Zmodo 8 Channel 1080p HDMI NVR System Wireless 4 Outdoor 720p HD + 4 Indoor Wide Angle Security Camera System 500GB Hard Drive Cloud Service Available
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Zmodo - 1080p HDMI NVR - Wireless 4x 720p Outdoor Cameras 4x 720p Indoor Security Cameras System 500GB HDD
Most helpful customer reviews
111 of 116 people found the following review helpful.
... I got this up and running it is a great system. People who say the app and video ...
By Amazon Customer
Once I got this up and running it is a great system. People who say the app and video are laggy might be having issues because their router is out of date. I had problems with the cameras dropping signal and going offline. The app also took forever to connect to the cameras. I replaced my router with an ASUS RT-AC66U and everything works great. My old router wasn't up to date enough to handle all of the additional traffic. I wonder how many people are having issues and are blaming it on the system when it is actually their router.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Great value. You get a lot for your money
By Bubbas Garage Vlogs
Great value. You get a lot for your money. The installation was really easy but where things got complicated was when we learned that the cameras were fully accessible from the public internet. Though it was secure via user name and password we did not want the cameras for be accessible outside of our own local network. Zmodo support was not very helpful at all and insisted that the cameras required internet access. We locked down the cameras from being pushed out side the the network to finalize our installation. All in all very happy with the setup. I think their is a lot of room for improvement with the system including more documentation for those power users that might want to take things to the next level.
59 of 65 people found the following review helpful.
I have installed several different systems including Q-See, Swann, Defender and Foscam. All required some port forwarding and networking savvy. The only networking I had to complete with this system was plugging the NVR into my router. The app manages initial camera setup so all you need to know is the password to your 2.4Ghz band router and the SSID should have no spaces. If your router signal is named Get off my LAN it should be renamed to Get_off_my_LAN.
If you plan on using a 3rd party service like Tinycam or IPcamviewer this NVR/cameras will not work without some solid tinkering. I emailed zmodo for old firmware, went through the installation process and was able to get video through Tinycam, but it was only low def. I didn’t feel like setting up RTSP streams for HD viewing so I boxed everything up, printed the return label and there the package sat for days.
In my dealings with zmodo online chat I asked them why they bricked so many users’ cameras with the firmware update that locked out 3rd party viewers. They stated port vulnerabilities and users not setting passwords left hundreds of thousands of cameras ‘open’ to the internet hence the new firmware update. I was furious. I didn’t care that some idiot out there forgot to set a password and Vladimir Putin is now watching their dog make sweet sweet love to Teddy Ruxpin. That’s on them. I had a mixed bag of cameras watching my house and used Tinycam as my monitor/DVR since it could upload motion to google drive.
Then I started thinking about these cameras and NVR sitting in the box. My current system is over 4 years old, 960H, hardwired with huge bullet cameras. I started thinking about the network vulnerabilities zmodo proactively took action to correct. Granted the update wasn’t rolled out in a professional manner as Zmodo should have warned users (or given a choice) that their devices 3rd party capability will be removed, but at least they did something.
Conversely, Foscam hasn’t released a firmware update (for my cameras) in over 2 years.
I rolled the dice, setup and installed a few cameras to check their quality and I was very impressed! As another reviewer stated the power cord needs electrical tape on the coupling connection if mounted outdoors as they are glorified phone chargers. Four of these cameras have wide(r) angles and the fact that they block bright spots in frame, like the sun or reflections, was a great feature. Testing at night I found the IR cut very good at rendering images clear and crisp. I could even read the plate number on my car! I decided to jump in 112%
As other reviews have stated just make sure you plug in all the cameras before your initial setup or you’ll end up having to delete and reinstall devices through the NVR/app. Speaking of the app.... it has a nice GUI and seems like more thought went into the app than the NVR itself. I DO NOT like the face that I can only view one camera live at a time but found that if you drag down from the top menu, the app will refresh and update the images. The neat thing that also sold me on this kit was the ability to review old NVR footage from the app. Holy crap what a great feature that my other systems never had available.
The NVR itself isn’t that bad - it has basic features but in my mind needs a GUI update. I like being able to choose between “intelligent recording” that only records on motion or set to record constantly. One complaint I do have is how the NVR recognizes cameras and assigns them channels. Upon initial camera setup the NVR assigns channel numbers which corresponds to how it’s displayed on your monitor. If you want a camera displayed on a certain channel in a certain order you have to log the IP address/channel of the cameras then delete and reassign them manually in the NVR. Not a deal breaker, but click and dragging the frame would be much easier (Q-see, Defender and Swann have this feature).
Motion detection is a big deal for me. I am a fan of definable motion grid areas that limit false notifications and recording. However I found the amazon listing isn’t straight forward regarding motion detection of the dome cameras. I confirmed with Zmodo chat that the end user cannot define any detection zones on the dome cameras. This means they will record ANY motion detected like your dog walking by, paintings falling off the wall, Uncle Ted’s poltergeist or confirming aliens exist. The motion detection is fairly accurate across the zmodo board (bullet/dome/cube). Defining the motion grid area is done in the app and I haven’t noticed many false positives once that step is completed. I usually keep the area height short, fairly long and at human height, simulating hikvisions “cross the line” feature.
I contacted Amazon and explained the dome camera issue to which they offered a refund but I asked for a discount instead. The customer service rep offered a goodwill refund of $55! I purchased this during a lightening sale for $219. So I ended up spending $164 on this kit after the refund.
FYI, this NVR can only handle 8 cameras. The app however doesn’t limit the number of cameras so if I wanted I could actually set up the additional 4 cameras but I’ll probably sell them on ebay.
All in all after I got over the lack of 3rd party compatibility I’ve been impressed with this system. It’s a relatively simple set up, just follow the instructions and you’ll be okay.