Top critical review
One Camera Failed after one month, limited 'line crossing detection' abilities
September 5, 2018
The system seemed good enough at first, but one camera is now fuzzy and no amount of tinkering seems to be able to bring it back. The remaining cameras do have a very crisp image though. The DVR/NVR is also very nice, but it wasn't made very clear that it lacks the hardware resources to do very many things at once. For instance, you can only set two 'intrusion zones' or 'line crossing' thresholds before it runs out of resources and prevents you from setting any more rules. This is an unfortunate shortcoming.
On the plus side, this thing does NOT leak your info anywhere and try and punch through your router unless you allow it. It gives you absolute full control over its network settings, and you can grab RTSP streams of any cameras attached to it very easily. You are also not locked into LAView's cloud, you can use a third party if you like (Google, Dropbox, etc). Unfortunately most of these things aren't well documented, but it does work pretty well.
Support is very lacking however. After opening a ticket over a week ago my only replies have been completely unrelated to the broken camera. I don't see how LaView will get it resolved as they haven't been very helpful to date.
- Good image quality (if the camera doesn't fail)
- Decent DVR abilities for the price range
- Good control options for the DVR
- RTSP streams just work
- Limited 'event driven' resources available on DVR
- Very poor customer support
- 1/8 Cameras has died within a month