Chinese Direct Disruptor Reolink Tested

By Ethan Ace, Published May 31, 2017, 03:02am EDT (Research)

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

**** *** ********* ****** **** *** *** *******, **** *********** ** ******. *** a ****** ** ***** ****** **** Dahua *** ********* **** ********* *********. For *******, * ***** **** *** camera *** $**, * ********* **** 4MP ****** *** $***, ***.

**** **** **** **********, ******** ***** as **** ** **** ********* ******** claiming ** ** **% ********** [****: IPVM ***** **** *** ** ***** programs.]

** *** **** ** *** *** Reolink *********, ** ** ****** *** fixed *** ******, *** **** *** camera *** ** ***, ***** *****:

******, ** ******* *********** *** ***** issues ** ******.

Test *******

** *** *****, ******* *** ******* positives ******** ** *****, *********, *** other *** **** *** *******:

  • ***** *******:******* *******' ***** ******* *** ******* to ***** *** ********* *** *** night, **** ** ****** **** ***************,**** **, ******* ********** ** **** ***** ** ****** tests. ************, *** *** ********* *** solid, ******* ********/********** ******* ****** ** confusing/nonfunctional ******** **** ** ***** ***** low **** ****, **** ******* ** professional ******.
  • ** *********** ******:****** ***** ******* ****** ****, ****** Reolink ** *** ********** **********, **** cameras ****** *** ********* ******** ** all ***** ****** (********, *****, *****, Genetec, *********, ******* *****/** ********).
  • ****** ***** ******:*******'* ***** ****** ***** *** *** simplest ** **** ******, **** ****** apps ************* ********* *** ***** ******* and ****** ******* ******* **** ***** aside **** ***********, * **** ******* process **** ****** ***** ********* ******* devices ** ** ***** *** ** a ****.

*******, ***** **** *** *** ******* negatives:

  • **** *******/** ***** *****:*******'* ******** **** ******* ** *** scenes ******, *** ** ***** ****** VBR ************** *********** **** **** *** as **** ** ***** **** ** smart ***** *******, *** ******** ** many ***** *******.
  • ******* *** *************:*** ****-*** *** ********* **** ******* cameras, **** ** ***** ***** ** ONVIF *******, *** **** **** ********* to *** **** *** *****, **** no *** ** *** ******* ******* elsewhere ** *** *******.

Integrator *********

******* *** ***** *** ********* ******** to **** ********** ** ****** ************* which *** ****** ** ****** ******* among ***********:

  • **** **** *******:******* *** ** ******* ********* ******* of ***** ****** *****. ***** ** no ****** ******** *******, **** *********** paying *** **** ***** ** *** users *** *******. ** ********, ***** Hikvision, *****, *** ***** ******* *** be ****** ***** ******, ***** ************* offer ****** ******** **** ********** **********, deeper *********, ***.
  • ** ***** *******:** ******** ** *****, *********, ** Hanwha, ***** *** **** ********* ***** American ***** *************, ******* ** ***** overseas (**** ****/********) **** ** ***** RSMs, *********, ***., ****** ** **** difficult ** *** ******* ** ******* questions ** ****** **** *********, ** these ******** *** ********* ** ***.
  • ** ***** **** *******:******* ******* ** ****** ********/****** ****. ***** ** * ******* ****** on ***** *******, *** ** ** Hong **** *****, **** ****** ***** 12-15 ***** ***** ** ** ****. By ********, *****, *********, *** ****** have **** *********** ***** ******** **** support *****.

Reolink *******

******* ** ******** ** **** **** integrators *** ** *** **** ** local ******* *** ******* **********. *********** are ******** ** ****** **** ****** such ** *****, ******, ** *********, all ** ***** ***** ********* ***** American ******* ********** *** ** ***** some ***** ** ******* ********** (****** all ***** *** ******* ********* ****** at ****** ***** ** ******, ** well).

*******, ***** ***** ********** ********* ******* and ****** *****, ******** **** ****** setup *** ****** ******, ** **** as ******** ********* *** ***** ******* compared ** ******** ***** *** **** brands, ******* ** ****** ** **** some ******* **** ***/***/**** *****, ******* into ********* *** ***** ** **** market.

*******

**** ******* ******* ****** *** ************* less ********* **** ******* *** **** models **** ** ********* ** *****.

*** ****** ****** ** **** **** half *** ***** ** ***** *** Hikvision *********** ******.

***** *** ********* **** **** ** practically */*** *** ***** ** ***** and *********.

*** ****-*** *** ** ****** ********** lower **** *********** *** ******, ~$*** online, **. $***-*** *** *****/*********.

************

******* ******* *** ********* *** ********* directly **** ***** *******. ******* **** fulfillment ** ******, ******* **** ****** ship **** **** *-*** ******** *** Prime *******.

*** ******* *** *** ******* ** typical ****** *****, ***** ****, **** an ****** *********** ****** ******* **** Reolink ******* ********** ** *** ******* name.

Who ***** *******

******* *** *** ******** ************ ** Reolink ******* ** ** ********* ** determine.

** *******'* ******** ****,** ******* ** **** **** ** listed, ***** ***** ****** *********** *** multiple ***** ***** (********* *** **** [link ** ****** *********]) ***** * Shenzhen *******.

*******, ******** *** *** ** *** Reolink ******' ***** ******* ************, **** with ** ******* ** ******** (****** different **** *****).

**:**:** ******** ******** ******* ********** **., Ltd.

** **** ** ** *** ****, it ** ****** ******** ******** [**** no ****** *********] ** ** ***** doing **** ************* *** *******, ** models ****** **** ******* *** ***** OUI ** ****.

Physical ********

*** ***-*** **** **** ** ******* in **** *** **** ****** ** other ********* **** *******, ***** *****.

*** **** ** **** ** *** bullet ******, ******** **** ** * Hikvision **** ******.

*** ******* *** **** * **** different **** ****** **** ***** **** we **** ******, *** *********** *** same **** *****, ***** ***** ******** to *********. *** **** ******* ********* are *** **-*** *** */* **** found ** *** ********* ***, ** well ** ***** ** (******* ******** only ***** ***).

Default ******** ******** ****

******* ******* **** **** *********** ******* directly ** *** ****** *****: ***** / (*****). ***** **** ********* ** password ********, **** ********* ************* ** compounded ** *** *******' ***** ****** being ** *** ***** ****, ****** more ********** **** **** *******, ***** require ***** ** ***** ****** ** access *** ***** ******.

Web ********* *********

*** *** ********** ** *** ******* cameras *** *** *** ****** **** many ******* **** *********** ****** ** have ****** (********** $** ***** *********** *** **** ******* ****** ********) ***** ********* **** ******* ***, non-functioning ********, ******* ***** ***'* *******, etc. ** *** **** ** ***** issues ** *** ******* ****** ******.

*** *** ********* **** **** ** Internet ******** *** ******** *******.

** ****** *** *** ********* ** this *****, ************ *** ***** ** be ***** **.

Reolink *****

******* ****** **** ** **** ********** cloud ******, ***** **** ****** **** "Plug & ****."

****** **** ***** ************* ***** ******* devices ** ** ***** *** ** a **** *** ** **** ** unique **. *******, *** ******* *** searches ******* ** *** ***** ******* and **** **** ** *** *** automatically, ********* ***** **** & **** ID, ********* ***** **** ** ***** the ******* ******** (** ******* **** default). ***** **** *********, ******* *** be ******** **** ******* *** ********, with ** **** ********** ** *** required.

**** **** **** ******* ** ******* by *******, *** *** ** ****** off ** ****** *****.

NVR *************

*** ******* ****-*** *** *** *** key ************* ******** ** ******:

  • **** ******* ******* *********:***** ***** *** ***** ******* *** not *********, **** ******* ******.
  • ***** ******* ****:**** ******* ******** ** *** **** PoE ***** ** *** *** *** supported. ***** ** ** *** ** search *** ******* ** *** ***** network.

** ****** *** ****** ******** ** this *****:

Camera *****/*** ***************

******* ******* *** *** ***** **********, but **** ***** "***** *.*" *******. Additionally, ***** ****** **** **** **** 8000 ** **** *** ***** ******* of **.

** *** *****, *** ******* ********* and ******** ******** ** *** ***** tested, ********* ********, *****, *****, *******, Milestone, *** ** *******/** ********. **** Axxon ******** ****** ********* ****** **** the ******* (***** ***** ******* "***** events" ***********).

Image *******

** ****** ***** ******* ** *** Reolink ******* ****** ***** *** ********* equivalents ** **** ***** ** ****:

********* **** *******

** **** *****, *** ********* **** RLC-422 ******* ******* ** *** ***** and *********, **** ******** ****** **** legibility, *** ******* ******* *******.

** *****, **** ********** ** ***** best ** *** ******* ******, **** details ******* ** *** ********* *****. Note **** *** ***** ******** ***** defocused ** **** *****, *** *** focused ***** ** ********. ** *** this ***** ** *** ***************** ** ***** ****-*** *** ******* Test, ** ****.

****** *******

******** *********** ** ****** ******* *** similar, **** *** ******* ****** ********* details ******* ** ********* *** ******** better **** *****, ****** **** **** overexposure ** *** ***** ** *** test *****.

** *** *****, ** **** *** zoom *****, *** ******* ****** ******** the ******** ******* ** *** ******* and **** *****.

Bitrate **********

**** ******* *******' ******** **** **** compared ** ***** *** ********* *** to *** *** ******:

  • ******-*** *********:******* ********* * "*** *******" *******, Reolink ********* ******** **** **** ***, hovering **** *** ******* ***** *** regardless ** ******** ** *** *****. Additionally, **** **** ***** ** ** way ** ******* *********** ** ******* devices, ****** ******* ***/*** ***************.
  • ** ***** ******:**** ** *** ******* **** ****** included ***** ******, **** "*******" *.***.

***** ****** **** ******* ** **** motorized ****:

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

Test **********

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

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

Comments (5)

awesome. i always thought these guys were buying dahua

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Thanks for checking them out. I think the fact that they don't have True WDR, which the Hikvision and Dahua do have, is a big differentiator when you are considering the purchase price.

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proper camera placement can mitigate a lot of WDR issues, so still potentially a major competitor to Dahua and Hikvision, especially if they can keep their nose clean of the cyber security issues. If they can do that, it may displace a lot of Hikua.

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Amcrest AMDV960H8-4B4D DVR is also OEM in from the same company: Shenzhen Baichuan Digital Technology Co.

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They OEM from Raysharp

Anytime you see Port 9000, thats the tell

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