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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had Hoped For, November 12, 2010
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This review is from: Archerfish Quattro 4-Channel H.264 Intelligent Video Surveillance System with Weatherproof Mini Cameras (Black) (Electronics)
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I was disappointed by the amount of work required to get this system functioning. The company recommends a professional installation, which would drive the cost way up. All the cameras are wired and require feeding to the various locations where they would be useful. Then there is the internet requirement and subscription setup. By time I was done figuring out what to do I was more concerned about privacy issues than security.

I do not live in a high crime area, but I had hoped to use this for some simple security and convenience. I wanted to monitor our garage doors to make sure the kids shut them at night. I also wanted to monitor the front door. We are on a corner lot and the other place I had hoped to put a camera was on the side with no windows. So, give this criteria, I would either have to pay someone $400+ to run the cables, or do it myself. I chose to do i myself and run the cables along the outside instead of through the wall. It didn't last long. I found there wasn't enough cable for the side camera, and it was a pain with the others.

Now, I had a minimum setup, and went to the next step. I know you can get a free account, but I really don't like the fact that you have to go through an internet connection in order to use this product. I know it offers a number of features and is most likely secure, still it didn't leave me feeling very comfortable.

Overall, I think this is probably best for a small office rather than a home. The difficulty getting things setup and privacy concerns keep me from giving this product a great review.

BTW, I purposely chose not to do a technical review on this system because I thought the issues I faced were more relevant than commenting on what is available from others.
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