Testing Avermedia's Hybrid DVR (EH5216+)

Author: Scott Oie, Published on Nov 23, 2009

Hybrid DVRs make the transition to IP simpler. Plus, if the units are close in price to entry level analog only DVRs, the case is easier even for basic applications.

In this test we examine Avermedia, a manufacturer of multiple lines of hybrid DVRs. Specifically, we test the EH5216+ Hybrid DVR, a Linux appliance that MSRPs for under $2,000 for a 16 channel DVR (storage added separately).

We tested the EH5216+ Hybrid DVR with a mix of analog and IP cameras, including the Arecont AV3105, ACTi 4000, and Sanyo VCC-HD4000.  Here is a summary of our findings:

  • Initial setup of the system was quick.
  • The system's monitoring/playback interface was simple.
  • The video search functionality, called Visual Search, simplified investigations
  • The system had limited third party H.264 camera support.
  • The system had limited total megapixel throughput.
  • System has a hard limit of 16 total cameras (analog or IP).

Compare to our test results from NUUO, a manufacturer offering similar solutions.

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