When using the Defender Wireless series of cellular trail cameras there are a few features/settings that can only be accessed by your Strike Force Wireless account through the app or web application. These settings are the Thumbnail Upload and Sync Schedule settings and below we have provided more details about them and their function.
When the camera has been fully activated it is pre-set to upload the images from the camera to the app on a schedule of 12AM, 6AM, 1PM and 3PM. This means if no changes are made then the camera will store everything it has taken until each time listed above and then transmit to the app.
Most users want the camera to transmit anything the camera takes in real time. In order to do that you will access the cameras settings via the app or strikeforcewireless.com, locate the Thumbnail Upload setting and change from 'By Schedule' to 'Immediately' and ensure you saved the changes.
It must be noted that when you make this initial change the camera is still set to its Schedule so once the next scheduled time comes the camera will send the app any images it has taken and the app will send the camera any settings changes. It is from that point forward that things will start to happen immediately.
What should you do with the Sync Schedule setting? In reality nothing needs to be done here if you change the Thumbnail Upload setting to Immediately. However, it should be noted that whatever time is listed at the top of the list will be the default sync time each day. This means that should no activity occur in the cameras detection area that day the camera will still sync once to ensure the other information (Signal, Battery and SD) are accurate. To drive this point home you can delete all time but once you only have one time remaining it will not allow it to be deleted and this is the default daily sync time.
How do these settings impact battery life? We have found that one method is not better than the other in terms of battery life. The camera transmitting large chunks of data less frequently or small bits of data more frequently equivalates to the same outcome in this area.