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Jebediah
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# Posted: 27 Mar 2018 10:18
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Quoting: justins7
I wish the images it sends to your phone (and available on the website) were higher resolution

I bought my cameras for the automatic alert features. From viewing other peoples Utube vids I knew resolution could be an issue....especially like you said for vehicle plates. Mine are inside and the pics are very clear, at 25' of peoples faces, but yes viewing on a phone isn't very good....I view mine on a pc and zoom in....You should write the manufacturer and make your suggestion for a software upgrade to take pics when you want....it would be to their benefit and it might be just an easy software update....

toyota_mdt_tech
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# Posted: 6 Oct 2018 12:21 - Edited by: toyota_mdt_tech
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OK, I think camera folks were listening to us remote cabin owners. I found Cuddielink system, the cuddie link cameras can be up to 16 cameras and they all send photos to one main unit. They can use each other as a repeater too. There is several main systems, one with no cell, but you collect all pictures from one home unit. It can also be a cell one too and email you pictures. Up to 16 cameras, one cell account. Or the non cell home, no monthly fee, retrieve pictures from one source. Also available is a solar panel which comes with nickel metal battery's and with a solar panel, runs indefinitely with no need to change batteries. There is a long range camera also for jsut a few bucks more, I have only found it on amazon, but its good for pictures up to 100 feet away.

Here is the link to the system
https://www.cuddeback.com/cuddelink

They have nice swivel mounts to point it where you want. Solar panels are not white, so blend in well.
I figure if I get one home unit, and maybe 4 more of these long range cameras, I can keep close tabs on things. One at the driveway entrance, see those entering or leaving, catch plate number, mug shots, see stolen gear in bed of truck etc.

Anyway, I am looking for a external remote antenna for the main base unit and unable to see one. I will ask them.

Feedback on this please.

Jebediah
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2018 12:52
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Looks interesting, wireless/cell technology is advancing so fast...I will have to find out if they are compatible with Canadian cell service....Thanks for the info...

justins7
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# Posted: 8 Oct 2018 13:16
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I just read the reviews on Amazon and unfortunately they're not great. It seems like a good idea, though.

I've been having good luck with the Spypoint camera, and have since gotten another one. It's flawed, but it works. It's the cheapest way I could find to get still images sent to my phone or computer from far away.

toyota_mdt_tech
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# Posted: 10 Oct 2018 15:21
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Don't put too much stock in Amazon reviews, I have found a bumbling fool who cant read or follow instructions gets frustrated, mad, packs it all up, sends it back and leaves a bad review.

justins7
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# Posted: 10 Oct 2018 16:39
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toyota_mdt_tech
I know what you mean, but sometimes a reviewer can be insightful and specific, so they seem to know what they were talking about. With this camera, one guy had photos and specifics to back up his one-star review.

toyota_mdt_tech
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# Posted: 11 Oct 2018 08:51
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OK, got email back from tech support who was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. It appears the photos sent to the home unit are small in size, while the high resolution photos are kept in each camera. This allows you to look at and know which camera has the picture you are after. They are each ID'd with a name you give it. I asked him why each camera needed an SD card if photos are sent to home unit. The sent ones are low resolution. So you look at home unit, ID photo you want to collect, go to that camera and offload it.


I wanted to add an external antenna on mine, suspect it uses an SMA connector and he told me the operating frequency is 915Mhz so I may build external antenna. Still researching, but this is the best option so far for my application. I have no power and away for 6 months in winter and need something to last that log. The important thing is the camera mfg are starting to react.

meloj
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# Posted: 11 Oct 2018 11:50
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Has anyone looked into the Arlo Go device? https://arlo.com/en-ca/products/arlo-go/default.aspx?cid=ambAroundTown

In Canada it can be set up with Bell on a monthly cell plan.

thanks for the heads up on the SpyPoint, that might be an option I look at.

justins7
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# Posted: 11 Oct 2018 12:25
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I think I mentioned Arlo at the beginning of my first post (or maybe a different post). I have been keeping my eye on the Arlo Go since it looks ideal. However, they just came out and are not in stock right now. I'm also waiting for actual user reviews before investing in it. So far it seems promising though.

In the meantime I am using two Spypoint cameras...

Jebediah
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# Posted: 11 Oct 2018 12:35
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Quoting: toyota_mdt_tech
I wanted to add an external antenna on mine

There is a place here in Canada...The Cabin Depot, they have an external antenna for ,I think it was 9 bucks...I'm sure you can find something in the in your area though....Spy point has an external antenna, I bought one as a package deal so it was cheap....haven't used it yet. I get great reception once the leaves are off the trees...

meloj
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# Posted: 11 Oct 2018 12:56
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For the folks in Canada. When you got the evo-link which version did you buy? I see on Amazon.ca they have a Verizon and a no-Verizon version. There is Rogers & Bell tower within a good range of my cabin, reception should be good.

From the amazon reviews they seem pretty mixed on connection issues.

I see you can order it directly from their site as a Canada version but its also $400 vs $297 on Amazon

Jebediah
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2018 09:52 - Edited by: Jebediah
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Quoting: meloj
For the folks in Canada

I have the LinkDark and the Link 4G...if you have cell service(at least 2 bars) the cameras should work. I'm happy with both, had the 4G for over a year and the LinkDark for 7 months...You can get an external antenna for the LinkDark its pricey. I'm in Nova Scotia and the cell providers piggy back on the towers out here. The LinkDark is on sale right now/Cabelas/Bass pro...I like the LinkDark as it has more set up features than the 4G. People should write to Spypoint and ask for a price reduction in their plans if they own more than one camera....They just might bite if enough people ask....as I think more people would buy 2 cameras if thier plan was cheaper...

justins7
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# Posted: 16 Oct 2018 12:49
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One of my only complaints now about the Link EVO (other than bad night shots) is that the lens has a very narrow field of view compared to some of my other non-cell trail cameras.

I'm a photographer, and I've compared it to some of my digital cameras and it's about equivalent to a 45-50mm lens on a 35mm camera — which is pretty narrow. So you need to move it farther back to get specific shots, but then the motion sensor only works up to about 40', so it's tricky. I wish it was much wider so you can get more land in the image.

toyota_mdt_tech
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# Posted: 17 Oct 2018 08:40 - Edited by: toyota_mdt_tech
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Cuddielink LR or long range is good for 100 feet. I just got an additional response to another question I asked and I inquired about getting the cell home unit vs the stand non cell home unit, thinking I may change my mind later, was told the cell home unit can work just like the non cell home unit, you just turn off cell feature.

That way, cell capability is there if I changed my mind later.

Unless I find something better, ie multiple cameras, one or no cell service, I am probably going to get 4 of these cameras, 5 solar panels.

The cameras each act as a repeater too so you can really reach out beyond the 1/4 to 1/2 mile range a single camera will do in wooded terrain.

Solar panel comes with NiHM batteries and run indefinitely with some sunlight.

I will probably set it up in spring, after my thinning project is completed and I will do a follow up and report back to this group.

morock
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# Posted: 17 Oct 2018 10:37
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What I plan to try ( in canada) is I have the free ipad Fido offer at $15/month with 3G of data. Set it up as a hot spot with wifi cameras. I purchased and am trying at home first the blink cameras. The night vision is really bad with any other light source around and requires a better setup. I have some other cameras at home, just haven't had any time to set it up. Thought this was relatively cheap setup, just don't know if I can part with my ipad for the winter.

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