Swann SWDVK-844804V-UK 8-CHANNEL 1080P CCTV DVR Kit & 4 Cameras - £179.99 @ Screwfix
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Swann SWDVK-844804V-UK 8-CHANNEL 1080P CCTV DVR Kit & 4 Cameras - £179.99 @ Screwfix

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Posted 19th Jun
Seems a decent price for those looking for a basic CCTV system, next best price 249.99 so decent saving to be had. IMO would need a hard drive adding to utilise its full potential.

Expandable 8-channel surveillance system with 4 weatherproof PRO-1080MSB security cameras. Up to 30m night vision or up to 40m in ambient light with the powerful infrared night vision. Cameras feature state-of-the-art True Detect PIR motion sensors designed to reliably detect people, cars, large pets and other large heat-generating objects. With more accurate motion detection, notifications and recordings are more reliable, eliminating false triggers such as falling leaves, bugs and rain. System comes with 32GB SD card storage for up to 14 days of recording. Remote viewing via smartphone or tablet using the Homesafe app. Works with Google Assistant by connecting Google Chromestick to TV. Ideal for medium-sized homes and businesses.

  • Works with - Google Home - iOS App - Android App
  • Hub Not Required
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  • Works with Google Assistant
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Strange kit, records four 1080p streams onto a 32gb SD card and claims to hold upto 14 days recording. I cant even get 12 days on a 1TB hard drive.
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Strange kit, records four 1080p streams onto a 32gb SD card and claims to hold upto 14 days recording. I cant even get 12 days on a 1TB hard drive.
freakstyler19/06/2019 11:37

Strange kit, records four 1080p streams onto a 32gb SD card and claims to …Strange kit, records four 1080p streams onto a 32gb SD card and claims to hold upto 14 days recording. I cant even get 12 days on a 1TB hard drive.


I can only assume they mean recording movement rather than 24hour. I do agree that it is strange not to include a HD. Luckily I have a redundant Sky+ box I can pilfer from
kicksmithy19/06/2019 11:38

I can only assume they mean recording movement rather than 24hour. I do …I can only assume they mean recording movement rather than 24hour. I do agree that it is strange not to include a HD. Luckily I have a redundant Sky+ box I can pilfer from


Seems you can add your own hard drive, I've never seen a kit like this that uses a micro SD card as its main recording medium. Sky boxes use proper AV rated drives so you should be good to go, not that it really matters as any drive will work regardless.
Can someone advise if these are easy enough to setup?
2 MP camera?
Not a deal but pls technology now.
I wouldn't bother, I spent £400 on a swann kit from Costco, the UI is awful, the app is dreadful and the service is atrocious.

After going to a CCTV specialist he recommended hikvision but the software on that was awful too, so dated.

I've now gone for Reolink and have zero regrets. The best IMO.
you_gotta_be_kidding19/06/2019 12:36

I wouldn't bother, I spent £400 on a swann kit from Costco, the UI is …I wouldn't bother, I spent £400 on a swann kit from Costco, the UI is awful, the app is dreadful and the service is atrocious.After going to a CCTV specialist he recommended hikvision but the software on that was awful too, so dated.I've now gone for Reolink and have zero regrets. The best IMO.


I understand what you are saying but for some £400 is out of the question (including me). I'd have a Swann CCTV system before and whilst the UI is a bit outdated it did the job and the smartphone app was much better. Email alerts for me is the main advantage and this worked flawlessly.
kicksmithy19/06/2019 12:56

I understand what you are saying but for some £400 is out of the question …I understand what you are saying but for some £400 is out of the question (including me). I'd have a Swann CCTV system before and whilst the UI is a bit outdated it did the job and the smartphone app was much better. Email alerts for me is the main advantage and this worked flawlessly.


£400 is what I paid for the swann system not the reolink. The reolink cost £159 for the box and then £49 for each camera
Edited by: "you_gotta_be_kidding" 19th Jun
you_gotta_be_kidding19/06/2019 12:36

I wouldn't bother, I spent £400 on a swann kit from Costco, the UI is …I wouldn't bother, I spent £400 on a swann kit from Costco, the UI is awful, the app is dreadful and the service is atrocious.After going to a CCTV specialist he recommended hikvision but the software on that was awful too, so dated.I've now gone for Reolink and have zero regrets. The best IMO.


Reolink is great, although my only negativity is the motion sensitivity as any slight movement such as a leaf falling or the wind blowing sets it off. I think I need to experiment with the settings so its less sensitive, but still does the required job. Still happy with it though!
you_gotta_be_kidding19/06/2019 13:07

£400 is what I paid for the swann system not the reolink. The reolink cost …£400 is what I paid for the swann system not the reolink. The reolink cost £159 for the box and then £49 for each camera


So a 4 camera Reolink system would be double the cost of this deal still?
I've been looking at the Swann kits as our neighbours have put in a planning application and they are the ones that are now getting grumpy. Obviously I need one that does night vision as the bloody great box they plan on the back of their house will cut off all our light, but is there any advantage for continuous recording over the movement triggered recording? I'll take the chance of not being done over by a crack team of vandal snails if it means I can review what has gone on during the day easier than skipping through 24 hours worth from 4 cameras - if I want that amount of crap screen time, I'll watch telly.
kicksmithy19/06/2019 13:18

So a 4 camera Reolink system would be double the cost of this deal still?


Yes it would, I was merely trying to help anyone that doesn't know anything about CCTV that might look and think it's a good system. I found it awful, constantly corrupted data, the system settings changed by themselves, the app rarely connected properly, so many functions missing. Etc etc.

If cost was the single deciding factor there any many systems so much cheaper than this, you can even get a hikvision system cheaper than this. Or for almost half the price you can get a sannce which are fairly well reviewed.

IMO this isn't worth £50 never mind almost £200.
Edited by: "you_gotta_be_kidding" 19th Jun
Also this is only 1080p which is really not that great for CCTV. Trying zooming in on someone that is 10ft away, Stevie wonder could see better.
What is an estimate installation cost for the system?
freakstyler19/06/2019 11:44

Seems you can add your own hard drive, I've never seen a kit like this …Seems you can add your own hard drive, I've never seen a kit like this that uses a micro SD card as its main recording medium. Sky boxes use proper AV rated drives so you should be good to go, not that it really matters as any drive will work regardless.


You can plug in any drive but if it's not designed for CCTV/DVR operations it'll die rather quickly. Usually within 6 months IIRC.
Edited by: "FireOnAWire" 19th Jun
DudeDERAILED19/06/2019 11:45

Can someone advise if these are easy enough to setup?


They're plug and play, a quick setup Wizard and they're recording - the difficult part is dealing with the cabling around the house properly!
I picked up the hard drive version for £219. Very easy to set up, hardest thing is routing the cable. You need a very good 4g signal to receive the live footage on the app on your phone, you obviously need a good upload speed at your home. I was surprised how late the IR kicked in and it went black and white it was 22:02 last night
Edited by: "HerefordCiderApples" 19th Jun
kicksmithy19/06/2019 13:18

So a 4 camera Reolink system would be double the cost of this deal still?


but reolink would be double the quality and better remote viewing and remote access to the recording on reolink is fantastic
rhodyate19/06/2019 15:20

but reolink would be double the quality and better remote viewing and …but reolink would be double the quality and better remote viewing and remote access to the recording on reolink is fantastic


I understand this but purely from a price point of view you can’t use that as a direct comparison, a Mercedes is far superior to a Fiat but you wouldn’t be comparing apples with apples. If the price point was the same then fair enough but this is half the price and should be more than sufficient for most homeowners needs
you_gotta_be_kidding19/06/2019 12:36

I wouldn't bother, I spent £400 on a swann kit from Costco, the UI is …I wouldn't bother, I spent £400 on a swann kit from Costco, the UI is awful, the app is dreadful and the service is atrocious.After going to a CCTV specialist he recommended hikvision but the software on that was awful too, so dated.I've now gone for Reolink and have zero regrets. The best IMO.


I have reolink too, but the UI is far from brilliant

If you want to view anything in a browser, it's IE or nothing.

The app is pretty decent, but just offers standard functionality.

Those others must be terrible for you to think Reolink is that good
Some interesting comments above – in my opinion there’s nothing wrong with 1080p when it comes to CCTV in or around a home environment.It’s more than adequate to read number plates and make out faces, see which neighbour is messing around with your bins, watch the woman over the back putting her washing out in a short skimpy t-shirt etc

Amazon have some 5MP 2TB kits for around the £300 mark, they’re using Hikvision DVR’s and Cameras.
I'm amazed no-one has mentioned recording capabilty of the NVR/DVR- ie bitrates, compression standards, fps etc. That's the first thing I'd be looking at.

Of course, the people that this sort of package is aimed at are only interested un the letters 'HD'. And Swann( & others) know this.
Edited by: "BritishDragon" 19th Jun
Mitch_s_s19/06/2019 16:02

I have reolink too, but the UI is far from brilliantIf you want to view …I have reolink too, but the UI is far from brilliantIf you want to view anything in a browser, it's IE or nothing.The app is pretty decent, but just offers standard functionality.Those others must be terrible for you to think Reolink is that good


They really are bad yes, the best is nest but the monthly running costs are crazy. Strange you say about the browser as I use Chrome with no issues.
you_gotta_be_kidding19/06/2019 16:54

They really are bad yes, the best is nest but the monthly running costs …They really are bad yes, the best is nest but the monthly running costs are crazy. Strange you say about the browser as I use Chrome with no issues.


How are you accessing it? When I put in the IP for the NVR, it prompts me to install some add in, but their support told me it only works with IE

I did toy with building my own security system using on of the open source offerings, but decided it was easier to get something off the shelf
BritishDragon19/06/2019 16:33

I'm amazed no-one has mentioned recording capabilty of the NVR/DVR- ie …I'm amazed no-one has mentioned recording capabilty of the NVR/DVR- ie bitrates, compression standards, fps etc. That's the first thing I'd be looking at.Of course, the people that this sort of package is aimed at are only interested un the letters 'HD'. And Swann( & others) know this.


Ditto car dash cams.
I looking to at security cameras to my home, 4 cameras budget £250-£300. Want something that gives me notifications on my phone. Mainly to give me piece of mind when on holiday.
Any suggestions would be welcomed?
Mutton_Man19/06/2019 20:04

I looking to at security cameras to my home, 4 cameras budget £250-£300. W …I looking to at security cameras to my home, 4 cameras budget £250-£300. Want something that gives me notifications on my phone. Mainly to give me piece of mind when on holiday. Any suggestions would be welcomed?


The problem with email notifications is that you will get hundreds a day, well i did even though i set movement sectors. Birds, flies, spiders, wind blowing trees, turned out a pain in the ass to keep track of the notifications lol.
In looking for a Poe system. I'm considering reolink but they are pricey. I'd welcome suggestions for alternatives. I want for cameras for up to 350.
stefw8219/06/2019 21:03

The problem with email notifications is that you will get hundreds a day, …The problem with email notifications is that you will get hundreds a day, well i did even though i set movement sectors. Birds, flies, spiders, wind blowing trees, turned out a pain in the ass to keep track of the notifications lol.


So far (only one day in) the heat sensor seems to eliminate these false triggers
jim_bobby19/06/2019 21:29

In looking for a Poe system. I'm considering reolink but they are pricey. …In looking for a Poe system. I'm considering reolink but they are pricey. I'd welcome suggestions for alternatives. I want for cameras for up to 350.


I’m after a POE system too
HerefordCiderApples19/06/2019 22:27

So far (only one day in) the heat sensor seems to eliminate these false …So far (only one day in) the heat sensor seems to eliminate these false triggers


They do ones with heat sensors? That sounds pricey.
Mutton_Man19/06/2019 23:51

They do ones with heat sensors? That sounds pricey.


These Swann ones have the heat sensors. Unlike a lot of the others, which is surprising.
Any reason this model is not available on Amazon and is suspiciously cheaper to compare to even similar 4ch versions they sell?
GregorskyDeals20/06/2019 09:20

Any reason this model is not available on Amazon and is suspiciously …Any reason this model is not available on Amazon and is suspiciously cheaper to compare to even similar 4ch versions they sell?


I can only assume its the lack of HD included (you get a 32gb SD card instead)
15fps and BNC :/
Has anyone tried Swann aftersales? I have a problem with one camera and simply can't contact anyone.
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