Lorex LW2702 Wireless LCD Surveillance System Review

Posted on Apr 6 2010 - 10:30am by Russ

Lorex LW2702

The Lorex LW2702 Digital Wireless Surveillance system is a great starter kit for the home or small office.  The LW2702 is easy to set up and use and does most of what you hope/expect it would.  Read on for a detailed review of the Lorex LW2700 series LCD DVR system.

First Impressions

There are many options available when looking for a 4 camera DVR surveillance system.  Many home security camera systems available today are tough to configure and use, not the Lorex LW2702.  I am confident that if I sent my mother a LW2702 system she would have it up and running in a matter of minutes… it is that easy.

The packaging is very nice without being overly bulky and wasteful… just the right amount.  The box includes everything pictured below.  Impressive isn’t it?  The bummer of buying this system is that it can view four cameras at a time but only includes two cameras.  (you can buy additional LW2701 cameras for about $139 here)

lorex LW 2702 contents

7” LCD Receiver

The receiver/LCD which is the heart of the system and looks like a digital picture frame.  It has a very clean and minimalist design.  The front of the LCD receiver has no buttons and is all business.  The rear of the receiver has the antenna, a speaker (for the camera audio), and SD slot (comes with a 2GB SD card), and on/off switch, a kick stand for desktop usage, and AV out port for external viewing, a wall mount, and your menu/navigation and talk button.  When you use the system you realize how much they have packed in to the LW2702 without making it cumbersome.

You can view individual cameras one-at-a-time, have them rotate one-at-a-time, or view all four cameras at once.  The system only records one channel at a time which isn’t optimal as you could be missing important events on one of the other three cameras.  As much as I would like 4 channels of recording, at the same time, I realize this system isn’t a high end camera surveillance system.

The system uses a wireless signal that is WiFi friendly so you shouldn’t have any interference on your cameras or network.  The video quality is good and, both at home and office, there no interference or poor picture quality.  The system also displays the individual camera signal strengths on screen.

lorex lw2702 receiver

Cameras

The cameras (LW2701AC1) are weatherproof and have solid metal housings.  A fun and useful feature is the two-way audio so you can hear what is going on at each camera location, and can talk to through the cameras as well.  The resolution is 640×480 which isn’t amazing, but adequate to see what is going on around your home/business.  My favorite feature, that I wish was on every security camera, is the PIR motion sensor.  Why is this a big deal?  Because most DVR camera systems use pixel changes to activate recording which means you constantly get false recordings (when a tree moves or signal drops, etc…).  The PIR motion sensor only records when a real life warm blooded creature comes in to the cameras view.  In low light situations the 12 IR LED’s do a good job of illuminating the viewing area.

lorex lw2702 camera

Remote Control

The remote control is easy to use and very thin.  I found it easier to use the remote control than the buttons on the 7” LCD display.

lorex lw2702 remote

Features

  • Ultra Digital Wireless technology offers the latest advancements in wireless video surveillance
  • Minimizes interference with other devices such as wireless routers, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices and is Wi-Fi friendly
  • 100% Digital video and audio for excellent image quality and crystal clear sound
  • Secure connection between the receiver and cameras for total privacy
  • Signal strength and out of range notifications help you find best possible installation location
  • 7” Color LCD monitor with built-in wireless receiver and video recorder
  • Five preloaded scenery images enable digital picture frame simulation when no motion is detected by the cameras*
  • Built-in Video recorder utilizes SD memory cards (max 16GB supported)
  • Record when motion is detected by the camera, schedule a daily recording time or manually start / stop recording**
  • Date stamped recordings saves time by making event searching simple
  • Record at VGA (640 x 480) resolution for excellent playback quality or QVGA (320 x 240) resolution to maximize recording time
  • Viewing Options:
    • Quad Mode Shows up to 4 Camera Views on Same Screen
    • Switching Mode Shows all Cameras in Full Screen (dwell time customizable)
  • Intercom function allows for 2-way communication between LCD receiver and camera. Speak/listen to the person at the camera end
  • Icon based on-screen menu makes changing settings/finding recordings quick and easy
  • Connect to a TV or monitor for large screen viewing (RCA output)
  • System expandable up to 4 cameras**
  • New recording / memory full indicators
  • Place on a tabletop or wall / under counter mount with included accessories

Camera LW2701AC1 (with 2-way audio):

  • VGA (640×480) Resolution Camera
  • IR Night Vision
  • Built-in PIR motion sensor for accurate motion detection
  • Durable metal weatherproof housing ideal for indoor/outdoor use
  • Built-in microphone and speaker for listening and speaking (2-way audio)
  • SMA connector allows for the usage of higher power antennas to extend wireless range (antennas sold separately).

Conclusion

I guess the important question… of the video security systems available…would I buy this system again?  Yes, but for the right purpose. Of the available  home security camera systems out there… this one is inexpensive, simple to use, and functional.  The Lorex LW2702 is a capable little wireless DVR system and is super easy to use… but it shouldn’t be confused for a full blown surveillance system that costs thousands of dollars.

The LW2702 is a perfect gift for just about anyone.  It is great for the family room, kitchen, office, etc… to provide a quick view of what is going on around the home or office.  The Lorex LW2702 will cost you around $299 and can be purchased here.

You can see all that Lorex has to offer at their website as well – LorexTechnology.com.

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  1. Fernando Cruz April 22, 2010 at 8:05 pm -

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  3. widiwidi June 3, 2010 at 9:50 pm -

    How does the wireless camera work? I see there are wires on one of the camera pics. What are the wires for? Do they require batteries?

  4. Gadget King June 4, 2010 at 10:12 am -

    The wire is for power. You still have to pug the camera in to a wall for power.

    The wireless works surprisingly well… very clear and almost no warbles or artifacting. So far we are pretty impressed.

  5. kindle case June 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm -

    Great post! Helped a lot, I hope I’m the first to comment on it!

  6. Aielman July 8, 2010 at 5:12 am -

    Can you interface this system with your PC to leverage the storage capacity of larger drives?

  7. durango55 July 8, 2010 at 8:52 am -

    Not really… just the SD card.

  8. Aielman July 8, 2010 at 11:32 am -

    Oh well…guess that one’s out.

    Thanks.

  9. BamBam 34 August 9, 2010 at 10:18 am -

    We have a problem with our mailbox getting smashed; will this camera system work for detecting/recording motion out in front of our house so that we can either catch a plate number or a face (or both) of the people/car that is smashing our mailbox?

  10. Gadget King August 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm -

    BamBam 34,

    No guarantees that it will get a plate number or face… that is more a function of where you place the camera in relation to where the face/plate will be. The closer the better obviously. Should work though.

    Sorry about your mailbox… give it a shot… put both of them out near the box… hidden of course and see what you catch.

    Russ

  11. Dan August 31, 2010 at 8:59 pm -

    Ok for the money you have to be under ten feet for the pir to pick you up.

  12. Ed September 4, 2010 at 10:46 am -

    Do you know if this system can be coupled to an internet ready DVR or in some way make pics available via internet?

    Appreciate the review!

  13. Gadget King September 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm -

    Ed,

    You can’t really output the system to another computer or DVR… it is a standalone system. You can take the SD card out and view/share on your PC at that point. But that is about it.

  14. Arthritis Pain September 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm -

    Maybe someone can clarify something for me. I’m just not getting it!

  15. Richard October 1, 2010 at 7:01 am -

    Hi GK, thanks for the outstanding review.

    Do you know of a system that will allow for recording of the 4 camera’s at one time on a internet ready DVR?

  16. Mike October 9, 2010 at 11:17 am -

    Hi.

    I tried connecting the monitor to a new 32″ TV using a jack/RCA cable, but the signal somehow seemed to be interrupted. The video was foggy and kept disappearing and reappearing.

    Any clue how to solve it?

  17. sat November 14, 2010 at 6:50 am -

    iv just installed my cctv camera model LW2700, OUTSIDE and i am getting no picture at all what do i need to do

  18. boosting strength March 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm -

    I have this system fo rmy wife in her barn but i need to boost the signal strength what would be my best bet for three camera? thanks

  19. jennifer jones September 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm -

    Ihave 4 LW2702 Series Lorex Cameras. My problem is, neither remote control works and the cameras are not recording. I cannot find anywhere on the monitor to find it to start recorfing until I can order a new remote, or hopefully it is just the batteries. Love the cameras but the remotes are too fragile.

  20. Carlos Diaz November 9, 2011 at 7:38 am -

    I have a DVR LOREX Edge+, I tried to connect to a SONY TV as a PC and as a component but not picture me, I could explain how to do it. Thank you.

  21. Kurt April 9, 2012 at 11:59 am -

    Hi folks, I just purchased this system with 4 cameras for home security and it works fantastic. I managed to mount 3 outside and run the power cords through white plastic ‘cable channels’ you can purchase at any home improvement store, this way it’s not immediately noticeable that these cameras even have a power cable. For the front door of the house I buried an outdoor (weather proof) extension cord and ran it to an exterior wall socket, then installed a weather proof plastic cover over the outlet and painted it to match the exterior of the house. It’s nearly unnoticeable. I’ve seen people complain about not being able to hook it up to their computer for remote monitoring. Well, I actually found a work-around for that! If you have an AV input jack on your videocard, you can use the computer as your ‘monitor’ and leave that window open. Then, install “TeamViewer” which is a free remote-login program on that computer. Now when you remote-view your computer from outside the house you can see the video feed from the Lorex base station. You can’t control it, but at least you can view all of your cams remotely. Works like a charm and it was free.

  22. Kurt April 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm -

    Actually, if you don’t have an AV input jack on your videocard but you do have a webcam, you can train the webcam at the Lorex base station and use that to view it remotely. I know viewing a monitor with a webcam sounds silly, but hey, it works!

  23. janet April 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm -

    MY REEMOTE STOPPED WORKING…DO I NEED NEW BATTERIES AND HOW DO I GET THE LITTLE SLIDE DOOR OFF/

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