Netgear Surveillance Reviewed

By: 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 Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News
Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News

  • 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

Rhombus Cameras, VMS and Analytics Tested on Nov 06, 2019
Rhombus boasts they have created "the new standard in Enterprise, cloud-managed video security" and told IPVM in January 2019 they offer twice the...
100+ Companies Profile Directory on Nov 06, 2019
While IPVM covers the largest companies in the industry regularly (like Axis, Dahua, Hikvision, etc.), IPVM strives to do a profile post on each...
Network Optix NxWitness 4.0 Tested on Oct 10, 2019
Network Optix released Nx Witness 4.0, proclaiming new features like a deep learning analytics metadata SDK, increased H.265 support, and UX...
Consumer IP Camera Analytics / AI Shootout - Arlo, Google / Nest, Amazon / Ring, Hikvision / Ezviz, Wyze Cam, Yi Home on Sep 26, 2019
AI analytics are hitting the mainstream in the consumer camera market, with entrants Wyze and Yi Home releasing free people detection on their...
Directory of 70 Video Surveillance Startups on Sep 18, 2019
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known. 2019...
Genetec Stratocast VSaaS Tested on Sep 05, 2019
The VSaaS market is rapidly expanding in 2019, with Verkada, Meraki, Eagle Eye, Avigilon and numerous startups growing their market share. When we...
UK Facewatch GDPR Compliance Questioned on Aug 27, 2019
Even as the GDPR strictly regulates biometrics, a UK company called Facewatch is selling anti-shoplifter facial recognition systems to hundreds of...
Proactive CCTV "Only Affordable Video Archiving Solution" Profile on Aug 12, 2019
Proactive CCTV is claiming to offer "the only affordable video archiving solution on the market", reducing the storage typically required for H.265...
Razberi Technologies Company Profile on Aug 06, 2019
Razberi says they have doubled their revenue in the first half of 2019, citing their proprietary camera hardening and cybersecurity capabilities...
Avigilon Blue VSaaS Tested on Aug 05, 2019
Avigilon says Blue is a "powerful integrator cloud service platform", easy to set up and configure, quickly scale business, by leveraging cloud...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Honeywell 30 Series Cameras Tested Vs Dahua and Hikvision on Dec 11, 2019
Honeywell has infamously OEMed Dahua and Hikvision for years, but now they have introduced an NDAA-compliant line, the 30 Series, claiming "lower...
"Good Market, Bad Business Models" - Residential Security on Dec 11, 2019
Industry banker John Mack, at his company's annual event, took aim squarely at the problems in the residential security...
IP Camera Browser Support: Who's Broken / Who Works on Dec 10, 2019
For many years, IP cameras depended on ActiveX control, whose security flaws have been known for more than a decade. The good news is that this is...
Acquisitions - Winners and Losers on Dec 10, 2019
Most major manufacturers have been acquired over the last decade. But which have been good deals or not? In this report, we analyze the...
IP Camera Installability Shootout 2019 - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, Vivotek on Dec 09, 2019
What are the best and worst cameras to install? Which manufacturers make it the hardest or easiest to install their cameras? We tested 35 total...
Viisights Raises $10 Million, Behavior Analytics Company Profile on Dec 09, 2019
Viisights, an Israeli AI analytics startup marketing "Behavioral Understanding Systems", announced $10 million Series A funding. We spoke to...
Disruptor Wyze Releases Undisruptive Smartlock on Dec 06, 2019
While Wyze has disrupted the consumer IP camera market with ~$20 cameras, its entrance into smart locks is entirely undisruptive. We have...
Bosch Budget 3000i Cameras Tested on Dec 05, 2019
Bosch has long had a hole in its lineup for, as it describes, "competitively-priced cameras". Now, Bosch has released its 3000i series cameras...
Anixter Resisting Takeover From Competitor on Dec 05, 2019
Mega distributor Anixter is going to be acquired but by whom? Initially, Anixter planned to go private, being bought by a private equity firm....
Security Sales Course 2020 - Last Chance Save $50 on Dec 05, 2019
This sales course is customized for the current needs and challenges specific to professionals selling video surveillance and access control...