I connected the DVR to my monitor and powered it all up without any problems at all – whole thing took only a few moments.

I hooked up one of the Swann PRO-555 Security cameras to the DVR. Last week we posted a review of the PRO-555 which you can read here: Review of the Swann PRO-555 Security Camera

I took a few pictures of the screen, so apologies for the quality!

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If you were to have more than one camera connected then the picture would appear in the relevant box.

You can easily control the DVR either via the remote control or via the supplied USB mouse (which was a nice touch).

Unfortunately I couldn’t get the internet viewing part working, nor could I get the software working for viewing on my computer – this way primarily because the software wasn’t actually on the mini-cd as claimed by the manual, and the software that was on there didn’t perform those tasks. The Swann website didn’t have the software that I could download either, and if I had have had longer I would have contacted Swann technical support, but unfortunately I didn’t so that went untested.

Below is a video explaining more about the DVR4-2500


The DVR4-2500 was very easy to set up and get going, it’s a pity I had issues with the software for the PC and remote internet viewing (which also meant I couldn’t try the iPhone app). But what I did try I really liked. With more time I would have like to get all the features working, but it wasn’t to be. But don’t let that put you off!

If you are looking for a low cost, but high quality security system you should definitely take a look at the Swann DVR4-2500 and cameras.

The retail price for the DVR4-2500 (without hard drive or cameras) here in the UK is around the £250 mark but it can be found cheaper, for example Amazon have it for under £200. In the UK, the model with the hard drive is around the $400 mark and the bundle with the cameras is around $700.