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CCTV DVR Kit with 4 Cameras

CCTV DVR Kit with 4 Cameras
Average Customer Rating:
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7 of 8(88%)reviewers would recommend this product.
Customer Reviews for Swann DVR8-12604F 8-Channel CCTV DVR Kit with 4 Cameras
Review 1 for Swann DVR8-12604F 8-Channel CCTV DVR Kit with 4 Cameras
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Swann DVR8-1260
17 Mar 2014
By Brasstoff
, Derby
"This is a good product, easy to install, everything required was in the box. Instructions comprehensive. If you want to view remotely make sure you download the right app.
Good quality and value.
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Swann DVR8-12604F 8-Channel CCTV DVR Kit with 4 Cameras
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swann dvr8 1260
20 Jan 2014
By R56clubman
, penryn cornwall
"i have just put this system in !!! its easy !!!
if you follow the instruction !!!
cams are good on 4-6 meters
lots of length on the cable.
you need to set up a gmail email account and register with swann for a ddns ip address.(this is all in the instructions)
the ip address you put into your iphone or ipad is the dvr ddns ip address!! (you get this when you register) this was the only thing i had a problem. port is 9000
the email alert is very good.
it will take longer to put the wiring in and hide it all but it is 100% plug and play and follow the instructions.
i also had to call swann as i did not set a password in the set up wizard and was connected to a person in the uk in under a min.
hope this helps anyone out"
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Swann DVR8-12604F 8-Channel CCTV DVR Kit with 4 Cameras
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great value
2 Dec 2013
By lionel2
, lancashire
"setup a bit involved which is inevitable in such a comprehensive product. well documented. i only gave it 3 star for reliability as ive only had it working for a week but I have had no probs so far. It does everything that I wanted and more beside. I am very satisfied and have no hesitation in recommending it. I also think it was very good value for money at under £300 including 4 decent quality colour cameras and a control console which includes 1000 GB storage of recordings plus 4 more camera inputs inputs which allowed me to re-use my old cameras as well.
lionel"
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Swann DVR8-12604F 8-Channel CCTV DVR Kit with 4 Cameras
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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Great System
22 Jan 2014
By Nicknz
, Auckland
"I live in New Zealand and have had a Swann system installed before. I was on holiday in the UK at Christmas and saw the price of this unit and decided to upgrade.
This system is very easy to install. The camera image is great. Network connectivity and is not difficult if you follow the very well written user manual. (It does require an account with Swann to get the quickest setup)
As mentioned in a previous review, the actual DVR unit is a bit noisy, but mine is locked away (to prevent theft of the evidence) and therefore not an issue.
If you are looking for a good all round Video surveillance system without spending a small fortune this item is not to be overlooked."
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review 5 for Swann DVR8-12604F 8-Channel CCTV DVR Kit with 4 Cameras
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Constant Vigilance
26 Aug 2014
By Gadgetxxx
, Buckinghamshire
"This is not an exceptional piece of equipment, but in the right hand's it can be very effective. Ask some simple questions.
Will this equipment clearly identify a criminal? Ans. Only if they stand 1 meter from the camera, a stated range of 20m is impractical. Placing the camera above eye height to prevent vandalism means the camera is a casual observer of events, especially as a pedestrian generally looks at the ground ahead, not at the camera. To put this in perspective, if a camera included in this kit is in the correct position a car registration number is only readable in daylight at 5 meters, number plates cannot be read at night.
These cameras are great at detecting wind and rain, they have difficulty with reflective surfaces like car body work, glass tables and polished surfaces. Changes in light trigger the recording system, no amount of adjustment will cure this as the system is too crude, move the camera or object or accept false triggering.
Is this a good deterrent? Yes. At night the camera's have a circular red glow from the IR LED's, giving reassurance that a casual theft is less likely. A potential burglar is less likely to want their photo taken, making this system better then a burglar alarm.
Will getting a better camera improve the system? The wide angle lens distorts the image and the video compression is not good. I'm not sure if the camera does the compression or the box, this system doesn't get close to the quality we expected in the 1990's on good old television. It's better then CCTV systems of 10 years ago, but only just.
Other uses: I have Glis-Glis (edible door-mouse) in the garage, and am using the camera to identify their point of entry, having paid £400 to repair past damage this is the ideal tool for the job. Obviously other pets/pests like cats, rats and squirrels can be studied, but spring watch won't be knocking on your door for the footage.
Imagination is required: for the bored teenager this could be incorporated into a robot with a hose pipe to chase cats away, or water the plants whilst you sip a cool drink next to the pool.
Protect those you love and be cautious, capturing a naked child with this equipment could put you in prison, so allowing this system unrestricted access to your home and the internet must be considered. There is nothing like being watched by a hacker as you load your car with luggage, especially when you've paid to let them do it.
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Review 6 for Swann DVR8-12604F 8-Channel CCTV DVR Kit with 4 Cameras
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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Good but could be even better
18 Dec 2013
By SubSingh
, Berkshire
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"Easy to setup but has the following limitations:-
1. No built in battery backup.
2. The smart phone view needs to be much clearer and does not let you review footage.
3. Cannot download the smartview application on smart TV!!
4. No instructions on how to automatically upload to the cloud.
5. Told that camera has 650TVL but the camera documentation says 600TVL. Resolution could be better.
Other than that for the price I guess it is OK ish
See attached image from my phone"
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Review 7 for Swann DVR8-12604F 8-Channel CCTV DVR Kit with 4 Cameras
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Good features but unreliable
2 Jan 2014
By securityexpert
, Cheltenham
"First the good stuff:
This is a well thought out product and the kit is provided with all the cables and fittings necessary for installation. Setup is easy and the feature set is excellent. The camera motion detection and masking controls work well and the cameras work as expected. The illumination from the IR LED's is good. The interface is easy to operate and logical. Using the provided mouse and an HDMI monitor it was quickly up and running. Up to this point I would have given this product 5 stars but....
The bad stuff:
The DVR box (control and storage) is loud. I was hoping to place this under the TV, but it is far to intrusive for a living room. My fall back plan was to place this in another room and then connect up using the network client from a PC. There are two clients provided, one for Microsoft Windows and one for Apple OSX. The OSX version only really works for playback and monitoring and cannot configure or control the system. The Windows version has all the features need to control and use the system.
But this is were it all goes wrong, because it turns out that the connectivity over a wired ethernet connection is seriously unrelaiable. This manifests itself in the camera feeds locking up after 5 minutes or so, so you cannot reliably monitor using a PC. Things get even more frustrating when you attempt to playback recordings which is a very hit and miss experience.
The long and short of it is, if you want to plug this into a monitor and don't care about noise this is a great product. If you want to use this over a network, forget it, it will drive you insane.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review 8 for Swann DVR8-12604F 8-Channel CCTV DVR Kit with 4 Cameras
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Waste of Money
11 Jan 2014
By Nivag1961
, Wales
"I bought this mainly due to its ability to be accessed remotely. Forget it. Unless you have a degree in IT you should avoid. Setting up the DDNS is easy enough but unless you know the difference between dynamic and static IP and can forward ports in your router you should give it a miss. Check the words 'remote access swann DVR' on Google and see the really highly expert people who can't get it to work. Then try to contact anyone in Swann.... They must all be busy trying to access their own systems because they are not available to help. This is without doubt the WORST product I ever bought from Screw fix... So bad in fact that is is not as described and I am now going to get a full refund."
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.