LaView 4MP 16CH Honest Review
Protecting what you love most from Thieves and the likes always come with a price tag. But when choosing the mode of protection, you need to carefully select the right one that will have your back whenever things go wrong. The team at SCR reviewed the LaView 16CH security camera system today. We always take it upon ourselves to give you the right tips and insights, into choosing the best video surveillance solution that fits your budget and application.
Today we are going to fully analyse LaView 4MP 16CH security camera system and its features. We will see how this security system can help you accomplish your quest to installing your video surveillance security but first, let us dive into LaView background.
LaView was founded in 2012 with its headquarters in Los Angeles, California. LaView is an innovative tech company that sells complete surveillance systems such as surveillance security cameras, security NVRs, DVRs, security alarm systems for both home and business purposes etc. We can easily say that they have great knowledge in the security business.
With a wide range of products and packages available, LaView offers users the flexibility to choose the most suitable security applications for their personal and business specifications.
LaView combines cutting-edge technology and consistent reliability designed to keep you connected around the clock. All their video surveillance equipment are remote accessible via smartphone, tablet, PC, or Mac, thereby giving you peace of mind wherever you are in the world.
With all that being said, let us jump right into unfolding the LaView 4MP 16CH security system.
Review of: LaView 4MP 16CH
Last update: 11.25.2018
A video surveillance system with great design that gives you a complete rest of mind over protection of your valuables.
It is quite pricy but the features totally worth it.
A complete do-it-yourself system. Easy to use and set up.
You can submit a support ticket, email, or simply search for troubleshooting tips on their support page.
Dual display interface options
IP67 weatherproof casing
A redesigned H.264+ compression algorithm
4MP 1520p resolution
NVR storage expandable up to 16TB
3 USB ports
Third party integration via RS 232 and RS 485
Supports 1 audio input and 1 audio output
Camera does not support audio
Only comes with 8 CCTV cameras
Camera does not support Wi-Fi
Summary: LaView 4MP 16CH is very suitable for home and business level video surveillance system. It is a plug and play system, and you can easily buy the add-on cameras whenever you want to extend it to 16CH cameras.
Main Features of LaView 4MP 16CH Security Camera System
- 1520p Real Time Recording and Playback
- Focal length of 2.8mm and 4mm
- 3D Digital Noise Reduction
- Pre-installed 5TB Surveillance hard drive
- Support Additional Storage Expansion via eSATA port
- Up to 100ft in Complete Darkness
- Customizable Motion Detection
- Remote Viewing
- IP67 Weatherproof Compliant
Breakdown of the features / Overview of the product
1520p resolution performs better both day and night to give extreme details on image and video. The indoor camera uses 2.8mm wide view image sensor to capture large area, whilst the outdoor camera uses 4mm to cover great distance.
LaView Security used 3D Digital Noise Reduction in their cameras. Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) is a method by which the camera’s imager digitally removes noise from the image. 3D Digital Noise Reduction is an advanced technology which enables noise to be effectively filtered from the image, even in low light conditions.
It is amazing to see LaView NVR system comes pre-installed with a total of 5TB surveillance grade hard drive, which comprises of a 2TB and 3TB that makes you to have long hours of video storage. The NVR supports on-board storage expansion up to 16TB with 4 hard drive bay which can hold 4TB each.
Additional storage expansion is supported through the eSATA port at the rear of the NVR, to connect external storage box for video storage expansion. This will allow you to record all the important actions before the loop occurs.
The multiple infrared LEDs allow LaView indoor and outdoor cameras to cover up to 100ft in complete darkness, without washing off the image. Whether it is starlight or pitch-black condition, LaView will surely capture a good night vision.
With customizable motion detection algorithm put in to LaView NVR (LV-N9616D6E), it is easier to customize your own motion zone where the NVR would only record motion triggered footages. This way, you will be able to conserve video storage space.
You can enjoy watching your home or monitor your business in your palm anywhere, and anytime by installing the mobile app on your smartphone.
Whether there is a rainfall, snow, sun, fog, dust and so on, LaView outdoor security cameras are protected with IP66 weatherproof rating and are able to scale through the harsh weather in order to deliver 24/7 operation.
Design of the Product and its Installation
LaView 4MP 16CH is well designed, it is a rugged video surveillance system that is highly suitable for home and business applications. It is built with the latest technology which is why it competes with other video surveillance brands on the market.
The installation process is not tedious, the PoE technology simplifies the running of separate power for each camera, and there is also no need of buying additional PoE switch. Everything needed for the installation is in the box.
LaView 4MP 16CH security system is a complete do-it-yourself set up, the whole NVR installation process takes less than 45 minutes.
Start the unboxing, simply locate the best view position for your security cameras and install using the Cat.5 cables. In order to get a good angle for potential identification for outdoor security cameras, the installation height of your camera should not be more than 8 feet high.
Simply make appropriate hole for the cameras by using a power drill, insert the wall anchors and screw in the cameras. Insert one end of the Cat.5 cable to the IP PoE cameras and connect the other end to the NVR.
Connect all the necessary cabling to the LaView NVR e.g. HDMI cable to your HD monitor, USB mouse, and the patch cable to the internet router to allow remote view.
Power up the NVR, display monitor, your internet router and wait for LaView NVR to start its job to automatically install the cameras. You will just have to follow all the on screen display prompt.
After the date, password and time are set, proceed to the network setting to select DHCP. DHCP allows your NVR to automatically receive IP address from the internet modem without IP conflict.
In order to setup the remote view, you need to perform the following:
Hover the mouse on the top of the screen and click menu, then click on the configuration icon to go to network settings. In the network configuration page, make sure the “Enable DHCP” is checked. Go to DDNS page and be sure the “Enable DDNS” is not checked.
Go to Platform Access page and make sure the “Enable” is checked.
The “Enable Stream Encryption” and “Custom” must remain unchecked. Also make sure the “Status” says online by rebooting the NVR system.
Proceed to your respective app store to install LaView Net App. Open the app, select Region and press Enter. Tap the 3 horizontal bar at the top left corner of the next page, and tap the Not Logged in to proceed to login page. Login or register a new account by following all instructions.
In the LaView P2P page, you can tap on the (+) sign at the top right corner directly to add your NVR, only by scanning the QR code sticker attached to the NVR. If you cannot find the QR code sticker on your NVR, simply go back to Platform Access to reveal the QR code in the system. There is need to verify your device in LaView Net app by supplying the verification code from your NVR system.
To get the verification code from your LaView NVR device, simply navigate to the Main menu on the NVR then Maintenance, click on the System info and also on Verification code to reveal it.
User Experience and Performance
LaView 4MP 16CH NVR user interface made the whole setup a breeze and it relatively took 45 minutes to complete. The mobile app was also intuitive, making the NVR a very friendly one. The setup process was never difficult to understand if the instructions were properly followed.
Few users complained about the uneasy steps of setting up the remote view on their smartphones. We were able to figure out that they simply installed the wrong app. There are many LaView mobile apps in the respective app stores, you have to make sure you download LaView Net.
Many users expressed their gratitude for having such complete video surveillance solution with the help of the plug and play, which makes it easy and fast to configure.
The only short coming in the overall installation is the laying of network cable for the IP cameras, which needs some skills to do but apart from this, it is such a good security system to have. It is a good bargain for home users and business owners.
The LaView NVR support 4k video resolution which makes it a versatile security NVR with an ONVIF support. You can decide to upgrade the 2MP IP PoE camera to a higher version of 8MP in the future.
What’s in the box?
LaView included the needed accessories to install the LV-N9616D6E.
- 1x 16 Channel 4K HDMI Full HD IP NVR
- 1x Pre-Installed 2TB Hard Drive
- 1x Pre-Installed 3TB Hard Drive
- 4x Full HD 2MP Outdoor PoE Cameras
- 4x Full HD 2MP Dome Indoor PoE Cameras
- 8x Premade CAT5 Network 100ft cables
- 1x Generic Mouse
- 4x CCTV warning stickers
- 8x 100ft network cables
- 1x HDMI cable
- 1x NVR Remote Controller
- 1x Patch Cable
- 1x Power Cable
- 1x User Manual
- 1x 2 Year Warranty Card
- The LaView NVR system uses a redesigned H.264+ compression algorithm to save 50% more storage capacity than with H.264.
- The night vision looks awesome in 10 meters range.
- The IP cameras are great at delivering a brighter image and video.
- LaView offers lifetime tech support.
- LaView 16 CH NVR support IP cameras audio microphone.
- This security kit comes with a 2TB and 3TB amounting to 5TB, which is great for long hours of video storage. The NVR has 4 hard drive bay which can hold 4TB each.
- None of the Indoor and outdoor PoE cameras support audio microphone.
- Cloud storage is not supported on the system.
- The remote viewing is not supported on Windows phone platform.
- LaView NVR system does not work with all third party IP cameras despite its ONVIF support.
About the Warranty
LaView security offers a 30 day full refund if you experience a defect in their products. But in order to qualify for this, you must purchase directly from their website and this must not exceed the first 30 days of your order. If you wish to return an item that is not defective, a 15% fee will be deducted from your refund.
If you purchase your product from any of LaView vendors, you need to read their returns and refunds policies.
LaView offers 1 year warranty on all their analog products and a 2 year warranty on all IP systems.
You can customize your warranty period by extending it from 2 years when you order your product from LaView website. There are options of 3 and 5 years extensions which comes with an additional fee.
The Final Verdict
When choosing a home security system, it is important to choose a system that can reliably have your back. For instance when evidence is needed to file a lawsuit against culprits, this is why we always recommend a video surveillance solution that works perfectly.
When choosing a good video surveillance solution for home or private business, there is more to LaView 4MP 16CH security system than meets the eye. The security cameras, NVR that supports 4K resolution, and the 5TB storage hard drive create a perfect balance for LaView 4MP 16CH to stand out from the crowd.