July 12, 2015
Location: Katy, TX
Many of the reviews I found said that Lorex as "easy to install and setup!" It turns out that it was ABSOLUTELY TRUE! Having reviewed and tested a variety of cameras and systems, Lorex was by far VERY EASY to setup. IT IS A GREAT SYSTEM.
THAT SAID, I would warn you that for a great experience, PLAN for some preparation work. Preplanning was the key to our successful installation. Here are some things you should do and know:
1.- Open the box IMMEDIATELY when it arrives. By the way, mine arrived on the day that it was supposed to arrive. Make sure you have everything in the box. That helped me to be familiar with everything BEFORE I did the installation.
2.- DON'T THROW AWAY ANYTHING. Everything is neatly packaged and every bag - tiny and big - have a purpose. In the cameras you will find a small bag with screws but ALSO there are very tiny setscrews. These are critical to locking your cameras in position.
3.- SET UP YOUR SYSTEM IN HOUSE and turn it on. I uncoiled a small amount of cabling for each camera. I then plugged the cameras into the NVR, plugged the NVR into a monitor (best to use HDMI for setup), then the Ethernet cord into your network, and finally the TWO power cords.
4.- USE THE NVR TO GET FAMILIAR WITH THE SETTINGS. But don't spend too much time setting up things. Mostly, you will want to setup the time, maybe name the cameras. This step makes sure that all is working and your system will get any updates needed.
5.- SETUP A STATIC IP ON THE NVR. I didn't at first and the IP changed a few times.
6.- SETUP THE DDNS ONCE FOR ALL. A bit difficult in the steps but well worth the effort.
7.- DOWNLOAD AND SETUP THE WEB INTERFACE for the NVR. It will be your private IP address. The first time you go you will be prompted to install the web tools. Then use the web interface to see the different areas of the NVR.
I FOUND THAT THE WEB INTERFACE WAS MUCH EASY TO USE FOR CONFIGURATION THAN THE ACTUAL NVR. I used the Web interface to make any changes.
Once you've done this work, your preplanning is done. I spent about 3 hours in this preplanning phase and it paid off the day we did the install. I knew where to go, what to look for and how to change things.
On the day of the install, TEST YOUR CAMERA POSITIONS BEFORE YOU INSTALL.
I setup everything up again and used one camera. Using the Web interface, I would hand hold the camera and ask my wife to "take a snapshot" of the image using the Preview on the web interface. You're not looking for perfection but an idea of what the position looks like.
I spent about three hours "testing" camera positions BEFORE installing the cameras. EXCELLENT TIME WELL SPENT.
Now you are ready to install. Since you did your preplanning, you know everything will work. BE PREPARED TO WORK VERY HARD. It is not a hard install but since you and I don't do this for a living, it will take some time. Between running the cables in a TEXAS ATTIC IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY, pulling the cables throw walls, drilling holes, mounting cameras, it took us 6 hours to setup.
By the way, each camera comes with a decal for the hole placement. EXCELLENT AND USE IT! Made it so easy to drill my holes. Use a 1" paddle to drill the hole for the cable. The cable will go through, just be patient as you wiggle it through. Use a very small drill to drill your pilot holes.
So for me, it took about 6 hours of preplanning and 6 hours of install and 1 hour of clean up. TOTAL INSTALL: 13 hours. Yes I'm slow and you could probably do it faster.
FINALLY, once you plug everything in (you know it's going to work because you tested everything before), be prepared to be amazed. The image quality is great.
Last point! I don't work for the company. I saw this at a friend's house and originally didn't like the system. He had the wireless kind and it was SLOW. Great images but slow. NOT IMPRESSED. But after reviewing this system, I think it's great!