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.
We currently use a Reconyx MS8 wireless trail camera on our building/warehouse for security. This camera emails us every time someone walks in or out. Some cameras, like the MS8, can be programmed to only turn on during certain times of the day. For example, if you only want your wireless trail camera to be on from 5 pm to 8 am, this keeps the camera from taking needless photos of you and your customers during the day.
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.
Wireless Game Camera Comparison
Each wireless trail camera performs differently and is capable of unique tasks. It is important to read the full review of each wireless camera to gain an understanding of how that model works.
Wireless trailcams are gaining in popularity for their fine work as security cameras. Set a wifi camera near your house or business, connect to your wifi network, and the camera will send pictures to your email for free, giving you instant notification of intruders.
The other wifi option is something we refer to as a "wifi hotspot." The Browning Defender 850 and Reconyx MR5 qualify for this category. They are capable of sending pictures and accepting commands from ranges of 50-100 feet. We have found this most useful if you are placing the cameras up high, in a tree. This negates having to set a ladder each time to check photos or change batteries.
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