October 22, 2013
Location: Middle River, MD
I bought this system to eye-ball our large koi fish pond, to evaluate what predators were going after our fish. So motion detection was crucial. In addition, I will use the other cameras for garden-variety home-security surveillance.
Remote (DDNS) access:
1. It ONLY works with IE. They don't tell you this anywhere, before or after you buy it.
3. Often (true in my case), your router won't let you use DDNS from a computer connected to the router. I can only use or test remote access from elsewhere...not at home.
2. The iPad app itself simply does not work, at least not with my perfectly working iPad2. The will not even load properly. With tech support on the phone, we tried to load the iPHONE app onto the iPAD. That does not work either.
3. The cameras do not swivel fully. You must be VERY careful how you mount them!
4. I had to replace an installed camera. The pairing instructions (between cameras and dual-channel receiver) do not match the hardware. Instructions say to press a button until the channel you want flashes. Well, BOTH lights flash on the receiver! --But apparently at different rates of flashing. You have to do it by trial-and-error, but you CAN make it work. It sure would be nice if there were some way to re-set the receivers!
Defective DVR Behavior initially:
5. The cameras and DVR would detect motion, but did not "alarm-mark" the files accordingly. Tech support determined, after a lot of testing ( live, with me) that it was a bad DVR, and authorized a return. 2 days later, as I was preparing to disconnect it and ship it back, it suddenly seemed to working properly! I am holding off for now...to see what happens next.
WIRELESS ISSUES CAUTIONS: This system uses the same radio frequencies as wireless routers.
---The router can interfere with camera signals and vice-versa.
---Nearby signals (from outside of the home) can also interfere.
--- There can also be some data-overloading of the router-- so it can slow down your wireless service to your computers...
Wiring the cameras directly to the DVR would be superior, but for me it was impractical.
I think this is why there are so few wireless camera systems on the market.
USING the DVR:
CAUTION: You are best off dedicating a monitor to the DVR. When you use the PC interface, you cannot replay quickly (8x limit), and the system (whether my pretty-fast PC or the system itself) cannot fast-forward quickly, especially if you are viewing more than one channel. Even then, it slows down replay after awhile.
With a dedicated monitor (I now use a TV Set with its "PC" input -- just plain-Jane VGA) connected to the DVR directly, you can get REAL 6x playback and MUCH better control and performance. HEY! -almost anybody can find a TV set or inexpensive monitor for this purpose.
1. NICE FEATURE: The dual-channel receivers keep things a lot neater.
2. You get a lot for your money, if you can live through the setup agony.
TECH SUPPORT: It's a long wait, but they will help you.
BOTTOM LINE: Would I but this system again? YES.