Using the Hikvision Vandal Resistant Doorbell with a Synology NAS

Using the Hikvision Vandal Resistant Doorbell with a Synology NAS

As part of home improvements I was on the lookout for a video doorbell to use on the outside gates of my home, I had a few pre-requisites:

  • It needed to be powered by POE, no batteries to replace
  • It should be weatherproof and tough
  • I didn’t want to have to pay a monthly subscription to use it (a la Ring doorbells)
  • It should have a mobile app for answering the door
  • I’d like the option to add in a remote door release/unlock

There’s not many options out there that are relatively cheap and tick all of the boxes but while researching, I found a few mentions of the Hikvision DS-KB8112-IM Vandal Resistant Doorbell.

Not only did it do everything I needed, I’d secretly been hoping for one extra feature: that I could use the camera as a feed for my CCTV camera system (powered by a Synology NAS running Surveillance Station) and this delivered in fine style.

Now I have not only a video doorbell with no subscription needed thats powered by POE on home network, I also have an additional video camera recording on my system all the time.

Synology Surveillance Station Settings for Hikvision DS-KB8112-IM

Out of the box the Hikvision DS-KB8112-IM worked great as a video doorbell and I was really pleased with the performance.  Unfortunately it took a bit of coaxing to get it to work consistently with Suveillance station – the camera added fine and a thumbnail was visible but live view was just blank at first.

The key setting for me was to change the Streaming Information Source setting under Edit Camera > Device Settings > Advanced to Streaming, rather than the default setting of RTSP:

 

 

Bob McKay

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2 comments on «Using the Hikvision Vandal Resistant Doorbell with a Synology NAS»

  1. Mike says:

    Bob — Found your site while looking up info on Synology NAS (I own a DS412+ and now a DS1019+). I stumbled on your notes on using HIKVision with your NAS / Survellance.

    Have you used any of the HIKVision POE cameras with your setup? If so, I’d like to hear your experience with the setup. I’ve been considering it for a while.

    Thanks in advance — Mike

    1. Bob McKay says:

      Hey Mike,

      I haven’t used the Hikvision cameras but I’ve heard good things about them, for me I opted for Amcrest cameras (I wrote a review here) and have found them to be great, I now have eight of them running on my NAS plus the HikVision door bell. I’ve turned an old Amazon tablet in to an internal ‘doorbell intecom’ which I’ll post seperately soon.

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