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Hikvision DS-7608NI-I2/8P and compatible cameras?

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Hi, I'll start by letting everybody know that I am totally new and unfamiliar with IP network cams and NVRs. I have been doing a lot of research and have came up with this. First off, this is my plan and my question(s), I want to run a DS-2CD4A26FWD-IZHS8/P ANPR camera and 5-6 regular cameras. The NVR I ordered will be listed at the bottom. My questions are, (1) will this particular NVR support this particular ANPR camera? It says it supports ANPR function. (2nd), where to get regular cameras that will work with the DS-7608NI-I2/8P? Will ebay cameras work if they are upgradable and in English? Thanks

NVR: Hikvision 8CH NVR 8MP W/8CH POE H.265+ 4K HDMI DS-7608NI-K1/8P(B) H-265 | eBay

Camera: HIKVISION OEM 8MP 4K DS-2CD2385FWD-I Dome Turret IP POE Security 3-Axis Camera | eBay
 

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Also, about the ebay camera, I am not concerned about a 3 year warranty. I just need a camera that is less than $200 USD. I see that B&H photo is an authorized dealer here in the states. They want well over $200 for 1 camera, that is ridiculous!
 
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What is the difference between an ebay hikvision camera and an authorized seller hikvision camera? Other than warranty and support it seems they will still work?
 

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Anybody please help, I'm still learning about network cameras, its a huge learning curve! Thanks for the help
 

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Most cameras on ebay were intended for the Chinese or other market.
They have different firmware.
They will have been purchased on AliBaba / AliExpress or similar and are then being resold by resellers at ebay.
You will get no support.
You will be frustrated by setup OR have lost your money if it fails.

For ANPR, I would say that you are limited to Hikvision for a cost-effective solution at the moment.
NB - ANPR requires specialist more expensive cameras such as the 4A26.

BTW - we do not ship to the States.
 
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I have a Milesight camera working great on a clients Hikvision DS-7616NI. I had to add it manually and connect using ONVIF. The DS-2CD4A26FWD-IZHS/P will take a bit of research on your side to set up plate capture accurately but there are plenty of guides on the internet that will help with that. As Phil said, stay away from purchasing from eBay or AliBaba, don't believe them when they say you can 'easily' change the language from Chinese to English.
 

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I have a Milesight camera working great on a clients Hikvision DS-7616NI. I had to add it manually and connect using ONVIF. The DS-2CD4A26FWD-IZHS/P will take a bit of research on your side to set up plate capture accurately but there are plenty of guides on the internet that will help with that. As Phil said, stay away from purchasing from eBay or AliBaba, don't believe them when they say you can 'easily' change the language from Chinese to English.
Thank you for the info, so I should probably stay away from this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EN3YBZ...b4ebb9e658d5&ie=UTF8&qid=1541758303&sr=3&th=1
Yes, the ANPR will be a learning curve, but I think I can figure it out. I keep hearing about ONVIF? Can someone help me understand what that exactly is? Thanks for the help guys.
 
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Basically, ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) is a protocol that allows surveillance products to communicate with each other. In their words “The mission of ONVIF is to provide and promote standardized interfaces for effective interoperability of IP-based physical security products.” Apparently ONVIF supports more than 10 000 different IP based products and counting.

Most reputable brands (Hikvision, Bosch, Axis, Panasonic, Axis to name a few) support it. Hikvision NVR’s are pretty good at connecting to 3rd party cameras via the manufacturer drop down on the manual add option. If the camera make is not listed you can choose ONVIF and the NVR will try interrogate it for the connection string. It may get a bit trickier when you want to leverage the cameras unique features. On occasion firmware updates can also break the ONVIF compliance.

As for your Amazon link, I wouldn’t recommend it. Amazon only fulfills that transaction. If the seller is no longer transacting with Amazon in a year, how does one return a defective camera? Brick and mortar shopping is probably a better way to go IMO.
 

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Still very confusing, lol. I'll get it though, I'm coming from the Analog side of the security world so this network stuff has me pulling my hair out! So I have heard that "B&H photo" is an authorized distributor, so would this be a safer bet: Hikvision4MP Indoor/Outdoor EXIR Turret Network Camera with 2.8mm Lens
I also purchased a Hikvision NVR on Ebay about a week ago, he swears its genuine. The item is no longer available, in the link I provide look for where it says (the listing has ended) : Hikvision 8CH NVR 8MP W/8CH POE H.265+ 4K HDMI DS-7608NI-K1/8P(B) H-265 | eBay
Should I return it and get it from B&H?
 
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What makes me suspicious is the "English w/ Upgradable Firmware" line in his item listing. That doesn't mean it's not legit. Have you powered the NVR up? Check the firmware version in Menu>Maintenance>System Info and report back. You could try update the firmware to confirm it's as he claims.

I'm going to assume you are in the States because of B&H. Hikvision has withdrawn considerably from the US market after security concerns over back-doors to their products surfaced. Hikvision and their OEMs like WBOX, Dahua are banned for the US government and government-funded contracts. This means you will most likely have to get your firmware updates from the Hikvision European download portal.

If I were you I'd contact the seller and ask how he honors the 3yr warranty that all Hikvision products come with. If he waffles I'd return the NVR and go B&H. On that note, this is a newer version of the camera for $8 more DS-2CD2345FWD-I | B&H Photo Video if you are ok with the fixed lens.

Keep us posted!
 

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Good information I appreciate it. Yes I am in the states. It has not arrived yet, expected to arrive Tuesday. I'll keep in contact. Thanks again
 

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(the NVR ebay seller) just replied claiming he gets his cameras from B&H. I asked him if the warranty is supported by him, Hikivision or both? I'll see what he says, also, isn't there a way to see if its a "true" US version by the serial #?
 

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I have read that the 3mp is better at night than say, a 5 or 8mp. Is this true? I would like to get a 5mp but if a 3 or 4mp is better at night than maybe that would be the better bet.
 
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NVR seller response:

"I am not 100% but there should be. All of the info I pasted in the listing came from my distributor. However since I am not an authorized Hikvision distributor I am not entirely sure. I have sold around 20 Hikvision devices within the last year and a half and also have the DS-7616 myself including international version cameras I bought overseas. All of the equipment works so I havent had to call Hikvision personally. I had a tech savvy IT guy help with the install and they were able to figure everything out. I also haven't had any emails from previous customers saying they were having trouble with the system, so I feel fairly confident everything will work for you. I would just recommend to have someone help with the install. It is posted everywhere these are all plug and play however its a little more to it than that. A person who does IT and installs helps tremendously, I do not regret hiring him to do the install for me".


This was the response I got from the seller I purchased the NVR from. What do you think, should I check out the serial # when it gets here? I'm not to worried about the 3 year warranty, more concerned whether or not its US region. I'll wait till it arrives and check the serial #. I can always send it back and buy from B&H if need be.
 
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What makes me suspicious is the "English w/ Upgradable Firmware" line in his item listing. That doesn't mean it's not legit. Have you powered the NVR up? Check the firmware version in Menu>Maintenance>System Info and report back. You could try update the firmware to confirm it's as he claims.

I'm going to assume you are in the States because of B&H. Hikvision has withdrawn considerably from the US market after security concerns over back-doors to their products surfaced. Hikvision and their OEMs like WBOX, Dahua are banned for the US government and government-funded contracts. This means you will most likely have to get your firmware updates from the Hikvision European download portal.

If I were you I'd contact the seller and ask how he honors the 3yr warranty that all Hikvision products come with. If he waffles I'd return the NVR and go B&H. On that note, this is a newer version of the camera for $8 more DS-2CD2345FWD-I | B&H Photo Video if you are ok with the fixed lens.

Keep us posted!
You mentioned, (quote) "This means you will most likely have to get your firmware updates from the Hikvision European download portal". Will the European firmware work for my setup? Does Hikvision USA no longer support updates? Sorry about all the questions
 
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I have read that the 3mp is better at night than say, a 5 or 8mp. Is this true? I would like to get a 5mp but if a 3 or 4mp is better at night than maybe that would be the better bet.
In the Hikvision range, the models that are 'Powered by Darkfighter' tend to work better in low light. We use the 4MP DS-2CD2T45FWD-I5/I8 - Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. Ltd. in low light areas and have good results. The I5/I8 suffix is the distance the infrared beam reaches, I5 50meters, I8 80meters. This 5MP, DS-2CD2025FWD-I - Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. Ltd. performs well too (also Darkfighter but 30M IR range). Ambient light is important to consider, the Darkfighters may perform better in some environments with their IR lights turned off. Again, this is my personal experience.
 
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