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Sun, Apr 3, 2022 7:43 AM


Wired Outdoor Cam

Hello, I have a suggestion for a future update. I, as well as many others I’m sure, have wired all my outdoors cams to get power from an outlet so I don’t have to worry about battery charging. I understand you try to conserve battery usage by putting the camera into sleep mode until motion is detected. However, this remains so even if connected to power. It would be nice to have the option for the camera to always be in awake status and connected to WiFi when powered as the time to wake the camera and connect to check on things is pretty sluggish even if in close proximity of WiFi router.

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4 m ago

This is a great recommendation!!  I hope it's already in their development window but if not they need to get this added.

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4 m ago

Years ago there were rumors of a SimpliSafe PoE camera.  I know SimpliSafe finally just released the new outdoor battery powered camera.  And their whole deal is simplicity through wireless...

So the SimpliSafe cameras connect to WiFi, not directly to the the base station like the sensors.  And WiFi connections outside the home (through the bricks) is typically not stable.  Camera connection stability is the biggest reason to provide a PoE camera option.

SimpliSafe did finally release a true outdoor camera that is battery powered.  And it is still WiFi connected.

The argument that PoE is not "simple", and thus it goes against their target market, is not a good argument.  A flaky WiFi connection is also not "simple", it is frustrating.  Our SimpliSafe doorbell often gives the message "Your camera is disconnected from the internet" when trying to view the live feed even though the WiFi access point is 10 feet away through the wall.

Yes provide the WiFi and battery powered cameras to hit the standard "simple" market, but also create a PoE camera for us users with a little more technical ability.  After all, it is us tech savvy who are the main influencer of a brand - people ask our opinion.  Currently I say no to SimpliSafe cameras because the WiFi experience is too flaky.  We simply need PoE.

It would also be a WAY cheaper and simple product to produce.  No battery, no WiFi chips and antennas.  Just the camera, power module, and ethernet chip.

So is there any update on a PoE camera?

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Any update on SimpliSafe releasing a PoE camera?

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4 m ago

It would be even better if it were a PoE (power over ethernet) camera.  That would solve the power/battery issue and provides a rock-solid network connection.