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  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Safety

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A system ready to protect your home!

    Posted .

    I wanted to start off by saying this system will take some time to install and you will need to have a basic understanding of how to use a drill, connecting cables and setting up a monitor or tv screen. Also, you will need to know how to use your phone to download the app and connect to your system but only if you want phone access which is usually a standard today. You will also need to run cables to each 4K camera so if you are not sure how to run and hide the cables appropriately your attack, craw spaces or behind drywall I recommend seeking a professional to install the system. I have experience with many types of security camera systems including new wireless systems and older systems. I have had the pleasure of helping many others install their systems and having it setup successfully. Swann is an awesome brand and has been around for many years and have many years in the camera security business. This new enforcer system is a highlight to their success and proving that they can offer more than the competition. Anyone who wants more in a security system without the monthly fee should look no further. Everything you need (for the most part) is included in the box including a mouse to operate the DVR system. The only thing you will need is monitor or tv with HDMI or VGA (if you don’t care about clarity or if you will mostly only view from your phone and have an old monitor you can use laying around). The system comes with 6 awesome cameras packed with a crazy amount of features and a DVR box (which will act as your hub). You can add an additional two cameras to this system to make it 8. You also don’t have to use all 6 cameras and rather add them as you go to make sure all the angles you want are covered. The cameras have speakers, night vision, colored night vision, heat detection (this is crazy awesome) red and blue flashing lights (Yes, bright, like the police), spotlights and a siren. They are also 4K and are super clear on my 4K monitor and I would say much better than wireless. These cameras pack a punch to scare anyone who may enter your property even if they have permission. The cameras also have mounts. Another thing to add in is this system will connect to you amazon Alexa (which I have) or google assistant. There is so much I am probably missing something but I gave most of the key features on this entire system. For installation I am lucky to live in a one story so I ran all my cables through the attic. I ran an ethernet cable from my modem inside my house into the attic to the DVR box and also installed an extra outlet to where I have my “DVR station”. I located my DVR station with my added monitor to where my attic stairs are so I don’t have to travel far plus I will use my phone as my primary contact source with this system. I attached each of my cameras to each corner of my house on the exterior and I put one by the front and back doors. I pretty much have a 360 view with how I have everything setup and the cameras adjusted. The box includes further and proper instructions on installation of your camera. I do not want to go into further detail as you are the one who will be drilling and installing the camera on to your home. I will say it did take time but since I did it before it was breeze and I think if your even just a little bit handy you will be able to do it yourself. The DVR user face is decent and feels like it has quality compared to what I have seen. You have a million different settings to adjust exactly what you want. If you want to have flashing red and blue lights or if you rather you have spot light signify to an intruder that they are being watched you can make it happen. Pretty cool in my opinion. You can really adjust everything and I could write 4 paragraphs on just adjustments but trust me when I say there is more than enough and more access to adjustments and features than any other I have seen. Using an iPhone (sorry no androids here to test) was easy to use and get going. I didn’t have to retry the app 60 times to get it to work (which is a huge plus) due the simple QR code that you can scan. The app is not crazy but gets the job done. You have to remember you don’t have to pay for it monthly like every other service out there. You will need to access the main DVR to adjust most of your settings which is easier to do anyway as you won’t need to make these adjustments everyday. The phone app is my preferred method of viewing my cameras because who has time to go view the monitor everyday and you can now view your home from place you have internet access which now a days is everywhere. Overall, this is a great system and will get the job done. Are there some tweaks that could have made in the interface sure but they don’t really matter when all you want to do is secure your home and have good, reliable play back video. This system has great video quality with outstanding amount of features to keep those bad guys away. This system is built to last the outside weather and ready to protect you, your family and your home.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Swann
      Posted .

      Hello Tstall,

      Thank you for being one of the first to leave feedback for our new Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System. We are glad to know that there are many features you found to be useful. It is our goal at Swann to make great security easy and affordable. Your detailed and honest feedback is greatly appreciated!

      Please let us know how we may further assist you,

      Thank you.
      JV
      Swann Customer Support Swann

  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Safety
    Cons mentioned:
    Wireless

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    SKEPTICAL NO LONGER! AFFORDABLE QUALITY

    Posted .

    SKEPTICAL NO LONGER! AFFORDABLE QUALITY REVIEW: Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System - White Model: SWDVK-85680W6RL-US Best Buy Tech Insider Network SUMMARY: I have been deploying security cameras for about 15 years at home, our local homeowner’s association, my office and for family. I am not in the industry, but I have probably deployed 6 different systems. I have always been skeptical about these “all in one bundles”. I think however I can say now they seem to have grown up to be capable units. There is lots to like about this unit, and not much to complain about. While not at the same level as professional grade equipment (costing 4x to 10x more), it does a good to very good job covering most casual needs. This is about as “turn key” as you can get. Plug everything in, turn it on, you are in business for basic monitoring. It also supports many advanced features that you can optionally expose and utilize if needed. I would recommend this package for anyone who wants to deploy something quickly without having to source each part out individually, and without breaking the bank. I have no hesitancy recommending this package, at this price point, especially for indoor use. You won’t find anything less expensive that is worthwhile. My only concern is that everything feels cheap and lightweight. There is even a giant warning sticker on the DVR “don’t put anything heavy on the DVR”. This summarizes my feelings about it overall. Again, there is nothing functionally wrong, it all works, it just feels cheap. UNBOXING: (see picture) INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: Everything was protected, but it also seems somewhat loosely tossed into the boxes. The important things like the cameras and DVR are well protected, but cables, screws, power supplies, etc are mostly floating around loose. As mentioned above everything felt very lightweight and inexpensive. I think the focus is on cost (which is OK). For example, what is the cheapest cable we can bundle that will do the job vs, what is a cable that will last 20 years once installed. Again, that is OK. Here is one simple example. The internal hard drive is a 2 TB Seagate Skyhawk LITE. Seagate Skyhawk’s have impressive quality and are optimized for security cameras. At first, I was very impressed that it had a Skyhawk drive. But I’d never heard of “LITE”. It seems to be a budget version (reduced specs and performance) sold primarily in India. Again, there is nothing wrong with this drive. For $10-$30 more I would have rather had a “regular” Skyhawk drive. If the focus is low cost, this is a good way to save money on each unit made and probably won’t impact performance. The Skyhawk drives are rated for about 60 devices and the LITE for about 30 devices (cameras). This DVR only supports 8 devices, so it is well within specs. INITIAL SETUP / TIPS: Here is where the SWANN shines. You can’t hook it up wrong there is only one way everything will connect together. I simply connected all the cables and power and video and turned it on, and instantly it all worked. There were some areas of advanced configuration that could have been easier or more intuitive, but it was not bad at all. I am confident that just about anyone without any technical experience, beyond turning on and configuring a laptop for the first time would have no problems with this system. The hardest part of any security system is running cables in a wall. TIP: NO WIFI As far as I can tell the unit does not have WIFI although some of the menus seem to indicate that on some units WIFI is an option. OK if you are trying to keep costs down, don’t include a $5 WIFI chip in the unit. It took me while to work around this topic. First, I had to connect the DVR to a wired network (back of router), and then get it all working. I had an extra WIFI to Ethernet adapter in my boxes of computer junk in my basement. This device connects to a WIFI network then bridges the WIFI down to a physical cable. Once I got that bridge working, I was able to move the DVR anywhere I had signal. So expect to spend an extra $50 on a WIFI-Ethernet Device if you need WIFI connectivity. Technically you don’t need it on a network other than TIME SYNC and remote viewing from the phone APP. TIP: LIMITED WINDOWS / REMOTE CONTROL / SUPPORT This is a dedicated DVR for SECURITY, it is not designed to be operated and managed remotely. It is meant to be sitting on a shelf with a TV/Monitor attached (Think of a small self contained solution in a gas station for example). This means you have to be careful where you plan to install the unit as it will be there for good once you run the cables, and you have to be able to get to it physically to do anything advanced. There is a windows app on the SWAN website, it does not list this model as a supported model, but it does seem to work. It gives you some basic viewing and capturing capability, but not full advanced functionality as if you are sitting in front of the DVR itself. So, expect to spend $100-$200 on a dedicated TV for daily use (vs just launching an app on an existing PC). The phone app works well for quick viewing and motion alerts. TIP: NO KEYBOARD SUPPORT While the DVR software does a good job of integrating mouse control, with the included mouse, it is still a pain to type in long complex passwords several times each session with a mouse. I tried plugging in a keyboard to one of the spare USB ports and it was not recognized. TIP: NOT MUCH HELP ON SCREEN As you start to try more advanced features, you are at the mercy of your wit and the people who defined the interface (or maybe read the manual). One example is scheduling for full time recording vs event recording. Here you paint the schedule grid yellow or green (or both) based on what you want. I only knew to paint the schedule because my other DVR system works the same way. But to took me 10 minutes or so to realize the “KEY” of yellow and green dots was more than a key, it was also a selection tool. So click on the green dot to paint green. Click on the Yellow dot pain yellow. Or, on some screens you can right click the mouse to unlock advanced features. As I as I said, you can just plug it all in and turn it all on and it all works. It is really the advanced features that take some time and work to reason out. For the record, in my experience, “ALL DVR SOFTWARE IS CLUNKY” and always has been. The easy stuff is intuitive, the advance stuff is clunky. This is not worse or better than any other DVR system I have ever used. TIP: FIRMWARE UPDATE ERRORS Normally when I first get a new device the first thing I do is to update the firmware. When you try to upgrade the firmware it gives what seems to be a server or network error. I think the real issue it that there is no new firmware for this device. I looked all over the SWANN website and this firmware is newer than anything that is on their website. It also does not list this model (too new or Best Buy Exclusive?). This makes me a little nervous as their support website is a bit of a mess. IMAGE QUALITY: My existing camera system is about 4 years old and is a network based system (vs a dedicated head end like this system). My existing cameras are 3MP vs the SWANN 8MP(?) cameras. In theory then the SWANN camera pictures should be about 2-3 times better, clearer, sharper. For comparison, my home system cost about $2800 for 6 cameras, 4TB storage. I plan to use the SWANN at my office since we have an unstaffed front lobby and I wanted to give the staff some piece of mind if they are working late or early about who is coming into the office or ringing the buzzer. I set up the cameras side by side and took snapshots at various times of the day. (See pics). For the most part, the images were about the same. Sometimes the SWANN was a touch better, sometime the SWANN was a touch worse. This is good news that for this price point, you can get good quality images. However, 4K did not really make much of a difference compared to my older non-4K cameras. NOTE: The maximum frames per second at 4K are only 8 FPS on SWANN. (Normal TV video is usually at least 30 FPS) FEATURES: This has everything I could think of for advanced features: Scheduled Recordings, Motion Detection, Scheduled Snapshots, Email Alerts, Alarms, Sirens, Audio Recording. I like the lights on the cameras that can be “on” or “triggered”. I liked that the cameras supported PIR to better identify people as motion instead of a tree or flag blowing in the wind. It has advanced analysis modes so you can fine tune motion detection. You can black out areas you don’t want recorded. You can set motion detection in only a certain area. As far as features go, I could not find anything that was not there. SUMMARY: I think this is 100% perfect for a small self-contained office or building like a gas station or retail store or small carry out restaurant. Home use is good so long as you can place the device where a 30 foot cable to the unit can reach the camera. Maybe, for example, you put the DVR in your garage and just have cameras around the outside of the garage pointing at various locations. I’m sure you can buy or build longer cables, but at some point, you start to lose the advantage of an all in one bundle. It is easy to use, easy to set up, and the image quality is pretty good.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Swann
      Posted .

      Hello TheOffice1234,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed review. We are glad to know that you are happy with your most recent purchase of our Swann System. It is great to hear first hand how we have improved your security scenario. Security solutions should be easy and affordable and we are happy to introduce our new Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System. We hope you enjoy all the great features this system has to offer. This system can use a Swann Wifi adapter to connect to your network wirelessly. Due to security reasons, not all settings can be adjusted remotely. Since there are many features that can be adjusted, we would recommend looking into the manual to see how it can be catered to your location. If needed, please know we offer 24/7 technical support.

      Your detailed feedback is greatly appreciated!

      Please let us know how we may further assist you,

      Thank you.
      JV
      Swann Customer Support Swann

  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Cable, Wireless

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great System with a not so great Mobile App

    Posted .

    After installing and using the Swann Enforcer system I have found the overall system performs fairly well but there are some shortcomings especially in the mobile app. Below I have tried to list out everything that I really liked about this set up as well as the items that I felt were problematic. This system uses analog cameras and bnc cables – old school cctv, the downside is they aren’t as flexible as most of the newer digital wireless cameras or even ethernet based wired camera systems (NVRs) but on the plus side this system is far less expensive. One thing to keep in mind when looking at these 4k camera systems is that the resolution you see on your phone app is not 4k. What you see on your phone is the substream video at a far lower resolution. The actual default resolution sent to the mobile device is 362x240 with a max resolution of 704x480. Quite a difference from the 4k resolution of 3840x2160 which is the mainstream video that is stored on the DVR. Because the mobile device’s screens are small the image is still quite sharp even at the lower resolutions. To actually gain all the benefit of the 4k cameras you need to be looking at 4k monitor attached to the DVR via an hdmi cable. Also when recording in 4k the frames per second fps drop to 8 which means the image can be very choppy when viewing anything that is moving fast. If you lower the camera resolution to HD 1980x1080 you can then record at 15 fps so it’s a trade off of resolution vs frames per second. Luckily Swann gives you the ability to vary each camera’s resolution and frames per second so you can configure the cameras to meet your requirements. What I liked about the system: - Swann provides good documentation on getting the system initialized and its relatively straight forward. If you don’t feel comfortable installing the cameras and system Swann also provides information on how to contact professionals to do the installation. - The information provided for configuring the cameras within the DVR application is fairly comprehensive and the downloaded manual offers even more details. I highly recommend looking at the manual and checking out on line videos for additional help. - The 4k video images are clear and there are options to help enhance the image quality. - The Motion detection worked well and setting up the motion detection zones were easy. - Setting up alerts and email notifications was simple and they work really well. - The Enforcer alarm and blinking lights definitely draw attention when set off. - The night vision is bright and clear but not very colorful under normal night lighting. - The mobile app was easy to use but its slow opening and buggy as explained below. - Swann uses “modes” which allow you to set up different configurations for home, night and away. - The camera head can be rotated and angled on the mount to meet nearly any type of installation. - No additional cost since the video is recorded and saved locally on the hard drive. What I don’t like about the system: - The mobile app takes a long time to fully load. First you get the Swann home page and spinning wheel, then you get an image of a DVR and the spinning wheel, then you get camera icons and the spinning wheel then eventually you get your camera images. The app usually takes between 15 to 30 seconds to display images. This is using an Iphone 12 pro on my home wi-fi network using the default substream of 360x240 resolution. Comparatively another wired system I own takes 5 seconds consistently to load. Both my wireless doorbell and wireless outside camera take about 15 seconds to activate and load images so the Swann app is the slowest. - The mobile app doesn’t work correctly on all settings. Using the app I configured a camera’s motion detection and hit save. When I went back to check the setting I found that it is back to the default setting with no explanation as to why. Because of this issue I do all my configuration directly in the DVR. - The mobile app doesn’t include all the options that are available in the main DVR configuration page nor does it match or mimic DVR configuration screens. - The cameras have a small viewing angle of 90 degrees. Many of todays newer cameras have a 130 degree or more viewing angle which means they see a wider view of what is in front of it. - These cameras use BNC type cables with Siamese power taps and they can be a pain to run through the house. The cables provided are approved for in wall use so you cannot expose the cable or connections to the outside environment. - The supplied wired mouse is cheap and limits the distance you can sit from the controller. - There is not a pc app that works with this model. I tried to get the Swann Home Safe View app to work on my windows pc but it does not recognize the DVR. When I checked the Swan support page it does not show the DVR8-5680X as being compatible with the Home Safe View app. - The mounting hardware and the screws to lock the camera head to the mount are cheap and you can strip out the heads without much force. - There is not an all camera Alarm On/Off setting in the Mobile App. There are times when I would like to be able to Arm or Unarm all the cameras at once with a single button without having to use one the three mode settings. It does have a Do Not Disturb but that is not the same as being able to arm/unarm all the cameras with a single button. - The cameras do not have microphones so they do not record any audio.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Swann
      Posted .

      Hello explore42,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your detailed feedback on our Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 4-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Home Security Camera System. It is great to hear first hand the things we have done correctly and those that could use some improvement. Your feedback will be shared with our development teams. Your feedback can often help us locate and address potential bugs within the software or hardware. It has been brought to our attention that there are potential bugs within the Swann Security application. Please know that our development team is working hard and consistently on updates to improve your experience. Due to the nature of these updates, it is difficult for Swann to perform to confirm the launch date on each update. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.

      Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

      Please let us know how we may further assist you,

      Thank you,
      JV
      Swann Customer Support Swann

  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Loud

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Improvement form Swann

    Posted .

    This is a new system form Swann called the Enforcer. I am assuming the name applies to the siren and light feature on these cameras. While you may not use the siren and or lights for all motion detection, you can manually trigger either the light or siren (or both) from the app if you are notified of motion and if you see something going on, you could trigger the siren manually to scare the heck out of someone as they are loud! I replaced a 3.5 year old Swann 1080P system with this unit. I was hoping for more resolution and better night vision. Luckily this system used the same BNC cables as my old one so I did not have to rewire. I had 8 cameras on my old system and I was also pleased I could still reuse 2 of my 1080P cameras on this new DVR. This was a real plus, and thank you Swann for that downward compatibility. BTW the resolution IS better with the new 4K cameras! For a new install, be aware you will spend 4 to 8 hours installing the system for a clean neat installation. My wires run through my attic from the outside cameras, down through a PVC conduit in my garage, into the basement, to meet up with the other wires from within the house. My DVR is in the basement hidden behind a desk where I have a monitor. I also power the system with a battery UPS to give me coverage if the power is out. I also HIGHLY recommend you follow Swann’s suggestions to set the entire system up on the floor BEFORE the actual install. This way you can TEST everything and make sure all the components work and get familiar with all the parts. In my case, the 1080P TV I was using to test the system did not work with the DVR at first. Absolutely no picture was showing. I had to connect a VGA computer monitor to the DVR to get into the DVR menu to set it to HDMI output. Not sure if this was just my situation or a glitch out of the box. I also had to change a menu setting for “Enable Over-scan” as the edges of the menus were cut off. When set to AUTO in the SWANN DVR menu it worked fine. Something Swann should have done out of the box. Make particular note that the 60 foot cables to the cameras DO have a proper direction. The power cable has a male/female end and needs to be routed appropriately to match the camera. It’s real frustrating if you install those backwards and realize your mistake when connecting to the cameras! Also set up the APP on your phone and test it. The APP can be extremely helpful aiming your cameras if you are working by yourself. You can zero in on each camera remotely and adjust the camera while you are on the ladder. PERFORMANCE: This system has many improvements from my older SWAN system. Resolution is better, night vision is better, and the I Phone app is EXTREMELY better. It’s faster, more responsive, and I’m able to take pictures and video right on my phone. You can also set off the lights and siren from the app if you desire. The app even set up a Swann Security folder on my phone for those pictures and videos. The DVR menu system is much improved. It’s easier to navigate and has a ton more features. You will need to get on the Swann website for detailed instructions setting up the features within the DVR. It will work out of the box, but I found the sensitivity too low to catch all movements with my cameras. It took me another hour to figure out sensitivity settings and to go test them with my walking by the cameras. Additionally I set up “blocks” of the screen on each camera to mask movements from plants and flags. I agree with other reviewers that I wish you could use a USB keyboard with the DVR for password input. CONCLUSION: Outside of some glitches with the DVR setup, and figuring out how to change motion sensitivity, the system is great! The cameras at first seemed a little “plastic” compared to my old metal ones; however, I think they will be just fine. They offer more features, are light to mount, and look nice once installed. I appreciate the improved resolution, the much improved APP, and the DVR offers not only more hard drive space, but more features. I would definitely recommend this system to any friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Swann
      Posted .

      Hello GagetGuy,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your positive feedback on our new Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System. It is great to hear first hand the things we are doing right and those that can use some more attention. At Swann, it is our goal to make great security solutions east and affordable. We hope you enjoy all the great features this system has to offer.

      Your detailed feedback is greatly appreciated! Swann

  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Loud, Wireless

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Swann.

    Posted .

    This is the 4th swann DVR system I have owned/used. The very first system lasted me quite a while. I had the old 500 line analog then upgraded to 700 line analog then I was given a 4k system to test and now this one. The first 2 had the older swann app interface that was really difficult to setup and use. I had to create a host site so I can get remote viewing to work. The one before this and this current one gave me a QR code to scan and setup was way easier. Just like all other DVRs you need to setup the system in a table/desk that has room to connect all of your cameras to make sure all the settings are correct and they all work. Including making sure that all of your wires work properly including the DVR itself. This particular model went through about 5 updates which was a bit annoying because it took about 1 hour to do even with fast ethernet connection. BTW you need a hard ethernet connection for this system. Wifi will NOT work to get remote access. So setup of the DVR out of the box was about 1 hour. Luckily my house is already pre run with BNC wires so I did not have to run new cables. If this is your first camera system. It will take you an entire day if not more. If you can't do it yourself I would hire someone to run the cables for you because it is not for the faint of heart. If you have attic space then during the summer it can become a sauna and your can get heat stress or heat stroke if you are not careful. Has both HDMI and VGA monitor outputs. It self recognizes and setup wizard was pretty easy to follow. Anyway after camera setup is all done plugging in and viewing was pretty easy. The NEW android APP interface nis really easy to use. Much better than last year's version. Easier to take snap shots and download videos. Also it was easier to see motion alerts. I do wish it had a preview icon of the alert so you can see what the alert is about. That way you don't have to keep downloading a bunch of them and use up storage on your phone. Night vision is pretty good. Siren is ok. For having the size of a half dollar speaker it outs out a pretty loud siren. It is more audible at night not so loud in the day because not ambient noise from cars and other things. Blue and white lights are ok. Night vision is good because there are a lot of infrared LEDs that are on. Field of view is ok. Width is decent. I wish vertical angle was better but Swann has been good over the years. You can mix and match different Cameras. This also has PTZ control capabilities if you buy a different camera that has that ability. This type of camera has a special cable that has additional wires. Not included in this system. Video and photo capture was pretty easy via app. Same for using the mouse monitor off the DVR is easy to capture and use as well. Older interface was a lot more DOS CMOS type of interface. They did a lot better with the most recent version. This DVR has 4 audio input channel capabilities. If you have cameras that have audio it will take an audio stream. Only CONs are the following: Mobile streaming has some lag. Android mobile app crashed on me a few times. But I had to reboot. I might blame android for pushing out a system update. I am using Pixel 3XL and they just pushed out 2021 April security patch. So maybe that might be it. So buyer beware. There might be some mobile app lag or crashing issues. Also as part of lag, the HD image would lot always load. It stayed in SD. I had to close app out and then reload to get HD video to flow right. Good thing with DVR. No annual or monthly costs with paying for storage. Also wired DVRs are not affected with bad WiFi or blocked signals due to dead spots. Other than that its Swann. Like I have said I have had 4 Swann systems and they are all pretty decent as long as you know how to set these up and know how to operate.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Safety

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great system, terrible app

    Posted .

    So the biggest thing you have to know about this camera system is that it is extremely high quality. The 4k resolution is fantastic and the clarity is bar none. The app is horrid though. I was able to set this system up right out of the box. It can be a little intimidating at first, but the instructions are very clear and very intuitive. You place the camera and have to run the cables all the way back to the hub to connect it all. You connect an HDMI to your TV and an Ethernet cable to a router. Then you power all devices with the power supplies. You connect the included mouse and walk through setup step by step. Very easy. It is actually an easier setup than wireless devices because you don't have to link them all to your Wi-Fi. I was seriously up and running the whole system (not including camera mounting/wiring) in less than 10 minutes. The quality of this system is unlike any camera system I have had before. You select 4k resolution if you have it available and it just pops off the screen. The cameras work very well and have night vision that is also clear. I really don't have a bad thing to say about the cameras and their clarity/reception. Then there's the app. It prompts you to install the Swann Security app to control your system remotely via your smart device. This is where Swann really drops the ball. After installing you create a mobile account which is very easy. You scan the QR code to link your system to your account and that is a breeze. That is where the fun stops. The camera resolution defaults to a medium quality, which is bad, then lags when you change it to high resolution. The first time I tried looking at one of the cams it worked OK, minus the lag. You can turn on the LED light of the cam and even set off an alarm. I exited the app and re-entered it only to have multiple issues pop up. Trying to reopen for the first time it said "failed to connect to device". I exited and came back in and it was fine, but would not load any of the camera's images. Now the system is hard lined to my router so I know connectivity is not an issue. I then exited and opened again and was able to view one of the cameras. I then changed the app resolution to high and the image froze. I could not imagine that this will be quality experience in the long run unless Swann updates the app to correct these issues. I think this is one of the best quality systems you can own for camera security, but the app interface leaves much to be improved on. What you capture as far as image goes however is worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Swann
      Posted .

      Hello Bootleg89,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your feedback. Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System. We are glad to hear from you how we have since improved your security scenario. We believe there is always room for improvement, your detailed feedback helps us understand those things we did we at and those that can use some improvement. Your feedback is truly appreciated!

      Please let us know how we may further assist you,

      Thank you,
      JV
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  • Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Set up, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Loud

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the money!!

    Posted .

    Initial thoughts: If you’re in the market for a wired all in one security system that is fairly easy to install and has no monthly fees then this may be the system for you. Also, this is NOT a wireless system, there are wires connected to each camera. What’s in the box?? -8 Channel DVR with 2TB Hard Drive -4K Heat and Motion-Sensing enforcer Cams (6 of them) -BNC Extension Cables that are 60ft long EACH (6 of them) -Ethernet cable -HDMI cable -Power cables (There are 3 total you will need to plug in) and splitters (2) -Mouse(wired) -Mounting Screws and Plugs -Quick Start Guide -Theft deterrent Stickers along with a number if you want to have it professionally installed. SETUP: Ok, not going to lie the hardest part was actually choosing where to place the cameras. For me that was toughest part, as I live in a 3 story home. For those of you that are handy and live in a single story, getting in attic and dropping lines may be easier. Once you get your camera lines ran and hook them all up to the main unit, then attach your HDMI cable to from the main unit to your monitor (and if you have access to the internet close by hook up your ethernet cable) plug in the power cord and Viola! From there it will take you through a setup process. Oh and one more thing is don’t forget to hook up the mouse so you can navigate through the on screen menus. One side note is that I tried to plug in a USB keyboard to use instead of clicking but it would not work! Using the mouse wasn’t that difficult truth be told. The setup wizard takes about 12-15 minutes to complete. Then you have access to control how and what you want your cameras to. Once you finish your setup you can access all the camera features. There is no real guide and you have to just play around with all the menus and buttons. Just a note if you manually turn on the sirens, they do get pretty loud. The App: So, let’s talk about the app, everyone wants to monitor their home from their phone these days. To get started I have an IOS device and I just scanned the QR code that was on my monitor screen and it takes you right to the app store to install it. If you have installed an app before then you know it comes with the usual questions such as notifications. Once you have the app downloaded and signed in you can do what we all do with our home automation apps. Now if you are expecting 4K UHD and real time from these images you will be let down. The images were pixelated but you could see well enough. You can also access your stored images and video (playback) there is also a user manual in there. If you are smart phone savvy you will have no issue moving around in the app. One last note on the app, I found that there was a 12-15 second delay from real-time. Picture Quality: Picture quality on my 4K monitor was nothing short of amazing. I thought that it did very well in bright light and in low light situations. I have another camera that struggles with really bright outside lights but these cameras did an excellent job at keeping the colors correct. Clear and concise(especially on a 4K monitor) nothing more to say. PRO’s: -No monthly charges/free recording up to 2TB -Wired, so you set and forget -Weatherproof Cameras -4K UHD -Night vision(up to 130ft) with color(up to 32ft) -Smartphone Control -Flashing lights and sirens to deter intruers CON’s: - Self install can be difficult if you are not handy -Lack of instructions on how to use the camera interface on the monitor -App could use some work and polish Final Thoughts: Overall, I feel that this product worked very well and I would recommend this to a friend if they are in the market for device like this.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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      Posted .

      Hello Ohanaman,

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  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Safety
    Cons mentioned:
    Cable, Loud

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything you need

    Posted .

    Included in the box: 6 cameras, The main DVR console with a 2TB Hard Drive, all the cables, screws and power adapter you will need, including an optical mouse (more than that in a moment) Digital Video Recorder: All of the cameras connect to the DVR, and you can connect the DVR to any TV, or monitor using different cables such as the included HDMI cable. You can also use a VGA cable that most older monitors support. As mentioned before, this particular system comes with 6 cameras but two more can be added for a total of 8. Packaging: Everything is packaged well and is easy to find what you are looking for in one of the three cardboard “briefcases” comes inside the box. Wired vs Wireless: There is always a trade-off between wired and wireless cameras, wireless cameras need batteries while wired cameras obviously need a wire going to them and for that you have to spend some time running the cables through your house or place of business. This security system uses wires but Swann took advantage of the continuous power by including a built-in speaker onto the camera as well as Sensor Spotlights, Police-style flashing light where they will definitely get the attention of an intruder..... If that doesn’t work then each camera is equipped with a siren, where when activated will emit a very loud high-pitched sound. Each camera comes with it’s own stand as well that can pretty much be installed anywhere with the included screws. Operating System: The DVR comes with a mouse included, A mouse is needed to navigate through the Windows OS STYLE menus. Everything could be as simple as connecting everything and just powering on the DVR, or as complicated as Setting the record time lenghts whenever the cameras sense moving. whether or not the spotlight and or the police-style flashing lights come on when if it detects an intruder (you can also manually turn them on if you wish to do so to scare away an intruder even if they haven’t tripped the cameras, toggle night vision on or off, sensitivity of the cameras, resolution etc... there is a lot here to learn and play with if you choose to do so. 4K: This Enforcer security system supports 4K resolution for life viewing, you obviously need a 4K TV or monitor for that, but if you don’t your 1080p Monitor our television will work just fine. App: Downloading and setting up the app is pretty easy and straightforward, The app it’s self is designed well and you have a lot of options you can control from your smart phone. The main purpose of the app is that you can view all of your cameras on your smart phone from pretty much anywhere in the world. Smart Speakers: This enforcer security system is compatible with smart speakers such as Google assistant or Alexa In conclusion: this enforcer security system has it all, 4K cameras, Heat and Motion sensors, spotlights, sirens, Night vision, the ability to see in color video at night, free recording onto the hard drive, waterproof, smart phone app, compatible with smart speakers and more, I highly recommend this system for anybody looking to protect their home or business.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Swann
      Posted .

      Hello Ernesto,

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  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Safety
    Cons mentioned:
    Loud

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    An excellent, value packed bundle

    Posted .

    This Swann - Enforcer™ bundle comes with 4 cameras, and an 8 channel recorder with a 2 TB hard drive, which you can connect from anywhere via the Swann security app. The kit features heat and motion sensing for more reliable alerts night vision up to 130ft, and the ”Night2Day” feature (color night vision) works up to 30 ft. The 8-channel recorder allows for adding 4 additional camers. A huge benefit of the Swann Enforcer is that there are no subscription fees, making this security system an excellent value. The Enforcer series cameras have blinking red/blue lights to ward of intruders, as well as a siren. The cameras offer a 90-degree view and color video image sensor above that police-style flashing LEDs. Below the camera lens is a ball-shaped object which is the true detect PIR heat and motion sensor which I will discuss later in this review. Set up was not particularly difficult, although I would prefer ethernet cables vs. the coax cables which come with it. The coax setup requires 2 connections (one for video and one for power) and the size of the video connecter requires larger holes if you have to penetrate a wall. The kit comes with 60 ft. cables per camera. If you need a longer cable run than 60ft, you can purchase longer cables, or you can use converters that will allow you use ethernet cable for those long runs. The connections are simple, and you can temporarily connect all the cameras and have everything up and running to test in about 30 minutes. Running cables and penetrating walls will require planning, and of course much more of your time. I connected the system to a 4K desktop monitor and the image quality was excellent – night or day. I also had a Swann FHD (1080p) camera, and did a quick comparison that’s included in the photos attached to the review. The color saturation/accuracy of the 4K camera was much better than the FHD, and the difference in clarity/detail is obvious. The Night2Day vision allows you to see what happens very clearly. The TrueDetect heat and motion feature allows you to pick up when either human or animals are in camera view and provides notifications to your phone via your Internet connection. The police-style flashing lights and a very loud siren would likely scare most intruders -- or your neighbors! In all seriousness, however it would notify your neighbors that something may be happening. Overall, I found the Swann Enforcer to be an excellent option for home security. While wireless cameras offer convenience due to a less time-consuming initial setup, you do have to deal with issues such as battery life and Wi-Fi drops. A wired connection, while requiring more initial installation time, will not drop connections or run out of battery power This camera bundle is perfect for either indoor or outdoor use (their IP66 rating means they will be fine in rain, snow of heat). If you’re looking for peace of mind, this is the security system you should consider. It’s well worth investing in as you get 4 cameras (easily expandable to 8) and a full-featured DVR and an available app for remote connectivity/viewing from your mobile phone.

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

    Good upgrade. But need to replace existing Siames

    Posted .

    First and foremost if you are upgrading your existing system where you have old 480 Saimese BNC cables you will need to completely change out your cables to what is given in the kit. If you don't you will run into resolution issues. Also Google integration is not great. Google home sees the system, but I can't stream to a device. This not the only system that has given me this problem. I own a Lorex system and it has the same problem. I think it is a Google home issue or 3rd party software developer issue. Either that or my LG OLEG 4K TV is the crux of my issue where LG Qthink is the problem. I spent hours go through tutorials, youtube, etc and still no dice. My Google home sees the system, but I won't respond to my commands. Besides those issues the system itself is solid. This is my 3rd Swann System to own. I originally owned the first old generation 480 dpi then 720 dpi and now this 4K system. If you have never installed one of these sysetms before please make sure you set it up on a table big enough to lay everything out and near your router to hardwire the DVR to it. This should take abot 20 mins or so. Running the Siamese BNC cables will vary depending on your house set up. Since this was used in my garage it took about 4 hours to drill and run and hang. If you have a more complicated set up it will take several days. So word of advice plan this out well. Or just hire someone to run your cables especially if you have attic or crawl space that you have to deal with. So back to the system itself. The jump from 720 to 4k is pretty huge. Not as fuzzy. Low light and no light conditions are pretty good. The light and alarm features are pretty good. There is about a 10 second lag with live view of video. That might be because my garage router has a 100 mbps speed. Andriod Software version is a step up from the old 720 dpi system. Pretty user friend. You can pick between low, medium, high resolution settings. You can take snap shots, or live video record pretty easily. Searching for motion, and playback was pretty easy. False motion alarm was minimized due to software and camera hardware upgrades which is good. It can tell if it was a tree moving versus an animal or human. Which is a good feature. This will also save space on the DVR. I did not use the drop box function, as I don't want my video out in the ether. Other than the few cons that I have above, the biggest being that you have to run new cables Swann has always been a solid system to use. Like I said this is my 3rd system to own. I would recommend this system based on my knowledge and use of various systems that I have had and also the current features that this system has to offer.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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      Posted .

      Hello PhillipB,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your feedback on our new Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System. Yes, when upgrading to this kit from 5MP or lower you will require to rewire your home. We are glad to know you are a returning Swann Customer and your detailed and honest feedback is truly appreciated! Your comparison of previous generations and different brands helps us get a better understanding of the things we have done right and how we can make minor adjustments to do better.

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  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Safety, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Wireless

    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent System, Nice 4K Picture

    Posted .

    I’ll start off by saying this system is very good, if you have the patience to set it up and set it up right. This system is not something that you unbox and in 15 mins you have 4K recordings coming in. Knowing that it’s a wired system means knowing where you want to place the cameras, where you are going to place the NVR, the length between them (in case you need extra cables) and having adequate access to place and hook up the system as intended. Everything arrives superbly packaged, and easy to unbox and layout. The first thing to do is hook up the NVR to a monitor and your network connection. This requires a LAN connection to the NVR, it does not come with a wifi adapter so wireless setup is not an option. You can buy a wifi adapter from SWANN for a decent price, in case you will not have access to a wired LAN to your network. Install any firmware and system updates needed, mine needed one. You can also download the Swann Security app for limited access to features on your phone or tablet. Just know, the mobile app cannot do everything, maybe not even half. The mobile app is more for status, live view, viewing clips etc. The real setup and admin of the system is done through menu on the NVR. When you are ready to start placing cameras, you’ll also want to pay attention to the power supply that drives them. Since these are not PoE cameras, you’ll need to hook them up to an additional power supply in addition to the NVR. The cable for the camera power supply is very short, shorter than I expected. So I found the most planning is where I wanted to put the NVR and the camera power supply, then run all the cameras from that destination, and making sure I had plenty of cable to run all the power and the camera feeds. Setup: The cameras are a decent size and a little lighter than I expected. They are just plastic and hopefully should hold up well outside over time. They mount in to place with 3 screws in the base, so I know they won’t be coming off by accident. They do allow for multi positioning, but this was another super frustrating aspect of this system. To position the camera up or down, left or right, to a side angle, etc. you have to remove between 1-3 screws, tiny screws at that. So imagine being under a soffit on a ladder, trying to rotate the camera a view degrees to one side, and the screw falls away. Good luck. They are also very soft, so the slightest bit of extra pressure can start to warp them. Not good when you have to tighten and untighten them to get the perfect viewing angle once installed. And I found I had to pre-angle the camera the way I think it needed to be before I fully mounted the camera base because once they were fully mounted, getting to all three screws can be a challenge. They need to look into a different tightening mechanism for future models, that don’t require separate screws just to adjust viewing angles. After you create an admin account, logging in allows you to set all the various configurations for the overall system. From how you want to display the cameras, how to want to set them up to record and on what type of schedule, to analytics to seeing system status and information across all cameras and the NVR. I will say, Swann does give you a mouse inside the box to utilize the onboard menu, but do yourself a favor and find a full size mouse stuffed in a drawer somewhere. The included mouse is so small that anything larger than infant hands will have trouble. Also, the most frustrating part of the admin features is the fact that I have to unlock the menu with my admin account every time I want to do something, regardless of whether I just changed something 1 minute ago. I mean every time? They really need to update this so that you can set it to keep you logged in for some defined amount of session time. Super frustrating to change and apply a setting, go test it, then come back a min or two later and have to unlock everything again, and again. The main parts of the system setup are the Display and Record pages. Here is where you can set up how the system will display on your monitor, in what type of layout you the viewer wants. You can have an equal 4 box layout, or if you have a camera that you want to pay more attention than the others, you can highlight one, etc. And since this is an 8 channel NVR, if you add more cameras in the future, you have that flexibility, and see all the cameras on screen at once. You can name the cameras from their various positions around your house or business, or just leave then default named to Channel 1-8. You can set privacy zones, so if you don’t want a certain portion of the viewing area to be seen, you can block it out, which I thought was very cool. From the layout screen you can click on any individual camera and get a sub menu directly, that allows you to manually capture something, turn the onboard lights on/off, set the color settings for that camera, etc. You can even view instant playback recording from that specific camera, instead of looking through the entire timeline of all the cameras. The Recording page is where you configure what resolution you want the cameras to record in. Since this is a 4K system, naturally you’ll want to use the 4K setting, but something important to keep in mind is that this is not a high framerate set of cameras. On 4K, you can only record at 8fps. So while the picture looks very good in 4K, motion will get blurry depending on the speed of the objects in frame. You can dial down the resolution from 1440p, 1080p, all the way down to 480p and get 30fps, but why get a 4K system just to dial down to 480/720p for 30fps. Just something to keep in mind. Even at 1080p you can only capture 15fps. You can however adapt the bitrate to capture as much data as possible and provider the most detailed picture, which at 4K is capped at 8192Kbps. You can also set the system to record on set schedules over a 24hr calendar, and you can set to both motion or default all time. Out of the box its only set to motion, not sure why. So if you want to capture everything, you’ll need to go in and set that manually. You can set some cameras to no record at all, maybe you want to use them only as Live view cameras, you can do that. You can also set the details for mainstream and substream recordings, if you want to dial in different resolutions, frame rate and bitrates of each camera. Display: When set to 4K resolution, the picture is very nice for a security camera. Like I said earlier, frame rate is only 8fps, so motion gets choppy/blurry, but overall the picture is nice. I did find that I needed to adjust different settings on different cameras, depending on where they were placed. Things like color temp, saturation and brightness. But once you find the sweet spot, the picture really delivers. I did find the white balance is not that great, and sometimes even in what I consider a bright lit frame, the picture was too dark, and needed brightening. The night vision is also very very nice, almost too nice I think, because there were times when the camera thought it should kick over to night vision when it really didn’t need to, giving this weird half color half night vision picture, that I’d need to reset the camera and then it would revert back to daytime mode. Really strange. Not too often, but enough times to mention. But when you need night vision, it really delivers. I love having the ability to configure my camera layout on my monitor, and having that feature on the app too is great, although you can’t configure the layout per se, you just get the feed of all connected cameras, up to the number of channels you have. Both the NVR and app are great for live viewing, which is what I’ve used the most, and using the NVR for timeline viewing is pretty easy. Just open the Playback window and you can view the entire timeline of all your cameras and see the events that it record, both by default or by motion. You can also set the system up to send you notifications when events are triggered, by email or text. Streaming live view was always nice and super fast. Video quality was great and I never had any buffering or hiccups while streaming video to my monitor off the NVR or on my phone using the app. Overall: It’s a very nice system. The 4K picture is nice, I just wish it had a high fps to capture better motion. The alarms and flashing lights, which give this system the “Enforcer” name, are a cool add on and work very well. The lights are bright and the alarm is loud. I did not set up my system to use the alarm on a regular basis, but if you do need it, its awesome.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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      Posted .

      Hello HarvickFan,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your detailed feedback on our Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 4-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Home Security Camera System. Based on the information provided, we have a better understanding of the things we have done correctly and those that could use some improvement. It has been brought to our attention that there are potential bugs within the Swann Security application. Please know that our development team is working hard and consistently on updates to improve your experience. If you have any questions or require immediate assistance, you can contact a member of our 24/7 support team. Click on the blue box on the bottom right-hand corner to live chat with a technical support agent or contact us over the phone.

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  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Safety, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Loud

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great image quality at this price point

    Posted .

    I have setup a few other security camera systems at the house and relatives' houses over the last several years. Most of them were wired, some wireless more recently. I still prefer wired system, especially PoE systems that are much easier to wire and more universal, where you can just replace the cameras or the DVR with another compatible PoE system, without having to pull custom wires through the attic and side of the house...The Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System is a fine setup, though not perfect. The setup process was fairly straight forward, with good enough documentation for those with less experience installing such systems. A few hick-ups I've experienced along the way, the NTP time-sync is not getting the proper timezone no matter what I tried, including Daylight Savings Time settings. When in manual mode, there was no option to pick the time zone you're in, so I just manually set up the correct local time. Perhaps a firmware update can fix that. I actually tried to perform a firmware update and it failed with an error message that it could not connect to the Internet, even though the system was clearly connected. I'll have to check the router/firewall logs to see if it was attempting to connect anywhere and was getting blocked. Another annoyance is the on-screen keyboard that's time consuming to use when having to type the admin password in multiple times through the various setup screens that require it. Also I like to play it safe and shutdown the DVR every time I added a new camera, since I wasn't able to wire all cameras in at the same time...shutting down requires the admin password twice! I understand this being a security system is meant to be on 24x7, so once you have all the cameras wired up, maybe you never have to shut it down, so it's ok. I tried a USB keyboard, but couldn't get it to work, but I don't recall seeing that as an option in the documentation, so I'll have to play around with it and maybe call support to find out if it's supposed to work and how. Now the most important stuff, image quality is great at 4K, though it was a bit choppy for cars driving down the street, so I'll have to play around with the frame rate, it's not clear how many frames per second you're supposed to get at 4K or even at 1080p. The built-in police-like flashing lights are pretty cool, I though it was a bit of the gimmick before I received this system, but they may come in handy to deter wild life digging at my lawn at night :-) The police alarm sound is very loud from such a small speaker, but unlikely to be suitable in a busy neighborhood, unless you set the motion zones and sensitivity very close to building. Couldn't tell if that was a feature, but it would be more useful if that speaker could be used to broadcast your voice like a Ring system where you can speak into your phone, or through the Alexa app. The Swann Security app for Android is easy to setup, though I don't necessarily like the fact that I have to register and setup an account for it. Since this is a local DVR system, why do you need a cloud account for, is it storing anything on Swann servers? Why can't the App just talk directly to the DVR system on your home network, like other systems do? Aside from that, the App could use some polishing. I couldn't find a way to change some of the settings such as the default resolution/video quality it starts up, I want it to default to High quality, but it default to Medium. Also changing between the different aspect ratios such as Original, 4:3, 16:9, Stretch, does not work consistently. Pinch to zoom is also not very user friendly. It would be nice if you could double-tap to revert back/zoom-out, but that doesn't seem to be a feature. Also I could not get rid of the 3 rows of icons on the bottom of the screen, as seen in the screen capture from my phone. I was hoping they would just time-out and disappear after a few seconds and re-appear when you touch the screen. All in all, this is a fine security camera system with a lot of potential, great image quality at a reasonable price, especially that it comes with 6 4K cameras. Most other comparable system at this price point only come with 4 cameras. I would have given it 5 stars if it was PoE and the phone App was more mature.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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      Posted .

      Hello SUHD,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your positive feedback. We are glad to know that you are happy with your most recent purchase of our Swann 4K Enforcer DVR Kit. Your detailed feedback helps us understand the things we are doing correctly and the things that can use improvement. We will share your feedback with our product development team. We hope you continue to enjoy all the great features this system has to offer.

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  • Features

    Ease of Use
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    Quality
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    CGTIII

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Cameras are good. If you put them under a gutter get them low enough so the infared doesnt like bounce? back to darken the night vision. Any bush branch movement will send you an alert. Cables are only 60 feet, so if the cameras outside, to in the house dvr. you'd better be close. Youll need more cable. The DVR runs really hot. Really needs to have a clear instruction manuel. If you have an all in one computer, you need a seperate monitor. Good monitoring system, but overpriced for what you get.

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    Ease of Use
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Cable, Loud

    Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Decent daylight image and night vision, poor app

    Posted .

    A home security camera system is pretty much essential these days and you always want to have the clearest image possible so that identification can be achieved. That is really a benefit of 4K camera systems over HD. Even though the installation can be a bit tedious, I personally prefer wired systems over wireless systems. For the most part they are install and forget, no need to recharge batteries or have a nearby power outlet. Plus a home wired DVR/NVR system can allow easy 24 hour recording without expensive online cloud services. However, that means the recorded evidence is now in the same facility as the cameras should things really go south. There is the option to link recordings to a Dropbox online though. There are several differences between a DVR system and a NVR system, one being the cabling type and the ability for audio. Most DVR systems, like this Swann Enforcer system, use BNC cables for digital video and attached but split power cord for the camera. While NVR systems usually use Ethernet cable with Power-Over-Ethernet. The NVR systems usually allow for the additional wire channels to provide audio recording and two-way communications. Other differences also tend to be lower field of view and lower frames per second on DVR systems compared to NVR. This Swann Enforcer system is a DVR using BNC cables, so therefore there is no audio capability, the field of view is only about 90 degrees and at 3840x2160 resolution you only get 8 frames per second. This does make some images look choppy and some fast moving images, especially at night, blurry. However, at 4K the image is pretty sharp and gives the ability to digitally zoom and still make out details. The color night vision however, loses details, especially at a distance, and adds a lot of color noise to the video. You can have the LED light and/or the siren trigger on motion detection. The siren, though not super loud, could be annoying on useless triggers, will still get someone's attention. Another point to note is that everything is wired for this device. Wires are included, with 60ft for the cameras, 3 ft for the ethernet and about 6ft for the HDMI. So, plan your connections ahead of time as we had to get an additional ethernet cord to get to the router. By default, this system only records motion and passive infrared (PIR). Having let it run at default for a bit, I noticed even with their enhanced PIR, it was still missing moments after the initial detection that a normal 24/7 style recording will provide. For instance, walking out the door to the car would be recorded, but the moments of rummaging through the car and even getting out of the car didn’t record as motion or PIR. Enabling the “normal” record is simple enough with the mouse on the DVR and shows as green for normal, purple for PIR and yellow for motion on the DVR in playback. This makes it simple to browse on a connected television, monitor or to save the segments that you need to an external device. However, this leads to an issue with the way their Swann Security app works and makes the app pretty much useless. The point of a security camera system is to be able to watch your home away from home and catch what you might not be there to see. This is where an app for your phone is desirable. Their app does allow you to live view the cameras that are online, which takes forever to load on my Note 10+. You can see all cameras in small screens at once or select one to make full screen. You can enable the LED light or the siren with red/blue light, take a snapshot or record local. But, playback of any past video is the worst I have ever seen. For some reason, their system requires you to download the full video clip of what was recorded. So, if a motion event was 30 seconds long, you have to download a 30 second video before viewing any of it. You don’t see how long the clip is till it is downloaded either. However, if you enable the normal record for 24/7 recording, the normal video without motion events is still considered an event and recorded in 1 hour blocks. For instance, I see events for 00:00:00 and 01:00:00 at the start of a new day. If I wanted to look at this video, I would have to download an entire hours worth of video before even getting to review it. However, you can’t do that as the app will time out before you get that far. If there isn’t activity to break that hour long recording, or you want to see what happens outside of the detected event, you can really only do it locally at the DVR. This is if the app even shows the events for the day as I have had several days now that the app shows no events while the DVR clearly shows it has been recording and catching motion/PIR events. The app is also really limited in what it can do. Besides live view and the useless playback, the only settings you can change are the names of the cameras and push notifications. As for notifications, the only ones I have received have been when the cameras were disconnected, even though they are all enabled for all cameras. It has modes, but that is just changing which of the possible cameras will send push notifications depending on your preference. For example you might not want notifications for a specific camera while you are home, but you do while away. If you get notifications at all. Overall, if you are looking for a wired local DVR system that you don’t intend to use a phone app for, this one is about average for 4K DVR systems. However, if you want audio and a reliable remote view option, I would look elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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      Hello DavidJr,

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Security camera

    Posted .

    I go this video surveillance system to know who's at my door, and the coming and going of 4 teenagers, their friends and what they do in our home. I've set up and tested a few cameras wired to the central recording and the unit seems to work well as expected. Now for the tough part, the wiring. I live in an old house with four floors of living space. Wiring is not my expertise and I have a family member that will be doing that for me. Unfortunately, he has not been available to do that with this COVID-19 interruption to life. After the wiring is completed and the cameras are installed, I will give a complete and full blown review.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Swann
      Posted .

      Hello ERN52,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your feedback on our Swann Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System. We are glad to know that you are happy with what you have tested on our system. We look forward to you getting a chance to have your system hardwired into your home.

      We look forward to your honest option. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

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  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Safety, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Loud

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Camera Security Worth Every Penny

    Posted .

    I've acquired a number of different camera security systems over the years, with the last two from the Swann brand. My last Swann was good. Relatively easy to set up, but at the time, 4K cameras were just getting out into the market but were incredibly costly. So I replaced my last Swann with this model and couldn't be happier. The setup was quick and painless. Plugging the unit into my 4K TV and connecting it to powerl immediately booted the system up and checked up updates. I was able to easily navigate with the supplied mouse. I didn't bother to connect a USB keyboard to it, but I believe it supports that as well. The 4K resolution on live viewing was impressive. I checked out the picture prior to mounting my cameras and was impressed with the quality. I really like the "enforcer" lights on the camera which can be triggered based on rules you can create for each individual camera which is a nice touch. The built in siren is very loud and will scare off any potential intruders when it goes off. I've already used it to scare away some raccoons messing around with our garbage cans. Download and connection to the smartphone app was quick and easy. Once I had the system configured it was a simple download, creation of a user account and the scanning of the RF code. All in all this is more than worth the price paid!

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Swann
      Posted .

      Hello amarks94070,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your positive feedback on our new Swann Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System. Your detailed feedback is refreshing and helps support our idea of making great security easy and affordable. It is great to hear firsthand, the impact we have on improving your sense of security.

      Your honest feedback is so greatly appreciated and we hope to have you return with the launch of our future products.

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  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Safety, Set up

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy Setup

    Posted .

    The Swann camera system comes with 4 cameras, a DVR recorder, a mouse, an HMDI cord, and an ethernet cable. The Hardware Installation Guide, a Startup Wizard Quick Start Guide, and a Swann Security (Android) Guide are included. These Guides are numbered in the order of the installation. The step-by-step instructions provided, make for the installation to go quickly and smoothly. If you have questions, you are able to chat with tech support by using the Swann app. Please note that this camera is on a wired system. The cameras provided, do not record audio but instead record movement and detect movement. Movement is detected through the use of True Detect, which uses heat and motion-sensing for more reliable alerts. Even when I walked behind the cameras, they could detect that I was in the room. The cameras adjust their view in daylight and nighttime using the Night2Day feature. The lens automatically adjusts based upon light or darkness. The lenses will transition from color to black and white. The 4K Ultra HD provides the ability to see objects, items, and faces close up. In the app, you have the ability to name each camera based on the location. While at work, sounded the alarm with the flashing lights and turned the camera light on and off for my family member that was at home to confirm the camera worked from using the app. PROS: Detects movement Free Recording Ability to sound the siren and turn on the camera light The Night2Day feature Smartphone Control Access anywhere with the Swann Security app.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Set up, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Wireless

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Picture Quality

    Posted .

    First, I want to say that this does not require a subscription. It comes with a physical DVR which stores all the recorded information. You do not even need to connect it to a network to get it up and running. NICE! The box comes with everything you will need to setup the CCTV system. On the box it shows what is included in case you need to pick something else up. When you open the box, you are greeted with three large boxes. The first box holds the first four cameras along with everything needed connect them. The second box comes with the other two cameras (six in total) and the needed supplies to connect them. In the third box is the DVR, ethernet cable, high quality HDMI cable, power supply, mouse, and instructions. These cameras support resolutions up to 4K, work both in day and nighttime, and are hardwired. They are very lightweight. Each of these cameras have the cords hidden beneath the shell which means someone cannot just come up and disconnect the lights. The bonus of these being hardwired is that they built in a speaker, Sensor Spotlights (a bright light), and Police style flashing lights (alternating red and blue) and a siren noise which is not super loud but will get someone’s attention if needed. You can choose when this siren turns on or can do it manually. Along with turning on/off the lights/flashing lights. Setting up the cameras themselves, due to being wired, takes a bit of work. It does come with a card where you can call Swann and have them come out to professionally set it up if you would prefer. Inside the box there are also stickers that you can place that says your house/business is being protected by video surveillance. Setting up the DVR is simple and straightforward. You just connect the DVR to power and then connect it to a TV/monitor (HDMI or VGA) and go through the setup process. It supports up to 8 cameras, but this set comes with 6. For full access you will also want to connect it via Ethernet cable to your router for updates and for remote monitoring, but it is not required. It does not have wireless which is unfortunate. You then connect the wired mouse that comes included (which is quite nice) to navigate the Windows type environment. I tried to connect a keyboard but could not get it to work which is a bummer as that would be helpful. No matter which USB I tried (0/3). It then takes you through a simple and straightforward setup wizard where you select a password, name of device, and up to three emails to send notifications too. To type it comes up with a small on the screen QWERTY keyboard which worked great as it is small and easy to navigate. By default, the CCTV system automatically records any detected motion event. Any other recording modes require manual setup. Which is also easy. Overall, this part of the setup took about 15 minutes. And that was with me looking at everything and being a first-time installer. Obviously setting up the actual cameras around your house will take significantly more time if it is your first time doing it. You can fine tune the cameras as well if needed. Stock looked great for me, so I didn’t have to mess with the settings. It will automatically toggle night vision when the lighting gets too low. The application for your phone is easy to install. I did mine on IOS. Just scan the QR code and it takes you the AppStore to install. Then sign up as per usual unless you already have an account. It then asks you for permissions and tells you why they are requesting it. Such as for notifications to obtain alerts and updates from your device. Microphone, to let you talk to your device. Photos, to store snapshots in your cameras photo album. Camera, to help simplify the pairing process via QR codes. Last, location for pairing process and support local data retention laws. From there you can then link it to your DVR through the QR code. Which then makes you sign in to connect. Once that is done you can see the live view and can adjust picture quality and such. The picture quality was good, but you could tell it was pixelated. It is nowhere near the quality you get in person. Which is to be expected. I found the delay to be about 15 seconds from real time. Going up to the top left you have a drop-down menu where you can edit your profile, pair a device, go to your recordings, access a user manual, or support. On the bottom you have your notifications, then playback (to go through the DVR recorded footage), live view, and last device settings. All this stuff is very straight forward and easy to use. Inside the app is where most of the notifications are sent. Then you can just go to the notification center to view them. When clicking them you can then watch the video that was recorded along with the alert. Last, lets talk about picture quality. I hooked my DVR up to my 4K monitor and dang did that picture quality blow me away. A lot of camera’s struggle with lighting and create blown out images when very bright or with unique colors. But this handled bright lights and complete lack of light brilliantly. The colors were also quite punchy. A lot better than I was expecting. Images were clear which would make it easy to see what was going on in case you needed to look back and provide information. Overall, I highly recommend the picture quality as it was great. So, do I recommend this product. Absolutely as long as you are willing to put in some effort to get everything wired. Price to performance is there.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Swann
      Posted .

      Hello SirGalahad,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your positive feedback on our new Swann Enforcer 8 Channel 4K DVR Kit. Your well composed and detailed review helps is understand the things we are doing right with this newly launched product. It is great to hear first hand how we have improved the security at your home. We hope you continue to enjoy all the great features this system has to offer.

      Welcome to the Swann Family.

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  • Features

    Ease of Use
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    Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Set up

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Upgraded and Better

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    Posted .
    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

    Great! - Went from a wifi-based Zomo system to this. Pros - Crystal Clear Pictures Easy to use Mobile App Great motion detection Definitely Recommend Cons - Complicated Windows App to setup Mobile Notification process can be annoying, wish it had a notication by period option (where all notifications for X minutes where sent periodically)

    Features

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    Quality
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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Swann
      Posted .

      Hello An0therGam3r,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your feedback on our Swann - Enforcer 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Security Camera Surveillance System. Your detailed feedback gives us a good understanding of the things we have done correctly and those that could use some improvement. At Swann, we strive to create products that are not only affordable but easy to use. We hope you enjoy all the great features this system has to offer.

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  • Pros mentioned:
    App, Ease of use, Set up

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    HD video quality recording. Easy to use app.

    Posted .

    Swann's HD CCTV recorder is easy to setup. My four (4) camera kit allows for an additional four (4) cameras to be connected. Standard coaxial connectors makes expanding my coverage economical. Plug in and setup is a breeze. Mouse interface is one of the friendliest I've used in while. Time sync thanks to using the internet. The app provided great picture quality away from home. No loud fans in the recorder. Nice feature. Extra long coaxial Siamese power cables. Low power cameras work great with built in LED lights, night vision, sirens and red/blue warning strobe.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Swann
      Posted .

      Hello JerryZ,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your feedback on our Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 4-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Home Security Camera System. We are glad to know that you are happy with your most recent purchase of our Swann System. It is our goal at Swann to make great security solutions easy to use and affordable. We hope you enjoy all the great features this system has to offer.

      Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

      Please let us know how we may further assist you,

      Thank you.
      JV
      Swann Customer Support Swann