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Aimed at smaller businesses looking for an affordable IP camera surveillance and recording solution, the NVRmini is claimed by NUUO to be one of the first standalone surveillance systems of its kind on the market. Two models are available with a dual-drive version and the quad-drive NV-4080 appliance on review here.
The appliance is supplied diskless so you add your own SATA drives which are held in place with simple plastic hot-swap carriers. The package doesn't include any cameras but rest assured NUUO's device support list is extensive and includes all the most popular models from the likes of Axis, D-Link, Sony, Vivotek and Panasonic. The four drive model can handle up to eight video channels while the dual-drive appliance supports up to four cameras.
Initial installation is helped along nicely by NUUO's Setup Wizard which locates the appliance on the network and offers an Express mode which aims for the best data protection and will set up a RAID-5 array for you. You can take manual control with the Advanced mode which steps through setting the date and time, configuring the network interface and creating a RAID-1 striped array for maximum capacity.
The appliance's web interface is well designed and your first task is to start adding your cameras. To test compatibility we used a couple of Zavio F210A cameras, a Panasonic BB-HCM531 PTZ, an Axis 213 PTZ and the latest Axis P3301 fixed dome model. Camera setup is made easier with a UPnP search facility although this was only able to detect the Zavio cameras. Nevertheless, it's easy enough to manually add cameras where you provide a meaningful name, an IP address plus login details and choose from an extensive list of manufacturers and models.
As the Axis P3301 is a new model this wasn't listed but the auto-detection facility classed it as a 216FD which worked well enough. However, the P3301 is one of the first IP cameras to support the H.264 codec instead of MPEG-4 Part 2 and using the NUUO system we could only access it via M-JPEG. The 213 PTZ was correctly identified and although our Panasonic camera model wasn't listed the auto-detection classed it as an HCM331, which worked perfectly.
The Live View page provides direct access to all active video feeds and you can view one, four or the maximum of eight cameras in the same screen. The Zavio and Axis P3301 are fixed lens models but when we selected the Panasonic and Axis 213 cameras we were able to control their PTZ functions directly from the Live View screen using the keypad alongside the video window.
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