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SVAT CV0204DVR Web-Ready DVR Security System with 4 High-Resolution Indoor/Outdoor Night Vision Surveillance Cameras

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  • Includes 160GB hard drive
  • Includes 4 color night vision CCD cameras
  • Has built-in motion detection
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Product Description

Product Description

The CV0204DVR is one of SVAT's feature packed digital video recorders. This complete system comes with four outdoor CCD cameras and can display all four (quad view) at the same time. Customize the recording and set a 24-hour recording schedule based on your preferences. You can choose to have the DVR record continuously during the day, then record only when motion is detected at night. And since each camera is equipped with night vision, you can view and record in total darkness! This DVR can record four different camera views (quad view) simultaneously and play it back at a smooth 30 frames per second. During playback you can even display each camera in full screen or view all four without losing quality. Finding your recorded footage is a breeze. Just search for the time and date it was recorded and the file will be displayed. Everything is stored on the DVR's internal 160GB hard drive allowing you weeks of recording. The DVR can be set to overwrite old footage when the drive does run out of space, allowing you continuous recording, year after year. The CV0204DVR also has a built-in internet server for remote viewing. Just plug the DVR into your internet connection and set it up with the included software. Then simply type in your IP address to monitor your home or business remotely, from any internet-enabled computer in the world! You can even play back recorded footage, save picture or movie files to your computer, and more, all through a web browser. This versatile surveillance system is an ideal solution for anyone who wants to monitor their property whether they're at home or away.

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From the Manufacturer

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Easy Setup
Easy setup
View Video Online
View Video Online

Record 150 Days of Video
Record 150 Days of Video
Four Hi-Res Cameras
Four Hi-Res Cameras

CV0204DVR Overview

  • Do-it-yourself system allows you to set up and monitor your property without need for a professional installer
  • View video online with no service fees from any computer in the world
  • Record up to 150 days of continuous video footage on the Seagate SV35 series 160GB hard drive
  • Four high resolution cameras provide a clear view of people and objects, even at night
  • 24/7 lifetime live customer support is available through phone, email, and live web chat both before and after you buy

Introducing CV0204DVR: Web Ready DVR Security System with 4 High Resolution Indoor/Outdoor Night Vision Surveillance Cameras

There's nothing more important than the safety and security of your business and property. Be comforted knowing that day and night, at home or away, the things you own are safe and the people you care about are protected. SVAT’s CV0204DVR is a complete recording system that allows you to view live and recorded footage from any Internet-enabled computer, anywhere in the world. You can record up to 150 continuous days of video footage and customize recording options and warning alarms. The four included cameras are equipped with automatically activating night vision that allows you to see your property and belongings, even in total darkness. Let the CV0204DVR give you the peace of mind that comes with the convenience of viewing your property day or night from any location. Now you’ll never miss what is happening at home or work.

CV0204DVR Highlights

Fast & Hassle-Free Setup
The CV0204DVR is one of SVAT’s complete do-it-yourself systems that are incredibly easy to set up and use with no need to hire a professional installer. Auto-start recording ensures that your system will automatically begin recording as soon as you plug it in to a power outlet. You can easily monitor entryways, offices, shops, warehouses, children's rooms, garages, or any other area in your business or home.

View Video Online with No Service Fees
Regardless of where you are in the world, you can view the CV0204DVR’s live or recorded video footage on any internet accessible computer with Internet Explorer. See what is happening on your property and check in on your employees or family members. (Requires a router, Windows operating system, Internet Explorer browser, and broadband Internet connection for online viewing).

Record up to 150 Days of Continuous Video
We use the only hard drive ever designed specifically for DVR security systems. The CV0204DVR's 160GB Seagate SV35 series hard drive can hold over 150 days of continuous video. Optimized for 24/7 surveillance, the hard drive provides reliability and quality. In order to achieve the “Storage by Seagate” mark, our DVRs are subject to rigorous testing at Seagate’s testing facilities in Longmont, Colorado.

Four Professional Grade Hi-Res Cameras
The hi-res indoor/outdoor color cameras provide you with clear, crisp, and enhanced video at 420 TV lines of resolution. They allow you to better distinguish facial features, which can help in the positive identification of individuals. Each camera is built with professional grade aluminum housing and a sunshade to help prevent deterioration or rusting.

View in the Dark with Automatic Night Vision
The cameras come equipped with night vision, allowing you to see any monitored area (up to 15ft away) in total darkness. Each camera has 12 infrared LEDs that activate automatically when it becomes dark and deactivate during the day to save energy. You will always be able to see what is happening in your yard or at your business after-hours.

Advanced Motion Activated Recording
You have the option to record video only when motion is detected. Finding important video footage using the playback feature is easy, and will also save you time and conserve hard drive space. You can even set individual cameras to detect motion while the others continuously record. Advanced motion detection settings ensure that false alarms are not triggered—the easy motion detection "mask" allows you to block out areas with constant movement, such as roads or blowing trees so that only suspicious activity is recorded.

24/7 Scheduled Recording to Meet Your Needs
You can fully customize a weekly recording schedule. You can choose which days of the week and hours of the day you want to continuously record, motion record, or not record at all. Each camera can be scheduled with different settings (up to 30 frames per second per camera).

Easily Connects to TV for Viewing
The DVR supports external TV/monitors with RCA connections. This is useful for monitoring from multiple locations within your business or home, and provides a larger view of your cameras.

Find Your Video Footage Easily with Time, Date, and Event Search
Simply choose the desired date and time range, and the requested video clips will appear. Clips are also labeled by event, which makes it easy to find footage that was captured by motion detection.

Endless Location Options with 60ft of Wiring Per Camera
The included 60ft camera wiring gives you flexibility in the installation of your cameras and allows you to increase each camera’s range. If you need additional 60ft cable lengths, you can purchase the CVW62. The single wire also conveniently carries both the power and video signals, so you are only running one wire per camera (maximum 180ft cable length per camera is recommended).

We'll Get You Online with Our 24/7 Lifetime Live Customer Support
Assistance is available for you whenever you need it. Simply visit www.svat.com for illustrated networking guides, simple tips on how to protect your property, and instructional videos on topics such as camera placement. Our customer support team can be reached by phone 24/7, or by e-mail and live web chat services so that you will always have access to an expert.



What's in the Box
  • 4CH DVR with 160GB HDD
  • 4 Indoor/Outdoor CCD Cameras
  • 4 x 60ft RCA video/power wire
  • 4 Camera Power Adapters
  • 1 DVR Power Adapter
  • 5 BNC connectors
  • RJ-45 Ethernet Cable
  • Software Installation CD
  • RCA to RCA Wire (male)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 24/7 Lifetime Live Customer Support

Product Information

Product Dimensions 13 x 2 x 11 inches
Item Weight 6.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 20 pounds
ASIN B000NTK73S
Item model number CV0204DVR
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,531 in Home Improvement > Safety & Security > Home Security & Surveillance > Complete Surveillance Systems > Surveillance DVR Kits
#3,406 in Home Improvement > Safety & Security > Home Security & Surveillance > Surveillance Video Equipment
#9,149 in Camera & Photo > Surveillance Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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I recently bought this system and spent yesterday installing and tinkering with it. I am quite happy with it! Here are my thoughts: Everything that came in the box was as expected, save that the DVR didn't have an S-video output as I had seen it with before (I believe I bought an "upgraded" one which didn't have the output). I was initially disappointed, but later found that the regular video-only composite output worked fine for me. That was my only disappointment with the system, and it has turned out to be a non-issue. One of the big things I was looking for was ensuring that each camera didn't require a local power source, as I didn't relish the idea of running receptacles to each camera location. This one has a single cable with an S-video connector that runs to each camera and carries both power AND video signal, so that worked out great. Installation was a breeze (despite spending a day in my attic) and the components worked together the first time I put the system together. Bringing the picture up through the web was also a snap as well - the instructions in the user guide are quite good for what you need to do. One of the biggest complaints about this system (and really all others in the sub-$1000 price range) that I had read before buying it is the lack of night vision clarity. I don't know what people are talking about with this particular system because I was impressed with the picture I got from the night vision from the cameras - out to about 20 feet away from the camera in a completely dark inside room and with some lights (like indirect lighting through windows) my outdoor cameras were able to have a complete field of view. As far as installation, I am not a techie, but installing it was very straightforward and made sense.Read more ›
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My company bought this system to monitor an industrial robot. They work great and the picture quality is decent. It interfaced with our network easy enough. It is a great resource to be able to review the video history and even save screenshots and .avi videos to our pc's.

Only cons that kept this from getting 5 stars:
1. The camera mounts are terrible. They are poorly designed and have to be readjusted often. We fixed this by globbing silicone caulk around the base so they wouldn't move.

2. There is a well known hdd problem with these units. Apparently if you are recording and lose power, the hdd can get corrupted. This happened to us a few months after installing it. Luckily, all I had to do was use the reformat option in the menu and the hdd worked again even though we lost the data.

3. If you lose power you can lose all of your settings (camera setups and IP addresses) It can be a pain to fix but not that big of a deal.

4. When reviewing video history, the dvr makes chapters every 45-60mins. You pick one of these chapters and then have to ffw to the part you want to see. The ffw can be pretty slow and it takes awhile to get towards the end of the chapter.

Other than listed above we have been very happy with this system. At six hundred bucks you just can't beat it. We just ordered another and I'm sure it won't be the last.
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SVAT CV0204DVR Web Ready DVR Security System w/4 High Resolution Indoor/Outdoor Night Vision Surveillance Cameras I recently purchased this item after going through the past couple of years with some moderate vandilism and criminal mischief around our house (ie. taking our decorative hay bails and lining them up across the road, stealing our decorative garden light, and breaking into our backyard to let our dogs out ultimately with one getting struck by a vehicle.) Anyway, these events led me on the hunt for a way to secure the place my family lives. I researched many types of camera systems and even consulted some experts and with my security background I came to the conclusion I need something simple and easy to install. When I came across this product, I knew I found what I was looking for. Well priced, good coverage, connects to the tv in the living room or any tv in the house for that matter, and I can see it from anywhere in the world! One point here, if you work for the government or somewhere with major firewalls, don't plan on being able to access this system from their network, I already tried and it doesn't work. Anyway, the installation was easy, I did spend most of the day in the attic running cables, but it was worth it. As far as the night vision goes, it works fine for me, although it's so windy here I do have to keep the lenses clean of the dust that blows around. The pictures day and night are perfect for my needs and it's in full color during the day. I did have some trouble with my internet service provider at first when I was attempting to access the system over the internet. But, a couple of phone calls to the SVAT support desk and I was up and running without any problems except the whole government computer issue. I now have full coverage around the house and my worries are minimized.
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We recently purchased and installed the SVAT web ready DVR system at our place of business after being hit by thieves and vandals. The night vision cameras were unbelievably bright in a dimly lit area. Some of the features I like about this unit is of course the night vision cameras, the ability to view the cameras over the internet, the ability to record continuously or as motion sensors.
This unit was well worth the money. We have not been burglarized or vandalized since installing these. The presence is an excellent deterent. HOWEVER, If they come back -- We are ready!
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