Are you in the market for a new video surveillance system? Then you’ll definitely want to check out this DEFEWAY 720P Video Surveillance System 4 Channel 1080N DVR With 4pcs Indoor/Outdoor Waterproof Security Camera! Here’s a little information about the system:
- 4 Channel 720P Video Surveillance System, 1080N HD DVR, Playback 4 Channel at One Time
- 4 HD Indoor/Outdoor Bullet Cameras with 80ft Night Vision
- Remote Monitoring Via Free Apps: Gain Peace of Mind From Anywhere Using an iPhone, iPad, Android
- Motion Detection Recording: Record Only When Necessary. Save Your Hard Disk
- Lifetime Technical Support, 1 Year Warranty
So before I get into this system, I want to mention that we ended up installing this one at my mother-in-law’s house because we have a video surveillance system already. We had gotten the cheap one available at Harbor Freight a while back and while it does the job done, we do notice that the cameras tend to go out on them after a while where the camera needs to be replaced. So while the camera does its job, we were looking for an affordable upgrade option and think we may have found one.
Before bringing it to my mother-in-law’s house, we attempted to install it in our home and use the cameras with our current system since it allows for up to 8 cameras. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with the system. So if you were hoping to use it in that way, it will not work. However, once it was installed per the directions at my in-law's house, it worked perfectly as it was supposed to.
Installation was actually pretty easy for the most part since my husband knew how to do it, however, the included instructions weren’t too clear to understand. If you have experience or basic knowledge of installing similar products, though, this part should not be an issue. The most difficult/time-consuming part of the installation was running the wires through the attic for the cameras to set them up where we wanted them. This was even more of a task because since we live in the South, our temperatures have been in the lower 90s so the attic was extremely hot where frequent breaks were needed.
Once all was hooked up, the rest was a breeze to navigate through and rather self-explanatory. One thing to note is that the remote viewer plugin for watching on a PC is VERY outdated and, as such, will only work with internet explorer. It is very buggy and crashes a lot as well. This fix for this is just to use an android or apple device to view. The app for Android is very simple to use and works very well. Something else to note is that this system does not come with a hard drive, however, you can generally find one rather cheap on Amazon or other similar retail sites. Basically, any old SATA desktop hard drive will work. It is extremely simple to install, just take the 4 screws off of the DVR cover and plug in the hard drive. There are only 2 cables involved and you really can't screw this part up. As for disk usage, I found that having all 4 cameras recording 24/7 burns about 50-80 gigabytes of disk space per day. When I switched to motion recording that dropped to between 5-20 gigabytes per day.
When testing the cameras they seem to work rather well overall. During the day we noticed a very clear view of the image on the screen of the area the camera captured. However, the night vision does seem pretty limited. If pointed towards open space, you can only make out a picture about 10 feet away. The best method to get around this is to make sure there are some solid surfaces in the camera's line of sight. Also, adding a motion light in areas where this is not possible will also help.
Overall I found that the system could use a few fixes, but overall the system is great, especially for the price. You seem to get quite a bit with this system for the money you pay. This is an inexpensive solution for anyone looking to add video surveillance to their home; which is perfect for those on a budget!
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