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Offline vgehring24

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HikVision Cameras
« on: March 20, 2018, 12:10:51 pm »
I have HikVision DS-2DE3304W-DE and DS-2CD2035FWD-I cameras which are not directly supported by Vera.  I did see a number of posts where a good deal of effort is necessary to get unsupported cameras to work - maybe.  I'm beginning to wonder if integrating home security cameras into Vera is worth the effort when there is the option of gaining Internet access to the cameras and NVR via the camera manufacturers software.  Seems to me that there may be some advantages to keeping the two systems independently accessible.  What do you all think?   

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Re: HikVision Cameras
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2018, 01:35:22 pm »
I know a lot of people are using an independent VMS and some are integrating that into Vera.  I plan to do this with BlueIris like many others have done.

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Re: HikVision Cameras
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2018, 06:39:37 pm »
Very happy with Blue Iris.
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Re: HikVision Cameras
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2018, 08:55:03 am »
Thanks for the prompt comments guys, I appreciate it!  I also looked into BlueIris VMS/NVR software and actually downloaded the demo and fiddled around.  I concluded that their development effort has been lost intensity lately looking at the slowdown of releases making me wonder where they are headed.  Of course it's not free either.  When I purchased the HikVision cameras, I noticed they included their iVMS client software which seems to do what I needed BlueIris to do - including the NVR function.  So I ordered a NAS and pointed iVMS to it and it works like a charm.  The software also allows you to setup a lot of event driven alarms such as motion, line crossing, intrusion and tampering. This approach leaves little doubt that I will have camera/VMS/NVR compatibility issues, but of course I am now married to HikVision.  I concluded other camera vendors will follow suit if they haven't already, as offering free (included) VMS/NVR with their gear provides a key differentiator in an already crowded field. 

So my Vera Plus has a lot going on already with a Honeywell-Vista panel connected, leak detector, smoke alarm and now planning to add garage door opener-sensor and other smart items.  When Vera alerts me, I likely have an issue I need to pay attention to via the mobile app.  So I am wondering what would be the downside of simply having another app that gives me access to the VMS to verify what Vera might be telling me?