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Swann SWDVK-825508C-US 8-Channel Digital Video Recorder with Smartphone Viewing and 8x ADS-180 Cameras (Black)

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825508-C 8-Channel, 8-Camera
  • View & record 8 channels of high quality video simultaneously in real time
  • Includes 8 weather resistant, clear resolution 400TVL cameras with powerful night vision to 33ft/10m
  • Set & forget by recording continuously from 8 cameras for 60 days+ onto a massive 500GB hard drive, even longer with motion detection
  • Save time & have peace of mind by easily locating incident video, then transfer to USB flash drive
  • View live or playback on your regular TV or use VGA connection to view on an LCD monitor
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Product Description

Style: 825508-C 8-Channel, 8-Camera

The system includes a state-of-the-art 8 Channel DVR8-2550 digital video recorder for simultaneous viewing and recording of 8 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 CIF real-time recording on all 8 channels (30 fps 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).

Product Details

Style Name: 825508-C 8-Channel, 8-Camera
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.3 x 11.4 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 20.3 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0058W5RT4
  • Item model number: SWDVK-825508C-US
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 1, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

132 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Ron on August 29, 2012
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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 3, 2012
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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 18, 2012
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.

Pros
-price
-ease of setup
-nice daytime video
-weather resistant

Cons
-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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Deebo77 on January 21, 2013
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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