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16 Channel Federal Series H.264 960H Realtime Security DVR


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16 Channel Federal Series H.264 960H Realtime Security DVR
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16 Channel Federal Series H.264 960H Realtime Security DVR
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  Review by Tom Gambill on Sep 02, 2014
Excellent 16 camera capable 960H format DVR. We are a large mid-western heavy equipment dealer and we keep a great deal of our merchandise on the premises. This equipment can consume a lot of real estate and as you can imagine is very valuable. As the maintenance lead person for the business, I maintain our own telephone system, network, and security systems. Recently, our Company manager came to me and asked me to replace our older version system with a newer system. We decided on the 960H format and I went to work.

First, I must say that there are a multitude of online security video dealers out there and I found prices for 16 channel 960H DVRs that ranged from $299 to over $1,000. You really need to do your homework and take a close look at the machine (especially when a 16 channel machine with cameras sells for only $299) to make sure you are getting a quality product with the necessary features you require. I a list of several comparisons to provide our manager with and together, we decided on Security Camera King's 16 Channel "Federal" series DVR. The short of it is that the DVR has a seemingly endless amount of features, the videos we get from our machine our clear, crisp, and LARGE, and the support we get from Security Camera King is impeccable.

Because I am never short with words, the following includes the "extended" portion of my review. First this recorder appears in what you may say the "upper price" range for this type of DVR. However, when you consider the features that this DVR carries compared to its competitors, you can quickly understand the difference. Our recorded videos are interference and noise free and the extended format (960H) works great with the new 800TVL camera to record a slightly longer area than lesser format DVRs. The DVR has loop outs for every channel so spot monitors or mixing is easy to do. This DVR also offers a total of 3 main displays if you use different types of monitors. That is, you can have 3 simultaneous main monitors using the HDMI, VGA, and BNC video outputs and the HDMI output provides audio as well. We also like the dual gigabit network cards and RJ45 Ethernet connections to increase speed in both remote access and backup.
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16 Channel Federal Series H.264 960H Realtime Security DVR
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  Review by Frank Aylor on Apr 30, 2014
This is quite an amazing DVR and I am really happy with its quality and performance. As far as installation is concerned, it was basically ready to go right out of the box. It's really nothing more that plugging in all the wires and cables and turning the recorder on. Of course you can program the electronic features of the DVR and that is one of the characteristics that make it so powerful. This machine is jammed packed with all sorts of features from motion detect recording to Internet based or network based remote access by several people at once. Security Camera King's "Federal Series" resolution (960H format resolution) is the definitely the bridge between the non-megapixel and the megapixel type systems, but at 960H you are getting resolution that is just shy of the lowest megapixel resolution with equipment that is much less expensive. Security Camera King makes the claim that this Federal Series recorder optimizes the latest 960H camera sensor chips and I believe that. The video recorded is clear, color correct, and in technical terms may not be considered high definition, but is very, very similar. I would recommend this DVR.
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  Review by Terri Bieng on Feb 27, 2014
After just getting an entry level computer tech position right out of college, I couldn't afford one of these for myself, but I intend to some day in the future. This machine is amazing! 16 cameras running at the same time, all of them 700TVL recording at a resolution of 960H is like the epitome of analog video transmitting technology. That alone is harrowing, but when you consider all the other features this DVR has to offer, all I can say is that this one recorder is just the complete package. I personally found it easy to install and set up and not too difficult to configure. The On Screen Display (OSD) menu is like using a typical computer menu. Granted the owner's manual is lacking in instruction, but it wasn't hard for me to figure out what I needed to know with a little bit of experimentation. It's nice to know that Security Camera King has a technical support unit for back up if they are ever needed. The recorded videos are very sharp and fine in resolution, and very colorful. The unit does an excellent job.
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16 Channel Federal Series H.264 960H Realtime Security DVR
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  Review by T. Bowers on Jan 21, 2014
We purchased this DVR to go along with our system for our building. We didn't purchase the Security Camera King package because we needed several different cameras including a PTZ. This DVR handles all of them perfectly. All of them are 700TVL cameras and if I'm not mistaken just about all of them have the newer 960H sensor in them and they do a great job in combination with this DVR. The recorded video is clear and colorful and I love the "wide screen" type format. The DVR is pretty easy to use once you get used to where things are located and hat to change on the On Screen Display. I really like the 5 minute playback feature because it makes finding footage easier as well as the other search options. This is a well rounded quality piece of equipment. I'd have no second thoughts about purchasing another one if I needed it.
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  Review by Pilar, Juan (New Jersey USA) on Dec 02, 2013
A customer of mine bought this from you o n their own and asked me to install it. I must admit, since becoming my own independent contractor, this is the first one of your DVR's I have actually installed. Installation was easy and I do believe that this unit really does optimize the results from a 700TVL 960H sensor camera. The only thing I'm not "full out" on is the DVR instructions for the customer. Not very well written and could use some improvement. On the other hand, I believe Security Camera King will be getting some additional orders from me in the future.
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Very Happy With The 16 Channel Federal Series H.264 960H Realtime Security DVR
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  Review by Paul Kocher on Sep 23, 2013
Seriously, the shortest way to write a review for this DVR is to list what it doesn't have. Likewise, the longest way to write a review is to list what it DOES have. I'm going to shoot for somewhere in the middle and tell you what I like the most about. Before I begin, you are in a hurry and don't want to read my entire review here is the short of it; it's a great recorder, performs very well, produces high quality video footage, and comes with Security Camera King's great technical support.

I think 960H is a great way to "squeeze" just a little more resolution out of a standard TVL system without having to go to an IP network or HD-SDI megapixel system. Sure the megapixel cameras have great detail and clarity but the 960H systems do pretty well and their price keeps things real. As I said before, this unit comes loaded with a ton of features that can be extremely useful. If you want to know what they are you can check the specifications sheets because I don't intend to list them all. Besides the multiple monitor displays, audio recording, two-way audio, alarms, PTZ control and other options this DVR seems to extract the most out of today's newer 960H camera sensor chips. There really is a difference. The other things I like the most about this DVR is its multiple data handling uses, especially for commercial enterprise use. The DVR actually has two gigabit ports to connect to your network and they can be configured to work independently or together. I addition, it has multiple external backup options including USB and eSATA, but another feature I think is great is the ability to use FTP. For customers who are extremely focused on data protection, you can actually use FTP (if your network has the capability) to back or send recordings to a totally different server/hard drive located in an entirely different geographic location (thousands of miles away if need be).

Finally, although it is not an inherent feature of the Federal Series DVR, Security Camera King offers some of the best video security camera technical support I have ever experienced. For starter, their techs speak English, clearly, and they have experience with working with these devices. They also have a strong desire to make sure you are satisfied and happy. Can't beat 'em!
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16 Channel Federal Series H.264 960H Realtime Security DVR
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  Review by Tresler, Jim (South Carolina) on Aug 28, 2013
This is an excellent machine and Security Camera King gives excellent customer service. When it comes to a Non-IP megapixel camera or Non-HD-SDI megapixel camera, this DVR is at the top of the surveillance camera food chain! It's hard to beat the wide screen format high resolution recording that this unit produces and it's really incredible that it is capable of doing it in real time (30 frames per second) for all 16 channels simultaneously. It also has all the goodies that you would expect to come with a high quality security "Center" no just a DVR. In addition to the great resolution video recording, it has 16 channels of no-distortion audio, up to 16 channels of alarm inputs with 5 channels going out and, you can set the alarms to trigger camera events using the DVRs On Screen Display menu. It also has multiple monitor options, multiple internal hard drive options, multiple file handling options---it darn near has multiple everything. We are very pleased with our new Federal DVR and I really do think that it optimizes the new 960H camera sensors for a better video.
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really pleased
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Review by Ricky Tucker on Aug 15, 2013
i have owned 5 DVR's including HD machines. This dvd by far is the best DVR I have ever owned and to top that off their technical support is off the chain. Those guys really care at security camera king..You Guys Rock! Thank You For The Great Support!
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16 Channel Federal Series H.264 960H Realtime Security DVR
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  Review by Sgt. Greg Allen on Jul 29, 2013
We use this DVR in our government operated facility. We purchased this model because of government specification requirements and because we have had good success with your company in the past. Initially, some years ago we used to be forced to put everything out for bid and take the lowest bidder and 9 times out of 10 that spelled disaster for us. This Security Camera King 960H resolution 16 Channel DVR works great, demonstrates excellent performance, and produces vibrant, clear, color video recordings that make facial features, individual identification, and other detail related applications a standard issue subject.
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16 Channel Federal Series H.264 960H Realtime Security DVR
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  Review by Patty Penuchii, USFS on Jul 24, 2013
We recently purchased your 16 Channel Federal Series DVR for our facility. Since I am the IT specialist that serves this location, I was nominated for the job of installing it (I'm still trying to figure out what makes an IT specialist the candidate for installing a video security system.) At any rate install it I did and I must say the system does work great! We purchased the DVR and other components of the system as a custom package because we needed several different types of cameras, including a Pan Tilt Zoom camera. Whenever possible, we ordered 700TVL resolution cameras with the Sony Effio 960H sensor. What a great video recording!

We also ordered the DVR with 8 internal hard drives, in a RAID configuration of 4 pairs for maximum data protection. Video footage data storage and integrity our most important to our application; we FTP the entire drives occasionally to back them up, clean them out and start with fresh, empty drives again so we wanted the maximum amount of storage that we could get in the RAID configuration. Although I don't doubt Security Camera King's product quality, we have had one too many instances in the past where government contract computer hard drives have crashed and we can't afford to lose the data on this system. Should we ever need to burn a DVD (we haven't had to yet) we'll just copy the files to one of our computers and burn the DVD from there.

We had considered purchasing an RFID card security entry system but after looking at many of the systems and considering the cost of installation and operation we had second thought. Our main concern was alarm protection of our exterior doors. When we realized the DVR came with alarm support even though it is not RFID card security, that was sufficient enough for our needs so we use that and it has saved us a lot of money. Actually, we have a few triggers set up inside the facility and have programmed the DVR to initiate a recording sequence based on those triggers being set off.

We also purchased your powered microphones and power splitter and record audio on several channels. Works great! Although we do use on external HDMI High definition LCD monitor, we actually don't use it as much as we do our computers. The monitor is located in the server room (we have mounted the DVR on our server frame rack) and we use the monitor when we are in the server room working. Otherwise, we have downloaded your remote access apps and run them off our computers and really use our computer monitors as the monitors for the system. Since we can control most of the DVR functions from the computer, it saves us the hassle of having to go to the server room to monitor or make any adjustments to the system. This is a high quality, high performance DVR and so far we are 100% satisfied with its performance.
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