The Lorex LIVE SD+ Series is a wireless home camera system with SD card recording. This is a fast and easy way to add video security to your home or small business providing video signal that is clear, secure, and interference-free. The digital wireless micro-receiver easily plugs directly into your TV, DVR or surveillance monitor. Set up the security camera near the front or back doors, garage, backyard, patio, kid’s room, or any location that you would like to keep an eye on. No need to run video cables between the cameras and the receiver. With the LIVE SD+ digital wireless technology, installation is made easy! Just connect the camera and receiver to a nearby power outlet and you’re all set. Protect your home, family or business with ease using the Lorex LIVE SD+ digital wireless video security system.
Record and store video on the SD supported system.
System won't interfere with Wi-Fi signals.
Secured video feed, so no unwanted viewers can hack into the network.
View while you are away from home via Skype™ from anywhere in the world!*.
PIR heat sensors and video motion detection for improved motion recording and audio alerts.
Capture the seconds leading up to the event and record up to 4 channels in quad screen to catch all the action.
Digital picture frame mode for discreet monitoring, and a secure long-range digital signal make it ideal for home monitoring.
video cables, no expensive installation, no recurring fees. Place the cameras indoors or outdoors, power up, and start monitoring!
1. Cameras require a local power outlet.
2. Local viewing up to 4 cameras simultaneously. Local recording and playback of one camera at a time or all 4 cameras simultaneously on one screen (Quad view).
3. Ability to upload your own pictures supported using a PC only. Default covert function (blank screen) available as an alternative option.
4. Stated IR Illumination range is based on ideal conditions. Actual range and image clarity depends on installation location, viewing area and light reflection/absorption level of object.
5. Weather-resistant. Not intended for direct exposure to rain or snow. For outdoor applications install under shelter protected from the elements.
6. Based on line of sight. Actual range will vary depending on obstructions.
* No recurring charges. Internet connection required on connected PC. Remote connection requires driver installation on home PC (CD included), a wired USB connection between the monitor and PC (USB cable included) and a high speed internet connection. PC must be turned ON and Skype™ application must be running. Remote viewing is limited to a single camera and is not selectable remotely.
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Great product, great price. It was very easy to install and very easy to operate. Would recommend!!!
Very happy with the speed of delivery. Took 20 minutes to have both cameras up and running. Was pleasantly surprised with how much range we got right off the bat.We fully expected to need an antenna to get service in the house at all. We will use this in our foaling barn about 160 feet from the house with a large shed in the way. We receive 3 bars but will be ordering the directional antenna to extend the range further into the house. So far has exceeded my expectations
model #Wl2750 battery won't hold a charge after one year of use, the speaker/microphone routinely stops functioning and it freezes on the screen. can't find a replacement battery anywhere
the battery has started to puff up and the 3 hour life is down to 20 mins when unplugged and remote
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Location: Canton Mass.
Don't suppose I'll ever see this review on your site due to your underhanded sales practices. You guys should not be in business.
We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced.
Location: San Antonio, Tx
Great video monitoring system, it was affordable and it did the job I expected it to. I did have one camera that did malfunction 6 months after I received it but customer service was very helpful and directed me on the procedures for a replacement. Up and running again.
Location: Baltimore, MD
I purchased this system last year from BestBuy.com. The camera worked good at first with receiver unit as advertised and I loved the product. However the camera began to become distorted after a few months. Also the buttons began to routinely freeze, requiring a restart and reconnect. During these freezes the recording sometimes will still indicate that it is recording, but it is actually just a frozen screen, and is not recording. The SD Pro 7 I have is a much better system not freezing thus far. Ultimately got the SD Pro 7 to replace. I have initiated a warranty claim for store credit on this item since the warranty from manufacturer is 1 year standard. Lorex sent me emails both yesterday and today however stating that the warranty will be extended and double to 2 years from date of purchase. To get this all I have to do is write a review, so I am doing so. Thank you Lorex. Please finish processing this warranty claim. :-)
I have now had 2 units of this product for almost 2 years. I would not recommend it. We have had consistent problems with the units locking up, having problems with SD cards, display going in strange modes, touch sensitive keys not responding. I have to restart the units once every couple of weeks. I may have to power cycle them with the SD card unplugged and then plug in the SD card, 5-10 time before they behave correctly. Often the only way to recover is to reformat the SD drive or delete the contents on a computer in order for the unit to boot correctly or not lock up when the SD cards are inserted.
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Location: st. leonard, md.
This is my second unit only had for 1 week so far so good you should give more time to use to rate product
Location: Seminole, AL
Very impressive product for value and ease of use. Would like better clarity of pic but didn't buy the HD version so... I would recommend to others.
Location: Aurora, IL
Excellent system. It was very easy to install and configure. I am especially impressed with the wireless capabilities. Many systems that I have used in the past worked only if the cameras were located close to the base. This system provides a strong wireless signal with an excellent picture from anywhere inside or outside of my house.
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Nice system It's Just what I wanted for inside the house. I feel much safer now. Thanks
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
This system was just what I was looking for. It provides a greater sense of security and comfort so that if somebody again tries to vandalize my property, I will at least be able to provide some good info to the police. I had a little bit of trouble at first but it turned out to be just a bad location to mount the camera. I spoke with tech support, got through right away, no waiting at all, was very helpful.
Location: Davenport, iowa
Love my Lorex!!!! I spent months researching and looking at cameras and systems. I couldn't afford an expensive system but I really wanted a clear picture. I finally decided to take a big leap and buy this system. I'm more than pleased with it. I love it! I never thought I would be able to afford a system this nice.
Location: Osage Beach
It is awesome.. I like the 2 way talk to intact with the kids.
Easy set up and easy to use. Plug and play is right. Just installed it and I like it already.
Location: Wilmington, De.
So far so good. No complaints. Knock on wood, and I hope I don`t have any problems. I`m happy with this system.
Location: Eastern PA
I've had this system for awhile now and it is the best investment I made. I was having problems with my neighbor and a lot of drug dealing going on. I was able to catch these idiots doing there drug dealing and got a conviction in court with the help of this system. The neighbor also did damage to my vehicle and again this system did its job again and got a conviction. Without this system my life would have been tough. Needless to say the neighborhood is now good to go again.
I never had no problems with this system. Very good, 5 star in my book. Highly recommended for the price. I liked this system so much I went bought another one.!!!!!
Thank You Lorex!!!!!!!
Have had this system for a few weeks now and seems to work fine. Out of the box ease of use.
Ordered 2 camera unit and already ordered and received an add-on camera. Probably get another to complete the system.
Great picture clarity, and night vision is awesome. Purchased to use around our property.
The 4 gig sd card is enough record time with overwrite feature, but will step up to 32 gig card
Soon. So far well pleased with purchase. Would recommend.
Location: san diego ca
great product I had it up and working in about ten min out of the box. The night vision is perfect. It was so good I orded a second unit
Was easy to install and setup. Rain sets it off too much at night. We were having a problem with someone damaging our car. Within a week, caught the persons on tape and turn over to the police. Best investment ever made.
This is a very simple system to set-up. I do think the instructions for getting the drivers could be better. I bought a 16gb memory card as I can't check my property as frequently as I'd like. I wish there was the ability to connect it to hard drive so I could assure I capture any intruders. I bought it because my property was burglarized. All in all the price is good, the quality good and the infrared works very well. I may buy an additional camera too.
- Image quality in HD mode during the day
- Easy installation
- Lorex support reps are great! (That's the only reason why I didn't give this review 1 star)
- Night time image quality is hit or miss depending on the amount of ambient light
- Monitor firmware has issues that cause motion detection, recording, and playback problems
- Cameras and monitor need to be close (less than 15 feet with one wall or less - with or without windows) to get a good signal (ie, good video and frame rate quality)
- Calling Lorex support results in hours of hold time waiting for a rep. Online is better, but can take 48 hours for a response. They are either understaffed or have a lot of product issues (or both?)
This system started out great! Image quality and motion detection was better than I had hoped. However, 4 months after purchase, captured video would not play back properly. About a week later the unit refused to save video to the SD card, regardless of how many SD cards I tried and hours spent working with Lorex support.
I was very impressed with the fast shipment that I received within 5 days of placing the order. The equipment was well packed and there was no damage. I immediately tested the equipment prior to install and the camera clarity and definition are very good. One of the cameras will be used at the main door entrance to assist my wife with answering the door as she is handicapped. Likewise, the camera audio system functioned well, however, the background hissing noise when turned to full speaker volume was annoying. We will turn it off and turn it on using the monitor controls as needed. The monitor functions quite well and has all the controls, exception power on/off, on the front of the monitor. Overall, this is a very good camera/monitor system for the cost of the product.
I placed one in back yard, another in back lane.
Outdoor night version not very clear, yet give me wireless home security
with affordable price. Happy to have it. Feeling safe with protection.
Plan to add longer range and HD cameras in future.
Location: Plano, TX
Easy to install and operate. Thanks for a great product.
Location: Pennsylvania State
This system is misleading because it's not technically "wireless" except for the fact that you don't have to connect a network cable or A/V cable to connect it to a DVR or box. You still have to find a way to connect the cameras to a power outlet since it still has a power cord. The cameras also don't connect to your wireless router or any other device except for the very old-fashioned monitor that they provide with the system. Therefore, there are no capabilities to obtain the feed "wirelessly."
The Skype function is great - if it worked. If you have an Apple laptop or desktop, forget about this system because the latest Skype software is incompatible with these cameras - they don't even provide a driver for Macs because of it. Even if you wanted to connect the camera system to a Windows laptop or desktop, the computer has to be connected to the internet and turned on the whole time (no standby or sleep) since the Skype stream is completely dependent upon an open connection.
Good luck to those of you who would like to try this product - don't be misled!
Location: Washington State
Great for the money. I've purchased and installed this unit plus 2 other similar Lorex systems here and at relative's homes. Simple installation and operation, though I might like the remote control feature from the earlier model better. Still a good little package.
Location: Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
The product is excellent. The sales, customer service is horrible. It took them 12 days to get back to me about their products.
good little camera system. works as advertised. easy to set up. wish I had bought the system with 4 cameras .
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
My cameras and LCD is working fine . Picture is clear and sharp , I didn't expect that a small L
CD monitor would show this well. If anyone is looking for a good home system this Model LW2732 wireless system is the one. I would recommend it to family and anyone. Very pleased and glad I purchased this one.
Location: Atlanta, Ga.
My camera's and LCD is working fine so far. Pictures are clear and sharp, better than I expected for a small LCD monitor but it delivers very well. I would recommend anyone looking for a good security system, LOREX is the one and at a good price . I started to purchase another system, but boy I'm glad I didn't .
Location: Las vegas, NV
I am very pleased with my Lorex monitoring surveillance cameras. The day and night vision both great. Hooking up to Skype on my computer was very easy. Hooking up to Skype on my smartphone we haven't been able to do that yet but we're still working on it. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone that was looking for a camera on a budget the LW2732 might be the one. I highly recommend this one.
Location: Tucson, AZ
This system went up without a lot of problems, will probably add another camera before too long. Using the monitor to view videos is a bit less than user friendly, but once you learn the buttons it's not too bad. We have the monitor just inside the door on the other side of the wall from the camera and have no distortion problems with audio or video. Did upload some photos for the monitor to scan through which is nice and the screen auto changes to camera view if it's motion activated. Fairly impressed with the clarity of both day and night time videos considering this is a less expensive model. Got the Skype setup done for my Android phone too, have an old laptop to use for that next to the monitor. For the money, seems like a solid choice. Hint: if you are uploading photos for the screen saver, do them all at once. Had some trouble getting the Photorun app to run the second time when I went back to add on more pics. May have been a computer problem on my end.
Location: New York
Like the product, clarity, and security
Location: Markham, ON
The cameras are solid. Very well built and look good as well. They turned to be bigger than what I expected but nothing of concern.
Installing the system was a breeze. One camera per channel. Make sure you know which camera to pair at what channel as the screen flips thru in order. The hardware provided with the system to mount the cameras is not bad but could be of better quality.
The build quality of the LCD screen (which can also be used as a digital picture frame) is very good. Does not feel flimsy or cheap. The screen resolution on the other hand was not as great as I thought it would be. The screen died on me (went all white) after less than a month of use. Lorex is sending a replacement so no worries there. Other than that, the picture quality is not bad.
There is ability to set the sensitivity of motion detection. I have had recording begin when the tree shadows moved. So no complains there.
Worked a lot better than I expected. The camera accurately detects the amount of light in the area and switched night vision on automatically.
This is an absolutely amazing feature to have. Whichever camera is being viewed at the time, you can use the two-way intercom to be able to hear sounds and send your voice thru. Very handy feature as we have one camera installed at the main entrance and one in the kids play room.
I would give the system a 4.5 but there's no option for half a star. I gave it 4/5 due to the screen issues. Other than that, its best value for money to get a security system loaded with features that it comes with.
I purchased and had the LW2732 installed in April 2014 and by June 2014, the monitor died. It was more disappointing when I had to pay the return shipping costs to get a replacement monitor that didn't last for a year, not to mention 6 months. Unfortunately this was my first Lorex product purchase and will be my last.
to say i'm "not impressed" with this system is an understatement; complete waste of $300. If I hadn't already mounted these cameras and made holes in the exterior of my home, I would 100% without question return this system.
Within 2 days of use, the SD card became corrupt -- system would not record, constantly froze up, had to unplug to reset, can't playback any recording?total system shutdown! A 2 day old system should not do this. I called technical support and was bounced back and forth between technical and customer support for over 3 hours. In the process the call disconnected 2 times during transfer from rep to rep. No one ever called me back. Instead, I received emails from Lorex saying my support ticket had been closed and resolved. Then I had to call back on both occasions, which led to being on hold for 35-45 minutes (initial wait time). The final rep I spoke to said he would return my call in 30 minutes; that was an hour and a half ago and he still hasn't returned the call!!! HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE!!
**MAC USERS BEWARE** Although the packaging says the system is compatible with Mac systems, this is NOT TRUE! The Skype remote viewing is impossible to set up, despite the directions in the manual and despite me calling tech support and asking for assistance establishing the connection. Lorex Tech support simply tells you they aren't trained to handle Mac issues. Additionally, the digital picture frame feature is not available to Mac Users (packaging advertisement fails to mention this). The picture frame setup software is only available on PC. If you are a Mac household, look elsewhere, otherwise you are paying for features you will never get to use.
I would rate this product 5 stars for internal and external use around your home - as many said, it sets up quickly and easily right out of box.
However I would rate it about 2 stars for remote monitoring using Skype. While what Lorex has done is pretty cute technically, it has not been easy to setup and troubleshoot. As I am pretty much an Apple guy, I tried it on Macs with the latest Maverick OS - two main issues - the first is that you have to go to PREFERENCES and switch camera settings from the Apple camera to the LOREX camera (this means that you have to do this each time you leave the house and want to remote monitor). So I put this on an older MAC that I do not use the APPLE camera on to lessen the hassle. The second issue is that the latest Skype for Maverick has issues and you have to go back to an earlier version of Skype until Lorex fixes the issues. That killed my MAC experience for at least now.
So I then went to my last remaining PC (VISTA 32 BIT). THE CD that came pushed you to the LOREX site to download the latest driver (same as MAC experience). The side issue is that the LOREX site is a little clungy and you actually have to go to the Q&A to get directed to the Driver download. Got this done but the VISTA box had trouble finding the camera. A restart and disconnecting the other system camera helped. Skyping in has been hit or miss - sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. You appear to be locked into only seeing one camera and there is no way to externally switch cameras that I have found. (A similar Uniden system that I tried allows you to see all cameras but it is a nightmare to setup and while it has a great iPhone APP, it only works if you first connect to a PC system which rules out a MAC).
LOREX advertizes a DNNS access - pretty easy to set up if you know your MAC address for your device - however, I have yet to discover how to easily do this and I have been waiting for three days for Lorex support to get back to me. Therefore, have no clue if this is any solution.
I have been looking for a home security camera for along time, but none of the cameras I bought fit my needs. Not until, I bought this camera. It's like a package deal and everything that I needed were on it. Easy to install and set up, has a motion sensor that records automatically depends on the setting you choose, night vision, intercom, clear pictures, comes with lcd screen and most of all it's wireless. I installed one in the front and one in my back yard. Now, I have peace of mind from neighbors who used to dump their junks in my property. Ordered 3rd camera on the way and planning to order camera number 4 later...
Location: Los Angeles
I was happy with LW2932 System until both cameras quit at the same time after 4 months of usage.
Was their an electrical power outage creating a surge? yet everything else we owned including the monitor was okay. I'm waiting for help in getting a replacement
Location: Lake Cowichan, BC Canada
I had a bit of trouble setting up the USB driver for a Windows 7 (SP1) for SKYPE use. The supplied manual (Sep 12 2012-R14) shows instructional images that SKYPE no longer displays. The supplied driver disk did not show any drivers on the media & took me directly to the LOREX website. I eventually found the ZIP file and correct driver for my 64 bit PC.
There was never anything shown like the supplied manual (Sep 12 2012-R14) page 39.
I eventually got it figured out and know it is not the LOREX companies fault. With Skype changing its software all the time its amazing that anyone can keep up!
Location: Rosamond, CA.
Purchased this system so I could at least have some sort of Idea who has been around my property when Im not around. Easy to set up. Price is reasonable. Customer service so far has been there for the two times that I have called. Unit works ok. Play back of recorded video is not the same as viewing the cameras live from the monitor. Its a little sectional, probably to save recording space. You cannot use Skype unless you connect to a PC with an Internet connection. This is not Wi-Fi capable. Audio recording is very sensitive, you will hear the birds chirping ! The wireless feature of this unit is its bright side. No digging trenches from building to building running wires. You do need to have AC power for cameras close to each one. Monitor also. Would have been nice to have battery back up for at least the monitor to record in event power is cut to system. Overall good system for the price.
Location: Dallas, TX
So far so good, Installation was very easy.
Only complain.. is I think there is a small delay in motion detection and recording. Most of the time I miss the face of the person, can only capture back of the passing person. I wish it cold start recording immediately, so it can capture the face of the passing person.
Received two LW2732 systems. One of them, the intercom wasn't working. I contacted lorex and they said they would send me a new screen for replacement. Secondly, although I bought 2 exact same camera kits( I pressed 2 for quantity), the two screens are not identical. I don't know what it really changes but just a thought.
Other than that I was amazingly impressed with the signal strengh. I even tried it at a 200 feet distance and everything works. The quality of the image though is not that great but when using it at your front door you will clearly see who it is.
For the price I recommend it. For my next purchase though I would definetly go with something better in quality.
Purchased the LW2732 system to monitor our stables. I didn't expect the quality to be as good as more expensive systems sold locally. I was really impressed once I installed the cameras and set up the monitor.
Our home and stables are brick so I had some issues with the signal dropping off but after installing the ACCANTD9 antenna solved the problem. I like the ability to set up a scheduled recording time to catch whats going on during the night.
Picture quality during the day is vivid color and the night time black and white is very clear! For the price there isn't anything better than these cameras!
Location: Elyria, Ohio
I have the four camera system with a 9" monitor. I've had it for almost a year. One of the cameras was having problems with the IR and I had to send it in. Not wanting to be without a camera, I purchased this system.
It's pretty much the same except the monitor is smaller. I use these outdoors to protect my property. They are under the house overhang and have been through all kinds of weather. The night vision is a bit blurry but will do.
What I like is the easy installation and the SD card. I was told I couldn't run the two monitors close together. I have them both on the same table and I have no problem with interference.
Really a great system or I wouldn't have bought another.
This product is all that is says it is and more. I was pleased to find it extremely easy to set up and have in functioning within minutes! All you basically need to do is plug it in and you are done. The hardest decision you will have to make is where to mount your camera.
I plan on purchasing 2 more cameras for my system
Location: Lebanon OH
I had the old model 2701 for the last 3 years. One of my cameras stopped working and when I went to order a replacement, the single camera was more expensive than a whole new 2-camera system with a color monitor. The previous model was black and white. After I got an incredible deal on a new system, I realized the old system didn't have a broken camera, just a bad plug adapter! What a cheap fix. The cameras are quality cameras because I have them installed outside under covered porches, but in a high wind environment and they have lasted this long! But I happily gave the old system to a family member and installed the new system in my preexisting locations.
My favorite thing about them is being able to talk to people outside my front door and not even have to be there to open it. I can tell them to go around to the back or sorry, not interested. Ha! I feel very secure as a single gal because the SD card records all motion detected. It was very easy to set up once I got the holes drilled into the brick to hang the cameras. You do have to plan depending on where you have electrical hookups. But getting an electrician in if need be is totally worth it for the protection and security these systems offer at such an affordable price.
Location: Reno, NV
I needed a surveillance system to prove to Animal Control that my dogs were not barking as my neighbor alleged, overall I'm happy with the system but I do have a few issues with it:
1) Easy to set up
2) Excellent audio (I can hear people 100 feet away talking)
3) Good video quality, both day and night
4) Good connectivity to monitor when about 35' from cameras and separated by two walls.
1) The system is advertised as being able to record continuously in quad mode (in this case 2 cameras at once) What they fail to mention is that there is no time stamp on the video or audio on video recorded in that mode.
2) Support -I spent an hour on hold just to ask make sure there was no way to get a time stamp on quad mode recorded video, I sent an email with the question the day before and never heard back. The first tech I spoke to had some real problems understanding my question and giving me an appropriate answer, he had to escalate the issue (another 10-15 minutes on hold). Lorex gets an F in support, it is abysmal.
3) No ability to continuously record in scan mode, basically the only way you can continuously record is by selecting a single camera and having it record that camera.
4) A wide angle camera as an option for this system would be welcomed, the field of view is quite narrow on the camera included.
With all of that said, I would buy it again and it's far better than the first system I bought, a similar set up made by defender-usa.
Location: Long Island , N.Y.
This is a very easy system to get up and run . I ran 2 camera wires threw the corner of my windows no big deal . The garage I put one on the left side and wanted one on the front but I had no over hang . Took a 1 gallon plastic bottle and cut off the handle end and mounted the camera inside , in the spring I will install it in a bird house . So far all is good after a week with heavy rain and some snow . I had a few questions and was answered the next day . I tried 2 other companys and this is the best one for the money .
Location: FORTLAUDERDALE, FL 33315
MY FIRST PRODUCT WITH LOREX WAS LW2730 COMES WITH ONE CAMERA, THEN I ADDED 3 MORE CAMERAS. JUST BOUGHT LW2732 COMES WITH 2 CAMERAS I WILL BE BUYING 2 MORE CAMERAS FOR THIS UNIT. THESE WIRELESS CAMERAS ENABLE ME TO
PUT CAMERAS IN AREAS AWAY FROM THE MAIN BUILDING WITH OUT WIRES ALL OVER THE PLACE. I JUST ADDED ELECTRIC OUTLETS TO 4X4 POLES ( ELECTRIC LINES UNDERGROUND ) THESE CAMERAS FIT MY NEEDS PERFECT. THE FACT THAT I CONTINUE TO BUY MORE, SHOULD LET YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS PRODUCT.
Location: Dallas, TX
Although this system is easy to setup, their claims of "Internet Viewing" through Skype is kludgy at best. If you want a device where you can check on things while away from the house DO NOT BUY this system.
1) You have to hook it up to a computer, the computer has to be running, you have to be running Skype, and Skype has to be setup to allow ANY user in the contacts for the user to accept incoming calls automatically (NOT SECURE, NOT ENERGY EFFICIENT, NOT GOOD FOR LONG TERM HEALTH OF YOUR COMPUTER) (I don't want to have to constantly remember to fire up my computer before I leave the house everyday and make sure Skype is still running with a special username so that my contacts can't just "check-in" on me. The system acts nothing more than a webcam as it is hooked up to your PC.)
2) If it is hooked up to PC / Skype, the system stops recording. NOT SECURE
3) If it is hooked up to Skype, you can't change the camera feed (What's the point?)
Again, good system if you want to just have something that served as a little monitor for your house that is easy to setup, but this system should not be advertised for internet viewing. Would be like calling my car a space ship, because you "could potentially" hook a rocket up to and launch it into space.
Location: Costa Rica
Lorex LW2732 Wireless video monitor with two cameras.
We bought the Lorex LW2732 Wireless video monitor with two camera system and brought it down to our winter home in Costa Rica. In the past 6 months we have had our electrical wire that runs from our house to the meter on the road (150 meters) and have had thieves attempt to break into our house, albeit they were unsuccessful, but created a rather substantial amount of damage.
The system was light to carry with us in our carry-on bags and seemed very easy to set up. The largest problem was to get power to the cameras (no plug-ins close by and very short cord that comes with the cameras) without leaving the connections exposed for the thieves to disconnect and to keep the cameras out of reach and sight. We finally did get that issue figured out, but it was not an easy feat. Battery operated cameras would definitely be the best option.
We live in a cement block house, so we bought the Omnidirectional 8DBI antenna so we can receive a more powerful signal from the cameras to the monitor. We have had to chop some tree limbs away from the camera sensitivity direction because the wind moving the limbs was causing the cameras to video air movement.
Hopefully, we catch the thieves on video so that we can identify them (they keep coming back looking for something else to steal, but have not been here since our recent arrival). They have caused nothing but heartache, unrest and anxiety in our tiny rural neighbourhood where most of our neighbours have been robbed with the same MO and a few have been ?hit? three times. The police are useless and will not follow up any of the reported cases without someone identifying the culprits. We will now wait and see what happens within the next few months! Here?s hoping Lorex helps us out with this disturbing problem and helps us ID these bothersome pests so we can take the photos to the authorities!
Location: Alpharetta, GA
I recently purchased some things I wanted to monitor in my ground floor apartment while I was away. The fair price and simplicity of setting up this system was the main selling point for me. I didn't want to have to pay a monthly monitoring fee. The quality of the video and recording is above par. Also in color. And night vision. And motion sensing. I was slightly disappointed when trying to set the camera up outside to view my patio (I recently had an incident with a drunk). The signal did not make it back to the monitor as I would have liked. I understand there is a Lorex product to boost that signal strength. I purchased a gun instead. : ) Overall, good purchase. Like some of the other reviews have mentioned, camera positioning can somewhat depend on the location of the power source. I found a simple extension cord handy for that.
Location: ROCKVILLE, MD
It is an excellent camera system that is very user friendly. you just plug it in and link the cameras and you are ready to go. would have given it 5 stars except for a few problems. you can view on skype but not both cameras; just the primary one. second the night vision on our camera does not work well. it is very dark and you can barely make out an image. it works well on the primary camera. third if you choose viewing by skype then you cannot record. fourth you cannot record full screen of each camera. you can record one camera or the other except if you choose the multiple camera view which records all cameras simultaneously. then you get a 1/4 of the screen for each camera. wish it would record full screen and just camp from one camera to the next every few seconds. Also please remember that it says wireless but the camera need to be near an outlet to be plugged in. the wire is about 6 feet in length total. The system is capable of using up to a 32 gb memory card, which can provide almost 4 days of continuous recording. you can also program it to record specific days and times.overall very happy.
Location: Sacramento, CA
The system works wonderfully. I have a camera on my front porch and I really don't even need he door bell. Soon as someone steps near the porch the system beeps to annonce a visitor has arrived and takes their picture. I can talk with the visitor without being near the front door. I can turn sales folks away with a simple "I'm not interested in your productus, but thank you anyway" and never even open the door. It's muc safer and much more convienent. Plus, I really feel the camera is an additional deterent to thieves. It takes a very good picutrue, and it's stored on the card. Being wireless, it's pretty difficult to figure out just where the receiver might be. I love it!!
Location: Atlanta, GA
The Lorex LW2732 security system is very simple to use.
Plug the camera, plug the monitor, turn on the monitor and the camera gets detected if it is within range.
This is true for up to 4 cameras. If it does not work right away, pairing is explained and it is very easy too.
This kit was delivered with one camera only. I checked for the price of additional cameras and it is around $145 for each additional one. In turn, the quality is pretty good. The camera does a very good job at filming at night. Identification of potential burglars should be made easy with this.
What I like:
- Reasonably priced
- Good quality night vision camera
- Very easy to set up.
- Good detection speed.
- 2GB SD card provided. Sufficient for a while.
- Intercom between monitor and camera.
What I do not like:
- Monitor and camera need to be plugged to power to function. No battery solution as far as I am aware of.
- Monitor needs to be plugged to a computer plugged to Internet to work with Skype. The computer has to be permanently on.
It is a very good starting kit for home security but it falls just short because of the need of a computer to be permanently on. In case of a burglary, I would not be surprized if the thief stole my computer and maybe the monitor in the same time. In such circumstance, the system would prove completely useless.
As another reviewer suggested, the monitor should be hidden close enough to the cameras (to function) and close enough to a computer connected to internet to get skype. Not an easy install to do this as thiefs are usually good at finding valuables.
So I would say forget about skype and hide your monitor as best as you can.
I still give it 4 stars for the overall quality of the system.
Location: Grayslake, IL
I also have the Lorex LNC104 LIVE Ping Wireless Network Camera camera from Lorex so I can't help but compare it to that. I really like the LNC104. It is wifi and comes with easy to use software for the PC and Android. Extra cameras can be viewed all at once within that software. The LW2731 system uses Skype instead, so I can't add it to my camera network. That would have been really cool.
The coolest feature of the LW2731 system is the monitor it comes with. It was also very easy to set up. I had the system up and was watching my front door in minutes. You can move the monitor around with you but it needs to be plugged into AC power. It will need to be plugged into the PC via USB to use the Skype remote viewing software. This means the PC must stay on as well. Unlike the LNC104 which is a WiFi device that only needs an internet connection to broadcast.
This system is very nice for a self contained camera system due to the nice monitor. It is nice not to have to launch software to monitor the camera since you can mount the monitor anywhere you want.
- System only comes with one camera. Extras are not cheap.
- Would be nice if it used the same remote monitoring software as the LNC104 so that they could work together.
- Camera is indoor/outdoor which is really nice.
Location: Long Beach, CA
I know this is overkill, but I've been using this as a baby monitor and it is better than excellent for that purpose. My daughter is an on call nurse with a new born. She only lives a couple blocks away, so when she's called into work, she drops my granddaughter by and my hubby Dub and I gladly watch her. She has her own nursery at our house and Dub has set the camera in this security system up facing her crib.
Again, I know this is overkill to the max for this product and that there are a lot of options out there to monitor an infant for a lot less money, but they'd be hard put to match the quality of this excellent screen. And yes, the camera looks a bit strange in a nursery, but I'm used to it now. If you want to use this system for the purpose it was intended, I'm sure it would do an excellent job, because the quality of this unit is first rate. Simply put, this is a wonderful unit.
Location: Millbrae, CA
Taking it out of the box, it was possible for me to confirm that the product was working in less than 5 minutes! That is my definition of user-friendly. You simply plug it in, turn it on, and the picture appears. Pretty decent quality, too. Overall, I would recommend this product for anyone who wants, for instance, to find out whose dog is pooping on their yard, for parents who want to keep an eye on a sleeping infant, or even for suspicious individuals who want to know what happens in their absence.
Location: Logan, UT
Which is the use I've put it to so far. I've only used the basic features, but here are a few comments that might be helpful:
It's incredibly easy to set up and get working. Basically, you plug the camera and viewing tablet into power sources, and turn them on. Your image from the camera comes right up.
Each device must be powered full-time. No battery option on either end (baby monitors are normally more portable, but this thing isn't really designed for that specific purpose; it's more for permanent installation in a security setting).
I like the large viewing screen. Dedicated baby monitors almost always have tiny screens, and many security systems don't include their own screen by default at all. If you want to view the signal with those, a computer or television hookup is required. You can still connect to and display on those devices with this monitor, but it isn't required.
The intercom feature is handy. You have two way audio communication between the monitor and the camera, by holding down a button on the monitor to broadcast out the camera's speaker. Actually works fairly well.
There is a slight time delay from the camera to the screen. Probably about a half-second or so most of the time.
For security purposes, you're likely going to want to purchase additional cameras for more coverage. Up to four feeds can be conveniently displayed at once on the monitor.
Anyway, the set works fairly well. Plan to read the manual (included in print form, and seems fairly thorough) if you're planning to use any of the more advanced features.
Location: Boston, MA
I've been using the Lorex LW2731 camera and monitor for the past few weeks as a security camera for watching my dogs when I'm out and away from my apartment. My dogs have a tendency to destroy things when they get bored but since I have two of them it's hard to really tell who is doing the behavior so we can train them to stop. So far they haven't done anything yet but we'll keep monitoring to see if anything happens!
It's a cool little device and wasn't hard to get up and running. I definitely think it's worth getting if you have the money to invest and have something worth watching. The device feels a bit pricey and additional cameras would likely add up so you may end up paying quite a bit to get full coverage.
Location: Kansas City
Thus security system is very east to use, if you have an electrical outlet where you want to install the camera. There is no battery option for the camera, you must have electricity to the camera. Otherwise, you simply plug in the camera, plug in the monitor, turn it on and you are set to go. As described in the product information there is only one camera with this purchase which of course limits the range of use, but it will take up to four cameras, but be prepared to spend another $100 to $150 per for additional cameras. I am using it to see who comes to the front door. The most helpful use is to keep an "eye" on the many deliveries that are left at our front door throughout the week. While we haven't lost a package yet, there have been several reports in the neighborhood of people talking packages that have been dropped off at the front door. With this camera we will have a good view of anyone attempting to take anything off our front porch.
Overall I think this is a good first step in home security, it is reasonably priced and has good night vision quality. There are three recording modes: manual, motion, or schedule. The digital video recorder supports up to 32GB SD. The recording is also stamped with both time and date. If you would benefit from a single camera perspective from around your home or business this product would be a good place to start.
Location: Birmingham, AL
The Lorex LW2731 package comes with a 7 inch full colour LCD monitor and one security camera. The monitor is a bit on the small side coming in at 7 inches but supports up to 4 video feeds. The camera is also a tad on the largish side measuring around 4 inches (much larger than a webcam) but has built in LED lights for illumination.
When I received this unit I thought I would set up the camera at the front of my house on the porch overhang pointing at my front door. This proved to be a bit of a pain in that both the camera and the monitor require mains power (no battery option). The power adapter for the camera, although it has a fairly generous amount of chord, was not enough to put the camera where I wanted so I had to rethink. Another problem with this is that you end up having to drill a hole through your wall in which to put the power cable, so not a quick easy solution.
This leads me to another point. If a thief or whomever is determined to break into your house, then its a very simple case of just having to snip the wire and the camera won't work. It would have been much better for the camera at least to run off batteries.
The wireless part of this unit is the video feed from the camera to the monitor, not the monitor to your home network. You have the ability to view the camera feed over skype (a good option) so that you can see your video feeds from anyplace, however in order to do this you must hook the monitor into your computer (cable supplied) and leave your computer running all the time (you must also remember to turn off power saving features on your computer).
The video quality that the camera transmits is excellent. Better than some of the security camera footage you see on the news and the camera works very well whether in bright light or with the aid of the built in LEDs and sensor at night.
The range of the wireless feed seems to be good. I couldn't find anyplace in my 3 story house where I couldn't pick up the video feed, even when I placed the camera in the top corner of a bedroom on the top floor and took the monitor down to the opposite corner of my bottom floor, so it was travelling a fair distance and through a lot of wood and concrete.
If you are thinking of buying this unit to monitor the outside of your house (which I think most people would), then be prepared to have to do some work and drill holes in your walls to do this. Also be prepared to have to rethink where you wish to put the camera due to the power cables length. This is a major shortcoming of this unit in my opinion.
If you are just looking to monitor the inside of your house or small business then this unit will work great, with the addition of some extra cameras.
Overall then, a good security system once setup but has some fairly big flaws.
Location: New York City, NY
Somebody has recently started walking a dog around our block and not cleaning up after it. Every morning I exit my house to find a new, steaming landmine of dog feces. What to do? The Lorex LW2732 lets me film out the front of my house and, in theory, catch the culprit in action.
My first effort was with the device's automatic motion detection system. No luck; too much routine activity triggered it. For the last several days I've had it in scheduled recording mode, whereby it will record about four hours of material at the time you specify until it fills up. The evil hound has plotted his pooping around my schedule, and thus far avoided detection.
I think the intended use of this device is either (1) internal, where motion detection can be used without false triggers, or (2) as a live video feed, not recorded, for use as part of an intercom. I've pretty much given up on project poopcatcher, but I may rewire the device for one of these other purposes, and will report here if it proves more useful.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
I tried this wireless camera security system, even though I didn't have a specific need for a security camera. But sometimes I am in the back of my house and someone rings the bell, and I would like to know who it is without running half a football field. Also, when we go out, it would be nice to know who came to the door in our absence. So I decided to try it. Initial setup was easy, making the wireless connection was not too difficult, and having the compact flatscreen monitor as part of the package is great. So that's the good news. The bad is that it will take some effort to permanently mount the camera on the outside. Yes, they provide the mounting bracket which is wonderful, but the camera requires AC power, and that means figuring out a good place in which to drill a hole through the outside of my house, to a point inside, then to an AC outlet. I wish the camera was battery powered! But other than that, it's a pretty good system. And from what I can tell (in other words, what the instructions say) 4 cameras can be hooked up at one time. (I will only use the 1 for now, however.) So if you need a security system, it seems really good.
This is a pretty impressive setup and is so simple to get up and working. It has tons of features and extras, more than you'd expect. Upon opening the box you will have everything you need to get up and running fast. Depending if you are mounting it indoors or outdoors will add to the time it takes to be running. I had my system working in 10 minutes literally. I didn't mount the cam to anything but have it in a windowsill. The only thing I needed to hook up was the mounting swivel base, the power adapter for both the cam and the LCD. Everything was paired and already configured so for me it was plug and play.
The instructions are well done in both explanations and descriptions/photos/troubleshooting. They included a fast setup guide which was simple too. They did show that you need to attach the antenna's but they were already done so those steps weren't needed. Less to worry about, although i made sure they were tightened.
When you turn on the unit, there are lots of touch screen buttons including: menu, recording, volume, split screen and intercom. There are way more features than expected like the 2 way audio intercom. So there is a speaker and mic in both the cam and the lcd base unit. You hit a little button on the lcd screen and you can talk to someone close to the cam. This feature is great if you have it setup outside as a door monitor.
There's an SD slot in the back to put memory cards in to record video weather manually or if you setup a specific time to record as well as setting it to record any motion. A 2gb card is included which will record about 3:52 of footage. You can use up to a 32gb card which will record around 63 hours. This is for a single camera only, if you add more then of course it lessens the more cams you have hooked up.
There's a screen saver mode which also lets you use it as a digital frame but your images are stored on the same card for recording so be aware that it will use memory and lessen your record time. When in screen saver mode you can have it activate back to the regular live screen when the cam senses motion (to upload photos you have to use a pc, mac isn't compatible with the software but there may be a work around, I haven't tried it). You can also set it to just go blank (which I do) and it will turn back on if there is motion detected. There's also a beep feature to alert you with audio if you aren't looking at the cam to see that it has detected motion.
If you have 4 cams you can have the screen split so you can see all 4 live cams at once or you can set it to rotate each cam in full screen. One thing I read in the instructions and makes sense is that the motion detection might be less accurate when the surrounding temperature of the cam is more than 98.7 (body heat temp) as it detects heat, so if its super hot where you have the cam mounted like outside, then it may not register movement as well but, it also mentions that it tracks motion with another sensor so to me this is a backup if the heat is too much. There is a way to increase and decrease sensitivity settings which i'm sure would fix any issues.
You can view your recordings right on the LCD screen (7inch) in addition to having picture-in-picture of the live cam feed. Or you can just remove the SD card and put it in your computer and watch them that way. There are two setting for video quality high and low one is 640x480 and 360x240.
If this system had a true wireless cam (battery powered, I would have rated it 5 stars and would be great. If they ever release a cam compatible with this system that is battery powered i'm for sure buying it. I so wanted to mount the cam outside but i have no place to plug the cam into outside. I'd have to run an extension cord to it which would defeat the purpose of surveillance where anyone could simply unplug it.
Location: Philadelphia, PA
This home/small business security system is a brilliant systems engineering concept and it is well executed. Setup with the enclosed instructions is simple, and the video is viewable on the wireless screen unit or remotely via Skype (from anywhere in the world). There are two caveats that the purchaser of this fine and well executed system should be aware of first as packaged with a single camera the system can only monitor a relatively small area. Secondly, unlike conventional burglar/intrusion alarm systems there is no easy provision for having someone else do the monitoring for you--you bear the ultimate responsibility of monitoring your own property.
I see two principal use cases for the system as configured: 1. Frequent travelers will be able to look in on their property via Skype from wherever they are situated in the world (excellent for a consultant, or salesperson). 2. With the single camera as provided those who have a small single entrance such as a row home, professional office, or store front can monitor their property. Otherwise users of this system will find a real need to expand their purchase to additional cameras and accesories.
Location: San Francisco, CA
I live in a nice neighborhood, but there have been some recent, strange disappearances of package deliveries. I'm well protected with an alarm system and a more persuasive physical deterrent if someone makes it through the door, but I want to be able to see who approaches my home when I'm not around. The Lorex wireless system seemed to make sense, mostly because of the architecture of my home. I don't have a basement or an attic, so laying video cable from cameras to a DVR won't easily work for me.
So, I got the Lorex system and was immediately impressed with the quality look and feel of the camera and the receiver/display. To test the unit before permanently installing it, I plugged the camera into an outside socket near my front door and then turned on the receiver in my house about 35-40 feet away. Between the outside camera and the receiver was, of course, one exterior wall and one interior wall. No significant amount of metal or electrical wiring is in this interior wall, however, at this 40 foot distance, I had to hold the receiver up to get a signal from the camera. I moved the receiver to about 30 feet and the signal was good, but would occasionally, momentarily tell me that it couldn't receive a signal from the camera. When I moved the receiver to the room where my computer is located, (where I really want to place the receiver) approximately 65 feet from the camera and the addition of one more interior wall, no camera signal could be received at all.
So in its initial test, the system won't work for me. According to Lorex, the wireless range might reach up to 180 feet indoors, but I couldn't make it one third that distance. I can't very well use this system. With such a limited wireless range, I would have to place the receiver so close to the front door of my house that anyone forcing their way into my house could simply remove the SD card from the receiver. In order to connect the receiver to SKYPE, it needs to be hard wired to a PC, and that wouldn't really solve the problem anyway.
Other issues with the system:
- The receiver settings are a bit non-intuitive, but once you get the hang of moving around the screen, things seem to fall into place.
- The motion detection recording has a slight delay in kicking in. I recorded my wife returning home and all I saw on the replay was her moving past the last 30% of the screen. Had she been a burgler, I wouldn't have been able to identify her. There is a setting to increase/decrease the sensitivity of the motion detection, and I had the daytime sensitivity set to Medium. The only setting for the nighttime motion detection is Low, so it is questionable how well this would work when the sun goes down.
Lorex is known for consumer friendly monitoring systems, and their setup manual is well organized and easy to follow. Yes, the onscreen controls are a bit odd, but once you get your system setup correctly, you won't have to mess with that often. The display panel is clear and bright, but don't expect studio quality recording from the camera.... it is a security camera and nothing more - slightly better than what you see on liquor store holdup videos recorded in 1998 and played back on cops and robbers programs.
Other users report getting good range from their systems. I could possibly have a lemon, as my house is pretty wifi signal friendly. But based on my 30 minute test, this dog won't hunt.