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Home Security with the Defender Sentinel 4K NVR Security System

We chose the Sentinel 4K NVR Security System for our home security needs and after looking at all of the options, I knew we made the right choice. The options for home security systems seem to be endless, find out why I am happy we chose this system for our home. The clarity and options offered by the Defender Sentinel 4K Ultra Wired NVR Security System are more than enough for our home security and our needs. 

When choosing a wired security system, I spent a lot of time on research to find the best system for our needs. This led me down some interesting roads. It has also prevented me from buying items that just don’t fit for our needs. Regarding a home security system, my research led me right to the Defender 4K Sentinel NVR Security System.

I knew that I wanted a wired home security system with at least four 4K Home Surveillance Cameras. I could have had more cameras, but it would have been overkill for our home. Defender sells this same Sentinel system with 8 cameras if you feel that you need more security camera coverage. Our home is just over 80 years old, so choosing the system upfront with a plan was important because we would have to install cameras on the brick. I wanted the wires hidden and secured so it could not be taken down.

DVR vs NVR vs Wireless Security

When looking at a security system you have basically three options out there on the market. Wireless, battery-operated cameras seem to be getting all the buzz these days. You install them and every other month you need to pull them down to charge them. The problem with these cameras is that extreme cold and extreme heat will deplete the batteries more quickly. As well, you have to use a ladder to get them down and reinstall them and while they are charging, they are not working.  What happens if you need your cameras while they are charging?

The second option is DVR cameras. These cameras use coaxial cables with a BNC connector and a separate power source for each camera. The DVR processes all of the images and all of the cameras are analog.

The third option is NVR, which is the system we chose. The NVR PoE camera system processes all of the images at the camera and sends the recordings to the NVR box to be saved. Defender’s Sentinel 4K NVR System allows you to view footage through the Empower App, so you can see and share what’s happening wherever you may be. A single cable provides 4K image quality, sound, and power so you never have to run multiple cables or worry about a nearby power outlet.In new homes builders are already installing ethernet cables in homes so having cables run to locations for cameras is easy to have done with a simple request. One of the great qualities of the NVR Defender Empower cameras is that you can listen to the microphone on these cameras with a simple click on your phone or with the security system mouse, not many systems give you this advantage.

Why we chose the Defender Sentinel NVR Security System?

We chose the Sentinel system because the price of the entire 4 camera system was under $500.00. Defender offers an 8-camera system for under $700.00 if you need that many cameras. I had a qualified electrician install my wiring only because they had the tools to install the system so the wires were hidden and the system would be up and working in a single morning; that said, this system is simple enough for the average DIYer. I unboxed the system and set it up using an old television as the monitor and hooked up the system to our home network. I have the NVR box hardwired into our router, so it is always live and recording as long as the house has power. I figure if the house does not have power, we have bigger problems, but it could be plugged into a UPS battery backup and power surge protector at a later time to keep the system working. 

The Sentinel NVR Security System comes with everything you need to install the system including cables, cameras, mounting screws and the NVR box. The cameras are 4K 8 Megapixel UHD sensors that film in full color all day long. At night, the system switches over to infrared LED color night vision and it gives you options on how best to set it up for your conditions and light. Once set up, you can remotely view the footage on your mobile device with the Empower Defender app.

We have the system plugged into our television and I can view the system no matter where I am via the Empower app . If for some reason the WiFi system is down, I have peace of mind knowing that this 4k home surveillance camera system is still recording and keeping my home safe.

One of the features that was very important to me was that I did not want to beholden to a specific security company with monthly bills. Every Defender security system offers lifetime support with no monthly fees, ever; a feature that was very important in my research. If you are looking for a security system for your hunting cabin, your home or even your barn, take a look at the offerings from Defender.

Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of HuntingLife.com. His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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