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It's too bad you can't record to a computer or DVR of your own. This is the best camera I've seen, but not being able to record my own video to my own device is a deal breaker.
how to install? Jan 2, 2014
Plug the camera into the USB port on your computer, let the auto install take the lead. (You can always browse the camera/drive for the ".exe" and run it manually, too.) It's very simple. (Just have your password ready to access your WiFi network.) Then when it says to, remove the camera from your computer. Plug it into it's power supply, aim the camera and your set. Hope this helps!
Do you get alerts without the CVR service? Oct 11, 2013
I have 3 Dropcams with CVR service and one without. I do get alerts on all 4, but these security "alerts" can take MORE than AN HOUR after the event. Alerts can also be covered for sound. This would be great where, for example, your smoke detector sounds when you're away. If you got the notice immediately, then you could call the fire department and tell them your house is on fire. But with a delay of up to an hour, your house will be in ruins by the time you get your helpful alert. When I originally got Dropcams, the alerts were instant. They unilaterally decided that fewer alerts were better, so they changed their system without giving users any other option. Since everything goes through their servers, there is nothing you can do about it. Luckily, they are owned by Google, so when the inevitable lawsuits target them for false promises of immediate alerts, there will be some very deep pockets.
The camera detected loud noise at 5:00pm and sent me an email notification only 45 minutes later at 5:45pm. Is that the normal behavior of the camera? Oct 1, 2014
Yes, The email alerts are quite delayed and I found them to be unusable for actual notification purposes if you wanted to react to the detection.
The wire shown is to power the unit.
does it stream when you are not viewing Oct 16, 2013
When your camera is turned on, your camera is uploading video to our servers if you have CVR service enabled. If you only have Live Streaming, the camera will only detect motion and sound events if you have those enabled, or stream live when you choose to view it. You may turn the camera off at any time in the camera's settings, either from your computer or our mobile app. Hope this helps!
can you use it outdoors? Jun 25, 2014
No, it is specifically stated that it is not for outdoor use. The best you could do is mount it inside a window with the camera pointing out. According to the Dropcam website they are currently developing one for outdoor use, bit it is not available yet. http://support.dropcam.com/entries/21327217-Outdoor-Dropcam-make-Dropcam-weatherproof
With the CVR service, is it recording constantly or only when an alert (movement/sound) is triggered? Mar 2, 2014
It's constant/complete with events are marked.
I would need 2 of these to cover my downstairs. Can 2 of them be connected so I only need to log in to one account to see both feeds at the same time May 28, 2014
Yes. I have three throughout my house and can view all three on one account. I just click on which camera I want to view in full screen mode or I can see all three at once in miniature/wallet size mode.
I pay Google to store data on Google Drive. Can I use GD to store the video? If not now, when will this be possible? Jun 24, 2014
Yes and no. You cannot have the Dropcam store video directly on Google Drive automatically (although, since Google owns Nest, and Nest just bought Dropcam, this might change). However, as long as you subscribe to the 7 or 30 day storage plan with Dropcam, you can create and download clips of up to several hours in size (maybe more with the 30 day plan; I don't have it), and those clips can be saved anywhere you want, including Google Drive. Note that the camera uploads many gigabytes per day, so you'd not want it saved on Google Drive by default anyway, or you'd run out of space quickly.