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#18: Installing the ANNKE 4-channel CCTV system

Over the years I’ve slowly added individual IP cameras, both inside and outside the house. However, I’ve run into limitations such as how to store footage from the cameras for security purposes, and how to display multiple cameras simultaneously. I’ve used workarounds for these problems but it’s time to try out a proper camera system, rather than a collection of separate cameras.

I installed an ANNKE system a DVR and cameras to replace 4 of my existing IP cameras, to test how well it works. I also installed long video cables and a wireless mouse so I could mount the DVR inside my ceiling and display the camera feed on a couple of LCD TVs, and tested BNC-to-UTP adapters to run Cat-5 cable to a distant camera.

Unfortunately I discovered that the DVR requires Windows for network access, because it relies on a plug-in that doesn’t work on Mac or Linux. That means I had to run long video cables to the TVs that I use to display the live feed from the cameras. The end result is great, but it’s not how I intended to set it up.

This is the particular ANNKE 4-camera system that I installed, which is the Australian version:

This is the US version of the system:

There are a bunch of other packages as well. The AUD price seems to vary: I think it’s generated by converting from USD at whatever the daily exchange rate is, so it’s different now to when I got mine.

2 thoughts on “#18: Installing the ANNKE 4-channel CCTV system

  1. I just got a cheap NVR that I can connect to my DVRs over the lan – were about $35 or so from aliexpress and no HDD needed to just view cameras. I have some cheapo wireless mice on them for when I need to fiddle with them.

    It looks like the UI is the same as the generic “h264” brand one I got that is well known for being a sieve for security, so dont go portfowarding it from the internet either.

  2. Take a look at Blue Iris. Much better option than any DVR I have come across. Easy to integrate into web apps etc as well to become part of the general home automation ecosystem.

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