Rated 3.7 out of 5Â by 46
Rated 4 out of 5Â by DEStefan Good survailance system
The cameras are sturdy and switch automatically between day and night mode. The day mode displays a clear image in color, the night mode is a little more fuzzy and in black and white. The motion detector works up to about 20 feet distance.
Hooking up the cameras and the DVR is simple and takes only a few minutes (not counting routing the camera wires through the walls, which will likely take you hours).
I tried to set up the internet connection so that I could see the camera images in a browser and per smartphone (which was a big reason I got the system), but I have not been able to connect to the internet. The directions are full of acronyms and are not really helpful at all. I'll have to ask a friend to help.
August 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by hpiguy Easy Initial Setup and Install, Great Build Quality, Remote Viewing of Cameras Gives Peace of Mind
You can never be too safe these days, and if you're in the market for a security camera system that takes very high quality videos, can store a large backlog of videos and also be watched remotely, the Advanced Series security systems with 700TVL cameras from QSEE are about as good as a homeowner can do while not breaking the budget.
UNBOXING: The camera system will come with four indoor/outdoor cameras and the 500GB DVR along with all the cables, software, mouse, HDMI cable, Ethernet cable, mounting screws and power supplies you'll need to get it up and running. It's truly an all in one system.
MANUAL, DIRECTIONS: This is where QSEE could use a little work on their product. The directions are on two poster sized quick start guides and a disc, which are OK. But they reference some general features and ask you to look for some things that may not be included with your system. I would like to see a regular manual included instead of the disc, I don't like going back and forth to my laptop screen to read directions. I prefer to have a regular manual book so that I can have it with me inside and outside. Printing all the pages out is inconvenient for the customer.
ASSEMBLY and INSTALL: Installation of the cameras is the most lengthy part of the entire job. If you are running the cables through walls you'll want to use a 3/4" drill bit. 60 feet of cable is included for each camera, which will facilitate installs in most homes. You can extend the cables to as long as you need by purchasing extension kits.
The cameras may be mounted inside or out. They are made with metal casings, are weatherproof, and also have sliding adjustable external shields to protect the lens from direct sunlight ruining the picture or getting covered in snow, rain droplets or bird droppings. The cameras can be adjusted in any number of angles to get the perfect video. Mounting screws are included and the cables run through the metal base, hiding their wires so they can't be cut.
Camera dimensions are 5 1/2" long, 3" wide and they are a dark grey gunmetal color.
The DVR can be installed anywhere as long as you can run the cables to it. It can sit flat on a table or be mounted to a wall. It has an attractive white plastic cover and blends in with most AV equipment. It has an HDMI output, VGA (computer monitor) hookup as well as two USB ports. One is used for the mouse, the second can be used to save images and video to an additional hard drive, or for giving someone like a police officer a copy of a video on a USB stick. If you get a wireless mouse instead of using the included cordless one, you can install this DVR on a closet wall or hide it somewhere else where thieves would never find it.
OPERATION: The on-screen menus for the DVR are clear and descriptive. Between the operation manual and the on-screen menus you can navigate through the system pretty well once it's set up. The more you use it the more intuitive it gets. Switching between cameras is quick and easy, as well as setting them to all on one screen. Practice makes perfect with systems like this. Get familiar with it and you'll be breezing through screens in no time.
You can pick and choose event times by date using the menus. You can browse day by day, hour, etc.
There are dozens and dozens of custom features you can enable or turn off, and they can be done camera by camera all from the DVR menu screens. You'll have to look through them all and decide what you all want to use. Such as motion detecting on camera, when videos are saved, when to purge the storage drive, if the system sends you emails and alerts when it records motion, etc.
VIDEO QUALITY: The quality of the picture with the 700TVL cameras is very clear. It's not pure HD of course but it's easily clear enough to see who and what is coming and going. It's so clear you can tell exactly which neighbor's cat is doing it's business behind the garage (and I can email them the video of it too) Make and model of car, color of shirts, faces are all super crisp. Night vision didn't reach the 100 feet as labeled in my location, it was more like 50 feet out, but that's also dependent on where the camera is installed, temp outside, etc.
700TVL resolution is as crisp and clear as most average video cellphones will take. (See pic of resolution comparison)
REMOTE VIEWING: Now here is the tricky part. If you are not IT inclined, take a deep breath and read the entire quick start guide and the manual on setting up remote viewing. Then, read it all again, slowly.
Once you take the time to be familiar with your home internet router and how this system is going to connect to the internet it will happen much easier. If you have an internet router with UPnP then the remote viewing is going to be pretty simple to set up. Check the settings in your router to see if it has UPnP enabled. If not, then you will have to forward ports from your router so that you can connect online, which is covered in the manual.
The manual and quick start will take you step by step through setting up the connection. (see pic of on-screen menu) Don't get ahead of yourself or you'll get lost and frustrated when it doesn't work.
After you get remote viewing set up, it's a lot of fun to use. You can sit in your office or use your phone to see what's going on at home. It's great peace of mind and well worth the trouble. We have three cameras on the outside and one inside the home. I can tell if a package has been delivered and watch what the pets are doing. You can also review who has come to the property all day.
OVERALL: The initial setup and install is pretty quick and painless. Follow the manual and it all snaps together pretty easily. The videos are sharp and clear, day or night. These are a big step above lower quality systems and well worth the upgrade. Remote viewing can be a steep learning curve to get working, but once operating makes it all worth while.
Don't continue debating about putting in security cameras any longer. Grab this system today and get it installed. You'll thank yourself for it.
January 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Nusscular I can see you!
Overall I am satisfied with this camera system. The interface is relatively easy to use; especially if the setup wizard is followed. I do not have an ethernet cable available where I placed the DVR so I have not yet tested the online access to the DVR. This is something to consider when installing your system.
The cameras themselves are nice and the picture quality is good. The cameras are sturdy and the joints for adjusting the position of the camera are tight.
The cable provided with the cameras are very long which is great, however, the cable is extremely thin. After completing a rather complicated run I accidentally pinched one of the cables and the shielding cable of the wire failed completely. This resulted in some bad ghosting on the camera image.
I would recommend that anyone performing a permanent or complicated installation immediately throw out the provided cables and buy some aftermarket cables from a reputable dealer. The provided cables are so thin that I could not repair the damaged section using the crimping tools made for typical BNC cables.
October 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JimT QC deal
Very easy set up. Day time images are superb, nite vision good up to about 20 feet , then detail really is reduced, but still usefull. Camera quality is good, sturdy frame, easy to mount. DVR is small in size physically making it easy tp place almost anywhere. The mouse cord could be a little longer, This model does not have an on/off switch for DVR, nor does it come with a remote control , all actions must be done via mouse on monitor screen, but that is easy to get used to doing Overall this is a good product, 700 TVL is higher than most units at this cost, however for top quality images i would suggest you get a 1000 TVL system. .
September 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Wmsdan Good value
My first security camera system. Still trying to install the last camera and understand the recording system. The remote viewing is not intuitive and changes IP address when the power goes out, sometimes. Problem with that is that you don't know what the IP address changes to until you return home.
Cable connections are about 1/2 inch and are a challenge to get through the wall for camera installations outside.
All in all this is a pretty good start for me.
September 23, 2014