Swann DVR4-12602F 4-Channel CCTV DVR Kit with 2 Cameras
Worst Customer Service Ever
I bought this kit and within 2 months i was getting a HDD error, i tried talking to them and they were having none of it. They said they cannot offer support due to the fact that this hardware is an old model. They continued to state that i could not return it an exchange due to me having to send all the camera aswell as wires back aswell - these have been fixed and wired through walls and i would have to tear down the walls to replace them. Furthermore i tried using the mobile app, and only to find that they do not support windows phone, only andriod - of certian versions. So i could not use the mobile app. I was also assured i could record and playback sound with a certian microphone, i found i microphone and asked if it would work and i was assured that it would. Which when i tried it out - it works in live view, although there is no sound actually when recording. Upon which they said that they didn't even say the last part and due to not having a recording to prove i was instantly dismissed. I have never had such issues with a CCTV kit before. Id recommend not using Swann.
17 Aug 2015
Having installed this system a few days ago I feel able to comment better than just after unboxing it.
This is quite a comprehensive kit with a lot of customisable options which you can adjust preferably after you have it running and got to know the system.
Tip 1. You will need at least a 16mm hole to pass the cables and plugs/sockets through but when you have passed them through you are left with a lot of spare space around the wires. You will need to use some filler.
Tip 2. If you are mounting cameras outside, screw them to a piece of treated timber and attach that to the wall, it is a lot easier.
Setting up the system is a simple plug and play arrangement it really is that easy. You can view the live view through your mobile or suitable tablet. I could not get my Nexus 7 to work with it though, if you want to contact Customer services to ask a question about compatibility, forget it. I sent a message several days ago and have not even had an acknowledgement. If you have set up your phone to receive alerts when motion is detected you will get a lot of false alarms unless the camera is indoors with no windows in shot. Car headlights at night, even though they are not in camera shot will trigger an alarm as will mist illuminated by the infra red light and looks like a snow storm. Spiders are a nuisance as well, water droplets on a strand of web will dance around in front of the lens and trigger the alarm.
Despite all this the pictures under ideal conditions are good but don't expect photographic quality.
Finally, Tip 3 I found that I got a better picture on a second hand computer monitor with VGA than I did with my Samsung 32" television using HDMI. You can pick up 4:3 computer monitors for peanuts on Ebay.
5 Sep 2014
Swann DVR4-12602F -Channel CCT
I purchased this for my son as a gift and ended up installing it for him in his house.
As an OAP familiar with CCTV installations ( through personal experience), I found this system very easy to install. The picture quality is excellent with the cameras that came with the pack producing good night vision too.
The beauty of it is, it is so silent compared to the Swann 9 channel DVR I have.
Downside - Your monitor must have a HDMI port to get the best results. The monitor I used did not have one, hence used the VGA but could not get the audio. With 10% off the price Screwfix gave me, this has to be a good buy. I cannot give a 5 star for reliability as this is just installed & only time will tell. Therefore, three stars for reliability.
16 Aug 2014
dos what it said v/ good still playing with it --remote etc .
15 Aug 2014