TIGERSECU Super HD 2MP DVR
Last updated date: December 9, 2020
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This hybrid DVR system can record ONVIF 2.0+ IP cameras and analog cameras at the same time. There's also the option to use it along with a security camera to increase home safety. If you download the company's app, you'll even be able to view your cameras remotely.
In our analysis of 55 expert reviews, the TIGERSECU Super HD 2MP DVR placed 2nd when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
From The Manufacturer
TIGERSECU's Super HD hybrid security DVR/NVR is a full featured hybrid digital video recording system which can record ONVIF 2.0+ IP cameras and analog cameras simultaneously. For optimal performance, pair this DVR with TIGERSECU security cameras. This security DVR works with 2MP and 5MP HD-TVI, AHD, CVI, analog and ONVIF 2.0+ IP security cameras. Remotely access and play surveillance footage and control the security DVR with no contract or monthly fees with TIGERSECU's HD Viewer. For best performance using H.265+ encoding, 1 Mbps upload speed is recommended for each 1080P camera. Bitrate settings can be adjusted in the DVR to accommodate slower network speeds. Mobile app requires iOS 9.3 or later and Android 9 or later. Compatible with iPhone and iPad. Features a unique heat sink fan technology that enables the DVR to self-cool and prevent overheating, which means no fan noise and a quieter system. 4 channels of audio recording in addition to 8 channels of video recording. Supports 3 monitor connections through HDMI/VGA/CVBS ports. Pre-installed with a new 1TB surveillance hard disk drive by WD Purple or Toshiba. 4+ days of continuous local recording at the highest resolution. Option to replace internal drive with a larger one of up to 16TB. Motion detection options allow you to record only when motion is detected to save hard drive space. H.265+ high efficiency video compression enables you to record more footage for the same storage space. This set includes one 8 channel CCTV security DVR with pre-installed surveillance hard drive, one 12V 3A 100V-240V power supply, remote control, and USB mouse (cameras sold separately). TIGERSECU security DVR systems are backed by Lifetime Support and 2-year warranty provided by TIGERSECU.
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Patrick Ward is the editor-in-chief of High Speed Experts, a broadband connectivity-, search engine- and IT-industry education blog that empowers consumers by open-sourcing information about tech services. He earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce with an emphasis on communications at the University of Sydney. His expertise spans the digital, emerging tech and telecommunications fields.
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An Overview On DVRs
Back in the old days of cable TV — and by “old days,” we mean the mid-2000s — the role of the DVR was simple. The name stood for digital video recorder, and that’s what it did. It recorded video from your cable television to an internal storage device, allowing you to pause, rewind or record live television.
When it was first introduced, this was revolutionary. You could skip commercials! Pause for bathroom breaks! Make that must-see show wait until you were good and ready! The convenience was so great that cable and satellite providers started providing DVR service as part of their basic subscription, and most still do. People tend to use their provider’s service because it’s hassle-free and easily compatible.
These days, basic DVR features can seem quaint for cord-cutters who rely primarily on streaming services for their entertainment. But the pendulum has begun to swing back, as streaming subscriptions grow pricier and people are starting to realize that OTA (over the air) TV is still free for those with a decent antenna. But how do we make those scheduled network shows fit our busy lifestyle? Re-enter the stand-alone DVR.
“It’s worth investigating higher quality DVRs than the one you get with your cable box, since the better quality and user experience can make the additional investment worth it,” Patrick Ward, editor-in-chief of the IT education blog High Speed Experts, says.
But where should you start?
“Before purchasing your DVR, check the speed of your internet service,” Ward advises. “DVRs are increasingly using internet bandwidth, particularly when it comes to streaming.” He suggests making sure you have service that offers speeds of at least 200 megabits per second (Mbps) — 1000 Mbps is even better — if you regularly stream content, use an ultra-HD TV such as a 4K TV and have multiple devices plugged in at once.
Then, look at the options you want.
“If you have an HD TV, it is worth investing in a DVR that can also record in HD or your recorded shows’ picture quality will decrease on playback,” Ward says.
Far from sitting idle, TiVo and the other pioneers of DVR technology have been incorporating new technology to make their services relevant even to those with a streaming package. Today, DVRs offer all the modern conveniences you expect. There are models, for instance, that act as an all-in-one media device, allowing you to grab and record shows from your antenna but also giving access to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. You can search for shows across both live TV and applications, issue voice commands through either the remote or Amazon’s Alexa assistant and even skip commercials.
Additionally, you’ll want to consider other options, such as two-tuner operation.
“Standard DVRs can only record a show or watch a show, not both,” says Ward. “With a two-tuner operation, you can watch a show while recording an entirely different show — useful if you have an overlap of favorite shows on at the same time slot.”
Other DVRs are somewhat more stripped down, but the main thing to remember is that you won’t be able to do much with a DVR alone. Nearly all of them require a TV antenna to access OTA content, sold separately. And if you want that content to be in HD, you’ll need an HD antenna. For Amazon’s Fire TV Recast, you’ll also need an Amazon Fire player or Echo Show with an active account.
How they connect to your TV also differs. Most run connections to your antenna, then deliver shows to your TV through an HDMI or another cable. The Tablo Dual LITE OTA DVR is a bit of an outlier, running through your wireless router which then delivers content to your TV.
There may also be a subscription cost to figure in, ranging from a few dollars a month to nothing at all. Considering that some DVRs can even let you record and watch from tablets or phones while you’re away from home, it can be a great option for viewers who don’t want to miss a thing.
The DVR Buying Guide
- The first thing to do when buying a DVR is to get those glasses ready, because you’ll want to read the fine print. You’ll need an antenna to access the live shows for your DVR, and it’s best to buy the antenna first so you know what stations you can reliably pick up at your location. But that might not be all: Some DVRs will also require a subscription to start up. Those are typically the ones that allow you to access streaming services, so it can still be a great option for those that don’t already have it.
- Most DVRs can accommodate more than one TV these days, which is great for big families. You can be watching the game in the living room while the kids record cartoons in the den, for example. Some might even be able to stream your OTA content to tablets or other devices for viewing while you’re on the go. All good perks, but make sure you’ve got enough tuners to handle all that business. In a nutshell, the amount of tuners you’ve got usually determines the number of different shows you can watch or record simultaneously. A family using a four-tuner DVR would be able to watch two shows on separate TVs while recording two shows for later, for example.
- Then there’s storage. If you like to record a lot of shows, be aware there’s a limit. Many DVRs will come with a certain amount of internal storage; others might require you to buy hard drives or other expansions to the memory. Most will let you know the storage capacity in hours, but a rule of thumb is that one hour of HD programming will usually take up 6 GB.
- What are the bells and whistles on your DVR? Do your research, because some features might be worth the price alone. Others, you might already have or need other devices to fully take advantage of.
- Got an Ultra 4K TV? Make sure that not only your DVR supports that kind of resolution, but your antenna does as well. Essentially, your picture will only look as good as the weakest device you’re using to access it.
- Finally, setup can be a headache when you’re dealing with this many devices. Don’t be afraid to call support for connection help. Pro tip: While it’s best to set up your antenna first, make sure that its ideal location is one that the DVR’s cords can reach.
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