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Review: GW Security 5MP 8-ch PoE NVR Security Camera System (8C8CH5091IP)

A very high-end home security camera solution that comes with everything you need to set up a high quality CCTV system yourself. The GW Security 5MP 8-ch PoE NVR Security Camera System is one of the contenders for the best 8-channel NVR kit.

GW Security – who are they?

GW Security is one of those Chinese white-label brands that source their hardware and brand it. These guys don’t even have a website so it gives you some idea about how much support you can expect if something goes wrong. GW Security now has a website and is providing US warranty on their products.

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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

GW Security 8C8CH5091IP - 8 Channel NVR PoE IP Security Camera System - Box Contents - NetworkCameraReviews

  • GW2208E 8-channel 4K PoE NVR with power adaptor
  • USB mouse
  • Power adapter
  • Manual CD
  • 2x HDD trays (inside of front panel)
  • 2TB surveillance-grade hard drive
  • 8 x GW5091IP 5MP PoE IP Camera
  • 8 port PoE switch that connects the cameras to the NVR
  • 1 Year warranty
  • Lifetime free tech support

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Technical Specifications

SpecDetails
NVR (GW Security GW2208E)
Channels 8 channels
Bandwidth 240 fps max
Decoding resolution 5MP/3MP/1080P/UXGA/720P/VGA/4CIF/DCIF/2CIF/CIF/QCIF
Playback resolution 5MP/3MP/1080P/UXGA/720P/VGA/4CIF/DCIF/2CIF/CIF/QCIF
Synchronous playback 8 channels
Storage included 2TB HDD
Maximum capacity 2 x 6TB HDD
External HDD N/A
USB 1×USB3.0
Protocols RTSP/FTP/PPPOE/DHCP/DDNS/NTP/UPnP/ONVIF
Alarm in / out
Audio in / out
Display ports 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI
Power consumption <120W
Power over Ethernet (PoE Switch included in kit instead)
8 Dome Cameras (GW Security GW5091IP)
Resolution 5MP @ 15 FPS; 3MP @ 30 FPS; 2MP @ 30 FPS
Sensor 1/3" 5MP
Focus Fixed
Focal length 3.6mm
IR distance 30 metres / 130 feet (48pcs Ring LED)
Infrared Type True IR-cut filter
Angle of View 80 degrees
Onvif v2.4
Power Consumption N/A
Working Environment IP66 rated and Vandal-resistant
Network Protocol RTSP/FTP/PPPOE/DHCP/DDNS/NTP/UPnP/ONVIF
Power over Ethernet
Wi-Fi
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The NVR – GW Security GW2208E

There are a couple of innovative features that make this NVR a really easy one to set up. The Pull-n-Fit system allows you to add up to two hard drives to the NVR without any trouble. Since the NVR also supports a 1-click plug-n-play setup using UPnP, its a breeze to get this system up and running. The NVR will automatically detect and set up all the IP cameras.

GW Security 8C8CH5091IP - 8 Channel NVR PoE IP Security Camera System - NVR Back Panel - NetworkCameraReviews

This is a highly capable NVR that can record at up to 5Mp resolution. The Hi3535 processor is the reason for this high megapixel count. The other notable feature is full ONVIF support. This means that you can mix and match IP cameras from any manufacturer or brand and they will all work seamlessly with the NVR. So if you want to upgrade one of the included cameras, you are not constrained in any way.

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The IP Camera – GW Security GW5091IP

GW Security 8C8CH5091IP - 8 Channel NVR PoE IP Security Camera System - GW5091IP Camera - NetworkCameraReviews

GW Security 8C8CH5091IP - 8 Channel NVR PoE IP Security Camera System - GW5091IP Camera Back - NetworkCameraReviews

GW Security 8C8CH5091IP - 8 Channel NVR PoE IP Security Camera System - GW5091IP Camera PoE - NetworkCameraReviews

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What are the pros and cons of this GW Security Kit?

PROS:
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) supported
  • Motion detection alerts, can FTP videos
  • Supports up to two hard drives of 4TB each
  • Redundant storage through multiple hard drive support
  • Officially supports third-party cameras through ONVIF compatibility
  • Can backup to USB drive
  • Great quality 5MP cameras included
  • Cameras are IP66 weather-proof and vandal resistance rated

CONS:
  • Included cameras do not have microphones
  • NVR does not have alarm or audio inputs
  • No advanced motion detection methods
  • NVR does not have PoE, but separate PoE switch included

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The NetworkCamera.Reviews Verdict

This 8-channel GW Security NVR kit is a decent CCTV kit in our opinion. However the lack of brand name recognition makes us hesitate to recommend this system.

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Where to buy

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7.3 Total Score
A decent high resolution 8-channel security camera system

Performance features
7
Ease of Use features
8
Technical Features
7
PROS
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) supported
  • Motion detection alerts, can FTP videos
  • Supports up to two hard drives of 4TB each
  • Redundant storage through multiple hard drive support
  • Officially supports third-party cameras through ONVIF compatibility
  • Can backup to USB drive
  • Great quality 5MP cameras included
  • Cameras are IP66 weather-proof and vandal resistance rated
CONS
  • Included cameras do not have microphones
  • NVR does not have alarm or audio inputs
  • No advanced motion detection methods
  • NVR does not have PoE, but separate PoE switch included
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