Surveillance NAS with compatible IP camera with audio in function

I’m looking to buy a device that will stream my movies over LAN, internet and that can easily backup all my data as well, Great plus would be, if there was an option that allows recording of a few ( 1,2 maybe 3 IP Cameras ) preferably without the cost of extra third party software. I have one D- Link DCS-930-LB IP camera this one has a built-in mic, but it seems difficult to get a NAS that supports audio recording on there surveillance software, do you know of any?

Most movie files are 1,1 Gb (Mpeg4 format), thinking of working with Plex (and plex server, (so guess transcoding will be needed)) or maybe Kodi. Mostly I’ll be accessing files (streaming movies) on a MacBook and sometimes on PC and Tablet.

I would recommend getting DS218+ or DS718+ from Synology range. And TS-253A or TS-253B from Qnap range. Both Synology and Qnap have developed their own surveillance app free of charge. You will be able to setup triggers and configure recording areas and many other things. All these will support Plex but if you really consider KODI than consider the Qnap options mentioned above. All these NAS feature transcoding engines, letting you stream content over the internet.

If you can stretch your budget for a 4 bay solution than I would recommend TVS-473e () which will do better Plex transcoding over the internet.

DCS-930 audio input is not supported. To have this enabled, look at DCS-9X series in the table below.

Device Name Device Type Video Codec Pan Tilt Zoom Digital I/O Audio I/O Highest Resolution
DCS-930 Camera MJPEG 640×480
DCS-930L Camera MJPEG 640×480
DCS-930LB1 Camera MJPEG 640×480

D-link camera with supported audio input function.

Device Name Device Type Video Codec Pan Tilt Zoom Digital I/O Audio I/O Highest Resolution
DCS-935L Camera MJPEG In 1280×720
H.264
DCS-936L Camera MJPEG In 1280×720
H.264
DCS-942L Camera MJPEG In 640×480
MPEG4
H.264
DCS-942LB1 Camera MJPEG In 640×480
MPEG4
H.264
DCS-960L Camera MJPEG In 1280×720
H.264

 

Device Name Device Type Video Codec Pan Tilt Zoom Digital I/O Audio I/O Highest Resolution
DCS-7010L Camera MJPEG In In 1280×800
MPEG4
H.264
DCS-7110 Camera MJPEG In 1280×800
MPEG4
H.264
DCS-7110B1 Camera MJPEG In/Out 1920×1080
MPEG4
H.264
DCS-7410 Camera MJPEG In In 704×576
MPEG4
DCS-7413 Camera MJPEG In In 1920×1080
MPEG4
H.264
DCS-7510 Camera MJPEG In In 704×576
MPEG4
DCS-7513 Camera MJPEG In In 1920×1080
MPEG4
H.264
DCS-7513B Camera MJPEG Out In 1920×1080
H.264
DCS-855L Camera MJPEG PT In 1280×720
H.264

 


What can I connect to a NAS?

Wireless Speaker Sonos

The great thing about Sonos is that you don't need to pay for music subscription service. With the cheapest NAS at home like DS115j or any other, you can have your backups done for all of your devices and still use your network drive as a Sonos music library. Sonos will connect to your NAS via your network and let access your provided music library. If you have little more of IT knowledge, you can even set up your Alexa or Sonos with Alexa built in to play music on your voice commands ("Alexa! Ask DS Audio to Play Music!").

Casting devices

Nowadays it is so cheap to upgrade your old TV and make it smart. All you need is Google Chrome or EZcast alternative plugged into your HDMI port at the back of your TV. Now you have great functionality added to your TV to send a video file directly from your NAS to a TV. No need for wires and chargers and other mess. You can use your phone as a remote to go to your movies or family videos and cast that content on your TV during family or friend gatherings.

 

Apple TV

Amazon Fire TV

You may not have a smartphone, or you just simply prefer to control your content with a remote in that case Amazon Fire TV will be a great addon to get to your TV. It also plugs into your HDMI port and will play content from your NAS to a TV. No wires no mess.

nVidia Shield TV

It gets even better! If you want some more entertainment and all previously mentioned functions - nVidia TV is a great thing to get. You can use it for playing games and watching movies from your NAS. The greatest thing is - shield TV does video transcoding. So even if you have a cheap NAS with a weak CPU, in a combination of shield TV you can now automatically on the fly change video file size and format for a destination device. It is a great way to reduce network load and let older devices to play video content which normally was not supported on the device.



 
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