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8CH H.264 PoE 1080P NVR
Control and power up to eight IP-based PoE video cameras using this 8-Channel H.264 PoE 1080p Network Video Recorder (NVR) from Monoprice!
This NVR is designed to connect to IP-based video surveillance cameras using Cat5e or Cat6 Ethernet cable. It supports the Power over Ethernet (PoE) feature, so you don't need to run separate power lines to your cameras. Each of the eight channels supports dual streaming and each channel can be configured for a different resolution, frame rate, bit rate, image quality, etc.
The NVR can be connected to one or more monitors using either the HDMI or VGA video interface, each of which supports display resolutions up to 1920x1080p. The Live view can display 1, 2, 4, or 8 channels and the display sequence is fully customizable. It supports motion detection, video tampering detection, video content analysis, video exception, and video loss alarm functions and includes the ability to create custom privacy masks.
It supports two internal 3.5" hard drives with a capacity up to 4TB each. Up to eight NAS drives, or seven NAS and one IP SAN drives, can be connected for additional storage capacity.
In addition to full local control, the NVR can be fully managed from a remote location using a web accessible interface, including the ability to remotely lock out local mouse or remote control access. Recordings can be remotely viewed, managed, and backed up as well. A pre-record and post-record feature allows you to include video from a few seconds before an alarm event until a few seconds after the alarm ceases.
|Video/Audio Input||IP Video Input||4-ch|
|Two-way Audio Input||1-ch, RCA (2.0 Vp-p, 1 kilohm)|
|Video/Audio Output||Recording Resolution||6MP/5MP/3MP/1080P/UXGA/720P/VGA/4CIF/DCIF/2CIF/CIF/QCIF|
|Frame Rate||Main stream: 50 fps (P) / 60 fps (N)|
|Sub-stream: 50 fps (P) / 60 fps (N)|
|HDMI/VGA Output||1-ch, resolution: 1920 x 1080P /60Hz, 1600 x 1200 /60Hz, 1280 x 1024 /60Hz, 1280 x 720 /60Hz, 1024 x 768 /60Hz|
|Audio Output||1-ch, RCA (Linear, 1 kilohm)|
|Decoding||Live View / Playback Resolution||6MP/5MP/3MP/1080P/UXGA/720P/VGA/4CIF/DCIF/2CIF/CIF/QCIF|
|Hard Disk||SATA||2 SATA interfaces for 2 HDD, up to 4TB capacity each|
|External Interfaces||Network Interface||1x RJ-45 10 /100 /1000 Mbps self-adaptive Ethernet interface|
|USB Interface||1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0|
|Alarm In/Out (Optional)||4 / 1|
|PoE||Interface||8 independent 100 Mbps PoE network interfaces|
|Supported Standards||AF and AT|
|Others||Power Supply||220 VAC|
(without hard disk and PoE)
|Working Temperature||+14 ~ +131°F (-10 ~ +55°C)|
|Working Humidity||10 ~ 90 % RH, non-condensing|
|Chassis||19-inch rack-mounted 1U chassis|
(W x D x H)
|17.5" x 11.4" x 1.8" (445 x 290 x 45 mm)|
(without hard disk)
|≤ 2.2 lbs. (1kg)|
Setup is difficult because even though this is an NVR no network functionality is present until you finish setup. So you have to setup the device either using the button on the unit, included mouse, or remote. Per the manual there is a remote included with this unit. However, neither of my two units came with one. I contacted Monoprice and after a week of waiting they are "changing the manual to reflect that there is no remote!"
Once you get through the setup though the unit is easy enough to use. I was even able to get it to work with my Vivotek VS8100 that converts my only analog camera to an IP one. Note that I could not use PnP or the ONVIF protocol to do this and had to set the camera to Vivotek protocol and give it an IP address on the internal routing of the NVR.
Overall I would say not bad for the price. The unit works well enough with the IP cameras sold on the site. Only question is if we can update the FW w/ Hikvision as new features are made available...
PROS: Decent construction. Easy to use.
CONS: No remote control included. LOUD!
You can access the recorder with a web browser. However, the recorder uses ActiveX which is not supported in Chrome or Edge for security reasons. Monoprice's solution is to lower your defenses, step back in time and use Internet Explorer. Monoprice recommends the Guarding Expert app which I have yet to get it to connect. (Again, the manual offers little help.)
It took a long time to get the motion detect feature to work. The secret I found was to change the sensitivity setting. It seems that nothing will trigger the motion detection at the default setting.
The user interface is clunky. I had trouble getting some of the settings to work when I accessed the box using IE.
Installing the hard drives was easy, although the box makes a lot of noise during the process. I installed two 4TB drives to support five cameras. It appears that this will be a huge amount of space.
The picture quality is great. Setting up recording options is a little cumbersome but not terrible. It does offer a lot of recording options.
This recorder works OK, but the misleading rack-mount description and weak browser support would have kept me from buying it had I known. This is the first Monoprice item that disappointed me.
PROS: Picture Quality, PoE, Recording Options
CONS: Browser Support, No Mounting Brackets, Poor Documentation
But since getting it all up it's very reliable and easy to access from within or outside the network. The worst part is the incredibly limited browser support. Only Firefox works well to see the stream. Firefox is a great browser, but it's not my browser of choice (Chrome) so launching it just to see my stream is a small hassle. If only the NVR was HTML5 compliant, it would be browser agnostic. But I can dream...
The IP cameras hooked up to a switch and separately administered through their own IP are easy to configure - just log in to the camera and set your camera settings and reboot. The cameras hooked up through the POE ports, however, need to be administered via a Virtual Host setting which is well hidden in the Advanced Settings/Other menu hardly intuitive and required a firmware update (which MonoPrice doesn't supply on the product page so I took a gamble updating the unit with it). Once the firmware is updated and Virtual Host activated, configuring the cameras is easy from within the configuration page of the NVR, but even then you need to be within the intranet to configure the cameras - remote administration is impossible.
The DDNS support is strong and the NVR serves up video and pages quickly from outside the network.
Android and iOS support is excellent (easier than from a PC given the inability to use anything but Firefox) - Hikvision has written some well-designed phone/tablet apps.
The "Playback" feature is very poorly designed - selecting it takes you to the start of the current day (midnight) rather than the current time. OK - not too bad. You then have to drag the timebar slider around to find the time you want to see. You can only speed the playback up to 4X speed which is *nowhere near* fast enough to scan large times of video if you don't have a good starting point. It should be closer to 25X speed to scroll through huge swaths of video until you find what you looking for and then you can slow it down to look at details. It's virtually impossible to find a specific event stuck at 4X speed. You can't scroll video or change the playback speed at full screen either.
Excellent quality video
Fast web interface and page-serving (but non-intuitive)
CONS: Hard to configure with non-Hikvision components
Remote camera administration is impossible without screen sharing a computer within the NVR intranet
Firmware update not available from MonoPrice - need to download elsewhere and gamble that it will work
Playback selection difficult to navigate and can't speed up nearly enough.
PROS: Easy setup
CONS: Can't view the cameras from a computer because of browser support