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Friday, January 8, 2016

MVPower 4-Channel HD CCTV Camera Security System from Aukey E-Business

Hello everyone,

Security is a very important aspect of our lives especially if it's about our home, our loved ones and our personal belongings which the majority of us have worked very hard to get

So this time i'm gonna review a High Definition Camera Security System from Aukey E-Business Co. LTD

It is the Mvpower® TK-D4C2 960H Security CCTV System and let's get to it




What' s in the Box
We have a large and rather heavy package with the system's best features written on the side which i'll analyze later

Opening the box we have
  • The Main Console
  • 2 x IR Color CMOS 600TVL PAL 3.6mm Cameras with their wall bases
  • An IR Remote Controller
  • A USB Mouse
  • 2 x A/C Adapters rated at 12V 2.5A along with their EU Plug Adaptors wih safety shutters
  • The Connection Cables
  • A Warranty Card
  • A User's Manual 
  • 4 x Extra Screws


Looks & Ports
The main console is black, it's made from aluminium and has a somewhat rough but nice industrial feel on the hand


On the top we have some ventilation grills and nothing more


On the left and right sides we have some more ventilation holes and grills and 2 screws which hold the top cover in place



The front face is made from plastic and and has all the operation LEDS and the MVPower logo


All the ports are on the back side and they include
  • 4 x Video Inputs
  • 1 x Video Output
  • 1 x HDMI Output
  • 1 x Audio Input
  • 1 x Audio Output
  • 1 x VGA Port
  • 1 x Ethernet Port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Ports
  • Rs485 Connection
  • D/C Input rated at 12V
  • Power On/Off Switch

If we flip it upside down we see the rubber pads, more vetilation grills and a sticker with the device's model, input rating, HDD capacity and PAL indication


The 2 cameras have a sturdy construction and they're white and made of  thick metal which is good, the part which hold the lens is made from black plastic and it contains 24 IR leds which help boosting the visibility in dark areas





In the internals of the main console we see the 500GB built in HDD which you can of course change with a bigger one if you like very easily and the PCB board along with the cooling fan for the HDD






Set Up Instructions
Setting up this surveillance system is super easy and it doesn't take a lot of time. The most difficult part is where you want to put your cameras and how you will manage to hide the cables after you're done


I'm gonna show you a basic installation tutorial to help you set up your own CCTV home surveillance system yourselves


You can always try to use the included instructions of course but i suggest you to watch the rest of this video if you want to set up your system easy, fast and painless


For starters i will connect the camera cables to the main console, notice that each cable with a yellow end has a label on it indicating wether you have to connect it on the camera or on the the DVR console


So one yellow end goes to the camera and the other yellow end goes to the Video Input 1

As for the red ends, one of them also goes to the camera and the other end goes to the second A/C Adapter after we have connected the extension cable






All we have to do now is connect the main console to our monitor via a VGA or an HDMI able and we're good to go, that was easy wasn't it?


In the package there is a mouse and an IR remote. I suggest you use the mouse to control the system and the IR remote to view and control your recorded videos



Operation and Settings
When you first power on the device and have everything set up correctly, you see the streams from your cameras and depending on the number of your cameras you have the same number of windows showing the footage


If you double click on one of the windows it turns to a fullscreen or you can either choose from the menu which one you would like to watch


In the setup menu we have
  • Video Playback, where we can watch our recorded videos based on Manual, Time, Motion and Sensor
  • Video Backup, where we can Back Up our recorded videos on a USB stick or an External HDD and watch them again
  • System Tools, where we can set up the Users, HDD, do System Updates and restore the system to it's factory settings
  • System Info, where we can see our HDD info, System Version and System Logs






We also have the Settings Menu which has 8 tabs, so we have
  • General Setup, where we can set time & date, Language, Video Mode to PAL or NTSC and more
  • Encode Setup, where we can change the Channel, Encoding Mode and Format, Quality. Stream, Bitrate Mode and Framerate
  • Record Setup, where we can program a recording schedule
  • Network Setup, where we can set up our network, find out our ip address, port and more
  • Screen Setup, where we can change screen resolution and adjust the colours
  • Video Detection where we can set up our system to start recording when it detects movement and notify you by an Alarm, Buzzer or e-mail
  • PTZ Setup
  • Sensor Setup






A great feature is that if the cameras are in a dark area they switch to night vision mode


Another great feature is that you can remotely watch your cameras from your Android phone and tablet as well as your iphone and ipad

To do that you have to download the Eseenet+ application from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store set up your ip and port and you're good to go




Conclusion
The MVPower HD CCTV Camera Security System is a very important and necessary tool for someone to keep an eye on his property and belongings even from far away with the ability to be notified with an e-mail if let's say a break in occurs in his home or private property

It's price point is very budget friendly and you can buy it at only 146 USD or 136 Euro


Pros

  • Price
  • Connect up to 4 cameras
  • 500GB Built in HDD
  • Super long camera cables
  • Good visibility in the dark
  • Easy to set up
  • Cooling fan for the HDD

Cons

  • Construction could be better but it's ok
  • Not very sturdy camera bases

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