Synology Visual Station VS240HD review

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Synology’s NAS appliances have excellent IP camera surveillance features, and the VisualStation VS240HD aims to make them even better. This unit links up with any Synology NAS box to provide high-definition viewing, snapshot and playback services for multiple cameras without a host PC.

For testing, we used a DiskStation DS1512+, and installed Synology’s Surveillance Station 6. Setting up the VS240HD is swift: attach an HDMI monitor, add a USB mouse, boot up the device and follow the onscreen instructions.

When the Surveillance Station console finds the VS240HD, select which cameras it can access and adjust the monitoring window to suit. Camera feeds can be positioned in each window by dragging and dropping them into place.

Synology Visual Station VS240HD

The software allows up to 25 feeds to be viewed at the same time, but the VS240HD supports a maximum of 24.

We tested the VS240HD with Axis’ 216FD, Q1755 and 213PTZ cameras. The Surveillance Station includes only a single camera licence, so you’ll need to factor in the cost of extra licences – around £38 each, or £138 for a four-pack.

The VS240HD’s local VisualStation console is similar to the Surveillance Station live view. You can select any window and apply digital zoom, set audio volume levels, and manipulate pan, tilt and optical zoom controls.

The Management tab displays recordings stored on the NAS appliance, and you can choose cameras and view scheduled and triggered recordings from the Timeline window.

Synology Visual Station VS240HD

Attach a USB storage device to the VS240HD and you can also download selected recordings and use it to upgrade the unit’s firmware.

The two HDMI outputs, meanwhile, display the same camera feeds, allowing for scenarios such as having one display hidden behind a counter while another is customer-facing, albeit with the menus hidden from view.

It isn’t cheap, but if you already have a Synology NAS appliance, the compact VS240HD can add a new dimension to its surveillance capabilities.

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