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How to Aim the Camera

Once the camera and solar panel are securely mounted and connected to one another, the last step is to aim the camera to achieve the desired field of view. We recommend aiming your camera away from the points on the horizon where the sun rises and sets to avoid lens flare and washed-out images.

To check your camera’s current field of view, and assist in final aiming adjustments, first log into your SiteCloud account.

From the View Page, make sure you have the desired camera selected and click on the Camera icon from the Action Button menu, and select “View Live Stream”

View Live Stream

You may see a message like the one below, indicating that SiteCloud is waiting to contact the camera. This can take up to 5 minutes.

Live Stream Heartbeat

To preserve camera battery life and reduce cellular data usage, the camera does not constantly remain connected to SiteCloud, instead, it will check in once every 5 minutes until it receives a new command. Once a command is received, the camera begins looking for new commands more frequently, once every 5 seconds. After an hour of inactivity, the camera will begin to check in every 5 minutes once again. 

Please note: PTZ model cameras may take longer to initialize as the camera module needs to be warmed up prior to movement.

Once the Live Stream has started, you will see video from the camera in near real-time. There is a slight delay of roughly 15 seconds, so make sure to keep that in mind as you make adjustments to the camera position.

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