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Old 09-08-2019, 06:13   #1
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Let's talk about wireless cameras

We're in search of a battery-powered, wireless camera that can be accessed through an iPhone or iPad. It will need to be movable as we intend to re-purpose it. It will need to connect to the boat's existing wifi/LTE hotspot on the boat and be reachable from the accessible from the internet.

1. Most of the time, we're away from the boat during the week so we would like to leave the camera positioned on the enclosed aft deck so we could check on things throughout the week.

2. When we're aboard but leave for a few hours to run errands or whatever, my wife would like to put the camera in the salon to be able to remotely check on the dog.

3. When returning to port from a trip, I would like to hang it or attach it to the transom (perhaps with velcro) and use it as a backup camera.

Some of the battery-powered models claim a battery life of months when in stand-by mode, which this would be most of the time. Some of the models we've looked at so far include:


Yeskamo - $109.99

The same identical camera is marketed under other brand names without the solar panel for $30 less.
Enow - $79.99
Sdeter - 79.99


Kami - $109.99

Has anyone implemented such a camera? What did you go with and how well is it working out for you? Any other recommendations?

Thanks.

John
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Old 11-08-2019, 16:35   #2
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Re: Let's talk about wireless cameras

Hi MV Wanderlust,

Ive got 6 netgear arlo pro cameras with 4 wire-free lights and they work very well. Need to charge them every few months, but I only turn them on for recording when im not onboard. Configuration was dead easy and they are somewhat good for the pricing if you factor in the fact you dont need to wire them. They are also 2-way audio and have PIR sensors, so you get pretty much a complete alarm system with siren along with the cameras. The only issue is that you need internet in order to save images to the cloud (obviously), otherwise, it saves the videos to a USB drive connected to the basestation while offline.
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