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Review: Amcrest 2MP 4-ch PoE NVR Kit (AMNV20M4-4B-B)

A budget home security camera solution one of the easiest ways to get into into DIY home security. The Amcrest AMNV20M4-4B-B we have under review today is such a kit.

Amcrest – who are they?

Foscam is a brand that is synonymous with home security. But some time ago, Foscam China’s US distributor fell out with them and set up a new brand called Amcrest. These guys have used their wide range of experience to improve on Foscam China’s weaknesses and delivered a reliable yet affordable brand.

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What to look for

These are the features you should look for in your NVR system. These points will also be the criteria for our rating in the ‘Features’ section of our overall rating:

NVR Must-havesNVR Nice-to-haves
Simple motion detection Advanced motion detection such as Line Detection, Intrusion Detection, Face Detection
Email alerts for motion detection Push alerts to mobile devices
Backup footage to an external hard drive Simultaneous recording to a second hard drive (RAID) or external HDD
Power over Ethernet (PoE) feature Mouse and keyboard support
At least 1 high speed port (eSATA/USB 3.0/Firewire/Gigabit ethernet) Multiple high speed ports
Live view at least 4 channels simultaneously (unless it is a single channel NVR) Live view all channels simultaneously
Synchronous playback of at least 4 channels while recording all channels (unless it is a single channel NVR) Synchronous playback of all channels while recording all channels (unless it is a single channel NVR)
Zoom in on areas of interest Create virtual cameras
Camera Must-havesCamera Nice-to-haves
IR LED illumination EXIR LED illumination
Metal body for outdoor cameras On-board storage. eg. SD card
Power over Ethernet (PoE) Built-in NVR features (works like an NVR without needing any other device such as an NVR or PC)
Weatherproofing to IP66 for outdoor cameras Motion detection
Email and Push notification alerts
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What’s in the box

  • 8-channel PoE NVR (Amcrest NV1104E) with power adaptor
  • 4 x 2MP PoE IP Camera (Amcrest IP2M-842E)
  • 2 x 60ft Ethernet Cables for connecting the cameras to the NVR
  • 2 x 100ft Ethernet Cables for connecting the cameras to the NVR
  • NVR power supply
  • User Manual + Quick Start Guide

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Technical Specifications

SpecDetails
NVR (Amcrest NV1104E)
Channels 4 channels
Bandwidth 28 Mbps
Decoding resolution 1080P/720P
Playback resolution 1080P/720P
Synchronous playback 4 channels
Storage included 1 x 2TB HDD
Maximum capacity 6TB
External HDD 1 x e-Sata (4TB max)
USB 2 x USB 2.0
Protocols TCP/IP, HTTP, uPNP, SMTP, NTP, DHCP, DNS, FTP
Alarm in / out
Audio in / out
Power consumption <10W without HDD & PoE
Camera (Amcrest IP2M-842E)
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Sensor 1/3" 2MP
Focus Fixed
Focal length 4mm
IR distance 30 Metres (36pcs Ring LED)
Angle of View 72°@4.0mm
Onvif V2.1 compatible
Power Consumption 5.5W
Working Environment Temperature: -10 ℃ ~+55 ℃ (14°F~131°F), Humidity: 10%~90%
Network Protocol TCP/IP, HTTP, HTTPS, uPNP, RTSP, SMTP, NTP, DHCP, DNS, FTP, ONVIF, URL, P2P
WiFi
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What are the pros and cons of this Amcrest Kit?

PROS:
  • Basic CCTV kit at a great price
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) supported
  • Motion detection alerts, can FTP videos
  • Audio in/out with bi-directional talk
  • Officially supports third-party cameras even though it claims ONVIF compatibility
  • Can backup to USB drive
  • Good quality 2MP cameras included
  • Cameras are IP67 weather-proof rated

CONS:
  • NVR records only 2 cameras at 2MP resolution at 30fps, 4 channels can be recorded at 720p only
  • Included cameras do not have microphones
  • No advanced motion detection methods such as line/intrusion detection
  • No alarm in/out connections
  • Synchronous playback of only 4 channels
  • Doesn’t allow access to individual cameras (no Virtual Host feature)

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The NetworkCamera.Reviews Verdict

This 4-channel Amcrest NVR kit is the best budget option CCTV kit for the money. Yes, you get a basic NVR which does 1080p only, but that’s more than enough for most people. The kit is solid and reliable, you really can’t go wrong with it.

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Where to buy

Amcrest 2-Megapixel (1920 x 1080p) 4CH Network POE Video Security System (NVR...

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Last update was in: February 17, 2018 6:01 pm
$239.99
6.7 Total Score
The Best Budget 4-channel Home Security Camera System

Performance Features
8
Ease of Use Features
7
Technical Features
5
PROS
  • Basic CCTV kit at a great price
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) supported
  • Motion detection alerts, can FTP videos
  • Officially supports third-party cameras even though it claims ONVIF compatibility
  • Can backup to USB drive
  • Good quality 2MP cameras included
  • Cameras are IP67 weather-proof rated
CONS
  • NVR records only 2 cameras at 2MP resolution at 30fps, 4 channels can be recorded at 720p only
  • Included cameras do not have microphones
  • No advanced motion detection methods such as line/intrusion detection
  • No alarm in/out connections
  • Synchronous playback of only 4 channels
  • Doesn't allow access to individual cameras (no Virtual Host feature)
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