A customer recently contacted us with the following pre-sales questions while planning a surveillance system:
We are seeking to purchase a system with the following parameters:
1. Remote viewable
2. High quality – but balanced against bandwidth
3. Initially 4 indoor and 4 outdoor cameras, expandable to 16, all hardwired
4. Area coverage approximately 4 acres
5. Not geovision or pc server based. Please advise if an nvr has any benefits when the system is primarily for live viewing eg does it have a purpose in throttling back the bandwidth in multiple cameras? Or is it principally a high end storage media?
6. Assume no existing network cabling to piggyback on
7. Assume wireless not suitable
8. Remote PTZ capabilities needed
Not looking for a quote but some direction to start developing our system. Email preferred initially, then we can talk. This is a serious inquiry.
CCTV Camera Pros responded with the following information:
Thank You for contacting CCTV Camera Pros and for the opportunity to earn your business. See answers to your questions below:
1. Remote viewable
Both of these recorders are remote viewable. One is a DVR and one is an NVR:
5. Not Geovision or NUUO pc server based. Please advise if an NVR has any benefits when the system is primarily for live viewing eg does it have a purpose in throttling back the bandwidth in multiple cameras? Or is it principally a high end storage media?
We do highly recommend our NUUO PC based DVR, but we understand that some customers do not want a windows based system so we have our stand alone DVR and NVR solutions mentioned above. The main advantage of an NVR is that it uses IP cameras which are 100% digital so picture quality is better. Also it can support megapixel resolution cameras, while CCTV DVRs can only support up to 704 x 480 resolution (also known as D1 resolution).
If you change your mind and consider a PC based system, please check out these videos:
Either system can support PTZ controls. The PTZ controls on the IP based NVR and IP cameras are easier to setup and to use. Also the remote controlling of PTZs on the IP camera system is much smoother and better responding.
Thank you Mike. In an IP based surveillance camera system, is an NVR ncessary? If it is only for live viewing? Or is it possible to simply plug a bank of cameras directly into a router?
Answers from CCTV Camera Pros:
It is not necessary unless you want to record or view multiple cameras remotely over the Internet on one screen. If you just want to view the cameras live locally from a PC then you can access each camera directly. If you want to pull together mutliple cameras on one screen, then it depends. In most cases, there is software included with IP cameras that will allow you to do this. For example, our Zavio F210A IP camera includes software that will let you view and record up to 16 Zavio IP cameras. However, if you want to view up multiple cameras on one screen from remotely over your network or the Internet, then you need to upgrade to NUUO IP camera software.
Please let us know if we can help further.
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