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Swann SWDVK-425504 S 4-Channel Digital Video Recorder with Smartphone Viewing and 4 x PRO-550 Cameras



Swann SWDVK-425504 S 4-Channel Digital Video Recorder with Smartphone Viewing and 4 x PRO-550 Cameras

  • Internet-ready protection for your home or business 24/7
  • Includes 4 all-weather, high resolution 420TVL cameras with powerful night vision to 50ft / 15m
  • Set and forget by recording continuously from 4 cameras for 120 days+ onto a massive 500GB hard drive, longer with motion detection
  • Surveillance in the palm of your hand with live viewing on 3G enabled Smartphones including iPhone, iPad,
  • Remote viewing is easier than ever to set up with UPnP (Universal Plug n Play) auto network configuration
  • Including iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile 6, Symbian OS and more
  • Live viewing also on Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile 6, Symbian OS and more

4 Channels; 500 Gb Hard Drive; H.264 Video Recorder; Networking & 3G Phone Connectivity; Upnp Allows For Easy Network Setup; Usb Port; Includes 4 Pro 580 Ccd, Day/Night Cameras; 480 Lines Of Resolution;

List Price: $ 449.99

Price: $ 368.99

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  2. Steve D says:
    74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Great System For The Money, July 19, 2011
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    Steve D (Sacramento, CA) –

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    This review is from: Swann SWDVK-425504 S 4-Channel Digital Video Recorder with Smartphone Viewing and 4 x PRO-550 Cameras (Camera)

    So far, this system has met all of my expectations … and more. It was easy to set up and it is recording 24/7 video for us with no issues. I am really impressed with how Swann has made this such a complete, ready to go, system. I had two cameras recording and being displayed on the TV within 20 minutes of opening the box. Of course I had not yet routed the wiring yet for proper camera placement and properly hiding of the wires. Note, this is by far the most time consuming and frustrating element to setting up a security system, but that is not the fault of this system. (For allot more money you can buy a wireless system.)

    The only negative I have is the ability to configure the system so that I can achieve remote monitoring, ie a iphone or ipad. The issue is that the Mac Airport Extreme Router does not support the UpNP interface that this system requires. Swann’s documentation says that there is alternate hope, but it appears very complex (they even say this) and I think beyond my IT/network capability. I hope to figure it out, but it is not mission critical.

    On the good side, the night vision performance is very good, the day light performance is great, the 4 camera display on the TV or computer monitor is excellent, and the system settings configurability is very extensive. Example, instead of recording at 30 fps I changed it to 1 fps so to save hard drive space and thus be able to capture many more days of history before it starts over-writing old data. I did try the motion detection feature. It seemed to work well, but I’ve opted for 27/7 capture at 1 fps. The ability to review history is pretty slick and very easy to understand. The remote is a bit clumsy, but using the mouse is very efficient.

    Summary: I am very pleased to be in a 4 camera, night vision, 500 GB DVR, continuous recording surveillance system for $250.

    I’d say the only thing to watch out for is if you absolutely require “smart phone” viewing that you prepare for challenging IT/Network tinkering. Maybe it will be easy on a UpNP capable router.

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  3. E. Schaefer "reading addict" says:
    37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent product but the jury is out on customer service, August 22, 2011
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    E. Schaefer “reading addict” (Lansing, MI) –
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    This review is from: Swann SWDVK-425504 S 4-Channel Digital Video Recorder with Smartphone Viewing and 4 x PRO-550 Cameras (Camera)

    PRODUCT: THREE STARS
    Assuming that we get the two damaged cameras back with no further problems (see customer service), the system is not bad deal overall, but not really a great deal either. The set up instructions are clear and the included wiring is enough for what most people will need. The software is a bit clunky and we are still playing around with it, it works albeit less cleanly than you’d like. Reviewing video is a chore unless you have a specific time in mind. The cameras appear to be an older model camera. The ones that are not defective seem to work fine. If all of the cameras had come in working properly, it would be closer to a 3.5 star system.

    CUSTOMER SERVICE: INCOMPLETE (BUT SO FAR DISAPPOINTING)
    We tested all of the wires and equipment before running any wires. Which was a good thing since one of the cameras was DOA. So we contacted customer service to set up a replacement.(The instructions clearly tell you not to return to the store, but to contact customer service-I now which we had just re-boxed and done a return through Amazon.) They told us they would send us an RMA to return the defective camera, and to go ahead and set up the others. So we did.

    We had to call them back to get an RMA because they didn’t send one as promised. Then when we took it in to get it returned and realized they didn’t give us a shipping label. Upon further review they require that the Buyer pays for return shipping until it is ‘proven’ that you bought the item less than 30 days ago. Just as we get ready to send it in, a second camera fails. So now we are down 2 out of three. We are now past the 30 days and still have not received the replacements.

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  4. Amy Michelle says:
    72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Meh…, August 20, 2011
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    Amy Michelle (SF Bay Area, CA) –

    This review is from: Swann SWDVK-425504 S 4-Channel Digital Video Recorder with Smartphone Viewing and 4 x PRO-550 Cameras (Camera)

    Overall a decent product for the price. Fairly straightforward plug & play type setup, requires only a minimal amount of technical know-how to get up and running. The most difficult part for us was running the cables neatly along the outside of the house, through the attic and down in to the wall. It should be noted that these cameras provide a wide-angle view, which we really like, however the downside to this is things appear farther away then they really are. The picture resolution leaves a lot to be desired as well. The company touts these as high-res cameras but they are anything but. A word of caution: unless your subject is within about arms-reach of the lens you will have a difficult time making out any distinguishing features of your perp. Most people walking alongside of our house (about 8 feet from the camera) are only identifiable by the color of the clothes they are wearing. Oddly enough, the night-vision picture is typically alot clearer than the daylight video we get off of these. Also it’s worth mentioning that I live in the Silicon Valley, am an A+ certified technician and have worked diagnosing, troubleshooting and fixing complex technical & network issues for several years at a large corporation. Despite all of this, and after 3 whole days of working at a solution, I have been so far unsuccessful in getting any of the internet/mobile viewing stuff functioning with my setup. Just a heads up, if your internet router is not UPNP compatible, you’re in for one hell of a ride. Swann claims it is still possible to configure without UPNP but I have had zero luck with the port forwarding option. When I called tech-support I was put on hold for 10 minutes, then given the option to leave a message for someone to call me back. I left 2 messages and I didn’t receive a call back either time. Finally I called a third time, waited through the annoying automated system for 30 minutes before a kindly Indian gentleman picked up. I asked if he could walk me through the network setup of my new Swann security system and he assured me he could and began asking questions about my cable-modem and router. I gave him the model numbers on both and he told me he would be emailing me instructions on how to configure the system with my specific router as soon as we hung up. It has been 8 hours since I spoke to him and no such instructions have yet arrived at my email box. I even spelled my email address out phonetically for him and double checked that he had it correct. Nothing in the Spam folder either. What a huge disappointment. I will probably get this working at some point, but I will likely have to buy a new router and waste another 9 or 10 hours of my life screwing with it. More proof that in a MADE IN CHINA economy you really do get what you pay for…

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