Customer reviews for Swann 8 Channel 1080p Full HD SDI Security System with 2TB HDD and 8 x 1080p HD Cameras

Swann 8 Channel 1080p Full HD SDI Security System with 2TB HDD and 8 x 1080p HD Cameras

8 Channel SDI 1080p Digital Video Recorder / 1080p High Definition Video in Real-Time / Pre-installed 2TB HDD / 8 x 1080p Cameras (4 Dome and 4 Bullet Style) / High Def HDMI and VGA output / Smartphone Viewing
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2 out of 2100%of reviewers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for 8 Channel 1080p Full HD SDI Security System with 2TB HDD and 8 x 1080p HD Cameras
Review 1 for 8 Channel 1080p Full HD SDI Security System with 2TB HDD and 8 x 1080p HD Cameras
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Amazing video quality

PostedJuly 15, 2013
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From:Estero, FL, USA
Age:45 to 54
Gender:Male
Expertise:Expert
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I have had several D1 resolution systems over the years as well as the early model 320x240 systems. The video quality on this system is really more than I ever dreamed of. I ordered a second one after a week for another installation. If you have never setup DNS services etc. you will be calling support but you would have to do that with any system. Be patient, you will be extremely happy with the video quality. The fan does not sound loud to me, but I mounted it in a place where the thieves will not easily get to anyway.
Yes, I recommend this product.
+2points
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Review 2 for 8 Channel 1080p Full HD SDI Security System with 2TB HDD and 8 x 1080p HD Cameras
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Swann 1080p HD SDI 8 Camera Security System

PostedJuly 2, 2013
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From:San Gabriel Valley, CA
Age:55-65
Gender:Male
Expertise:Intermediate
Features 
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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I've had the Swann 1080p HD SDI 8 camera Security System for about 10 days now and I've installed seven of the eight cameras. This is the first surveillance system that I've ever had. Even though I did some research on the subject prior to making my purchase, it was still a bit of a risk for me - meaning that I didn't fully know what I was getting into.
If there's anything I've learned in this installation process, it's that you have to have a pretty good idea of where to place the DVR in your house or office. Keep in mind that the DVR does make a low humming sound comparable to a computer fan, so you probably wouldn't want to place it in a bedroom, for example. I ended up placing my DVR in my home/office on top of a two-drawer wooden file cabinet. Just as important is to pick a location where there will be ease of passing the cables through walls or up into the attic. In my case, my office shares a wall with my garage, so I was able to drill some holes through drywall into the garage and pass the cables through that wall for all the cameras. From the garage, I fed the cables up along the wall and knocked a hole into the attic space. By the way, that wall has an outlet on a circuit breaker specially designed for electronics such as computers. I added a power strip with plug holes set wide apart to accommodate the four block power supplies needed for the eight cameras.
Regarding camera placement, it can be quite difficult to get the perfect angle and you must experiment before permanently drilling all three holes in the wall and mounting them. Either have a helper hold the camera up while you look at the monitor, or look at the cameras on your cellphone or laptop - provided you've already figured out how to view your cameras that way. I quickly learned to only drill one hole to mount the camera. I then turned the camera this way or that way to get the optimum viewing angle. Once I determined the best placement for a given camera, I drilled the other two mounting holes and, if necessary, a hole in the middle to pass the cable through. Now that I've mounted six of the eight cameras, I see that I may still need to go back and remount a couple of them to obtain an even better viewing angle. I would say that the picture quality is quite good, even at night.
The dome cameras can be adjusted by removing the glass dome and then carefully lifting the black plastic cover straight up and loosening up the 3 screws holding the camera head in place. From there, you can tilt the camera head to a better viewing angle. Tighten up the screws, replace the black plastic cover and finish installing the dome camera.
I did rather quickly read the Swann instruction manual, but there is a lot of information there. Admittedly, I didn't read every page. I recommend reading carefully before calling Tech Support. Most of the information you need is there if you are willing to take the time to read it all. Don’t rush the job and try to complete it all in one weekend. Realistically, it’ll take a couple of weeks to tweak the camera angles and settings, but the results will be worth the effort.
Overall, I'm glad that I purchased this product. It can be a difficult, not impossible, job to undertake. Much depends on a person's level of expertise in computer and network router settings as well as if a person enjoys DIY projects. My advice is to take your time and think through where the ideal place for the DVR would be in your particular home or office. Consider who will get to climb up the ladder and crawl through the attic space. Make sure you have good balance and common sense to avoid accidents.
Yes, I recommend this product.
+19points
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