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View, no, that's free. Record, yes, no way to record except by paying up.
By Dan on October 10, 2013
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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… see more 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! see less 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!
By Mickey 3 Gun on January 3, 2014
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Yes. I returned it because the notifications were not reliable. I got most of them quickly, but about 1/4 alerts would either not be delivered or would be delivered late.
By Spork on October 1, 2014
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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 y… see more
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. see less
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.

By Art on October 3, 2014
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The wire shown is to power the unit.
By Donna and Scott on January 27, 2014
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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… see more 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! see less 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!
By Dropcam Support on October 22, 2013
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Constantly. I have the 7 day service so I can go back and view video from any time in the last 7 days regardless if there was motion that triggered it. Sporadically I will have a short drop due to wifi connection but usually for very short periods of time and very infrequent. I make sure my camera is near strong wifi source.
By Jason Edge on March 2, 2014
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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… see more
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 see less
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

By Dino on June 25, 2014
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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… see more 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. see less 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.
By Joe Wood on June 24, 2014
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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.
By 2Wanna on June 5, 2014