **** **** ****** on ***** *** *********. Although ** *** *** a ********* ****** **** 2 *** ***** *** can **** *** *** and ****** ** * private *** **** *** no *******. **** ***** effectively ********* **** **** the *** ***************. *** clients ** *** **** existing ****** ******* (*****, flir, ******** **** *** their ***** **) ******* lasts ***** *** *****- same ******* ** ********* and *****. **** *** hard ***** *** *** but *** *** ******* lives ****** *+ *****. We ***'* **** ***** types ** ******* *** they ** **** ** last *** *** ***** when ** *** **** in *** *****.

** *** ****** *** to *** **** ******* to ** ************ *** did *** **** ** mess **** ********* *** NVR, *** ****** ** able ** **** *** the ********** ****** ******** needed *** *** ***** cameras ** ******* ***. Still * ****** **** deal. 

***** **** ****** ** hear **** ** ***** ago, ***** * ****** ever **** "** ***'* need *** **** *******".   With *** ****** ** interact **** **** *** more ************* ***** *** being ************ ***** ** to ************ ******.  **** is *** ** *** big, ******* ***** *********** benefits ** ** ***** systems ***.

* ********** ***** **** a ********* ******** ** save ***** ******* ***** to *** **** ***********.   

**** ***** **** * step *** ********* ** move ****** **** *** and ****** * **** to * **** **** functionality...something *'* ***** ****'* be **** **** ***** with.  ** **** ********** expands ** ***** ****** and ********, **** * see ** ******** ******** popular, ****** ****** ************* won't **** **.

** ** ****** *****'* move ****** ***** ** Hik, **** **'** ** a ***-*****.  ***** *** we're ****** *** ********* responses **** *** *** top ********** *** ******* -- ******* ***** *** out *** ********* ****** them (** **** ** Dahua) **** ***** *** environment.

** *** ***'* **** 'em...join '**?

**** ***’* ** * PSIM ********, ** *****’* cost ******. 

***...

 

**** **** ***** ** at ***** *** ****** encoder - ***** ***-****

*** *** *** **** for $*** ** ******** 1080p ** ** ****/*. They **** **** ***** in * *** ***. Not *** *** * 16 ****** ********* *****.

***** **** ** ****, the ***-**** ** ** HD ****** *** ***** Milestone **** ****** ** a ***** *******, *** does *** ******* ** camera ***********.

** **** **** ***** this *** ***** (** a ****** ******* *** because ** ****** **)  and ***** ********* ******* it... *** ******* ********** of *** ********* ****** is **** *** *** will *** **** *********, more ******* *** *** see **** ******** **** with ****** ******. 

** ***** *** *** really *** ** **** as **** ****** ***** out. *** ** ***** money *** *** **** probably **** **** ***** in ********** ******* ****, extra ************* **** *** its * ****** ***** of *******. ** ****** much ****** ** ** it *** ** ** think ** ***** ** more ** *** ****-*** than ** ***** **-*****. 

*** ********** ** ***** retrieval ** ********** ** using ********* *** *******?

****, *********** ** ***** Milestone ** *******.

** ** ** *** using *** ******* ** the *** ** ***? You *** ***** ***** the ********* ********* ******?

**** *** ***** ************ setup *** ***** ******* will ** ***** ** Milestone ** **** ** the *** ***** ********. You **** **** * primary ******* ******** ** the ********* ****** *** a ********* ******* ******** on *** *** ** the ***** *** ******** reason *** *** *********** from ********* *** ***** have *** ********** ** the ***.

**** ******* ** *** do **** ** ******* to *** ****** *** need ** *** ******* NVR **** *** **** to *** * ******:


**** * ** ******* NVR, ******** *** ** IP ********* ** ** with ********* *** *********. But **** ****** *** IP ******* ** *** network ***. *** *** will ***** ** *** IP ******* ***** ** it, *** **** **** just *** *******. 

**** *** *** *** to *********.

**** **** **** *** add ** ******* ** the *** **** *** same *********** ** *********, Usernames *** *********.

***** **** ***** ****??

* **** ***** **** this *** ** **** with * ****** **** plays **** *** ********* DB. **********, **** ***** can ** ******** ** my *******.

**'* ***** *** *** do **** *** **** just **** ** *** overall ***** ** **** industry. **** ****** **** selling *** ******** **** they *** **** *** convincing ********* **** ** in ***** **** ********. I *** *** **** that * ******** *** not **** * **** end ******** **** * nice ***** **** *** do *** ******* **** a ***** ******* ** is ********* ** **** plain *****. **** ** will *** **** ***** but *** ****** **** with *** *** ***** vehicles ** *** ********. No ********* **** ********. I **** ***** ****** doing **** **** ** a *****. *** * could **** $* ** I *** **** ******* of **** * **** works *********. *** ** licensing ** ******** ** get *** ** ******* on **** ******* *** this ***** ** ** sure **** *** ** not **** * ******** in *** *** ** you **** ** ***** a *** ** **** making ** ****.

*** *** **** *** the ******* ** ***** or *** *** ****?

**** *** * **** of **** / ** cameras, *** **** / HD ******.

*** ** ******** ******** :-)

**** ***** ** *** through *** ***?

********* *** ******** ** NOT **** *******

********* *** ******** ** NOT **** *******

** **** ******* ********* doesn’t **** **** ** the *** ******* ****?

***************** *** ******** ** an ****** *******, ****** that’s *** ******* *** same...

** ** *********, ** tested **** * *** different ****. ******* ******* *** incosistent **** ****** *** cameras ****. *** ****** recall **** ******. ********* did *** ****** **** the ******* **** **** automatically, ** **** ****** to ** ******** ******* in ********* ********** ******.

*****, ** ******** ****** testing *** ******** *** model **** * ******** NVR *** *********.

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