Revo 4 CH Wireless Gateway with 2 HD Cameras – Review and Instructions for RWG41BNDL-1

Revo 4 CH Wireless Gateway with 2 HD Cameras – Review and Instructions for RWG41BNDL-1


This is a review of the Revo Wireless HD
4 channel smart gateway kit model number RWG41BNDL, which is used
in conjunction with the Revo Wireless app. First I’ll talk about what’s
included, then setup, audio/video quality, features, placement/installation, the
Revo Wireless app, warranty, and I’ll share my likes and dislikes along the
way. See the information section below if you want to jump to any section of
the video, for example, if you only want to see the quality of the footage. Let’s
get started. The kit comes with 2 HD 1080p Wi-Fi indoor/outdoor, audio capable,
PIR, that’s passive infrared, bullet cameras, and their power supplies,
mounting screws, a four channel Wi-Fi gateway with power supply and network
cable, as well as a 32 gigabyte microSD card. The gateway can accept up to a
hundred and twenty eight gigabyte microSD card in case you were wondering. Unlike some products on the market this gateway cannot be connected directly to
an external monitor. For iOS users the kit must be used with the free Revo
wireless app available for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 10.7 or
later. Does anyone still have an iPod Touch? There is no app for Mac computers however. For PC and Android users you can
use the Android app or the app for PC. Even though the manual is only six
sparse pages, set up was a breeze given the gateway and two cameras arrived
already paired. To set up, you simply download the free app from either Google
Play or the Apple App Store, register in the app, connect the Gateway to your
router, power on the cameras and gateway, and then add the cameras in the app
either by manually entering the device ID or scanning the QR code on the
gateway. I’ll show you the rest of the app features later on in this video, but
here’s a helpful pointer. After setup is complete in the app, immediately be sure
to click the three dots in the upper right corner of the My Device tab, select
Device Setup, and either select Time Sync to sync the time with your cell phone, or
select Choose Time Zone here to select your current time. I didn’t do that after
setup so when I went to review the footage the
stamp was incorrect. Also note the clock is in 24-hour format. To demonstrate the audio and video
quality, I’m going to do this next section with footage from the camera.
This is three feet away. This is camera two and this happens to be about seven
feet away. In the true fashion of people visiting your home I’ll do the
rest of this in a zipped up hoody. The packaging says that the cameras
shoot in 1080p, P being progressive. 1080 is typically 1920 vertical by 1080
horizontal and strangely on the Revo America website it says 1920 by 1124.
That’s a solid 2.1 megapixels. The description says, “You’ll experience the
power and beauty of HD video,” but keep in mind it’s still a 2.1 megapixel sensor.
For comparison, that’s more than an iPhone 6’s 1.2 megapixel front-facing
or selfie camera, but less than an iPhone 6S’s 5 megapixel front-facing camera. Cheese! Given Apple’s now on iPhone X, well,
this technology’s a little behind Apple, but then again who isn’t! Right?!? Also
nowhere does anything mention the frame rate of the video, which is important to
video editors like me. Now let’s go to camera 1 and we’ll do it in night vision. Hey I’m your neighborhood burglar. I’m
gonna break into your house. I’m gonna work on your to-do list. I’m gonna fold the
laundry, feed your pets, and wash the dishes, and maybe help myself to some of
your stuff. Anyway I’m about 15 feet away from the camera and so you can see it a
little closer… Now I’m about three feet away from the camera. Hey! What’s up? I’m BalanR.
Check out my reviews! Subscribe to my channel. Now I’ll turn the lights back on
so you can see what it looks like that way and you can also see my messy
workshop. So lights, camera, action. So as you can see my camera one seems to be
having an audio issue as evidenced by the static. So enough of that! As you can see
video quality is reasonable, but the audio is a little thin. Also audio and
video weren’t perfectly in sync in the case of camera two and were terribly
out of sync in the case of camera one. These are security cameras after all so
I don’t think anyone’s expecting to shoot music videos with these things…
well unless perhaps you’re the new manager of Nsync and relaunching
the band as…. I don’t know…Out of Sync. Thanks little assistant. A few helpful things to
note before I talk about the app. The cameras’ field of view is 80 degrees.
This is a 90 degree angle and this yellow is 80 degrees. And according to the
manufacturer the range is 250 feet in daylight and depending on whether you
look at the packaging or visit the manufacturer’s website, the range in
total darkness may be either a hundred feet or 75 feet… and that’s thanks to the
infrared rays. The ranges seem impressive but keep in mind that zooming footage
captured at 2.1 megapixels will look a little fluffy. It’s good enough for
security purposes though as long as you’re not hyper zooming. The cameras
have passive infrared or PIR, which is supposed to limit false detection. It’s
pretty good but I find that it’s a little sensitive even on the lowest
setting. One feature that would improve this product, which some security cameras
have, would be to allow the user to define the detection range.
It’s sometimes referred to as a blocking feature and it prevents false detection
caused by things like trees blowing in the wind or perhaps that collection of
bobbing head dolls you have perched in the living room. I should mention that
false detection will also blow your phone up with alerts like it’s New
Year’s Eve. Happy New Year! The gateway stores
video locally on a micro SD card and there’s no cloud storage offered. Keep
that in mind since should someone break into your
home and steal your possessions including the gateway or should your
house burn down, heaven forbid, you won’t be able to figure out “who done it!” Maximum recording time is 100 hours according to the literature, but nowhere
does it say whether that’s with the included 32 gigabyte microSD card, an
optional 128 gigabyte SD card, or both. Also note the cameras only record motion
events so it is not a continuous video recording. This system uses bandwidth
when viewing video or using features like two-way talk; hence, when using those
features, that’s more traffic on your home network. If all your family members
are at home and on their wireless devices things may slow down for everyone. Yeah I
just did that. The literature doesn’t mention anything about Wi-Fi
standards, for example 2.4 gigahertz versus 5 gigahertz networks so I can’t
speak to that in this video. I can only say that a 5 gigahertz Network can carry
more data than a 2.4 gigahertz network. Perhaps Revo is trying to make this
product as simple as possible so they don’t get into that information. Also,
while it’s a four-camera gateway that comes with two cameras, no where have I
seen additional cameras for sale should you want to expand the system. I should
also mention I previously had a DIY security system that stored to DVR and
the DVR noise drove me crazy!>Make it stop! I like that the Revo
gateway is silent. What I like about wireless cameras is you don’t have to
drill too many holes or snake video cables through walls. Unfortunately with
all the fancy photos of the product that don’t show any cables, I forgot there are
always two requirements for any camera. There’s the video and audio transmission,
which is done wirelessly with these cameras, and then there’s the camera’s
power supply. Why do I always forget that part? Just an aside, I love how manufacturers, and Revo’s no exception, show pictures
of their products but never show the “wire spaghetti” required to make them
operational. The power cable is roughly 10 feet long and has a side-mounted wall
wart. While the cameras are weatherproof the power cable and side mounted wall wart
probably aren’t. The manufacturer doesn’t mention anything about this but I
recommend using protective conduit if running cables outside. Also plugging in
outside where someone could potentially unplug a camera would defeat
the whole purpose of security, right? Thanks little assistance. If you
plan to mount the cameras outdoors the easiest place to mount them in my
opinion is near or on a windowsill so you can run the thin power cables
between the sill and window. Also keep in mind that infrared at night does not
work through windows, and nearby objects from outside lighting for example, can
mess with the image. According to the packaging indoor wireless range is 400
feet and outdoor wireless range is 600 feet. Not sure why the difference. But
wait! I’m gonna further confuse you… According to the manufacturer’s website
it states indoor wireless range is 200 feet. Huh? Not 400 feet? Anyway I’m going
with the manufacturer’s website on this. I think 200 feet is actually generous
given my experience with these cameras. I say that because I’ve had connectivity
issues from 60 feet away from the gateway. I’ve experienced this… and this…
and more of this on occasion. And fYI I’m using a 2.4 gigahertz router. The only
way I can see wireless range being 400 indoor and 600 feet outdoor would be in an open field or maybe a house with no walls,
doors, or windows. Finally! Let’s talk about the app. It’s free! And downloading
footage to your phone is free, but the app is a little clunky and quirky at times.
On the My Devices tab you can press the gear on each camera to name it. Turn on
or off push notifications. Adjust motion sensitivity. Turn on and off recording or
delete the device. You can also do this by selecting the camera on the My
Devices tab and then selecting the three lines in the upper right hand corner.
Once you’ve selected a device as I’ve done here you can live stream video in
either standard definition or high definition although this is where you’ll
need proper bandwidth to stream in HD or you get this. You can also turn on or off
streaming audio, enter full screen mode by turning your phone horizontally, do
two way talk, which impressively only had 1 to 2 seconds of latency>You can also take a screenshot, turn on real-time recording, or review
recorded motion events highlighted in green here on the timeline. To review
footage from a different date you can select the date of an event you’re
looking for here, press play and then view all the motion triggered events for
that day. Unfortunately you cannot select a specific time so you have to scroll
across the timeline to find specific events. To help fine tune navigation on the
timeline you can pinch or stretch the timeline with two fingers to get to the
start time of motion triggered events faster. To capture an event for later
download to an MOV file, play the video and press the recording button to
capture the clip in real time, and press the recording button again to stop
recording. Here’s a tip though: The recording button seems to work like a
screen recorder. It captures the video based on the screen’s orientation so when
I press record and the phone is oriented vertically the file or video dimensions
are compressed to 640 by 640 like this. Then
when I rotate the screen horizontally to full screen mode it records the footage at
1136 by 640. Wait! It appears to fit in the typical widescreen aspect ratio as
you can see here. I don’t know! Leave a comment if you can explain why it doesn’t appear
to be true in 1080. To view, delete, or share your saved video clips and screen
captures, go back to My Devices and select My Center, and then select
screenshot recording here. You can press Edit, select clips, and either delete or
save them to your device’s video library. You can also select individual videos or
screenshots here to view, delete, save or share them. If we go back to the My
Center page, you can also select Alarm Message to view alerts and their
associated video… and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. One thing that
would be helpful in this app would be if there was the option to snooze alarm
notifications for a preset period should they become annoying… like when I’m
walking in and out of the workshop. Perfect example! And may I pause just for
a moment and revisit a few screenshots that I showed earlier. Someone at Revo
should really do a grammar check. “Succeed to save recording.” “Screenshot succeeds.”
He shoots. He scores! If you’re gonna offer a product in a particular country,
please have someone go through the app to make sure the prompts are correct. Not
a big deal though. Also, another thing I found ironic given these are security
cameras, emphasis on security, was that upon downloading the Revo app and
registering, the password for the app can only be six to twenty
characters or numbers and it’s case sensitive. Wait! No special characters? All
passwords should contain special characters these days. My password is…. Oh
wait! No it’s not. That contains special characters. The cameras and gateway come
with a 12-month limited warranty according to the paper that was included
in the package, but two years according to manufacturer’s website.
I don’t know! Lots of inconsistencies happening here. Unfortunately keep in
mind that in order to obtain service under the limited warranty you’ll be
responsible for packaging and shipping the defective product back to Revo at
your expense. I contacted Revo about the camera one
issue thinking I could get a replacement camera, but instead they’ve asked that I
return the whole kit to them on my dime unfortunately. In the meantime
however, they were kind enough to send me an entirely new kit which I haven’t
installed or tested yet. So thumbs up to customer service… kind of. Regarding price
the equipment, app, and features of this kit make it a good value in my opinion.
To wrap up, minor challenges, issues, and inconsistencies aside, I really do think
these are decent DIY security cameras especially given the nominal price, free
app, and ability to download .MOV and screenshots for free.
You’ll have to weigh the pros and cons for your needs though and there are lots of
things to consider when investing in a security system. So do your homework.
I hope this video has been helpful. If it has please do me a favor and like it and
most importantly please subscribe cuz that always helps me out. Tthank you
so much for watching.

3 Replies to “Revo 4 CH Wireless Gateway with 2 HD Cameras – Review and Instructions for RWG41BNDL-1”

  1. Very informative thanks! I've been considering a DIY security system, but there are so many options. I don't plan on shooting music videos with security cameras. lol

  2. Great review it was detail and it covered all the questions I had in my mind without having to buy the item and make an educated decision. You have my Vote, BTW, I like the Pulp Fiction Basement. lol

  3. Great Review! I wish everyone reviewed so thoroughly and structured the same way. Im hitting the red button! BAM!

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