THE GOOD I have had this system running for approximately two months and am very impressed with the quality of the hardware. The cameras were easily mountable and having a POE system makes wiring and installation a snap. The images are very clear and do not lag ‰ÛÒ both during the day and at night. Technical support was very prompt and helpful via email (I contacted them regarding a firmware update and configuration instructions for email notifications); however, I experienced long hold times for telephone support. The app is straightforward to install and configure, and streams live video flawlessly. You can even setup for multiple NVRs to be viewed simultaneously on your phone (e.g., home, business, vacation home). THE BAD There is nothing particularly bad about the NVR and cameras, but the software could use improvement to be more user friendly and effective. The TV interface, accessible via an HDMI cable, is the worst component. It seems to be impossible to configure the screen to stream, for example, four screens of four video feeds each on a loop with a motion detection highlight (I attempted to do this with the remote control for over 30 minutes, but for unknown reasons, the NVR would not remember my settings). The web interface is much easier to use to configure the system and camera settings (I do not even use the TV menu options anymore). That being said, most of the capabilities of the cameras are not accessible from the NVR, and the default settings did not scratch the surface of the cameras‰Ûª full potential, which was a real disappointment. All camera settings must be accessed via the camera interface, which is not accessible from outside their subnet (you must use an Ethernet cable to link your computer to a free port on the NVR, assign your computer an available IP address, then access each camera‰Ûªs web interface with its individual IP address). Only by this manual method can you truly adjust your cameras‰Ûª settings (DNR, WDR, smart IR, etc.), and there even is the ability to control the image quality separately for day and for night ‰ÛÒ an excellent feature. All of these settings should be accessible from the NVR interface itself. Motion detection is very finicky and it is difficult to configure the settings to reduce false positives, although this is expected for all digital-based motion detection (vs. PIR). There is the capability to schedule times for motion detection, but you can apparently only schedule one time period per 24-hour period beginning at midnight. So, if you wanted to schedule motion detection for two periods during that time ‰ÛÒ for example, 12:00 am ‰ÛÒ 6:00 am and 6:00 pm to 12:00 am ‰ÛÒ you would be unable to do so. The playback feature, both on the app and the web interface, could also use improvement. The ability to view individual camera footage and times are there, but there should be bookmarks created when there is motion so you do not need to watch hours of footage to find an event. Another improvement could be a single-button instant replay feature to seamlessly rewind maybe 10, 15, or 30 seconds back on a particular camera‰Ûªs stored footage. CONCLUSION This is a great system and set of cameras and I am happy so far with my purchase. I think the software could use improvements and the cameras‰Ûª amazing potential is hidden away and disabled by default, but with persistence and experimentation, one can unlock their true capabilities. Technical support appears to be very helpful whenever you have an issue. If you are purchasing these cameras for motion detection alerts, I think you will be disappointed. However, as a video surveillance system, it delivers very well.
I purchased the system to help keep a video security log of what's happening on my property. I liked it because it is a full 1080P video camera and is power over ethernet which meant I only had to pull one cable to each camera. I can access the video feed from anywhere in the world using my phone or tablet and works very good overall. With five cameras installed recording full-time full frame video I can manage to get six days of video stored on the 2 TB of storage. Overall this is a very good system and I would recommend it for others looking to get into for a similar system.
The system comes with 8 720P wireless cameras and a 1 TB hard drive loaded with what seems to be the standard Chinese software of home surveillance systems. To probably save on cost, the hard drive does not include its own wireless network aside from the very low powered initially used then discarded wifi network. To set up, you first must plug all of your cameras in, in a room with the hard drive. The hard drive is connected via Ethernet to your own wireless router. You download the app on your phone, then connect to the hard drive wifi until all of your cameras connect, then you log back into your own wifi network to essentially save your home wifi network password into the cameras. The app lets you name the cameras, however the app does not display the cameras in the same order as you see on your tv, so it's possible that your "garage" camera will actually be in your front yard. The app is horrible and should only be used for the initial installation. There is no documentation, but you will want to hook up a mouse to the USB port on the hard drive. Here, you will find a ton of features as well as be able to access your saved recordings. Accessing your recordings from the app is basically impossible. The hard drive includes a few modes that you can select. Smart recording seems like a good idea, until you want to review your footage. You will find 3 second clips, about 15 of them for every 60 seconds of actual time. Basically, if you have an issue, expect to spend a day tediously going through your recordings. I'd recommend continuous recording (you will only get a couple days worth of footage in continuous, but the ease of fast forwarding one file in review rather than chicken pecking 3000 files to find what you need is worth it). The hard drive itself is probably anemic for the amount of data being thrown at it. I will be looking at purchasing a large capacity hard drive specifically designed for nvr recording, then using a pc to clone this drive, then enlarge the petition on the new drive. I have seen some systems where the software is on the board, and hard drive swaps are as easy as unplug and plug in the new one. I do not know if this is the case with this system yet. You must keep in mind that these cameras use your home wifi to connect. 8 HD streams will inundate most wireless routers and access points to where your normal devices will experience lag due to the wireless bandwidth being swamped. Your cameras must also be within decent range of your wireless router. If your cameras are too far from the router, you will lose signal on the cameras, so range extenders may be needed. I have gone ahead and separated my camera wireless network from my home network (cameras have their own router while the home network has its own). I've also disconnected the hard drive and router from our internet connection, as to relieve the congestion on the network. Being as I have no neighbors close enough to have wireless signals using up the spectrum, I am able to keep the routers in "automatic" mode for the channels that they are broadcasting on. If you have many wireless networks at your home, you may want to consider putting the cameras and home network on channels as far apart as possible. The night vision is pretty darn good. Be careful where you point your cameras, as white painted surfaces close to the camera will wash out your image. I have columns on all of my porches, so had to adjust the cameras so that the columns were out of frame or just on the edge of frame. You will need power to each camera. The camera's themselves are set up with micro USB connectors. I would like to have seen a locking mechanism or clasp on the connection between the power supply and cameras, but you get what you pay for. If your cameras are within arms reach, they'll easily be disconnected by someone reaching up and unplugging them. The mounts for the cameras are also iffy. You need to be sure to push the female end into the male end far enough for the retaining nut to engage the indention on the mounts. Once tightened down correctly, the cameras are pretty stable. The default password for the administrator account is something like 111111. You will not find documentation in the box letting you know this.
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