The DVR-4580 Offers Affordable DIY Peace Of Mind
In case you haven’t noticed, the world we live in isn’t exactly a safe place anymore. I live in Des Moines, Iowa – and even here in the peaceful cornfields, we still see our fair share of thieves. Enter the Swann DVR-4580 8 Channel Security System, the next device to get the rundown here on the old review desk.
First off, I’ll disclaim that this is not a paid or sponsored review – Swann was kind enough to send over a unit for me to test and share my thoughts. It’s also not a glorified advertisement for the product. I’m going to give you my quick, non-technical thoughts on this setup, and the choice is yours from there as to whether or not it’s the right option for you.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the device specifications and what’s in the box, shall we?
What’s In The Box
True Detect Thermal Sensing Security System
The cameras feature a True Detect PIR sensor that triggers auto recording and push notifications when it senses heat, so it’ll only record relevant events. Warm objects, like people and cars, are more relevant for security.
Accurate Security Push Notifications
You’ll get push notifications when cameras detect movement from warm objects, such as people and cars allowing you to act immediately and potentially prevent any costly security incident.
Google Assistant Integration
Setting up Google Assistant was the only painful part of the setup process for me. I had issues adding Swann to my account on my Google Pixel 2 running Android 9.0, so I switched over to my LG G6 – it’s still on Android 8.0 – and completed the process without a hitch. Now I can access Swann via Google Assistant on my Google Home devices, but there’s just one small problem…
It doesn’t seem to do anything at all.
Let me elaborate.
I’ll say: “Hey Google, ask Swann to play camera number one on my Bedroom TV”.
My Google Home responds: “Okay, asking Swann to play camera number one”, but it never connects or does anything – and that’s the same thing I get when asking it to play on any of the three TV’s in my home that have a Chromecast attached to them or the main TV in the living room which is an Android TV with Cast functionality built-in.
I can use the HomeSafe View app on my Android devices and cast to any of these devices without an issue, but Google Assistant seems pretty pointless – and even if it worked, I’m not sure how often I’d use it. Perhaps to see who’s at the door if I had one installed outside, but I don’t, so there’s that.
You can set up the DVR-4580 to upload still images to your Dropbox account in the cloud. So even if your security system gets stolen, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can go online and access snapshots from your security cameras.
It is possible to add 4 more cameras to your DVR-4580 system for a total of 8 to cover all blinds spots in your property. An 8-channel system suits medium-sized properties in need of outdoor and indoor surveillance.
Decent Hard Drive Space
The DVR-4580 features a 1TB HDD designed especially for continuous surveillance recording. You can store months of recordings and easily transfer videos to a USB stick or download via a network with no ongoing fees ever.
Mount the cameras outdoors as they’re built tough to withstand rain, snow, sunshine and dust, day in, day out, rain or shine, with IP66 weatherproof rating.
IP66 Defining Characteristics:
- Complete protection from dust, oil, and other non-corrosive material
- Complete protection from contact with the enclosed equipment
- Protection from water, even from powerful jets of water
- Equivalent to NEMA rated 4 and 4X enclosures
- Engraving, silk-screening, and anodizing services available
- Custom with cutouts, insulation, hinges, latches or locks
See in the dark up to 100ft (30m) at night or up to 130ft (40m) in ambient light with the powerful infrared night vision which automatically kicks in as the night falls.
Select a specific area of the image to search for movement within the recordings. For example, highlight the position of a stolen object and Smart Search will find motion around that area.
Full HD 1080p with HDMI cable
The DVR-4580 kit includes an HDMI cable for generating up to Full HD 1080p video to your flat screen TV including LCD, LED TVs or monitors. The DVR also has a VGA connection for viewing up to 1080p Full HD on your LCD monitor or compatible TV with VGA input. VGA cable not included.
All footage in this video was generated with the 1080p Full HD PRO-1080MSB cameras. Check out the image quality for day & night vision.
Easily locate a security incident from one camera by simultaneous playing footage from it from different times in a multiscreen layout within the same monitor.
The first thing I thought when I got the DVR-4580 was, “Oh, boy. This is going to take an entire weekend to set up – yay for me!” I’m happy to report that I was not-so-sadly mistaken. It took me about an hour to get everything up and running, and that time would have been cut in half if I had a drill; I was using a screwdriver which isn’t the quickest (or easiest) option, but it worked.
It’s worth mentioning that I didn’t do a professional-level install, by any means. The cables leading from the cameras to the DVR box are totally visible.
Also, I live in an apartment on the 3rd floor, so mounting the cameras outside isn’t really an option for me at this point. We are moving to a house in the near future, so I’ll do a bit more work the next time around. It will be nice to have one of the cameras at the front door so we can monitor package deliveries and unexpected visitors.
This time around, I literally just screwed them into the wall and wired them into the DVR for testing purposes. Three of the four cameras are in the same room – our living room – and monitor different angles, like the front door and the hallway leading back to the bedrooms.
Wrap-Up And Final Rating
Is the DVR-4580 a bit much for an apartment?
It probably is, unless you’ve got access to mounting one of the cameras outside of your front door (or patio door, if you live on the first floor, I suppose). It would also come in handy for monitoring a baby’s or child’s room, should you want to keep a watchful eye on things.
However, this setup is great for homes and businesses, especially considering it can be expanded to 8 cameras. Obviously, if you need more than 8 cameras, well… This isn’t the option for you.
Personally, I don’t think you can go wrong here. Of course, this is the first security camera system I’ve had the pleasure of testing, so there may or may not be better options out there.
Should you decide this is the right option for you can pick up a unit from the Swann website for $249.99.