March 11, 2013
Location: Austin, TX
Pros: easy set up., ease of use, e-mails sent w/ snapshot on alarms
Cons: infra-red images are grainy.
"We purchased this product in Austin, TX last month to remotely monitor my 98 year old mother in her home from our home.
This system is extremely easy to setup and intitive to use. The DVR is totally silent and has been running 24x7 without a problem.
Although we monitor the system from our home, we can monitor from a notebook, tablet, iPhone or Mac real-time from any Free Wifi HotSpot making it versatile. This is really helpful if we are travelling.
Since this is used as a monitoring system, and not used to download data, we use the least expensive Timewarner Internet plan available ($21/mo) rather than the 'Standard Plan".
Lorex provides a free DDNS Service with the purchase, which means that you have your own secure means to connect to your DVR "Server" at anytime at no cost.
The system can be quickly configured to send e-mails to your SmartPhone together with a picture of what the camera caught that triggered the 'alarm'.
It also allows us to remotely playback anything the cameras have captured over the last month with a few mouse clicks.
The cameras are color and run on infra-red when there is low light conditions or in total darkness, so we can always see see what is happening. The only drawback is that the images are not 100% crystal clear like on your HDTV when in infra-red mode. This is not a defect with the system but simply a limitation of the technology that is used.
So far this is certainly a good purchase. It allows to watch over my mother-in-law in case she falls or has any other difficulty that would otherwise be ignored in an assisted living facility and a heck of a lot cheaper than $7,000 per month.
The price was a reasonable given that you got a computer (DVR), fully installed software, a free DDNS Service, and 8 color cameras with 60 foot length cables.