Do the Outdoor Cams NEED to be able to talk to the BASE after being set up?
Ok, so I have gone around and around with this with support on a few calls so thought I would ask it here.
Do the Outdoor Cams NEED to be able to talk to the BASE after being set up and connected to Wi-Fi to work?
I ask, for I can setup a camera just fine, and it works (well, "Works" is not 100% right, as it misses 4 to 5 seconds of starting video, but that's another issue). After I get it running I then take it outside and I can reach Wi-Fi WITHOUT ISSUE. However, I know it can not reach the BASE. (Distence)
When I go to view a live camera I get Waking up, Connecting, Starting Stream but then it times out and offers a retry. (Same results) The Waking Up and Connecting seems to always be about the same amount of time no matter where I am with the camera in testing it outside. Almost like these are were adding into the app just to give it more time to do something. If they actually do represent something, then I would have to assume that when it moves through the steps, it is in fact passing that step successfully or it would not move on. (Hope this is making sense.) So it does WAKE, it does CONNECT, it just fails to start the stream when it surely has Wi-Fi as I can see it on my router and also it's signal.
HOWEVER, if I move closer to the BASE, it works! Which leads me to think it needs the base. (Unlike the Doorbell Cam for some reason or the inside cams???)
My guess is it needs to be able to talk to the BASE as it is battery powered and thus using a low power radio to listen for a WAKE THE HECK UP, YOUR NEEDED message. Then it would connect to Wi-Fi and then be able to stream.
HOWEVER, I have been told by support that it is only needed to be close to the BASE just to set it up and then as long as it is on Wi-Fi, it will work. And this is what is needed as the outdoor cams may surely be far from the base and through walls etc.
It is also good to note I am POWERING the cameras. As such, IMHO, they should ALWAYS be AWAKE and connected to Wi-Fi ready for use. (And also should not have the 4 to 5 second delay in recording the start of a video seeing again, it does not need to wake.)
Hope this all makes sense and someone may have the answer. To think it needs the BASE when all of it is on Wi-Fi and talking does does seem to make much sense.
Thank you for your time.