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  1. Kyle

    How-to: How do I use Western Digital’s Storage Calculator to identify how much storage space I’ll need for my CCTV system?

    One of the key decisions you’ll need to make when purchasing a surveillance system is that of storage space. You’ll need to ensure that you have sufficient space available to store the recorded footage for your desired time period to avoid having to repurchase and reinstall storage solutions at...
  2. S

    Alternatives to HDD storage? (DS-2CD202)

    Hello! I recently found a Hikvision DS-2CD202-I laying around and I thought I might as well install it in my house! It was several years ago I bought it and it was on old firmware, but I have updated it to V5.4.5 and installed iVMS-4200. My question to you guys is if there's any good...
  3. Dan

    How-to: How To Export/Backup Recordings from a Hikvision NVR to an External Storage Device

    Most Hikvision users will only ever need to download specific clips from their recordings and these clips will rarely exceed 1 hour of footage, in these cases you can quite easily use the browser or iVMS interfaces to download the clips over your local network. On some occasions though there...
  4. M

    How to format a microSD card on Hikvision IP cameras that are already set up?

    Hello and thanks for reading :D Is it possible to format the SD cards with the NVR? The cameras are all plugged in directly with POE and all work perfectly with the app etc, but none of the cameras show up in the SADP tool, nor on the browser (apart from camera management). If I go to storage...
  5. Dan

    How-to: How To Create a Storage Volume on a Synology NAS for Recording IP Cameras

    The key feature of Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices that sways people into using them over NVRs is that NAS devices can be used to record anything and not just IP cameras, this means that if you have enough storage you can use a section of your NAS to store videos, music, and general files...
  6. Kieran

    Bandwidth and Storage Calculators

    Bandwidth and Storage Calculators Knowing how much storage and bandwidth you're going to need for the system you're designing is absolutely critical. It's all well and good designing a fantastic CCTV system but if you don't have the bandwidth infrastructure to support what you've envisioned or...