August 24, 2014
Location: New Hampshire
I purchased the 4-channel, 2-camera set up and installed it myself. I'm an engineer (so have a basic understanding of systems) but I'm not terribly handy, so I was pretty happy that it was as easy as the reviews stated. However, the instructions that came with the system were not terribly helpful. But thanks to the internet, I found what I needed to know. I placed each camera close to a window, so I could run the power cord through the top of the window to an indoor outlet. Probably not ideal, but it was the easiest way for me. The signals at the cameras are strong and the color image in the day is very sharp. IR image at night is not terribly sharp but what I really want is to monitor my dogs and my house during the day while I'm at work, so it good for what I need. You do have to hard wire the DVR to your internet router (originally I thought it would access my wireless internet), so I had to buy a long ethernet cable. The camera signal does interfere with my wireless internet, but I called Comcast and they told me how to change the broadcast channel on my wireless gateway. Changing to a different channel did help, but didn't completely fix the interference problem. So in the end I decided to dig out my ethernet switch and hard wire my laptop along with the security DVR, so that signal interference wouldn't be a problem. All in all, I really like the system. I think it is a good system for the price...you can find better but you will pay for it. And it does what I need it to do. My only concern is that the they state that the cameras are weatherproof, but then the instructions recommend that you place them in a sheltered location. I put one on my front porch and the other under the soffit, so they won't get rained on directly, but they will get wet. I do hope they are truly weather proof. Time will tell.