MVPower 960H 4 Channel Home CCTV System With Two Outdoor Cameras review
Kindly sent in by the seller for free, in return for an honest and unbiased review, we have the MVPower 96oH Home CCTV System.(Receiving this product for free, has not affected my overall opinion of the product).
Product Specification: (Taken From Amazon Product Listing)
- 960H Recording Resolution– Provide High-Quality Video
- Innovative P2P Easy Network Setup — Remote Access Only In Few Minutes
- Easy & Quick Remote Access via smartphone and tablet
- Advanced Motion Detection; Email alert with text when motion is detected
- 600TVL Day/Night Vision Indoor/Outdoor Camera
In the box:
I was very impressed with everything you get in the box with this system. For only £44.99 (At time of this review), you get:
- 1 X DVR Box
- 1 X DVR Box Remote
- 1 X USB Optical Mouse
- 2 X 600 TVL Indoor and Outdoor Day and Night Vision Cameras
- 2 X Extremely Long Camera to DVR and Power in Sockets
- 1 X 4 Port Power Cable Splitter
- 2 X 12 V Power Adapters, One for Camera and One for DVR Box
- 2 X Camera Mounting Stands With Screws
- 4 X Small Hard Drive Screws
- 1 X Instruction Manual
DVR Box Design:
The DVR Box that comes with this package is a basic little box. It’s black in color and is about the size of a DVD player. Along the front is the branding along with various little images that inform of the DVR boxes abilities. The back of the box is home to the various different inputs and outputs the box has. With this being a four channel box it has only four camera connection ports, however, there are many different models by MVPower with different amounts of channels if four isn’t enough. This particular package comes without a hard drive disc so if you want to record from the cameras you are going to need to provide your own hard drive disc. Installing a hard drive disc into this DVR is really easy. There are five screws holding the upper casing onto the body of the DVR three around the back and one at each side. Remove these five screws and slide the top cover off, to reveal the bare guts inside of the DVR box. There is already a SATA cable and power cable inside the box attached to the main board simply plug these into your 3.5-inch hard drive disc and line the hard drive up with four guide holes at the bottom of the DVR. Then using four tiny screws provided secure the hard drive to the DVR box. Once all this is done simply slide the cover back into place and secure it with the screws. According to the instructions only 3.5 inch hard drives between 320GB and 2TB can be installed in this system. I haven’t tested these claims but I have installed a 1TB 3.5-inch hard drive and it works great. At first though you may need to format your drive so it works with DVR. This is an easy task and can be done from within the DVR settings.
600TVL Indoor and Outdoor Camera Design:
The 600TVL cameras provided with this system are mid-sized tubular shaped cameras that have a tough metal exterior shell and have been designed to be weatherproof for outdoor use. At the back of the 600TVL is a long enough video out/power in cable that the extremely long DVR cable connects to. The 600TVL can be mounted either from the back or from the bottom depending on how you want the camera to be positioned. There is a threaded hole available on both the back and bottom of the camera itself. The front of the camera is, of course, home to the sensor, lens and a tonne of infra-red lights and sensors for night vision use. There is no onboard microphone with this camera model, so audio will have to picked up by a separate microphone connected to the DVR box.
Setting this CCTV kit up was easy, but very time-consuming which is expected when cables need to be routed and cameras secured to walls or window sills. It took me a couple of hours to set up the cameras and route the cables but, all, in all, it was an easy job to do. However don’t expect any help or advice from the provided instructions as they don’t seem to mention any information about camera mounting at all. Well tell a lie they mention it once, but that’s just about night vision and nothing else.
When the hardware setup is complete it is, of course, time to set up the software of the DVR itself. Turning on the DVR with a monitor connected as well as the cameras will instantly bring up a grid of four display a camera in each channel square that has a camera associated with it. Using the mouse or remote you can then bring yourself to a sub menu but first you will have to enter your login in details which are by default admin for username and the password which is blank (Nothing at all). Once this is done you will be able to access the DVR menu in which you can format your hard drive, set the DVR up for use through the internet and change general settings of the DVR.
Because this DVR is able to be connected to your router through an ethernet cable you are able to remotely view your attached cameras. This can be done through a mobile phone or web-based interface. I haven’t actually used the mobile phone software but have had plenty of use of the web-based interface. To use this, you need to first need to enable the appropriate settings in the DVR to be given an ID that is used to login to the software this is easy to do and is detailed within the instructions. Once you have this ID you are able to then log in to the software and remotely view your cameras and recordings.
One thing I have noticed with these cameras is that the video quality is better when viewed directly from the DVR. if viewed online the footage from the cameras becomes pixelated making it hard to see faces and objects. The same is to be said for recordings played back over the net as well. When played back through the DVR itself the recordings live feed become a lot more bearable. At night when viewed through the DVR the black and white footage is actually of a decent quality however if the camera sensor is picking up too much a white surface such as a window ledge then night vision becomes unusable pretty much with nothing but a white cloud taking up footage space. During the day though this isn’t an issue.
Using the DVR is fairly easy with a straightforward interface and option of a mouse or remote for control. There are various settings and options for the user to choose from as well as the option to view the display with between one to four squares present with each square showing footage from the camera connected to that squares port. Camera squares can also be enlarged to a full-screen size to see the full-screen footage. Recorded footage can also be played back from the DVR.
Using the web-based interface is easy as well but it is recommended you use Internet Explorer. I did try with Chrome, but it didn’t work. Once I had entered the address on Internet Explorer I had to install a plugin that the website automatically asked me to install. The software is easy to use but as I said above the quality of camera footage is poor over an internet connection which is a bit of let down.
A great value for money kit. However don’t expect it to be the best thing you will ever use as at this price point it not been designed to be amazing, it’s been designed to get the job done one way or another. It has decent enough video quality if viewed from the DVR but if using the online software the results are fairly poor. Again though if you are looking for just a cheap setup that will get the job done then this is a perfect little starter kit.
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