Testing $39 ONVIF NVR

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 05, 2014

You are probably used to paying thousands of dollars for NVRs and even hundreds for budget ones, like the Q-See kit we tested.

But how about just $39 for an NVR?

That's the price we paid, responding to a Chinese spam email promotion. And it was done based on your feedback, after our highly read $29 ONVIF IR IP Chinese Camera test.

For $39, we got the Wodsee WS-MN04, a 4 channel NVR that claims to support ONVIF and cloud access. The unit does not come with a hard drive. We paid them an extra $66 for them to include / load a 1TB Seagate Baracuda hard drive.

Is it a piece of junk or not? With low price units flooding the market, we wanted to see what its strengths and weaknesses were.

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Key ********

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

  • *** **-**** ** * *-******* *** ******* ** ********* ** to **** ** ******* **** ***** ******* ** **** ** local, *****, ** ***** ****** *********.
  • *** *** ************* ******** *** ***** ******* ** *** *******, nine ** *****, **** *****, *********, ****, *****, ****, *** more. ** *** ** ****** ********** ** *** ********* *** of ***** ***** *******, *** ** ** *** ********** ****** as***** **********.
  • *** **-**** ************* ******** ** * **** ***** ***** ******* (*****.***), **** ** ****** **** ********** ** ************* ********. ********* the ******** ******** **** *** ****** ****** *** ********.
  • ****** **** ****** ********* ** ********* ** ****** ******* *** ONVIF. **** **** **** **** *** ******* ******'* ***$** ***** ********* **** ** *** ******* ****** **** ******. ****** ****** from *****, *******, *** ***** ******* ****** ****, ****** ***** is ** ************* ** ***** ******* *** ********* ** ***********.
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  • ****** ****** ******** ********* ** ********, **** * **** ** clips. ***** ***** *** ****** ******** ****** ****** (*********** *** ***** **** ***- *** ****-*********) ** **** **** sections ** *** **** ** ********** *********.
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  • ** *********** *** ***** ** *** ***, ** **** ** multiple ******* ** ***** *** ******** ****** *** *** **** testing **** *****. *** *** *** **** ***** **** ** view *****, ** ************* *** ****** *****, *** ******** ***********.

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Physical ********

** **** ***** ** ****** *** ******** ************ ** *** Wodsee ***.

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

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Cloud **********

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Client *********

**** ***** ******* *** *** ******** ******** **** *** ***, used *** **********, ********, *** *************. *** ******* (*******, ***, and *****) ***** * ******* ********* *************.

Playback *********

** ****** **** **** ************* ** **** **********. ******** *** straightforward, *** ******* ** ******* *** ******** *** ******:

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