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Swann SWDVK-162608 Video Surveillance System - 8 x Digital Video Recorder, Camera - H.264 Formats - 500 GB Hard Drive Reviews
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Very hard to setup -little Instructions

By NotSoHappyUser from Latin America on 05/05/2013

The instructions are bad.. mine had an outdated version on it that did not matched the manual.. Following the Web Site intructions on how to update did not worked.. Also remote viewing is hard working with Belkin Routers... Not really pleased with a DVR that is expensive as this one..


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Not really impressed

By lowbattery from Seattle, WA on 03/22/2013


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I've had this for about a year. So far, the hard drive, both cooling fans and 2 cameras have failed. Of the 8 I only installed 3 of the cameras that came with the system. The quality of the Pro-580 cameras are OK for close ups. I wasn't happy with the Pro-580's so I installed several Pro-780's and Pro-781's. I think that the video quality is pretty comparable to other systems. You can't read a license plate at 20 feet and it's hard to recognize a face at that distance as well. I guess that's just consumer grade quality. The most annoying part is the interface on the box. Compared to all the other software people use on a day to day basis, this looks like it came out of a high school remedial programming class. The web interface is ok. I find the video playback to be slow. If you want to check several hours of video, be prepared to sit there for a long time. Frequently the DVR will not be accessible over the internet. Rebooting the system, rebooting the router, etc. has no affect. It will just randomly start working again. I am currently looking for a replacement to this. Improvements that would help: 1. I would like to be able to record uncompressed video. Even if this requires more HDD's )I have 2, 2TB drives in mine now) or decreases the playback record (# of days stored). I had a car prowler a couple months ago look directly at the camera at about 15 feet and he was unrecognizable. It was useless to for the police. 2. Allow for faster playback. A scroll bar that I can drag through the day would be nice. Having to download file after file is too tedious and time consuming. 3. Update the software so it's easier to use.


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