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Hybrid 20 Channel 1080p HD Wired DVR with Customizable Storage (Expandable up to a Total of 16 Wired Cameras and 4 Wireless Devices)

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HDVRC20X16 HDVRC20X16 HDVRC20X16 Night Owl's New HC20X Series Hybrid (Wired + Wireless) Home & Business Security Solution

Key Features

  • 1080p HD Wired + Wireless Hybrid Security System with Customizable Storage
  • Compatible with 1080p Wired and Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Cameras and our 1080p Smart Doorbell
  • Human Detection Technology Reduces False Alerts to your Smart Device (Requires Compatible Cameras to use the Technology)
  • Remote Viewing with No Monthly Fees
  • View on Your TV! Works with the Google Assistant
  • See the 1080p Product Compatibility Chart for Compatible Wired and Wireless Devices

System Overview

The Night Owl® 1080p Wired + Wireless Hybrid Security System provides true security and flexibility. Night Owl’s Wired + Wireless worlds join forces for the first time. Worlds are colliding! There are absolutely no fees for storing your recordings. Simply keep everything on the pre-installed hard drive (not included with all models) or install your own hard drive up to 8TB. As if this wasn’t enough, our Hybrid DVR is also compatible with our 1080p Wired & Wireless cameras and our 1080p Smart Doorbell. At 1080p, you capture recordings with clarity and precision. With compatible cameras added to the DVR, Human Detection Technology uses advanced algorithms to detect human motion. This technology reduces false alerts to your Smart Device and saves hard drive space.

The Night Owl® 1080p Wired + Wireless DVR works alongside a free mobile App for iOS® and Android™ Smart Phones and Tablets. Also, you can view on a PC or Mac with our free computer software. Plus, you have access to 24/7 technical support in English, Spanish and French, to provide all the support you need. Experience the quality, reliability, and excellent customer service of Night Owl® with our new 1080p Hybrid Security System.

1080p HD Resolution

View your world in 1080p! With 1080p High Definition video, you see intricate details with clarity and detect threats with precision. Night Owl’s 1080p Hybrid Security System helps provide the stunning image quality you crave. At 1080p (2MP) resolution (1920 pixels x 1080 pixels) you will experience stunning video quality with sharp definitive lines.

1080p HD Wired Cameras (Sold Separately)

Night Owl’s Wired technology provides uninterrupted viewing and recording with no delays by using a secure hardwired connection for true CCTV (Closed Circuit Television).

  • Uninterrupted viewing and recording
  • No interference from Wi-Fi devices
  • Human Detection Technology reduces false alerts to your Smart Device (Requires Compatible Cameras to use the Technology)
  • Internet only required for remote viewing and receiving alerts to a Smart Device

1080p HD Wireless Cameras and 1080p Smart Doorbell (Sold Separately)

With its own embedded network, you can add compatible Wireless devices to the DVR. Whether adding compatible AC powered Wireless cameras or our Smart Doorbell, you can’t beat the flexibility of the Hybrid.

  • Up to 500 ft. Wireless Range from the DVR
  • Smart Dual Sensor Technology reduces false alerts to your Smart Device (Requires compatible device)
  • Equipped with 2-Way Audio
  • Flexibility to move the cameras without installing cables, saving you time and money

Human Detection Technology Reduces False Alerts to your Smart Device (Requires Compatible Cameras)

Real-time alerts notify you of human activity as soon as it happens. The 1080p Hybrid DVR uses artificial intelligence and advanced algorithms to detect human motion from up to 40 ft. away and send meaningful alerts. Advanced algorithms focus on human movement to reduce false alerts and save valuable hard drive space for recordings that matter. Real-time alerts are sent directly to your Smart Device, keeping you connected to your world.

Expand your Coverage

Boost your coverage by adding additional Wired cameras or Wireless devices. Or, take it to the next level by replacing your old doorbell with our 1080p Smart Doorbell that pairs to the Hybrid DVR. Easily add to your new Hybrid security system to accommodate your coverage needs. This ensures you have eyes and ears where you need them most. The maximum number of devices that can be added is determined by the number of channels, which varies by model.

View on your TV! Works with the Google Assistant (Cameras Sold Separately)

With the integration of Google Assistant, you can live stream your Hybrid security system to your TV in real-time using simple voice-activated commands. NOTE: Requires a TV utilizing Chromecast and a Google Home device. Integrate your Night Owl® Hybrid DVR with Google Assistant and use voice-activated commands to live stream your cameras to your TV in real-time.

Remote Viewing with No Monthly Fees (Cameras Sold Separately)

Keep an eye on your world from anywhere in the world. You can save videos and images directly to your Smartphone, Tablet, PC or Mac. Night Owl® makes remote viewing easy. More importantly, there are no monthly fees! Additionally, you can playback video footage from multiple cameras. Talk about convenient! Our free and exclusive Night Owl® App for iOS® and Android™ Smart Devices and Control Management Software (“CMS”) for a PC or Mac, are easily setup in less than 2 minutes.

Customizable Storage w/ Advanced Video Compression Technology

NOTE: DVR can support HDD’s up to 8TB. Advanced video compression saves HDD space and bandwidth while boosting data transfer speeds. With customizable storage and powerful video compression, this DVR is a force to be reckoned with. Advanced video compression provides efficient video compression helping to save hard disk drive (“HDD”) space and enhance the remote viewing experience. Automatic overwrite allows the HDD to keep recording once it becomes full.

24/7 Technical Support, Available 365 Days a Year

At Night Owl®, our goal is to provide an unparalleled experience for any technical support required. We provide more assistance than any other security brand. Why call? Our support site has it all! An extensive library with support articles and videos is available on Night Owl’s support site. We provide Free 24/7 support, 365 days a year should you need more assistance. With tri-lingual phone support available (English, Spanish and French) and Live Chat, support is at your fingertips.

America's #1 Wired Video Security Brand

With cutting-edge technology and the consumer's best interest at heart, Night Owl® is the #1 Wired Security Brand in the U.S.* Night Owl® offers the best value in the market by designing and engineering high-quality products for ease of use and affordability. Our security products help protect homes & businesses across the globe. We've got your world covered.

Source: The NPD Group, Inc., Retail Tracking Services, U.S., Security & Monitoring, Camera Technology: excludes baby monitors, Wired Only. Based on dollar sales, January 2016-September 2019

(1) Internet and Smart Device access requires a router and High-Speed Internet connection with a minimum 2 Mbps upload speed. If your DVR is not connected to the Internet, you will not be able to remotely view your system on your Smart Device or PC/Mac®. May require a free firmware update.
(2) The DVR is currently accessible on iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™ running on 3G/4G Smart Devices. Push alerts currently available on Android™ and iOS®.
(3) Night Owl® does not charge any monthly fees to view or control your product over the Internet and/or Smart Device. Carrier fees and charges may apply.
(4) Night Owl® apps are free downloads compatible with Apple® and Android™ devices only. Compatibility at the time of manufacturing. Future Android™ and iOS® updates could affect the app experience.
(5) Recording capacity may vary. The size of your pre-installed hard drive will affect recording capabilities. Optimal recording based on using the lowest recording quality settings with one camera.
(6) Video streaming may be subject to interruptions or failures for reasons beyond Night Owl’s control, such as intermittent Wi-Fi or service provider outages.
(7) Night Owl does not provide third-party monitored emergency notification or response.
(8) Never install or remove the HDD while the DVR is powered on. Opening the cover of the DVR may cause severe electrical shock.
(9) Human Detection Technology is only compatible with select models. Please refer to NightOwlSP.com for more information on compatibility.
(10) Images may vary.

Disclaimer: Certain uses, publication and/or distribution of video/audio recordings from security cameras and/or audio devices are prohibited or restricted by federal, state and local laws. When enabling and/or using audio recording features with your hidden security camera, be sure to comply with the laws in your country, state, and locality. iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license. iPhone, iPad, Mac and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

ATTN CA RESIDENTS: WARNING: This product can expose you to Polybrominated biphenyls, which is known to the State of California to cause Cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.p65warnings.ca.gov

HDVRC20X16 Specifications

HDVRC20X16 Package Contents

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good buuuut... Something that is not mentioned in the description, this has to be hooked up with an Ethernet cable to work. I’m talking directly from your modem/router. This does not have the option to connect to the internet via Wi-Fi.
Date published: 2019-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strongly Recommend I bought this unit and added 6 wired cameras, 2 1080p wireless cameras and bought a new doorbell and added it. It let me arrange the system for my needs which made the wife and i very happy. If i want to add more cameras later on i can. I have already recommendded this product to my friends.
Date published: 2019-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good price for all the channels offered. We have had a night owl unit for five years and it did great until recently with hard drive failure and other issues. So I priced this unit and a very good price for 16 channels offered. Bought and put into service..only been over a week now but seems fine. Only reason for four stars is because unlike our other unit on play back and recording on a memory stick, I could record and view all cameas in one backup onto the stick. This unit only allows you to record only one channel at a time...time consuming...and you can only view two cameras at a time when playing play back?...why not all like the other?......maybe you guys and tweek your software out to accomplish this like your other units? For the price and all the channels offered I would recondmend at this time.......only time will tell if it holds up?
Date published: 2020-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful color day and night Got this install before I went in for surgery aweek and a half ago so I'm bedridden for awhile went threw breast cancer this make me feel alot safer at home
Date published: 2019-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Upgrade app The mobile app needs improvements. Shut off channels not being used. Recordings should allow to jump around time lines.
Date published: 2020-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I needed! Love it! Exactly what I wanted I can watch cameras wherever I am
Date published: 2020-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Needs 12 Channel Viewing Option I bought this Hybrid DVR as soon at it was launched as an upgrade to my previous Night Owl DVR because I wanted to incorporate my Night Owl doorbell in the same system as the rest of my home cameras. The PC CMS software was not even available yet. I have been using Night Owl products for over 8 years now and I am love their systems, reliable but does not break the bank. The CMS software for the PC is now available but I am disappointed that it does not give the option to view 12 channels at a time and no playback feature either for PC. The viewing options are 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 16, 25 channels. Do I need to remind Night Owl that this is a 12 Channel Hybrid system? Customers should have the 12 channel viewing option, especially in my case that I am using all 12 channels. I shouldn't have to use the 16 channel viewing option, just to have 4 blank channel spots on my screen. Please fix this.
Date published: 2019-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy install Purchased and installed. Wireless cameras are awesome with sound recording also. Wired cameras have a spot light to deter thieves but 2 of the lights come on and 2 do not and I have the settings on all cameras with light turned off. One of the cameras is constantly in black and white and can’t get color but love them other than the one camera in black and white and can’t turn the spotlights off.
Date published: 2020-01-25
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are these cameras compatible with the older NVR10 series ? I need a replacement camera, and am having trouble finding information on if it's compatible ....

Asked by: bellemoral
No, this camera will not be compatible with our NVR10 series. We no longer sell compatible cameras for that series as it has become outdated. Please contact our sales team (866-979-0580) to inquire about our upgrade/trade-in program for a newer model that will be compatible. Thank you!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-10-07

I cannot get my DVR to connect to a monitor or a TV screen it keeps telling me that the format is not supported what do I do with that I can watch my cameras on a monitor or on the TV while I'm at home instead of just on my cell phone

Asked by: Tony723
Please ensure 1) that your TV/monitor is powered on, 2) the DVR/NVR is powered on, 3) that you are tuned to the correct HDMI port on the TV/monitor, 4) that your video cables are securely connected and 5) that your TV/monitor is a minimum 1080p resolution. As a last resort, power down the DVR/NVR and TV/monitor and restart them. If you are still experiencing an issue, please visit https://support.nightowlsp.com/hc/en-us for additional support. Thank you for choosing Night Owl!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-10-02

Are these cameras compatible with HDA30 series system?

Asked by: Epcc
No, these cameras aren't compatible with your current system. Your current system does not have spotlight functionality. As these cameras are equipped with a built-in motion-activated spotlight, that feature will not work with your current setup. Please contact our pre-sales department at 1-866-979-0580 or email sales@nightowlsp.com for more information on compatible products!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-08-31

What add on camera will work with my WNIP2 SERIES DVR, Model WNVR-WNIP2 we need to replace one because water must have got into it.

Asked by: addiegirl
This 2PK is not compatible. We will be selling an add on WNIP2 series camera in the very near future. Please check back soon for availability.
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-08-27

Are these cameras compatible with C20X system?

Asked by: Mluna
Yes, these are the cameras sold with our C20X kits and will be 100% compatible. Thank you for shopping Night Owl!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-08-27


Asked by: MOMC
No, it does not include a hard drive. However, see the link below for the same DVR with a hard drive. Thank you for choosing Night Owl! https://nightowlsp.com/hdvrc20x161.html
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-08-19

My question has been posted and then deleted twice now. Whoever works in this department has some issues. My question should be a simple one : Is there an option to disable the wireless signal on this system? Why is this a complicated question?

Asked by: terriblecustomerservice
Good Afternoon. Apologies for the issues you have experienced posting and verifying the question. No, the wireless cannot be disabled. However, you do not have to use the built-in network. For remote viewing on a Smart Device or computer, you will need to hardwire the DVR to your router via Ethernet cable. That is optional. If you don't want to remotely view your system, you do not have to network it. You can elect to view it on a TV or monitor as a CCTV system via HDMI. The built-in network is simply for connecting our compatible 1080p wireless cameras. If you do not want to to that, you are not required to do so. You can just use our wired 1080p cameras. Thank you for shopping Night Owl!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-08-19

What is the max length of add on cable that can be used for wired cameras? Thank you!

Asked by: Paul J
You can go up to 160 ft. from the DVR using BNC coaxial cabling. We sell 60 ft. and 100 ft. extension cables on our website. If you need to go further than that, we would strongly recommend getting our video balun and using a single Ethernet cable run. Our video balun is used to convert BNC connectors to Ethernet ports. This allows customers to use an Ethernet cable (Cat5/Cat6) in lieu of the BNC coaxial cable to connect the camera to the DVR. One end of the video balun will connect to the camera and one end will connect to the DVR. Please view the following link for more information: https://nightowlsp.com/a-vb-poe-bnc.html. Thank you for choosing Night Owl!
Answered by: Customer Relations
Date published: 2020-08-12
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