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Living in a city, seeing wildlife in action is a rare treat. Video captured on my RLC-1210A using Reolink's Pet Detection feature.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9baTCAJBoQ
Setting up the camera using my iPhone was reasonably simple. The only slight difficulty was getting the camera to read the QR code on my phone but I managed to do it eventually. That was more likely to have been caused by my old, shaking hands than anything else. (I'm 67!)The next difficulty was wi-fi configuration. Several attempts and resets later, I suspected that the camera was being confused by my universal wi-fi repeater (TP-Link TL-WA901ND). I turned the repeater off and the link to my router was made successfully. Perhaps users should be advised to disable any repeaters during the setup process.I am very familiar with Reolink's user-friendly interface and it presented no difficulty.I was pleasantly surprised to see a new (to me) option; separate detection zones for Person, Vehicle and Others. That is an excellent and very practical function however, if the PTZ function had a user-defined 'Home Position' to which it returns on command, the detection zones would be more easily maintained.Regarding the hardware, the camera is solid. Its high quality construction is hard to criticise however, the power switch cover has no lanyard and can easily be lost if dropped. That is my only criticism of the hardware.I have not deployed the camera outdoors in a real-world surveillance position yet. I will be doing that in as many situations as I can invent, so please watch this space.
Some local wildlife doing their morning exercises. That squirrel loves chasing blackbirds.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DgzFXH6DR4
I'm plagued with false alerts from flying insects and rain.Would it not be possible to tweak the software/firmware so that users could define a Minimum Length of Motion?A flying insect presents an event that lasts less than a second. Raindrops even less. If users had the option to set their cameras so that they ignore such short-lived motion events, false alerts could be much reduced.
I really like this camera. So far, it has performed very well. To be honest, it wouldn't have been my camera of choice but I am very pleased that I was given the chance to try it. Knowing what I know now, I would happily recommend it to anyone considering a purchase.Here is a recent capture. One of our local squirrels has had a litter of kits and here are two of them chasing each other around the garden this morning. Cuteness overload.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwCjrLwTL-w
Despite heavy rain and a howling Atlantic storm, I received no false alerts. However, as soon as a rat came into view, I was alerted. The rat was dealt with appropriately.Your tech team have succeeded. Please pass my thanks and congratulations on to them.
Can you spot it?This is its first deployment and I expect its captures will only be of a very mundane nature. You never know though.And this is its field of view. Like I said. Boring stuff.You never know though. Such a shame that this camera does not support FTP. If it is stolen, the SD card will be gone with it.It's just as well I have another camera covering the area which DOES send its files to my NAS drive via FTP.
@reolink-fiona I'll be using this injector adapter. It's ready and waiting, CAT5e cabled to my router.
Does the new video doorbell allow files to be stored on a NAS drive using FTP in the same way that your other IP cameras do?
@dpeters Is their Pet Detection still labelled as 'Beta'?It is on the 1210A.
@ben-l_363180304232580 My RLC-1210A has Pet Detection but this model has been discontinued.My experience of Pet Detection has been good. I use the camera to monitor a bird table during the night in case any rats decide to visit. Pet Detection always alerts me and ignores everything else.I don't know if any current Reolink cameras have this feature. The only one I'm aware of is the 1210A.
@reolink-fiona Understood. Thanks.
I have just found a serious omission in Alarm Settings / Detection Zones / Others.The controls that enable zones to be defined are missing from the 'Others' screen.They are present in the 'Persons' and 'Vehicles' screens.Please see the image below.Without the controls, zones cannot be created for 'Others'.
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