Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 65
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1943 Great product AAAAAA
This product is no cake walk to install in a house like mine. I chose to hide most of the wire in attic crawl space.It works well close up viewing is great distance gets a bit distorted. It takes a while to get cameras adjusted lots of ladder time.Its a great system for home use. I installed mine on 30 inch TV nice big picture. I wish there were nine cameras to fill the TV evenly. Internet is great watch home from anywhere in the world.Search is easy to use pip is great. I have limited computer skills. As a 70 year old senior it easy to figure out. Print the manual before you start it is a 85 page manual.
January 15, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tryharder Our Second Defender System
This is our second Defender system. First was less than a year ago and now this because of a home break-in. During the break in the hard drive was taken and some cameras damaged so going to try another. We are happy with the way it works and should have had the remote viewing set up so we would have had a photo of the thieves sent to our phone. So be sure you set up the remote viewing. We are trying to set that up now but Defender website has been down for a few days. Not sure what the problem is there.
We will combine this system with a monitored security system for better protection. The cameras are great to be able to see what is going on around your home day and night. Just remember the hard drive can be taken so make sure you have your photos backed up.
Overall we are happy with the system and have learned some hard lessons from the break-in of our home.
December 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rickinga Excellent Video Survelliance System
Great clarity. Easy installation. EVERYTHING you need is in the box. And the Smart Phone app is great! The cameras offer excellent clarity. Eight cameras allowed me to cover all exterior spots and I had cameras to put INSIDE the house too! These are quality cameras and the hard drive covers tons of recording. Love it!!
February 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FeelingMoreSecure Great DIY setup
So far, an excellent product. Cameras provide 1024x768 resolution. Daytime has excellent range - details good at 200+ feet. Night is good, I'm not sure of the distance for viewing facial details - I just haven't measured it yet. Setup was easy without networking.
Networking is a bit of a challenge. I don't have that worked out completely. For a computer, it uses IE with ActiveX - a security liability. It supports MAC, but I don't have one to report. Support for an Android device seems OK. I've not had the chance to setup access outside my network so I can't comment on their process/documentation.
Cables are proprietary (at least I think). Each cable has 2 connectors on each end - a BNC for video and a power cable. They are about 65 feet long and provide good length/coverage when running through the attic.
Cameras must wall mount and that is an issue. There are times when it would be nice to ceiling mount. Mounting would be less challenging if an option was available to have software rotate or invert the picture existed.
For me, 8 cameras is more than I need, but 4 was the bare minimum I needed. With 8, I have spares. The cost to replace one camera almost made up the difference between a 4 camera and 8 camera setup.
January 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HeatingGuy Better Than Wireless
It may take awhile to install but if you are changing from wireless, the images are great. No wifi interference is great. And terrific night vision. Very very clear.
January 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LeeY Best home unit I have installed yet
I have installed several CCTV security systems the past ten years, professional DVR, computer based and home appliance units. This defender system by far has been the easiest and best image quality for a home unit that I have had the pleasure of installing. There are paly back while recording limitations as expected for the price but still very workable. Even though I have retired I still get asked to install CCTV security systems in small commercial environments, the Defender brand of DVR and 600 TVL cameras will be my go to unit.
August 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bowdondiyguy great features, good quality
I am satisfied with my purchase. It arrived when it was supposed to and everything worked great. No problems. This is a good mid range system. The 600tvl cameras are very clear in daylight and the color is good. The night vision is good for about 30ft. with some light available from outside sources. If you are totally relying on the night vision infrared that comes with the camera you will only be able to see about 15 ft. The dvr has all the features you need to add better equipment later such as a pan,tilt,zoom camera. I learned after my purchase that the 700tvl cameras are the best you can get in cctv cameras and i would highly recommend them. The angle of view with these cameras are about 30ft. so if you want to cover a wide area with one camera you will need a wide angle view camera.
March 27, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by LtDan835 Very good complete system for the price
This system was easy to set up. I did have some issues with the ports but customer support called and were able to identify my error and get me set up to remote viewing. The cameras are good quality for an analog system. Home Depot on line had the best price for this system.
Pros: Great price for 8 cameras and DVR with hard drive
Cons: The motion sensing for cameras does not appear to function. Need to record 24x7
September 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Defender62 Great Security System
So far so good! The hard part of the installation is running the wires. I guess, you can't get away with that part. One thing I do need is the system SHOULD include audio built-in with the cameras. However, you can add audio (buy separately) to the system but you can ONLY add to one channel. The motion schedule is great, this feature saves disk spaces. With the security system, I now can check the viewing of my house online anytime, this gives me a peace of mind when I am away from home.
September 4, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Daddy Easy to use
After having some things stolen I decided to give these a try. I am very happy so far. The cameras are very easy to install. The system is very easy to use. I have had the system for a while now. If you are thinking about buying these I would recommend doing it now. Don't be like me and buy them after you have things stolen. I wish I would have bought them sooner. Anyway, I hope this helps.
March 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tony great pictures they come out perfectly clear
this is something you should probably keep a secret it is so perfect I've never had one that works as good as this one.support was actually great I gave up and Michle wouldn't let me give up he made me stay on until I got it to work perfect. I've owned other camera's and could never get it to work right. Support alone is worth, every Penny I spent.
February 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Diacav We are satisfied with the product.
We are happy with the quality of the product. The pictures are awesome and the quality on the night vision is impressive. The cables are very long, which allowed me to install all the cameras where we wanted them.
We were able to setup computer and cell phone internet viewing. The instructions was not easy to follow, but I was able to figured it out with some internet searching.
December 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by yvonnehawaii Great Product
Set up the system with no problems and worked well from first day of setup. Cameras deliver a very good picture. DVR works great and I even added sound to the audio port for one camera and it works well. good investment for the price.
Support (Julie) was very knowledgable and helped me with my external remote viewing on my iphone. She was very pleasant and patient.
Would reccommend this to anyone who wants a quality system for a reasonable price and good support.
December 6, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jukens Not so great
Plugging everything in and powering it on was easy. Beyond that there are no included instructions for configuring the dvr. This model isn't even shown on defenders website. And to top it off within a week 2 of the cameras were stuck in night vision mode no matter what I did. Picture quality is sub par and no way to adjust sharpness. You get what you paid for.
December 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by astroman VERY good unit for the cost!
Got this on a very good sale, it is worth that for the cameras alone. This is a good set if you are starting out. I have 2 other DVRs and this one is very comparable. The cameras work great in night vision.. Like some have said there are some limitations in how you can mount the cameras (they have to be mounted on a wall) but for the price this set is a great deal.
December 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kabee Easy setup and fair price.
Great performance. I access my cameras on the tv monitors, my laptops, and from my cellphone sharing the same home network. I am trying now to access from an external network. Pictures are great and use them to record only when motion is detected. One of the cameras was not functioning after purchase. When i called defender for assistance, I sent back then faulty camera and within no time another one was delivered. GREAT SERVICES.
November 20, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Johnny A sub-par product
I was happy to purchase this as it has enough cameras. When I received the product, one camera was DOA and a connection cable was missing. Video quality for the cameras is mediocre at least, in full daylight. Night video mode is unusable more than a feet or two.
January 23, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MannyRookieDYIer Great System, A Little Patience Goes A Long Way!
I've had this system for a few days. I already installed 4 out of the 8 cameras working on it day by day after work. So far so great! The pictures are really clear, the actual DVR and Camera Set Up is pretty easy and quick even for a 1st timer like me. The DVR screen is pretty easy to navigate and setting up alerts/emails/etc was a breeze. I did have to run some extra wiring around the house and will be putting some PVC piping to protect the wires from the elements outside.
The only reason I didn't give this product a full "5 stars" is because the remote access, externally viewing your DVR, and iPhone/iPad viewing is a pretty tedious and long process if you're using a Mac computer. Not sure about if you're running Windows on your PC but on my Mac it's not working when I tried. I'm hoping on the phone with Defender USA tonight after speaking with a rep on their "live chat" and will re-post depending on my experience.
Overall, if you need a surveillance system with crisp images and easy set up, this is for you. If you want a system that you can view externally and are using a Mac at home, you might want to hop on the phone with them first and do it right the 1st time.
May 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RYBO i AM GLAD i BOUGHT THIS SYSTEM,ITS A STEP UP FROM WHATB I HAVE
Setting up this survelence system was easier than I thought.The cameras picture on our screens isclear andbright,the eight camera's cover all my property and I can see who is here and who is not supposed to be here.What a surprise they get when I ask what are you doing.I am telling my neighbors about it too.The ease of the entire set-up was amazing
July 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by seccesh I would buy again!
This is a great system.The quality of the pictures are excellent,considering the cost.it is a shame they do not include a hard copy of the instructions!! WHY? The disc that comes with it was not compatable with my system,so I took it to one of the printing houses and had them run me a copy.the system is easily installed and with the instructions it is easily used.
December 11, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by dennis Still cannot the network features to work
Customer support has been nonexistent for a few days. I cannot get the internal and external network capabilities of the product to work. The manual refers the user to a non-existent web site. When customer service calls, I'll look into returning the product.
August 30, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by blindguy Not a real security system
If you want something for show, or something that records non stop you will be ok. On the lowest motion setting, the thing does off for nothing. The notifications are useless when you get 1000 a day.
December 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Troutman Picture quality was really good and the cameras were well constructed.
This unit was much better than I expected for the money. The cameras were impressive in quality and performance
The unit was shipped sooner than expected and was received in excellent shape.
December 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JamesCradis Perfect
This system is perfect. I would like to counter the review of this system that states that it is hard to view outside your network and that it has to be mounted vertically. Both not true. The directions walk you through the setup and I watch it on my phone. In fact it saved my dogs life as she broke open the stitches after we had her spayed. My wife watched in horror in real time as the dog began bleeding out on the couch. Obviously we rushed home to save her. Also, with this system we capture anyone who comes to our front door or dives down our street. It's all nicely emailed to us if they enter a zone we set. So even if they manage to break in and steal the DVR we have them on tape.
Also, every camera is mounted horizontally on our house. There are bolts you screw to adjust this. They even provide the tool.
Pair this with the Fortress security system on Amazon and bam, your alarm calls you when it goes off, then you simply look on your phone at the video. By then though you already have a nice picture of him and his car.
I guess if you can't figure that out then the networking stuff would be hard as well. Just sayin'.
December 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JimBob Great online viewing
Great product! Works great if you follow instructions for online viewing. Would recommend.
December 17, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sawb123 good
easy to install so for. not ready to use yet. new home installation, home not finished. get back when job is done.
November 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tomcat Great value for the price
Just got my Defender Security system up and running.Installing and running the wires for the cameras was a bit time consuming.It was straight forward and easy to connect everything where it was suppose to go.Just wish they had more space between the connecters at the back of the DVR for connecting the cameras as I have big hands and it wasn't easy to get my big fingers in to connect the cables easy.The instructions for viewing on a PC or remotely could be better as the internet support said one thing and the manual another.For the price I believe this was money well spend and look forward to using my Defender Security system to help protect my home.
March 31, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by kieth555555 The Defender has already paid for itself!
Easy to use with the mouse. The cameras have night vision that shows clear as day!
January 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Benito EXCELLENT PRODUCT FOR A GOOD PRICE
When I purchased this cameras there was a problem with one of them. I contacted the cws defender and they sent me another new camera right away. Now I can watch my cameras online and on the phone. Excellent product for a reasonable price.
May 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ervcrews2013 hands down best deal ever
first of all cameras arrived extremely fast. overall great deal. it was such an easy set up. instructions were very easy to understand. feel extremely safe now. night vision mode is wonderful. resolution is beautiful. i couldn't ask for a better deal.
March 25, 2013