August 5, 2013
Location: Dallas, TX
I racked my brain for 2 months trying to decide on which brand and system to go with for my home. I nearly talked myself into a 16 channel analog setup, but I just couldn't walk away from the potential of 1080p video. After all, what good is it if my camera catches someone doing something if I can't see them clearly enough to identify them?
When it comes to 1080p PoE style systems, I could not find any other residential systems that could compete with the price of this guy. So I gritted my teeth, pulled trigger, and crossed my fingers.
Once it arrived I immediately fired up the NVR, plugged a cam in, and hooked it to a TV. Instant camera image! And what an image it is! My wife was blown away by how sharp it is. AT this point I knew I wanted to wait a few days to mount all my cameras as I will be drilling through mortar and all kinds of other "fun" stuff in order to get the cams mounted properly, however I figured this would be a great time to start setting up the remote viewing functionality.
I was quite impressed with the port forwarding software included with the NVR. Essentially it has scripts for hundreds of routers. Once you identify your router brand, model number, and login info, it will go in and add port forwarding rules for you. If that sounds like greek to you, don't worry - just follow the very clear step by step instructions. The only problem I can foresee is if you happen to own some oddball router that is not on their list.... however there are literally hundreds on there.... so it seems unlikely.
Next you create a lorex account, activate your warranty, and then use the info from your warranty to set up a free DDNS service provided by lorex. This allows you to access your cameras from any network connection without memorizing your IP address. You get to choose your subdomain, so lets say "SmithHouse" (or whatever you want), and it will create a website at SmithHouse.LorexDDNS.Net. Going to that link allows you to login and view your cameras!
There are three warnings here.
A: It can take up to 15 minutes for your DDNS sit to start working, or for any changes you make to it to appear. Be patient. Don't click the create button and then immediately start trying to log in.
B: Change your admin password. Every system comes bundled with the same login info. And not once did the setup ever mention to me that it would be a good idea to change it. Do you want someone logging into your DDNS site and accessing your camera's remotely? I doubt it. So change your password. You can do this directly on your NVR by using the included mouse to right click, left click on configuration, then network, and then user accounts.
C: Some internet services block port 80, which is the default port for this kit. It is also the default port your DDNS will forward too. For an extra layer of protection (or if it is blocked), change your port. ex: lets say you want to change from 80 to 1111. You can do this in the same config menu I mentioned above. You then log into your router, go to the port forwarding section, and modify the rule that the automatic software created for you and change it from 80 to 1111 (or create new rule and delete old one). When accessing your DDNS, type in: smithhouse.lorexddns.net:1111
Without knowing the port to type in, no one can find your login screen :)
Info on changing ports *is* providing within the documentation, but it isn't quite as "step-by-step" as the generic install.
The Lorex remote view software is excellent. I have tested their android app, their client software, and their web client. All have excellent pictures in realtime. I am very happy with my system. A++