Testing The Q-See HD IP NVR Kit

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Aug 14, 2013

The Q-See HD IP kit may be the hottest budget product around. At just $699 online for (4) 720p HD IP IR cameras plus a 1 TB NVR with a built in PoE switch, it is an absurdly inexpensive. It is hard to buy a single low cost NVR unit for this price, forget about getting 4 HD cameras thrown in.

But the big question is - how good is it really? How much do you lose by not going for a 'professional offering' like Axis + Milestone or an all Avigilon solution or Arecont + Exacq?

We bought a kit and spent the last few weeks testing out both the NVR functions and the camera performance.

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*** *** *** ******** ** - *** **** ** ** really? *** **** ** *** **** ** *** ***** *** a '************ ********' **** **** + ********* ** ** *** Avigilon ******** ** ******* + *****?

** ****** * *** *** ***** *** **** *** ***** testing *** **** *** *** ********* *** *** ****** ***********.

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Key ********

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

  • *** ***'* *****-** **** **** *** ****** ******, ****** ********** cameras ****** ***** *****.
  • **** *** ******** **** **** *******, ** *** *********** ** local ** ***, ****** ***** ****** ******* ** ** **.
  • *** *** ************* ******** *** ********* ******* ******* **** *** built-in *** ****** (**** *-***/***** ** **** ** *** ***** cameras *** *****/**** ). **** *** ********** ********** ** ** is ** ******** *******.
  • ****** ***** ********* ****** *** **** ******* ********* ***** ****. ***** ** ** ********** **** **** *** be **** ** * **** **** ***********, **** ***** ********** only ********* *** *** ***** *******.
  • ***** **** ********* *** ****** ** *** *** ***** ***** and **********. *******, *** **** ** * ***** ******** *** a ****, **** *** ***** ***** ** ** *** *** the ***** ***** *** ** *********** **** *********.
  • *** *********: ***** **** ********** *** ***************, ********* *** ***** limitations *** **** ** *** ******** ******* *** ********* / uncommon.
  • ****** *********** ** *** **** ***** *** **** **** ** cameras ** **** *****.
  • ** *********** *********** ** **** ****** *** ** ******* ***** blooming ** ************. *******, *********** ********* ** **** ****** **** edges ******* *** ***** ************ *** ******** **** *******.
  • *-***'* *** **** ** ***** ********* ***** ** ***********, **** in ***** ** ******* *** *****. ****** *********** *** ****** to ~**'.
  • ********* *********** *** *********** *** ** *** ** ****** **** brand **** ***********.
  • *-*** **** ******* *** ******* *** ********** *** ***** ************ and ********* ********* *** *** *** ******** *********** ********* (**** using *****).

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

*-*** ************ **** *** ******* ********* ** *** ******** *** at ********* ****** **** ** ****** *** ***'* ****. "******" price ** ~$*** ***, *** *** **** ****** *** **** recorder *** ***** ** ***** ** **** ***$***. ********** ******* *** ************* *** $***. ** $*** *** *** **** ****** ***, ***** *** essentially ****** $*** *** *** ***.

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

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

**** ** ** ********** ******** *** ***** ******* ***** ** systems ** * ******. ** ******** ***** ********** (***** ** PoE ****** / ********* ****** **********) **** ** *****, *** party *******, *** ** ************ ** * ************ *** *****. There's ** ***** *********** **** ***** ****** **** ** **** that ***** ***** ** ****, ****** ** ***** ** *************. You ***** ********* ***** ***** ******** *** ** ****** ** triple *** *****. *** ***** *-***'* ******* ** *****, **'* not ** ** *** *** ******* *** ***** *** ***** on **** ***.

*** ******* ******** *** *** **** ******** ***** ** *** rudimentary ****** / ************** / ****** ********, ***** **** **** the ****** ********** ** *** ** ******* ********* *****.

****** ****, *********, ** *** *** ** ****** ******* **** need **** ********** *************, *-*** ** ****** ** ******* *** for ******* ******* *** * *** *******, **** ** ***** attractive.

Physical ********

**** ***** ******* *** ******** ****** ** *** *-*** ***. Key ******:

  • *****-** **** **** *** ****** ** **** ** ****.
  • ****, ***, *** ********* ******* *******.
  • ** ***** ******, * ***** *******, ***, *** ***** **/*** connection.
  • ***** ***** ******** *** *************, **** ****, *** ********, ** well ** ******** ***** *** ** ****** *******

Connecting *******

**** ***** ***** *** ******* *** ** ********* ** *** QC804. *** ******:

  • *** ******** *****, *-***, *****, *** * ***** ********* ** manufacturers (****, ****, *********, *** ****).
  • ******* ********* ******** ** *** **** ** *** *** *** automatically **********, ** **** ** **** *** *** ** ****.
  • ***** ******* ** *** *** *** ************* **********.
  • ****** ******* ** ********* ******, ********* **** * ****** ****, username, *** ******** ****, ****** ********* *** ********* **** * few *******. ******* *** ***** ** *******.

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

***** *** ***** ******* ** *********** *** *** *******: *****, front *****, *** ** ******. ********* *** *** *********.

  • ***** *******:***** * ***** ** ** *** *** ******* ****** ** local *******. ****** ** ******** ****** *** **-****** ********, ********* is **** ******* **** ***** ***** **** ** ******** ******* via *** ***** *** *******.
  • ***** *****/** ******:*** ***** ***** ******** *** ** ****** ******* *********** *** same, **** ***** ****, ** **** ** *****, ********, *** escape ****. ** ***** ***** ********* ** *** ******* ** was *** *********** ***** ** ********* ***** *** ***** ** a ******** *****, *** **-****** **** **** *** *****.

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

General *** *********

** **** *****, ** ****** *** ********* ******, ********* ** search / **************:

Camera *********** **********

** ***** ** **** *** *********** ** *** ******** **** bullet ******* (*-*** ********), ** **** **** *** ******* *********** low **** ******, ********* *** **** *** *** ***** ***** IL10. ** **** **** *** **** ***** ** ******* ******* a ******** ********.

**** *****, ~*** ***

** **** *****, *** ******** ******** ********* ** ***** ***-**** cameras, **** ** *** **** *** *** ***** ***** ****. Details *** *****, **** ****** ***********.

***** *****, ~** ***

******** ****** ** ***** ** ***, *** *-*** ****** ******* relatively *********, ***** *********** *** ***** ******** ** *** *** and ****, ******** ******* ********.

****,

*******, ** *** ****, activated (***** ******* **** ***** **** **** ** ************), ****** illuminating *** ******* ** ~**' ******* ****** ******** ** ************. However, *** ******** ** *********** ****** *** ***** ** *** subject ** *******, ****** *** ***** ** ***** ******* ** line *.

IR ************ ***********

*** ********'* ** ************ ******* ** **** ** *** ***** of *** ***, ********* ** * ******* *********** ********* **** the ****** ** *** ****, ** **** ** *** ********** below. ************ ** *** ***** *** ************* **** **** ** the ******, ********* ** ******* ***********, ********* ******* *** ***** details:

*-*** ****** "*** **** ** ***** ******" ** ***** ********* for ** ********. *******, ** ***** *********** *** ****** ** about **', ******* ** ***** ***** ******* ** **** ******. Notably, ***** ****** **** *** ** ***** ** *** ***-*****, the ***** *-*** ******** ** *** ********.

** ***', *** ******* ** **** ********* ***********, ** ****, with **** ********* ********. ** ******* *** *******, **** * moving ****** ** *****.

**** ** ~**', **** **** **** *** ******* *****, **** the ******* ****** ******* ***********.

Bandwidth *** ***********

*-***'* ****** *********** ****** **** ********** **** ***** ***** ** cameras. ********* *********** *** ******* ** **** *** ********** *** superior (*****) ** *** *** **********, ****** ** ***** ********** IR.

  • ** **** *****, *** ******** *** ******* ********* *********** ******* to *** *** **** **** ***, *** ************* ****** **** the *****.
  • *******, ******** *** ****** ** ~** ***, ***** ** ** turning **, *** *********** ** ****** ***** **** ****, *** almost * **/* ***** **** *** ***.
  • ** *** ****, *** ********'* ** ************ ***** *** ********* relatively ***, ***** *** ***** ***** ************* (** **** ***** level, *** *** *** ****** *****, ** *** ********* ******** low).

**** **** ***** ************ **** ***** **** ******* ********, ***** VBR *********** **** ** *** *** *** *-***** *** ******. Compression ****** **** **** *********, ** ****, *** *** ******** between **-**.

Q-See ********* *******

***** ******* ** ********* ******* ** * *** ******* **** dealing **** *** ********, ** ********* *-*** ********* ******* ******** times, **** ********* ******* **** ***** ** ********. ** ******* questions, **** ** *** ** ****** ***** ** ******* ********, their ******* *** ******* *** ****, *** ******** ** *** email *******. ** **** ******** ******, **** ** ********** ***** cameras ** ********** ***** ****** *** ***** ** * ***, they **** **** *******, ****** ***** *** **** ******* ****** knows ******* ** ***** ******** *********. *** *** ****** ****** of *** ***** ***, *-***'* **** ******* ** ****** **** than **********.

Comments (15)

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** ***** ** *********** ** *** *** ****** ***** ****** access ******* ***. *** *******, **** ******* *** *** "****** Compatibility" **** ****** ******* ***** ***** ********* *******? ** **** that **** **** **** * *** *******?

****, *** ******* **** **** ** ********** ***** ** ******** under ****** ******. *** *******, ***** ****** ****** **** * keyboard-enabled ****** ** ** *********** **** *** ***** ***** ***** options ** *****, ***** ***** *******, *** ** ******?

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******** **** ***** **** **** ***********. ***** ****. "** ** legal **........."

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****, ********* ** *** ***** **********'* ****** ******** **** *** browser ***** ******* ***** * ***** *** *** *** ****** menu ****** ** **** ** ***!

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* * *** ** *** ********** ***** ** ******* * have ********* **** ****** ** ********* *********** ** *** *******. That **** *********** ************. ** ****** **** **** ** ***** thought ***** **** ** ***** ****, **** *** **** * small ******.

****, ** *** ***** **** ** *** ****. ***** **** ***** **** **** * */*.*" ******, ** performed ****** ***** ** *** **** *** **** * */*" imager.

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  • ****** ****: ** **** * *** ** ********** ** ******* it ***** ** **** ***, ** *** *** **** *** meaningful *********** **** *********** **** ****.
  • ** **** ******* **** ******* ** ***** * ***** ** it's ****** *** ***** ** *** *** ** ********* ********.

****: **** *** *********** ******** ******* ******* *** ******** **** **** *** ****** *** *** thick ****** ******** *****. ** **** *** ****** **** ***.

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* ** **** ** **** **** *** **** ** **** time ***** *** ********. ** *** *** **, ************ ******, and *** ****** ******** *** ********** ***** ******** *********** **** QSee *******.

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