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Topic review - Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thoughts
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  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
I don't remember which fan.

The DVR died two times in the past.

They fixed it the first time and sent a new one the second time.

After the second time, I use it without the case and the fan disconnected. (It gets good airflow in the place it is).
Post Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:46 am
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
Hi Secerator,
I was wondering if you could provide the reference of the fan that you bought at newegg.com.
Thanks.

Secerator wrote:
The white lines was a ground loop problem which I solved by placing a piece of plastic between the camera body mount and the metal part of the house.

The ground loop reappeared when I installed a dedicated power supply which had a 3 prong cord (with ground).
The original "wall charger type" transformers had only 2 prongs.
I solved the ground loop problem by using a 3 to 2 prong adapter for the new power supply.

The fog at night is pretty bad. Rain the same. Will just live with it. Otherwise work good.
One camera started having problems with switching into night mode. In some nights it will switch, other nights will not. Disconnecting and reconnecting the power will fix it.
I contacted the customer support by internet and they responded pretty quick. They sent me a RMA and send me a shipping label.
Will send it to them for repairs or exchange.

This is what I did to quiet it down: I replaced the fan with a slower one from newegg. Also I cut the fan grill out of the DVR case so the air will not be pushed through that grill. Much quieter now!

Attaching some screenshots of 3 cameras in the daytime (rainy day).
Post Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:27 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
Hi,

I'm trying to get my Q-See QT526 DVR to work with Proline UK cameras but the picture quality is really bad, not even acceptably bad. There is no color (actually it looks like the picture is in negative form or over-whitened) and there are 2 heavy horizontal lines that appear per second that ruin whatever is leftover of the video.

The DVR is brand new but the cameras were bought 10 years ago. The cams are CCD and work at 330 TVL. They use the same BNC (for video) and 12V (for power). The DVR has been tested with it's own Q-See cams and they work. The Proline UK cams have been tested with their own switch, and they work too.

I hope this is enough for someone to help me. I've been stuck on this for ages now. If you require any more information or clarification, please do let me know.

Thank you!
Post Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:51 am
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
Secerator wrote:
I realized a week ago that my dvr is dead again.

Contacted the customer support.

If it dies one more time after this, I might take everything back to costco and get something reliable.. or see if q-see wants to solve this by offering me something that actually keeps working..



OK, after sending the DVR the them the second time, it took about 2 weeks including both shipping times to get a new one. This time they did not repair it, they sent a new one which works so far.

Another camera died. Actually the one I got as a replacement for the previous one that died. So both cameras died on the same location.
This time I connected to a different cable (same location). That is the only Qsee camera that stays in full sun for the most part of the day, so I think this has something to do with it going bad.
Post Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:54 am
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
I have a 528 which was $300 on sale at Costco with 4 cameras (not bad cameras either). So, not that expensive. Updated the firmware a while back, which did work. The catch to that is I cannot access any longer on an old mac 10.5...
Post Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:52 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
The interesting thing is, buying expensive is no guarantee either when it comes to dvr's. We have an expensive one at work- it sucks balls. Not to mention, a 528 is NOT cheap in price anywhere I've looked. In my experience, whether it's a cctv dvr or a movie/tv dvr- they all tend to suck and are generally unreliable in the long run. Getting a good one, no matter by who or what quality, seems to be a matter of luck. I don't know why it's so hard to make a reliable dvr of any kind, consistently. But apparently, it is. My q-see 408 has been great, which I consider a matter of luck.
Post Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:06 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
I realized a week ago that my dvr is dead again.

Contacted the customer support.

If it dies one more time after this, I might take everything back to costco and get something reliable.. or see if q-see wants to solve this by offering me something that actually keeps working..
Post Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:47 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
Yeah, that's one thing that sets costco apart from other places. It sucks when the policy has to be utilized though. I'd much rather have something reliable (I'm sure you'll agree).

I've been working with electronic devices over many years and any device can develop issue at any time, but when the same devices develop the same issue within the same amount of time you know it's something wrong with the product.

By the way, for anyone reading this, my intent is not to bash QSee. I've been happy with the record quality of these systems (when they worked :lol: ). But, as the saying goes, you buy cheap you get cheap :wink: Don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed :mrgreen:
Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:07 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
groovyman wrote:

Just an FYI. I had 2 QSee systems die this week that are out of warranty. These were purchased at the same time about 2 years ago and both exhibited the same issue within a week of each other.
...Reliability of these systems = not so good.


At least I bought them from costco and I can return them at any time, even after 2 years. :)
These are not included in their 90 days special return policy for TVs and cameras/computers. It's on their general return policy... I think..
Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:56 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
Can someone help me understand how to use the audio out of my Q-see DVR?

I'm planning to install 3 MIC's in the audio in ports.

The DVR is connected to a TV with VGA.

Can I get live audio from a MIC on the TV speakers? I can't select the audio source on the TV to be the AV-in, since the video source is the VGA.

Or it's just recorded audio that I can get from that audio out output?

Also, can you recommend an IR light that I can use separately to illuminate the back yard at night?

Thanks!
Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:53 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
Thanks for the follow up and posting the screenshots.

Just an FYI. I had 2 QSee systems die this week that are out of warranty. These were purchased at the same time about 2 years ago and both exhibited the same issue within a week of each other. Essentially the dvr will not recognize the hard drive, so it stopped recording. Can still access the dvr via network or Internet and it gives no indication that anything is wrong, until you try to playback video - nothing is there. The hard drive in each system is fine though. I tested by trying to install a new hard drive in each dvr (no luck) and installing the hard drives taken from the systems in a spare (the drives work fine).

I'm not seeking help to fix the issue as the next stop for these systems is a landfill. They served their purpose for a couple of years and now it's on to something better. Just posting for information only. Reliability of these systems = not so good.
Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:51 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 CNB24VF night  Reply with quote
CNB at night.
Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:28 pm
  Post subject:  Night pics Costco Q-See QT526  Reply with quote
Night screen shots.
Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:27 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
DVR was sent for repairs at no cost (in warranty).
They take it seriously if you bought it from costco (because costco has a very good return policy).

They sent me a label to ship it. From shipping day to getting it back: 2weeks.

Mother board was replaced. Now i noticed both heatsinks are hot (probably that's how it should be).

I would cut the top part of the case and install a larger computer case fan, but I don't want to do it while I'm still in the warranty period.

Got it back with HDD formatted and I had to set everything again from start.

Now I noticed one camera is dead, will RMA it. This is the second camera that goes bad from 8 in half a year.
This camera was the most exposed to the elements. In full hot GA sun all day. Not covered. Not under an eve or something. Full sun, full rain.
Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:40 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Costco Q-See QT526 (QT526-5) with 8 QM6006B cameras thou  Reply with quote
I removed the HDD (that's what the customer service representative recommended too), no changes.

I actually put the original fan back shortly after cutting the grill out because I realized that most of the noise was coming from the grill, not the fan

Cutting the fan grill should not affect the warranty since this modification can't damage the DVR.

I can always take it back to costco if they refuse to fix it.

Now they sent me a firmware update that I should put on a USB, connect it to DVR, then turn the power on. This should flash the firmware automatically.


.. tried, no changes.

Tried twice, once with the HDD connected and once without HDD.

Noticed one of the heatsinks on the motherboard is very hot.
Post Posted: Fri May 18, 2012 2:41 pm


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