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Old 10-27-2015, 06:34 PM   #1
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remote camera for watching cats?

Ok-so my cats are like my children! They have complete reign over my motorhome. Often, I have to take work trips for days at a time and YES I have a trusted neighbor check in on things, but it would be nice to have a way to see my kitties on my Iphone or even computer while I'm away. Does anyone out there have any gadgets in mind?
I have Time Warner high speed internet at the RV. (very fast and reliable)

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Old 10-27-2015, 06:42 PM   #2
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Lots of gadget options, but you need to detail what you've got for a consistent internet connection at the RV.

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Old 10-27-2015, 06:58 PM   #3
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I have Drop Cam which allows video and two way audio. Very easy to setup.

Another consideration is temperature monitoring. I use Lacrosse Alerts.


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Old 10-28-2015, 01:36 AM   #4
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I still have a stick and brick home. I have a samsung internet camera in a couple of the rooms to watch doors and the interior of the house. It works well with my iphone. Like another poster said. It has two way audio. Works in darkness up to 25 feet. Has a motion sensor that beeps me when there is motion in the room.
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:01 AM   #5
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I've used Trendnet, Foscam and Airlink101 with success. You must have service that keeps track of the Dynamic IP address of the router where you have the camera. Some cameras include this some don't. You can use a service like dyndns.com or purchase software like security spy which includes this.
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Old 10-28-2015, 09:47 AM   #7
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Just put in a Nest Camera, formerly drop cam, in S&B home. I purchased a digital thermometer with 3/4" tall numbers. With the Nest I can zoom in on the temperature. I used to watch the rainfall totals when we were away because I was concerned about the swimming pool level. Now I can zoom in on the pool edge and see exactly where the water is.

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Old 10-28-2015, 09:58 AM   #8
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We have a Belkin WeMo set-up in the Studs and Stucco...viewable on your cell or tablet, very affordable, HD, night vision, 2 way audio, on-demand (only streaming when you activate it remotely) and easy to set-up.
See; NetCam

The OP's Time Warner internet connection will need a wireless router to use these products.

Also, there is no subscription fees to broadcast the WebCam on the web...not sure how they do that, but it is true.

The WeMO group of products are pretty good for quality and ease of use - and are compatible with Alexa (Amazon Echo).

For the RV while on the road...when reliable WiFi internet is rare, a WiFi-from-Cellular "hotspot" can be had for a reasonable price from several cellular providers.

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The critical item is reliable internet availability. Video streaming is a lot of data leaving the camera and using a camp ground wireless service is going to be difficult. Cell service based internet will work (3G or higher) but you can quickly use up your subscription data limit. Keep your viewing to quick occasional checks shouldn't be a problem. Low cost cameras are available on Amazon. Search for "IP Cameras".

I have two interior and four exterior cameras at my homestead that I can check using a free cell phone app. Works pretty well when we're on the road. I set up the interior to send a txt message when any sounds in the house trip the noise level limit, such as the dogs barking, glass breakage,,,. Did movement alerts for the outside cameras once. Bad idea. Between wind moving stuff, cars going down the street, birds, spider webs, and such I had several hundred messages in a short time span.
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:28 AM   #10
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+1 on the drop cam. As long as you have consistent wifi at the camera location it works great.
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Check out Piper we use it in our rv for our dogs, hd wide angle, temp alerts, two way audio, loud sounds, power outage alerts and battery backup the list goes on. We also teather it to one of our phones if we are in an area without wifi. By far the best thing we have found for pets. Costs about 200.00 with a upgraded resolution model for 300.00 I believe.

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