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 **** ***** ** Milestone *** *** ******** problems **** ** ******** difficulty ** ******* ***** the *** ** ****** new ******* ** *** NVR, *** *********** ** extra ***** ** ******* of *** ***, **** will ** **********.

**** **** ** **** 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)

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****'* *** * ********** * ************ ******** ******* ** ************** ever ***** ** ***** ** **** **** ***** *** ****.

*'* *** ****** ** *** **** ************* *** ****. *** guys ** * ***** ******* ** *** ******** ******* ****** and ******** *******.

* **** **** * *** ** ********* ********** **** ********* approaches ** **** ***** ***** **** * *** ** ***** many **** *****.

*** ********'* **** ** ***** *** * * ***** ****** to ******* *** ******* ** *** ***** **** ** *** more ******* **** ***** ********* *** ******** ****** *** *****? I *** **** ******** ****** ***** ** *** *** *** the *** ******/** ******* *** *** * *** **** ******* you *** *** * ********* ******* ***** ******* ** *** milestone ******** (********* **** *** ****** **** *******).

***** **** ******** ***** *** **** ** ******* *** *** ($200-$300 ***** ** ******** ******* **** * ******* *** ******). Though * ** ***** **** *** ** *** ********** ****** considering ** *** **** **** ****** ** ***** *** *********. Although ** *** *** * ********* ****** **** * *** ports *** *** **** *** *** *** ****** ** * private *** **** *** ** *******. **** ***** *********** ********* most **** *** *** ***************. *** ******* ** *** **** existing ****** ******* (*****, ****, ******** **** *** ***** ***** on) ******* ***** ***** *** *****- **** ******* ** ********* and *****. **** *** **** ***** *** *** *** *** box ******* ***** ****** *+ *****. ** ***'* **** ***** types ** ******* *** **** ** **** ** **** *** the ***** **** ** *** **** ** *** *****.

** *** ****** *** ** *** **** ******* ** ** installation *** *** *** **** ** **** **** ********* *** NVR, *** ****** ** **** ** **** *** *** ********** camera ******** ****** *** *** ***** ******* ** ******* ***. Still * ****** **** ****.

***** **** ****** ** **** **** ** ***** ***, ***** I ****** **** **** "** ***'* **** *** **** *******". With *** ****** ** ******** **** **** *** **** ************* about *** ***** ************ ***** ** ** ************ ******. **** is *** ** *** ***, ******* ***** *********** ******** ** IP ***** ******* ***.

* ********** ***** **** * ********* ******** ** **** ***** usually ***** ** *** **** ***********.

**** ***** **** * **** *** ********* ** **** ****** just *** *** ****** * **** ** * **** **** functionality...something *'* ***** ****'* ** **** **** ***** ****. ** this ********** ******* ** ***** ****** *** ********, **** * see ** ******** ******** *******, ****** ****** ************* ***'* **** it.

** ** ****** *****'* **** ****** ***** ** ***, **** it'll ** * ***-*****. ***** *** **'** ****** *** ********* responses **** *** *** *** ********** *** ******* -- ******* kicks *** *** *** ********* ****** **** (** **** ** Dahua) **** ***** *** ***********.

** *** ***'* **** '**...**** '**?

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***...

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****, *********** ** ***** ********* ** *******.

** ** ** *** ***** *** ******* ** *** *** or ***? *** *** ***** ***** *** ********* ********* ******?

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*** *** **** *** *** ******* ** ***** ** *** PTZ ****?

**** *** * **** ** **** / ** *******, *** DVRs / ** ******.

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