We purchased the Reolink Go to be able to monitor the front gate of some property that is fairly remote (and no access to power). Overall purchasing was fast and easy, and delivery came quick. Separately you need to buy a SIM card and data plan for the camera...
We purchased the Reolink Go to be able to monitor the front gate of some property that is fairly remote (and no access to power). Overall purchasing was fast and easy, and delivery came quick.
Separately you need to buy a SIM card and data plan for the camera from a supported service provider. I used a free app (CoverageMap by RootMetrics) on my phone to determine the best cellphone signal provider for the location we needed the camera. Luckily T-Mobile had the strongest signal nearby and was one of the providers supported by Reolink. (Reolink needs to consider supporting a wider range of cell service providers). T-Mobile has an easy plan: 2GB of data for $10/month as of this review, with no contract or long-term obligation.
Installation went smoothly, though it took some head-scratching to figure out how the camera mount gimbal position locked into place (hint: simply use the allen wrench to fix the position you want the camera to be in). The mounting instructions are pretty sparse. I purchased the camera system with an included solar panel, and that too was easy to install. Then it was just plug and play to connect to the camera.
At first I had tried to put the battery in the camera and set up the system in my house - but with poor T-Mobile connectivity there, it wouldn''t connect. Ultimately I had to go to the location I was going to install the system, then connect the battery and it worked fine. It connected to the server through the cell service, and I was able to log into my camera using the Reolink App. Video immediately began streaming to my phone, which allowed me to ensure the orientation of the camera was to my liking.
I definitely like the camoflauge weather-protecting wetsuit that comes with the camera, but wish Reolink had thought about the mount as well, which like the camera housing is bright white. Since I mounted my camera to a large oak, I used a dull brown spray paint to cover the white mount and it blends right in now (note that I spray painted the mount AFTER I had completely finished the installation).
The camera is easy to use through the mobile phone App, and I like that I can see not only video, but take snapshots, monitor the battery level, and set up notifications to come through email (with a photo!) and through my phone. The camera can emit a siren if I want, and there is the ability to speak and record sound through the camera, though I''ve turned audio recording off (being able to do so through the App is really nice). I''m not yet sure how well speaking through the camera works, but may try that at some point. The purpose of my camera is surveillance, not to have a conversation with trespassers! In the app you can also set the sensitivity of the PIR (passive infrared) sensor, which determines how much heat/movement will trigger the camera. That''s really helpful. I''ve had a couple of false triggers, so I lowered the sensitivity to about 90%, but then it failed to trigger when a delivery came, so I''ve bumped it back up to 95%. We''ll see if that''s the ticket. I also like in the App that you can temporarily turn off the PIR trigger, which is helpful if you''re going to be working or playing right where the camera is set. That way the camera battery doesn''t die and your phone doesn''t explode with too numerous notifications.
All in all, I''m quite happy with the camera and I think for my purposes, it was the right purchase. The App is fairly simple and straight forward, but has a lot of features allowing you to customize how your individual cameras work. Reolink has put a lot of thought into this gear, and it shows.