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Zmodo KDB4-CARQZ4ZN 4 Channel H.264 DVR Kit (No HDD), 4 X 600TVL, 3.6mm Wide Angle Lens, 24 IR LEDs for 65ft Night Vision
  • 4 Ch. H.264 DVR (No HDD)
  • 4 X 600TVL Camera
  • 3.6mm Wide Angle Lens
  • 24 IR LEDs for 65ft Night Vision
  • Weatherproof for Outdoor
  • Free Mobile Apps for remote viewing
  • $229.99
  • $129.99
  • Save: $100.00 (43%)
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Pros:

Zmodo is always Good Value compared to other low and medium end manufacturers.

You get a complete DIY 4 cam system (you only need to buy an HD): DVR, cams. cables, 2 transformers (one for the DVR one for the cams), software, remote and even a mouse.

Can record up to D1 resolution so it'll work with high res cams.

Relatively good firmware / software. (with minor exceptions). The Web Client uses ActiveX so you need I.E. and it won't work on Android or iPhone (see note below on apps). The stand-alone NVMS (Network Video Monitor System) gives you lots of control on an easy to use UI. Both give you motion, alarm triggered recording, PTZ and all the features of a sophisticated monitoring system.

Hard-wired alarm inputs (use w trip wire, window, door open sensors etc.)

For the price you can't afford not to buy it. This is way cheaper that $30/mo. for s service which isn't going to do much more.

Good Support - Chat always available. Phone Bus Hrs. CT

Cons:

Minor UI Quirks. - One star off for that.

No HDD here but I wouldn't expect a hundred dollar HD for this price would you?

This is only a 4 channel unit which is very basic. If you're in a house you will want 8 cams in relatively short order.

Relatively low res cams but they are 1000% better than nothing. You can always upgrade your cams and still use these for tight areas or to watch your better cams.

Seriously Buggy Web App. but that's not really what you're buying here. Catch my review 'Reconnecting' Issue: Serious Bug renders this app useless! on G. Play.

Other Thoughts:

You must use an AV rated hard drive as it will endure full time duty. A newer NAS drive may work also but check the ratings carefully. (I use a WD Red and it stays cool w no problems in over a year of duty. I'm sure the equivalent Seagate would work just as well). A standard drive such as WD Black or Seagate Barracuda will burn up sooner or later. Also you must format your HD on the DVR since the format is a proprietary FAT! I pulled my hair out for two days over some lousy UI issues trying to re-format the HD recently while debugging the web app. I was using the remote and as soon as you went to the HDD screen it would say 'Formatting' right next to the progress bar and you couldn't move the cursor (stuck). I presumed it was trying to format the drive but was having a problem since it flagged the drive as 'exception' (I deleted the partitions). It turns out this screen works only with a mouse and 'Formatting' was really a button (which should have been labeled 'Format') A strange coincidence of two quirks. which is not the only UI issue. Another is that 'Frame Ratio' in the Web interface really means FPS. (Frame ratio to me implies aspect ration e.g. 4:3 16:9...)

Believe the card is made by Geo Vision.

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