Netgear Surveillance Reviewed

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on May 17, 2012

Netgear is one of the biggest IT brands in the world, with over a billion in annual revenue. Now, they are finally moving into the surveillance industry, with the ReadyNAS Surveillance Suite, what they call "The Industry's First Small Business Video Surveillance Suite." Can Netgear truly distrupt the surveillance industry? In this note, we investigate this release, what it consists of, and how it compares to current surveillance offerings from NUUO and Synology.

Overview

The ReadyNAS Surveillance Suite has the following key features:

  • Re-branded and 'enhanced' NUUO NVRMini2 software pre-loaded on the ReadyNAS line, Ultra models and up (business models, not consumer). Interested readers may see our coverage of NUUO's VMS for more information.
  • Minimum expected throughput handling is 80 Mbps on the low-end Ultra 2, scaling up on larger models. No restrictions on framerate or resolution are in place.
  • Licenses sold in increments of 1, 2, and 4, up to a maximum of 16 cameras per NAS.
  • Android and iOS apps available for remote viewing, though manual port forwarding setup is required.

A variety of models are available in the ReadyNAS line, from the 2-bay Ultra (about $350 USD) to the 2U rack-mount, 24-bay 4200 ($7,000+, depending on capacity), with capacities from 1-24TB. RAID is available on all models, with the lower end support levels 0 and 1, and upper tiers supporting RAID 5 and 6.

ReadyNAS Surveillance is available now. Online pricing ranges from about $70 USD for a single license, to approximately $200 for a four-pack.

Below is Netgear's marketing video which is a generic overview of their surveillance positioning:

Comparison to NUUO

Netgear's ReadyNAS most closely compares to the NUUO NVRmini 2, NUUO's NAS-based entry level NVR. Both support up to 16 cameras, with no framerate or resolution restrictions. Pricing for the two compares as follows:

  • ReadyNAS Ultra 2 2TB: ~$350 USD (Pricing from Amazon/Newegg, note that most online sources are more expensive)
  • ReadyNAS Surveillance 4-Channel License: ~$200
  • Total Netgear: $550 vs. NUUO NVRmini 2TB, 4-Channel: ~$1,100

Based on these prices, Netgear is about 50% less expensive than a comparable NUUO configuration.

Looking at a 16-channel system, prices compare as follows:

Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox
Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox

  • ReadyNAS Ultra 2 2TB: ~$350 USD
  • 4 x ReadyNAS Surveillance 4-Channel License: ~$800
  • Total: Netgear 16 channels $1,150 vs. NUUO NVRmini 2, 16-Channel: ~$1,700

This results in about a ~$500 advantage for Netgear, a substantial difference.

Comparison to Synology

Netgear also compares closely to Synology, a commonly choosen NAS surveillance offering, as both have a wide variety of NAS models available. However, Synology's compact NAS models are moderately more expensive than Netgear, with a DS712+ selling for about $490 USD online, which includes one camera licenses. Additional camera licenses are similarly priced, however, around $60 for a single license. Taking all the above into account, we expect that preference in platform will weight more heavily than price in deciding between the two.

Market Impact

For those who prefer either Netgear hardware or NUUO's VMS, the ReadyNAS Surveillance line will be attractive, especially considering the drastic reduction in pricing. Those seeking a NAS-based solution for home or small office use may also find it of interest, as it is similar in pricing and feature set to competitors, such as Iomega and Synology. 

The biggest impact of the new Netgear surveillance offering is that it adds a low cost offering to a market segment (NVRs) that lack many options. However, it does not add new or superior technology.

Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports on Storage

IACP 2018 Police Show Final Report on Oct 08, 2018
IPVM went to Orlando to cover the 2018 IACP conference, the country's largest police show (about as big as ASIS), examining the 700+...
Dell Launches IoT for Surveillance on Sep 05, 2018
Historically, Dell has been a PC and server provider (e.g., "Dude, you're getting a Dell") and widely used for surveillance storage. However, in...
Synology Surveillance Station VMS Tested on Aug 22, 2018
With so many low-cost NVRs and enterprise VMSes, is there any place in the market for NAS-based VMSes? Recently, IPVM bought a Synology NAS for...
2Gig Gun Lock / Motion Detector Tested on Aug 17, 2018
Safer guns for families and an opportunity for security dealers to sell more services? That is the aim of Nortek's 2GIG 'Gun Motion Detector'...
Cut Milestone Licensing Costs 80% By Using Hikvision and Dahua NVRs (Tested) 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...
Milestone / Canon Spinout Arcules Cloud Launch on Jul 30, 2018
Canon and Milestone's VSaaS Startup spinoff Arcules launched their platform at Google Cloud Next. IPVM spoke with CEO Andreas Pettersson about the...
Eagle Eye Networks Cloud VMS Tested on Jul 26, 2018
Eagle Eye has become one of the most significant players in the industry in the past few years: Eagle Eye's Owner Acquired Brivo Eagle Eye...
Directory of Video Surveillance Startups on Jul 18, 2018
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known entity...
Axis ~$100 Camera Tested on Jul 17, 2018
Axis has released their lowest cost camera ever, the Companion Eye Mini L, setting their sights on a market dominated by Hikvision and Dahua. Can...
UK VSaaS Startup Ocucon on Jul 03, 2018
Decreasing exposure to fraudulent slip-and-fall insurance claims and lawsuits is one of the oldest selling points of video surveillance for retail....

Most Recent Industry Reports

Best Alternatives to Banned Dahua and Hikvision on Oct 17, 2018
With the US government ban and a growing number of users banning Dahua and Hikvision, one key question is what to use for low cost? While Dahua and...
Video Quality / Compression Tutorial on Oct 17, 2018
While CODECs, like H.264, H.265, and MJPEG, get a lot of attention, a camera's 'quality' or compression setting has a big impact on overall...
Knightscope Winning Investors, Struggling With Growth on Oct 16, 2018
While Knightscope's new financials show the company only winning 11 new customers in the past 12 months, the company continues to win new...
Integrator Laptop Guide on Oct 16, 2018
This 18-page guide provides guidance and statistics about integrator laptop use. 150 integrators explained to IPVM in detail about their laptops,...
Huawei Admits AI "Bubble" on Oct 16, 2018
A fascinating article from the Chinese government's Global Times: Huawei’s AI ambition to reshape industries. While the Global Times talks about...
ADI's Financials Revealed + W-Box Growth Priority on Oct 15, 2018
  ADI is one of the most powerful distributors in the security industry but how big are they? How much profit do they make? How much do they sell...
Dahua Face Recognition Camera Tested on Oct 15, 2018
Dahua has been one of the industry's most vocal proponents of the value that AI creates: As part of this, Dahua has released a facial...
Amazon Touts Home Security Market Disruption on Oct 15, 2018
Amazon is coming for ADT and all of home security. Indeed, Amazon is advertising this as, in their own words, calling home security a: Inside...
Higher Power PoE 802.3bt Ratified, Impact on Security Products Examined on Oct 12, 2018
Power over Ethernet has become one of the most popular features of many video, access, and other security products. See our PoE for IP Video...
"New Zealand Govt Uses Chinese Cameras Banned In US", Considers Security Audit on Oct 12, 2018
Newsroom NZ has issued a report: "NZ Govt uses Chinese cameras banned in US": This comes after the US federal government banned purchases of...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact