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Defender 8 Channel 500GB Hard Drive Surveillance System with (8) 600 TVL Cameras $310

purificada 13,470 September 2, 2013 at 09:34 AM in Home & Home Improvement (4) More Home Depot Deals
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Last Edited by BostonGirl September 2, 2013 at 09:51 AM
price drops from $549.99 to $309.99

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Icon-based Smart Menu makes for easy point and click operation (just like a computer)
Crisp and detailed video you can rely on from D1 resolution, which is equivalent to 720x480 or DVD quality
100 ft. of night vision for long range monitoring
View your camera footage from anywhere in the world from a PC or Smartphone. Compatible with Internet Explorer, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, iPad and most major tablets
Ultra-Resolution 600TVL cameras give a clear and detailed picture
Record up to 2 years of footage onto the included 500GB hard drive
H.264 compression maximizes your recording time while keep high-quality imagery
Email alerts with photo will notify you of activity or video loss
Customize your recording schedule with motion activated recording
Easy installation (mounting and wiring included)
Heavy duty vandal resistant mount
Lifetime live customer support can be reached by phone, email or chat in English, Spanish and French
Automatic remote viewing setup, our 1 Step Remote Viewing software application auto-networks your DVR in less than 5 minutes. Simply input your DVR’s IP address (found in the menu) into the connection program on your computer, click “Sync to Router”, and 1 Step will automatically do the rest. This software is available as a free download for PC and Mac. Defender offers you the convenience of mobile viewing without any complicated instructions or hassle
Each camera comes with 65ft of cable allowing for greater flexibility in mounting around your home or business

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any thoughts on this set from someone with experience with this or the like? tia.
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No direct experience with this unit but I wouldn't buy any security camera system that isn't IP based (digital). It seems like it would be easier to expand since it would be more "standardized". Plus you can run almost any length cable yourself with a 1000 ft. spool and use POE to remotely power everything. If I didn't go with Zoneminder [zoneminder.com] (make sure you get compatible cameras) I'd probably get a NVR with cameras included. I just don't like the fact that NVRs are limited to how many cameras can connect. Why should there be a limit since it is all IP based? I'm considering going with Ubiquiti Airvision [ubnt.com] since I've used their network equipment and it seems to be good bang for the buck. Also, the last time I was researching this, I read good things about Q-See [costco.com] cameras regarding image quality vs. cost. Still haven't felt the need to pull the trigger for this stuff and spend a few thousand.....
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Quote from ogp View Post :
No direct experience with this unit but I wouldn't buy any security camera system that isn't IP based (digital). It seems like it would be easier to expand since it would be more "standardized". Plus you can run almost any length cable yourself with a 1000 ft. spool and use POE to remotely power everything. If I didn't go with Zoneminder [zoneminder.com] (make sure you get compatible cameras) I'd probably get a NVR with cameras included. I just don't like the fact that NVRs are limited to how many cameras can connect. Why should there be a limit since it is all IP based? I'm considering going with Ubiquiti Airvision [ubnt.com] since I've used their network equipment and it seems to be good bang for the buck. Also, the last time I was researching this, I read good things about Q-See [costco.com] cameras regarding image quality vs. cost. Still haven't felt the need to pull the trigger for this stuff and spend a few thousand.....
i concur that an ip based system is probably the best way to go however it might not be within budget for many.for non ip I really like this deal. the price seems great for 8 channels with 500gb DVR and 8 600TVL camera instead of the usual 420tvl these kits come with. also the night vision here is advertized at 100 feet instead of the usual 40' to 75' usually found in these kits. lastly the reviews at HD look good at 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 18 user reviews

also, how much do you think a ip setup equivalent to this would cost?
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i concur that an ip based system is probably the best way to go however it might not be within budget for many.for non ip I really like this deal. the price seems great for 8 channels with 500gb DVR and 8 600TVL camera instead of the usual 420tvl these kits come with. also the night vision here is advertized at 100 feet instead of the usual 40' to 75' usually found in these kits. lastly the reviews at HD look good at 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 18 user reviews

also, how much do you think a ip setup equivalent to this would cost?
The Ubiquiti cams are around $100 [flyteccomputers.com] each and are 720P. You can download the software for free and run it on a pc. So for 8 cameras you're looking at $800 AT LEAST. People seem to be fairly happy with them for the price. The Q-See (Dahua) [networkcameracritic.com] seem to work well and run $200/each. So probably around $1200 -1500 for an 8 camera setup with NVR. IP cameras definitely add to the cost. I haven't spent the money as I've also been debating on a wireless alarm system. Trying to decide which would be money well spent (probably both working together).
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i concur that an ip based system is probably the best way to go however it might not be within budget for many.for non ip I really like this deal. the price seems great for 8 channels with 500gb DVR and 8 600TVL camera instead of the usual 420tvl these kits come with. also the night vision here is advertized at 100 feet instead of the usual 40' to 75' usually found in these kits. lastly the reviews at HD look good at 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 18 user reviews

also, how much do you think a ip setup equivalent to this would cost?
I purchased this system, thanks for posting Purificada!

This is a D1 DVR so the image quality is better than a CIF DVR. The cameras alone sell for $70 each so this is a pretty good deal on this unit. The model number for this is 21025, there is a similar unit on amazon (model 21031) which sells for $650 and i can't find the difference between the two model numbers.

-Real world use of the night vision feature on these cameras would only give 100 feet in ideal conditions (supplemental lighting), in perfect dark the cameras are only good to about 30 or 40 feet. Still good for cameras in this price range.
-One year recording time is misleading. It's actually going to be around 2 weeks with the settings all the way up and 8 cameras going.
-The brackets are also only designed for vertical walls. If you're planning on mounting to a ceiling or onto eves then you'll have to get creative and make your own adapter bracket to mount to.
-There's also a network security issue with the DVR as well. It operates on port 9000 when uPnP is on and if the firewall also supports uPnP, and would allow an attacker access to the network without having to supply a username or password. This problem is part of the Firmware on this DVR (also effects 18 other brands including Swann, Lorex, SVAT, Zmodo to name a few), so the only way to secure the network hole is to turn off uPnP. easy enough.
-if connecting remotely on a cell phone to view, or via a web browser away from home keep in mind that the passwords are transmitted in flat text. no encryption.
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This is a smoking hot deal. I paid $300 for an equivalent Swann 4ch system not too long ago.
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I got mine delivered today. It's a decent system. camera has good night vision, but it goes to ir/night mode (black and white) if the room lighting is not bright which kind of sucks.
Also the DVR can only do 7 frame per second when all 8 camera is set to D1 resolution. it can do 30 fps CIF

Camera model: 21006
DVR model: 21012
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Defender 8 CH 500GB Hard Drive Surveillance System with (8) 600 TVL Cameras
for $309.99+tax - Free Shipping to home or store.
MSRP- $549.99
Savings valid till 09/30
MFG Model # : 21025

Decently priced model for 8 Channels and 8 600TVL cameras compared to similar models by other manufactures and pretty decent reviews too.

Highlihts-
  • 100 ft. of night vision for long range monitoring
  • Record up to 2 years of footage onto the included 500GB hard drive
  • Crisp and detailed video you can rely on from D1 resolution, which is equivalent to 720x480 or DVD quality
  • Each camera comes with 65ft of cable allowing for greater flexibility in mounting around your home or business


Link Below-
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Defend...i1EIsagpXs
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If you NEED 8 cameras, then I'd say it's better. If you don't, and want the bigger hard drive, and better cameras, then it is not. Lastly, if you don't own a time machine, then this is definitely a better deal. Wink
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If you NEED 8 cameras, then I'd say it's better. If you don't, and want the bigger hard drive, and better cameras, then it is not. Lastly, if you don't own a time machine, then this is definitely a better deal. Wink
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Agreed. This deal is infinitely better as of right now, since both of the alternate deals posted are expired and no longer valid.
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why is this deal not getting any attention like the previous deal for Qsee? Is this system not worth it? This does have good reviews on Home Depot.
Really surprising that not many takers or comments on this thread. What am I missing?
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why is this deal not getting any attention like the previous deal for Qsee? Is this system not worth it? This does have good reviews on Home Depot.
Really surprising that not many takers or comments on this thread. What am I missing?
May be because Qsee and Lorex cameras go on sell most of the time and since they are sold in many retail stores they tend to get bigger attention.
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seem like the ir/night mode issue is with just one camera (rest 7 are fine). will need to get an RMA for that.
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