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Sat, Nov 13, 2021 1:54 PM

Outdoor camera?

RE outdoor security camera:  looking at getting a couple of them -- the installation looks really easy.  And, so would dismantling it.  Any tips to keep someone from taking it down?  (other than they'd be recorded approaching the camera).

Captain

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@williamson4930  contrary to SS's recommendation for placement, I have two of the outdoor cams, one in the front of the house and one in the back.  Both are powered by the AC adapter and mounted on the front side of the roof soffit, first floor level.  That translates to about 8.5 feet high on the providced magnetic mount.  The way I reason it, yes, on a ladder an intruder could easily pul it down with a ladder but, in reality, anyone with a baseball bat or golf club could take it out anyway. Ditto for that matter with the doorbell pro.

SS does sell (or at least Best Buy does) a "theft resistant" bracket but due to the "baseball bat" factor, I would reocmmend just to save your money and take your chances

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/simplisafe-outdoor-camera-permanent-mount-black/6475660.p?skuId=6475660

.  BTW, both work well and getting better with firmware upgrades.

Advocate

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Hey, OP, this is one opinion shared by many people.

. BTW, both work well and getting better with firmware upgrades.


There is another opinion, also shared by many people, that they do not work well. I will concede that the firmware updates seem to have improved battery life, live viewing response times (down to only 5-8 seconds!) and night vision performance but the following is still the case for many of us:

- Fails to alert at all compared to other cameras in the same location monitoring the same area
- Alerts and records but the recording starts very late. As in, late enough to see the back side of whoever just took the thing off your porch.

If you're comfortable with, "doesn't work great but might be better one day" and the price doesn't deter you, go for it. If you think, "doesn't work great but might be better one day" isn't good enough for a $170 camera then wait and/or look at other vendors. You can find better cameras for the same or less money. You can also find cameras that perform similarly but a lot less money.

You will undoubtedly find other people replying to this comment disagreeing with me but I say judge for yourself. Buy the camera and test, test and test some more to make sure it behaves as you think it should. Test during the day, test at night. Test with motion sensitivity set to different things. Test with people walking towards and away from the camera as well as people walking perpendicular across the cameras field of view. Most importantly, test it for the scenarios that matter to you. Do all of this testing within the return period and if it doesn't meet your needs then send it back and find a camera that does. :)

Captain

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And since I was quoted, I stand by my post, but do agree you can and should return it within the 60 day no questions asked period. Since everyone has there own experience and standards if it does not please. Other than the inital oulay and then getting a credit if you return it, you have nothing to lose.