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Offline ocala

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Cam Conundrum.
« on: November 25, 2021, 10:11:55 AM »
Been looking and looking for outdoor  cams but just can't find something that looks dependable.
What I want is something solar/battery powered and wireless. Plenty of those on the market but when you dig into specifics then I find issues.
Been looking at Amcrest, Arlo, Reolink, Wyze, Nest Cam etc. Actually the only one that looks like a keeper is Zumimall. I never even heard of this one but looks like it might work. Most of these are good cams but the issue seems to be with the associated app to view them. Also finding something with a warranty longer then a year is hard. I mean if it's outside 24/7/365 it's going to take some abuse. Maybe I'm asking too much, I don't know. Just curious what you guys use and what you have had long term success with.
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Re: Cam Conundrum.
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2021, 11:20:12 AM »
I never owned a web camera until I bought my first one from Reolink. I think their App and Client software are very good and I have no problems downloading and viewing video. Software has good versatility and allows you to view and download video at different resolutions.

They offer a 30-day money back guarantee, two-year warrant, and free shipping. I got an additional six months of warranty by registering within 30 days of purchase. Look at their deals and flash sales.

I started out with their RCL-511W 5MP Dual-Band WiFi Security Camera and loved the video quality. But it requires power and the motion detection isn’t very good because it does a frame-by-frame compassion and gets confused by changing light conditions like sunlight/car lights and at night by bugs and dust particles. Love everything about this camera except the motion detection.

So, I purchase an Argus 2 which meets your requirements of solar/battery powered and wireless. The motion detection is passive infra-red (PIR) and works like most outdoor motion detection lights but the detection range is less than the 30 feet they claim. Since its battery powered its off until it detects motion and it takes a second before it starts recording. It doesn’t take much sunlight to recharge the battery. It has good versatility and will probably to most of the things you want it to do.

I've been very happy with my Reolink cameras. I've had the RCL-511W for a year without problems with my Minnesota winters. I bought the battery powered Argus 2 this spring so it hasn't had a chance to go though our winters yet.

Argus 2 recording:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/eftrl95qo8q51b5/11_12_21%20-%20Buck%20Side%20Yard.mp4?dl=0

Night video of my Argus 2 and RCL-511W cameras. Starts with the Argus 2 and switches to the RCL-511W.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/h6e18h1jzilomu8/2021_11_22%20-%20Deer%20Side%20%26%20Front%20Yards.mp4?dl=0



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Re: Cam Conundrum.
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2021, 12:11:39 PM »
Hi worach,
Some great videos...


I see that there are Black Friday deals today at Reolink.com/ca with the Argus 2 camera and solar at $C87.44 Black Friday Sale 2021 | Deals on Security Cameras & Systems Reolink
Trying to do some quick reading and understand what all is needed but not a lot of details.
Is the camera and solar panel all that is needed?  I've downloaded the App.


Thanks,
Paul

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Re: Cam Conundrum.
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2021, 12:31:33 PM »
Yes, that kit is what I purchased. Just yesterday I bought another Argus 2 from the refurbish section.

You should find all the information you need here. Ask any questions you may have and I'll try to answer it for you.

https://reolink.com/product/argus-2/
Right under the top picture there's menu selection as follows.
  •   Overview   
  •   Comparison   
  •   Accessories   
  •   Video   
  •   Specs   
  •   FAQs   
  •   Review  (960)

Added Edit: You need to get a MicroSD card to store video. I bought this MicroSD from NewEgg.com. It will handle extreme outdoor condictions.
https://www.newegg.com/sandisk-64gb-microsdxc/p/N82E16820173221?Item=N82E16820173221
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Re: Cam Conundrum.
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2021, 02:18:53 PM »
I bought three of those Argus. Nice cameras and they never run out of battery power.

Just they are no good to upload periodic images for like my weather sites. Since battery and solar run they do not have an FTP function, not meant to be powered continuously.

But they are Dead Awesome with Alexa.

I got one of the Reolink POE Models that I will use to get my West Weather view going.

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Re: Cam Conundrum.
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2021, 03:23:08 PM »
I ordered the Argus 2 as seems a good price and free shipping.  Now the unknown... duty and taxes #-o


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Re: Cam Conundrum.
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2021, 03:36:41 PM »
I've been keeping an eye on Reolink.  I wanted to buy a 12mp camera system from them, but with chip shortage, that didn't happen.  I'm signed up for their mailing list.  They gave me a promo deal on their new Duo camera.  I got a shipment email just today.

https://reolink.com/product/reolink-duo-poe/

I'm going all POE for my cameras.  The reason I liked this unit was because it has 150 degree view without any fisheye effect.  It stitches 2 cameras into one.  I won't be able to mount it until spring as it's too cold here in ND already.  But I'll probably play around with it by sticking it in a window for now.  My plan is to use IP Timelapse to get it to my site.

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Re: Cam Conundrum.
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2021, 08:17:35 AM »
I've been keeping an eye on Reolink.  I wanted to buy a 12mp camera system from them, but with chip shortage, that didn't happen.  I'm signed up for their mailing list.  They gave me a promo deal on their new Duo camera.  I got a shipment email just today.

https://reolink.com/product/reolink-duo-poe/

I'm going all POE for my cameras.  The reason I liked this unit was because it has 150 degree view without any fisheye effect.  It stitches 2 cameras into one.  I won't be able to mount it until spring as it's too cold here in ND already.  But I'll probably play around with it by sticking it in a window for now.  My plan is to use IP Timelapse to get it to my site.
I like the idea of no fisheye effect and being able to cover just about my whole yard. Plus they have that version in wireless. More pricey but oh well. Might have to pull the trigger on that one. Been going back and forth over what cam to get. Soo many to choose from.
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Re: Cam Conundrum.
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2021, 05:10:18 PM »
Hi,
  I am now running six (6) Reolink RLC-511W 5MP Wireless IP cameras utilizing IPTIMELAPSE for still and timelapse images FTP'd to my website at https://csraweather.net  These cameras are not solar powered and do need to be plugged-in to 110v outlets.
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