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Night Owl - 10 Channel Wi-Fi NVR with 4 Wi-Fi IP 1080p HD 2-Way Audio Cameras and 1TB Hard Drive - White/Black

Model:WNIP2-4L1
SKU:6411045
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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 222 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My cameras

    Love these cameras the picture is very clear and crisp. Sounds great The fact that I can control it from my phone is a very big thing so I travel a lot and I am able to keep an eye on my house. we have them in both houses.

    Posted by Cwil1840

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Tireless, diligent eyes and ears, for home/office

    Night Owl - 10 Channel 4 Camera 1080p HD Indoor/Outdoor Wireless NVR Surveillance System with 1TB Hard Drive - White/Black - $399.99 Model:WNIP2-4L1 This is as close as I’m going to get to reproducing a surveillance system rivaling that of a casino or Fort Knox. My house now bristles with cameras. I’m OK, neighbors. Really. I can readily manage the full range of features on a Tv screen or monitor, including continuous observation. Or, I can simplify my interaction with the Night Owl system by using the phone App which contains a useful subset of features, including downloading recorded “events”, and viewing/listening through all my cameras from anywhere. I’ve done all of this during my first few days of owning my system. It all works, slickly, easily. Of course I’ll point out some issues during this review. I liked the end result and can recommend this Night Owl system. Getting to this end result took some effort, however. SETUP and LOGISTICS: The Night Owl is almost intimidating when you unload the box of cameras, antennas, power supplies, and the DVR. Helpfully, the Night Owl Web site has an extensive set of videos to help understand its approach to security systems. The printed instructions are very well done, fully diagrammed and presented on a readable glossy foldout. The Night Owl WNIP2 system is so close to being a turn-key system, but right now it’s just as easy to get lost in the weeds. The install videos didn’t anticipate my issues. I quickly got into trouble by entering my validation phone number wrong. Oops. I needed to follow a trail of problem-solving instructions, resetting my new account. It was accomplished by careful reading and jumping through several links. Doable, but it was a problem unique to us typing klutzes. I then moved along in Setup using a Wizard that begins on the DVR/monitor and finishes on the phone App. Plan ahead. Seriously.The Night Owl’s IP based security system forces you to think carefully about how you will distribute its components and access the resulting recordings. First up, you need to have cameras plugged into an outlet. The power bricks for each camera are on removable, 6ft, thin cables for flexibility and concealment. [If I was Night Owl, I’d throw a couple of 15ft extensions into the box. Maybe white?] Although setup only requires that you have a TV/monitor for the initial pairing of your cameras, I found it useful to continue having access to a monitor for viewing recordings and managing settings. The phone App is missing what I felt were important setting controls which are easy to use at the DVR connected to the TV/monitor. The App was fully useful for LIVE viewing the cameras, for reviewing recordings and searching for events, and for modifying some parameters. The DVR/tv/monitor lets you use a very comprehensive main menu, managing every aspect of camera function, finer management of recordings, and, of course, hard drive maintenance. I decided to place the DVR near one of my TVs which was also near an ethernet port for my home network. Many end users will need to consider setting the DVR near their router which may or may not have a TV co-located. You must have an ethernet connection between the Night Owl DVR and your router. That nearby TV/monitor must have an HDMI input to hard wire to the DVR. Night owl provides cables for both, along with a mouse to move around the menu that appears on your chosen screen. Plan ahead. Now you’re ready to have the DVR recognize your cameras. I have a 2800SqFt, one floor home with full brick exterior as well as one inside brick feature wall. My DVR location was set far to the rear of my house, near only one camera. All other cameras would eventually be placed at the front corners of my house — after the initial camera pairings described next. Remember, the Night Owl DVR creates its own WiFi network with its paired cameras. It does NOT rely on nor burden your Wi-Fi. The quality of your WiFi is irrelevant. Night Owl’s WiFi network is definitely up to the task. Night Owl wants you to first link those cameras while they are near the DVR, NOT in their final locations. Trust them. I intentionally set the cameras about 30 feet away and pairing with the DVR was hit and miss. I know you’re thinking the final range will be awfully limited. Nope. Not at all. Once the cameras are paired at a close distance at initial setup, you can move them out to a great distance from the DVR and receive a stable image. The range of the DVR to each camera far exceeded anything I’ve previously tested with any other security camera and multiple walls were not an issue. You view the real-time, camera connection quality (speed) in the main program menu. PERFORMANCE: Images on either my TV/monitor or phone were sharp, colorful, and detailed. Adjusting image or audio parameters was accomplished on either device. Night-time monitoring showed the cameras had gone B&W, with very well lit, sharp images. The resulting recordings are readily accessible. Using a connected monitor and a USB drive, recordings can be downloaded and archived. I haven’t tested it yet, but Night Owl provides details in the manual and has videos for everything. You can also download and send videos to your email or other services on your phone! Interaction with your security system is intuitive and you can set push notifications when events occur. You adjust camera sensitivity and responsiveness to human images. Or you can create a schedule of when events are/are not recorded. My pictures were taken from the App (all vertical photos) or from the DVR/monitor (horizontal photos). I took these pics prior to assigning names to the cameras, which should make managing a bunch of cameras much easier. You can turn on/off features like the audio or spotlight and change motion sensitivity most easily and confidently from the DVR/monitor. COMPLAINTS: The mobile App could have a more complete set of management tools, mirroring those from the DVR/monitor interactions. Using a mouse to manage the DVR is awkward, considering the DVR will typically be in an inaccessible locations, inconveniently oriented with respect to a nearby screen. Of course, a PC/Mac based App would also be nice. Some of the actions available on the App are buried in the menu structure. Some functions showing on the App are disabled. I Chatted with Night Owl about this, and they explained that the software is still being revised. Even during device re-install there was a revision download, so it was an honest response. If you have overscan on your TV/monitor using the DVR-HDMI input, menus may pushed partly off the bottom of the screen. On the LG TV/monitors, I used “JUST” in the aspect ratio menu which corrected that issue. Make it easier to buy one or more cameras. The Online Night Owl product page was not helpful. Add power extension cables to your products. I needed to use Chat Service Support to solve a problem where my App didn’t see any events that were collecting and fully viewable on the DVR using the monitor connection. The Chat Queue was too long. Then, Night Owl’s Chat dropped me out of Queue position and pushed me to the end. Ouch!!! It was a glitch. Gotta correct that folks. Customers will not share my persistence or patience. Customer Service, however, was remarkable. PATIENT. Knowledgeable. PATIENT. Relentless in pursuit of a solution. My problem got solved. SUMMARY: Security systems take different approaches to managing all those cameras. They might be powered by a nearby outlet, battery powered, or use a powered ethernet cable. Video signals might alternately be sent via wireless or that specialized ethernet cable. Or, using the approach taken here by Night Owl, a wireless link to a central DVR is matched with power coming from a nearby outlet. It is my preferred solution. And, of course, NO fees, ever. You’ve got decisions to make. Night Owl’s system is a one time expense where I can control the storage, control where the cameras are located, and change my mind as needed. Adding more (as many as 6 additional) cameras to the system is just a one time expense. I can even change my mind about where I monitor my cameras from or just stick with the phone/tablet App, exclusively. And, because I connected my Night Owl DVR to my router, I can access it from an infinite distance using those same mobile devices. But the system works if not connected to the Internet (minus remote access)! I like the operational and cost control the Night Owl system provides to me. The setup was had a few detours (some caused by me, others unexplained), and requiring patience and some problem solving. And, yet, I’m currently looking at a few more cameras to add to my system. I’m scoring based on the very functional finished/installed product. Set aside enough time to get here and I think you’ll agree.

    Posted by TECHBEENGOOD

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nightowl WNVR & 4 cameras

    Cameras work great. App on my android phone works great also. Great feeling of Security. Hood night vision

    Posted by MartinF

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