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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding video quality

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    I’ve been using wireless security cameras for a few years now from the original VueZone to the Arlo systems and recently Ring cameras. The limitation to this is that they don’t record all the time, only when they detect motion will they record. Saw there’s a new 4k system on the market and wanted to give the Defender 4k a try. Unboxing: The system came well packaged, everything very neat and organized. The box contains the DVR, 4 4k cameras, video cables “60’ ea”, mouse, power supplies for the DVR and the cameras, mounting screws and paperwork. Installation: First off this is a wired system so you need to do a lot of planning on where you want the cameras, and a location for the DVR unit “preferably near a monitor or TV”, I’ve set it up on a shelf above my home office computer so that I can connect it directly to my computers monitor since it has multiple source inputs. Now running the cables is probably the most time consuming and difficult part. Luckily I was having a 220v outlet installed in our garage and the electrician ran the cables for just a little more, he also helped figure out the best location for the cameras. After getting the cables run, setting up wasn’t near as bad, it’s pretty much the same as all the other wired security camera systems to set up. The yellow BNC connector plugs into the BNC jack on the DVR and one of the 4 plugs on the power adapter goes to the power jack on the other part of the cable. Plugged the included Ethernet cable into my router, and then attached the power cable. I have the power adapters for the system and cameras plugged into a UPS so they won’t abruptly loose power during an outage. Setting up: After all the hardware is mounted and everything plugged in I powered up the system. The first time set up is a little tedious and you may need some help if you aren’t computer and networking savvy. There’s a lot of set up options that aren’t easy to understand for the layman, but after setting up my admin account and activating the remote access for the app we were off and running. There are actually a lot of settings in the menus dealing with the system setup and reading through the main manual is a big help. The company also has some instructional videos on their website that are also very helpful; I would definitely watch these if you are setting this up yourself. You’ll also want to use a thumb drive to back up the systems log in information just in case you lose or forget it, it’s the only way to get into the system if you do. I really like that you can set up motion detection with custom zones so you can actually mask out high traffic areas if you set up the system to record by motion. I have one camera recording all the time, the rest are set up for motion detection, this save on drive space as the 4k video does eat up space really quickly. Video Quality: This is where the system really shines. The 4k video quality is outstanding, a lot better than I ever expected. While we were setting up the system I had temporarily mounted one camera pointing at our Hummingbird feeder, and my wife was amazed at the quality of the video, “it was like watching something on Nat Geo in 4k” she commented. Conclusion: Although the setup way more complicated “especially when you have to hard wire cameras”, compared to the Arlo and Ring systems I’ve used lately, the video quality is just outstanding. I also like that I can have the cameras record 24-7 if I wish and don’t have to worry about missing anything “happened often with the battery operated, motion detecting cameras”. I have the system set up to access from our phones remotely so we can view from anywhere. I also have motion alerts set up to email us whenever motion is detected. Opening up the DVR is easy and they are using a Toshiba 3.5” desktop hard drive, so replacing or upgrading it will be simple if it ever goes out. The only negatives I see to the system is the time it takes to set it up, and there’s a lot of settings in the software that may not be that easy to understand for the home user. Also, the 4 camera system only supports 4 cameras, you cannot add any more if you decide to expand the system. If you are looking for a security camera system with outstanding video quality with a lot of custom user configurable settings then this would be the one to get.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality 4 Camera Surveillance System

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    This is my first time using a Defender brand product and I can say wow, I will definitely look into using more of their products. While these cameras are wired, they are super easy to setup and use with the mobile app for remote viewing of your cameras. The picture quality is great and better than others I have seen. They are 4K rated, 8MP cameras and produce a great image as expected. Since the cameras are IP67 rated, they should also be able to withstand the weather elements (time will tell though). Out of the box the cameras come with everything you need to setup (DVR with 1TB hard drive, cameras, cables for cameras) except for a VGA cable to connect the DVR to a monitor. I only wish there were longer cables for setting up the cameras as well. Extensions are available but to purchase separately. This is still better than having to replace batteries every few months as compared to battery powered cameras! Overall these cameras are great 4K rated cameras and ones you would want for clear video surveillance. The setup is also easy and I always recommend wired security cameras vs wireless. Keep in mind, this is a 4 camera surveillance system and cannot be upgraded beyond 4 cameras.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great picture quality, lots of features

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    The Defender 4K Security System is an upgraded analog based security system. You get 4 cameras, DVR, cables, mouse, HDMI cable, and Defender's excellent mobile app (despite current app reviews, it's pretty awesome). What sets this camera system apart from many other's in this price range is 2 fold: wired, 4k resolution. Wired cameras have some distinct advantages. First of all they record all the time. There is no need for a passive motion activation like you'll find on Arlo cameras, and other competitors. Since each camera is always powered it can use pixel based motion sensing, IR illumination all the time, and be monitored without worrying about battery life. This is a distinct set of advantages that depending on application can be key. For me, I was replacing a cheap set of IP based wired cameras. These cameras were only 720p, and boy can you tell the difference with 4k. The Defender cameras are much more sharp, even in night vision mode, there is so much more to zoom in on. Of course one of the first challenges here is installation. While my old cameras were power over ethernet, which meant one Cat 5e cable would transmit both video and audio, these cameras are BNC analog. Luckily, if you prefer running Cat5e, these cameras will operate quite nicely over 2 sets of twisted pair using adapters you can find (just search BNC to RJ45 adapter). Using these adapters which were under $40, I was able to reuse my existing camera wiring, which was a lifesaver for installation. And here is a bit con of these cameras: Installation. If you are handy and have a conducive property, installation can be an afternoon. If you're a perfectionist, and need these to be in a specific location, and DVR in a specific location, and all your wiring up to code, I would highly recommend using network cable and aforementioned adapters as BNC cables are a pain to work with. Another concern for me is build quality. While the cameras and housing are strong plastic and the cameras feel weighty - I do feel like metal cameras are better suited for outdoor duty. The mounting mechanisms are all plastic, and plastic on metal screws for mounting seems like a recipe for failure eventually. Unfortunately this is somewhat unfounded, as only time can really tell here. Beyond installation I was quite pleased with the security. Not only do you have a password, but also a passcode as a second layer of security. The DVR itself allows you to used a pattern (kinda like android pattern unlock) to unlock it which is convenient as typing a password with a mouse really stinks. Good news here too is that the DVR supports a keyboard (my old NVR didn't, just a mouse). Setup was a breeze, and access to the cameras on the DVR is quite nice. The DVR supports 4k, and I definitely hooked up my 4k monitor. I don't like my DVR setting out, so I have it stuffed in my network closet to hide all the cabling. This means my primary use case is remote viewing, so the mobile experience is pretty important to me. Before I was using RTSP streams from each of my cameras on my local network. Good news here is that the DVR supports remote viewing though the Defender connection. You have to enable a service on the DVR, but then you can just scan a QR code and setup your device to security access your cameras anywhere in the world without poking holes in your firewall (which used to be the standard affair of public camera feeds). Conversely, if you have a tablet that you use for monitoring, you can add the DVR locally, and use it to monitor channel 0 (another setting you need to check on the DVR) to monitor all the cameras at once on your local network. This is faster and conserves bandwidth (and works offline if you are really paranoid). I use 2 of the cameras to monitor my small children (2, and 4) at night. My 4 year old has night terrors and being able to check in on him is important to me. The security of the Defenders put me at ease. I knew my previous NVR had several patches, and security holes, and while I knew how to mitigate these issues, not everyone does - the Defender DVR is secure by default and that was important to me. There is a built in webserver for those interested, which hosts a site that has an ActiveX plugin for IE (right on port 80). You can tweak some of the DVR settings/camera settings, etc. I don't know how well supported it is, but I can tweak some camera settings on my local network without having to log into the DVR. I wish this app was better, and streamed video without the plugin. Another nice technical bit is the DVR supports x265 advanced video codec. This means that even streaming a high resolution camera doesn't put much strain over the network. In fact, on the mobile app, you can select 'clear' if you are connected locally. I was able to count my 2 year old's fingers while she slept with night vision on at 10 feet from the camera. If you're remote viewing, the HD setting still works quite well. The mobile app does let you view your camera recordings remotely. You can even quickly scrub and even see multiple cameras at once which is a nice feature. You can record the footage locally on your phone, or take a screen shot. My previous NVR never had this capability from the mobile app, so this is a huge convenience. Now the biggest con for me is that this is a trickle down professional line. There are a ton of settings, options, and controls, and about half of them do nothing or are not supported. The DVR interface is a boatload better than my old unit, but it still feels clunky and hard to use. I appreciate all the detailed settings, but they are only available from the DVR, which means that if you are using it like me, in a closet, this is an inconvenience compared to something like Ring or Arlo, where everything is controlled over the mobile app. Still, there are some distinct advantages to the professional grade software, but it all is much more complicated. To make matters worse, the manuals and quickstarts attempt to ignore most of this functionality so your pretty much on your own. For instance I know there are RTSP urls, but they aren't documented, so I can't figure them out. All in all, it's really more of a letdown - as I do land in the power user camp. It tends to make the overall experience disjointed and unfocused. Even the mobile app has support for two way audio, panning/zooming, etc... all of which these cameras do not support. Overall, this is a great set of cameras, with outstanding picture quality. The question you have to ask yourself is: Can I install them and run the wires where I need them? If the answer is yes, then buy these, as they will knock almost any other camera set in its price range out of the park. If your trying to add security to your home, and want a quick fix, these aren't for you. BNC analog cables are a pain for the consumer (video and power over twisted pair is simple, cheap, and easier to run), but if you can mitigate the cabling problem, then these can be relatively easy to do yourself.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Great DVR function, some challenges in other areas

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    I'll preface this review by mentioning that I have several surveillance systems that I use, both at work and at home. I have both wired and wireless cameras in my house and my wired system was installed when the house was built. I work for a very large organization that has wired DVR camera systems at nearly all of its satellite locations, so I have a lot of experience looking at different surveillance setups. The Defender 4K system has a fantastic DVR. The box is small, quiet, and functions without any problems. It makes the DVR I have wired into my home security system look and sound clunky (not to mention I have to have a separate hard drive for that one). The Defender 4K system also allows the user to view live and stored feeds using the mobile app on a cell, which is very cool. Setup was time-consuming, but with a wired kit that will happen. I did run into an issue during hook-up, and that is the wires that connect the cameras to the DVR were much too short for my home. I have a 3800 square foot two-story home, so around 2000 square feet upstairs where I planned on placing the cameras. I was going to place one at each corner of the house (the kit comes with 4), but when I strung out the wire in preparation for placing it under carpets or in walls, I came up well short of the needed length. The gist of it all is, if you need to place these four cameras more than 50' or so from the DVR, the cables are not long enough. Since it wouldn't work where I wanted it to, I instead placed the entire system in one of the shops I oversee. I had to buy an ethernet power plug kit to make sure that I could connect the internet to the DVR, and then set everything up. Set up was a breeze. I placed two cameras outside the building, and two inside. I used the app to connect to the DVR and left the unit in place monitoring the shop (it's about 1200 square feet). The motion detection works great. I get an alert on the phone, I open the app, and I can see what triggered the motion. The bummer is, viewing the cameras through my android phone is rather laggy. I have a T1 connection at the shop, and I am on wifi where I am at, so I don't think it is my internet speed. I don't have the same challenge with the other camera systems I can access with my phone, either. It is a struggle to watch live on the phone because the picture freezes for a moment and then comes back but skips a second or two. Another issue is that when I access the cameras using the DVR and try to zoom with them, the video just gets blurred. For 4K I thought it might have been better at zooming. Additionally, I had a motion alert and tried to see what was going on with one of the outside cameras in the late afternoon and saw someone running past the front of the building. There was no detail to them, however; they were just a blur. I could see someone, but would never have been able to identify them. My workgroup and I did quite a few different tests using the zoom function and we were rather disappointed that other systems we have are much more detailed, while only being 1080p. A couple of other things: As I've mentioned before, I've got a lot of cameras that I access. Most of these cameras are not affected by rain because they have covers and protrusions that keep rain from getting on the lenses. The Defender 4K set up does not have the extended lips and covers around the cameras to keep them from getting dirty in a rainstorm. I had to clean the lenses twice already. It gets windy in Vegas, dust blows, it rains, the Defender cameras get dirty, and when the sun hits them in the afternoon I can't see anything. I have had to clean the two outdoor ones twice in the last week. Pros: Fantastic DVR Relatively easy setup Smartphone access Cons: Cabling too short Zoom feature is too blurry Fast movement has no detail Get dirty easily (if mounted outdoors) In conclusion: Please don't think that I don't like the Defender system. That's not the case at all! I think it definitely has its place for the right consumer. I would recommend this system to someone who needs to cover a small(ish) area. The DVR is the best part of this kit, compared to other units I've had an used. For me, its a 3-star rating in total. Poor zoom detail, poor fast movement detail, laggy video while using the mobile app and a propensity for the outdoor cameras to get dirty lenses knocks a couple of stars off.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Not easy to setup but really good once it is done!

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    I have so many cameras already but most are wireless and none are part of a comprehensive security system. So it was time to finally get a security system and not just have individual cameras. The Defender 4K security system is an old school throwback to when everything was wired and everything went to a central hub. Knowing this going in makes a huge difference in regards to whether or not you will find the system to be what you want. But even if it is not what you want per se it is likely what you need. Because once it's all said and done, at the end of the day, it's a really good security system. Wired is definitely not very much fun to setup but once it is actually set up it is going to always be superior to wireless. Setting up the system took me about half a day, the majority of that consisted of running the lengthy cables. The cables provided are fairly long but depending upon where you are planning to mount you may need to get some longer cable runs and thankfully the manufacturer makes that easy because one of the first things you unpack is how to do that. Getting the box up and running takes a while but is not very difficult, so long as you don't get too curious and start changing options that you don't know what they do (my advice, do not do this heh). You are going to need to be fairly computer savvy and I'd highly advise setting up a static IP in your router when you get this up and running. And if you don't know how to do that then it's likely you should probably not consider yourself "computer savvy". Once everything is up and running the cameras are very clear and record everything. You have a 1Tb drive to record everything and for most people this is going to be enough but it appears that it would not be that difficult to replace the drive with another regular sized hard drive, of which in this day and age can be had for fairly cheap since SSDs are now becoming the standard. A grade blue Western Digital is custom made for these security systems and would be a drive I'd highly recommend. Now in my case I connected the box to a 65" 4K tv so that means the video really shines and I'd recommend you do the same, if you can. If not a standard monitor would work as well but the 4K monitors can be quite expensive today so I figure many people will likely be connecting this to their television screen so a quick flip of the HDMI input can allow you to see all the cameras protecting your home. All in all this system is not easy to setup. Know that going in and you'll probably be much happier. In many cases I'd recommend you hire a professional if you can to install everything, especially would recommend that if you are not computer savvy. Once it's setup it's a beauty to behold and I'd highly recommend this system. It is not going to replace all my wireless cameras that I have, I still use those, but it's a wonderful core addition to all of them. The fact that I can flip over while watching my big screen tv and see what is going on is the biggest asset. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok system, poor software.

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    Defender - 4K Security System 4-Channel, 4-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 2160p 1TB DVR Surveillance System - Black/White. The video quality of the Defender 4K camera system is about the same as my old HD non-4K system. Probably because my old system records at 1080 HD 15fps. The Defender system records at 4K but only 8fps. If your target is moving, the blur of the image outweighs the higher output CMOS. Installing the system is as straight forward as any of the standard wired systems. Run your cables, mount your cameras, hook everything to the DVR and run the setup wizard. Let me say this, this system falls flat in one big aspect. There is no computer interface that actually works on a consistent basis. You will require the full manual for both the DVR and the Mobile App. On the plus side they are very easy to find. On the minus side the instructions for making things work are as clear as mud. The manuals have references to unfamiliar icons and functions. There is no hand holding here. Unlike their competition, Defender assumes you have full knowledge of how their systems work. So much so that the manuals actually say things like “The Defender 4K system does not support this function” and “input anything here, you must fill in this box to continue, but this system does not have this function”. I really think they just took a new 4K camera system and slapped software from another system in it to make it work. Getting anything to work from a computer is hit or miss. I found my recorded video, picked where I wanted it to be saved and clicked download. It downloaded… well almost. It says it downloaded but it sure didn’t put it where I told it to. As a matter of fact, I searched my entire hard drive and no file was found. Just to make sure, I did the same thing again, following the manual exactly as to how it’s supposed to work, it doesn’t. A final statement on the computer interface. It runs only in Internet explorer. Not Firefox, not EDGE, not Chrome, Just good old IE. I did not test this function on a mac. So on to the phone app. Using Android, I download the app and ran the setup. It goes fairly well and in no time I’m viewing the cameras. Again I try downloading a video file. After trying several times I gave up. The buttons the manual says to touch are either not there, or do not open the menus they should. This could also be blamed on Android. Since updating to PIE lots of things don’t seem right. Now from the monitor and mouse connected directly to the system. Everything works as it should. File download, picture downloads, recording starts and stops. The user interface is slightly over complicated but it does work as it should. If you will be installing this with a dedicated monitor and mouse, this system functions very well. Night vision is only supported with 1 IR LED on each camera. So the night distance with no external light is about 40 or 50 feet. However the 4K cameras make very good use of ANY external light. If the moon is out and it’s not overcast and raining you might even see color. One of the cameras never switched to night vision because of my porch bug light, and my neighbors blue porch light. It was recording in full color all night long. A final note. I have had 3 DVR camera systems in my life. This is the quietest one I have ever seen. You need to put your ear right on the DVR to tell if the hard drive is running. If you buy this make sure to get an extended warranty. The internal hard drive is not a surveillance rated hard drive and will probably fail just out of the 1 year warranty. Let me finish by saying this is an honest review of this system. This system was delivered to me to test, I did not purchase it. This review is meant to inform you of my experience with this system. Your experience may vary, and Defender will most likely improve their software in the following months. My bottom line, if this system is going to be monitored by someone setting at the dedicated monitor and direct access to the DVR this system may be right for you. If however you want to manage it from a different location I would wait for Defender to update their software.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Low quality security system

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    As someone who has worked with and installed many different security systems, I have to say that the Defender 4K is lacking in many ways. Let's start with the product itself. The cameras are made up of light plastic, that feels very cheap and would crack easily. They don't rotate very easily, there is a tiny screw that you have to loosen in order to adjust the angle. This part is very flimsy and if you tighten it too much it will crack the plastic housing. The cameras don't really have that much protection for rain, as there is a little lip that hangs over them. This makes them prone to collecting water spots and other debris. The connections that are attached to the camera, also feel cheaply made. Over time I could definitely see the cords wearing out from deterioration. But the biggest problem, is when installing the cameras and tucking the wire in a brick wall they have the chance of tearing the cord on the sharp concrete or brick. The DVR box is your standard box, which is probably the best part of the whole package. The biggest issue I have with most security systems, is how hot the DVR usually gets. This unit's DVR actually stays pretty cool for the most part. It comes packed with a 1TB hard drive, which is a good size for recording 4K. The installation isn't very fun and/ quick. This is a wired system, so be prepared to do a lot work installing them. All the wires have to be ran from the cameras, back to the DVR. Also, the DVR has to be hard wired to your router. (I would recommend setting up the cameras first, and testing them out before installing them). Next comes activating your system and setting it up. I ran into a couple problems setting up the system, the biggest problem was getting the mobile app to scan the QR code. Like most software, this has a set up wizard that guides you through the set up process. There are 2 steps that didn't match correctly with the instructions, this caused me to have to quit the wizard and go back later into settings. I don't like how they make you create so many passwords between the app and just to be able to get into the settings menu. They really need to let you turn it off if you choose to. After spending a lot of time messing around with the mobile app and the main unit, I finally got them to connect. I am not impressed with the mobile app at all. It is very laggy, and you don't have many options in it. I was sitting right next to my router, and I have gigablast internet, so I shouldn't of experienced much lag if any..But it did. Next up is the quality.. The first thing I did after activating the system, was I adjusted the picture settings so that they would be in 4K. I have no idea how they can consider this to be 4K. The image quality doesn't even look like a crisp 1080. The image is very jagged, with very little color and image detail. And if this was true 4k like they claim, you should be able to zoom in a bit without loosing any detail. That's not the case with mine. The moment I zoomed in, the picture immediately became blurry and distorted. So much in fact, that I was unable to make out a clear face. So to sum it all up, the Defender 4K security system is not something I would recommend to anyone. Although, it does have a decent size hard drive, and the unit stays fairly cool and quiet, there are just too many downsides to it. With the low quality image, laggy app, and cheap quality cameras - the parts that really matter in a security system, this is lacking.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great clarity, Easy Setup and Very Reliable

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    The initial setup of this system is pretty easy and straight forward. Wil the Manufacturer recommends a 4K Monitor or TV to install, it will work with a VGA connection as well if you don’t have a 4K monitor available to you. But to get the full effect of the clarity of this system, a 4K monitor is much better. The instructions that come with this system walk you through step by step and as I said it was all pretty easy. Where the installation becomes more challenging is when you install the cameras. Since these are wired cameras, you have to place the DVR near a router to make a connection since the DVR does not support wireless. I am lucky enough to have a mesh wifi system, so my satellite devices also have Ethernet ports. I just placed one of my satellite devices near where I wanted to put the DVR and it worked great. Placing the camera’s required me to crawl though my attic spaces to run the cables, but it wasn’t all that bad. I placed my cameras on all four sides of my house and the included cables were just long enough to reach back to the DVR. Once connected, I fired it up and was able to see all four cameras on my monitor. The video quality is excellent. I downloaded the mobile app on my android phone. From my phone I can check in on the cameras at any time, view my recorded footage and receive motion alerts. The night vision on the cameras is excellent as well. While there are many wireless camera options on the market, they can be a little finicky. Dropped video signals are common. With wired cameras you get very stable and reliable security cameras. It is definitely worth the extra effort installing these. For new construction, this is a perfect choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Straightforward setup, typical layout

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    This is my third camera security installation I have done, the previous two were of a different but same brand, the first was the Analog type like this Defend version and the other was a Power over Ethernet. While I prefer the PoE version as it makes for smaller holes and less wires at the base station, this installation was really no different from the rest. Quick Tip for the DIYer, unbox everything, setup on a table, and check the functionality and use of the cameras. It will also give you the perspective you need when planning the layout. Also know, there is limited documentation included, the Quick Start Guide is the only printed material, the other documentation has to be downloaded from the website. That doesn't concern me, but they do make it quite more difficult than it should be to get to the page that has all of their full product manuals. They are written from the perspective of already knowing a bit about security systems, so plan on doing a bit more research to understand some terminology. The software is the same or very similar to most other systems I have used and/or installed myself in the past, the learning curve was small for me. It did take a few extra attempts to get the Android App to sync with the system, but just continue following the steps and it will work. Haven't had any issues since then. One area of contention that I feel I need to point out, which is an industry standard, is that anything above 1080p resolution will only have a frame rate of 8fps and 15fps (at least in the price range). This system no matter the resolution set at will not go higher than 8fps. That is not a fault of the system just the required bandwidth necessary. Second item I wish to note is the camera Field of View is only 79deg. which is quite narrow. I did not check this specification first and for me it would have changed my decision to try this system. I am used to 90deg or higher and so when planning the system layout it ended up changing camera placement. If you are only needing a narrow field of view, then it works fine and/or you won't also be monitoring your neighbors unintentionally. The 79deg FoV is great for wanting to just to hit say an entryway and the camera I would guess has less than a 35mm focal point so your not getting too much "zoom" from the naked eye, which is debated at about 22mm. I can recommend this system, just know your needs first. This is definitely for a smaller property. Other systems with higher field of views could maybe be a better solution depending on your needs or get a system that has more channels (camera) capacity. I prefer the higher field of view as you tend to have more overlap and can do more more with less channels on a typical house, but if your property has a lot of angles, then having more field of view could be a waste as you will get a lot of the side of the property that may not need the coverage. The allure of the wireless camera system is it is billed as less complicated, while that is partially true, you still have to have power to the camera unless it battery pack operated (which I would only recommend in extreme scenarios of which I have not come across yet) and typically only have internet based recording which comes with a subscription fee, so your costs are lifetime. I always recommend a wired setup simply for the cost effectiveness and you get the best of both worlds as all have companion apps for mobile devices with ability to set alerts and notifications. I don't think you can go wrong with this Defender 4K series, again just know if the Field of View would be an issue for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    great quality video, and night vision

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    The night vision is actually very good, even at long distances. It is supposed to be able to see 100ft at night, which I haven't measured the distance, but I think that's pretty accurate. So far all the video saved has been very high quality. The system does capture all the night vision in black and white, but anything with artificial or daylight is in full color. While none of these cameras have a mic for audio recording, there is an audio input for an optional mic input on the back of the DVR. For first time users, this system may seem a little too complicated, but if you follow the initial wizard, and don't change too many settings it should be pretty easy to get up and running. My biggest word of advice is to make sure you have the correct Defender app installed for your system. I accidentally downloaded the Defender HD app for android, and spent a couple days trying to troubleshoot my network, and internet, because the app recognized my system, and had it listed in the devices, but would not complete a valid connection to use the features. The app never said it was incompatible with this system, just kept giving me connection errors. So make sure you download the "Defender 24-7" app, for the 4k systems. Once I finally got my phone connected, the app worked like a breeze, it was very easy to live view any or all of my cameras, and view past recordings. The DVR itself comes with a mouse, and HDMI cable to connect to a monitor, to view the cameras, change the settings, and edit recordings. The cameras can be set to constant recording, or motion activated recording. You can even block out grids on each individual camera as an ignore zone, where it will not respond to action in those areas. When motion is detected the device will record it, and if set up, the DVR will email you , to notify you of motion in the designated areas. There are a lot of other settings and options to customize your experience. The other thing that I like is that you can set up a password for access to recordings and settings, preventing unauthorized viewings( even on the app) You can set up motion notifications to go out to more than 1 user, to alert several people of the potential threat or issue. Just as another side note, the system does not have a wifi card, so the internet needs to be hard wired to the DVR, however because I didn't want to run additional cables through my house, I grabbed an unused router, and set it to "bridge" mode, and then connect my DVR to that. It works great, even with the mobile app. Overall, I have been very impressed with video quality, and motion alerts. I love how quickly the app connects,and lets you live view your cameras ( other security systems have been known to lag, or freeze up during this action) . I also like how easy it is to share video clips from your phone, and back up all the camera videos ( in full resolution) to a usb flash drive. The only thing that could make this system better, would be to include mics on the cameras.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good overall functionality, DIYers can set up.

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    So I'm going to get the one thing I don't particularly like out of the way: the system uses coax and RCA cables, and are pre-made. This limits the length of cable you can run, and the wires are bulkier than cat 5 cable. That being said, I was told there are adapters that allow you to convert from the BNC/Coax to Cat5 and back, however it's a bit confusing as to whether they are compatible with 4k cameras (4k requires a lot more bandwidth). I haven't had a chance to really figure it out, so I'm reviewing while everything is connected on my test bench. Other areas you might keep in mind is that it offers a little less FOV (field of view) than other systems and will only send video at 8 FPS (frames per second). This doesn't make it a bad system, especially in its price range, but you should make sure it fits your requirements. There is only a quick setup guide included. Full documentation is available via their website. I set the system up with the Android app, and while it took me a few tries to connect, it all finally worked and has not given me issues. Something I really likes is that you can view video from the Internet without having to pay for a subscription (Internet connection required). you can receive alerts and view live or recorded footage from a phone, tablet, etc. The video clarity is very good, and the night vision is good. It's a little choppy at 8 fps, but that is to be expected. Overall a good product with everything you need to set up a security system for a smaller house - you're limited to 60 ft with the included cables. It's also slightly limited with a smaller FOV than other systems, as well as being limited to 8 FPS. There is no audio included, but it appears it allows you to add microphones. As long as you know these limitations and are okay with them, I would recommend they system.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Video quality excellent but setup is lacking...

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    The Good - First let me say, the video quality is great. No issues with that at all. It seems pretty consistent and doesn't seem to lag. The set up instructions are good and all of the components seem to be good quality. The Bad - My house is 2K square feet and I had to place the camera's very strategically because each camera only comes with 60' of cable so running into the attic and down or into the basement and back up was an issue. You also have to plug the DVR base into a router which is pretty common but still you have to plan for it. Extra wire isn't too expensive but it's an added cost. Overall good quality system!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Pick Up!!

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    I've owned several cloud base alarm cameras. I've been wanting to get myself a hard drive alarm set to avoid paying those monthly fees and just have it stored and delete what I don't want. The alarm set contained a DVR, 4 (4k) cameras, video cables, mouse, power supplies, mounting screws and paperwork. You can record continuously from 4 channels with it's 1TB hard drive. I decided to put my hard drive in the attic and install a long HDMI cable to my regular office. I have two monitors so I can switch between my computer and the alarm system cameras without going to the attic. The picture quality is great! The 4k features really stand out. The viewing angle on the cameras are up to 79°. You can download the "Defender" app to get access to the live stream. I haven't looked up other options besides the basic. I really wanted a wired alarm set due to the battery life. I hated un-mounting the cameras, charging, and mounting back. The advantage of these cameras is that they record all the time each camera is always on and does not drain the battery while using motion sensing, IR illumination. You'll have to use a hard wire to connect to the internet. One thing I dislike about the system. Overall, I am pleased with the system. I haven't owned many wired alarm sets mostly wireless I can only reviewed based on my one experience. I would recommend it. The price seems high considering there are other options but the 4k works well, it stores 1tb, and you can access from anywhere using the app. I would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    4K Security with many options.

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    I wanted this system for our cabin as I knew the wired setup would cover all the ground I needed and it would be more reliable than a wireless system. The Defender 4K did not disappoint. The physical setup is very easy. It comes with all of the cables you need and they are color coded. The Ethernet cable that it comes with is only about 5ft long, but luckily I have an old wireless bridge that worked just fine connecting the system to the internet. The cameras come with the screws and anchors along with a template to drill your holes. With any electronics you obviously want a surge protector, but in this setup I needed it for the extra plugins. The cameras have a power adapter, the control box, your monitor and in my case the wireless bridge made 4 plug ins needed. Once you turn the system on you instantly have your 4 video feeds up on your monitor and then here comes the setup part that is a little more challenging. There are many options for various settings and it just takes a little time to get acclimated to them all between schedules, camera settings, motion settings, recording options, etc. Personally I turned on the motion only recording and set up the motion grids on each camera. The grids were beneficial for me as one outdoor camera had a large tree whose branches would set off the motion. I cropped the branches out of the motion grid and solved that problem. Next I set up the app. After creating the log in it was easy to connect using the QR code in setup. The app and the streaming are all free! The one real challenge I had was turning on the push notifications. I set it up on the app and nothing happened. After searching the directions, without luck, I stumbled across a setting in each camera in the local interface (not settings of the app). Under Linkage Action, I turned on Notify Surveillance Center. That was the magic bullet as instantly my phone started receiving the alerts. I stumbled across this area of settings as I set up the Send Email option. This option also works great as I used my gmail account with the gmail smtp settings. The HD video detail is great for zooming in on the video feed as well. I was showing a co-worker the live video on the app and once we zoomed in, we realized we could see a neighbor, who was in the background, working away in his yard. This will also come in handy if we have an unexpected visitor and need to grab the license plate. While viewing on the app it does allow you to view in standard to reducing loading, but also gives you the HD option. Overall I’m giving this 5 stars for the quality of the video, free remote access and endless features. My one stumbling block was getting the push notifications to work, but once I did, the system was complete and you won't have that issue after reading this review.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    HD Video Surveillance and On-the-go Monitoring

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    The Defender - 4K Security System 4-Channel, 4-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 2160p 1TB DVR Surveillance System - Black/White provide High Quality/High Definition video monitoring for security and peace of mind. The system include 4 HD cameras, 1TB DVR, and all the necessary accessories to secure your home or business. Add-on cameras expand your viewing coverage as needed. I found this system to be a bit frustrating as setup took a bit longer than the advertised 20 minutes. Due to size of my home, the wired connections were cumbersome compared to my previous wireless security camera system. Once setup, the quality and accessibility makes up for the set up frustrations. An abundance of DVR storage ensures there will never be a lost moment when you need it to secure your property. The save storage makes the stored video accessible for reporting suspicious activities or crimes to authorities. The quality of the video content seems good and clear unlike other systems. The smartphone app makes viewing and monitoring a breeze. PROS - HD video and recording - Large DVR hard drive - Weather resistant/proof cameras are usable in most places or weather CONS - The wired setup is frustrating depending on where you setup your system. I prefer the convenience and setup of wireless systems, although it is a trade off for quality verse convenience.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Complete System, updated and useful features

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    Great product. I already have a wired camera system from a different manufacturer, and I ended up preferring the Defender system. If you are new to the wired camera market, I suggest getting everything up and running before you install and wire the cameras to gain an understanding of how the system works. As with any new product, there are always issues with setup and connectivity, but if you can set up a router, you can breeze through this system. The cameras are cosmetically and functionally designed very well, and they have great viewing area and picture quality. The app integration is key these days and there are features I really like, especially the “Save & Share” and “Instant Insight”. With wired systems, they tend to be set it and forget it passive systems that just monitor and you don’t really think about week to week, or even month to month. The app makes it easy to just check on things from time to time as well as giving you the ability to get as many notifications as you want, if that’s what you are looking for. The only thing I would recommend for this kit is longer cables. 60 ft is not enough for larger homes. Overall, this is a versatile system that is very adaptable for integrating into your home or business as you see fit.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Better Than Average Home Security Camera System

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    This four camera system is a step above the average home security monitoting system. The video quality, while black and white, is what really sets this apart from most of the competition at this price point. Video is extremely clear which means, in a worst case scenario, that you'll be able to provide authorities the kind of video and images that will help catch the culprits. Or, conversely, you want to clearly see what is going on around your house then this system will be a great asset. The cameras themselves are well made an in weather proof housings. The built in IR has better than decent range at night. The control unit has more than enough built in storage for hours of video. The companion smartphone app is a nice add on allowing you to "check in" on your home while away. My only complaint, and granted it's minor considering the price point, is the lengths of included cabling which could be better. Odds are if you have a larger home you'll be looking to obtain some longer lines. Overall, considering the quality of the video and fairly large built in storage for said video, this is an excellent home monitoring camera system.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Upgrade from wireless IP Camera Systems

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    I have used wireless security cameras for years and there are many advantages to having them. Easy access via an app, no need to drill holes (except maybe to mount the cameras where you need) and flexibility to add more cameras if you want. The disadvantages to wireless cameras are they are battery operated (although you can hard wire power on some models) but that defeats the purpose of ease of install etc and because they are battery operated you need to change the batteries periodically and you can’t have the cameras constantly on and there is the added expense of batteries every few months. I got used to the convenience of having cameras around my house etc but found the limitations of not being able to monitor at all times with the wireless cams more and more of a disadvantage...until the Defender 4K system. If you are handy you will be able to install this system yourself but its much more complicated than wireless systems as you will need to run wires to each camera from the central location you have located the included DVR. So you will have to plan the wiring routes etc but the additional work is definitely worth it. Once you have mounted and wired the four cameras you will need to set the system up which is fairly easy to do, there are support videos you can find online to help you with install, setup etc if you need. The 1TB HD in the DVR is more than enough to keep what you record. All I can say is what a difference when compared to my wireless cameras. Video quality is worlds better on the Defender 4K, details can be made out on your recordings that 1080p or 720p aren’t capable of. Night vision works great and there are many customizable options on the user friendly App. If you are looking for a wired system or an upgrade from your wireless system, you can’t go wrong with the Defender 4K System.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty easy setup

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    Other than needing a USB flash drive to setup the dvr, everything else I needed came in the box. I was surprised to see even the USB mouse was included. There are a ton of wires to arrange and hook up as this isn't a wireless setup but once you get past that it goes quick. The dvr setup wizard was fast and walked me through everything quickly and easily. The cameras are a good quality and clearer than I expected. My biggest test will be whether or not these survive the Wisconsin winter temperatures. I'm impressed with everything included for the price on this set of wired cameras. My only complaint is the iOS app seems a little basic and I am looking forward to any updates to the functionality. I think this would be a good basic option for someone who doesn't need a ton of cameras and for basic home protection/viewing. I would definitely recommend this option to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent option

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    I’ll start this off by saying this is a decent option for video surveillance needs inside and outside. Not necessarily the most sleek and “fun” as others may be but it gets the job done. Video clarity is great so far. The 1tb of recording space is definitely a plus. This is not a wireless system so you definitely need to consider that before buying if wireless is a need or a more idea option for your setup needs. Having used other brands I wouldn’t put this as my favorite to use but I will say that it is a good option at a better price than some other options with only one camera versus the 4 you get with this. I’ve only be testing it for a little less than a week but so far no lagging issues or problems have occurred. The hardest thing was installation and making sure I got the layout just right (and I use hardest loosely).

    I would recommend this to a friend
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