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Lorex 8-Channel Eco Blackbox Wireless Security System (4 Cameras, 500GB)

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Product Highlights
  • D1 Recording / Pentaplex Operation
  • 500GB 24/7 100% Duty Cycle Hard Drive
  • H.264 Video Compression
  • 1/4" CMOS Color Sensor
  • 24 Covert IR LEDs
  • Night-Vision Range of up to 135'
  • Remote Connectivity & Compatibility
  • Lorex Easy Connect Set-up Wizard
  • Free LOREX DDNS
  • PC and Mac Compatibility

The Lorex 8-Channel Eco Blackbox Wireless Security System is designed to suit your home and business surveillance needs. It consists of an 8-channel DVR with a pre-installed 500GB hard drive, 4 digital indoor/outdoor cameras, and 2 wireless receivers.

The 8-channel DVR offers a recording resolution of up to 704 x 480, and uses H.264 video compression to optimize storage. The included 500GB hard drive provides ample space for wireless recording and storing videos on board. Pentaplex operation enables simultaneous viewing, recording, playback, backup, & remote controlling of the system. Additionally, DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name Service) provides advanced remote connectivity at all times, enabling you to view real-time footage on your PC, Mac, smartphones, and tablets.

The 4 wireless cameras are designed to capture clear footage in real-time at a resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA). The 1/4” CMOS color sensor, coupled with a 3.6mm lens with 55° viewing angle, enables each camera to monitor a wide area while delivering sharp and detailed imagery. As night falls, the 24 IR LEDs on each camera illuminate the surveillance area for capturing clear images in pitch dark conditions. They provide a recording range of up to 90’ in outdoor locations with 0 Lux illumination, and 135’ under ambient lighting in indoor locations. Furthermore, the IP66-rated weatherproof housing makes the cameras suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations.

Note! BlackBox is used solely as a marketing term and does not imply that the product can survive fire or extreme conditions.

BlackBox Security DVR

D1 recording capability with H.264 video compression 1
Real-time recording at a resolution of 360 x 240
Pentaplex operation enables simultaneous viewing, recording, playback, backup, and remote operation of the system
Pre-installed 100% duty cycle, surveillance grade hard drive, designed for 24/7 operation
Supports up to 4 PTZ cameras via RS485
Exclusive Lorex Easy Connect Internet Set-up Wizard 2
Enables instant mobile surveillance on compatible smart phones & tablets over 3G / 4G or WiFi networks 3
Remote connectivity and compatibility with PC & Mac (Internet Explorer & Safari browsers)
DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name Service) for advanced remote connectivity at all times
Instant email alerts with snap shot attachment
Accurate time stamps with NTP & daylight savings time
Simultaneous viewing on TV, PC, or CCTV monitors by means of connections with industry standard VGA & BNC input
Intuitive menu options with simple icons allow for fast & efficient DVR programming

Digital Wireless Camera

Digital wireless cameras with next generation interference reduction technology minimizes conflicts with competing signals
Adjustable VGA resolution of 640 x 480 at 12 fps for high quality video or QVGA resolution of 320 x 240 at 30 fps for real time observation
Delivers stable real-time & fluid wireless videos with MPEG-4 compression at 640 x 480 (VGA) resolution at 30 fps
Extended bandwidth delivers super smooth high frame rate videos
SignalGuard technology to continuously monitor wireless signal and automatically reconnect upon detecting low signal
Adaptive FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum) technology greatly reduces signal interference
Auto infrared light filter (IR Cut Filter) ensures accurate color reproduction in all lighting conditions
2-channel receiver minimizes cable clutter by delivering separate wireless video channels to the DVR
Indoor and outdoor night-vision range of up to 135' (41.1m) and 90' (274.mm) 4
High gain antennas provide good indoor & outdoor wireless range of up to 150' (45.7m) & 450' (137.1m) respectively 5
Simple installation without the requirement of any video cables 6
Easily connects to any DVR, while allowing multiple receivers to be connected for a total wireless surveillance solution 7
Weatherproof camera & power connectors enable use both indoors and outdoors
Vandal-resistant camera design with cable pass-through mounting brackets
DVR
Operating System Linux (embedded)
Pentaplex Operation Simultaneous View, Record, Playback, Backup, & Remote Monitoring
Number of Channels 8
Input & Output Video IN: 8 x 1Vpp, CVBS, 75 Ω, BNC
Video OUT: 2 x BNC
VGA OUT: Yes
Audio IN: 1 Line in(RCA), G.711
Audio OUT: 1 line out(RCA), G.711
USB Port: 1 at the back for Mouse, 1 at the front for firmware upgrade & USB backup
Resolution Video Output: 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024
PTZ Control RS-485 Pelco D & P Protocol
Live Display 1, 4, 8
Live Display Speed NTSC: 120 (4-channel)/ 240 (8-channel)
PAL: 100 (4-channel)/ 200 (8-channel)
OSD On / Off
System Navigation USB mouse, IR remote controller
Motion Area Setting Adjustable grid (10 x 15) NTSC
Adjustable grid (12 x 15) PAL
Sensitivity Levels 8
Firmware Upgrade Via USB device & network
User Authority By user group
Time Synchronization Auto time sync by NTP server
Video Compression H.264
Audio Compression Format G.711
Recording Resolution NTSC: 360 x 240 (CIF), 720 x 240 (HD1), 720 x 480 (D1))
PAL: 360 x 288 (CIF), 720 x 288 (HD1), 720 x 576 (D1)
Recording Speed 240 / 200 (NTSC / PAL) at CIF, 120 / 100 (NTSC / PAL) at HDI, 60 / 50 (NTSC / PAL) at D1
Recording Resolution Setting Per camera for different resolutions (CIF / 2CIF / D1)
Recording Quality Control 3 levels
Recording Schedule By hour, by day, by recording mode, by motion, by channel
Pre Recording Maximum 10 sec
Post Recording Maximum 5 minutes
Reliability WatchDog, auto-recovery after power failure
Covert Video Yes
Playback Channel 1 to 8 adjustable
Playback Speed Variable: 16 x (maximum)
Playback Players Backup Player
Search By time & event
Log Search Up to 1,000,000 lines for motion detected, configuration changes, connects / disconnects and video loss
Audio Play Yes
Storage Up to 1 HDD (SATA)
Maximum Capacity Up to 2 TB
Backup Media USB Flash Drive & HDD
Backup File Format H.264 file (AVI generator included)
Easy Connect Lorex Auto Port Forward Wizard
Supported Operating Systems WindowsXP, Vista, 7; Mac OSX Snow Leopard 10.6; or above
Browser Internet Explorer & Safari 6.0
Email Notification Text with snapshot
Instant Smart Phone Compatibility Smartphone & Tablet Compatibility: iPad, iPhone, Android (version 1.5 & above), Windows Mobile (6.0, 6.5)
System Configuration Full setup configuration over network
DDNS Lorex DDNS
Ports Programmable by user
Network Protocol TCP / IP / DHCP / UDP / DDNS / PPPoE
Network Interface 10/100-Base-TX, RJ-45
Network Speed Control 48 Kb to 8 Mb/sec
Power Consumption Approximately 15 W (HDD pre-installed)
Supply Voltage 100 to 240 VAC, 12 VDC , 2 A, 50/60 Hz
Dimensions (W x D x H) 11.81 x 8.66 x 1.97" (299.97 x 219.96 x 50.03 mm)
Weight 2.90 lb (1.31 kg)
Wireless
Frequency Range TX: 2.400 to 2.480 GHz
TX Power 16 dBm
Unobstructed Effective Range 165.0' (50.2 m) indoor, 500.0' (152.4 m) outdoor
Data Rate 4 Mb/s
Modulation GFSK
Spread Spectrum FHSS
Operating Temperature Range 14 to 122°F (-10 to 40°C)
Camera
Image Sensor 1/4" color CMOS image sensor
Effective Pixels H: 640, V: 480
Image Compression MPEG4
Image Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Lens 3.6 mm F2.0
Field of View Diagonal: 55°
AGC Action On
Power Requirement 9V DC +/- 5%
Power Consumption 430 mA (maximum) with IR LED
220 mA (maximum) without IR LED
Environmental Rating IP66
IR LED Qty. / Type 24 pieces / 850 nm
Night Vision Range 90.0' (27.4 m) / 135.0' (41.1 m) 1
Please Note:

Stated IR illumination range is based on ideal conditions. Actual range & image clarity depends on installation location, viewing area, and light reflection / absorption level of object.

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IR Built-in Auto IR: Turn On / Off: CdS Drive Auto IR LED turn on / off circuit
Dimensions (W x D x H) With Antenna and Sunshade: 3.1 x 8.0 x 4.6" (78.7 x 203.2 x 116.8 mm)
Weight 0.6 lb (0.2 kg)
Receiver
RX Sensitivity -81 dBm
Demodulation GFSK
Data Rate GFSK
Supported Resolution VGA (640 x 480) up to 25 fps
Termination 2 x BNC video
Power Requirement 9 VDC ±5%
Power Consumption 270 mA (maximum)
Operating Temperature Range 14 to 122°F (-10 to 40°C)
Dimensions (W x D x H) With Antenna Attached : 2.1 x 5.4 x 3.4" (53.3 x 137.1 x 86.3 mm)
Weight 0.3 lb (0.1 kg)
Lorex 8-Channel Eco Blackbox Wireless Security System (4 Cameras, 500GB)
  • DVR with Pre-Installed 500GB HDD
  • 4 x Wireless Camera
  • 2 x Wireless Receiver
  • 6 x Power Adapter
  • 8 x Antenna
  • Remote Control
  • Power Adapter for DVR
  • USB Mouse
  • Ethernet Cable
  • CD
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Lorex8-Channel Eco Blackbox Wireless Security System (4 Cameras, 500GB)
     
    4.5

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attractive (3)
    • Easy to assemble (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors (3)
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      5.0

      lorex security system

      By Bubba S.

      from knoxville Tn

      Comments about Lorex 8-Channel Eco Blackbox Wireless Security System (4 Cameras, 500GB):

      great service.it was exactly what i needed.didnt try to sell me more than that.easy to install.arrived on time.will be a repeat customer.

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      5.0

      easy to install

      By chao

      from los angeles

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Lorex 8-Channel Eco Blackbox Wireless Security System (4 Cameras, 500GB):

      high definition,easy to install

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      3.0

      Good with small drawbacks

      By Brian

      from New Jersey

      About Me High-end Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Assemble
      • Great App

      Cons

      • Camera 90dg Angle Inst
      • Limited Wifi Range
      • Short Camers Power Cord

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors

      Comments about Lorex 8-Channel Eco Blackbox Wireless Security System (4 Cameras, 500GB):

      Bought the system for my home. Easy and quick installation. Great smart phone app.Drawbacks:1- Camera does not install well at 90deg angle. Wireless antenna in the way.2- Power adapter cord for camera too short to put the camera where you choose. Lorex, BnH do not have the right extension. Buy generic online. make sure you order the right pin size.3- Wireless range bad beyond 40ft

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      4.0

      Reasonable Price, Easy Setup, Works Grea

      By Wally

      from Chesapeake Bay, Md.

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Assemble
      • Easy to use

      Cons

      • Hard To Figure Out At 1st
      • No Precise Instructions

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors

      Comments about Lorex 8-Channel Eco Blackbox Wireless Security System (4 Cameras, 500GB):

      Setup for home surveilance very easy if you wing it yourself, The Company LOREX is not too helpful, I sent them a service request about setting it up on a stand alone monitor and how to hook-up HDMI? I received a reply that said, "Advise Instuction Manual". Hello!, NOT in any manual I could find, that was no answer. Anyway I've got it running and I am in the process of hooking it to the internet with a router and PC. All and All, a good product, I have no regrets.

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      4.0

      Setup was difficult...but a good value

      By Baltimore Charlie

      from Middle River, MD

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design

      Cons

      • Beastly Setup
      • Camera Swivels Limited
      • Camer Swivel Mounts Are V

      Best Uses

      • Home Security

      Comments about Lorex 8-Channel Eco Blackbox Wireless Security System (4 Cameras, 500GB):

      I bought this system to eye-ball our large koi fish pond, to evaluate what predators were going after our fish. So motion detection was crucial. In addition, I will use the other cameras for garden-variety home-security surveillance.

      Setup issues:

      Remote (DDNS) access:
      1. It ONLY works with IE. They don't tell you this anywhere, before or after you buy it.
      3. Often (true in my case), your router won't let you use DDNS from a computer connected to the router. I can only use or test remote access from elsewhere...not at home.
      2. The iPad app itself simply does not work, at least not with my perfectly working iPad2. The will not even load properly. With tech support on the phone, we tried to load the iPHONE app onto the iPAD. That does not work either.

      3. The cameras do not swivel fully. You must be VERY careful how you mount them!

      Pairing:
      4. I had to replace an installed camera. The pairing instructions (between cameras and dual-channel receiver) do not match the hardware. Instructions say to press a button until the channel you want flashes. Well, BOTH lights flash on the receiver! --But apparently at different rates of flashing. You have to do it by trial-and-error, but you CAN make it work. It sure would be nice if there were some way to re-set the receivers!

      Defective DVR Behavior initially:
      5. The cameras and DVR would detect motion, but did not "alarm-mark" the files accordingly. Tech support determined, after a lot of testing ( live, with me) that it was a bad DVR, and authorized a return. 2 days later, as I was preparing to disconnect it and ship it back, it suddenly seemed to working properly! I am holding off for now...to see what happens next.

      WIRELESS ISSUES CAUTIONS: This system uses the same radio frequencies as wireless routers.
      ---The router can interfere with camera signals and vice-versa.
      ---Nearby signals (from outside of the home) can also interfere.
      --- There can also be some data-overloading of the router-- so it can slow down your wireless service to your computers...
      Wiring the cameras directly to the DVR would be superior, but for me it was impractical.
      I think this is why there are so few wireless camera systems on the market.

      USING the DVR:
      CAUTION: You are best off dedicating a monitor to the DVR. When you use the PC interface, you cannot replay quickly (8x limit), and the system (whether my pretty-fast PC or the system itself) cannot fast-forward quickly, especially if you are viewing more than one channel. Even then, it slows down replay after awhile.

      With a dedicated monitor (I now use a TV Set with its "PC" input -- just plain-Jane VGA) connected to the DVR directly, you can get REAL 6x playback and MUCH better control and performance. HEY! -almost anybody can find a TV set or inexpensive monitor for this purpose.

      VALUE:
      1. NICE FEATURE: The dual-channel receivers keep things a lot neater.
      2. You get a lot for your money, if you can live through the setup agony.

      TECH SUPPORT: It's a long wait, but they will help you.

      BOTTOM LINE: Would I but this system again? YES.

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      5.0

      Eco Box Lorex

      By Jay

      from Waldorf,Maryland

      About Me Budget Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        Comments about Lorex 8-Channel Eco Blackbox Wireless Security System (4 Cameras, 500GB):

        Easy installation, very nice pictures. Keep in consideration of the power access you will need for each camera location.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great system!

        By M.A.

        from Western MA

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Assemble

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lorex 8-Channel Eco Blackbox Wireless Security System (4 Cameras, 500GB):

            High quality cameras with good wireless range. Love the mobile ap!

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            • Family Young Kids

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            (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Catch them in the act....

            By TL

            from PA

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Lorex 8-Channel Eco Blackbox Wireless Security System (4 Cameras, 500GB):

                  Easy to set up

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