Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by LosRubios High quality HD picture, well featured surveillance system
Good picture quality with plenty of useful features like night vision, motion activation and the ability to monitor the security system over the internet from your smartphone, tablet or PC.
Physical installation is straightforward for the averge DIYer and a very 'clean' looking installation is possible if you run the camera wires through PVC conduit as we did. The connection of the cameras to the DVR is quite straightforward.
In our case, since we decided to run the wiring through conduit that we fitted under the eaves around our home, we had to cut the connectors off one end of the camera cable to fit down the conduit and we purchase some video and 12v DC power connectors at the local electronics store and online. We also purchased a 12 hole double wall plate so that we could have a tidy installation on the wall next to the DVR with the camera power and video cables and network cable for the DVR. While this entailed a little extra cost and work to fit the connectors onto the cables, the end result was very tidy and well worth the trouble. If you are going to use conduit, we found that a pair of video/power wires for 2 cameras would fit 'snugly' in 1/2" PVC conduit however if you want 4 wires, you are much better off with 3/4"-1" conduit, particularly if there are other cables such as the network cables in the same cable bundle.
When it comes to setting up the DVR for connecting to the internet, you should expect to have to spend a little more time getting 'technical' to allow your PC or smartphone/tablet to be able to access the DVR remotely as our install wasn't plug and play. We found that the instructions that came on the CD with the system were the best source of direction on how to accomplish this and you may also need to tweak the settings on your home internet gateway/router to create a 'tunnel' that allows your PC and smartphone to access the DVR remotely over the internet. It took me about an hour to figure out how to do this successfully with our AT&T U-Verse gateway.
Some users reported a problem connecting the DVR to their plasma TVs however we had no trouble connecting to our 65" Panasonic plasma using the supplied HDMI cable. All we had to do was use the S-video cable first and then use the DVR user interface to set the display output to HDMI at which point the plasma TV worked fine.
Once the internet connection is established, I had no trouble accessing the cameras using my PC however after I downloaded the QSee remote monitoring app to my 2011 LG Android smartphone, it wouldn't work, so it seems like the mobile software may need a more recent Android smartphone. In reality, QSee would be better served by having their Google Play store app check the version of the user's Android software for compatibility with their app and blocking the download of the app if it isn't compatible.
I found the on screen user interface that comes with the DVR to be very cumbersome when trying to set up the DVR for timed recording etc. using the mouse and a TV plugged into the DVR however when I used the remote PC software, it was far simpler to set up the DVR for some of these features so I'd recommend using the PC app to set up some of the key recording features on the system.
Within about two weeks of the installation, one of the bullet cameras began to exhibit strange behavior on night vision. It ran fine during the day however once it switched to night vision at dusk, after 10 minutes of running in night vision mode the image would become grainy, snowy and then fade out to an almost white image. We contacted QSee customer support and after we'd reset the camera and tested out the wiring to the camera to confirm it was OK, we returned the camera to them and had a replacement under warranty within a week.
Using the QSee website is also a little cumbersome since you have to set up two different user accounts - one if you want support and one if you want to purchase items. We did the latter first and found we couldn't use their online support - it would be much improved if QSee simply had one user ID which works for both aspects of their online system.
March 11, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by whatdoiknow HD-SDI limitations?
I'm new to single-link HD-SDI connections and don't want to be critical of a protocol vs a product, but I'm underwhelmed by the image these cameras bring to a Sharp 40" 1080p LED array. The detail seems very arbitrary, which again might be a factor of bullet cameras period, but I wouldn't want to rely on these for forensic magic.
I previously reviewed the 960H DVR with the 700 TVL cameras; both are locally plug and play; neither are network plug and play, and I have never been able to get either to stream out of network; I'm tech-advanced enough to feel constrained by Apple and Logitech, yet not advanced enough to be enthused about controlling the many variables involved in getting these systems to stream out of network.
I also find the DVRs lacking a solid tactile feel and reassurance, though the OS and GUI on both are simple, solid and flawless. The 960H is mouse driven; this includes a mouse but is meant to be remote driven; the remote isn't terribly responsive, and as the menu dips below my screen's scanning, I find myself having to switch between both. Universal remotes will work with this and seem to be much more reliable than the included remote.
When I tore down the high res cameras to put these up, I found the small mounting screws and the articulating screws had rusted in just a couple of months -- the good news is these have no articulating screws to rust, their mounting screws are heavier, and I've learned to take silicone sealing more seriously.
The bottom line is, these cameras work, local network streaming works; I'm confident with enough effort out of network streaming will work as well, but I'd prefer to think this isn't the best 1080p surveillance camera systems can be.
April 27, 2014