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  1. I'm the volunteer IT guy for a small private school and have been for 30 years... We currently have a Geovision DVR card based system with 20 cameras. We have a main system in 1 building and a secondary stem in the second. Both are very old and failing, so it's time to bring it into this century. I use a PC Geovision NVR with 16 IP cameras at home, but now they are requiring an expensive license just for the software and even more per channel if you don't use their cameras. My questions: 1) What would be the recommended software (Blue Iris, etc)? They need to be able to monitor and display on several different stations. 2) Would you recommend 1 hardy system or stay with 2 (obviously new) since everything will be across the network? 3) Speaking of network, it's all 10/100, so all switches, etc will need upgrading. Any recommendations for that? Please share what knowledge you have and it will at least get me started. :-)
  2. yzpmpgq

    Goodbye Geovision!

    I have used geovision since the old PCI cards. I upgraded all my cameras (16) to IP and the VMS product which was an expensive undertaking. I even purchased 2 expensive 3rd party licenses for my PTZ cameras (much better than GV). Now, I see to upgrade VMS now requires a purchased license of over $500??? It was already expensive for the free version due to buying THEIR cameras instead of cheaper alternatives. I am switching to Blue Iris which I should have done in the first place when I went IP. I think you guys just shot yourselves in the foot. It's going to kill your income on cameras as most like me were only buying them for the "free" software.
  3. yzpmpgq

    Geovision IP camera quality issue

    And as another optio, can I simply get a new system using the geovision NVR and then map the cameras from the old system till I phase them out? Will basically any system work?
  4. yzpmpgq

    Geovision IP camera quality issue

    As old as the memory is, it will take around $200 to get 8GB of matching RAM. I would rather put that in a new system. Where can I get advice on what is recommended for a geo system? What I see on their site is years old and still based on Win 7.
  5. I have had a 16 camera geovision system for years and it works great. I want to switch to IP cameras. I started with 3 IP cameras and set them to 30FPS. Live view looks fine (looks more like 10-14FPS), but the recordings looked more like 3-5FPS. I added a 2nd hard drive (Seagate Surveillance HDD 4TB ST4000VX000 6Gb/s ) and dedicated the IP cams to it. They were actually worse! More like 1FPS with FREQUENT pauses, gaps, etc. I listed my system below. What items need to be checked/upgraded to make a viable 16 IP camera system? Intel Core 2 Quad (Q6600) Gigabyte EP45-UD3R MB (Intel chipset, SATA 3GB/s) 2 - 4GB SATA 6 drives (yes, I know 3 is the max with this MB) 3 GB RAM NVidia Geoforce 9400 GT Geovision 1480 A Combo card Geovision v8.5.9 - I tried a newer version and couldn't even get it to come up, so I had to reinstall this one. When running, performance is: CPU-80% Memory - 80% Disk 1 - 1-2% Disk 2 - 1-2% Ethernet - 9-14Mbps As a note, before adding IP cams, I upgraded from win 7 to 10 and ever since then, even the analog cameras look "blocky". I tried different drivers with no improvement. Suggestions?