Recording options are very extensive and if you have the storage space you can have all or selected cameras permanently recording straight to the appliance's hard disks. Alternatively, you can use schedules and this is where it gets a lot more interesting. Basic time schedules allow you to activate recording from cameras between specific hours each day. You can create multiple daily time slots for each camera but you can't specify certain days.
However, instead of continuous recording you can use motion detection to trigger a recording session during the selected times. Even better is motion detection on one camera can be used to trigger others to start recording as well. There's more as the appliance is aware of cameras with I/O connectors so these can also be used. You could, for example, have a camera with door relay connected to it and trigger recordings on multiple cameras if it is opened.
A toolbox is provided by NUUO which includes a backup utility for securing selected videos plus separate applications allowing users to view permitted cameras and access recordings but not interact with the appliance's settings. To give you a rough idea of the storage space you'll require we ran a constant recording session from one camera for ten minutes and watched it use up around 414MB. Videos can also be backed up to other storage locations and using the Cue option you also backup up portions of a video file as well.
From the playback option in the web interface you select cameras, choose a time period and then view the stored video. A control panel is provided so you can stop, start and pause the video, speed up or slow it down and zoom in and out. The search tool is really smart as after selecting an area in the video window it'll skip though to areas where motion was detected, foreign objects appeared or disappeared or focus was lost.
Using the P3301 we successfully tested the scheduled motion detection features and watched the appliance start recording when we walked in front of the camera and stop after we'd stepped away. We could view the video from the playback screen and use the search tool to skip through to where motion was first detected.
The NVRmini is offering a very smart surveillance and recording solution ideally suited to smaller businesses. You will need to factor in the cost of hard disks and IP cameras but you'll be hard pushed to find a similar product that can offer the same level of features at this price point.