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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6 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.

  2. John Valakas says:

    Bob, I know post is a bit dated but i am interested in included the DS-KB8112-IM IP with my Synology NAS and Surveillance station. I saw that you got it to work as an additional camera. How do the doorbell functions work? Can you ring the conventional doorbell with it? Do you need any additional hardware or viewing station for the doorbell functions or can you just use their app on your phone for two way communication to the door. Not much out there about the compatibility of this device and it fits the bill in many ways but not sure of integration and functionality. Trying to avoid multiple apps, browsers and hardware.
    Any input you have with your experience would be appreciated!

    1. Bob McKay says:

      Hi John,

      Yes it was an unusual find TBH and I’m still in two minds about the unit. In terms of build quality and performance, this thing is brilliant – if you told me it cost £300+ as its commercial grade, I’d agree. In terms of getting to work with Surveillance station, it took some tweaking but it has worked solidly since I solved that and I’m really impressed – it provides a 24/7 camera feed as well as being an intercom. Now the only disappointing bit – the app from HikVision is ‘just ok’. When visitor presses the button, the app on my phone rings and I can answer it and speak to them which is great (and its saved a lot of hassle when I’ve been away) – worked fine even when I was in a different country using cellular data).
      For my particular setup however, my gate is normally open and delivery people press the button and only wait 5 or 10 seconds before just walking in – by that time I’m still trying to unlock the app with my fingerprint.
      I also have the app installed on multiple devices (a ‘video intercom’ I made from an old tablet and my wifes phone) and if you answer it on one, it just keeps ringing and ringing on the others, long after you’ve ended the ‘intercom’ call.
      These are annoyances rather than deal breakers for me however and I would absolutely buy it again. I just hope updates for the app solve some of these issues.
      Hope this helps!

      1. John Valakas says:

        Really appreciate your update!

        My biggest issues were POE, Solid build and being able to view and save the video through Synology app. Seems silly to have a cam at your door and not be able to save the clips along with your other footage.

        In my case i don’t have the door strike use as an issue, but would be nice if it would activate my chime. I read somewhere that it can be done but we will see how that goes.

        Come to the end of my rope with Ring brand devices and WiFi doorbells. Even with a good WiFi signal the slightest issue results in loss of connectivity/delay which usually happens when you need it most. Also seems a lot of planned obsolescense built into those devices, battery failures, not working in low temperatures, etc. and they’re not cheap.

        Thanks again, keep you posted!

        1. Bob McKay says:

          Hi John,
          Sounds like it will fit the bill for you then, though I do think they intended it as an intercom rather than a doorbell – it has an interface for connecting compatible doorlocks, etc. for remote unlock too (again leading in to the idea its more commercial grade). Like you I had my own reservations about Ring, etc. and wanted POE so I could have a constant feed recording.
          THanks for posting, it would be great if you could post your progress (and could help others too!)
          Good luck!

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