Night Owl is a home security system company that offers equipment for do-it-yourself home security, including NVR and DVR multi channel camera systems. Multi channel systems let you view your video feed from multiple cameras at once. Night Owl offers a wide range of setups for their systems, including wired and wireless systems, NVR and DVR, and the choice of either 4 or 8 cameras. According to one reviewer of Night Owl’s home security system:
“I’m no security camera expert, but these cameras worth the money. I had no problem setting it up on my own, but includes free setup if needed. Camera quality is nice, not excellent, but good enough to see who’s coming. If you need basic security without the major price, this is the way to go.”
Night Owl Security System Equipment
When you purchase a Night Owl security system, you get:
- HD cameras with the hardware to mount them
- a wireless mouse
- remote control
- Night Owl’s software
- an NVR or DVR system with a hard drive
- window stickers to show that your home is equipped with security surveillance.
Night Owl’s cameras are state of the art, with 1080p HD resolution and a 100 degree field of view. The cameras also detect motion and record with night vision up to 100 feet away.
NVR vs. DVR
NVR systems are wireless, which makes them easier to install and gives you more location options for placing them. Although they cost more than DVR systems, they give you more flexibility. Night Owl’s NVR systems give you 1 or 2 terabytes of hard drive space for storing video files locally.
DVR systems are more difficult to set up, as they involve cables and give you fewer placement options for your equipment. The advantage of DVR, however, is that you have a strong, reliable signal between your cameras and your DVR.
Installation and Customer Support
Night Owl aims to make installation as DIY-friendly as possible. You can set up your Night Owl cameras yourself and connect them to your NVR or DVR. The company offers both wired and wireless systems. Wireless systems are always easier to install, and they’re much easier to relocate than wired systems, which require drilling and wiring. If you have any issues, Night Owl offers 24/7 phone support, with fast response times and knowledgeable representatives.
Night Owl gives you remote access through its mobile apps, which you can download for any device to control your system from anywhere. Night Owl Connect is an app that lets you view live video and listen to audio from your Night Owl HD cameras. It also gives you push notifications regarding activities detected in the home. The cameras even have 2-way audio, so that you can talk to someone in your home using your mobile device while you’re away.
DIY vs. Professional Home Security
The biggest disadvantage of Night Owl security systems is that they don’t give you professional home monitoring. If your system alerts you of an intruder, you’re the one who needs to call the authorities to respond to the emergency. What if you miss that alert? That’s why professionally monitored home security companies are still needed, no matter what new technology comes out on the market. While DIY systems like Night Owl mean you don’t need to pay a monthly fee, they don’t give you the same peace of mind as professional security provides.
Protect America is a security company that also offers state of the art equipment, but also provides 24/7 professional monitoring. Our locked-in rates are lower than our competitors, and we give you up to $1,400 worth of free equipment for your home–with no installation fees, ever ! If professionally monitored security feels right for your home, get a free quote from Protect America.