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Lorex 8 port 4MP DVR w/1TB HDD + 6 wired 4MP cameras security system for $299.99 at Costco.com Nov 23-27, 2017 ( online only ) Black Friday

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Lorex 8 port 4MP DVR w/6 wired 4MP cameras security system for $299.99 at Costco.com Nov 23-27, 2017 ( online only )

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$299.99
Normal Online price: $399.99 - $100 off
[ depending on your state, you maybe taxed at $399.99 as Costco reduced prices = "instant rebates" per some state rules - and thus you get taxed for the pre-rebate amount ]

Remember that Costco has $25 off 250 coupons in store and via chat - so plan ahead and get your coupon ready.

Analog / Coax / BNC security camera / surveillance camera system.

System Specifications
• Channels: 8
• Included Cameras: 6× 4MP Super HD Security Cameras (LAB243B) [ Effective Pixels H: 2592 × V:1520 Field of View (Horizontal) 89° ]
• Hard Drive: 1TB security-grade 100% duty cycle hard drive [ NVR has room for 1 SATA HDD ]
• Resolution: 4MP Super High Definition (HD)
• Remote Viewing Capabilities: Yes - with Lorex Secure™ app for viewing on PC, Mac, iOS®, & Android™ devices
• Camera Connectivity: Wired - BNC Video. Cameras require a wired connection to the DVR
• Image Sensor Type: 1/3" 4 Megapixel Sensor
• Viewing Angle: 90° Field of View (Horizontal)
• Night Vision: up to 40m (130ft) with ambient lighting, 27m (90ft) in complete darkness
• Indoor or Outdoor Use: Weatherproof IP66 rated cameras for indoor or outdoor installation
• Maximum Operating Temperature:
• DVR: 0° ~ 40°C (32° ~ 104° F)
• HD Security Camera: -30° ~ 60°C (-22° ~ 140°F)
• Warranty: 1 year manufacturer warranty

Resolution: 4MP 15fps
Format: h.264
Field of View: 90°

In The Box
• 1× Security-Grade 1TB Hard Drive DVR ( of LHA4100 Series )
• 6× Super HD Security Cameras (LAB243B)
• 6× 18m (60ft) Camera Cables
• 3× Power Adapters
• 6× Mounting Template and Installation Screws
• HDMI Cable
• Ethernet Cable
• Remote Control
• USB Mouse
• Quick Setup Guides

https://www.costco.com/Lorex-8CH-...80170.html

Looks similar to this kit on the Lorex website ( which has 8 cameras )
https://www.lorextechnology.com/h...PX2K88-1-p
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The general rule for new wiring installations is to install cat6 cable and not coax. If you already have coax, then do consider a decent coax system as the wiring job itself can be significant.

Thus If you are installing new wires and can afford to, I would recommend getting a PoE system.

Recommend using bulk cable so that you can return any kit you purchase while under the warranty period. Using bulk cable will also make it easier to pull the cable lines and allow you to drill smaller holes. The amount of time installing either cable should not be significantly different for small scale projects.
When using bulk cable you will need to purchase the tools to allow you to crimp connectors to the ends as well as termination at jacks / patch cables.

Effective Pixels H: 2592 × V:1520
Field of View (Horizontal) 89°

Theoretical ID distance = 16.7 feet
Thus place the cameras lower than 8ft high and within 16.7 feet of subjects you may want to get a good ID image of


ID distance list for comparison here, as well as numerous notes in the wiki shared to help others evaluate and install cameras
https://slickdeals.net/f/10409612-lorex-dahua-oem-6x-4k-8mp-security-camera-system-w-8-port-poe-ip-nvr-2tb-hdd-kit-at-costco-b-m-ymmv-for-799-99
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The general rule for new wiring installations is to install cat6 cable and not coax. If you already have coax, then do consider a decent coax system as the wiring job itself can be significant.

Thus If you are installing new wires and can afford to, I would recommend getting a PoE system.

also spamming 'security' search refresh looking for POE camera system deals. 130'/90' night vision would be perfect for catching my POS neighbors creeping on my house though.
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also spamming 'security' search refresh looking for POE camera system deals. 130'/90' night vision would be perfect for catching my POS neighbors creeping on my house though.
HI Kylebrooks,

POS neighbors! That's also what go me into learning this stuff!

Note, while these systems claim crazy night vision ranges, they all do so with a "big bag of salt".

If you need a seriously well performing night time camera - look at the Dahua Starlight models, they have ones which are varifocal and allow you to set the "zoom" level.

I know a lot of people are on tight budgets, so one option is to pickup a Dahua OEM PoE kit ( like the Qsee, or Lorex 4K kits ) and add 1-2 Dahua OEM starlights to that, and use the starlight in locations which require a better night time view.

Note: I prefer PoE for various reasons, including the ability to use IP and IP equipment as well as the intelligence of the cameras allow some options. If you are on a very tight budget and it is very easy to wire up your building / home you can indeed pick up a coax / bnc analog system. If you are looking for a coax system do check that it can handle HDCVI cameras so you can add other makes of cameras to it. For example Dahua makes some HDCVI versions of starlight models ( works with coax systems ).
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HI Kylebrooks,

POS neighbors! That's also what go me into learning this stuff!

Note, while these systems claim crazy night vision ranges, they all do so with a "big bag of salt".

If you need a seriously well performing night time camera - look at the Dahua Starlight models, they have ones which are varifocal and allow you to set the "zoom" level.

I know a lot of people are on tight budgets, so one option is to pickup a Dahua OEM PoE kit ( like the Qsee, or Lorex 4K kits ) and add 1-2 Dahua OEM starlights to that, and use the starlight in locations which require a better night time view.

Note: I prefer PoE for various reasons, including the ability to use IP and IP equipment as well as the intelligence of the cameras allow some options. If you are on a very tight budget and it is very easy to wire up your building / home you can indeed pick up a coax / bnc analog system. If you are looking for a coax system do check that it can handle HDCVI cameras so you can add other makes of cameras to it. For example Dahua makes some HDCIV versions of starlight models ( works with coax systems ).

Thanks for the good information! I will check out some Dahua systems.
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Can someone recommend a poe security camera (6 cameras) under 300 for my home? So many choices!
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Can someone recommend a poe security camera (6 cameras) under 300 for my home? So many choices!
Hi Slickkmon,

Under $300 w/ 6 cameras and PoE - I don't think that will be possible for a decent quality system.

If you can afford a bigger budget I highly recommend looking first at what you want to accomplish and determining how to do that with the best value.

For example, I know the Lorex 4K system is one of the best values out there at $800. Granted I have not yet seen a perfect system which is very affordable, easy to setup, and quality.

Check out the wiki notes here to help determine what you want / need:
https://slickdeals.net/f/10409612-lorex-dahua-oem-6x-4k-8mp-security-camera-system-w-8-port-poe-ip-nvr-2tb-hdd-kit-at-costco-b-m-ymmv-for-799-99

Recently there have been a few 4 camera LaView systems w/o HDD for $300 from Newegg. I am expecting to see some deals from Newegg on LaView systems - that maybe your best option for a decent PoE system around $300-400.

Also, do avoid some of the super cheap systems which claim to be PoE - but are not.
( examples of companies defrauding customers by claiming they have PoE systems: zmodo, annke, sannce, .. )
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What's your opinion on this for an indoor system to supplement the Lorex 4k system from Costco on the outside? I don't like running BNC cables because it's not at all future-proof, but the price seems right to cover the whole interior of the house.
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What's your opinion on this for an indoor system to supplement the Lorex 4k system from Costco on the outside? I don't like running BNC cables because it's not at all future-proof, but the price seems right to cover the whole interior of the house.
Hi Munkynutss,

If you are tight on cash and need internal or external security cameras, there's some good deals with these systems. However, personally I really dislike the idea of spending much of my time installing coax wiring. Perhaps if it was a super easy setup job - say in a barn with open rafters I can run wiring on I would feel better about running coax. This again is just my personal preference.

Installing the wiring is often rather time consuming, so perhaps we should put a value into our time is a useful way to measure the value.

For example -

Let's estimate it takes us a full weekend of work with the help of someone else, and our time is worth $15/hr. So 2x $15 x16 hours = $480 of "value"

If it takes 2 weekends, then $960 of value

Now add that to the cost of the systems you are comparing

Example system 1 = $300, system 2 = $600

System 1 w/1 weekend of work = $300 + $480 = $780
System 1 w/2 weekends of work = $300 + $960 = $1260

System 2 is $300 more ... or
System 2 w/1 weekend of work = $300 + $480 = $1080
System 2 w/2 weekends of work = $300 + $960 = $1560

Thus the more time it takes to wire, the smaller the $300* difference is relative to the time spent.
( * or whatever the price is )

So, the question becomes one not just of cash expenditure but also your time. For me the flexibility that PoE provides easily out weighs the savings of a coax wired system.

If you plan to keep the house and want to do a really nice wiring job, I would spend more and go with a PoE setup if you can afford it.
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What's your opinion on this for an indoor system to supplement the Lorex 4k system from Costco on the outside? I don't like running BNC cables because it's not at all future-proof, but the price seems right to cover the whole interior of the house.
Hi Munkynutss,

One option is to cable using cat6/cat5e and Baluns to connect to BNC cameras.

That way you can cable using cat6/cat5e and get the cost benefit of an affordable coax system while being open to installing PoE in the future.

Guess a lot depends on your funds and how easy it is to setup the wiring inside.
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Hi Munkynutss,

If you are tight on cash and need internal or external security cameras, there's some good deals with these systems. However, personally I really dislike the idea of spending much of my time installing coax wiring. Perhaps if it was a super easy setup job - say in a barn with open rafters I can run wiring on I would feel better about running coax. This again is just my personal preference.

Installing the wiring is often rather time consuming, so perhaps we should put a value into our time is a useful way to measure the value.

For example -

Let's estimate it takes us a full weekend of work with the help of someone else, and our time is worth $15/hr. So 2x $15 x16 hours = $480 of "value"

If it takes 2 weekends, then $960 of value

Now add that to the cost of the systems you are comparing

Example system 1 = $300, system 2 = $600

System 1 w/1 weekend of work = $300 + $480 = $780
System 1 w/2 weekends of work = $300 + $960 = $1260

System 2 is $300 more ... or
System 2 w/1 weekend of work = $300 + $480 = $1080
System 2 w/2 weekends of work = $300 + $960 = $1560

Thus the more time it takes to wire, the smaller the $300* difference is relative to the time spent.
( * or whatever the price is )

So, the question becomes one not just of cash expenditure but also your time. For me the flexibility that PoE provides easily out weighs the savings of a coax wired system.

If you plan to keep the house and want to do a really nice wiring job, I would spend more and go with a PoE setup if you can afford it.
Thanks. I did wire the outside Lorex Costco 4k sytem with Cat6 through the attic and out the soffit vents, then covered in steel channels painted to match the surface it was on. Looks very clean. The time and effort was a gigantic pain in the ass, but the results were worth it.
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Hi Munkynutss,

One option is to cable using cat6/cat5e and Baluns to connect to BNC cameras.

That way you can cable using cat6/cat5e and get the cost benefit of an affordable coax system while being open to installing PoE in the future.

Guess a lot depends on your funds and how easy it is to setup the wiring inside.
I'll look into this method, because the idea of schlepping around in the attic to install BNC cables that will be obsolete soon (if not already) was pretty much a non-starter. Thank you very much.
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Thanks. I did wire the outside Lorex Costco 4k sytem with Cat6 through the attic and out the soffit vents, then covered in steel channels painted to match the surface it was on. Looks very clean. The time and effort was a gigantic pain in the ass, but the results were worth it.
Hi Munkynutss,

Happy to hear your results turned out well. I feel the same way about my wiring, wished I had done it sooner now.

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I'll look into this method, because the idea of schlepping around in the attic to install BNC cables that will be obsolete soon (if not already) was pretty much a non-starter. Thank you very much.
Happy to help out! Let us know how it turns out in the end.
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I am considering a system but my budget is $200-$300. Is this a good buy for that price point. I have heard mixed reviews of Lorex but I hear since they got bought out, they have gotten better. Any thoughts?
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