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  1. Mark Dalzell

    38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Software is TERRIBLE, February 10, 2012
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    Mark Dalzell (Jersey City, NJ) –
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    This review is from: CIB K808AV500G H.264 8 CH Network Security Surveillance DVR Recording System Included 500GB HDD (Electronics)

    I purchased this a few months ago based on the stellar reviews everyone gave it, but they obviously haven’t needed to actually play back any footage or backup a copy for the police. The software is USELESS… and when I say useless, I mean there’s physically no way to select the date you want to playback files from. There’s some glitch with the software and the calendar just flips around randomly, sometimes years ahead of the date I want. I spent half an hour just now trying to get a file to catch a shoplifter and it’s impossible.

    Theoretically you can use the remote control on a tv to use it, but the remote barely works and it’s a whole system of unintelligle up and down arrow commands, and once I was trying to input a date and the only characters it would give me to choose from were various types of puncutation – no numbers.

    I gave it 2 stars because you could actually just use it as a live monitor for a security guard sitting in a warehouse or something, so one star for that functionality.

    Yeah yeah the cameras are easy to set up, it starts recording right away, the box is pretty and has lights on it. So what? what’s the point of a security dvr if you can’t view the recorded footage?

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  2. Thomas Hatley

    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good system for basic needs, no real issues, June 23, 2012
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    Thomas Hatley (Oregon, United States) –
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    This review is from: CIB K808AV500G H.264 8 CH Network Security Surveillance DVR Recording System Included 500GB HDD (Electronics)

    Overall impression: basic system that has some nice features, performance/usage seems adequate.

    Setup – Plugged in the system, hooked up the video out to a monitor, turned it on, and the 3×3 grid came up, showing 8 channels (plus 1 empty as 8 is max). I had ordered a ccd camera with it, so opened that up, hooked video cable to the DVR and the camera’s power to a transformer, and the camera’s video signal showed up in the 3×3 grid. So far so good.

    To test the camera’s infrared function out, I turned out the lights, and immediately could see a grayish display that allowed you to see a person from 40+ feet away. During this time I noticed an ‘R’ being displayed on the DVR’s display (specifically within the grid that held the camera’s view), which made me realize that the DVR was recording the video.

    The recording brought me to the Playback function, which uses the Search feature to find recordings….the Search is not too easy to figure out, but once I did I could pull up the recording and watch it…seemed to be doing the job.

    Once I started the permanent installation, I moved the DVR to it’s final location, then started running video cables down through the wall. The cables I used have the video & power both – only after pulling 2 cabled down from the attic and trying to plug them into the DVR did I realize that although the video connections are BNC female on both ends, the power connections are male on one end and female on the other – my luck (which is always BAD) proved out, when I figured out I had pulled the wrong end down, so I had to pull the cables out of the wall, reverse them, then pull them back down. Lots of work in a hot attic!

    Once the cables were pulled, I mounted the cameras then fed the cables to them and hooked them up. On the DVR end, hooked up the video, then had a choice on power – could use a wall-wart aka transformer for each cable, or buy the 4-connection 12vdc device which provides power to 4 cameras (more if you buy the 1-into-2 splitters) – I used the 4-connection device, and plugged it into the cables near the DVR. By the time I finished adding a total of 6 cameras onto the DVR, there are quite a few cables behind the DVR – might want to keep this in mind when planning.

    Once all 6 cameras were running, I started working with the motion detection config… each camera channel can be configured with a ‘mask’ that defines where within the camera’s image motion is noticed (or ignored). This makes it very nice when you might have a small tree or hanging plant that might move in the wind – you can tell the DVR to ignore motion within a given area. Each camera signal has 4 levels of sensitivity – default is 2 – I found that 2 seems to miss quite a bit, but when I bumped it to 3 I got better results – I tried 4 (the highest) but it seemed to start recording on such small motion that I couldn’t actually tell what had triggered the recording.

    I also played around with the remote access (via network) from my local network (LAN). The browser requires an Active-X plugin, and even though I turned off every security setting I could find in IE, Windows 7 would not allow me to install the plugin, because the publisher was listed as ‘unknown’ and Win7/IE would NOT accept that. I finally found that by downloading it in FireFox (had to turn off Symantec Antivirus first) I could install it and run….which gives a nice GUI to work with from your laptop. This Graphical User Interface (GUI) provides the same functions as the DVR’s general menu (accessed via the handheld remote that comes with it) including Setup, Record, Playback….it also provides an Export process that exports the H.264 recording to AVI format, so you can play it on your laptop/PC directly.

    Overall I feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth, even considering that each channel requires a camera that runs $40-80 apiece, so the final cost of a full system is $500 & up. The system is simple enough that most DIY’ers that can handle a weekend project can install and configure a basic CCTV-DVR system that should help to figure out which neighbors are letting their dogs soil your yard 😉 Within two days I was able to figure out why my back-yard bird feeder was turned a different direction every morning – a cute little doe (female deer) was caught coming up from the city park to feast on peanuts/sunflower/millet – BUSTED!!

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  3. JSA

    26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Terrible Customer service, April 3, 2012
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    JSA

    This review is from: CIB K808AV500G H.264 8 CH Network Security Surveillance DVR Recording System Included 500GB HDD (Electronics)

    I purchased a 8CH CIB DVR a few months ago. When I went to play back video to see how my dog was getting out, I found that the DVR randomly blanks out and stops recording for anywhere from 3 seconds to several minutes per channel. I also tried to hook up some high end Pelco Spectra IV SE 35X PTZ cameras. This unit will not control these cameras. Just FYI. I contacted Customer support over a month ago. I received a very quick automatic response saying they would get back with me asap. Month later, still no attempt from anyone at this company reaching out to assist me with my issues.. I own an integrations company so id consider myself pretty familiar with this type of equipment.. lol I will not be purchasing any more of these for my needs or customers..

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