My last post on the Arlo Pro 2 camera system covered solar panels (panel entry HERE – original camera setup is HERE). After the install, I found that the batteries required recharging every 5 or 6 days. With one camera out of reach, that meant climbing a ladder while I try to pop the camera off its magnetic mount. The solution was to add solar panels. The Wasserstein brand cost 25% less than the Arlo brand, but, unfortunately, the performance was more like 50% less…
In my last post (HERE), I covered the super-easy install of the Arlo Pro 2 camera system. I walked you step-by-step through the ridiculously easy setup and then raved about the picture clarity and ease-of-use. The only trade-off I can see, in fact, is that you have limited battery life in exchange for a wire-free install. Yesterday, I had my first battery discharge after 5 days. I could live with that, charging batteries every 4 or 5 days, but I’d rather not.
A couple of weeks ago, Beaver, our jet black indoor-only house cat, made a break for it while the front door was open for unloading groceries. It was dark and we didn’t notice until the next day when she didn’t show up for food. I checked cloud storage on our Ring floodlight cameras and saw the shifty little beast sneaking around the front yard, but, around 2:30 am, she crept past my truck and out of view of any cameras.
Today, I decided to put up my Ring Floodlight Cameras. I am combining these with an already installed Ring Doorbell Pro. Much like the doorbell, installing these was more of a challenge than it should have been….
I always imagine that my cat pulls out a straight razor and glares at me with hate in her heart whenever I say that there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Just the same, that’s something that I say a lot when I’m working on a home automation project.