Scheduled events are available only with GoWireless Premium.
Scheduled events are the way to have your camera touch base even when there’s nothing for it to photograph. You can schedule both status reports and photos. If your camera is in a low-traffic location where it is sending few motion-triggered photos, scheduled events provide additional opportunities for you to change camera settings if necessary.
By default, you will receive one status report a day. The only option you can change on that first scheduled event, a status report, is the time you receive it.
Events can be scheduled only on the hour and you can schedule only one event at a given time. That is, you cannot schedule both a status report and a photo at the same time.
Event photos are useful for several reasons.
- They confirm that your camera is in place and working. This is especially important if your camera is in a low-traffic area. It can also be useful to let you know if a critter has repositioned your camera.
- They give you an idea what the weather and conditions are like at the camera location. This is especially helpful if your camera is some distance away. You may find yourself feeling more connected to your camera location.
- Night photos allow you to monitor the battery power level and get a warning that it’s time to change the batteries before the camera dies. Therefore, it’s recommended that you schedule at least one night photo.
Event photos are marked with an E on the info strip.
Here are some example screenshots of the setting on the cameras that are using schedule events:
- Camera 1 – is set to deliver a status report at noon and photos at 5 AM, 1 PM, and 9 PM.
- Camera 2 – is set to deliver a status report at midnight and photos at 9 AM and 9 PM (so both daylight and night photos, regardless of the time of the year).
- Camera 3 – is monitoring a camper that is often used on the weekends. When the owners arrive on Friday night, the camera is set to take pictures only at night using a start-stop time. The additional photo events on Sunday provide opportunities for the camera to be set to Real Time mode so that the start-stop time setting can be cancelled when the owners are ready to leave. (If it weren’t for the bad signal area and a forgetful camera operator, the 9 AM photo would be enough but on some Sundays, multiple opportunities to turn realtime mode on are needed :).)