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Defender4-Channel DVR with 4 Security Cameras
 
3.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (6)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording (4)
    • Deterrent (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (5)

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    1.0

    Very poor night vision

    By Nagunger

    from Pasadena, CA

    Verified Reviewer

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          Comments about Defender 4-Channel DVR with 4 Security Cameras:

          I bought this system about 6 months ago and have had nothing but problems with it. I still cant get on line connection with it and the night vision is terrible. I have been talking with the help desk and they cant figure it out. I bought a new monitor at their suggestion and that did no good. They still cant get the remote monitoring to work even though I changed my cable service. They have no more help they can give me other than a suggestion that I should buy a better quality system.

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          4.0

          Solid all-in-one package for the price

          By Man

          from Nebraska

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Defender 4-Channel DVR with 4 Security Cameras:

              We use this to monitor a liquor section in a convenience store. It is in addition to a larger (more expensive) system that monitors the rest of the store. Our cashiers needed something additional like this to focus on this area.

              Overall it was pretty easy to set up and operate. It has a very small footprint that fits great on the limited counter space they have. The UI is friendly to use, and doesn't require much skill to operate. The included cables and AC adapters were excellent at making hooking everything up a breeze.
              The only real downsides I have found is that the mouse/cursor feedback is a little slow. It's not the most accurate. The cameras also don't have the best image quality out there. But again, you should know what you're getting into - a cost effective all-in-one package where basic surveillance is needed.
              This does it very well.

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              4.0

              User friendly, good quality.

              By Sixtn3

              from Montana

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Set Up
              • User Friendly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Deterrent
                • Recording

                Comments about Defender 4-Channel DVR with 4 Security Cameras:

                I bought this system to put up outside my house due to vandalism in the area. The installation and setup were super easy, the hardest part was figuring out where to place the camera's. Three camera's now cover my front yard, driveway and garage. I really like that all the cables going to the camera are consealed inside the mounting brackets, so it looks very clean. At night the camera's light up the IR LED's automatically, which makes them visible from a distance. This likely acts as a deturrent for the vandals. Plus I can see the traffic as it drives by, about 50 feet away - cannot read license plates but you can make out the cars model. My family purchased a different brand and at night the camera's only show about 15 feet away from the camera.Setup was really easy, just plug-and-play. Then setting up the DVR with time, date, etc. was easy too. I was able to play with the system and figure out how to search for specific dates and times. It was very user friendly.

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                • Personal

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                4.0

                Great product for the price.

                By Tuck

                from Atlanta, Georgia

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Discreet
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Price
                • Sensitive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Security

                  Comments about Defender 4-Channel DVR with 4 Security Cameras:

                  This is used for home security. The DVR alone is worth the price paid. The cameras are a plus in my opinion. With that said, the cameras are not the best but they do get the job done. The great thing is...you can upgrade to many different types of cameras the DVR can accommodate. If you are installing yourself, please don't assume the instructions will hold your hand along the way. The great thing about this product is the support they offer. I did not have to call them, but it is nice to have that option. I do have a good understanding of IT related troubleshooting, but if not I could see how it could be a little confusing when setting up the networking features. Very pleased with the product and would definitely recommend to friends and family.

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                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  Works as should

                  By Event Horizon

                  from New Jersey, USA

                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Recording

                    Comments about Defender 4-Channel DVR with 4 Security Cameras:

                    There are no miracles in this world, so do not expect anything extraordinary in this package. It works as it should. Easy to install. A-See will give you ability to watch live view from your smart-phone (as long as you know how to setup dynamic DNS and port forwarding on your router). Actual challenge will be physical routing of cables and installation of cameras, so 65ft cabling comes very handy. Reason why I am not giving 5 stars is cameras. They are so low end. No blame, perhaps they are on same level as other for this price range. If I would knew, I would buy DVR and better cameras separately. Nevertheless they work just fine and do they job. may be in future I would upgrade them.

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                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Big Things come in small packages

                    By David

                    from Fairfax,VA

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Early Warning
                      • Safety

                      Comments about Defender 4-Channel DVR with 4 Security Cameras:

                      I use the security camera to keep a eye on my car. I do know that I can not stop something from happening,but I now can see who need it.

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                      • Personal

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                      4.0

                      You get what you pay for...

                      By PapaZ

                      from South Dakota

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Discreet
                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                      • Low Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Deterrent
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Defender 4-Channel DVR with 4 Security Cameras:

                      I use this set-up to cover a small bar. The price point is good and it does do what is advertised however, the resolution is poor with the smaller cameras. From less than 10' I cannot read the numbers as they ring up on the till... On-line remote viewing works well.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      Great Value

                      By Jeff the informer

                      from Buffalo, NY

                      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Deterrent
                        • Recording
                        • Safety

                        Comments about Defender 4-Channel DVR with 4 Security Cameras:

                        I purchased this system after a break-in at my house. After doing extensive research I found that Defender has a good reputation for a quality product, and that the features of this particular one were better than similarly priced ones on the market.

                        The video quality is very good and the menu system is easy to navigate.

                        Everything I needed to install the cameras and recorder were included in the box. When it came time to do the networking to view the cameras from my cell phone (iPhone), their tech support was really helpful and was able to get me up and running in no time.

                        Highly recommended!

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                        • Personal

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