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  • John Lockburner

    I have a 3g attxb and it's working fine

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  • Steve O'Neal

    I've got a GC-VCTB (Verizon) that still works great. Overall it's probably been the most reliable of all of my cams.

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    I’m running an ATTb, an ATTi, and several ATTxb. The xb and later cameras have faster trigger and stronger flash (plus video), but the older cameras are still plugging along for now.

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  • JEFFREY PRATSCHER

    I have the GC atti-21, and became the most unreliable of all my cameras, it will only last about 3 weeks with new lithium batteries, and only will get a handful of pics, I even put a another camera on the same tree with the spartan thinking it might be a signal problem, and that camera works perfect, cant help think the battery drain is from all the attempts trying to sent the pics to the server.

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  • John Lockburner

    Is the other camera 3g?

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  • JEFFREY PRATSCHER

    yes it is, and using att for cell service

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    Is the signal strength the same for both cameras or different? If different, you can try swapping out SIM cards and antennas (one thing at a time) and see if there’s a change. I diagnosed a marginal SIM by doing the swap thing.

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  • JEFFREY PRATSCHER

     different sim in the other camera but both using att towers

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    I understand there are different SIMs because each has to have its own SIM, but have you tried swapping them between the two cameras? This will work as a test unless you are using Spartan data plans. You can’t swap Spartan SIMs. 

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  • JEFFREY PRATSCHER

    No i have not, but i am basically done with this camera, year of frustration is enough for me, 

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  • William Loveland

    This post is 3 months old so I could use some new information if anyone knows.

    Our Verizon 3G camera quit sending photos May 27, 2020. We are getting ready to make the long climb to see if there is something wrong or if the service no longer works?  Does anyone know? 

    We aren't sure if a bear or elk mauled it or if 3G has ceased to function?  It has been an amazing camera and worked great for 3+ years straight at high elevation.  (We just bought another, but hoping this one will still work)

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  • John Lockburner

    Both ATT and Verizon 3g cameras should still be working until at least the end of the year for Verizon and the end of 2021 for ATT

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    Verizon may sunset service in some areas before that cutoff date. You may want to call Verizon and see whether there is still 3G service in that area.

    Are you still getting status reports or is the camera completely down? When was the last status report? Can you post a screen shot of the last status report from the app? If you are using a phone to access here, you will have to choose the desktop view in order to get the icon that allows you to post a picture.

    It's possible that something has happened with the SD card.

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  • Steve O'Neal

    My Verizon 3g camera in west Texas hasn't sent anything since May 25. Last status report was at 22:24 with a full battery (external on solar cell) but 1 bar of signal. It's mounted on a 10 foot T-post so I doubt anything has got to the antenna. I'll be headed that way in a couple of weeks to fill feeders and I'll know more then, but I'm wondering if they've shut down 3g there. My two Verizon 4g cameras are performing well.

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  • John Lockburner

    Steve, did you get a picture with that status report? That's an odd time to get one on a 3g camera unless you requested it.

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  • Steve O'Neal

    I requested it, but at quite a bit earlier in the day. If I recall, it missed a scheduled picture so I requested a status report. Received that report and nothing since.

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  • John Lockburner

    Missing  a scheduled event is a sign of low battery but one bar of signal is very low too. Have you checked the picture number sequence on the portal to see if the pictures are numbered sequentially or if there are gaps in the numbers.

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  • Steve O'Neal

    Geez, this is like Beetlejuice. Mention it's name and it shows up. I got a scheduled picture this morning (I hadn't checked yet when I replied earlier). Status report is still from May 25, so I requested a status report. I think I recall that the 3g's don't send a status report with every picture, am I correct on that? There is about a 33 picture gap from May 25 to the picture I got this morning, which is the around the number I would expect as this camera is at camp, not a high traffic area.

     

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  • John Lockburner

    Correct,the 3g do not send the report with every picture. Maybe Verizon was having some issues or possibly the battery power got low and needed some time to charge up. What size panel are you using?

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  • Steve O'Neal

    I'm not sure off hand on the solar panel, but I'm using a 6V42ah external, and this one was just swapped out for a new one a couple of weeks prior to this happening. This camera is in full sun and I've been using this same panel with the camera for at least two years, probably closer to three.  I keep extra batteries at home and swap them out occasionally. Status report is still pending, I don't think it's gonna go through. Where this camera is located, I'm more inclined to believe that Verizon is having 3g issues. P5 on the pic this morning.

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  • Steve O'Neal

    I might add, I got this solar panel from Mike at Herd360, so I'm betting it's plenty big enough for the job.

     

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  • Elizabeth Swoope

    The reason that Johnny asked about the solar panel is because it's not unusual for people to buy those little feeder solar panels or the Cabela one that works for regular trail cameras but doesn't have enough "oomph" for cell cameras. He had no way of knowing that your solar setup was from Herd360 until you told him.

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  • Steve O'Neal

    I get it, that's why I added where it came from. I try to give as much information as possible, but sometimes at my age it takes two or three posts. -;)

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  • John Lockburner

    I'm pretty sure that if it's from Mike then it's big enough. That status report will stay pending until the camera checks in again unless you are running real time on on the camera.

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  • Steve O'Neal

    I am running real time, that's the major reason I run the big battery with solar. Should have stated that in an earlier post, sorry.

     

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  • William Loveland

    Regarding our 3g trail camera that quit working, we got the last status report on the same day as the last photo, May 27th.  We will head up and check the SD card and power but it showed full battery on the status report.

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  • John Lockburner

    You should check the picture numbers on the portal to see if they are sequential. You have a lot of free space on the SD card, I'm not sure how long it's been out so maybe it's correct but I would take a new to spec card with you. Have you checked with Verizon to make sure everything is good on their end?

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