SWANN AllSecure650 2K Wireless Security Kit Review – Swann is one of the companies offering security solutions with affordable prices (compared to Ring and Arlo). If you haven’t, make sure to check my reviews on some of their security products like the Xtreem and Spotlight Outdoor security cameras here at Craving Tech.
Their latest addition is an ultimate wireless security camera kit and it’s perfect for new and existing homeowners who don’t have security camera wiring incorporated in their home build. While there are many wireless cameras in the market, SWANN AllSecure650 2K Wireless Kit comes with a great bundle: 4x Wire-Free Cameras and a Power Hub NVR with Charging Bay.
It’s like having a complete, NVR security solution at your home but cord free.
SWANN AllSecure650 Review (2K Wireless Security Kit) Review – Unboxing and Packaging Contents
I was quite surprised to find that Swann has included everything that you need to setup the wireless system here with a small mouse, Ethernet, and HDMI cables. Unlike the traditional wireless security systems, you need to plug the Hub to a monitor and set it all up (like an actual, wired, NVR system). But it is really easy to set it all up and if you want, you can further go deeper to tweak more settings and options.
You can check the full manual to tweak some of the advanced settings such as adjusting the motion detection area, recording schedule, siren’s duration, etc.
SWANN AllSecure650 Review (2K Wireless Security Kit) Review – Design and Features
So the 2K Wireless Security Kit comes with four wireless security cameras and four is usually the best number for having security cameras around the house. You can place one to monitor your front door, one to monitor your side gate, and two other to cover the other perimeter of the house such as your garage or backyard. From the looks of it, you can add four more cameras in the system if you need to cover more.
The security camera has a 105-degree wide angle view and is capable to record with up to 2K Quad HD resolution (2560×1440). Plus, it has Night Vision (and Colour Night Vision), built-in microphone and speaker, LED light, and siren. A rechargeable Lithium battery with 8.700mAh capacity can be taken out easily too so you don’t have to bring the camera back into the house to charge with a cable (though you can, if you really want to).
And this is what I like most about the SWANN AllSecure650 wireless solution. You can plug the battery into the Hub and charge it there. Best of all, the packaging already includes one spare battery that goes into the Hub so when one of your cameras is running dry, you can simply swap the batteries instantly. This keeps your cameras running to watch and secure the perimeter of your house without any downtime (well, less than a minute downtime as you swap the batteries).
The battery that is being charged in the Hub also serves to power the Hub itself during a power outage. This means when intruders cut the power out from your junction box, the Hub will still be running in battery power. According to Swann, this emergency power backup can last up to 5 hours which is great. With all your wireless security cameras and the Hub running even without power, the system will still be able monitor and scare the intruders off with a siren when set up. This is because the cameras provided can run in AP mode using Wi-Fi Direct (i.e each camera connects to the NVR wirelessly, directly, without needing a router).
I also find that allowing the Hub to use the battery inside is useful in many ways. For example, the first initial setup needs you to connect the Hub (which serves as the NVR – or network video recorder) to a monitor. Rather than connecting it to power, I set it all up using the battery inserted in the Hub. It makes the whole setup process easier but if you have a dedicated space to actually place the Hub and a monitor permanently, you can just plug it to a power source.
Once set up, you can see all four channels either with a monitor or through the Swann Security app. It is definitely easier if you install the app as you can see the live feed of all cameras, along with receiving notifications when there are movements and when batteries are running low. You can name each security camera (or channel) individually if you like (e.g name them “Backyard”, “Front door” and stuff).
The wide angle view covers quite a lot of ground and the video quality of the cameras is pretty good. Each camera has a thermal and sensing sensor, so, only important events/motions are being detected and recorded. During a really windy day, the cameras never bugged me with recording of swaying trees, grass, and plants in our backyard.
The NVR itself has a built-in 1TB storage to store footages recorded from the cameras locally (plus 4TB more additional storage through USB) and that is nice as a backup, or if you have slow internet connection. For internet backup, there is an option to store the videos in a Dropbox account or in the Cloud through Swann’s Secure+Plans monthly subscription.
SWANN AllSecure650 Review (2K Wireless Security Kit) Review – Sample Video Recording (Recorded in 720p)
SWANN AllSecure650 Review (2K Wireless Security Kit) Review Conclusion
SWANN offers the complete wireless security solution with the Swann AllSecure650 wireless kit. It basically cuts the cord of the traditional, wired, NVR systems but still offering the benefits of recording security footages locally, and in the cloud. The extra battery that can be inserted in the Hub (to be charged and acts as an emergency power when you have power outage) is a brilliant idea and design. In the event of a power outage or when an intruder cuts the power off, the Hub is still running and will still be able to record what’s happening locally and if you set it up properly, can scare the intruders off with a siren.
This is not just wireless security cameras powered by an app, but a full, complete NVR system – without the cords. SWANN AllSecure650 Review (2K Wireless Security Kit) retails for A$1,099.95 and available now for purchase at retailers around Australia.
Disclosure: SWANN AllSecure650 (2K Wireless Security Kit) review sample was supplied for reviewing
SWANN AllSecure650 Review (2K Wireless Security Kit) Review
A full package of cordless, wireless NVR system
- A complete, wireless, NVR security system
- Everything is included – HDMI & Ethernet cables, even a mouse
- Four wireless cameras included with 2K recording resolution, wide angle view, night vision, built-in microphone/speaker/siren, etc. They are also waterproof and weatherproof
- Cameras have good image quality
- Batteries can easily be charged inside the Hub and there’s a spare one for a quick swap. The battery in the hub also serves as an emergency power backup for up to 5 hours running time
- Has lots of advanced settings (motion detection area setup, scheduling, etc)
- No rich notifications on the app
- Changing many of the advanced settings can only be done directly through the Hub (with monitor and mouse plugged in)
- The emergency power backup is only useful if you are running these in AP/Direct Wi-Fi mode (and not through your home wireless network as your router will be out of commission during the power outage)