IP Cameras with build in servers v/s NVRs with build in server

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Hello,

We are a small start up working with a bunch of IP Cameras. Our requirement is to pull IP Camera stream to AWS. We achieved this after playing around with a bunch of IP Cameras from various different companies.

our main issue, we encountered was configuring the IP Camera for port opening, port forwarding etc.
Most IP Camera companies are providing an app and letting users to view the video. But most of these apps don't let us to configure the IP Camera such as port opening, port forwarding etc. we have our own app connected to AWS. We don't want to use the apps provided by IP Camera companies. We want to just configure IP Camera using the build in web server and pull the video stream.

So its very tough to figure it out, which IP Cameras have build in server ? Most of them are not explicitly mentioning anything about build in server. Most IP cameras with Build in servers are a bit pricey relative to normal IP Cameras (i.e., with out IP Cameras).

The other thought we found on internet is, Most NVRs have build in server it seems. I am not sure. I am a newbie to this field. So instead of spending more amount on IP Cameras with build in server for each. We thought of purchasing an NVR with build in server and connect normal IP Cameras ( with out any build in server). We would like to know, which is the correct approach? Do NVRs allow to configure each IP Camera for basic stuff like port openings, forwarding etc.
 

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Hello,

We are a small start up working with a bunch of IP Cameras. Our requirement is to pull IP Camera stream to AWS. We achieved this after playing around with a bunch of IP Cameras from various different companies.

our main issue, we encountered was configuring the IP Camera for port opening, port forwarding etc.
Most IP Camera companies are providing an app and letting users to view the video. But most of these apps don't let us to configure the IP Camera such as port opening, port forwarding etc. we have our own app connected to AWS. We don't want to use the apps provided by IP Camera companies. We want to just configure IP Camera using the build in web server and pull the video stream.

So its very tough to figure it out, which IP Cameras have build in server ? Most of them are not explicitly mentioning anything about build in server. Most IP cameras with Build in servers are a bit pricey relative to normal IP Cameras (i.e., with out IP Cameras).

The other thought we found on internet is, Most NVRs have build in server it seems. I am not sure. I am a newbie to this field. So instead of spending more amount on IP Cameras with build in server for each. We thought of purchasing an NVR with build in server and connect normal IP Cameras ( with out any build in server). We would like to know, which is the correct approach? Do NVRs allow to configure each IP Camera for basic stuff like port openings, forwarding etc.
You should NOT be port forwarding ANY cameras....that is a HUGE security NO NO....you will get hacked
if you are using cameras that dont even have an option for port forwarding you are using really cheap garbage junk
any camera from a well know reliable brand will suit your needs...on the lower end price point, dahua, hikvision...
you need to get someone who knows what they are doing to help you because this is already a disaster..
no need for aws, save locally.
 

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Hello,

We are a small start up working with a bunch of IP Cameras. Our requirement is to pull IP Camera stream to AWS. We achieved this after playing around with a bunch of IP Cameras from various different companies.

our main issue, we encountered was configuring the IP Camera for port opening, port forwarding etc.
Most IP Camera companies are providing an app and letting users to view the video. But most of these apps don't let us to configure the IP Camera such as port opening, port forwarding etc. we have our own app connected to AWS. We don't want to use the apps provided by IP Camera companies. We want to just configure IP Camera using the build in web server and pull the video stream.

So its very tough to figure it out, which IP Cameras have build in server ? Most of them are not explicitly mentioning anything about build in server. Most IP cameras with Build in servers are a bit pricey relative to normal IP Cameras (i.e., with out IP Cameras).

The other thought we found on internet is, Most NVRs have build in server it seems. I am not sure. I am a newbie to this field. So instead of spending more amount on IP Cameras with build in server for each. We thought of purchasing an NVR with build in server and connect normal IP Cameras ( with out any build in server). We would like to know, which is the correct approach? Do NVRs allow to configure each IP Camera for basic stuff like port openings, forwarding etc.
Welcome spr,

There's technical and startup business related questions which you and your team will have to work quickly with.

For the technical stuff, start reading here ASAP - also see post #12 - you've got a lot of work ahead here.
Resource Guide on IP Technology for all Noobs

Also read some of the security breeches happening with IoT and security cameras.

Which city are you in?
 

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You should NOT be port forwarding ANY cameras....that is a HUGE security NO NO....you will get hacked
if you are using cameras that dont even have an option for port forwarding you are using really cheap garbage junk
any camera from a well know reliable brand will suit your needs...on the lower end price point, dahua, hikvision...
you need to get someone who knows what they are doing to help you because this is already a disaster..
no need for aws, save locally.
Hello,
Thanks for your reply. We are not storing the video streams on AWS. We have 500 to 1000 clients wants to pull video from a specific IP Camera. These clients may use different devices with various network connections. No IP Camera can push the stream to these many clients. We are using AWS for load balancing and also to host media server. cost reduction is our motto.So looking for really less price IP Cameras.
 

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Welcome spr,

There's technical and startup business related questions which you and your team will have to work quickly with.

For the technical stuff, start reading here ASAP - also see post #12 - you've got a lot of work ahead here.
Resource Guide on IP Technology for all Noobs

Also read some of the security breeches happening with IoT and security cameras.

Which city are you in?
Thanks a lot for your valuable resources. I live near newyork.
 

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Thanks a lot for your valuable resources. I live near newyork.
Hi Spr

New York has a very strong startup community and related community events. I recommend taking a look and connecting with some of them to help assist you in your building of a new startup. Ideally you want to look at some of the lean principles and prototyping.

Using a Rasp Pi camera kit or other IP camera which is open maybe a useful way to help prototype your concepts.
 
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