Swann 4-Channel, 2-Camera Surveillance System: Achieve peace of mind for your home or business with this surveillance system's remote monitoring capabilities. The included DVR allows you to store up to 500GB of footage for reviewing.
Includes 2 SWPROT850 CAM cameras with CMOS sensor technology for detailed image capture.
View and record from up to 4 channels
Add up to 2 additional cameras to monitor more areas of your property with 4-channel simultaneous display capabilities. Compatible with Swann SWPROT850 CAM cameras (additional cameras sold separately).
Record video and audio to review later
DVR hard drive can store up to 500GB of data.
View everything in HD
720p resolution lets you record precise details.
Night vision up to 66'
24 IR LEDs offer visibility around the clock for extra security.
Viewing angle up to 77°
So you can monitor a wide area of your property.
Cameras operate well in extreme temperatures and most weather conditions for lasting use outdoors.
HDMI and VGA outputs
With an HDMI cable let you display video on an external monitor or TV (sold separately).
Stay connected wherever you go via your Android or Apple® iOS device.
BNC wired installation
Offers a secure and reliable connection.
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Learning Curve To Installation, But Worth It
Posted by: thearchbishop from: on
I initially purchased a single Arlo to test the concept of cloud-based security. The set-up was incredible easy, the GUI on both the iPhone and computer is slick, and it works pretty well for what it is, but there are some major downsides: it's battery powered so there are performance tradeoffs to maximize its battery life, because it's wireless the cameras are very easy to remove/damage/steal and, worst of allj, there is a SIGNIFICANT lag time to the motion-sensing. For example, I had the Arlo mounted in my apartment building's stairwell and by the time it starts recording video to the cloud (which can take 5+ seconds to initiate), visitors are passing the camera or are already completely out of frame. It was pretty much useless.
Deciding that the cloud-based systems are probably not what I need, I did a little more research on home security camera systems and found that DVR systems are really the way to go. The primary reason for this is that they're always recording so there's no reliance on motion-sensing to initiate recording. What's great about the Swann is that it uses motion-sensing to organize files for playback as "Events", but there's no risk of missing anything because they are simply clips from a continuous stream of video.
I ultimately purchased this system based on its very positive reviews and it's even better than I expected. I should mention that I've never set up or owned a home security camera system before.
What I Loved:
• I unpacked the DVR, one camera, hooked them together, plugged the DVR into the wall and didn't find out (until about 24 hrs later) that this is all that is required to starting recording and securing your home. It has several great settings already activated by default, including motion sensing. To my delight, when I finally was able to log in (more on this under "What I Didn't Love"), I found all of the footage already marked by "Event". Meaning it detected motion for a portion of footage and automatically highlights it both in a timeline and as a separate event with date and time stamps.
• I find the 720p resolution to be excellent for my usage in an apartment building. [If you have a lot of property with large areas to cover, a driveway, etc. I could see the 1080p systems being advantageous and worth the extra money. But make sure your DVR is 1 or 2TB at a minimum since the higher resolution will take up a lot more space.
• I was able to access the DVR very easily via the "SwannView Plus" iPhone app on my iPhone 6S Plus.
What I Didn't Love:
• Connecting my MacBook Pro to the DVR via the "SwannView Plus" Mac OS X application — it took me a dozen tries over the span of a couple of hours to finally connect (ultimately I was supposed to use "admin" as user and "12345" as password, this is the default combo to use for the first connection). The instructions just weren't clear enough.
• I still can't figure out, 24+ hours later, if I'm successfully recording audio. I can't tell if the cameras have mics built-in (I assume they do), and when I review my clips I don't hear anything despite fiddling with level controls within the apps and on my computer. There are audio in and audio out RCA jacks on the back of the DVR, but I don't see any cables included to utilize them, and I've already made all of the connections necessary between the cameras and DVR, so not sure what I'm missing.
Overall, it's not as easy to set up as I would have liked, but once it is set up it works well. It feels like a legitimate security system as opposed to the Arlo and other cloud-based solutions which prioritize that easy set up, but ultimately fall short as a serious solution.
One thing to note is that these systems are all useless if your power goes out or is cut. In my research I read about people putting their cameras and DVRs on a battery backup system (such as a UPS). These systems aren't cheap but it seems like a good investment for securing your security system for at least 10-15 min assuming power does go out due to intentional sabotage, or otherwise. So I'm off to shop for one of those now.
23 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Swann 4 Channel 2- Camera System
Posted by: moodyspro1 from: Charlotte, NC on
This system was easy to set up and connect. We were able to view through the system from with android and iOS. Should bought a 4 camera system instead. Food for thought, when setting cameras up make sure you put in a reasonable location. Bugs are certainly enthused about the infrared light and will trigger it when they fly by it.
11 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Cheese from: on
Installed camera 5 weeks ago and have already caught the ding dong ditcher! Image was clear and enabled me to post the video publicly and within 6 hours I had confirmation of the suspect! Only negative to camera is that I don't love the phone app.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Good value for the price
Posted by: Mark from: on
Very easy to set up. Image quality excellent under normal lighting. Night quality good and better than reported in supplied literature. Easy to setup with IPad for remote viewing. Could improve software for controlling camera, recording and on/off motion sensing remotely. Cannot add 1080p cameras to this 720p system.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
I can see clearly now the cameras up
Posted by: Cyberrader from: on
Very easy to install literally plug and play. However had to do some configuration because I wanted motion detection and grid formation but was very easy to set up however setting up remote alerts takes a little bit more doing but this is an excellent camera system easy to operate easy to understand
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Basic camera setup is easy
Posted by: iroky2000 from: Lakewood, CA on
I had no problems getting the basic setup on my system.
I needed help getting the system on the Internet, configuring the email and what not. I sent an email and never received a response, the reason for loss of a star.
I called their technical support line twice. Both agents were patient and go me setup.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: StevieRo from: on
Overall these are nice cameras. I do wish they had zoom capability and a larger viewing area. The operating system is easy to navigate too
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Decent security system
Posted by: iroky2000 from: on
The cameras provide a decent image.
The hard drive is hard to search from your phone.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great wireless system
Posted by: Robert from: on
For me it has worked well. Set up in about 30 minuets and cameras are very easy to move as needed. App is easy to use.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: rosebud from: on
dark nights little lighting hard to see wish it had better viewing