Testing Blue Iris VMS Software

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Jul 04, 2010

What kind of open Video Management Software can you get for $50? Not $50 per channel but $50 for an entire server?

In our first report on 'entry-level' or 'budget' lineup, we test the most inexpensive open video management system we have found, Blue Iris's VMS software (version 2.41). We hosted the test on a Windows 7 system, connecting the IQ42S, Panasonic BL-C210A and the D-Link DCS-920.

With the recent price drop announcement from a major VMS incumbent, end-users will need to analyze their needs more closely than before. What am I giving up? What do I really need? How much can I save? Is it worth it?

We were impressed with Blue Iris's software. While it certainly lacks many high end and even some VMS features we consider to be fundamental, it is simple to setup and use, supports lots of cameras and could be quite attractive for someone who just needs the basics.

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