Dock / Slip Security Camera

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  1. BleednBlue

    BleednBlue Member

    161
    Jul 22, 2015
    Lake Of The Ozarks
    270 SLX
    Merc. 496 MAG Bravo III
    Some douchebag broke into my boat and stole my amps and sub. The owners manual (2007 270 SLX) seems to have conflicting information about the size of the sub. The owner's manual says both 10 and 8 inch. What is the correct sub size? It seems to be 10 inch.

    On to the tread title...
    I live in a condo and therefore the Dock belongs to the association. I own the slip. I would like to install a security camera on the slip. I would like to install a completely wireless camera (battery operated) that does not need to be connected to a router. Instead, I would like the camera to connect to Wi-Fi via a hot-spot. Can anyone suggest a camera?

    Thanks for your time
    Rich
     
  2. superwa

    superwa Member

    62
    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    I used Blink cameras for the past couple of years and worked great with wifi. This year I switched to an even more independent system and got an Arlo Go camera, which is wireless, battery operated and works with cell service instead of wifi, so I can be just about anywhere with cell service with or without power or wifi. Love the Arlo go.
     
  3. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    829
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    +1 for arlo. I don't have it, but my buddy swears by it. Seems to work well in protecting his rv.
     
  4. superwa

    superwa Member

    62
    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    Main reason I changed to Arlo was that I wanted to continue monitoring in the winter when wrapped and on a parking lot. Camera activates with motion and sound, and I can talk to anyone who enters the boat, which is two hours away. It also has an alarm mode which can be quite noisy and deterring.
     
  5. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    The Arlo interests me. Do you have to subscribe to the cell service to monitor it remotely in real time? Can you do it through your own cellular carrier or do you have to go with someone they use? What is the monthly fee?
    I would be mounting it high up on a utility pole and the thought of going up and down to swap out rechargeable batteries isn’t appealing. Can you use it with a solar charger to keep it going? Is there an option to hardware it for power?
     
  6. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    I use two Samsung SmartCams. ~$90 each at Costco. They hook to the dock's WiFi and send me (and record) motion and sound alerts...
     
  7. Michael Mirra

    Michael Mirra Member

    95
    Jan 18, 2017
    Rock Hall, Md
    360 Sundancer 2002
    8.1 Horizon X 2
    What kind of field of view do you get with these cameras? Can you remotely rotate or adjust them?
     
  8. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    I'd say 90° or so. No, they cannot be adjusted remotely, but they do have low light vision. I have one on the fwd end of the bridge and it covers the helm and hatch. The other one is between the salon and galley and it covers the full width of the aft salon (TV, sliding door, and elec panel...)
     
  9. superwa

    superwa Member

    62
    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    I have AT&T service, so I activated it with AT&T. It's around $15/month as an add on to my AT&T account. I know they also do Verizon. Not sure about other carriers. I like that it can activate with motion or sound, that is has an alarm setting that will blast the thieves away from the boat, and that I can talk to anyone who enters the boat and ask them what they are doing, or that the cops are on their way.
     
  10. superwa

    superwa Member

    62
    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    didn't answer the second question. Yup, there's a solar charger for them. So you never have to touch it when outside. If inside for storage, the battery lasts about 3 months.
     
  11. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    So it looks like there is a free plan offered. Do any of you have that option? This is really interesting to me and I want one.
     
  12. superwa

    superwa Member

    62
    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    If you are talking about the arlo Go, the free plan is about storage of videos on the internet. You still have to pay for cell service if you want to monitor it remotely. Otherwise you'd have to use an SD card. I do both, the SD card saves everything, and with the free storage plan videos are saved online for a few days. You can download them and so forth before they disappear if you need one.
     
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  13. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I’ve got AT&T too. $15.00 a month for monitoring via cellular isn’t too bad at all.
    I was hoping to get something that will give me the camera on the dock pointed at the boat, a second camera on the boat, and an alarm for cabin door with the ability to monitor cameras in real time from my iPhone or iPad and send me alerts if something triggers the alarm but the choices for doing all that without WiFi (none on my dock) don’t seem to be too plentiful so the Arlo may be my only choice.
    Did you buy your Arlo Go directly from them or somewhere else? I’d definetly need the solar charger because I would be mounting it high on a wooden utility pole on my dock property. Hauling an extension ladder down to the dock (7 miles away from home) to swap out the battery or pull an SD card on a regular basis doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.
     
  14. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    Garm
    454 Crusaders
    It baffles me that in this day and age any decent marina that charges $100-$200 per foot doesn't have decent high speed WIFI. At my yacht club we have 8 WIFI hot spots to provide strong signals anywhere on the 110 slip dock system. The cost is about 1/2 of 1% of the overall budget. No excuse anymore.
     
  15. superwa

    superwa Member

    62
    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    yup. I live to hours away, so one battery change all winter is ok, as i also charge the batteries at least once. I got mine directly from AT&T. They show up on eBay a little cheaper here and there.
     
  16. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I’m not in a marina, I’m on a piece of private property that is 25’ wide (curbline to water) with 50’ of bulkhead along the canal. The only structure I have on it is a 4’ x 8’ shed off in a corner that acts as my dock box.
    The property has no address and although I have water and electric on the property I can’t get WiFi service there. Even if I could, the lowest month fee for it would probably be more than I pay for water and electric combined and wouldn’t make sense.
     
  17. superwa

    superwa Member

    62
    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    We actually have good Wi-Fi, but you have to log in via a website. Something that the cameras can’t do yet. That said, I like that I can have the boat anywhere with cell service and still have the monitoring, even when batteries are off, no shore line, etc.
     
  18. LTD.330

    LTD.330 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 5, 2009
    Lake Erie
    1999 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPI
  19. Jaybeaux

    Jaybeaux Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    247
    Jan 3, 2016
    Upper Potomac River
    420 Sundancer 2004
    Naught On Call
    Cummins 6CTA-8.3's with V-Drives
    9KW Onan Genset
    LTD....we put a Ring doorbell system at my mother's house. We love it. Hers is the one that we have to recharge the battery because her original doorbell didn't have 12 volt wire driving it. Battery charge can last up to 3 months if you don't access the camera live too often. We pay the $30/year for cloud storage. The motion sensor can be adjusted to have a range that you desire.

    Jaybeaux
     
  20. gerryb

    gerryb Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 12, 2006
    Somers Point, NJ
    "On Vacation"
    2006 40 Sundancer
    Raymarine E125 & HD Radar + Garmin 5208
    QSB5.9 380 Cummins
    ARLO - great product. Have several installations in different locations including the boat.
     

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