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Solar IP cam recommendations

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:47 pm
by Snowman
Hello All, I'm a very new user, just purchased BI last week and now getting my feet wet.

I'm looking for recommendations for a good, fairly priced exterior camera that is IP based and has a solar panel to recharge the battery. I had thought that the Reolink Argus 2+ Solar was a good option, but a reviewer on Amazon reported that it does not work with BI.

Any suggestions?

Many thanks!

Re: Solar IP cam recommendations

Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:54 pm
by debbiedehart
I am also interested in a good solar option.
Thanks,
Debbie

Re: Solar IP cam recommendations

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:44 am
by MikeBwca
I have no experience with this camera, but have looked at it for possible uses.

The Reolink Wire-Free Argus2 is a rechargeable battery outdoor wireless HD camera. It has an option for a solar panel to make it 100% isolated with no need to visit it (to swap batteries). To me it looks like a good choice for mounting under roof eaves, trees, back of the yard... or other locations that power is not available.

It's around $75. The solar panel (which is suppose to keep the battery charged) is only $25! An extra battery is around $40 - not needed if you have the solar panel.

Re: Solar IP cam recommendations

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:02 pm
by Snowman
Hi Mike, I too thought that would be a good choice, but someone on Amazon told me that camera will not work with Blue Iris?

LMK if you find out anything.

Thanks!

Re: Solar IP cam recommendations

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:06 pm
by darant1979
Stay clear of the Swann INTCAM wi-fi cameras, they are appalling...

Re: Solar IP cam recommendations

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:16 am
by MikeBwca
Snowman wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:02 pm
Hi Mike, I too thought that would be a good choice, but someone on Amazon told me that camera will not work with Blue Iris?

LMK if you find out anything.

Thanks!
It IS possible to add these cameras to BI. They don't recommend it because it shortens the battery being the cameras in sending all the time. Having the solar panel option may eliminate down time depending on how much sunlight it gets. There is also the option of adding another power source, like a large power bank, or ups.

See this link from Relonk on adding these cameras to BI... https://support.reolink.com/hc/en-us/ar ... -Blue-Iris