The Dreaded Loading Icon

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The picture you see below is DropCam’s version of a loading icon as it waits for the precious bandwidth it needs from the WiFi provided by our local ISP CableOne. This in no way is a criticism of the high end DropCam home surveillance and security system which provides motion detection alerts, night vision, and two way voice for the low fixed cost of  200 dollars!

Irritating Load Icon
Irritating Load Icon

The next picture you see is the message Dropcam displays when when your wifi drops signal or bandwidth is diminished.

DropCam message indicating bandwidth insufficient
DropCam message indicating bandwidth insufficient

The message reads “Your camera is not connected. Make sure your camera is plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi network. The problem is that Wi-Fi network is CableOne which drops briefly and intermittently meaning that the dropcam camera may not be streaming video back to their servers multiple times daily for around 5 seconds each time.

So unless a thief or burglar can get in and out of a residence in less than 5 seconds, he will be caught on camera which will be enough proof to lock him up for awhile. Even if the home intruder notices the cam and destroys it, that act will be recorded permanently and be proof of destruction of property!

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