Testing $50 Mini NVR

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Jan 14, 2015

As an NVR, this performed very really badly.

But, as a member suggested to us, could a $50 mini NVR be used as an IP / HD spot monitor?

Adding a spot monitor or public view display in an IP surveillance system often means adding a dedicated client PC or a decoder, adding hundreds of dollars in cost to the system.

Inside, we look at three key questions:

  • How compatible is this NVR with major manufacturer IP cameras?
  • How easy is it to connect cameras?
  • How many cameras can I reliably display at once?

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