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Categories > Video Monitoring Kits / All in One Systems > Zmodo > Zmodo ZP-KE1H04-S-1TB 4 Channel H.264 Level 4 Channel All-in-One sPoE NVR Kit w/ 1TB HDD

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Workable at best
Pros: Low power consumption (less than 20 watts with 2 active cameras). Everything worked out of the box. Camera resolution is adequate to me. The video record files are pretty small in size (3-10MB dependin on the length).
Cons: The whole system is inconsistent. It almost feels like they mixed and matched different parts. To me, that is an alarming signal that it's not going to be very functional.

Kludgy and confusing interfaces all around. The zviewer PC program can connect remotely to the NVR controller for live video but cannot view video playback/pre-recorded stuff. The web interface for the NVR controller can play back videos. The tree for the devices -- when you're connected to the NVR and it shows each channel, clicking into each device doesn't actually present that device's settings. You need to add every camera in order to manage it's 'remote settings'. So, the NVR controller doesn't actually give you access to all the camera settings.

Tons of issues with the zsight and zviewer programs as far as the mobile phones are concerned. I have had no luck connecting either program to my NVR or cameras. I have my lan and camera system on different vlans but entering in static IPs do not work for as far as detecting/scanning/adding the cameras into the mobile applications go.

E-mail alerts do not work even though the TEST button from the controller works fine.

Authentication is all over the place. There's a 'local' login for the Zviewer installed onto your PC. Then, there's remote settings for the NVR/cameras you're connecting to.

You're probably better off using the NVR controller as nothing more than a POE switch for the cameras and setup a standalone PC with blueiris or the like to manage the cameras.

Their support website as far as the NVR series goes is non-existent. You can find the manuals and nothing else about a firmware update for the NVR system. Worse yet, all the help/faqs look to be community written -- which is shoddy at best.
Reviewed By:ct99,8/25/2014 10:52:36 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Video Monitoring Kits / All in One Systems > Zmodo > Zmodo ZP-KE1H04-S-1TB 4 Channel H.264 Level 4 Channel All-in-One sPoE NVR Kit w/ 1TB HDD

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 arrived with non working power supply
Pros: None yet
Cons: Arrived with non working power supply
Reviewed By:N/A,8/23/2014 12:02:23 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > Video Monitoring Kits / All in One Systems > Zmodo > Zmodo ZP-KE1H04-S-1TB 4 Channel H.264 Level 4 Channel All-in-One sPoE NVR Kit w/ 1TB HDD

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 I RETRACT MY EARLIER REVIEW
Pros: see previous review
Cons: NEW: bad parts, support a joke
Other Thoughts: I earlier reviewed this product as very good. UPDATE: I'm not going to take away from the good I mentioned, but...

Less than 3 weeks after receiving the product the power supply has died. I've got 120V in, nothing out.

No problem, right? That's what warranties are for. WRONG.

This is an entire system. I've got cameras mounted on the roof of my house, wiring run throughout the attic, an hour of configuration on the devices. I tried to contact Newegg about getting just the power supply replaced and I was directed to a FAQ that said I have to return absolutely everything that shipped with the product. I'm looking at hours and hours of disassembling the system, packing it up, and then re-configuring and re-installing the new system, all for a power supply. I can't justify that.

So I tried to contact Zmodo. Tried. I tried to fill out the RMA form online. It said I would have to contact tech support to get a case # first. I contacted tech support. They said I would have to contact the RMA department first. I tried to contact the RMA department. They said I would have to talk to tech support first. A big circle. I was getting nowhere with them.

I finally realized my only choices were 1) hours of work to disassemble & re-assemble the entire system for the sake of one little part or 2) I'm on my own.

So now I have a three hundred dollar system that is dead as a hammer and of absolutely no use to me at all until I can track down a replacement power supply on my own dime.
Reviewed By:N/A,8/23/2014 7:55:23 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > Video Monitoring Kits / All in One Systems > Zmodo > Zmodo PKD-DK40107 4 Ch DVR & 4 CMOS 480 TVL Cam Kit

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Failed
Pros: Did what I wanted of it, holds 2 HDDs
Cons: Failed on 08/2014, purchased 09/2012. Lasted just under 2 years...
Reviewed By:N/A,8/23/2014 7:12:01 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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Categories > Video Monitoring Kits / All in One Systems > Zmodo > Zmodo KDH6-CARQZ6ZN 16 Channel H.264 DVR Kit (No HDD), 16 X 600TVL, 3.6mm Wide Angle Lens, 24 IR LEDs for 65ft Night Vision

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 no support
Pros: It works, but I have to give this item a low rating because it has essentially no tech support. A DVR is a sophisticated system and it requires some tweaking to make it work effectively for one's application. Without support it is difficult to impossible to get the system settings correct.
Cons: The manual is terrible. As an engineer I have written many tech manuals and I have read hundreds more. This one is one of the worst I've seen. Forget about telephone support. I called and was told there was a 63 minute hold time. I submitted questions via live chat. After 5 days still no reply. The Zmodo web site does not list this model.

The unit beeps constantly when motion is detected. Wakes me up at night. Can't find a way to turn off the beep.

The image quality of these 600 TVL cameras is worse than the image provided by some 420 TVL cameras I have of another brand.
Other Thoughts: If Zmodo were to get its act together on support I could live with this brand. Otherwise I will not waste any more money on a Zmodo product.
Reviewed By:EE,8/21/2014 9:45:11 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Video Monitoring Kits / All in One Systems > LaView USA > LaView LV-KDV2608W1 16 Channel H.264 Level 960H 16CH HD Security DVR System w/ Easy DIY 8 x 1000TVL Infrared Surveillance Cameras (No HDD)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Would Recommend
Pros: Video and Picture detail is very clear. I mean very clear. Night time view is the clearest I have seen on a low end DVR system. Usually only see this on a 1500 dollars and up system .Great mobile viewing with Skyview cam. Can even do play back from your DVR with it. TV HDMI is how I would go. It looks great. But I use a 27 inch. High resolution monitor, Which looks the same.
Cons: Doesn't work with Laview or Laview HD app for android phones. Need to use Laview Plus or Skyview.. When hooking up to a video monitor it doesn't use defaut 1024 by768. So if your monitor dosen't support higher resolution you will have to use hdmi or use a different monitor and set the default resolution. Then you can use a low end monitor.
Other Thoughts: If you don't know about port forwarding on your router? I would look it up and learn a little about it. Or call a friend over who does and have him set that part up.
Reviewed By:Noneya,8/21/2014 1:08:55 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > Video Monitoring Kits / All in One Systems > LaView USA > LaView LV-KDV2804W1 8 Channel H.264 Level 960H 8CH HD Security DVR System w/ Easy DIY 4 x 1000TVL Infrared Surveillance Cameras (No HDD)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Great System
Pros: Excellent system for home user. Got everything you would need to monitor the 4 corners of your home or small business. Cameras are great in daytime and are very good at night. Night viewing works great and needs little amount of light to do well. Very solid system.
Cons: none
Other Thoughts: The LaViewPlus app for iPhone works awesome. I can watch live video on all 4 cameras on my iPhone 5c. A bit tricky to setup but LaView Tech support is excellent. I would recommend LaView products to all.
Reviewed By:Scramjet,8/19/2014 2:50:35 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > Video Monitoring Kits / All in One Systems > LaView USA > LaView LV-KDV2804W1 8 Channel H.264 Level 960H 8CH HD Security DVR System w/ Easy DIY 4 x 1000TVL Infrared Surveillance Cameras (No HDD)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5
Pros: Great color quality on cameras in daytime and B/W at night is very clear. Needs very little lighting to display video at night. Very happy with buying this product.
Cons: Specs do not specify which type of HD is best for the system. Was informed I should have bought the WD Purple Sata drive for this or any surveillance system.
Other Thoughts: Still having problems getting my IPhone 5 to connect to the dvr. I have tried Laview Live, AseePro and Super vMeye and still no luck. Ports are open. Online video shows how simple it is but don't help when not connecting to dvr :(
I will succeed in getting it to work :)
Reviewed By:N/A,8/19/2014 5:20:45 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > Video Monitoring Kits / All in One Systems > LaView USA > LaView LV-KD5188D-T1 Cube Series 8 CH Security DVR Cloud System w/ 1TB HDD Easy DIY Eight 600TVL Infrared Surveillance Cameras

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Good for what you pay for
Pros: Easy setup and good quality for day time. Quite DVR. Good length cords for the cameras for a small to medium size house or business.
Cons: The cameras had lines going through them when first got it and had to change some setting to get it to work properly. short power cord for the DVR. takes up 3 power outlets. just OK during night time use had to play with setting to make it look better.
Other Thoughts: For the price of $200 one of the best buys you can get.
Reviewed By:BlueBonic,8/18/2014 10:34:00 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > Video Monitoring Kits / All in One Systems > LaView USA > LaView LV-KDV0404B6S Complete 4 Channel Security DVR System Easy DIY Four 600TVL Infrared Surveillance Cameras (No HDD)

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Good core product, bad peripherals
Pros: The central unit works as advertised and is a good recorder for the price.
Cons: The mouse and remote are useless, stop working almost immediately and aren't labeled properly. The manual is in incomprehensible machine-translated Chinglish so don't expect any help there. You have to just do trial-and-error on the very unfriendly interface using the main unit buttons.
Other Thoughts: Typical low-priced Chinese product -- you can get the basic functionality working if you know what you're doing but don't expect to get any support or for any of the frills to work.
Reviewed By:N/A,8/18/2014 10:38:25 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product less than 1 day.
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