Reolink - good & bad

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Reolink should be avoided at all costs. How can you trust a company who actively lies? They are scum. To top it off the use shitty sensors and have defective firmware.
Most companies lie. Hikvision claims to support MacOs. All NVRs are sold deceptively imo. "Special offers" are often discontinued stock or stock with dubious provenance. Amazon is full of lies.

Meanwhile, Reolink are opening up the entry level market from which others, including Blue Iris, will profit sooner or later.
 

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Most companies lie. Hikvision claims to support MacOs. All NVRs are sold deceptively imo. "Special offers" are often discontinued stock or stock with dubious provenance. Amazon is full of lies.

Meanwhile, Reolink are opening up the entry level market from which others, including Blue Iris, will profit sooner or later.
Big difference. Reolink employees came to this site and posted fake reviews as pretending they were end users. They further lied to their users about issues with iframe intervals. Blue iris doesnt need reolink shit. Reolink cameras are NOT compatible with blue iris. Anyone selling hik on amazon is not an authorized seller. You are confusing sellers with the manufacture. Reolink is sold by scammers to clueless suckers like yourself who dont know this space and dont know any better.
 

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Big difference. Reolink employees came to this site and posted fake reviews as pretending they were end users. They further lied to their users about issues with iframe intervals. Blue iris doesnt need reolink shit. Reolink cameras are NOT compatible with blue iris. Anyone selling hik on amazon is not an authorized seller. You are confusing sellers with the manufacture. Reolink is sold by scammers to clueless suckers like yourself who dont know this space and dont know any better.
I doubt they were the first to do that and they probably won't be the last. Forums and marketplaces are peppered with fake reviews. It's endemic. It would be heartening to hear that Blue Iris is the only software/service vendor which has never posted a fake review about itself.

I'm not confused. Hikvision - who make 8 of my cameras - hooked me in by assuring me that they supported MacOs, which turned out to be 90% untrue.

Reolink customers may well be verging on clueless. Most of them are novices. They don't have the inclination or the ability to learn how to install and use Hik or Dahua cameras - nor do they yet need 90% of the bells and whistles you pay for with semi-pro kit. From what I read, most Reolink customers are satisfied with their purchase/value for money and it's a waste of time trying to tell satisfied punters that they made a mistake.

I know what the shortcomings of my two Reolink wi-fi cams are but I also know what they are good at and I know how little they cost. Unfortunately I can't say the same about their POE zoom cams which I rapidly sent back to Reolink for a refund. And refunds are quick and painless - which should be a recipe for disaster if the company were making false claims.
 

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I doubt they were the first to do that and they probably won't be the last. Forums and marketplaces are peppered with fake reviews. It's endemic. It would be heartening to hear that Blue Iris is the only software/service vendor which has never posted a fake review about itself.

I'm not confused. Hikvision - who make 8 of my cameras - hooked me in by assuring me that they supported MacOs, which turned out to be 90% untrue.

Reolink customers may well be verging on clueless. Most of them are novices. They don't have the inclination or the ability to learn how to install and use Hik or Dahua cameras - nor do they yet need 90% of the bells and whistles you pay for with semi-pro kit. From what I read, most Reolink customers are satisfied with their purchase/value for money and it's a waste of time trying to tell satisfied punters that they made a mistake.

I know what the shortcomings of my two Reolink wi-fi cams are but I also know what they are good at and I know how little they cost. Unfortunately I can't say the same about their POE zoom cams which I rapidly sent back to Reolink for a refund. And refunds are quick and painless - which should be a recipe for disaster if the company were making false claims.
Too bad you didnt test 1 hik camera before you went ahead and purchased 8. You dont windows to install a hik camera. You can do it with IOS.
Hik didnt assure you of anything. In fact, hivision wants nothing to do with inexperienced end users like you. As far as reolink satisfaction, you read wrong. What you read is their FAKE amazon reviews. There is a reason they have a C rating on fakespot. They are making false claims. Reolink made false onvif compatibility claims as well. I cannot stress enough what a shitty company reolink is and that they should be avoided at all costs. You should literally buy anything but reolink.
 

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The iframe is a full frame as opposed to a pframe that consists of only the changes in the image. When using triggered recording, blue iris requires an iframe to begin the recording. If your I frame is 10 times your frame rate, you will miss 10 seconds of the recording unless you set your pretrigger to more than 10 seconds. The problem with reolink is you have no idea what the iframe inteval is because you cannot set it and im guessing its dynamic like with smart codecs. Long iframe will also cause video tearing in BI. BI also requires you to set iframe intervals to match your fps for other functions like email mp4 notifications. The help file calls this Key Frames.
Most importantly, reolink sells cameras with shitty sensors and form factors. You might as well buy from any other company who doesnt lie on forums or to its end users.
@fenderman I'm glad you posted the above... I have a friend who has brought three of these in the past 30 days! I kept telling them not to buy these, but you know when somebody just knows better! They were getting 50% off coupons being sent to them so they just couldn't help themselves. I tried to explain if a company is giving you 50% off then the product is either sh1t or overpriced in the first place... Fast forward a couple of weeks now asking me for help with BlurIris :facepalm:

I may just send the expert this link ;)
 
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The iframe is a full frame as opposed to a pframe that consists of only the changes in the image. When using triggered recording, blue iris requires an iframe to begin the recording. If your I frame is 10 times your frame rate, you will miss 10 seconds of the recording unless you set your pretrigger to more than 10 seconds. The problem with reolink is you have no idea what the iframe inteval is because you cannot set it and im guessing its dynamic like with smart codecs. Long iframe will also cause video tearing in BI. BI also requires you to set iframe intervals to match your fps for other functions like email mp4 notifications. The help file calls this Key Frames.
Most importantly, reolink sells cameras with shitty sensors and form factors. You might as well buy from any other company who doesnt lie on forums or to its end users.
Thanks for explaining this. In my case as Im sure for many its the case the only reason I got a camera is because Iv had security issues where iv had attempted break in, damage, and my car was broken into on my drive. While these are legitimate reasons to own a security camera Im sure there are some who just love tech and find this kind of thing as a hobby or past time. Not everyone knows, understand or cares about the tech hece why some buy cheaper cameras to later learn the buy cheap buy twice lesson. Reolink are not the cheapest out there, there are far worse so I think for many Reolink fits the happy medium between crazy expensive to stupid cheap.

From what you describe I may have had some issues and not known they where down to the camera but thought was Blueiris. One such issues is I do at times lose some frames, but it didnt make any difference when someone hanged around for more than 10 or so seconds. Tearing, cant say Iv had that, delay in push notifications I do get a long delay, could this be down to iframe?

I have a 5mp dome, and a PTZ for back of house both Reolink, they do the job and far surpassed my first option which was Arlo Pro 2 system, now they where overpriced, buggy, under spec compared to what I have now at a fraction of the price. As far as set up was concerned it was simple, there was zero issues, Blue iris took care of all the set up finding the cameras and setting up the server. Im a hands on tech kind of person so I dont mind having a fiddle with things like this, but it was simple to get going, and Reolink where always polite, and fast to respond, hence why I got a PTZ from them.

Dan
 
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Ok, this hasn't been covered in this thread, but I'll give it a go.

I'm a novice with cameras and just recently setup BI. BI was appealing as I'm a bit of a tinkerer when it comes to tech. When i first setup BI, I ended up purchasing a Dahua bullet and worked quite good, albeit quite expensive. What I did find was that I could stream the Dahua onto the IP Camera Viewer Pro app on a Roku streaming device, and this was a great way that anyone at home could quickly see what was happening by just going on the telly, rather than a pc. Then as part of my reading research, I decided to buya Reolink RLC-410-5MP, for an area that wasn't as critical as where the Dahua was. The review that help me decide on purchasing one of these:
Easy to setup and daytime picture is great. Didn't know much about the I-frame thingy, but come to think of it I have noticed some delayed recording and I'll look into this later.

However, one of the things I noticed was that I was able to finally connect up to the IP camera viewer on the Roku, which was another big plus. After a bit more tinkering, I found out that these cams are google/alexa compatible and have been great in that you can just automatically stream a camera to a TV through a chromecast just buy talking out aloud to the google speaker. I think you can also setup the Reolinks through IFTTT to automate other functions. These little quirks just make the device a little more interactive for the family.

I do need to get a few more cameras; these ones need to be better such as the Dahuas. However, I was wondering if there is any of the other high end brands that offer the integration similar to the Reolink camera's?
 
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Ok, this hasn't been covered in this thread, but I'll give it a go.

I'm a novice with cameras and just recently setup BI. BI was appealing as I'm a bit of a tinkerer when it comes to tech. When i first setup BI, I ended up purchasing a Dahua bullet and worked quite good, albeit quite expensive. What I did find was that I could stream the Dahua onto the IP Camera Viewer Pro app on a Roku streaming device, and this was a great way that anyone at home could quickly see what was happening by just going on the telly, rather than a pc. Then as part of my reading research, I decided to buya Reolink RLC-410-5MP, for an area that wasn't as critical as where the Dahua was. The review that help me decide on purchasing one of these:
Easy to setup and daytime picture is great. Didn't know much about the I-frame thingy, but come to think of it I have noticed some delayed recording and I'll look into this later.

However, one of the things I noticed was that I was able to finally connect up to the IP camera viewer on the Roku, which was another big plus. After a bit more tinkering, I found out that these cams are google/alexa compatible and have been great in that you can just automatically stream a camera to a TV through a chromecast just buy talking out aloud to the google speaker. I think you can also setup the Reolinks through IFTTT to automate other functions. These little quirks just make the device a little more interactive for the family.

I do need to get a few more cameras; these ones need to be better such as the Dahuas. However, I was wondering if there is any of the other high end brands that offer the integration similar to the Reolink camera's?
Your link to the fake review on youtube has been removed. That review is spam. It is discussed elsewhere on the forum. He deliberately uses skews the reviews using different size lenses (of course there will be less detail in the 2.8mm lens vs a 3.6/4mm lens with similar resolution) and does not mention large sensor cameras available from the competition. Not to mention using still images in which reolink firmware cheats. Reolink is a lying spamming company and the youtube "reviewer" is either inept or a shill. I will let you choose.
 

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Ok, fair enough, I thought the reviews seemed legit. On the other topic, which other wired cams have integration with google home?
 
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