ENXDVR-4C - Digital Surveillance In A Box – 4 Channel Digital Video Recorder and 4 CCD Security Cameras with Night Vision – Brief Overview and Main Menu
June 7, 2011
By: Al Kersey
Package Contents :
• 1 x 4-Channel Surveillance DVR (No Hard Drive in this model)
• 4 x Encore CCD All Weather and lightning proof cameras
• 4 x BALUN adapter
• 1 x Power adapter
• 1 x AC power cord
• 1 x USB Mouse
• 1 x IR Remote Control
• 1 x IR Receiver Extension Cable (for Remote Control)
• 2 x AAA Batteries for Remote Control (Optional)
• 1 x Quick Installation Guide
• 1 x Utility CD (includes user manual and software)
DVR Technical Specifications:
Video Compression: MJPEG / MPEG4
Video Input: Four RJ45 connectors
Video Output: VGA / Out
Display Resolution (for NTSC): 640x448
Display Resolution (for PAL): 640x544
Display Frame Rate (for NTSC): 120fps
Display Frame Rate (for PAL): 100fps
Display Division: Single / Sequence / Split (1/4)
Audio Input: 1
Audio Output: 1
Recording Resolution (for NTSC): 640x224
Recording Resolution (for PAL): 640x272
Recording Frame Rate (with Auto Balance Mode, for NTSC): 60fps
Recording Frame Rate (with Auto Balance Mode, for PAL): 50fps
Recording Mode: Continuous / Schedule / Motion Detection
Recording Quality: High / Normal / Low
Search Mode: Time / Event
Storage Support: One Internal 2.5” SATA HDD (Max. Capacity Support: 1TB)
Backup Device: USB Flash Drive
Network Connection: RJ-45
Network Protocol: TCP/IP, Static IP, DHCP, PPPOE , DDNS
Network Remote: Remote Monitoring, Recording and Playback by Client Program and IE browser
USB: USB 2.0 Port x 1
Mouse: USB 2.0 Port x 1
Balun: Four Provided Baluns for Video/Audio/Power
Mouse: Included (PS/2 Compatible USB Mouse)
IR Remote Controller: Included (Batteries Optional)
IR Extender Cable: Included
Power Adapter (External): Input:100~240VAC, 50/60Hz Output 12VDC, 5A
Certifications: FCC, CE, RoHS
Dimensions (W x L x D): 18.09 x 4.19 x 12.85 cm
Encore Camera Technical Specifications
Model: Encore’s ENCA-CCDP (PAL Video System), Encore’s ENCA-CCDN (NTSC Video System)
Pick-up device: 1/4 " SONY Super HAD CCD
Effective pixels: PAL - 500x582, NTSC - 510x492
Sensor size: 2.7mm x 3.6mm
Sync system: Internal
Min. illumination: 0lux(IR on)
S/N ratio: More than 48dB
Electronic shutter: PAL - 1/50 ~ 1/100,000sec, NTSC - 1/60 ~ 1/100,000sec
Lens: 3.6mm M12 lens
View Angle: 90°
White balance: Auto
Video output: 1.0V p-p Composite Video Output, 75 Ohm
IR distance: 10~15m
IR LED’s: 24 x Φ5
Power supply: 12VDC
Power consumption (Max): 80mA/240mA(IR on)
Operating temp: -10°C ~ 50°C
Everything is included in the box but cabling and 2.5" SATA Hard Drive
No power needed for Cameras, they are powered by the DVR box over Cat 5 using POE.
Kit includes instructions for remote viewing via web and smartphone (excluding iPhone for the moment)
Camera 1 allows for a microphone (not included) to be used (also requires RCA to Mic Adaptor, not included)
Allows for backup to External USB Drive
The unit itself is small, about the size of a typical cable modem. After taking the screws out of the bottom and
rear of the unit you are presented with a metal mounting bracket. Unscrew the metal bracket from the unit and, using the provided screws, mount the bracket to the bottom of the hard drive. While the bracket is out of the unit notice Jumper JS2 on the mainboard of the unit, you will need to make sure it is set to NTSC video standard by putting the jumper on pins 2 & 3. Once you verify that the correct video standard is picked, screw the bracket with the hard drive back into the unit and connect the SATA Data and Power Cables, already in the unit.
Note: Take extra care while plugging in the SATA Data and Power cables in the unit as it was a tight fit and if not done with care could possibly break the connectors off of the hard drive.
Once finished it should look like this:
Now put the cover back onto the unit and secure with the screws. You'll now see the mounted hard drive through the units ventilation holes on the top of the box:
Connect a monitor to the VGA adapter, connect the provided mouse to the USB port labeled "Mouse".
Before plugging the unit into a power source make sure you have your cameras situated, plugged into the Cat 5 cables and those same cables are plugged into the DVR.
The cameras are pretty straight forward, they have a BNC (Coax) Connector, 12V Power Connector and a line for connecting a microphone (remember that Cam 1 is the only one that supports audio) and when coupled with the provided baluns all that is necessary is to plug in the Cat 5 Cable as the unit powers the cameras using provided Power Over Ethernet.
One item of note that is listed on each balun is to NOT disconnect the 12v power cable from the camera while the unit is in use. It can damage the camera and DVR Unit itself.
The brackets that come with the cameras allow you to mount the cameras in a variety of ways. Once you have the cameras mounted/situated where you want them to be you can arrange the wiring to your liking and connect the balun to the camera and to the Cat 5 cable.
You are now ready to plug in the DVR to a power source and start it up.
On first boot it will prompt you to format the hard drive. Use the provided mouse to format the drive and then you'll see a screen similar to this:
This is the main screen that you will see when the DVR unit is powered on.
This will show up top letting you know status of the cameras, that they are recording, network info, how much of the hard drives space has been used and time and date. Nothing here is selectable.
Moving the attached mouse near the bottom of the screen will bring up icons that let you configure the DVR - here are some of the things you can select and what they do:
4 Split View allows you to see all cameras at once, and is the default you will see. If you don’t have 4 cameras connected you will see filled boxes for however many you have attached:
Auto Rotation will set the cameras on a rotating “slideshow” that will show you each camera in full screen mode for a set amount of time, which can be configured.
Stop Record will stop the unit from recording. If you need to change your hard drive settings (i.e. format the drive) or make system changes you’ll need to hit this button to stop recording. The unit will prompt you if you need to stop recording anything. Stopping recording is password protected –
The default password is 123456 and should be changed when you are setting the unit up.
Enter Main Menu will take you to the Main Menu
We will now Go through the different options in the Main Menu:
Channel Setup allows you to configure settings for each camera attached, letting you do things like enable and disable channels, set them to record or view only, hide a channel (will record but not shown on the screen) Name Each Channel (Bedroom, Window, Door, Conference Room, etc) Set Rotation time (Between 2 and 30 seconds) and adjust the cameras color (Brightness, Contrast, Hue and Saturation)
Record Setup lets you change different recording options. Auto Record is the amount of time you want to pass between powering up and when the DVR will start to record automatically. It is in 10 second increments between 10 and 60. Setting this to zero disables automatic recording. Video Quality lets you adjust between Low, Medium and High Quality – keep in mind the higher the quality the more hard drive space will be used. Record Frame Rate lets you adjust the frame rates of all cameras attached. The DVR is capable of 60 Frames per second and defaults all 4 cameras to 15 FPS each. This can be adjusted to your liking. Record Schedule enables you to schedule how you would like the unit to record during the week, off, by timer or by motion. It is fairly advanced and the included manual will show you how you can choose your options for each hour of the day and each day of the week.
Detector Setup allows you to set the how the system will warn you when there is Video Loss and lets you adjust Motion Sensitivity. After picking your sensitivity levels, alarm types and times, recording types and times and triggers you can adjust what area of the screen will trigger the DVR not only to record, but to warn you as well.
If the DVR had noticed any movement in the blue area I highlighted it will record based on how the detector was setup. Again the provided user manual will walk you through every individual setup and option available.
System Setup lets you setup the DVR’s Password, Time/Date, warning beeps and other information. Query Error Message lets you view and clear errors. View Setup allows you to turn off “Icon Help” (the words above the different selectable icons on the bottom of the screen) “Error Message Information” (on or off and will clear on reboot)and allows you to configure the “State Information” (Device Status Bar at the top of your screen) to your liking. You can also setup what is shown on the screen for each separate channel. Date/Time Setup lets you adjust the Date, Time, Time Zone and Daylight Savings Information. Button Beep Setup allows you set 3 distinct beeps for when the included mouse or Remote are used. Input Device Setup allows you to change the settings of the included mouse and IR Remote. Auto Exit Menu lets you adjust how long the menu will stay up unaltered before exiting.
Hardware Setup allows you to Setup Users permissions, View and Change Hard Drive Setup (Including setting the DVR to overwrite once full and formatting the drive), Make Video Changes (including the border and Screen resolution) Setup the Audio for Camera 1, Update the Firmware and Load System defaults.
Language Selection gives you the option to set the DVR’s language between English, Traditional Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.
Exit Main Menu lets you exit the main menu, giving you the option to save or discard any changes you have made.
The Encore ENXDVR-4C DVR all in one unit will allow you to add the unit to your network and gives you the option to setup remote viewing on your network and over the internet as well. The Driver Disc includes the K-Lite Codec pack for Network Viewing and the User’s Manual will walk you through network settings and how to view over the internet using Microsoft Internet Explorer. The User’s Manual will also help you setup a dynamic DNS Service (if you are not assigned a static IP for your internet connection) The User’s Manual also guides you through Smartphone Application Setup.
As you have seen just by scratching the surface, there are many things that you can do with the Encore ENXDVR-4C Digital Surveillance In a Box Kit – while not as feature rich as more expensive DVR solutions, the ENXDVR-4C Kit provides a quick and easy way to have a 4 channel security system on a budget – making the ENXDVR-4C kit excellent for monitoring your home, small business, or office.
- Everything included in the kit, minus 2.5 inch hard drive and Cat 5 Cable.
- Thorough Users Manual walks you through every step of setup and configuration.
- Almost all settings can be tailored to your liking.
- Cameras provide excellent picture quality during the day and provide decent quality in the dark.
- “All Weather” Cameras are not supposed to be used in direct sunlight or “High Humidity” areas.
- Unit can only support up to 1TB HDD.
- LED’s that activate for “Night Vision” will cause glare/reflection if close to a reflective surface, degrading picture quality.
- Cannot be expanded past 4 Cameras.
Overall if you are looking for a “Budget Oriented” DVR Unit the Encore ENXDVR-4C Kit is the way to go! You can use it as a way to monitor your Children (baby monitor, after school activities etc), Employees or as a way to monitor your business “after hours” and not break the bank to do so.
Ask your Eastern Data Account Exec for pricing on the Encore ENXDVR-4C Kit, Mobile Hard Drive and Cat 5 Cables and you’ll have a security system setup faster than you expected!
*** UPDATE!*** - To see the remote access in action please click here.