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SCSJeff
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# Posted: 4 Apr 2019 21:01
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Hey all,

Just wanted to follow up with the Reolink Go...

I've had it mounted in a tree facing the front of my cabin and my power shed for about the last 3 weeks. I haven't purchased the solar panel for it yet. But, so far the battery life is pretty darn good. Only dropped down to about 85% over 2.5 weeks. I'm sure I'll be up at least once a month over the summer that I can re-charge it.

I love being able to on demand pull up the live video stream and check on things! I get Push Notifications via the app when it senses movement as well as emailed still pics.

I can also turn off the motion detection via the app when I'm there. Much nicer than having to remove the multiple locks off my old game camera. (Actually, most of the time, I would just throw a towel over it)

I purchased the pay-as-you go 2GB/Month T-Mobile plan for $10/Month and so far I can give the Reolink two thumbs up!

PS: Wouldn't you know it... After I purchased and setup this new Reolink, My old game camera started sending me texts again So I moved that to a different location and I guess I'll keep using that as well.

Wilbour
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# Posted: 5 Apr 2019 01:52 - Edited by: Wilbour
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Quoting: SCSJeff
I purchased the pay-as-you go 2GB/Month T-Mobile plan for $10/Month


Found it. Tablet only plan I see.

toyota_mdt_tech
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# Posted: 5 Apr 2019 08:29
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I like the Reolink Go, but they only use T Mobile, no coverage, I have plenty of Verizon, ATT and even sprint.

SCSJeff
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# Posted: 5 Apr 2019 09:09
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Wilbour, not sure about exactly what the web shows anymore. When I looked a month ago, I found the "bring your own device plan" (was hard to find though. Had to google it to get to the right section of T-Mobile's site). At any rate, I went into the store and got mine (of course it took the guy quite a while to find the sim only plan that I told him was available

Toyota, the Reolink works with AT&T also. Albeit, not as cheap of a plan as T-Mobile's... (Actually, it works with any of the 3rd tier plans that use AT&T or T-Mobile's network as well)

aktundra
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# Posted: 11 Jul 2019 18:11
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The SPYPOINT camera works great! I have only 1 bar LTE at the cabin. It sends the photos no problem. I did add external antenna. I like requesting photo updates, checking the weather and seeing traffic on the river. I like the camera so well, I’ll probably buy another for an in town security camera for my airplane.
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toyota_mdt_tech
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# Posted: 12 Jul 2019 08:22
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aktundra, is it battery powered, does it have a solar panel also? What is the exact model of your spypoint? I al collecting all known good options and will narrow my final choice down.

jhp
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# Posted: 12 Jul 2019 09:12
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Just throwing out a six month review of my Spypoint.

I have the Spypoint Link S solar. It runs on 8 AA batteries and has a separate built-in battery and small solar cell that keeps it charged. You can also plug the camera in to recharge the internal battery.

Since January I've only ever seen the batteries drop to about 70% charge but to be fair it was in January and the temps were in the -20f and it was cloudy and snowy for several days.

Since March I think, I've never seen the battery drop below 100%, it always reports the solar is in use and charging. I have been averaging 150-200 pics a month.

The only complaint I can have is that when you ask it to send you a picture at it's next check in, sometimes it sends me 3, or 6, or 9. I think it's a software bug or something because I have the camera set to take 3 pics when it detects motion. It's harmless and doesn't hurt anything.

I too have really bad cell service due to heavy tree cover and being like 8 miles from the nearest tower, on a good day i can get 1 bar on my phone, on a meter it fluctuates between -120dB and -115dB. The Spypoint reports 1-2 bars and has no problems maintaining a connection without the external antenna even. I get pictures that are motion-detected usually within a minute or maybe 2 of them being taken which is more than I could ask for.

Other than that I have no complaints and will be buying another. I also have the steel security box for it which is pretty sturdy but slightly overpriced.

The only other thing I can think of is that they are Canadian-based so if you sign up with your credit card for the monthly service and you have foreign transaction fees, something to be aware of.

This is the exact model:

https://www.spypoint.com/EN/products/solar-cellular-trail-camera/product-LINK-S.html

They make two models for the US - one that works on Verizon (Link-S-V) and one that works on everything else (Link-S). Just get the right one you need.

CabinBuilder
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# Posted: 12 Jul 2019 15:36 - Edited by: CabinBuilder
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Quoting: aktundra
I like requesting photo updates, checking the weather and seeing traffic on the river.

river view

Nice picture BTW. I have similar setting.

aktundra
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# Posted: 14 Jul 2019 13:13
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[img=null]Toyota -
I have the Link Dark. It’s battery powered. I have Lithium double A’s installed now. You can also hook it to a 12v battery (with a kit). I haven’t found a need yet to. We will see how it does in winter, but battery usage is minimal so far. I opted not to get the solar panel one. I have bad luck with small solar panel things (solar panel lights for example). If I need to I’ll tie it into my existing power system.

The bad reviews I read about SPYPOINT included transmitting issues and poor customer service. I can’t speak to these, but I bought because it worked here in Alaska for my friend and good luck he had with it.

Whatever you get, it’s addicting to check on the place when you’re gone... I like getting my daily photo fix. null[/img]
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