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3.0 out of 5 stars Wireless cameras not quite wireless, September 16, 2013
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This review is from: Lorex LH014501C4WF 4-Channel 500 GB Digital Video Recorder Kit with 4 Wireless Camera (White/Black) (Electronics)
Purchased these for indoor as we've just hired a nanny and we wanted a simple setup to keep an eye on our little one. The camera setup was pretty straightforward - the only hiccup was setting up a mobile user for use with the iPhone and iPad app. Apparently you can only have one mobile user and you configure this user separately to the other user accounts. Go figure. Lorex tech support were helpful (if a little abrupt) and I managed to get remote viewing access pretty quickly.
I probably would have happily given this product more stars if not for two things - the cameras aren't really "wireless" as you still have the power cable running from the cameras. The bit that's wireless is the video communication back to the DVR. While that is still helpful and much cleaner, the issue is that Lorex don't sell extension cables for the power supply, so you're camera placement is limited to within 6ft of your power outlets which is not ideal for all rooms in my apartment. I've seen an extension cable that might work, but nobody has used it for the wireless cameras so I'm trying to get Lorex to confirm before I buy them.

The second issue is the user interface on the DVR itself. It has a bunch of useful features (you can set it to record only if it detects motion, set up motion alarms, and you can even configure the space that it detects the motion in) but all of these features are hidden behind the most unintuitive menu options. Even playback of video is camera by camera and a little painful. This is one of those devices where you HAVE to read the detailed user manual page by page, or call tech support to find out how to do the one thing you're trying to do.

The cameras themselves are good (if larger than I expected), the video quality is also good (although it needs a fair amount or light before it will switch to colour), and I would bump the review up to 4 stars if I can get the power cable extension sorted.
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Initial post: Sep 16, 2013 12:11:07 PM PDT
ok2010 says:
Lorex have confirmed that the BNC-RCA power extension cable will not fit as the barrels are the wrong size. My only other option is to see if a local electrician can extend the cable attached to the power adaptor. Not good, Lorex - this seems like a pretty fundamental oversight.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 9:42:16 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 30, 2013 8:11:46 AM PDT
JPG says:
Genuinely curious here - can't a regular old household power extension cord be used to bring your outlet closer to where you want to mount the camera? Is there something unique about this system that prevents it from working with one?

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 7:01:37 PM PST
How can you knock a wireless camera for not being wireless because you have to plug it in to a power outlet? How else would it get power? If it were a 9V battery, you'd have issue with that. Much easier to plug in to an outlet than to run video cables from the camera all the way back to the DVR. At least it seems that way to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2014 10:27:50 AM PST
Anil Simon says:
I agree. And these camera's are usually placed at high elevations (outside the house, changing batteries even rechargeable ones every few days will not work either. But at the same time I agree that Lorex should have provided an extension power cables (at a reasonable price) that could be easily replace the default cable. Thanks for a detailed review. Appreciate it.

Posted on May 11, 2014 1:20:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 11, 2014 1:21:50 PM PDT
Burghead says:
power extension - try
10 Pack 2.1mm x 5.5mm Female CCTV Power Jack Adapter
&
2.1mm x 5.5mm Male CCTV Power Plug Adapter 10 Pack
&
DIY 18/2 100 Feet In Wall Speaker Wire Spool CL2 Rated UL Listed

wires can hide in our crown molding. power extension problem solved.

about wireless power, i for one believe in maxwell's equations, and this means magnetic fields which can move an amp or so at 10 volts or so, over many feet. Do have any idea the size of the magnet, electromagnetic, rare earth or hybrid required to do this?

fyi, we added outlets near the ceiling to minimize wire runs.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 12:08:16 PM PDT
A. Nava says:
Just a thought here, have you ever heard of an extension cord? You should check them out, from what I hear they can magically extend the distance from the power adapter to your household outlet.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 2:43:10 AM PDT
J. Sreedhar says:
i did not know that there is a wireless power technology, Thank you Mr. OK 2010, i could get one of that to charge my plug in hybrid ?
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