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Night Owl Security STA-168 Night Owl Security 16 Channel STA DVR with 8 Night Vision Cameras 500 GB HD and Smartphone Viewing, 30-Feet

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  • Pre-installed 500GB SATA HD
  • Motion activated email alerts
  • 8 color indoor/outdoor night vision 30' cameras
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Product Description

Style: STA-168 16-Channel

Product Description

Pre-installed 500GB SATA HD. Motion activated email alerts. Viewable over Smartphones, PC's and Tablet PC's . Connects directly to your TV or monitor (VGA/RCA). 4 color indoor/outdoor night vision 30' cameras. Includes: power adapter for cameras and DVR, 60ft of cable per camera, RCA cable, Ethernet cable, mouse, remote control, install card, security stickers and support material

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Night Owl's STA-168
 

Night Owl’s STA-168 is an advanced 16 channel / 8 camera Video Security System with pre-installed 500GB hard drive. You will have peace of mind knowing that you can access the system on your Smartphone, Tablet, PC or MAC, no matter where you are located in the world.  You will have true 24/7 video security day and night with real-time motion activated email alerts and easy Smartphone access.  

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STA168featurespic2 Key Features
• 16 Channel Smart DVR with pre installed 500GB Hard Drive and 8 Night Vision Cameras
• Free "Night Owl Lite" Application which allows you to view multiple DVRs from one app
• Free CMS software for your PC
• Motion Activated Recording/Email Alerts
• PC and MAC Compatible
• 24/7 Web and Technical Phone Support (English & Spanish)

View your Cameras anywhere in the World from your Smartphone or Tablet PCs

Night Owl STA Series Surveillance Kits are manufactured for you to have reliable and affordable video security accessible at your fingertips anywhere in the world. All Night Owl STA Series DVRs come with our free Smartphone and Tablet application called "Night Owl Lite". This free Apple (IOS) and Android accessible app allows you to access multiple DVRs and view multiple cameras at once. STA Series DVRs can also be viewed over select 3G/4G smartphones.

Viewable over "Night Owl Lite" Application for Android and Apple® (IOS) Devices:
• View 4 channels simultaneously on 1 screen
• Access multiple DVRs in 1 application

Viewable over Tablet PCs:
• iPads®
• Tablet PC running Windows® Mobile
• Windows® 7
• Android® Operating System

Viewable over 3G/4G Smartphones:
• Windows® Mobile Pro (Windows® Mobile 2003 & Windows® Mobile 5.0 or above, touch Screen only)
• Symbian® (S60 3rd Edition, 240x320/320x240, & 5th Edition, touch screen: 360x640/640x360)
• iPhones® (iPhone® OS 3.0 or above)
• Blackberry® (Blackberry® Operating System OS 5.0, non-touch screens, & OS 6.0 non-touch screens)
• Android® (Android® Version 1.5 or above)

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View and Control Your DVR Anywhere in the World from any PC or Mac® Computer

In addition, all STA series DVRs are accessible over the internet via PC and MAC computers. The included Control Management Software (CMS) for PCs gives you the ability to monitor multiple locations on one computer screen. Purchase up to 100 different STA series DVRs or surveillance kits and access all of them at once with the included CMS software.

PC and MAC Compatible
• View, Playback, Backup, Configure DVR Settings remotely via Safari 5.1 or 6.0, Internet Explorer or Included PC Software

Powerful Control Management Software (CMS)
• Log onto 100 DVRs at once
• View multiple locations on one screen
• Compatible with all Night Owl LTE, BUL and STA Series DVRs
• Compatible with Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8

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Motion Activated Recording with Real Time Email Alerts

Motion activation allows you to record only when necessary, and makes it easy to find important footage during video playback. This will save you time and conserve hard drive space. Enhanced motion detection settings ensure that false alarms are not triggered. An easy motion detection mask allows you to block out areas with constant movement, such as roads or trees. This feature also will send you a real time email alert with an image attachment to your Smartphone or PC when the cameras detect movement.

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Connects Directly to your TV or Monitor
This DVR easily connects to your TV for instant viewing and comes equipped with 1 video output so you can connect multiple TVs. For your convenience we have included a 6ft RCA cable. In addition to being able to connect directly to your TV, this DVR also comes equipped with a VGA output jack to connect directly with any computer monitor or TV with a VGA input (VGA cable not included).

Simple Point and Click Interface with a 500GB Hard Drive Pre-Installed
All STA Series DVRs come equipped with a state of the art, easy to use icon based interface. All you need to do is point and click to access any of the features of the DVR. The interface is very user friendly and comes equipped with both a USB mouse and remote control. Utilizing H.264 compression this system records up to 1 year of video with its pre-installed 500GB SATA hard drive (expandable up to 2TB SATA). The hard drive was specifically designed for DVRs, and provides faster read/write times and reliable recording of your video surveillance footage.

Cameras

8x Indoor/Outdoor Cameras with Clear and Crisp Image Resolution
• The sleek metal housing is specifically designed to be used indoors or outdoors and can withstand temperatures between 0°F and 114°F. Utilizing IP-65 the camera is water and weather resistant. The 8 cameras come with 60ft of cable per camera and can be extended if needed. They connect directly to your DVR utilizing the industry standard BNC connectors. All Night Owl cameras are compatible with every Night Owl DVR system.

• Utlizing an advanced CMOS sensor each camera
can produce clear and crisp images with 420 TV lines of resolution. That gives you the ability to record
facial recognition from over 20ft away.

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Night Vision up to 30ft Away in Complete Darkness
• The cameras also come equipped with 11 infrared LEDs that provide over 30ft of night vision in the dark. Having the ability to see what is happening inside your home or business day or night is crucial for
video surveillance.

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STA168featurespic9 Professional Installation Services
This kit comes packaged with all the cables and accessories you will need to install yourself.  Don't have the time to install the system yourself? We offer installation services throughout the continental US via InstallerNet. Call our installation service department at 1-800-806-5513 and they will give you a quote over the phone and then schedule an appointment for your installation (This is an optional service, fees will apply).
STA168featurespic10 Real 24/7 Phone and Web Support
All Night Owl security products come with free lifetime 24/7, 365 days a year full technical phone support in English and Spanish. Rest assured you can reach us anytime and day. Please visit our website at www.NightOwlSP.com for free How-To-Videos, software upgrades, manuals and contact information.

In today's world, owning a digital video surveillance system is absolutely critical for keeping your family or business safe. Unlike alarm systems, digital video recorders (DVRs) have the ability to not only warn you when motion has been detected but it will record hard video evidence. In addition, all recordings can be easily backed up or transferred digitally and given to the proper authorities. Don't wait until it is too late; protect your home and/or business today with a Night Owl Surveillance Kit.

Product Information

Style:STA-168 16-Channel
Product Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 18 pounds
ASIN B00974LUKY
Item model number STA-168
Batteries 1 12V batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 178 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #766 in Home Improvement > Safety & Security > Home Security & Surveillance > Complete Surveillance Systems > Surveillance DVR Kits
#1,727 in Home Improvement > Safety & Security > Home Security & Surveillance > Surveillance Video Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com September 7, 2012

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Style Name: STA-168 16-Channel Verified Purchase
I have been using this system now for over 6 months. It has never crashed, and has actually saved me in a legal matter. A major delivery company delivered 3 laptops to my home, leaving them on my porch - except they really only delivered 2! Caught on tape! BAM, no problem getting that claim paid extremely quickly.

The set up of the dvr is not entirely intuitive. It does include a helpful CD/DVD installation media; which includes a full manual, and software for most every platform for controlling and viewing the cameras. The best resource is the company's website. They have a very robust website, with video links to every imaginable question answered and demonstrated on film.

You could just stick up the cameras, plug them in, and everything would work. No doubt, most will want to delve in a bit to customize some of the settings.

I will break this into 2 sections. The DVR itself including software, and the cameras.

The DVR:

It is black in color, light weight, and housed in a metal case. The are multiple ports on the back for up to 16 bnc connectors, Video out: vga (dsub) and BNC (includes adapter BNC to RCA plug), usb mouse, ethernet, pan tilt and zoom, and DC power supply input.

You should know that if you are putting this near your entertainment stack, there is an annoying red light that will incessantly blink when motion is detected and the unit is recording. You can obviously fix this with a bit of tape.

The interface is a bit quirky, but you can figure it out fairly quickly. Mostly, left click selects, and right click takes you back. Somehow the network autoconfigure, automatically opened all of the necessary ports on my Verizon FIOS router.
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Style Name: STA--44 4-Channel Verified Purchase
I have owned camera systems in the past, and recently purchased this Night Owl system and am pleasantly surprised by the level of customer support I have received from them. I was able to reach their 24/7 tech support via phone after I got home from work. 2 things of note, 1st, its awesome that they are open any time as I hate calling from work as this unit is for home, and 2nd, the support wasn't overseas with someone reading from a training manual (Cassandra was very nice and professional).

The cameras are solid and are simple to install, others I’ve used in the past are cheap plastic. They include a simple 1 page quick start guide that will get you from start to finish, and also watched the how-to videos on the Night Owl website [...] which were very helpful.

Ended up calling support and she configured my network settings and got me hooked up on the internet in less than 10 minutes and now I can view all my cameras using my iPhone. The app they told me to download was “Night Owl Lite”…best part about it is it’s FREE.

This is a lot of system and service for such a great price. Will probably be buying another one in the near future for work.
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Style Name: STA--44 4-Channel Verified Purchase
Bought on a lightning deal for under $200.00. I had already bought two other systems and returned them both because they were complicated and not very "user friendly".

I decided to keep this one because it advertises LIFETIME customer support. Finally I made a good decision. This system works great. I have zero networking experience but the excellent customer service people not only explained what to do but logged on to my PC and set everything up for me in a matter of minutes.

They even made a hand typed note explaining how to do some basics and placed it on my desktop so I could not lose it. Seriously, who does that? This is customer service at its finest.

I made a mistake and pointed one of my cameras towards the front yard where it picked up every car driving down the highway which resulted in hundreds of emails a day. I called customer service again and was up and running perfect in under 5 minutes.

The cameras and DVR function exactly as described. I only have DSL basic and was concerned the quality might not be very good. This was not a problem. Video is not choppy and the clarity if fine.

I am waiting for this to go back on a lightning deal so I can buy a second one for my primary residence.

I highly recommend this product.

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Style Name: STA--88 8-Channel Verified Purchase
I bought this system mainly because of its price and the decent reviews across the web of the company. It is not a high end system but it will do for regular home surveillance. I tested the product out of the box and everything I tested worked fine. The cameras came on and the DVR was functional. (did not test the system over the internet) The IR is not the best outdoors but you get better IR inside the home due to the reflection of the IR light off the surfaces in the home. The Cameras will do well for facial recognition within 10-20 feet this would be the typical range in which you'd expect to find that in this price range.

I gave this system 3 stars due to its ability to be tampered with and the fact the images of the cameras lead you astray. I live in a ranch style home meaning I'm in a single story and I cannot place my cameras up high enough that they could not be tampered with easily. The wires attached to the Camera for both power and video feed are exposed to the elements which leaves them highly susceptible to vandalism. Other systems have a "vandal-proof" design where it goes through the post and is covered.

The camera system should be enough of a deterrent but some criminals consider it a challenge and will look for blind spots or vulnerabilities. I'd rather not welcome the challenge and make it easy.

Other than the mentioned security risk this system is a sound investment especially for internal building surveillance as well higher than one story mounting outdoors. I'd recommend this purchase for people in those two situations that are looking for a cheap system for security surveillance.
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