Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 6
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Deee Decent...
When purchasing this unit, keep your receipt and be prepared to call Swann for replacement cameras. This is my second Swann surveillance system purchase and both have arrived with defective cameras. This one also has a malfunctioning LED on the NVR itself. Though, it's fairly painless getting replacements sent out, it would be nice to get a 100% functioning system right out of the box.
I recommend doing as I did...Connect everything and run the system for a few days before installing to see which part of your system will need replacing
All that being said, the picture quality is nice compared to the analog system I had previously. The mobile app for remote viewing is unreliable but usually works. I've had to reboot the system a few times when I come home and the screen is only displaying "failed to connect" and nothing is being recorded. Hopefully this doesn't happen during an actual crime when I'll need it most.
I thought the power over ethernet would be nice but the wires coming out of the camera require close to a 1" hole to feed through your home/office. It's a bulky connection. My previous analog system had more connections but only required about a 1/2" hole...not a big deal, just something to note if you like a clean install.
Overall, I don't think I'd recommend this system at it's price point. I've found them online for about $450 and that seems a little more fair for what you're getting...
A surveillance system should give you peace of mind while you're away from your home, but this unit has just been too unreliable to provide that.
May 12, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by kinge Works Well...Good Value
I just installed the system and added 3 extra cameras I purchased. The Pros: real good picture quality, but it does degrade as the viewing distance increases. Superior night vision images. Overall good quality build. Easy remote viewing set up on smart phone. The Cons: poor Mac interface and no Yosemite remote viewing ability. Image gets pixelated when viewed with iPad as opposed to the smart phone.
August 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by victorCharlie A great all-around system
This is my first-time system and I think I made a great choice because the picture quality exceeded my expectations. I initially thought I needed 1080 for HD, but this system shows no graininess with these 720HD wide-angle cameras. I liked that the white cameras blended with our white brick exterior. Visitors are surprised when I point out the cameras. Because Swann includes the option for Android and the mouse for the DVR I don't need Windows to operate the system to my requirements. Having networked-based cameras allows the connectivity I was anticipating. So, I have to say, with a Swann System you install and it will work.
October 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SimonIPCameraFan At last Swann enter IP camera market! Good but not perfect.
At last Swann catch up with he rest of the visual security market by providing an IP based camera system. This is a good start, although I hope they make the improvements needed to make it an excellent system.
Out of the box: I was very impressed with the size of the NVR unit, and that it provides POE (Power Over Ethernet) to provide the power over the same Cat5 cable that it uses for the data instead of using a power injector into the back of the NVR. This box powered up from a separate power brick. There are 3 LEDs on the front which are so bright - it would be better if they were not so bright so the box is not providing a beacon to theives! Also, there is nothing to say what these LEDS are actually indicating!!
The cameras are very nice and compact, but the main drawback is that it looks like the designer and/or manufacturer has never even tried to mount one onto a brick wall and pass the cable through the wall!! The camera cables (a HUGE RJ45 socket, a power connector (not needed) and the reset button) are about 18 inches long, and in order to get the Ethernet socket through the wall the drill size required is a MASSIVE 30mm. I tried a 25mm drill and this was too small. So after you have drilled the hole you risk not having any brick to drill mounting holes into. This is schoolboy stupid. The RJ45 socket should be much much smaller to enable passing through a smaller hole. Mounting these cameras on a 15 inch brick wall took a lot of work, simply to get a 5mm cat5 cable to it! If it wasn't for this I would give a Five Star rating, instead of the Four Stars.
In operation, the NVR ran though a wizard, then picked up the cameras quite happily. The video quality of the menus and text is pretty poor, but the image quality provided by the cameras is great. I still have to get the configuration exactly right, as it is a bit confusing trying to re-do the order the cameras show in the output.
I agree with other reviews that the PC remote viewing is very hit or miss, it worked the first time then never again. I have to try to sort this out too. The SwannLink iPhone App worked like a treat, straight away. It is a bit slow to connect all the cameras but really is good once it gets there. This impressed the client no end!
The IR lighting is very good for areas, but a bit trickier to manage when trying to point the camera along a wall to cover a doorway, it is too bright on the wall and doesn't reach the doorway, I think I will have to tweak where this is pointing to see if it helps.
The cameras cover about 65 degrees, but it would be better if they could be wider for some areas. Still at this price I cant be too critical.
I see from other reviews that the cables supplied have faults, I am so pleased that I was running them over installed Cat5 cabling as having to replace one of these would have been a major pain! I wish Swann would offer the option of not supplying these cables as I now have a pile of these that I will never use!
I still have to finally tweak and fine tune the system, so I may uncover some more gotchas later, and apart from the huge hole you have to drill to pass the cable through a wall overall this gets an 8 out of 10.
April 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rathgar Caught some crooks within 12 hours!
I installed this system on a Saturday night and the very next morning it recorded 2 mopes burglarizing my car and stealing my mail from the mailbox. We even knew these people! They were arrested that night and the stolen items found at their residence. They WILL be prosecuted! The cops said the video from this system was the highest quality surveillance video they had ever seen. I consider the system has already paid for itself!
October 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1taco great product
My first system. I was amazed at how easy it was to install (PoE). I was over whelmed by how great it worked right out of the box!! So easy to use, but still trying to understand all the features and how to use them hopefully I’ll find all the information on the website.
October 23, 2014