How does Swann stack up against the others?
Swann Security is a company that produces an array of Do-It-Yourself security equipment. Regarded as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of Home surveillance Equipment, Swann security boast of other products such as CCTV recording systems and cameras, doorbells, wireless and IP cameras, alarms, and the recently launched SwannOne home automation solution which allows users to control video surveillance, alarms, locks, lighting, sound alerts, temperature, energy management and more, all on their Smartphone or tablet via the SwannOne app.
The SwannOne complete home kit is Swann Security offering of a Complete Home Security system. It’s entirely a DIY alarm system as are all of Swann Security equipment.
Let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons of the SwannOne Home Security system.
- 1080p HD video surveillance
- Powerful night vision up to 100ft / 30m
- Android and iOS compatibility
- HD Night cameras similar to Night Owl
- No contract
- DIY setup
- Supports external hard drive
- Comes with 1TB storage
- Starter kit contains everything needed for setup
- Some customers complain that the software is buggy
- High cost
- Upgrade Functionality charges
The SwannOne complete Home kit packs quite a lot in the box to make setup easy and quick. Here is everything you would find in the box.
- 8 Channel DVR with 1TB Hard Drive
- 1080p HD Cameras x 4
- BNC Cables 60ft / 18m x 4
- Ethernet Cable
- HDMI Cable
- Outdoor Siren (with 4 x D Batteries)
- Window/Door Sensors x 2(with 2 x AAA Batteries per sensor)
- Key Fob Remote Control (with CR2032 Cell Battery)
- Power Adapter & Splitter
- Mounting Screws & Plugs
- Quick Start Guides
- Theft Deterrent Stickers
Who are they?
Swann security is a security company founded in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia. With a presence in 40 countries in 6 continents. Swann is regarded as one of the largest producers of DIY security Equipment. They form part of the Infinova group.
What are they offering?
Like other DIY producers, Swann offers security equipment for both home and office that are easy to set up and use with no contract fee. They are manufacturers of an array of surveillance gadgets and other products necessary to keep your home safe.
How nice are they to their users?
Swann offers a wide range of customer support for customers. All available from their customer service page on support.swann.com
Tech support: Yes, you can reach them 24/7 on 800-627-2799
Online videos: Yes. A few videos are readily available on their support page to help with installation and other technical know-how.
How-to guides: Swann support provides a how-to guide in the Retail box to help with installation. They also offer a range of manual/instructional videos that you can download from their support page.
Support hours: Available 24/7
Email: When all else fails. Navigate to their website and send them a mail.
In the search for a do-it-yourself home security system that can transform your home into a smart home. Swann’s ‘SwannOne security’ system is a good choice. Although the cost may not be the lowest available, it offers a lot of options which when purchased separately adds up to a higher cost. The added upgrades though at an extra cost open up a wide range of functions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Swann Security have a monthly fee?
As of writing this piece, Swann offers a $4.99 monthly cloud storage subscription, but many models also include an SD card option so you can store videos locally for free. We like the flexibility of video storage that Swann offers. Given the fact that you can store stuff both online and offline can be quite advantageous depending on numerous factors.
Is Swann Security a Chinese company?
It depends on what you’re referring to. The company itself started out as a fairly small business in Melbourne, but has now expanded and has offices in the USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Hong Kong, and China, as well as a significant presence in over 40 countries on six different continents. Yes, it has offices in China, so if you’re keen on staying away from Chinese products, you can sift through their terms of service to see what you can do to keep your data and manufactured goods away from any Chinese label.
How much does Swann installation cost?
At the time of writing this article, Swann Security offers you two installation options: either do-it-yourself or professional. If you choose the DIY route, your installation cost will be 0. But if you choose the professional installation, then the price is going to be the same as the system that you’ve purchased. So, if you’ve purchased a system that costs $100, you will have to pay an extra $100 for the installation.
Swann Security is one of the top security system manufacturers out there, and you definitely can’t go wrong with any of their offerings. Take your time to browse through what they have and purchase the system that best fits your needs and your budget. Also, feel free to leave us a comment below with your thoughts and opinions on this brand and its products.
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