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Old 10-31-2019, 06:40 PM
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I have a new boat I am looking to protect. I am trying to research if I could connect a ring doorbell to the mobile hotspot Wi-Fi network on a smart phone. My thoughts are to get the ring doorbell with the solar charger.Down here in South Florida there are two certainty’s… Sun and thieves. So I am thinking tje solar can power the doorbell. The thing needs to run off a Wi-Fi network, So I’m thinking of adding a smart phone and line to my plan with a hidden USB receptacle to charge it that is wired directly to the house battery fused of course. If this works, then I have a system that’s not only notifies me when someone is in the vicinity, but also allows me to talk to them as I want to scare them off telling them the police is on the way rather than watching them takeoff with my boat and hopefully recover it. The other thing I would have the find my phone feature on that phone that provides the Wi-Fi to go along with the spot trace I have. Figured I’d cover the bases as I have read a GPS transponder can lose Signal if a jammer is used. Does anyone have any experience with this type of set up or maybe in the business or just plain old more text savvy than me? I just like the thought of being able to both watch and communicate out to my boat
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I have one at home
generally like it
But it has its issues

It can miss things. It can not record. Theres often a delay, ie by time you get notification, the person been there 10-20 seconds. A lot of time you can connect to view live, and it taks a couple minutes for video to be accessible. Sound and communication is poor and laggy.
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I agree with the post above about missed recordings. Also, using the 2-way audio is spotty for me even though I have a good phone (Android). It does seem to be very reliable about push alerts.

It can record but only via a remote subscription. I do get stored images for the alerts, but not always useful (empty screen with nobody there)
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Not sure if it will work from a phone but I think Blink would be a better choice if it did.
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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
I agree with the post above about missed recordings. Also, using the 2-way audio is spotty for me even though I have a good phone (Android). It does seem to be very reliable about push alerts.

It can record but only via a remote subscription. I do get stored images for the alerts, but not always useful (empty screen with nobody there)
I have one at home and like it a lot. Its been pretty reliable, only really going down when tje WiFi does. Thats my concern as to whether it will work consistently on the mobile hotspot. My thought is to have another layer of security. The Spot Trace is one, I will be keeping my boat half the time on trailer and half wet slipped, so the Spot will work on both, and I suppose the find my phone will work too, but I want some preventetive measures. Both my storage yard and yacht club have recorded CCTV, but I could care less about a recording of my boat being stolen, they all use stolen trucks anyways and dont care to catch the guy after and, as Hank sings “have some panty waste judge let the drug dealers go...slap them in the wrist and send them back out on the town”...O still dont see what good a camera is if it doesnt notify you, and now with Ring, allows you to scare them off knowing the cops have been called.
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:47 PM
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You could also use the Arlo Go. Same concept but the camera takes a simcard. Eliminates the need for a hotspot.
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There are systems for remote site monitoring that work on cellular communication vs wifi and have solar charging. Feel free to message me if you need help. Thanks!
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I would just get a nest outdoor camera, does the exact same thing. I have a couple and love them. watch an unboxing on youtube.
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Originally Posted by HaWgGameFish25 View Post
I would just get a nest outdoor camera, does the exact same thing. I have a couple and love them. watch an unboxing on youtube.
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This. I have used both a ring doorbell and nest cameras connected to a hotspot and they work great.
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If you are going to use a smartphone as a hotspot there are security apps that you can just run on the phone, no need for the Ring doorbell or other camera. Alfred Home Security is one that I've noticed looks pretty good and has a good rating in the app store, never tried it myself though.
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Originally Posted by T2A View Post
You could also use the Arlo Go. Same concept but the camera takes a simcard. Eliminates the need for a hotspot.
This is exactly what you need. We have the Arlo in our warehouse at work (no internet service at all) and it works great. You can get one through Verizon but you will have to pay for a monthly plan. We have ours plugged in to an outlet but I believe they sell a solar charger for it.
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Hi all. I recently started using a Ring Pro doorbell at home and so far the performance is pretty impressive - as long as you get one of the "good" ones (I had to send the first one I received back after about 2 hours of operation, and from what I have since learned this is not uncommon). Many of these devices have good looking designs, but the electronics quality / construction is not close to what is should be for any outdoor use. I may be a little concerned about the longevity of these things even more if/when exposed to a damp, salty environment. Also look into the internal battery situation with whatever you go with. I got the Ring Pro because it was "hardwired" but then later learned that there is a small internal battery that provides power when the doorbell button is actually pushed - the problem is that once this battery goes, the unit won't function at all.
My only other comment is that if you went with a non-hot-spot model as some have suggested, then any thief could simply smash it or take the memory card, since it may be difficult to place it out of reach on a boat.

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