Wireless Trail Cameras

      Wireless Systems depend upon their own signal or user created network to send 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 from the wireless router.  In addition, most units which are accessed via Wi-Fi operate using a much higher current draw to maintain constant access via the Wi-Fi network.  This usually results in very poor battery life.  However, because of their limited range most of these units are usually mounted on the exterior of a building where AC power is accessible thereby negating the high energy consumption issue.
     Wireless systems which send photos via radio signal allow quite a bit more flexibility.  As previously stated, 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 systems is they do not require monthly subscription fees like cellular based units.