Wireless Trail Cameras
Wireless trail cameras depend upon their own signal or user created network to access photos. Often times, these networks are very limited in range. For example, a wireless scouting camera which operates on Wi-Fi may only have an effective range of 100’ or less. In addition, a Wi-Fi trail camera operates using a much higher current draw in order to maintain constant access with the Wi-Fi network. This usually results in very poor battery life. However, because of their limited range most wireless trail cameras are usually mounted on the exterior of a building where AC power is accessible thereby negating the high energy consumption issue.
Wireless trail cameras which send photos via radio signal allow quite a bit more flexibility. Some systems allow the transmission of photos up to a mile away. However, it is important to note these radio systems can only achieve distances this great with an unobstructed, clear line of site. Peaks and valleys will severely limit range, and some hilly properties may be incompatible with these types of systems. However, the most appealing aspect of both Wi-Fi and radio based wireless trail cameras is they do not require monthly subscription fees like a cellular game camera.
Although cellular game cameras can only be used with an additional recurring monthly fee, they by far offer the most flexibility. As opposed to other wireless trail cameras, cellular trail cameras can be placed anywhere there's a good (3 bars+) AT&T or Verizon signal. Sending photos via cellular device requires stronger and more consistent cell service. A great way to test signal viability is to try sending a picture with a smart phone from the location you plan to place your cellular trail camera. Please make sure the smart phone you use operates with the same service provider (AT&T or Verizon) that your cellular game camera uses.
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