Spartan HD GoCam (Connected by Verizon) 3G Wireless, Blackout Infrared (2-year warranty) - Bonus Package
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- Lowest monthly cost on the market: The Spartan GoCam™ (Connected by Verizon) can be added to the existing Verizon data plan for $5.00/month as Connected Device1. No long term commitment required. Activate, deactivate, or reactivate the plan at any time. The plan starts from $25.00/month without existing Verizon data plan.
- Ready to Use Out of the Box: No SIM card required. Simply activate the service from HCO, use the camera menus to set your desired picture parameters, and your camera is ready to use.
- All-in-One Design, Easy Installation: The camera is powered by 12 AA batteries (alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium), and is a Standalone installation with no wires and no required external power source.
- Security: Pictures can be transmitted with or without AES 256 encryption. For added security, use encryption to transfer your images. GoWireless: The GoCam™ is compatible with HCO GoWireless web and mobile portal, an ultimate camera and photo management solution.
- Go Green with quality packaging: Instead of using the packing bubble wrap, we use 6 pieces of Edgeless 16”x16” Microfiber towel and a 11”x31” large towel to wrap up your Camera. Once the item(s) safely arrived, turn the towels into cleaning material and they work perfect for Camera, TV, Kitchen, Home, Car, Bath, Pets and more…
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First trail cam experience for me. I'm writing this as a diary for reference and a product review. Four stars because it's “out-of-the-box” ugly.
Shipped separately, each package arrived promptly in good condition. The camera had a printed owners manual that was in English, readable and covered lots of ground. Several reviewers suggested calling Verison first to add the “device” to my account and activate the necessary cell service which the camera uses to transmit pictures.
New to trail cams, I actually began reading the manual. No quick set up guide however. The Verison set up went easily so I expected a “git-r-done” experience. Camera is good quality. Might even be critter proof. Tolerated several single digit temps overnight well. Seems water tight. Good fit and finish.
It's been 6 days now and here are the other hoops that have to be cleared. The memory card and mobile app are awkward.
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None are especially aware of the others. You have to dig through, pull out the details, piece together a secquence of steps and assemble it all to make it work. One won't mention the others. They have a vague business relationship however.
Back to Verison because there is a phone number associated with the trail cam and the VZ guy typically “forgets” to give it to you. This phone number shows up on your billing. The “deal” that makes sense is the $5 per month using your current data plan. “GoWireless” calls this their “Prime” service. And GoWireless must be the vehicle by which the camera's pictures arrive in your inbox. The manual insists on this but there is no box, blank or way to be user filled in to accomplish it. VZ didn't mention it.
The camera must be registered at Spartan; a new account set up complete with user name and password. Time(hours > day) must be allowed for all the internet ants to hold hands and like each other. The camera is now showing Verison signal bars. Must install the SD memory card now otherwise the whole process will not work.
Has to be an “SD” card(postage stamp size). A MicroSD card(as in cell phones) in an adapter, will NOT work, these tiny cards just fall out, claimed the angry female at Spartan Support. I've never seen that before. My new PNY 32gb SD card purchased for the cam was balking. Camera would not write pics to it. The Spartan web site recognized the card, showed it's status. Showed on the computer okay. Not the cam.
Support then informed me that “Sandisk” and ”PNY” SD cards were problems. So I bought an older, 16gb Sony which is working fine. The PNY refused to format in the camera but was okay in Windows 10, read and writeable. The Spartan tech recommends 16gb or below in spite of their own promotional materials.
Mobile app access. Take notes.
ID numbers roll around like 3 Card Monte, so keep paper and pen handy.
You have a customer/account ID number. Mine is five digits. Rarely used.
A mobile account ID number is automatically generated by Spartan.
Just below this is a blank called: “Admin ID number”. It's blank and you MUST fill it with something. To the right is a “Guest Access” blank; you don't have to fill this one in but do it anyway. Identified differently, you'll need these later setting up the mobile app.
Once the memory card is installed and camera rebooted, in Settings hit “Menu” key and go through the various setup tabs & drop-downs. Spartan wants you to format the SD card in the camera. This is fairly straight forward, I accepted most of the default settings. Try “Diagnostics” do the testing proceedures. Should result in “successful” if all the ants are holding hands. I'm still experimenting with some of the settings.
Look for the “Spartan Mobile” app in the android Play Store. Has an orange “Go” icon.
You'll begin to see the “GoWireless” flag waving here.
Install and set it up as usual. To verify your credentials with this app, the “ID number” is the mobile app ID supplied earlier by Spartan and “access code” is the Admin Number or word you had to write in earlier. The “Guest Access” entry is somewhat interchangeable here. The app will instantly ping the camera and go Jabberwalky if everything is not peachy. A wretched memory card relationship will halt the app.
The mobile app hasn't work for me. Rediculous to set up. Constantly crashes. Looking in all the wrong places, it says it can't find my picture files. Everything is on the camera SD card in plain sight. Worthless app. Pictures arrive quickly via email and show on the Spartan web site.
The camera should now work sending pictures to your email addrs. Spartan will verify your email addr. If the sent pics are garbage, it's the memory card they say. Be sure and format the card from the setup section in the camera. Do not rely on a DOS format. Probably Android but it's hard telling what OS Spartan uses.
Now, once all of these ants are holding hands, the camera works nicely. The Spartan web site is loaded with options, warnings and check boxes. Somehow during all of this, the ants changed the name of my camera to the camera model number.
The camera can be followed and managed easily from the Spartan site. At 3mega pix, the *.jpg picture size is about 48kb. Pics are zoomable about 3x. Very reasonable. The pictures arrive quickly on my Galaxy S-7 via email.
Verison was helpful, Spartan not so much. If you ask the right questions and use their jargon, you might get the right answer. Communicate with Spartan support over email. Their phone system crashes. Push back if the Tech suggests reinstalling everything. Will they keep you from falling overboard? Offer suggestions, explain pit falls, helpful hints....
Nope. You need a fair amount of experience, knowledge and time to get through this.
Another room full of engineers who flunked English. A “Quick Set up Guide” would be wonderful. Leave the spreadsheet full of options and blather in the manual for later when you're familiar with its operation and the camera is up and working. Then if you have specific questions or problems, read in.
I'm hoping to have it settled in by January 2017.
The bad....... The trigger speed is pretty slow. You won't get a picture of something that is just running by. But anything browsing past, day or night, is getting its picture taken.
I spoke with 3 different Verizon reps and this is NOT TRUE. I have an existing Verizon data plan and I would have to either change plans or add a plan at a minimum of $25/month. Shame on Spartan for making false claims and wasting my time.