Thanks mike barker write the review about AKASO WS1M-401 IP Security Camera System
So let’s talk about this Akaso WS1M-401 wireless Video security system.
First off, most the negative reviews are here because the masses are unable to read a simple posting. So for those who are less technical listen up.
This system is wireless video broadcast only. Meaning you will not have to run a data/video cable (bnc,sdi,cat). So obviously you will still need to run power to the camera’s & the box. The box will take a network cable (included but is short) from the current router or modem. Once cameras are powered up and mounted you can follow the network instructions and they will pop right up.
So once again you will need
* Power source’s near cameras location
* Power cables
Now I was mounting my camera’s to stucco & wood I purchased screws from my local lowe’s for that purpose. These camera’s come with a set but the quality of the factory screws isn’t the greatest.
Now I refer to the system as a broadcast system because it clearly states it come without a hard drive. Which was perfect for me because I wanted to choose the capacity and manufacture of the hard drive I would be installing. I went with the Western Digital Purple Surveillance 4Tb(4Tb overkill but who cares)
Surveillance hard drives are different from standard hard drives because they are designed to run 24/7.
“Traditional, desktop hard drives are made to operate only for 8-12 hours a day and 6 days a week. So, the overall work load will be at the most 10%-20% and their performance will be low to moderate. Therefore, they usually exhibit low mean time between failures.
While a surveillance hard drive forms a central component to the digital storage of surveillance video. It can be used in a DVR, NVR, Video Server or a Video Management System in order to work 24 hours a day and 7 days week. These hard drives need to be always active, in order to keep video evidence live.” (Link cited below)
Get it? Great! So that why your Dvr feels like it’s 10cents! Because you failed to read you need a hard drive to be able to record & set a record plan. Now with the Ip Pro app you are able to record to your device(phone or CPU) and capture pictures which is a great feature. That being said I still highly recommend installing a security hard drive so that your system is constantly recording. The app requires you to catch someone in the act unlike the hard drive is constant with a playback feature.
Now don’t you worry you non technical types , this hard drive install is not challenging. If you can put toast in a microwave you can do this…
Right click in the software ,Power shutdown on the dvr box & it will tell you when you can unplug. Then 4 black screws on the box (2 in back 1 on each side). Once finished removing screws, the box cover slides off from the rear toward the antenna’s. You will see two cables, plug these in and secure the drive. Wham bam thank you ma’am. Repeat steps for reinstall of box cover. Then you will go into the system and format your hard drive. Boom you did it, congrats give yourself a gold star & trophy for doing your best today and set your record schedule and alarms.
* Great image
* Easy install
* Alarms & App Alerts
* Fast Shipping
* Not a wide angle lens
* Need a strong wireless signal, wireless extenders may be needed.
* Motion detection not the greatest suggest the low setting for entry ways.