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  • Features CMS Software that allows remote viewing on up to 36 cameras at a time from one location
  • Advanced H.264 Video Compression; (7.5FPS per channel x 8 cameras = 60FPS Total)
  • Stream Live Video Directly to a remote PC, iPhone, iPad, Android,or other Supported Smartphone Running Windows Mobile Pro or Symbian on 3G Networks.
  • Pre-Installed 500GB Hard Drive; DVR Supports up to 8 Security Cameras
  • CIF Real-Time Recording (30FPS per channel x 8 cameras = 240FPS Total) / D1 Recording Option (7.5FPS per channel x 8 cameras = 60FPS Total)
  • Advanced H.264 Video Compression
  • Trigger Email Alerts on Motion Detection Events

Q-See QS408-811-5 8 Channel H.264 DVR with 8 Indoor/Outdoor Cameras with 500 GB Hard Drive

Quality you can see and experience at an affordable price. This 8 channel DVR features real time CIF recording, remote Internet monitoring and mobile surveillance through cell phones with Windows Mobile Pro, Symbian OS, iPhones, Android, and some Blackberry models on 3G networks. The H.264 compression of the Q-See QS408-811-5 Network DVR and Camera Surveillance Logic allows for maximum storage and small loss of quality, even as recording video on to the included 500GB hard drive. It can simultaneously show live footage, record, playback, connect via network, and back-up without any recording loss.

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  1. 212 of 227 people found the subsequent review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A long time Q-see user discovers their newest manufactured goods, January 25, 2011
    HMMWV “God, Country, Corps” (santa clara, CA USA) –
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    I bought my first q-see DVR (digital video recorder) about 3 years ago right here on amazon.com. It was known as a “PENTAPLEX” which predestined you could do 5 things at the same time – record live video from multiple channels, backup the hard disk, view video in the least over the internet, view video locally on a TV set, and search through recordings to find out who took your recycle bin full of cans. Pentaplex and Triplex are names given as to how many actions the unit can do simultaneously.

    That unit is still running after driving the neighborhood drug dealers out of their rent free abandoned home (and having them arrested numerous times – it povided key evidence of license plate numbers, video of drug deals going down, spousal abuse — you name it the police department got it. For that matter the PD could log in over the internet to check up on who was here if they wanted to)

    I live on a 2 block long road full of modern silent 4500 sq ft homes, and crosswise from me was a 60 year ancient 931 sq ft original house that had become the neighborhood drug hangout – a place to go smoke a bowl, ride your motorcycle through the front door of the house and out the back, to hook up with the homies, etc. It certainly did not fit in – the crime rate rose – the house adjacent to the drug house was robbed 5 times in 3 months. Both me and my next door neighbor installed MONITORED alarms and we formed our own neighborhood watch. His was a .357 and mine was a 9mm.

    The Q-see was instrumental in getting rid of the trash. It provided numerous photographic enlargements of license plates, video evidence used in court to convict the individual squatting here, and more 30 second drive by drug deals than I could count, happening every 3-5 minutes right in front of my house.

    I installed 8 cameras covering every angle possible, 2 PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom – like the casino’s use) domes that I could controll in the least over the internet to see what is going on if I was not home, and motion detectors, microphones – all of this was OVERT meaning it was blatant that you were on camera if you came nearby – I had to place up a sign because legally I could not record voice without notifying the people (video is OK) due to wiretapping laws that are outdated, so I place my sign on the 60 year ancient tree in front of my house warning people they were under video and audio surveilance. In 3 months we had the dealers out, the rightful owners back, they had to demolish the house because it was so terribly hurt, and then they built a groundbreaking new 4500 sq ft home in maintenance with the neighborhood.

    About Q-see

    Q-see brings the $12,000 DVR that the casinos use to catch card cheats down to the price a homeowner can afford. I recommend any home first install a MONITORED clock radio logic and make it BLATANT that one is in place (huge bell box outside in a conspicuous place) – this will rid yourself of 90% of the crime because criminals know everywhere to look for these and when they find them, they walk on to your neighbor’s house to rob instead. After an clock radio comes video evidence of WHO did WHAT and WHEN with PROOF. Q-see gives you this.

    What do all the numbers mean? What is H.264?

    When dealing with video (which is inherently analog) and you go to digitize it, you would normally find yourself swamped in data, because video is 30 pictures per second, each 740×480, full affect (or b&W at night with IR vision cameras). Imagine a 1.3 megapixel camera taking 30 pictures per second – your memory card would be full in a link minutes at the most.

    The announce industry faced the same problem when the FCC mandated that they “go digital” recently – here was not enough room on a channel to place raw high classification television. So they did what we do on our PCs when we have a bunch of files – they compressed them. This process is known as coding and decoding and is abbreviated CODEC for those of us who dont like to type alot. MANY codecs exist – divx, h.264, h.263, mjpeg, etc. H.264 but crams the best quality picture into the smallest amount of disk space. It’s used by the satellite providers to give you more channels than they could without it. Best of all, it’s free. No royalties to pay.

    You’re going to hear alot about frames per second. 1 video channel is 30 frames per second. That’s for one camera. If you have 8 cameras, then it 8 times 30 or 240 frames per second that your 8 camera DVR must record (if you want smooth free flowing video like you are accustomed to on TV) – now you don’t need free flowing video – you can cut from 30 to 15 frames per second and still get reasonably smooth video. The point is that any DVR has a regulate as to how many FPS (Frames per Second) it can record. You get to choose which cameras get the best picture, and which ones only take 2 pictures per second (as an example) if you do not have 240 frames per second.


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  2. 26 of 26 people found the subsequent review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Garbage, April 14, 2012

    I reckon all the excellent reviews for this manufactured goods must be on paper by q-see’s marketing team. This manufactured goods is just worthless garbage. I’ve had it for less than a year and already two of the four cameras are filled on the inside with condensation rendering them worthless. After I was finally able to track down q-see’s customer service number, it was just a place a message and someone will call you back. They don’t even have anyone answering the phone with customer service. I was dumbfounded. And of course no one called me back. Please, do yourself a favor and don’t waste your hard earned money on this garbage.

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  3. 23 of 24 people found the subsequent review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Exceptional manufactured goods, top value., March 22, 2011
    B. Forooghi “EatKabab” (CA, USA) –

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    I just installed this in my home with my 5 existing cameras and I must say that I am extremely impressed with this sub $200 logic. It even has some features I wouldn’t expect it to have. Specifically, FOUR audio in ports. Thats just unheard of even in much more expensive systems. Usually they only have one or two audio ins.

    Support for ALL smart phone in commission systems is EXCELLENT. QSee has on paper a dedicated app “Meye” for each phone (Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, sorry no WP7) It’s VERY quick at streaming to my Android. It all went collectively so easily I just couldn’t judge it. I bought this expecting to have to hack it here and here to get it to do what I want.

    As the very diligent reviewer above said, this is not a $3k security logic, but it is more than plenty for any small to medium sized area. You’re not getting HD quality bank security footage with this thing, but man does it beat getting up to go see who’s at the front door…or anywhere else around the house for that matter. All I do is flip to channel 3 on any of my TV’s or hit the Meye app on my phone (its nearly instant!).

    A note:
    Setup was simple for me because I’m moderately tech savvy. For network viewing, I had to fiddle with my network configuration due to the limitation on the DVR’s IP address configs. If you want to use a static IP it needs to have all 12 digits for some reason. I couldn’t get it to work with something like (it needs like Consider using a static IP for diplomacy that announce such as this one to assure you don’t loose indicate because your router chose to reset…

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