Wireless Trail Cameras ? Good, Bad, Ugly?

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Wireless Trail Cameras ? Good, Bad, Ugly?

Does anyone have any experience with any wireless trail cameras (verizon)?  Ones you love?  Hate?

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i have had good luck with the Verizon Spartan GoCams.  once I figured out where the weak spots in the system were, and addressed them, they have been great cameras for me.  if you buy one, do not buy the 3G model, as they will be obsolete at the end of 2019.  There will likely be some "deals" out there on the 3G cameras without any mention of the pending shutdown of the 3G network. 

If you have specific questions feel free, either on here or in private.

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Question - for wireless cameras, do you need a separate Verizon cell phone account for the  camera?  Like you would, for example, a directly connected  I Pad? 

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For the ones I have, they are added to an existing Verizon account as a connected device for $5 per camera per month. Data usage is pretty minimal.

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Thanks uncle Rico.  Not too expensive....kind of like adding an I Pad or tablet to an existing account.  Does the camera forward pictures to you or can it send videos in real time too? 

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the ones I currently have use the 3G network, and they only transmit photos.  I am waiting for some 4G cameras to arrive, and they have the ability to transmit video as well, although I've heard battery drain is significant with this.

P.S. buy an external 6V battery box.  You will thank me later.

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I am running a spypoint Evo Verizon camera and have had no issues with it. 15$ a month for service, ran completely seperate from your cell phone plan. App is super easy to operate, and setup is simple. But like uncle Rico said get a 6v or 12v battery and plug it in. They eat AA batteries like a grizzly bear in a meat locker!

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I am running a Spypoint Link Evo Verizon.  LIke previously stated separate from cell plan and pay monthly or yearly.  I had one isssue but customer service was great and they could log into my camera from their computers and do an update to fix it.  I run a separate 12v battery pack with a solar panel on it so battery stays charged.  I read prior to purchase that cell cams eat batteries and the more often pics are sent the more it will drain them.  I have mine set to send immediately and with my setup stays at a 100%.  I don't know if Spypoint is the best but for the price they damn sure are.

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bontop2 wrote:

I am running a Spypoint Link Evo Verizon.  LIke previously stated separate from cell plan and pay monthly or yearly.  I had one isssue but customer service was great and they could log into my camera from their computers and do an update to fix it.  I run a separate 12v battery pack with a solar panel on it so battery stays charged.  I read prior to purchase that cell cams eat batteries and the more often pics are sent the more it will drain them.  I have mine set to send immediately and with my setup stays at a 100%.  I don't know if Spypoint is the best but for the price they damn sure are.

Care to upload a photo example fromt he Spypoint? I like the price of that camera, I hadn't even considered one of these cameras until I read this thread.

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Posted a couple pics to the photos as I was struggling to get them posted here.

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