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Old 03-19-2016, 08:20 PM   #41
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Correct, those are great products but require a wifi connection and configuration. The idea with this guy is that it small, simple and you don't have to mess with it our configure anything. Just plug it in and theory you only mess with it when you want to remotely check or it lets you know something went wrong.
Really?? So how does it communicate with what? There are only so many ways to wirelessly send a signal. CB radios, Ham, walkie talkie, cellular, two tin cans and a string maybe?
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:22 PM   #42
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Yea my only concern as mentioned above is poor or no wifi connection. Most parks in NC and especially the mountain areas have no service. Now if it could be monitored through a cell phone and send info to another cell phone we could leave one at the camper and take another with us. However some mountain campgrounds we've stayed at also don't get cell service but usually can still get out text. If that could be figured out it could be more feasible.
That's what I think I am really solving with this product. It doesn't relay on spotty wi-fi signals. It works over cellular networks and requires very little bandwidth and can work with poor reception.

Of course....if you are in area with no cell coverage at all this wouldn't work. Solving that exact problem would require a satellite solution and I think that would be a little too pricey
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:24 PM   #43
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It is not so much insulation, but if your trailer is at 70 degrees and it is 95 degrees outside, how long will it take for it to get dangerous inside for the pets? I would think that since they are insulated it would take a little while and I am sure you don't leave the pets for over 8 hours. Just curious about this. My husband won't let me bring the poodles since he doesn't think they would like it. He thinks they prefer being home alone with his mom letting them out a couple of times a day. (I think they would prefer to be with us)

I've seen temperatures raising fairly fast in a travel trailer with the AC turned off. Enough to where it makes me uneasy.
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As a data point to consider. My Arlo home security system does not require ANY monthly fee and the app is free. The cost of the camera and Wi-Fi repeater isn't real cheap, but it works great and no monthly fee.
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:25 PM   #45
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Is it possible to build one of these myself. If so could you send me the info. Thanks.
You can piece together some hardware pretty easy for something like this but writing the software that manages the alerts and features is where the work comes in.
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:28 PM   #46
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Really?? So how does it communicate with what? There are only so many ways to wirelessly send a signal. CB radios, Ham, walkie talkie, cellular, two tin cans and a string maybe?
Instead of using wifi, it communicates with cellular towers.
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As a data point to consider. My Arlo home security system does not require ANY monthly fee and the app is free. The cost of the camera and Wi-Fi repeater isn't real cheap, but it works great and no monthly fee.
I do something similar at home (with a different brand) that doesn't require any monthly fee. Doing a system like that in a RV takes a little more work. At home, you have a nice fast internet connection to rely on. In an RV, you have to provide your own data connection. I don't believe park wi-fi is reliable enough to stream video.

Also, streaming video requires a lot of bandwidth. My gizmo only sends kilobytes of data instead of megabytes and gigabytes. That means it work well in low signal strength areas.

Oh....and I'm also not saying there aren't other ways to skin a cat! I just think my little gizmo might be a pain free way for people who aren't technically adept have a little piece of mind. All you have to do to use it is now how to install apps.

As far as the monthly cost to cover that cellular data it uses, I think a $5/month plan isn't bad considering that you are only spending it during the months when you are out in the RV. You don't have to pay it every month. I think the price of a cheeseburger when out on the road isn't too much for a little piece of mind.

That's my .02
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Alright, for all those interested I'm going to reach out with more details in the near future. I've built 5 test devices so far that I've had with my family and friends. Let me put a few more together and see what kind of feedback I get from forum friends!
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A quick google search and you will find many solutions that include temp alerts to your phone.

Here is one example. RV GuardianĀ®: Wireless Security System for RVs / Vehicles - Guardian Systems - Products
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A quick google search and you will find many solutions that include temp alerts to your phone.

Here is one example. RV GuardianĀ®: Wireless Security System for RVs / Vehicles - Guardian Systems - Products
Yes sir, that is a nice $695 system. I'm going for something a lot simpler and cheaper than that! I'm not saying there aren't other ways to solve this problem. I do think I'm on to something simple though!
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