IP Camera Training: CCTV Video Surveillance DVR vs. NVR (reviewed)

In this IP Camera training session we specifically address false claims made around the differences between “DVR vs. NVR”. A good follow up tutorial to this …


  1. MxInstaller November 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    +hamkor04 Question "Can you use IP CCTV camera on normal DVR?"

    Answer: There are IP video to analog decoders available for display/monitoring purposes, but these are certainly not suitable for recording to a DVRs, mainly because the conversion process from digital-to-analog is quite destructive to the video quality.  

    There is no viable way to record from an IP camera to a DVR that is equipped with only BNC inputs. This is why hybrid DVR's were developed.

    RJ45 to BNC connectors will not work as they cannot convert IP video into analog.

  2. hamkor04 November 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Can you use Ip CCTV camera on normal DVR? maybe connect them with RJ45 to BNC connectors, and supply appropriate power to the camera, does it work?

  3. donatospoony November 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Can someone explain in simple  "layman" terms what the difference is between the two? .. I'm about to purchase a NVR system but don't really know what "NVR " means.

  4. jamal kuttiyil Purameri November 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm


  5. Dr. Pierre Khazin November 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I'm going to make a big purchase of ip cameras and i don't know if i would be able to operate them, I'm well informed when it comes to computers but i never installed an ip camera and what I'm afraid of is not being able to configure different functions like motion detection and setting the alarm on when that happens, or even simple ones like recording and viewing the cameras, the manufacturer types in the protocls in the specifications so how do i chose an NVR program suitable?

  6. kressly1 November 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Can I find a IP camras that can connect to BNC cables to my DVR that I have now?

  7. MxInstaller November 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    The limitation to analog-to-DVR systems, is that the cameras will never have the ability to perform intelligent tasks such – edge recording, triggering electronic devices, perform alarm management, video analysis and VoIP. Analog cameras will always be reliant on a central computer. Centralized systems are very difficult to scale in high resolution. The future is VMS enabled cameras.

  8. sigmiami November 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    DVRs now come 1080p capable with 1080p cameras, the advantages of an NVR are Zero over DVR… DVRs have multi-DVR control software, come Quadplex, and you can run the cables over Cat5e or RG6/RG59, plus so much more…

  9. shadowolf192 November 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    People making Sales these Days, seem to all be out to confuse the Customers.
    Ever since RDS. Turned up on Radios in the UK…
    (The Digital Text and automatic switching to Traffic News, if You asked it to… That RDS.).
    We had Electrical Outlets selling Radios with Digital LCD. (Displays,) as, "Digital Radios".
    It's shocking, it's immoral, and it's not the way to get a Client Base.
    Thanks for being up front and honest.
    (Even though, as an IT. Technician, it was like stating the obvious.).

  10. MxInstaller November 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    If access to Ethernet cabling is an issue you can use Ethernet over coax converters like Mx2wire or Veracity Highwire…then you can run 3 megapixel over coax.

  11. Mitchell Smith November 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Hi simon , what about HD SDI CCTV ?
    I sell a 4 ch HDSDi unit which records at 1080p @ 30 frames over coax , its rather good.
    However we do state that these recorders are extremely high end or for situations that we cant get a mobotix camera in their , ie Old night clubs or pubs where re running cables is just not going to happen.
    Its HD over coax. – Now im not saying that DVRS are better than Mobotix Cameras however i will say that depending on site specific needs

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