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Looking for 8 Channel Security DVR

Posted on 2009-05-11
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I am looking for an affordable 8 channel DVR that is well made.  I am looking to get the best bang for the buck.  I need the DVR to have network support so that the cameras can be viewed over the internet.

Another plus would be an option to upgrade the hard drive, and to be able to scale video quality.

Any recommendations?
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Anyone have any experience with actual products?
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Are the camera's IP based?

You could grow your own http://www.zoneminder.com/
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The cameras aren't really set in stone.  Typically I have always run cables using CCTV cabling.  I have been using Speco 4 channel DVRs for the most part, but I would like to offer more cost effective products if possible.  If I can get a more feature rich 8 channel DVR for the price of the Speco 4 Channel which runs about $700, I would like to pursue it.  I usually use Speco Domes for indoors which run about $130 or so.  Any advice to improve my product selection would be helpful.  I just want to get my customers the most I can for what they are spending.

I would prefer not to "grow my own".  I am just looking for something to drop in and go.
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On our last project we used Pelco domes.. but they are expensive.  We also used a Bewator DVR.  With hindsight I would have considered ZoneMinder and some capture cards and saved about £30,000....The Pelco's are excellent cameras but they are extremely pricey (at least in the UK)

For conversion from Analog to IP you can't beat the AXIS product range - which allow you to monitor remote sites, or sites where Cat5 is present but no Coax....
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Anyone use Q-See DVRs?
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I have used both the Geovision and AverMedia cards and would recommend them.  They are sold by www.apexcctv.com and come with great software, and they also sell standalone DVRs.
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