Lorex DVR – The LHV5108 review

Product: Lorex LHV5100

Price: $569.99 with 8 cameras.

Best place to buy: Amazon.com

My ranking: 9 out of 10

Pros.

  • 4k capabilities
  • Easy installation
  • Remote connection
  • Water-resistant cameras.
  • Compatible with many cameras
  • Motion push notifications and email alerts
  • Continuous, scheduled, and motion recording

Cons

  • Low hard drive capabilities.
  • PC software can be difficult to set.

Lorex DVR has been one of the most reliable products you can get from this company. They provide good quality and performance without having to maintain the system for a long time. Lorex has released the LHV5100 series devices, which are 4K DVR, something that you could find before only on NVR systems.

This new system will provide recordings and features that none of the other brands can provide for a reasonable price. The LHV5100 will have all you need at home. Easy to install and understand, the system will have remote connectivity so you can see everything at any time.

This new DVR will replace the old LHV2000 devices and the best part is that you can connect from 1080p HD cameras to 4K UHD cameras. In my opinion, one of the best devices for home out there.

What Is New On The LHV5100?

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Besides having 4K capabilities, the system will have access to the latest updates meaning you won’t have remote connectivity issues like with the old LHV2000 devices.

The DVR will have everything, from motion detection settings to remote connectivity. You can set specific zones on the cameras to record what you want to record. For example, if you have a camera on the front door pointing to the street and you get motion notification every time a car pass in front of the camera, you can delete that specific zone from the camera. That way, the camera will record only people that walk on your front door.

That feature is amazing, it is easy to handle and set.

Besides that, you can set the cameras to work only on motion so you can save space on your hard drive and record on a high definition more time. The system by default will come to save continuously and motion recordings, having eight cameras recording on 4K will allow you to get around three days of recordings. That said, I recommend to set the system to record only motion events so you can get around two weeks of recordings.

Additionally, you can replace the internal hard drive with an 8 TB one so you can get more days of recordings. It would be something needed in case you require more space for your footage.

Now, let’s talk about the connections. As I mentioned above, you can connect old and new cameras to this system. However, the cable and power supply the 4K cameras use is different from the one for the old ones. Then, if you want to replace your old Lorex system with this new one and use the same cable for the 4K cameras, you will have quality issues and blue images. In that case, make sure that the cable you use is the one the comes in the package.

You can check information about BNC cameras in my previous article.

The cameras will also use more voltage than the older ones. The system will work with older cameras and cables, but the new cameras will not work with old cables and power supplies. You can connect your old cameras to the system; however, you may need to re-run the cables, if you want to get the 4K quality images on the DVR.

Additionally, you need to have a 4K to see the high quality of the images. Even though you should have one of those TV screens or monitors, the system will record 4K. That said, you can extract the footage from the DVR and play the video on a 4K monitor or computer.

Moving on, the quality of the LHV is similar to the one you can get on an NVR system. If you want to get more information about the NVR capabilities, you can read my article about the Lorex NVR.


What About Remote Connectivity?

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This device will work with the Lorex Cloud App available on almost every smartphone. With the new updates, you can save footage and download recordings from your phone. However, you won’t be able to change the password of your system or set zones for motion detection.

The connectivity with the app is simple, you need to download the app, open it, and add your device with the information of your security system.

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Before you set a connection, you need to connect the ethernet cable from the DVR to the router. Besides that, make sure you connect a monitor on the system to set a password as those systems do not have a default password and it can not be set from the App.

That said, once you connect to your system, you have a couple of options with the app:

Live view: You can see the live feed of your cameras from your phone tablet or computer.

Playback: You can see your footage by looking at the day and time under playback.

Push notification: Enable push notification to know whenever your camera detects a motion event.

Settings: You can set the camera to record motion and continuously. However, you can not set the zones where you want to detect motion.

Alarm: Enable alarm settings to know if the system is recording.

Those are a couple of the main options you can find with the app on your phone. If you have a PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera on your system, you can control it by double-tapping the camera on the live view and swiping with your fingers.

Additional options

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You can get the PC software from lorexwiki.comThe software will allow you to see the cameras the same way as on the app, but with a couple more options. The software is a bit more difficult to understand; however, you will have fewer difficulties to download videos or see footage from there.

From the live view on the bottom, you can change the quality of the camera and its colors. Those are functions that people don’t use often, but I would like you to know that you can play with the cameras a little bit with the App as well.

You can find more information about the App capabilities by reading my article about the Lorex cloud App.


WarrantyLorex DVR

Lorex offers two years warranty with all their products and the LHV5100 is not the exception. It will cover damages to the system, cameras, power supply, and cables. However, you need to do some troubleshooting if you want to get a replacement for the product.

Troubleshooting for the system is simple, try different adapter if the system is not turning on. For the cameras, test the adapter as well, you can do so by connecting the adapter directly on the DVR. If the unit turns on, that means that the damage may be on the camera.

For more troubleshooting steps you can read my article about Lorex Security Camera Troubleshooting.

A quick tip: Once you get the product from any website, log onto lorextechnology.com register your warranty on your profile and make a review about the product. By doing that, Lorex warranty you one year and six months additional warranty for free.

Before you claim a replacement, make sure you have time for the troubleshooting because it usually takes a couple of minutes.

Conclusion

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The price for the system is worth for what it offers. You will have all the main features and options for a security DVR. Besides the 4K quality and great performance, you have a reliable remote connection to check your house or business.

My rating 9/10, the system is nothing hard to do. Easy installation and plug and play device. You will have the option to put different types of cameras, it does not matter if you have got a 4k or 2k, dome, bullet, or PTZ type, all of them will work with this security system. Keep in mind that you need to get MPX and not IP cameras as the IP is for the NVR systems.

As I recommendation, once you install the system, leave it recording for a week and then check for how many days it records. Besides, change the cameras to record only motion, so you will have more space to record important videos.

Keep in mind that you can expand the internal hard drive capacity to improve the recording time. Make sure that the hard drive you get is a purple western digital.

Here I will leave a link to the Lorex site where you can check the compatibility of the cameras with the LHV5100.

Compatibility chart for the Lorex LHV5100

You can also check more information about Lorex and its security systems on my blog at Lorex Reviews.

That would be all for this article, I hope that I provide enough information and I was clear with the most relevant details about the LHV5100. If you have any questions or would like to add something to this review, feel free to leave a comment below so we can discuss it.

You can get the LHV5100 Lorex NVR through my Amazon affiliate link, it won’t cost you more and I may earn a commission if you do so.


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11 Responses

  1. Nice review, the best thing about it is the ability to check the cameras from mobile devices, that makes all the difference. The old surveillance systems had those ugly monitor and connected to nowhere. The problem is if I travel for a while and don’t have enough space to keep up with the amount of data that would be recorded. I’d need to access it remotely and flush the HD to free space.

    1. Hi Daniel,

      Those systems are really easy to handle and use. I’m pretty sure they would be a perfect fit for anyone!

  2. Being able to get 8 different cameras with all those features for that price is really nice! I really like that you can get notifications on your phone if you wish to. That makes me feel like you can really keep an eye on things while you are away. It’s also great to have an alarm system connected to it so you don’t have to purchase separately. I saw that you talked about the software being for PC…does this mean that it is not available for Mac? Thanks for the information!

    1. Hi Steve !

      The system is compatible for Mac, however you may need to contact Lorex directly to get the software.

      Thanks for the comment 

  3. Hello there, thank you so much for this very detailed amazing informative review on Lorex DVR-LHV5108, i understand that it takes alot of concious, calculated and deliberate effort put together a review as this one,  I like the fact that Lorex offers two years warranty with all their products and the LHV5100 is not an exception, this gives me alot of confidence on this product. 

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hey nice article you have there. This is the exact system I need to replace what I have in my office. What I admire most in the Lorex DVR LHV5100 is the ability to detect motions of any type , it fits perfectly into my business purpose, since I deal with alot of clients on a daily basis to strengthen up my security system.

  5. I believe my LHV2000 series dvr failed. Is this LHV5000 series work as replacement for my failed dvr?

    Thanks a million in advance.

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