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Wednesday, December 13th, 2023 3:28 PM

Outdoor Camera gets even better with Performance Mode!

By popular demand, we’re bringing a new feature that makes your SimpliSafe Wireless Outdoor Camera even better!

 

Performance Mode kicks in automatically when your camera is plugged into a power source - either through the Power Adapter, or the Solar Panel Accessory - and the battery is at least 90% charged. While the feature is active, your camera will stay active at all times, meaning that it will be able to respond to motion triggers, and livestream, even faster!

And even better, Performance Mode also enables pre-roll, initiating the recording as soon as the motion sensor is triggered, so you can get a more complete capture of the event on your Timeline.

 

If the battery drops below 70%, Performance Mode will automatically deactivate, so that the camera can go into deep sleep to conserve power and recharge.


Performance Mode is rolling out now alongside firmware 1.20. You can learn more about that update and other improvements coming to your cameras here.

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4 months ago

How does this work with solar panels that don't supply a charge over night? 

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@miketjthomas​ assuming that you don't have excessive activity occurring, the battery should be able to stay above 70% overnight, and will charge back up again during the day.

But if it does go below 70%, then Deep Sleep will kick in. Your camera may just take a few extra seconds to start a livestream.

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4 months ago

I knew it, I just posted this morning on my simplisafe group page on Facebook showing everyone that something is weird lol l, my cameras are picking up before any motion Is going on and now here is the reason. Thanks @SimpliSafe and @davey d now if we csn just hurry and get the sensor announcement for Android that will be great. For everyone else trust me this new feature is amazing and working flawless. 

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Yep it works and we like it

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4 months ago

When do you expect the roll out to complete?

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@miketjthomas​ Firmware updates have a slow rollout, so I don't have an exact date on when it will be completed. You should expect to see this update on your camera(s) soon.

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4 months ago

I have received the 1.20 firmware update and have feedback and one suggestion. First the feedback: Wow! Two seconds flat toggling between my front and back yard cameras.  Both are connected to AC and work fast. Nicely done SS!!

Now the suggestion: The app says "waking up camera" which is at this point misleading. Yeah, it saves you a bit of code but why stop at this point? Yes, my cameras are now in "Performance" mode, and should say it. Other than that, mark me as one happy camper.

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I have 1.2 as well and my cameras don't seem as reliable any more. I get more failures to notify when movement is detected than I ever had. They are also still slow.

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12 days ago

Nice improvement.

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11 days ago

I have 1.2 as well and my cameras don't seem as reliable any more. I get more failures to notify when movement is detected than I ever had. They are also still slow.

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@miketjthomasAre your cameras plugged into a power source like the Outdoor Camera Power Cable? Performance mode will only kick in if the Outdoor Camera is plugged into a power source and its battery is charged to at least 90%. But if your Outdoor Cameras are not plugged into a power source, there are additional troubleshooting steps we can take to improve their speed. 

The Outdoor Camera relies on its connection to the Base Station to wake up and begin recording, so moving the Base Station a little closer to the cameras can help with how they communicate. 

Adjustments can also be made to the cameras’ placement to help with motion detection. The cameras should be placed 6-8 feet from the ground, angled down slightly at 30°. The cameras’ motion sensor is also most sensitive to lateral movement, so they should be looking to the side of active areas instead of looking at them straight on. We recommend positioning the cameras so motion is moving across their field of view instead of moving toward them.

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