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Swann 4-Channel DVR4-2550 and 4x ADS-180 CMOS SWDVK-425504C Cameras

by Swann
3.7 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews
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425504-C 4-Channel, 4-Camera
  • View & record 4 channels of high quality video simultaneously in real time
  • Includes 4 weather resistant, clear resolution 400TVL cameras with powerful night vision to 33ft/10m
  • Set & forget by recording continuously from 4 cameras for 120 days+ onto a massive 500GB hard drive, even longer with motion detection
  • Surveillance in the palm or your hand with live viewing on 3G enabled Smartphone including iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile 6, Symbian OS and more*, with remote notification via email
  • Save time & have peace of mind by easily locating incident video, then transfer to USB flash drive
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Technical Details

Product Description

Style: 425504-C 4-Channel, 4-Camera

Product Description

DVR4-2550 / 500GB / 4 x ADS-180 - 4-channel, H.264 video recorder with networking and 3G phone connectivity; UPnP allows for easy network setup; includes 500GB HDD; easily search, trim, and transfer video to USB.

From the Manufacturer

The Swann DVR4-2550 & 4 ADS-180 CCD Cameras Security Monitoring System delivers everything you need to defend your home or business, safeguard your loved ones and deter intruders. It is cutting-edge surveillance technology made easy, at an affordable price.

The system includes a state-of-the-art 4 Channel DVR4-2550 digital video recorder for simultaneous viewing and recording of 4 video streams locally, over the Internet or on your 3G Smartphone. The unit has H.264 video compression for fast, efficient recording and playback. You can also adjust the frame rate and image resolution with real-time recording on all 4 channels (30fps per channel, 120 fps total) and the ability to adjust the recording settings for each camera to the resolution you choose from 352 x 240 pixels (CIF) up to 704 x 480 pixels (D1). The four Day / Night Cameras provide clear video through their high resolution 400 TV Lines image sensors with night vision up to 33 feet and the ability to operate indoors and outdoors.

A massive 500GB SATA hard drive is pre-installed to allow up to 60 days+ of continuous recording from all 4 cameras. You can also record for longer, save time and hard drive space using the DVR4-2550's advanced motion activated recording. Even better, the time and date are integrated into your video files, allowing you to find incident footage and transfer events to a USB flash drive for easy storage and retrieval when the time is right. You can also configure the DVR to send you email alerts when activity is detected for peace of mind, all the time.

Easily set-up remote viewing with Swann's UPnP (Universal Plug n Play) technology that automatically configures the DVR to your router (if your router has UPnP capability) and the internet. Knowing what's happening is easier than ever with VGA connection for viewing on your PC or LCD monitor (with VGA input) or view on your existing TV using the video cable in the pack.

With the Swann DVR4-2550 & 4 ADS-180 CCD Cameras Security Monitoring System, Smartphone viewing is remarkably easy to set up and use. Once the DVR and cameras are installed at your home or business, simply download the free 'SwannView' app from the relevant app website or from www.swann.com/swannview. For iPhone or iPad users the app is free to download from the AppStore. For Android users it can be downloaded from the Android Market and BlackBerry users can access their AppWorld. Users of Windows Mobile 6 or Symbian OS can download from www.swann.com/swannview. For your convenience the app is also included on a disk in the pack. Once Swannview is installed on your Smartphone, put the DVR's IP address into the browser and in less than a minute you can view video from all 4 cameras live onscreen. You can also receive email alerts if the DVR detects motion. Staying in contact has never been easier!

As a specialist in DIY Security, you can buy Swann products with confidence knowing you will be keeping your loved ones, home or business safe. Swann stands by its promise of Lifetime Support to make advanced security easy to use, install and maintain. Everything is in the pack but if you need it, Swann's help desk is available with extended hours to remotely set up your internet viewing and answer any questions you may have. If you don't have the time to DIY, Swann can organize installation with full details in the pack.

The Swann DVR4-2550 & 4 ADS-180 CCD Camera Security Monitoring System is professional, affordable and allows you to have peace of mind at your home or business wherever you are, at anytime. It really is advanced security made easy.

+ 60 days recording achieved using lower settings, default settings give 7 days recording

Top 5 reasons to buy:


Surveillance in the palm of your hand, with live viewing of all 4 channels on 3G-enabled Smartphones.
(sold separately)

Monitor, record and view 4 cameras simultaneously

With clear image resolution from the included 4 high quality ADS-180 CCD cameras, you can cover all areas of your home or business without any 'blind spots'. Feel safe and secure knowing all entry points to your property will be monitored 24/7.

 Simple, intuitive operation

The cameras and DVR are easy to install. The intuitive operating system of the Swann DVR4-2550 Digital Video Recorder is designed with the end-user in mind. It’s easy to install with point and click menus able to be accessed and operated using the mouse in the pack. It’s professional quality surveillance without the usual price tag and with no ongoing fees.

Record for longer & save time

With a pre-installed SATA 500GB SATA hard drive you can record for at least 60 days non-stop from 4 cameras and even longer with motion triggered recording. Save storage space and enjoy faster playback with state-of-the-art H.264 video compression. Set and forget using the motion detection settings to only record when there is activity and save valuable time as you won't have to scroll through endless frames of empty footage.


Save time & have peace of mind by easily locating incident video, then transfer to USB flash drive

Surveillance in the palm of your hand

Connect the DVR4-2550 to the internet at your premises and then use the free SwannView app to view live video on your 3G Smartphone wherever you are. It’s designed for life on the move and gives you the peace of mind of knowing what’s happening at all times. Enjoy additional protection with email alerts to your Smartphone triggered when activity is detected.

Everything you need to feel safe

Everything you need is included in the box with DVR video recorder, 4 day/night cameras, mounting screws, BNC cable 60ft/18m x 4, mouse and all required cables and accessories. Simply install the cameras in the best positions to capture activity in and around your home or business paying special attention to entry points and ‘blind’ spots then connect to the DVR and the internet – and you’re protected.


More features

See day or night with infrared vision

The infrared (IR) LEDs on the color ADS-180 cameras activate automatically when it is dark or in low light to provide black & white night vision up to 33ft/10m away. High resolution 400 TV lines video image sensors provides clear video images.

Cutting edge video recording

Customize the resolution and frame rate with options including real-time recording (30fps per channel, 120fps total) and impressive playback resolution of 704 x 480 pixels.

Easy to backup, easy to transfer

Backing up your incident footage has never been so easy. Simply copy incidents using the intuitive menu of the DVR4-2550 onto USB flash drive, then transfer to PC to view, backup or send on to others.


The infrared (IR) LEDs provide night vision up to 33ft away.
Deterrence is the best defense

Prevention is the best way to avoid being burgled or other unwanted activity. Having a visible security presence such as the four ADS-180 cameras and included security stickers placed around your property will help deter and move potential intruders on.


12 month warranty & lifetime tech support

Need some advice on how to install or use your Swann product? Simply visit www.swann.com or contact our friendly technical support team by phone or email. You are protected by a 12 month warranty and the Swann Promise of lifetime technical support. If you have any difficulties setting up your internet viewing, our team will use ‘Swann Log-me-in’ to remotely get you connected.


What's in the Box


  • Swann DVR4-2550
  • 500GB Hard Drive (pre-installed)
  • ADS-180 CCD Cameras x 4
  • BNC Extension Cables 60ft/18m x 4
  • Mounting Screws & Plugs
  • BNC to RCA Video Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Mouse
  • Power Adapters & Splitter
  • Remote Control with batteries
  • Software CD
  • Theft Deterrent Stickers x 4
  • Operating Instructions

Product Details

Style Name: 425504-C 4-Channel, 4-Camera
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 17.3 x 11.4 inches ; 15.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 pounds
  • ASIN: B0058W5RC6
  • Item model number: SWDVK-425504C
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 1, 2011

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Style Name: 425504-C 4-Channel, 4-Camera
I picked this set up last year. mounted the cameras on the eves of my house.
The overlap covers part of the road and with in a month picked up pictures of the vehicle
responsible for a neighborhood break in.

I picked up a second dvr and 4 cameras to completely cover the parameter of my house.
You can adjust the frame rate and with motion configuration I can block out my trees moving in the wind.
I set the camera pointing at the front door and gates at highest quality and the ones over looking the kids
play structure to a lower value to save disk space.

I have older kids and these camera seem to eliminate issues with coming home late.
I put one in the garage and can now find when/where my tools walked off to, "teenage son".

Word got out about the camera and the rift/raft now walk down a different street

It's a better world.

The only con: if you loose power the dvr can scramble your video index and/or stop recording.
I've had to unplug the cameras and restart to log in. Then format the hard drive to get it working again.
After the second time I bought a ups battery back up and plug the cameras and dvrs into this. Now
it works even when the power goes out.

I also run the provided application on my laptop at home to view saved fiels and I downloaded the android app so I can check my garage camera to make sure I really did shut the garage door.
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Style Name: 425504-C 4-Channel, 4-Camera Verified Purchase
I've used a multiple of these units in a variety of situations, and they've yet to let me down. I've even had success catching would-be thieves in the complete dark. The it's not lacking any features, and the improvements and services Swann is adding just sweeten the deal.

Setup is simple enough- though I am somewhat of a techie. It includes a mouse for interaction with the UI, and you can even plug a usb keyboard in to make things easier. I've found, though, that connecting to the device on my computer and running the "NetViewer" app that is included makes setting it up way easier.

New features include a dynamic dns service called "Swann DVR", free for customers, makes it much easier to open up your system outside your network for use with smartphones and web browsers wherever you might be. With a bit of port forwarding within my router, you can set it up with all your devices quite simply. Their customer service is very helpful with this as well, even taking control of your computer and configuring everything for you.

The motion sensing features, along with the "night vision", make this an extremely efficient system. Just set it to only record when it senses motion (you can even specify where on screen to look, so if there's a tree that always moves or cars that go by it knows to ignore that area). This means I can just glance if there are any recordings, and if there are, I know something happened and I check it out. No more running through hours of footage just to see if something happened.

The included cameras have good video quality, but if you're looking for very powerful night vision, just buy a separate camera to plug into the BNC port in the back. It's couldn't be more simple.
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Style Name: 425504-C 4-Channel, 4-Camera Verified Purchase
Have had this for about 2 weeks now, and i'm satisfied with it for the $300 paid.

-ease of setup
-nice daytime video
-weather resistant

-nighttime video pretty snowy
-one of the four cameras seems of less video quality than the others

One thing I can't figure out is the motion detection setup. It seems to be recording video all the time even when set to motion capture. What's the point if it's recording all the time anyway? UPDATE: solved

2ND UPDATE: Been using this setup for over a year now and it's been doing what it's supposed to.
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Style Name: 825508-C 8-Channel, 8-Camera Verified Purchase
Most of the other reviews will give you an idea of what you are buying. It seems to be a good unit for the money. I use the Swann app on my Samsung Galaxy S III, not as intuitive as you'd like but it gets the job done for free.

I would like to focus on some install and setup issues.

For the phone app, if your DVR password is longer than 6 characters the whole password is not necessary, only enter the first 6 characters (this took forever to discover, very painful). Also, the app/DVR only supports 4 cameras at a time for this model, so even though you get 8 cameras with this unit (2250), you can only view 4 at a time. It's easy to switch to other cameras, but you get an error message when trying to access more than four at a time.

I did set up port forwarding on my Linksys router (I ran a cat5 cable to the DVR), this enabled me to view my cameras on my desktop and will aide in setting up the more intricate details. This .pdf helped with that process... do a google search for "swann view easy setup DVR8 I6-8500", should be the first to pop up.

My wife has an I-phone/pad/pod (#ridiculous), so this should help those out there with "those" gadgets... google search "swannview for iphone"

I ran all my cables through the attic, my daughter helped (small person). I connected the DVR RCA out to my 60" TV...so I can just switch the input and view my cameras if needed, no additional monitor necessary.

Additionally, if all your cameras don't appear, or you see "signal lost"...you might have a power issue, try adjusting your DVR power supply setup.

Finally, the manual that comes with the unit is printed poorly in black and white, many of the images are of poor quality. Go to Swann.com, DVRs and Monitoring kits, then scroll down for the DVR8-2550...there are a few there, just find yours.

I hope it helps, maybe it will save you some stress. Best of luck!
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