The USB 2.0 DVR four-channel Guardian Monitoring and Surveillance System lets you view and record cameras on your desktop or notebook computer from almost anywhere in the world. It is ideal for home or office , and can be a good alternative to more expensive commercial VCR systems -- but only if you have the computer system that runs the software.
The Guardian USB device, one of Swann's newest products, does not run on Windows Vista. Considering that TechNewsWorld waited several months for a test unit after one delay befell another, the lack of Windows Vista support is a big disappointment. Both the package markings and the Swann Web site clearly state that the product only runs on Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
I had expected the included installation DVD to include updated drivers. It didn't. I also felt sure that I could find updated Vista drivers on the manufacturer's Web site or elsewhere online. I couldn't. In fact, the troubleshooting pages on the Swann Web site had no information about the product or the availability of Vista drivers.
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