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 to 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.
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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