Almost every home and business owner today is looking for a way to install a reliable security and surveillance system for their home. However, the cost of professional installation and services from security companies can be extremely high, especially for small businesses and regular homeowners. This is why do it yourself systems are the most popular security products on the market.
These systems and equipment are not all made equal, so choosing a true do-it-yourself product that still delivers the high level of performance you require is very important. In this post we will look at one of the most popular security camera DIY kits available on the market today, the Sequro Guardpro wireless video surveillance system.
Sequro GuardPro Detailed Review
The basic package of the Sequro video surveillance system comes with 2 high definition cameras and a high-resolution touchscreen display. If you were thinking that something must be missing if that is all the equipment that is included in the set, then you’d be happy to learn that with this particular system, that is all you need! This makes setup quick and simple.
Unlike other systems where you would need to install a separate digital video recorder, a viewing screen and cameras; Sequro’s system is simple and easy to set up, with no compatibility issues or hassle. The display itself works as the system’s DVR, its size and form factor makes it easy to use, adjust and relocate without having to bother with bulky wires and platforms.
Design and Features
The cameras look sleek and modern but with a classic security camera design that makes it great for deterring would-be thieves and criminals.
They do not look out of place in almost any kind of architectural design or implementation and are quite easy to look at.
The display looks modern and professional with a great black surface around the edges of the screen. The design of the user interface, as well as the tactile buttons and ports on the device, are reminiscent of a modern smartphone or tablet, so it is not an eyesore when you use or place it in your house.
Range and Stability
Upon our testing, we found that the range was adequate for the common sized home. Placing cameras on the front yard and backyard would not be a problem for the receivers on this system. After the connection has been established, we did not experience much interference of connection drops until we placed the cameras farther than the indicated range which is 1000ft. The video retains quality and speed even if there are walls and doors in between the camera and the receiver.
Online access relies on the your internet connection speed, but the local access is quick due to direct access to the system. Slow internet speeds might be a problem if you are trying to access the Sequro system remotely on your phone.
Setup and Usage
In comparison to other products in its category, the Sequro video surveillance system is a lot easier to install. Basically, you only have to unbox it, mount the cameras and plug in the system to start operation. In fact, the instructions that accompany the system tells you to connect the power cables, turn the display on and you’ll be able to start using the security system. This ease of installation and startup means that it is a truly do-it-yourself device that doesn’t require professional assistance or service.
The quality of the videos produced by the system is splendid for a product in this category. The videos are in high definition 720p and can be viewed instantly on the display. The monitor can also be used to look at multiple live video streams at a time, up to 4 cameras can be displayed as we tested the system.
The video quality remains in both live view and during manual recording and playing back the saved files on external devices with larger screens show the great amount of detail the system captures. Images that were taken during the evening using the systems powerful IR LED lights in dark conditions are clear and detailed.
Sequro’s system is also capable of detecting motion within its field of view using sophisticated but effective PIR sensors and image processing. The triggers for motion-activated recording can be adjusted by the customer to further improve the accuracy of the system. We liked the ability to tweak these options so that important events and movements are captured clearly.
Another significant advantage available to users of the Sequro GuardPro is the pre-recording capability. This means the system actually saves the video from the time before the trigger event instead of just after it, making sure that fast-moving objects are captured before they move out of the coverage area of the camera. The cameras use the passive infrared sensors to detect movement within a range of 7 meters, which results in ta recorded event.
In addition to that, the images captured by the camera that is outside of the range of the sensor can also be set to trigger recording as image processing features for motion detection is also available.
Most modern video security and surveillance systems often allow the users to view and stream live videos from their cameras. The Sequro video surveillance system takes this capability to another level by having it recording and monitoring capabilities on a light and mobile platform that has its own battery powered system. This means that you can take the monitor with you as you move from area to area around your secured property while still being able to view live video from your cameras.
The only limitation we found when doing this is losing the ability to connect to the online apps as you need to disconnect the rj45 cable to move around. However, this proved not to be a problem as online access is often only required when you want to use your security system remotely. The long transmission range of the camera also helps with this capability, as they remain in range even when you move the monitor to another part of the property.
If you do not wish to use the included monitor or if you want to view the security system remotely via the internet, then the Sequro has the right features for you. Remote access can be done through the dedicated app provided by the company itself named as Sequro App. Users of Apple and Android devices can download the application via Apple App Store and Google Play respectively. The included RJ45 cable in the basic package of the system can be used to connect the monitor directly to the internet via your home router or internet connection devices.
More details on specifications:
How far can you place the cameras away from your monitor?
Our testing had the cameras about 200-230 feet away with no issues. Manufacturer specifications are indicated as up to 1000ft.
Can you hear anything from the video?
Yes, the video captured also has audio from the camera.
Up to how much memory card capacity can be used by the system?
Our compatibility testing was successful with up to 256 GB.
The capabilities and features of the Sequro video surveillance system is not groundbreaking or anything like that, but it is fully functional and capable of delivering results more expensive systems provide. However the clinching factor for us for deciding to recommend this product is the radically easy installation, setup and use. This system is by far the easiest to deploy for those looking for DIY solutions.