IP Camera Recorder

An IP camera recorder, also known as a network video recorder (NVR), is used to manage, view, and store the video surveillance footage that security cameras record. NVRs are available from a variety of different manufacturers, providing various software and hard drive sizes. Before investing in an NVR, it is worthwhile learning more about them. Here we cover the basics for you.

What is an NVR

An NVR is a software program that enables recording surveillance in a digital format to a disk drive, memory card or other mass storage device. These systems don’t have dedicated video capturing hardware; rather they can be purpose-built appliances or a network attached storage (NAS).

Ideal for managing multiple cameras from one central location, using an NVR comes with several benefits:

  • NVRs are capable of storing larger amounts of video files than a camera’s memory card, allowing you to record HD footage and store footage for longer durations.
  • They allow you to set up motion detection windows and alerts if the camera features don’t already allow them.
  • You are able to review and analyse multiple camera footage from a single interface, rather than having to access each camera’s footage individually.

NVRs and DVRs

NVRs and DVRs (Digital Video Recorders) do the same job of saving and storing footage, but their major difference is that they’re designed to work with different camera types. DVRs are used in analog CCTV systems, whereas NVRs are used for IP cameras. Because IP cameras are the very latest in cutting-edge CCTV technology, using NVRs allows you to introduce these latest models into your system without hassle.


New NVRs often come with RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks), this function allows the user to protect the recorded data in the event of hardware failure or data loss. It is essentially adding an additional technique for managing multiple storage solutions to deliver desirable cost and data availability.

Not all RAID choices make the most sense for surveillance, so when choosing an NVR, it is important to opt for RAID levels that suit your needs.