January 12, 2015
Location: Henderson, NV
A very solid 4 of 5 rating. A 5 of 5 is hard for me to give to any solution. Let me start by saying/typing -- "You get what you pay for".. 8 cameras, HD system with IP connectivity, support on PC/Mac/Mobile. Works!! Do your homework online before you make your choice for a *home* based system as per your requirements., Would be nice to have longer cables (see note below about planning). Plan to download the manual and any firrmware/software. Plan your installation, from where cameras will go, how cables will run (length of cable runs needed), to where the DVR will ultimately be installed. The software client (and yes, there is a web interface too, only for MS IE), is a bit "interesting" from a GUI (Graphical User Interface) perspective -- not totally intuitive. However, very serviceable once you move around within the interface. I did not need to use technical support, granted my profession is in the IT world. I can see how some people might have a difficult time with the network setup, but don't blame this product -- consider getting some basic networking 101 skills on IP routing, port forwarding, etc. or get someone that does know IP configurations for your particular hardware (I have an ASUS router). I even configured this solution to connect to an AP (access point) that is configured to be a point to point IP device for the DVR -- allowed me to connect the DVR wirelessly (Ethernet port of DVR connected into the AP, securely connected back to my network. I did this because the location of where I installed the DVR does not have a wired Cat 5 Ethernet connectivity). Installed and worked with both the PC Windows and Apple Mavericks version of the software client and was able to install the mobile client on both an Android Samsung and iOS (Apple) and configure successfully. So, yes it does work behind a firewall, DDNS does work, mobile client works, night vision works fine, mobile client works fine -- NOTE: see note above about "you get what you pay for...", IMHO. Have not configured motion detect recording yet as I will wait for sprint/summer when all trees have leaves as I am assuming wind and leaves/branches will impact settings. Overall, very decent solution for me and my family thus far.