Synology Surveillance Station VMS Tested

By: Sean Patton, Published 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 general data storage. The NAS comes with Synology's own VMS software (Synology Surveillance Station) built-in.

NAS-based VMSes are not new. Synology and QNAP, e.g., have been offering them for a decade or more. But are they still relevant today in a world of $200 NVRs? And has Synology improved their software much?

In this test, we examine:

  • 5 key strengths
  • 4 key weaknesses
  • How Synology integrates with Axis
  • System Management operation
  • Camera support capabilities
  • Video export limitations
  • Search performance
  • Contrasted to NVRs
  • Contrasted to Enterprise VMSes

**** ** **** ***-**** NVRs *** ********** *****, is ***** *** ***** in *** ****** *** NAS-based *****?

********, **** ****** ************ *** ******* **** storage. *** *** ***** with ********'* *** *** software (******** ************ *******) *****-**.

***-***** ***** *** *** new. ******** *** ****, e.g., **** **** ******** them *** * ****** or ****. *** *** they ***** ******** ***** in * ***** ** $200 ****? *** *** Synology ******** ***** ******** much?

** **** ****, ** examine:

  • * *** *********
  • * *** **********
  • *** ******** ********** **** Axis
  • ****** ********** *********
  • ****** ******* ************
  • ***** ****** ***********
  • ****** ***********
  • ********** ** ****
  • ********** ** ********** *****

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Chinese **** ** ********

*** ******* ***** **** Synology's *** ******** *** overall ******** ** ******* NVR ******** **** *****-** RAID ****** *** ************ as * ******* ******* storage ******. *******, *** total ***** ** ******* higher ***** *** **** for ********'* *** ******** + *** ****** ********* costs. *** ***** ************ lowest **-***** ****, **** remain ****** *** ******** offers ** *********** *********** of ********** *** **** and ****** *******.

Mid-Tier **** ***

******** ** **** ********** up-market **** *** **** camera *** *** *************, especially ***** ***** ** IT ******* *********** *** maintaining *** ****** ******. Synology **** ****** *** ability ** ******* ******* and ******* ******** *** multiple ******** ******* ****** surveillance.

Enterprise ***** ** ********

******** **** *** ***** any *** ***** ****** control, *********, ** *** integration, *** ****** ** run ** **** ********, which *** ****** ******** features *** **** ********** VMSes. ****, ********* ******* is ** ***** ****, which ** *********** *** quick ******** *** *** in-depth ** *********** ****** that ***** **** ********** systems.

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******** *** ******* ******** strengths:

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******** *** * *** fundamental ******** **** *** missing ** ******** ******** to *****:

  • ***** ****** ***********
  • ********* ******
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  • *** ***** ************

Axis ******** ***********

******** *** * ***** of *********** ** **** camera *** ****** ******* hardware ******* ** **** Enterprise *****. ****** ******* Synology ********* *** */* motion ******, *** ******** PTZ ************/***** *** *********. We **** **** **** to ******* ******** ******** Axis ********* ********, ***** Line *********, ******* ************ and ********** ********.

************, ** **** **** to *** *** ********* an **** ***** **** controller. ***** *** ** manually ******** ** *** Thick *** *** ******, but *** ******* *** mobile ******.

******, ******** **** ***** support *** *** *****-** and *****-* ********* *** A9161, ***** *** ***** I/O *******.

System **********

******* ****** ****** ************* and ********** ******* **** logically ********* *** ******* labeled. ************* ******* *** made ** ********* ********** tasks ****** *** ******* Client *********** ** ******** web *********. **** ****** and ***** *** ***** and *******.

***** *** ******* ********** and/or ** ****** ****** "Privilege ********", *** ****** granular ******* ** ****** and ******, ****, *** and ****** ***********.

****** *********** ** ***** in *** "******" **** and ***** ******** ***********, hard ***** ********** (*********** and ******), ******* *********** and ******** ******* **********. This ** * ****** feature ** *** ********* interfaces:

******* *** *****, *******, and ********** ** *** IP ****** ****. ** also ******** *** **** cameras *** *********, ******, offline, ** *******. **** you ****** * ****** the ********* ****** ************ (audio, *********, ***, ***) are ********* ** *** bottom ** *** **** window, **** ** * nice *******, *** ********* clear ** **** *****. These *** ****** ***** to ****** **** ******* configuration ******* ****** ** browse ******* ***** ** menus:

***** *** ** ********* in ******* ** * similar ****** ** ******* or ***. *** ****-***-**** operation ** **** ******, and *** **** ******* can ** *******:

Camera *******

****** *******, ** **** able ** ****** *** record *.*** ***** *** had ** ****** **** configuring ******** ******* *** High *******, ********, *** Low *******.

*** ******* ****** **** and *** ********** ****** to ****** ******* ******* through *** ***. ** were **** **** ** configure *** ******* *** presets ******* ********.

* *************** ******* *** a ***-**** ***, ** were **** **** ** configure ******-***** ****** *********. This *** ** **** accurate **** ******-***** ********* but ** * ****** feature ** *** ****** is *** ********* ****** events **** * ******.

************* ****+ ******* ********* on ***** *******, ******* ****** *** ONVIF ******* (********** **********). Synology ********* ******* **** IPVM ** *** *** direct ***** ****** **** available, ***** ***** ** a ********* ******.

Cloud ********** ******* *** *** ********** **** **********

******** ***** * ***** connection ****** **** ******** client ******** ****** ** your ******, *** ***** when *** *** **** connection ****, **** ******* a ******* **** *********** could ** ******** *** that *** ****** ********* Port **********. ****** *******, when ********* ******* ** we ******* **** ******** delays (**-** *******), *** otherwise, *********** *** **********. The **** **** **** provide **** ********** ******* and ***** ********* **** Forwarding ** *** ********.

Client *************

** *******, *** *****, web, *** ****** ****** applications ******* ******** ** the ******** ****** ** server ****/**, ** ******* a ******** ***** ******* cloud **** ** ***** the ******* ***** ******* ID. ***** ***** *** no ********** ***** *** the ***** ******* ****, there *** * *********** delay (**-** *******) ** the ***********(*) ********** ** the ******.

******** ******** ******** ***** for *** ******** ******* the ****** ********** **** on *** ******. **** simplified *** ******* ** locating *** ******* ****** version ** ****** ***, versus ****** ** ****** the ************'* ******* ** App *****:

Client *** ********

*** ***** ****** ******** decoding ** ***** ****, and ******** ******* ********* or ******** ********* *** much ******** ** ******* to *** ***, ***** is *** * ****** feature ** **** ****** applications. *******, ****** ******* GPU ************ *** *** supported **** *.*** *******, Fisheye *******, ** ******* running **** **** ********* in *** ******.

Video ****** ***********

******** **** ******** *********** in ** **** .*** format, **** ** ****** for ********** ** ************. It ******** ************ *********, but **** ***** **** must ** ******** ************ for ********. ***** *** both ****** *********** ** NVR ********* ****** ******** but *** ******* ** many ********** *****.

Server ******** *******

************ ******* ****** ** only ********* ** *********** NAS ********. ****** **** dedicated *** **********, *** Synology ***** *** *******-******* VM ***** *** ******* controllers, *** *********** ******** for *** ******** ***** operation ** * ***.

3rd ***** ************

* ********** ** *** Synology ******** ** *** lack ** *** ***** Integrations. ***** *** ** access *******, ********* ******, Internet-of-Things ********, ** ******** systems ********** ************. ***** is * *****-**-**** / Serial **** *********** ******** for *********** ** *** systems, *** ** ******** level ************.

Odd ********* ********

******** ******** * *** software ****** ******* **** could ***** ***** *** system ************** ********:

  • *** ****** *** ******** to **** **/*** *** adjust ***** *** * fixed ****** **** ********* lens, ******** * **** to ****** *** *** of *** ****** **** the ******. **** ***'* be ****** ***.
  • ***** ** * ******* for *** ******* ****** "PTZ *******", ***** ****** continuously **** *** ****** to *** **** ***** the **** ******** ***** it.
  • *** ***** *** *** client ********** *** **** pop-over *****, ***** *** be ********** ** * mobile ********* *** ** distracting *** *********** ** a ******* ***********.
  • *** ***** ****** *** a ******** ********, *** the ********* **** *** a ********** ********, ***** could ** ********* *** users.

Timeline ***** ******

*** ******** ****** ************* is ******* ** **** other *** *******. *** Synology ****** ************ ******** of ***** ** *** Timeline ******, *** *** toggle **** **** ** or *** ********. *** vertically ******* ******** ** atypical *** *** ********:

Time ******* ***** ******

*** *********** ***** ****** function ******* ** *** Recording **** ** *** Time ******* ******. **** automatically ****** ** * single ***** **** **** 4 ***** **** ******* and ***** **** **************. To ***** ** *** individual **** ***** *** can ****** ***** ** expand **** **** ******** to **** ******. ** this ******* **** *** test, * **-****** **** was ***** **** * minute *********:

Mobile ***

****** ******* ********'* ****** app ******* **** *** recorded ******* ************, ****** or *****-****** ********* ****** to *** ****** ******, and *** ******* ** receive **** ************* **** the ******** ******. ** experienced **** *********** **** the *** ******* ****** testing, *** ** ******* on *******:

Home ****

* ******* **** ****** place ** ******** *********, Synology's **** **** ****** a **** ** ************* or ******** *** ****** to ****** ******* ********* recording ********, ***** ********, and ************ ******. **** function *** **** ** tied ** * ***-***** location ** *** ** Cam *** ******* ** an ********* ******, ** automatically ****** **** ****.

**** ***** ** ****** in **** *********** *** small ****** ************, ****** system ********* ** ************* adjusting ********* ******** ***** someone ** ** ****:

*******

******** ** ********* *** purchase ** ******** ******** for ~$** *** ******. This ** *** ************* expensive ******** ** ***** low-cost ******* **** ***** or ********* *** ** still ********** **** ** an ***-** ******* **** a ************ **** ********* sells *** ********. ********* on *** ****** **** is *********, * - 10 ****** ******** *** included **** *** ********.

******** ******* ***** ** pricing **** ~$*** ****** (diskless) *** * *-*** server **** ******** (*) 1080P *******, ** ~$*,*** retail (********) *** *-*** to ******* ** ** (40) ***** *******.

Comments (7)

**** *** *** *** not ** *** ******.

* *** * *-*** Synology ****** *** ********* used ***** ************ ******* app **** * ***** installed ** ******* ** home. ** **** ****** fine, *** ******** *** export *** ***** *** as ****** ** * VMS, ** * ***** a ** ******** ****** instead *** **** ***** been *******. * ***** only ********* *** ******** solution *** ******* **** already *** * **** Station *** *** ** a ***** ******. *********, a *** ** ******* and * *** ** better. 

*** ***** *** **** QVR ***. **** **** for ****** *****. 

**** - *** ***

************** *****. ***** *** even **** ** *** DW ******** ** **** diskstations. ;)

* *** *** **** with ****. ******** * could ***** **** ******** to ** ******* ****.

**** ******** *** **** have **** **** ******* in ***** ** ***** GUI *** ********.  **** good ********* **** ****** NAS ***********.

***, ***** *********** *** just ********** *** ** whack.  ** ** *** justifiable **** **** *** report ****.

***** **** **** *** are *** ** *********** who *** *** **** and **** **** ****** brand *********** ***** ********* no ******.

**** **** ** **** for *** ***** **** end *********** ***********.  ***** integrators **** **** ********* that ********* **** ****** wallet/purses *** ***** ***** integrators ** ** ********** AV/Security *******.

** *** **** * will ********* *** ***** VS (****** *******) ******** when *** **** ******** clients ** ****.

* **** **** *** their ************* (***** **** on ****** ***** ** great) **** ** *** better **** *** ***** NVR.

* **** **** *** the ********** *********** **** * NAS ** **** * clicks. ** ********** ** this ***** (*** **** the ********* ******* **** Milestone *** ****).

**** ** *** ****** is *** *** **** in *** ******, *** could **** ** * seconds *** ********* ***** DSFILE ** ** ***** folder ** *** ****, and **** ***** *** recording ** *** ****** by ******* * ********* link ***** ** * seconds **** **** ****** phone.   

** *** ****, * will *** ***** ******. Always *********** *** ********* update **** ***** ***** the ********* **** ** reason.

 

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