I’m on my fourth DVR security system in 16 years, with the latest being only about two months old. How good it is, only time will tell, but thus far very happy with it.
With camera’s, I’ve been through cheap and expensive, and in terms of reliability, my cheaper cameras have actually lasted the longest thus far, with me finally replacing a few of those I’ve had since the beginning. I’ve probably had to replace over 30 cameras during this time. Most of them were because the lens lets moisture in, but there were other problems.
Present system is about ¼ the size of my last DVR and runs so quiet, I can’t hear it running even when right next to it. And it came with 4 color cameras already and cables, connections, etc. Since my cameras and cables were already in place, it only took about three minutes to change out. One feature I really like about this one is the remote viewing. Quiet a few have this now. Now I can be pretty much be anywhere, and with a smart phone and a click, see what is going on at my place. To get that feature, you need a router, and a ISP, and of course a smart phone. You can also use the remote viewing on other computers, and/or other smart phones, the code you enter will enable others to watch it too if you like.
Harbor Freight has a system they are selling that has remote viewing, but I’ve been told you have to pay an extra annual fee for their service. I believe most don’t charge you though.
Best part with my present system, I actually got it at Walmart (don’t hate) for $299.99. Other systems I have had over the years cost well over $1,000. This one is called a Swan. They also have a Nighthawk system for $279.99. Spent another $50.00 for a router.
At slowest frames per second I set it to 6 on each camera, and it’ll go a month (two weeks on 8 cameras) on four cameras before the hard drive runs out, and simply starts recording over it again. It can record motion only if you like, but I like having them all manual record at all times, that way you don’t take a chance on missing anything.
Security systems are more affordable than ever before.