Originally Posted by BendOrLarry
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