Here at SCW, you get our Totally Free Support Policies make boring reading (and it's even worse to write them), so we'd rather tell you a story: Customer Quote: "SCW staff offered me free advice on how to install my new PTZ camera even though it wasn't a product I had purchased from them." -Steve from Australia This is a review from Steve in Australia. We knew Steve was from Australia when he contacted us, and since, at the time we were not really setup to ship there, he obviously wasn't going to be a customer (We can ship anywhere in the world now). Ends up Steve had already purchased a camera from eBay anyways, and he was having issues installing it. So, we helped him. It seemed like the human thing to do, so we did it, but some people think its pretty revolutionary. Note: as discussed in the "Support Exclusions" section below, we can only provide rudimentary support for non-SCW products, but, in Steve's case, we could solve his problem. How does this affect you, our customer? Nearly every single competitor of ours has something similar to this on their website (and one has this exact text): As you might've guessed, that's not really how we think about your "responsibilities" in getting your cameras viewable online. We're here to help people. We can't say we're going to know everything about all the ways a computer network can be setup or know the intricacies of where all the settings are on your router's menu, but we're not going to leave you to struggle with subnet masks and default ip addresses alone. Moral of the Story: We're going to do everything we can to make sure your system works - even if the problem is with a product you didn't buy from us. We'll help you troubleshoot a device, help you figure out what the issues are when a camera malfunctions, help you find out why your cameras aren't online (if you are having issues), or help you set up your system. For Free, For the life of the produt. Support FAQ How much does your support cost?It is 100% free. How long does it last?For the life of the product. When my warranty is up, how much does your support cost?It is still 100% free. Can I get your support for someone else's product?No, I am sorry, but we can't know the nuts-and-bolts on someone else's products or software. How do I get support? Call us call 866-414-2553 How to Get After Hours Support Customer Quotes: "Great guys. Online chat on e-commerce sites is normally useless, but with SCW, I got some real data and insights and ended up with a much better choice. Highly recommended." -John from California I am VERY happy with the support I am getting from Security Camera Warehouse!!! They spent a couple hours on the phone the other day, helping me with an issue that turned out being my internet providers problem. Their equipment is good, their prices are reasonable, and their support is fantastic. I used them as a test for my farm system and am now going to use them to upgrade my work system. -Steven from Florida I'm from Canada and there's no shortage of suppliers on this side if the border however while shopping, I came across SCW and began picking their brain as I had done with so many other suppliers. I asked many questions over a 2 maybe 3 week period. Every question was answered in great detail to ensure I understood the answer. Follow up emails also came to support the answers supplied over the phone. The entire experience was such that I had to buy from these guys having a good feeling that the information supplied was the truth and not some BS story that I heard from other suppliers just to make a sale. If that were the case, I would have been blown off weeks earlier. I ordered a beautiful PTZ IR cam then after that experience I ordered a 4 port POE NVR and just picked them up. Quality is beautiful, everything I've read confirms I made the right decision and I plan to place another order for more cams this week or next. Additionally, their website is very informative and well put together, that always helps....SCW is terrific, buy with confidence. -Barry from Canada Customer Chat: "Just wanted to say thanks to you team for the help yesterday. I installed a lorex camera system and used cat5e cable with video baluns. Lorex said it wouldn't work, and that only RG59 cable would, but talking to your staff they recommended changing the baluns. it worked perfectly after I swapped them out. You saved me a lot of trouble shooting time and headaches." -anonymous chatter "Glad it worked" -James, support specialist "Lorex has no idea what they are talking about!!! I will forward all customers to your site! Thanks again." -anonymous chatter Exclusions to our Support: A list of things that we, unfortunately, won't be able to help you with: 1. In order to view your cameras remotely, you will have to forward a few ports in your router settings. Normally, we will help you do this over the phone or with a screen-sharing applicaiton. However, 1-2% of ISP in the US won't allow these settings to take effect until you call their support. If you are in that 1-2% group, we can't call your ISP for you - they require you to be on the line to authorize the change. Mifi Hot Spots may not have this ability at all. If you are planning on getting a cellular network to transmit your surveillance footage, you should check that you can open ports before you sign a Mifi contract. There's no way to watch your surveillance footage off-site, if you cannot open ports. 2. Outside brand cameras cannot be connected to the back of our NVRs. The POE ports on the back of our NVRs, do not just provide power, they also pass all the settings for the cameras to the NVR's menu, and assign the IP address to the camera itself while putting it on its own subnet (this means that the cameras will not slow down your network or internet). We would love it if ONVIF supported our Plug-and-Play connections, sadly, they do not at this time. Perhaps they will in a future version, but as of now the only way to plug a camera into the back of our NVR and have it auto-configure the camera for you, is to use our cameras. You will have to plug an ONVIF camera into your router or switch and assign the IP address yourself. We cannot help with assigning an IP address to an ONVIF camera, as that can only be done in person and requires comprehensive knowledge about how your network is configured that we do not have. 3. Our NVRs and IP cameras should work with any other outside brand that is ONVIF compliant. All our IP product are 100% ONVIF compatible with version 2.4 of Profile S for IP security cameras. We are as compatible as you can get. Cameras models made by Honeywell, Panasonic, Dynacolor, Sony, Samsung, Pelco, Bosch, Axis, HikVision, and Arecont Vision can be ONVIF compatible. Sadly, we cannot provide phone, email, or chat support for camera models from other companies. ONVIF has several versions (2.4 is the latest) and certain features are only available on certain version of ONVIF. ONVIF is also self-signed, which means that no one is checking on the claims made the manufacturer, so someone could claim ONVIF support and then not deliver. Several name brand manufacturers that once worked in ONVIF mode have accidentally and completely broken ONVIF support when they updated their firmware. Some cheaper manufacturers claim ONVIF support, but we have never been able to find ONVIF settings in their camera menu systems. We cannot control or know what another company may do. We can tell you how a ONVIF camera should be connected to our NVRs and how to set our NVRs to accept the ONVIF protocol. We cannot guarantee that your model will work both now and in all future versions of their firmware. We cannot troubleshoot anyone else's devices. We will happily show you how to connect it with ONVIF settings, but the only way to guarantee compatibility, to use the integrated POE ports on the back of our NVRs, and to have support on your cameras is to use the ones we provide. 4. Our web interface does not have ads. If you see ads when you go to log into your camera system, you have a virus or spyware. For your own security, we strongly recommend that you take care of that issue before you/we log into your router to change your port forwarding settings or log into your security system via that computer. Spyware can capture the keys you type into your computer and send someone else your passwords. This is an urgent problem that should be taken care of immediately.