Home Tests TESTED – Serage SRDNC8FSAIW


by Andy Clutton

The Serage SRDNC8FSAIW is an IP67 rated turret style 8MP dome. It is an enhanced version of the company’s 5MP camera and is supplied with a 2.8mm wide angle lens with high sensitivity colour performance and active deterrence features. A wide range of mounting brackets and fixings are available for indoor and outdoor applications.

Getting started

The camera can be simply plugged into a PoE port or supplied with a separate 12v DC feed via the secondary power connector. Once online the camera can be found with standard network search tools or using a downloadable app referenced from the Serage website.

IPv4 DHCP is on by default, so once the IP address is identified, the camera can be accessed with any of the major browsers. In this case the camera would not accept the initial simple default password given in the quick guide, but a reset switch is included beneath the SD card storage cover and using this restored the camera to its factory defaults. From there the camera restarted and the browser requested a new password be entered. A strong password is forced requiring a length between 8 and 16 and at least 2 types selected from case, numeric or special characters. An option is offered to help retrieve lost passwords by entering selected security question answers, or alternatively creating a Certificate of authorization.

Once the new password is entered, the browser shows the cameras sub-stream image with tabs for the three stream types at the top left of the display. Icons at the bottom left allow the stream to be stopped and restarted, image stretch and full-screen display, Image capture, digital zoom, Audio level, Alarm indicator and deterrence lighting. At the top right, beneath main selections for Live, Playback, and Remote Setting are small icons to display the AI Alarm list or the camera’s Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation etc.

When used with a Serage NVR, the password management is handled during the NVR setup process so simplifies the setup.

Read the full review in the February 2024 edition of PSI magazine

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