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SecurityMan Review: Best Inexpensive Surveillance System

SecurityMan Review: Best Inexpensive Surveillance System
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After conducting our 2018 research and analysis of video surveillance systems, we recommend SecurityMan's NDVR8-500K system as the best inexpensive video surveillance system for small businesses.

We chose SecurityMan from a pool of the dozens of video surveillance systems we considered. To read our full methodology and for a more comprehensive list of video surveillance systems, visit Business News Daily's best picks for video surveillance systems.

One of the best things about SecurityMan's NDVR system is the price tag. Truly reliable video surveillance systems are expensive. You can find off-the-shelf solutions for a few hundred dollars, but typically, these products are ineffective or have short life spans, which can end up costing you more money in the end. 

SecurityMan's NDVR system, which supports up to eight camera inputs, includes the digital video recorder and up to 1TB of recording space, which equals 22 days of recording time. Like other more expensive systems, SecurityMan's NDVR system is compatible with mobile devices for viewing your security system on the go. It also employs H.264 compression, which is a modern technique for compressing video files that maintains a high level of quality. You get all of those features in a system that costs less than $500, making it an extremely cost-effective solution that doesn't cut essential corners. A $100 upgrade gets you eight indoor/outdoor cameras with motion detection and night vision to plug into your NDVR system.

Another big benefit of the SecurityMan system is that it's an all-in-one solution that doesn't require much effort from the business owner purchasing it. Although you can create more specialized and customizable systems, SecurityMan's NDVR system is ideal for businesses that want functional cameras without the headache of trying to learn the ins and outs of video surveillance on their own time. SecurityMan's system is also equipped with "auto-ID plug and play," meaning you can set it up even if you don't know anything about configuration or networking cameras. 

Of course, simplicity can be a double-edged sword. The NDVR system uses analog cameras, rather than the more modern IP cameras. This sacrifices some more advanced functionality. Though you can still view your videos from a smartphone or over an internet connection, the cameras themselves cannot detect motion or send immediate notifications to your smart devices.

Editor's Note: Trying to find the video surveillance system that's right for you? Fill in the questionnaire below, and you will be contacted by our partner vendors to help find the right system for your business.

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For a small business owner looking for a system that will be quick and easy to install and set up and that doesn't sacrifice reliability and basic functionality, SecurityMan's NDVR system offers an affordable solution. It doesn't require a lot of maintenance, and installation is easy. Setup is simplified with the auto ID plug-and-play feature, which eliminates the need for configuration and makes knowledge of networks unnecessary. With the simplicity of installation and setup, it's probably not necessary to hire a professional installation service, but if you do, the price is relatively low, and you'll still pay less than for other, more technically advanced systems. 

If you need simple, resilient security cameras with moderate functionality and you're unlikely to scale the system up beyond eight cameras, SecurityMan is the perfect system to save you precious time and money. If you're looking for a more advanced system that includes IP cameras and a scalable network video recorder, see Business News Daily's selection for best overall video surveillance system.

The downside of SecurityMan's NDVR system is that it lacks flexibility, scalability and the most advanced features now available on the market. The system has just eight BNC connections, so you'll be unable to add any additional cameras to the system, and utilizing power over Ethernet switches to do that is impossible. Therefore, we recommend this system only for relatively small, single-location businesses. Moreover, while you could purchase different cameras, SecurityMan's system comes with eight of the same type: the SM-218 Outdoor/Indoor Wired 600TVL. These bullet cameras shoot in color and up to 80 feet in night vision, but they lack some of the more advanced features, such as motion detection. Still, the resolution is solid for a non-IP camera, and it's tough to beat the price for an eight-camera system.

Ready to choose a video surveillance system? Here's a breakdown of our complete coverage:

Editor's Note: Trying to find the video surveillance system that's right for you? Fill in the questionnaire below, and you will be contacted by our partner vendors to help find the right system for your business.

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Adam C. Uzialko

Adam received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University. He worked for a local newspaper and freelanced for several publications after graduating college. He can be reached by email, or follow him on Twitter.