April 3, 2015
Location: West Coast
I don't write reviews of products, but for free one year extension of the warranty here goes.
I am writing this for the LNR84W system. I have only had it a few days and I am still learning it's capabilities which, by the way, seem fairly extensive. For now I only have two of the four cameras permanently mounted since the wiring is, as expected, a pain in the hind quarters.
First off, just one quibble regarding the packaging. The physical packaging is adequate, however the four Ethernet cables that come with the system are so tightly wound and twisted that it took me an hour per cable working out the twist and tight coils to get them straight enough to pull without twisting and kinking. Even at that it was a two man job. One to actually do the pulling, and one to monitor the cable at the source end to keep it from birds nesting or kinking going into the holes. Other than the cables, all was good.
Installation. I placed it close to my 55" TV. That brings me to the second quibble, the included HDMI cable is ridiculously short, and the power cord is also too short. As soon as I powered it up I knew this was not going to be where I kept it. The fans are not loud, they are LOUD!!! You will not want to keep it in any room you occupy. So with the ridiculously short cables that come with the system, and the extremely loud fans, I had to move the NVR to another location after I did some initial configuration.
Setup. I have a lot of IP devices in my home, so I like to give each of them a static IP address. I was not able to do so with this device at first. When I set the address I could not save the information and I got an error message that was in poor English and was missing the critical information to decipher it. I called their tech support (10 min wait), and in a few minutes they had me going again with my manual IP address.
Usability: Since the NVR has to be kept some place where the fan noise can be quarantined, the only way to access it is either via web browser or their FlirCloud app. I like the web browser best, but it requires plugins to be installed. This means you can only use it from Windows or Mac since the plugins are not available for Linux, Android, or probably Apple products other than Mac making this my one major complaint. The web interface should be fully contained in the NVR and the plugins eliminated making it more universal. Also, some context sensitive help menus would be great. As for the FlirCloud?? . . .the Windows version seems to be as complete as the web interface, and may even have some functionality the web interface does not have. I have not investigated that much as yet. As for the Android version??? Well it is a phone app with limited bandwidth so all you can do is view the low res feed from the NVR except via wifi. The only quibble I have about it is that it doesn't remember my camera setup from the last session. I have to manually add the cameras back in each time. There may be a way to do it, but I haven't found it yet.
In Summary: Overall I think the LNR84W is off to a very good start. The cameras provide good quality images, although the infra-red mode seems to be a little too concentrated in the center. I am just starting to play around with the motion detection, but it seems very well featured with the ability to set sensitivity in up to 4 regions in each camera, send email alerts (text messages would be a good add-on too), turn on multiple cameras when one detects motion, etc. I hope this all works the way I want it to. It has plenty of alarm options too. I am quite satisfied with the product and would definitely recommend it, even to friends and family. Just find it on sale.