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Swann SWDVK-81508W-US DVR8-1500 8-Channel Compact D1 Digital Video Recorder and 8 x PRO-540 Cameras (White)

Swann SWDVK-81508W-US DVR8-1500 8-Channel Compact D1 Digital Video Recorder and 8 x PRO-540 Cameras (White)

  • This compact DVR system is capable of monitoring and recording video from 8 cameras, offering you professional, state-of-the-art monitoring in one compact package.
  • Set & forget by recording continuously from 8 channels for 15 days+ onto a 500GB hard drive, even longer with motion detection.
  • Know what’s happening during the day and night for 24 hour security and peace of mind. You can access this system securely from anywhere in the world, as long as you have the DVR connected to the internet.
  • Incredible Smart Search onscreen activity tracking feature allows you to easily find recorded footage at key locations such as doorways & windows at any time.
  • Use your 3G/4G capable smartphone & tablet on the free SwannView Plus app to access the system. It’s perfect for anyone who is frequently away from their home for long periods of time.

8 Channel D1 Digital Video Recorder with pre-installed 500GB HDD / 8 x 650 TVL line Cameras / Smart Search feature to easily find footage / VGA Output / Web and Smartphone remote viewing / Transfer incidents to USB flash drive or networkD1 Security Recording Kit with Internet & Smartphone Viewing. Protect your home and business from the palm of your hand.

List Price: $ 375.99

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  1. 15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Simple and simple setup, January 8, 2014
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    This review is from: Swann SWDVK-81508W-US DVR8-1500 8-Channel Compact D1 Digital Video Recorder and 8 x PRO-540 Cameras (White) (Electronics)
    Although there are cheaper alternatives out there, I find this Swann system to be a fantastic value. It includes everything you need to install a fully functioning DVR camera system, including the wires. In addition, I appreciate the value that this particular vendor provides, especially free DDNS (Dynamic DNS) hosting so that you can provide a fixed hostname to access your DVR remotely.

    Let me run down some of the details (and you’ll know why I went with Swann):

    -First off, the hardware is pretty generic — you can find a no-name brand with equivalent specs. I do reckon the Swann UI is a bit nicer than some of the no-names AND you can get vendor support very easily (in case you have distress connecting the iPad/Android apps). The SwannView apps DO work with some of the knock-off imitation hardware, but you won’t be able to call Swann for support. For this particular model, you use SwannView Plus+ (there are several SwannView variants in the marketplace).

    -The kit includes everything you need to get started, including the Siamese video/power cables and the AC adapters. For this kit, there are 3 wall warts: 1 for the Unit and 2 for the cameras. The camera warts have an optional 4 way splitter. The cables themselves are thinner than RG56 (thin coax), but seem to function well. Length is about 60ft per cable and it has a BNC and 2.1mm power connector on each end of the cable. The camera’s themselves have about an 18″ lead that connects to the cables. I had no problems fishing the cables through walls and I only needed to drill 3/4″ holes to fit them through.

    -The unit is extremely lightweight, but doesn’t come with any mechanism to attach it to a wall. I was hoping for some screw hangars, but finished up building a small shelf for it in my mechanical room. The unit comes with 2 video out options — a VGA and a BNC connector. Even though they supplied a BNC-to-component-video lead wire, I used a spare RG6 cable to run this to an upstairs TV. I finished up using a BNC-to-F-connector on the DVR end, and an F-connector-to-RCA adapter on the other. The unit does have mono audio IN and OUT ports, but I did not use them. If using the SwannView apps, you don’t necessarily need the video out at all — your IP network does a fine job streaming this to PC’s and tablets.

    -Regarding setup, the unit works well. It has a pretty excellent interface for enabling motion detection. The SwannView apps have timeline feature that shows you small tickers where motion is detected and you can easily skip through just like using a Tivo. You can control the detection area for each cam individually as well as setup “privacy guards” to mask a certain area. You also have options on what to do when motion is detected. Swann recommends making a Gmail account to send messages upon any event. I have it send me an email with thumbnails of the motion to my mobile phone address.

    -The unit is accessible either through an HTTP interface or the SwannView apps. Swann hosts their own DDNS network — this allows you to make a hostname like “myhome.swanndvr.net” and the unit will call back to Swann’s servers every couple of minutes to broadcast the IP address. If you don’t have a static IP address from your ISP, this is invaluable for being able to access the unit remotely. I heard from a professional security guy that Swann does a decent job of keeping the DDNS up. Anecdotally he mentioned that some of the high-end equipment buyers have had distress with IP addresses and network outages, but that his Swann customers nearly never call.

    I do have a couple of complaints though — 1) The unit does not offer an SSL HTTP interface. Swann has you open up a particular port on your router, but it is regular ancient unencrypted HTTP. I don’t really like exposing that to the internet, so I leave the config in my router, but not enabled full time. This means that I need to first login to my router and enable the port forwarding before I can access the DVR admin interface. It also means that your access information is going across in clear text. I solved the problem by making a “read-only” account and using that for the SwannView apps. I am considering putting some sort of reverse proxy in-between to offer SSL support. 2) The other complaint is with the SwannView “media” port. Again, this seems to be unencrypted as well. A network snooper could technically see my phones connecting to the DVR and grab my “readonly” password. Then he could theoretically see my Live cams. Since I am mostly accessing via my home Wifi, I feel relatively safe, but this is a huge product omission.

    All in all, I am pleased with the buy. I would deduct a half star for the lack of Security, but it seems I am the first rater. If more people jump in, I might drop it down to 4 stars.

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    This is the worst investment I have ever made, July 1, 2015
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    This review is from: Swann SWDVK-81508W-US DVR8-1500 8-Channel Compact D1 Digital Video Recorder and 8 x PRO-540 Cameras (White) (Electronics)
    This is the worst investment I have ever made! Approximately one month after I paid to have the cameras installed, one of the cameras started showing a pink picture. The following week, another came did the same. Eventually, they all turned pink. Now the cameras aren’t showing at all. Calling customer service is a complete waste of time. The customer service is set up in a foreign country. The techs have no thought what you are talking about. And, they seem to have no thought what they are talking about. In order to troubleshoot, I was told that I would have to get on the roof to physically manipulate the cameras. I was then told that I would have to dismantle the cameras and send them in so that they could troubleshoot them. This would have required me to pay another installer to remove them. These were the only options, according to customer service. I haven’t had the cameras 3 months and they aren’t working at all. I’ll be buying another brand and going happily on my way. At the very least, I need cameras from a company with reasonable customer service.

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  3. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent quality system, January 10, 2015
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    Pappy

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    This review is from: Swann SWDVK-81508W-US DVR8-1500 8-Channel Compact D1 Digital Video Recorder and 8 x PRO-540 Cameras (White) (Electronics)
    Excellent quality system. Installed it back in Jan 2014. Place it in a vented metal lock box with a UPS power supply. Also got a signal booster/splitter for the video output and can view on my Sony 46″ LCD as well as my office show. Night vision is really excellent and the white cameras blend right in beside my white motion security lights.

    This is the video splitter I bought from Amazon

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001UW7YDS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    This is the metal security cabinet that had plenty of room for the hard drive, UPS, VGA video splitter. Vented it drilling 1-1/2″ holes with a hole saw and installing grey PVC electrical connections.

    http://www.amazon.com/HOMAK-HS10103025-Upper-Security-Cabinet/dp/B0012OOIOW/ref=pd_rhf_cr_p_img_1

    One last thing is you will need longer wires for the cameras which is standard and available on Amazon.

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