Date: January 21st, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: QNAP
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The NVR looks similar to an external HDD enclosure, and essentially that's what it is – plus a lot more. This is the heart of the system and provides quite a bit of functionality as we'll see during testing. Various indicator lights, a USB port, and the power button are located here on the front.
Around back are a cooling fan, two USB ports, eSATA port, and Ethernet port. An external disk can be attached to increase storage capacity or to back up files already on the NVR. The unit also supports uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), but be sure to check QNAP's site for a list of compatible models first.
The included cameras feature a 54 degree diagonal viewing angle, 3x digital zoom and even night vision. Night vision is accomplished by the use of a light sensor and six infrared LED's that surround the lens. LED's for power and network activity are in the upper right area of the camera, but these can be disabled so as not to attract any attention.
To connect the camera to your network using a wireless connection, just attach one of the included antennas to the back. Otherwise, a wired connection can be used. Keep in mind that each camera must be positioned close to an electrical outlet for power, too.
A USB port on the side of each camera is for use with a feature called Windows Connect Now. In a nutshell, you can save your wireless network settings to a USB flash drive, and then plug it in to the camera and voila, the settings are transferred and the camera is configured. More details on how to do this can be found in the manual and on Microsoft's website.
The included stand uses a swivel ball screw head that locks into the screw hole on the back of the camera. It can then be mounted anywhere you wish using the three screw holes located on the base.
At this point, we've taken a look at the main components of the system and have a general idea of how it's all going to work. Now it's time to put it all together!