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What’s the Difference Between a Hybrid DVR, Tribrid DVR and an Analog DVR

It used to be that there was only one kind of security recorder, the CCTV Analog DVR. Now there are a variety of technologies for surveillance recording such as Analog, HD-CVI and IP Network.

Analog DVRs can record up to 960H resolution and the cameras are connect directly to the DVR via coax cable.

HD-CVI DVRs can record up to 1080p resolution and use the same coax cable as the analog DVRs. This is a great choice to upgrade your surveillance to High Definition without incurring the high costs associated with re-wiring to Ethernet Cable.

IP Network Video Recorders (NVRs) can record up to 12MP and the cameras need to be connected with an Ethernet Cable (CAT5/6).

Now, there are security recorders that can combine these technologies all on one device and that is the focus of this article. I will be focusing on the security recorders that can record up to 32 cameras on one device. These are the 16CH Hybrid DVR, the 16CH Tribrid DVR, and the 32CH Analog DVR. All of these DVRs look exactly the same on the front as you will see in the following image.

32 Camera DVR

But, it’s the inner workings and the backs of these DVRs that are different.

The 16CH Hybrid DVR

This Hybrid DVR brings together two surveillance technologies (Analog and IP) on one recorder.

16CH Hybrid DVR Back
16CH Hynrid DVR – Can record up to 32 Cameras (16 Analog and 16 IP)

As you can see in the image above there are a lot of BNC ports where you would connect coax cable with a BNC Connector. The top row contains 16 Video-In Ports. This is where each analog camera gets connected to. As I said, this is a 16CH DVR but it will record up to 16 Analog Cameras (connected with coax and BNC) as well as 16 IP Cameras. Where are the connections for the IP cameras you might ask? That’s an excellent question. In order to record IP cameras (up to 1080p resolution) you will need to connect your IP cameras to a POE switch. That POE switch needs to be connected to the same network as this Hybrid and you will be able to view and record all 32 cameras.

The 16CH Tribrid DVR

This Tribrid can record all three technologies (analog, HD-CVI and IP) all on one device.

16CH Tribrid DVR
16CH Tribrid DVR – Can record up to 32 Cameras (16 Analog/HD-CVI and 16 IP)

In the above image you will see the same 16 Video-In BNC Ports as in the Hybrid. These are where you can choose to either connect analog cameras or HD-CVI cameras using the same coax cable. Again, just as with the hybrid, this 16CH Tribrid can record up to 32 cameras. 16 of those can be a combination of analog and HD-CVI cameras, or all analog, or all HD-CVI. The other 16 cameras can be IP cameras. The IP cameras need to be connected to an external POE switch as with the Hybrid.

The 16CH Analog DVR

This Analog DVR can record only analog cameras (up to 32) all on one device.

32CH Analog DVR
32CH Analog DVR – Can record up to 32 Analog Cameras

As you can see from the image above that this DVR has 32 Video-in BNC ports. This DVR can record up to 32 cameras like the Hybrid and the Tribrid, but it can only record analog cameras.

The Major Difference Between These Recorders

All 3 of these Security Recorders can record up to 32 cameras. The real difference is the ability to record in TRUE HD 1080p Resolution. The Analog DVR can only record in analog up to 960H resolution on all 32 channels whereas the Hybrid and the Tribrid can record in both analog as well as 1080p resolution. The Hybrid can record 16 analog cameras at 960H as well as 16 IP cameras at 1080p Resoloution. The Tribrid scores the best being that it can record either analog or HD-CVI on 16 channels as well as IP at 1080p on another 16 channels. But, the major difference here is that you have the ability to record 32 High Definition cameras at once on the Tribrid if you have 16 HD-CVI cameras and 16 IP cameras.

The similarities between these 3 units is that they all have the ability to record audio. They also have the ability to control other devices such as sirens, strobes and alarms using the alarm inputs and outputs.

Also, all 3 of these security recorders can hold up to 8 hard drives giving you up to 48TB of hard drive space.

Conclusion

Whichever device you choose, you can be confident that these units are powerful security recorders. They each come embedded with a high end dual processor and Linux Operating System. Also, they come equipped with an easy-to-use GUI Interface so they are simple to operate and configure. Which one should you choose? It all depends on whether you want to record in analog or High Definition. Also, whether you want to go with IP or HD-CVI for your HD recording. If you want the best of both High Definition Technologies (HD-CVI and IP), go with the Tribrid.

Even if you have an existing analog system and want to start upgrading to TRUE HD security recording, the Tribrid is perfect for you. Keep some of your analog cameras in tact and replace your old DVR with the Tribrid. And then you can start adding HD cameras at your leisure. If you are upgrading to HD-CVI you can use your cable and power that you used for your analog cameras right where they are. HD-CVI works on standard coax cable. If you are using IP cameras, just make sure you are using Ethernet Cable and connecting them to a POE switch as I stated above.

If you have any questions on which device is best for your needs, get in touch with one of our knowledgeable sales staff. Also, all these recorders as well as the cameras come with free tech support so if at any time along the way you need help on configuring anything, we are just a phone call or chat away. Most times our techies can even log into your recorder remotely and do all the configurations for you.

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