Swann 8-Channel, 8-Camera Indoor/Outdoor DVR Surveillance System: Monitor multiple areas of your home or business and enjoy easy visibility with IR night vision up to 100' via 8 included cameras. The DVR features a 2TB hard drive, so you can record and store video.
Security for my business
Posted by: JCHOUSE from: on
Easy install, great picture and just enough cameras to get every nook and cranny covered. Went from no info on what's happening to knowing it before I was told.
25 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Pretty good system for the price
Posted by: Greystroke from: Spring Hill, FL on
This system has 8 1080P cameras so I had to manually run a lot of wires in the attic. Each of the 8 cables has a BNC cable and a power cable. Resolution is pretty good and I was surprised that the night vision was pretty good.
The setup sheets are enough to get the system running but to fully learn the system, you will have to study the manuals which are available on the Web.
The IOS software for my iPhone is not very good. Not much capability and no chance to monitor all 8 cameras at the same time. The remote PC software is very good and for the most part mirrors the DVR software which is viewed on an external TV.
Here is what I wanted in a system. When my ADT alarm goes off the monitoring station calls me and I want to see if a break in occurred before calling the Police. Even the IOS software fulfils that goal.
As a bonus when I leave on a trip I can set some or all of the cameras motion detectors to send me an e-mail automatically with still pictures of the intruders. More than likely the pictures will arrive on my iPhone before the ADT monitors notify me. It is very fast.
I installed the DVR in a closet near the ceiling so it would be out of the way and hard for intruders to find it. It is also in a locked room.
I am still learning about the system. I did not have to call the help lines
The DVR makes a noise that is probably from an internal fan. It would bother me except I have it tucked away in a closet so I can barely hear it now. The noise is much greater than my Dish DVR.
19 out of 19 found this review helpful.
loved my first unit
Posted by: jason from: on
I purchased this system 2 years ago and thought it worked great but to my surprise it had no harddrive. called swann they said send it in and we will take care of it . I got the new one and after a couple of months it started rebooting so I call them back. They are telling me that I have to pay them a nonrefundable fee to look it overand take care of the issue when it was them that sent me the defective unit. Will never buy or recommend this product ever again to anyone!!!!!
25 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Works perfectly for my house
Posted by: QueenBitc from: on
We have 16 cameras inside and outside of our house. We can see everything perfect day or night and I love that we can access it from our phone with the app free of charge.
19 out of 22 found this review helpful.
good buy when on sale
Posted by: SpoolinEk from: on
Had been looking into a home surveillance system for a while. I had it narrowed down between this Swann system and a Samsung system. I went with the Swann system because they have been around for a while and personal references to get this brand.
Install was pretty easy for me. If you arent sure you can install it, it may be worth paying for a professional installation.
Setting up the dvr was more challenging then installing the cameras and running the wire. I did end up calling customer support and had to update the software, on a brand new system.
Image quality is good, day and night. I think the Samsung system might have a little better image quality, but thats only based off a side by side comparison at Sams Club.
Overall satisfied with the purchase, wondering if I should have went with a 16 camera system but 8 does the job just fine now.
On a side note, when running the wires from the dvr to camera, make sure you are pulling the right end to the camera, ask me how I know.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Good price value
Posted by: Colonel from: on
Picture quality is good, night vision decent, zoom feature very good. It is a wired system so plan on spending some time installing to make it look neat / professional. Once camera locations are decided, wires are run, the DVR setup is pretty easy. The hard drive does make a little noise so you might want to plan to hide it away. iPhone app was easy to install but the DVR was missing IP addresses and other info I had to call the support line to get. They were helpful. During the call they warned me of long hold times but after about 5 minutes a live person came on to collect my # so Tech Support could call me back. They did and everything is working great.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great Camera but insufficient cable included
Posted by: android from: on
This surveillance camera is awesome ! the images are clear at night and day. The only reason I don't rate it a 5-star is because I had to buy extra 3 cables for about $114 to finish the installation. Also, best buy online service is absolutely ridiculous. Each time I call they charge my best buy credit card. I will advice that you always check your online order every day. I will never do business with best buy anymore. I had to cancel my first camera 1080p order online for a 720p/1080p but later found out that they had the 8 cameras 1080p in the store. Best Buy store associates always say to come to the store for any order you like to make instead of calling the best buy online. Once your order is place online the store cannot easily make adjustment to your order. Finally I got the 720/1080p and took it to the store for an exchange of 8 cameral 1080p. The footage are amazing. Other than best Buy playing me around and giving me all the headache and trouble I would have rated this product a 5-star. Once again my experience with best buy online services was horrible. Geek squard 1-800 number was horrible, It takes a long time for someone to answer the phone and at the end you speak to an associates who had no idea of what to do. Best buy and geek squrd online service had no good customer services. Be carfefull and monitor your credit balances. Once again doing business with best buy gave me the worst headache of my life.
21 out of 29 found this review helpful.
excellent for big coverage
Posted by: dodge from: on
this item upon opening box was that's a lot of cords. would be nice to have a few smaller cords added into the box. since some of my areas were close to the recorder. Took a little assistance to get set up from a friend due to instructions misunderstanding.. Had her call the customer service to walk her thru it. Works awesome after all set up. Customer service was awesome. mines set up for motion only which shows a timeline of when action was picked up. does always pick up a distance far away . but works great for what it does pick up. best part is that I can view it on my phone no matter where I go. this helps check up on the dogs while im at work. This is since I have a few inside the house where the like to lay down. took me getting used to having a camera in the house though. felt like a tv star getting recorded . after I got used to it I was happy and relaxed to know my place is 110 percent safe.
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Good Cameras, DVR box can be finicky
Posted by: AZpilot61 from: Arizona on
Great concept and idea, the camera's are top notch and the picture quality is very good. However the hardware seems to have a QC issue. Been through 3 DVR boxes now with different types of failures. The last one after shutting down and powering up no longer had any video output and couldn't be accessed via network. Returned for another and back up and running. Best Buy warranty top notch and I would not purchase this product again without it.
We also had 2 4350 units with hardware issues as well. All units needed firmware update for email to get working. Smart phone app works ok but many times need to force close as it locks up.
Overall I'm kind of happy with it, the quality control however I think they need to do better at.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great Picture Quality and Reliable
Posted by: NDClark from: on
I have had my cameras up for almost two months. They have seen rain, wind etc.. I have had no issues with the software, or picture quality. The ONLY issue I have is, I wish they would have included a power source (cord) for the cameras. However, I went to Amazon and found the cord for the Swann cameras with 8 plugs. Other than that, the set up was easy and install is only as complicated as you want to make it. Awesome product!!!!