- Product Dimensions: 46.1 x 9.5 x 32.7 cm ; 2.9 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 Kg
- Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
- Item model number: G755
- ASIN: B0091DR2NK
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Feb. 19 2013
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,150 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Uniden Guardian Advanced Wireless 7-Inch Screen Video Surveillance System with 2 Outdoor Cameras, Black (G755)
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- Product Type/`Video Surveillance System`
- Number of Channels/`4`
- Connectivity Technology/`Wireless`
- Brand Name/`Uniden`
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The Guardian G755 Advanced Wireless 7-Inch Screen Video Surveillance System with 2 Outdoor Cameras features a 7-Inch color touch screen display. You can use the simultaneous multi-camera recording option to make sure you can capture everything. It comes with two outdoor night vision cameras and can transmit up to 500-Feet . It is expandable up to four cameras and features simple plug 'n' play to get you started. You can remotely view the video via the Internet option with your PC or Smart Phone.
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1. The system is not as wireless as you might want it to be. In order to be connected to the internet (to view on iphone, android, pc, etc) the base station has to be hardwired to your router, and the portable monitor has to be docked in the base station. Otherwise you cannot connect to the internet. This is a problem for me as my router is in my home office and I wanted the base station to be at my bedside.
2. When the system is on, it interferes with your wifi network. For instance, I have to turn the system off when I want to watch netflix.
3. The android app drops off constantly, so you have to keep checking your phone to make sure you are still monitoring. Hard to do when you are asleep...and since the portable monitor does not have an alarm to indicate motion detected (completely ridiculous), you will likely miss motion detection alerts.
Not a great system. Save yourself some money and install some dummy cameras...they would provide you with almost the same level of security.
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We live in a nice neighborhood that, lately has been attracting opportunist, petty thief's. I just wanted to know what went on while I was sleeping or away.
I am fairly technically inclined so setup worked out without a hitch. I experimented with temporary camera mounting locations outside for about a week to get an idea of the limitations of the system.
The system works well. Daylight video quality is good, night time is ok but you are not going to recognize a face on a moving person even with the adequate IR lighting. Also note that the IR lighting is pretty focused and if there is an object lit up closer than what you are trying to see (say, a shrub) the brightness of the background image will be dark @ night. Regardless, you will at least see what is going on.
Regarding the video quality, this is not the free flowing video you see from a camcorder/Youtube/cell phone video camera. It is much more coarse. 3-10 images a second depending on signal strength. It is adequate for the purpose.
I ended up purchasing 2 systems + an extra camera. 5 cameras total. Note that a camera can only sync to 1 screen.
The internet viewing of live video is ok from my galaxy tablet or work PC. No audio is transmitted thru web access.
I really like the "tablet style" interface. Carry it anywhere within camera range for viewing and makes camera aiming a breeze. Viewing, sorting (by camera) and deleting video recordings is pretty easy.
The motion detection/recording works pretty well. Fast changes in lighting will trigger it as will a bug flying in front within 4' on low setting @ night (snow and rain will trigger it too). Reflections of car headlights on windows or surfaces will trigger it along with moving branches....but so will something like a cat in the dark.
I have had 2 screen lockups that required a 3sec pin hold in the reset button.
Wider range of motion detection, not just hi-lo-off. 5 steps would be nice.
An actual alarm that would sound if motion was detected. The thing has an alarm clock built in but no alarm for motion...silly. Maybe a FW update will fix this in the future. The only really stupid omission...
Would like to see the same camera on 2 screens.
The audio is choppy at best and generally unusable. Oh well, bonus "non-feature".
As the title says, you get what you pay for.
I have about 800 into my system(s) and am happy.
You must recognize the limitations of the wifi-ish transmission method. You need to pay attention to how much structure you are transmitting thru. 3 walls is about the max @ 50', I have ordered a higher gain antenna for 1 camera that is quite obstructed, 2 bars works ok but more gain is needed for a higher frame rate.
This is not a $3000 hardwired system with all the bells and whistles but it might just fit your needs like it has mine if you understand the limitations and work within them.
Aug-2013 update. Still happy with the system. I have 6 cameras now. The phone app was recently updated and is more stable now. Bought bigger memory cards for both bases. The summer bugs continue to be drawn to the IR @ night. Minor annoyance but I rarely watch every recording for a day unless there is good reason.
April-2015 Still going strong. No failures or further complaints/observations. It just works...
Display: The portable 7" display is very convenient and a great feature but its rechargeable battery is limited to ~ 5 hours before needing to place it in the data/power cradle for recharging - so it will not make it through an full eight-hour or more business day. You need to plan to have the cradle/dock attached to AC power in a central/primary location in your home or business.
Range: The system claims an operating range of up to 500 feet (152 meters) in open/line-of-sight situations but depending upon building/wall construction ranges can be as short as 50 to 200 feet. The cameras conveniently have industry-standard SMA RF connectors and you may want to get better rated (dBi) directional antennas (e.g. 5dBi panel) if you are experiencing a reception problem with one particular camera due to interference or attenuation (range, building/wall construction). Auxiliary/higher-performance antennas or amplifiers are available at RF/WiFi electronics vendors or via Amazon. One popular antenna brand is Alfa. Be sure to get the correct SMA gender connector. Foscam antennas, as an example have reverse SMA gender from industry standard, and will not be the correct SMA gender for the Uniden cameras, while the (example) Alfa antennas generally will be correct.
Power: While the system is wireless for video/sound, it does need wired 120vAC power for each camera and also the 7" diagonal (4" for G455 system) cordless/portable video display's data/charging cradle. The system cameras and display unit charging/data cradle use (120vAc to 5 vDC 1 amp) "wall wart" power supplies. Each power supply has a 6 foot cord and the camera cords include an additional 6 foot extension for a generous total of 12 feet for the cameras. If you don't need the extension for a particular camera, you can use in on the display cradle cord. The display (not cameras) has a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that recharges when display is in the cradle/docking station. Display battery life is up to ~five (5) hours.
Additional Cameras: You will likely want to get two expansion cameras for a total of four cameras. The display can pair to these and display them in a quad (4) camera display. Be sure to get the newer Uniden FHSS cameras specifically compatible with the G455 or G755 systems because they are newer/different than the older less expensive Uniden cameras. The specific expansion cameras are CG45 in black, and CG45W in white available on Amazon or via other vendor. The basic G455 and G755 system comes with two black cameras. The cameras other than outside color are identical in function and appearance. Some reviewers complained of new/additional camera pairing difficulty but we experienced none of that - pairing very easy simple/quick. From the pairing camera screen, tap image 3 or 4 (1& 2 are pre-paired at factory for you), then during the 60 second count down, press the pairing button on the new un-paired camera. Repeat for the fourth camera as applicable.
Storage/Recording: The G755 systems includes a 4GB SDHC memory card good for ~60 hour recording and can be upgraded to 32GB SDHC card (currently Jan 2013 ~$22) equating to ~480 hours of recording capacity.
Summary: We feel these systems should be also offered with four camera as a value package because at ~$130 each, two expansion cameras boost the total system cost to just over $600 which is not insignificant for a system of these modest capabilities/specifications (and is approaching low-end commercial security systems prices that have full-up DVR capabilities), thus overall 4 stars vice 5 for value.
I had intended using this for home security and found it gave a good picture of the 200' driveway leading up to the house. I installed the monitor in my home office and hooked it up to a desktop PC through a router. In addition to the picture on the monitor I was able to get a clear picture on my computer monitor. The software provided for the ability to record from the pc either continually until stopped or momentarily for a snapshot, and to store such images on the computer hard drive. No matter what I did and how many times I downloaded the software and reinstalled I could not make this feature work at all! I also installed the software on a laptop but could not get an image of any kind. In fact I tried it on three different laptops without a result. I also tried installing it onto another desktop pc at my office for remote viewing - again with no success, even though this was hooked up to a differnt isp to that at my house.
Uniden's website advised to make sure that the software used was current and to compare the version with the current one. However, there was nowhere on their website showing the version of their software available for download. I came to the conclusion that there was only one version, period! There were no updates in spite of claims to the contrary.
Frustrated with the time and effort I had put in, I emailed Uniden with details of my experience with remote viewing. Their site stated that I would receive a response within 3 days. Two weeks later I have not had a response. In desperation I phoned them and was on hold for 40 minutes, I finally got through to someone who did not seem to have a clue and totally unfamiliar with the product. I was put on hold another ten minutes before I had someone who was familiar. Bottom line was that he seemed to think that the problems were because I was using windows 7 64bit. Funny thing I did get an image on my home desktop but not with any of the other laptops, all of which were running the same OS. I was told that they are working on a solution but at that pont cannot give any timeframe, but would email me when they have a solution!
Following that useless contact, I tried installing it at my office onto an old pc which was running Windows XP, and yes, I was able to view the image remotely, although the snapshot and record functions did not work. As all of my laptops are running Windows 7 and I have no intention of downgrading those operating systems, I am returning the Uniden System, and will make a point of not buying anything made by that company again, not because I have experienced bugs but because of their deplorable customer service.
Now, the reason I returned the system....I am a retired detective and forensic video specialist with a good amount of knowledge in the video surveillance arena. The compression on this system is the stand H.264. If you are using this for home security, the compression of the video and the data that is lost in the air is is too much. The video looks great on the screen; however, if you record video and then view it off the disc on your computer, you would not recognize your own mother. While walking under the camera with the monitor in my hand (during daylight hours), the compression of the video was so great that most of my facial features and clothing details in my shirt were not recorded. You could see them on the monitor, but not on the disc when I reviewed the video. The night video was even worse....ghosting and no facial features at all on the video. This will not help law enforcement or a jury identify a suspect that breaks into your home.
I returned the system and will keep looking for a wireless system that will meet my needs.
Then, I simply unplugged the cameras, let them reset, and 20 seconds later they connected. So, if your cameras dont sync with the base unit, unplug them and let them resync.
I also added two additional cameras (ordered from Uniden as they shipped immediatly and for same price) Amazon appeared to show a long delay in shipping. These cameras synced perfectly in just about 20 seconds each as described in the included manual.
Pro's: Set up is pretty easy; good portable stations. Can zoom in on camera and hear audio.
Con's: Not sure yet if audio is recorded when cameras record on motion detect. Customer service is pathetic. had problem getting unit to sync online over Internet. Kept getting errors. Typed up issue to Uniden, 7 DAYS LATER they responded with "What OS?" That's it. Thank goodness my house wasn't on fire, really Uniden, 7 days. That was pathetic! Other Con, recorded videos are .mp4 (not that big a deal) but they're only 320x200 sized, and that's a bit small for detail. Also, understand that each time the unit records from a camera, that's s separate video. So each day a folder is created for the date by the unit, and you can literally have hundreds of files in there. Problem is, how to you link them into a contigous file for easy viewing without having to open each video to view them. I sitll have not found a FREE app to do this but am still researching. Would be nice to drag and drop the days videos into an app and have all of the .mp4 files strung together. Lastly, the unit will NOT automatically overwright the SD card. I find this a flaw. You must monitor your card usage. I found 32GB SD cards in the low $20 range, so I bought two.
I wish the unit had the capacity to 1. Record to a higher resolution, 2. Record to an unattached data store (NAS drive etc.) 3. Would overwrite the card storage automatically, 4. Give option within own software to string the day's videos into a single viewable stream. IF Uniden could fix these, it'd be the perfect system.
Installation was easy enough with a long drill bit. When going through the walls, of say a garage, leave bit through the wall on the inside (drill from outside to inside) then before removing the bit, tape a string to the end of the bit. Pull bit out, and withit comes the string. Next tape end of string to end of the camera connection cord, then pull string back through, thus feeding the power connector into the inside of the garage etc. Remember to use a drill bit big enough to pull through the knunckle of the power connector, so use at least a 1/2" paddle bit. Get a long paddle bit with at least at 10 to 12" shaft on it. Then the job is super easy and much faster with two people to tape string and pull back through, or you'll be up and down a ladder a few times for each camera.