This Alibi 3000 Series 8-channel SwitchBox NVR delivers an IP network recording solution—without the complexity. The NVR features an integrated 8-port PoE (Power over Ethernet) network switch to power the IP network cameras directly through the network cable—eliminating the need to purchase a separate network switch.
The Alibi 3000 Series network video recorder supports compatible IP network cameras (up to 6.0 megapixel resolution) for seamless and simple plug-and-play installation—simply plug the compatible cameras into the integrated network switch, and the cameras are automatically detected, displayed and configured to the NVR. The NVR records video at up to 480 fps at 60 fps per channel.
The remote configurable network recorder features a Linux embedded operating system and supports H.264 video compression to maximize recording time and hard drive space.
The NVR offers multiple selectable recording modes (schedule, continuous, motion detection, alarm, POS, VCA, and event) to meet your application and video recording needs.
This NVR works with Point-of-Sale (POS) transaction data, with the ability to overlay information on a camera screen related to the transaction. This provides a visual indicator that ties the transaction to the recording, and allows for keyword searching, enabling you to quickly find video related to specific transaction data.
The NVR also offers multiple search modes including: normal, event, tag, smart, and sub-periods.
Note: This Alibi NVR is video content analytics (VCA) capable, supporting Alibi IP cameras with VCA.
Note: Certain recording features and capabilities of NVRs, including motion detection recording, are dependent upon IP camera compatibility.
Alibi Central Management Software (CMS) is a professional monitoring platform that enables you to centrally manage multiple devices, at multiple locations, from a single interface. The CMS enables you to view up to 64 live cameras on a single screen and supports up to 256 devices (such as cameras and recorders) with a maximum of 1,024 channels.
The user-friendly central management software is loaded with powerful features to enhance your management and viewing experience, including: drag-and-drop system and camera selection, customizable displays, device grouping, alarms and notifications, remote system management, and many more.
The NVR supports H.264 video streams to reduce your file size, maximize recording time and save valuable hard drive space. The NVR supports up to 12TB of internal storage (up to 2x 6TB hard drives maximum) for storing your video.
A free Witness iOS/Android mobile app provides convenient remote viewing of video so you can monitor your cameras from anywhere. The SwitchBox NVR also features VGA and HDMI video outputs, 2x USB ports (1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0) and it operates on 48 Vdc at 10 Watts (without hard disk, or PoE used). The device also has a 120 Watts max PoE output.
Features Alibi™ Power Tools.
Alibi Power Tools is a collection of powerful, time-saving utilities for use with Alibi surveillance systems. These utilities are designed to streamline and simplify the installation, set-up, and management of your network, your Alibi cameras and recorders, and your recorded video evidence.
Alibi Power Tools includes the following:
Note: Alibi Power Tools is Windows OSX 7-10 compatible.
All Alibi purchases are protected by a 30-day money-back guarantee, unlimited US-based technical support, and our Alibi 3-Year Blanket Warranty.
What is an Alibi 3-Year Blanket Warranty?
Our Alibi 3-Year Blanket Warranty covers your entire purchase, with no asterisks and no exceptions! The warranty covers all Alibi camera and recorder hardware and components, and pre-installed hard drives. If you have an issue, we provide unlimited technical support – and manage all returns and exchanges directly, minimizing unnecessary downtime.
What’s Covered by the Warranty?
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Hard drive not included. Select 'Add a hard drive' to add a security grade hard drive to your order. Please note: Customer installed components (including hard drives) may damage your NVR and result in non-warranty repair costs. We recommend purchasing a security-grade hard drive from us which we will install at no extra cost.
Key Features and Capabilities
SwitchBox PoE – Simplify installation. The SwitchBox NVR delivers an IP network recording solution—without the complexity. It features an integrated 4-port PoE (Power over Ethernet) network switch to power the IP network cameras directly through the network cable—eliminating the need to purchase a separate network switch.
Selectable Recording Modes – Maximize recording. The NVR offers multiple selectable recording options including continuous recording, motion detection and schedule to maximize your video recording and hard drive storage.
Note: Certain recording features and capabilities of NVRs, such as multiple codecs and motion detection, are dependent upon IP camera compatibility.
H.264 Compression – Record high resolution video and save storage space. H.264 compression can greatly reduce the size of your digital video files without compromising image quality (compared to M-JPEG and MPEG-4). It’s a stable, proven and widely used compression technology, offering unbeatable recording picture quality and a small compression ratio that saves valuable hard drive storage space.
FREE Mobile App – Access your NVR remotely from anywhere with the free Witness iOS/Android mobile app.
Technology Agnostic – Support for multiple technologies. Alibi CMS is engineered to support all Alibi analog, HD Analog, and IP recording solutions – delivering unparalleled flexibility today, and as your surveillance needs evolve.
Alibi Discovery Protocol (ADP) – Discover devices on your network. Auto-discovers all Alibi recorders and cameras on your LAN. (You don’t need to know the specific IP address for each device.)
View Multiple Cameras – View all allotted cameras on one screen. Conveniently view up to 64 live cameras on a single screen.
Extensive Device Support – Get support for hundreds of devices. Provides support for up to 256 devices with a maximum of 1024 channels.
Customizable Screen Views – Create a custom view. Customize viewing layouts and groups – mixing and matching cameras from multiple systems and multiple locations.
Import Mapping – Create a map of your location. Import a location map and add devices with visual icons to the map. Set up alerts for each device on the map and receive notifications via email.
Full Calendar Search – Search your video fast. Quickly narrow down your search criteria, selecting weeks or days – to one-minute segments, filtering by user-defined events.
Smart Search – Define a search area. Define an area within your image and search for motion only within that area – to quickly locate video of traffic through a doorway, activity near an object, or other events in a specific location.
Video Tagging – Tag an area of interest. Create video tags that represent events of interest (such as “shoplifting”) and search your video library to quickly access all tagged events at a later time.
Instant Replay – Replay intervals of video. Choose 30 seconds to 10-minute intervals of instant playback of recorded video. Choose your time interval and watch playback in the same pane without having to switch between live and playback screen.
Two-Way Audio – Communicate back-and-forth. Hear audio and communicate between two devices at two separate locations. No need to get on the phone!
Alarm Control – Receive an alert. Create notification alerts when physical alarms connected to the system are triggered by motion, an alarm input or video exceptions such as hard drive failures.
Account Management – Manage users and permissions. Create up to 50 users for the CMS and create and manage different types of users and permission. Restrict access and grant permissions to which cameras users at various locations can and cannot see, for a customized view by user.
Full Calendar Search – Quickly narrow down your search criteria. Search by calendar, selecting weeks or days, within specific time segments – down to one-minute segments. You can also search by events within a specified date or time segment.
Smart Search – Define an area within your image. Define and search for motion only within that area – to quickly locate video of traffic through a doorway, activity near an object, or other events in a specific location.
Video Tagging – Create video tags. Create tags that represent events of interest (such as “shoplifting”) and search your video library to quickly access all tagged events at a later time.
Instant Replay – Instantly switch to playback on a single camera. Switch to camera playback selecting 30 seconds to 10 minute intervals of recorded video, without having to switch between live and playback screens. Playback is displayed in the Main View and replaces live view stream with the instant replay of the camera, while still being able to see other cameras in live-view.
Two-Way Audio – Hear audio and communicate between two devices at two separate locations. No need to get on the phone! You can hear audio from a camera and choose to speak back either through a speaker connected to the DVR/HVR/NVR, or a speaker connected directly to a compatible IP camera.
Alarm Control – Create alerts. Create notification alerts when physical alarms connected to the system are triggered by motion, an alarm input or by video exceptions such as hard drive failures.
Event Management – Manage events and take action. Manage events when motion is detected, or triggered by an alarm input or device exception and take action. Receive an alert or an email in real-time when an illegal login occurs or an alarm is triggered.
Account Management – Manage user roles and permissions. Create up to 50 users for the CMS and create and manage different user roles and permissions. Restrict access and grant permissions to which cameras users at various locations can and cannot see, for a customized view by user.
|Ethernet Speed||1 x 10 /100 /1000 Mbps self-adaptive Ethernet interface 4x 10 /100 Mbps PoE Ethernet interfaces|
|Bit Rate||80 Mbps incoming, 80 Mbps outgoing|
|Search Mode||Normal, Event, Tag, Smart, Sub-periods|
|Recording Resolution||Up to 6 Megapixel|
|Max Storage Capacity (TB)||Supports up to 12TB (2 x 6TB HDD)|
|Selectable Frame Rate||Yes|
|Frame Rate (fps)||480 (60 per channel)|
|Motion Detection||Camera Dependent|
|Pre/Post Alarm Recording||Yes|
|Privacy Video Block||Yes|
|Recording Mode||Continuous, Event, Motion, Alarm, POS, VCA|
|Video Analytics Capable||Yes|
|Dimensions||1.8" H x 17.5" W x 11.4" D|
|Certification||CE, FCC, RoHS|
|Construction||Aluminum (chassis), Plastic (faceplate)|
|Hard Drive Included||No|
|Hard Drive Type||SATA|
|Number of Drive Bays||2|
|Power Supply Included||Yes|
|PoE||(802.3af / 802.3at)|
|Power (w)||≤ 10W (without hard drive, PoE not used), 120W max PoE output|
|Volts AC||100 ~ 240|
|Browser Support||Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari|
|Mobile App||iOS & Android|
|Connectors||(1) USB 2.0, (1) USB 3.0|
|Outputs||(1) RCA, (1) VGA, (1) HDMI|
|File Name||File Size||File Type|
|Data Sheet||459 KB|
|Quickstart Guide||557 KB|
|Alibi Witness Mobile App||N/A||Resource Page|
|Alibi Power Tools||N/A||Resource Page|
|PC Web Components||N/A||Resource Page|
|Mac Web Components||N/A||Resource Page|
|Windows Codec Pack||N/A||Resource Page|
|ACMS Software Install||N/A||Resource Page|
|All Available Firmware and Manuals||N/A||Resource Page|
|NVR Storage Calculator||Determine how much storage you will need for your NVR.|
|IP Camera Bandwidth Calculator||Calculate bandwidth or system load for optimal performance of your network IP security system.|
|Compare Video Frame Rates||Use this tool to compare video frame rate settings on video security DVR products.|
|System ROI Calculator||Determine your potential losses without a Video Security System and how much you can save.|
|Voltage Drop Calculator||Calculates the final voltage for each cable gauge.|
|Volts/Watts/Amps Converter||Calculates either the volts, watts or amps if two of the values are known.|
Excellent NVR but noisy fan
Currently installing my fourth one. Great recorder! Spectacular value. This is an outstanding NVR that is great value for the money. The features that are packed into this unit are truly amazing. Unfortunately it has a power supply with a small noisy fan straight out of the 1980s. If you have a location where the noise is not an issue, get it. You will not be disappointed.
Great products and even better tech support
Andrew, Larry and Mark are tech support pros. They knew 95% of the product questions and if they didn't know they asked somebody. If that person didn't know they put in a ticket for the product manager to research. Not your typical support culture here and obviously not your typical company. Keep up the good work. We will be back for the PTZ.
NVR is easy enough to figure out, the 4MP cameras were perfect for residential use and the software seems to get attention from regular updates. Be patient with the Motion detection, email notifications and other goodies. It will take a few days of different weather patterns to find out the best settings. IR is a little soft in a wide open grass area but crisp in a cement backdrop.