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Security DVR & NVR Buying Guides

  • Network Video Recorder (NVR) - "Built-in" or Dedicated Network Switch

    The introduction of a Network Video Recorder (NVR) with a built in network switch confused a good portion of the professional market. It very much seemed to be something that was geared towards catering to a side of the market that was completely unfamiliar with how an IP camera system is setup and installed. Not a lot has changed since their original release dates. Most installers still scratch their heads at the thought of using them, but the fact remains that there is an audience. For those who aren't looking to educate/teach themselves the way of "proper IP installation," these simple to adapt to NVRs are very appealing. Having said that, it's equally important to understand what you're getting yourself into with a built in switch. Continue reading

  • Tribrid DVR vs Hybrid DVR - Different Recording Solutions (SD & HD)

    Tribrid video recorders are very new to the market. If you're not already familiar with them, we encourage you to read our previous article first outlining what Tribrid DVRs are all about. From here on out, it's essentially going to be a grudge match between Tribrids and Hybrids to see which one will come out on top. It’s already being speculated that Tribrid series DVRs may completely replace Hybrids altogether but as we don't want to assume anything just yet, we'll all want to know which the better option is for our own personal situations. Continue reading

  • DVR vs NVR vs Hybrid - How To Choose

    The Beginning

    You need to start somewhere and if you've gotten as far as this article, you know by now that picking out the equipment for your CCTV system isn't as simple as you originally thought. Don’t worry; we’re going to make this fun again. We just need to cover some more of the basics and you’ll be back in business.

    Like the names of all these devices imply, they are all meant to record video from security cameras. The main difference between them is what types of cameras they’re meant to play nicely with. Continue reading

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