February 18, 2016
Location: Yorba Linda
I spent several weeks researching video security systems in October of 2014. There were more systems than I thought there would be and the options for cabling, recording and remote viewing were a bit daunting.
Finally, in November of 2014, I made my choice and purchased the LOREX LNR380 system with six cameras from COSTCO. I put everything on a table, hooked it up and made sure it worked. It worked perfectly right out of the box. I planned to cable and set up the system as part of a home renovation project, so back in the box it went.
I mid-January my renovation was complete and I connected five of the cameras and powered up the system. Once again, it worked perfectly right out of the box. I only had to make a slight aiming adjustment for two of the five cameras. Due to cabling distances and pathways I ran new CAT6 cable for each camera and made up my own cable end terminations.
Customization of the system was extremely straight forward and easy. I did have a problem setting up email notification, however after creating a “ticket” on the LOREX website I received a detailed reply. Except for the suggestion to update my firmware (I had already updated it) I followed the easy to understand instructions and email alerts began working perfectly.
Setting up motion activation was a snap. For now I have it turned off and am recording all cameras continuously. This is providing almost nine days of recording history. Once I finish some work in my garage, I will be able to hook up the sixth camera at which time I may change to motion detection recording.
By reading the reviews it is obvious some people have had serious problems with their LOREX systems. However, the negative reviews appear to pretty small in number considering how many systems LOREX sells. For me, this system is performing as advertised and I could not be happier with the installation, set-up and performance. My wife and several friends have expressed their surprise as to the quality of the camera images. One friend said it is too bad the pictures you see of bank robbers are not as good a quality and as clear as the images on my LOREX system.
One of the great features of this system is remote viewing/control. The setup of remote viewing/control or my iPhone, iPad and desk top computer was much easier and quicker than I had anticipated.
In summary, if you read and follow the instructions, be careful when running cables and upgrade the firmware to the most current version, I expect most people will be very happy with their LOREX system.