Night Owl Security Camera System L-165-8511
Night Owl Security L-165-8511 16-Channel DVR with 500GB HDD HDMI Output 8 Night Vision Cameras and Free Night Owl Lite App
Protecting your home is a must, and there are many avenues you can take to help ensure that you don’t become a burglary statistic. One good piece of safety advice is to purchase a home security system. The Security Cameras Guide’s review of the Night Owl Security L-165-8511 16-Channel security camera system has yielded a somewhat mixed review, though Night Owl is a trusted brand and this system has a lot going for it.
The Night Owl Security L-165-8511 16-Channel comes with a 500 GB hard drive and HDMI output. It is compatible with either a PC or MAC for viewing from a computer, smart phone or tablet. If you have a smart phone, a free integration app (Night Owl Lite) is available, making off-site viewing of your home much more convenient. This security camera system also comes with free software for management control, letting you view multiple areas being monitored on one screen, all at once.
There are 8 indoor/outdoor cameras for maximum coverage of your home or business. Eleven LEDs offer 30 feet of night vision for dark areas to be monitored. The motion-activated email alerts and smartphone accessibility give you video security monitoring anytime, 24 hours a day.
The enhanced motion detection on this monitoring unit allows the Night Owl security camera system to send you a quick email alert with a picture of the image being detected.
Overall, it’s a solid system to help prevent you from becoming a burglary statistic.
Installing the Night Owl can be a little complicated but that may only be due to the various customization options that are available. For example, you can set which area of the camera you want to be more sensitive to motion, such as aiming it at just the top of a closed door to display whether it is being opened, rather than aimed at the bottom of an open door where family members or pets may be coming and going all day long. There is no need to set off the motion detector all of the time, giving you false alarms, so this masking ability to customize the cameras is worth the little bit of extra time it takes in set-up. Once you set up the security camera system to all of your specifications, it will run nicely and the cameras work well.
Comparing the Night Owl Security L-165-8511 16-Channel system to the Zmodo 16 Channel H.264, The Security Cameras Guide found some similarities between the two security camera systems. Both have the capacity to record from 16 channels with smartphone and Internet monitoring from just about anywhere. Both give you live or recorded video footage. The Zmodo does not send out email alerts when motion is captured, however. It seems that the Zmodo is mostly recommended for business security while the Night Owl can secure either home or businesses equally well. The Zmodo offers a less expensive price point than the Night Owl but is a bit more basic in its surveillance functions as compared to the Night Owl.
The Night Owl Security L-165-8511 16-Channel does have a lot going for it. It has audio in addition to video. The quality of the pictures which are recorded in daylight are excellent and the night vision is very good, especially if there is some ambient light. Having the ability to monitor the cameras in real time from a smart phone is a definite plus. The cameras are small in size, which is good for keeping them somewhat hidden from view.
This security camera system sounds an alarm which can be hooked up to your home’s own alarm system if so desired. The alarm activates when there is motion detected, the hard drive is full or shows an error or there is a loss of video for some reason. If you should find that the alarm or beeping is annoying and not necessary, it is easy to disable.
There are a few somewhat serious minuses to report about the Night Owl security camera system. There can be problems with the power supply, which can fail, making the system reset at random times. The beeps from the system may show that the hard drive has failed, but it usually is the power supply that is the issue.
While the option to connect the alarm to the home’s own security system is a good one, there is not enough documentation in the manual on how to work with the connections on the back of the unit. Also, the warranty on this system would be more useful if it were a little lengthier.
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