If you have a bunch of old CCTV cameras that you paid an arm & a leg for by some hick camera installation company, and you are not ready to write them off, a great way to preserve your investment in 20th century legacy technology is with a Vivotek IP Video Encoder, like the Vivotek VS8801 8 Camera H.264 Video Server. Instead of plugging the coax cable into a DVR, you plug the into the video server.
This network server takes up to 8 analog CCTV cameras, digitizes the video stream, and turns them into a Vivotek network camera that you can access anywhere in the world online, on your iPhone, or your iPad! You can use a newer PC to install their free recording and central management software, or if you don’t have one, consider a network video recorder from Vivotek or QNAP to record and access the video.
We just had a customer set up some new Vivotek IP8332 H.264 Outdoor Day & Night Network Bullet Cameras, and had a few old b/w cameras outside that they did not want to replace yet, though were not able to be viewed with the new cameras. The Vivotek VS8801 came to the rescue, and for a little over $100 a camera, can turn old analog cameras into network cameras that can be viewed with the Included Vivotek software, so you can pull them all up at the same time.
The advantage of using a network video recorder over a PC? Since they are what is called an embedded system, like a TiVo, they are immune from the ten hundred million PC virus’s out there, have embedded O/S in ROM, so you don’t have to worry about your drive or O/S becoming infected and possibly destroying your data, draw a fraction of the electricity of a PC, and are the size of an external hard drive enclosure, saving desk space.
Vivotek also makes a 4 camera, and a 1 camera server, though if you have a bunch of cameras, you can put up to 3 of these 8 camera or 4 camera video servers on a rack, giving you 12-24 video servers. Keep adding as many as you need. Also add up to 8 audio channels, and you can hang on to the 20th century for a little while longer
Call us if you need any help with the transition.
Wendell the Chameleon
Spy & Surveillance Products Expert
EyeSpyPro.com/Vivotek VS8801 Video Server