September 27, 2014
After a lengthy research process on security cameras, we purchased this system from Sam's Club. Physical setup was easy, as the cameras were easy to position, and no setup for connecting to the DVR was required. The cameras were a little bigger than I expected, but hopefully that's helpful as a deterrence. The images are strong, both during the day and at night. The problem I had was with the software. Initially, I wasn't able to interact with the DVR directly until it was reset a couple of times. The Mac software consistently crashes (tech support said it's a known bug), so to reliably input settings, I had to use the TV interface with an on-screen keyboard. The email notification is not timely and does not always work. On the other hand, that may be alright, as even defining a small motion area gets a lot of alerts from birds, etc. The mobile apps are alright. Sometimes they connect very quickly, other times, I have to choose the system and camera again. The remote playback can be very responsive or very unresponsive. Finally, my biggest complaint is that the wireless receiver for the cameras interferes with our wireless router. We have a range extender also on the 2.5gHz frequency, and the speed has slowed dramatically. Locking the router to a single channel has helped some (see http://www.lorextechnology.com/support/self-serve/Improving-Wireless-Camera-Signal-Stability-Configuring-your-Wireless-Router/3700041), but it's not what it used to be. Despite these issues, I don't regret getting the system. It's solid, and we got it at a great price. It meets our need without breaking the bank!