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You’ll have to purchase a hard drive separately since the system doesn’t include one. The maximum resolution is 1080p at 12fps. If you opt for a 1 TB hard drive, four cameras recording at maximum quality would give you about 10 days of recording. If you record at a lower quality of 720p at 25fps, you’ll get about 15 to 20 days of recordings, which would fall in the middle of competitors’ maximum recording.
I actually have two of these systems, and intentionally left them off my home network because I wanted to record an event and they performed flawlessly. I could see all 4 cameras on each system using the included monitor and the recordings were saved to the internal hard drive. Only after the event did I reposition the location of the cameras and then plugged the monitor/base station into my home router so that I could check in while away from home. All that was required was finding the IP address of my home router and then typing that into the setup prompts on the monitor/ base station.
Very pleased. After purchasing many brands, I can say that I am very happy that Zosi delivered a quality product. The price is unbelievable, because the camera housing is rock solid and the mounting positions are infinite using their brackets. I purchased a brand Elec and the limited views and cheap materials caused a few cameras to break. These were sturdy, easy to screw into the house siding/walls, and deliver a crisp picture thru the dvr into my tv where I hooked it up. I prefer the bullet style because they are easier to mount and seem to have a wider viewing angle. This dvr is simple to use and work instantly with a hard drive that I bought separately and stuck inside with the 2 easy connections (which are pre installed in this unit). Even the wires connecting the cameras to the dvr are of a higher quality than ... full review