Synology VS60 Surveillance Station

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Using the VS60

When you setup the VS60 with a dedicated monitor you can view it well away from the host NAS device; though it depends on the length of ethernet cable you have as the VS60 has no wireless capability; which would rule.

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When hooked up to the monitor you have a variety of camera options for each one – though obviously here I have just the single camera. However this can only be accessed if you plug a mouse into the USB port of the VS60. This is countered though because clicking on the snapshot button you are given the error "no flash drive detected." How can you save a snapshot to a plugged in flash drive, if the only USB port is taken up by your mouse?

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If you hit the "Start PTZ" button you get the options that we saw in the surveillance station on the NAS drive. It allows you to pan the camera arround, but by hitting the home button in the middle, instead of centreing the camera it seems to pan and tilt it around the extremeties of the device. This can be seen in the video below.

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This is all very well and good, but I could do all this with the original surveillance station. I could even do it with the camera’s free software. Apart from the 6 camera view and the minor remote functionality features, I’m not quite sure why you wouldn’t just use the surveillance station. Hell the NAS drive can managed up to 5 cameras at once.


Coming in at £220, I’m a little pushed to figure out what it is you get from this beyond the original functionality found in the NAS and camera software.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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2 Responses to :
Synology VS60 Surveillance Station

  1. Josh says:

    You neglect to mention in your review, that the Surveillance Station software only allows the connection of a single camera, unless the user purchases additional “licenses” for each additional camera.

    To connect the 5 cameras that your NAS supports, you would have to buy 4 licenses, at $50 each, for an additional $200 cost, above and beyond the NAS purchase price.

    1. Whoopty says:

      Thanks for letting me know dude, I appreciate it :)

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