Summary: This is ver hard to configure. It took me several hours to set it up and still it is not fully functional. The trick getting it up and running at least half way is this box and your computer need to on the same router/switch box. Just being on the same network is not enough and setup wizard would not see it.
If 1/2 star was possible, that would still be 1/2 star too much
Arlo Miller, Amazon
16 January 2014
Summary: The interface for this thing looks straightforward enough. I assure you this thing is impossible to get working. I've restored it to defaults and started over, following the install guides from the beginning, line by line. Still nothing. I can get it on the network, it will connect to the cameras. I can set up the recording schedules. BUT, it won't -give me the live view -record anything So, its pretty much useless.
Summary: First unit was defective and replaced. The device locks up and the only way to fix it (unlock so you can view live or recorded video through mydlink) is to unplug the unit and plug it back in (there is a power button on the device but it doesn't work). The whole idea is to be able to monitor video (live or recorded) when away from the home, but if you have to be home to get the device to work (unplug and plug back in when it locks up), it is useless.
Summary: I recently bought a house and wanted a video surveillance system that'd be easy to use and web accessible. The Dlink series of products looked like a good choice. I started off with just cams, 7 of them, and was going to use the Dlink software on my desktop computer to record the video. The software looks like its out of 1990, and it caused my computer to crash about 3 times a day, definitely not useful. Then I decided to invest in this NVR.
Summary: I bought one of these to replace a non-"My DLink" NVR, in the hope that I could finally view my IP cameras over the internet. It did work, I can seen live and recorded video on the "my DLink" site from all the cameras hooked up to it, whether the cameras are "My DLink" or not. By the way, the previous NVR (a DNS-726-4) was also unreliable AND I could never figure out how to view its content over the internet. Major detractor: The product is not reliable.
Summary: This is a good little NVR for the price as long as you are familiar with dvr's & security cams; you should be pretty happy with it. Does NOT include Hard Drives. The unit does freeze up every once & a while but if you put a timer on it, it works great (this should be a feature in the software sadly not, it needs to be reset just like DVR's.