US Close to Banning Dahua and Hikvision Cameras from Government Contracts

    I'm hoping this wont spill over into private sales. The Dahua cameras (also named in the ban) I've been getting via Aliexpress are fantastic performers. They DO try to phone home. Even when you turn off all the "cloud" servicefeatures, I see them trying to access amazon storage servers. I can understand why the US wants to stop their use in government facilities.

    For my personal use, I've completely cordoned them off from reaching the outside world with a firewall. They can't phone home. You can take advantage of their good performance/price ratio, but you should treat them as potential leaks.
  • Thanks for the interesting link, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    Good advice too.
  • It didn't play out very well for Dahua. They got roped into this in my opinion. Hikvision is owned and operated by the government of China. Dahua is publicly traded. It is too bad, Dahua makes great cameras.
  • That's a pity. I've gone to mostly Dahua due to their very good performance/price ratio. Keeping them on an isolated LAN removes the dialing home issue. They are very stable cameras and the Starlight ones are amazing at night.

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