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GW 8 CH NVR + 8 HD 1080P 5MP Megapixel IP Camera Weatherproof Smartphone Scan QR Code Quick Remote Access Varifocal Lens Surveillance PoE IP Camera System P2P Real Time Motion Detect (No HDD)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks and feels like quality.
Good price IF IT WOULD WORK PROPERLY
HD cams, Dual HDD DVR
All in one system
Motion recording
IR nighvision
Automatic scheduled reboot (to prevent software glitches)
Picture quality settings (contrast/brightness/color)
Easy playback
Easy install for techy people
Phone app for mobile viewing

Very easy to use software once you understand, however not going to be easy for the avg mom and pop.

Cons: Cons make pros worthless.

CAMERAS:

Outdoor cameras can't handle the outdoors, seals broke on a camera during summer time with only a handful of rain or hot days. (I live by Chicago, IL)

Water inside camera all of a sudden, picture ruined. Camera needs replacement. Very hard to do once installed with cables siliconed through wall. Costly.

DVR:

DVR has many software problems from factory.

Motion detection feature is broken and almost useless because the settings change on their own or reset completely (for 6 out of 8 camera channels)

Settings for motion detection get lost or garbeled when the automatic system reboot feature is used, also when manual reboot is uses and also if there is a power outage.

When system resumes it will FAIL TO RECORD during motion if the settings for that channel are un-highlighting the motion selection areas.

24/7 recording works fine to as it is a simple feature HOWEVER one 4TB HDD will only last you a few days recording all 8 cams.

Random signal loss on some camera channels, not sure if DVR, POE switch, or cameras are at fault but it is FREQUENT.

DVR features contrast/brightness/color features with adjustment sliders that give zero results. Not a big deal as those settings are fine from factory. Would be nice if they worked

Instruction manual is poorly written English. The English in Chinese to English translation with Google is very similar in the poor quality of translation that reflects the instruction manual.

So no, if you never worked with security software before or you're not a techie and don't have much time, you will probably have issues installing this system. I did fine and ignored the instruction manual, read it later to see why the DVR is not working correctly, turn out everything coming from GE security is a manufacturing defect.

Other Thoughts: I could probably sue GE Security for such a poor and unreliable product and win. But who has time for that, seriously save yourself the frustration and headaches and research on a forum what other ppl use.

Most all in one systems are terrible. Doing it separately gives much better results. I only bought this because it's what my parents wanted and would not listen to my advice, now they have a system that breaks often (software) and cameras are starting to fail.

And for $1300 is it worth it? No, not worth even $200. $250 will get you a cheap but slightly more reliable old school all in one system

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Pros: -You will not find anything more powerful.
-Zotac AMP Extreme puts down more power than Kingpin or any other aftermarket card out there for a reasonable price with a great cooler design
-Fan design is cool, low noise, and more efficient compared to other fans
-Firestorm overclock utility is ok, (was better on the 980ti IMO)

Cons: If you own the 980ti version then the 1080 is no different. They both look near the same, they sag in the PCI slot so finding a method to keep them balanced is a good idea.

Since my gpu sits very close to the top of my HDD bay, I was able to cut some black foam and put it in between the HDD bay and the corner of the gpu to raise it up where it sags so it sits level.

You may want to spend more $ and get a mother board with re-enforced PCI slots and avoid ghetto rigging it like I did.

Other Thoughts: Having a PC case with side fans is a great plus with aftermarket cards.

example- on the SIDE panel I use top two fans as exhaust and bottom two as a intake and thats just for the side panel alone. Configure other fans as you wish, but with these types of gpus thats a great combo, look up newegg for such a case, there are a few cheap ones worth a look.

My thermals under load average 65 degrees, similar to the 980ti amp extreme. Thats all thanks to my 4 side panel 120mm fan formation.

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GW 8 CH NVR + 8 HD 1080P 5MP Megapixel IP Camera Weatherproof Smartphone Scan QR Code Quick Remote Access Varifocal Lens Surveillance PoE IP Camera System P2P Real Time Motion Detect (No HDD)
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks like a quality piece of garbage

Cons: i wrote a long lengthy review but newegg likes to ask for my password and login again after 15 minutes of writing and throwing away my review. It does this for everything.

Other Thoughts: cameras are ok, Power over internet hub is sometimes faulty, DVR is horrible, software glitches galore, forgets certain settings, has features that dont work, motion detection is a joke, my $250 nightowl dvr is better and its 5-6 years old.

I can go on but whats the point. just stay away. I learned my lesson, never buying these all in one systems again, will have to find a reliable source of information that rates DVRs, POE switches and cameras all separately to build a better quality home security system that atually does record properly.

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Display Name: Mihai M.

Date Joined: 10/25/09

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  • First Review: 10/26/09
  • Last Review: 07/26/16
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