No WiFi? No problem! Detect motion and capture pictures anyway!

Video surveillance cameras from DropcamHomeMonitor, and others don’t work without a WiFi connection. This is because these devices have no ability to store media (video or pictures) locally to the device.

This means that if a bad guy intruder unplugs or smashes your WiFi router, or if your WiFi connection drops for any other reason (power outage, network outage, WiFi router failure), and you’re using either of those two apps above, then your video camera will no longer be able to record, and anything that happens after that is “off the record”.

Gotya, on the other hand, works without WiFi in three different ways:

1) When you set Gotya camera to save images to local. No network connection of any kind is required to detect motion, automatically take pictures, and save them locally to the device (pictures are saved to the Gotya album on Android, Saved Pictures album on Windows Phone,  and Gallery on Symbian).

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Gotya for Android – camera settings

Note: You can also set Android to auto-backup your pictures to Google+,  and Windows Phone and Symbian  to OneDrive. So even if you’re saving Gotya pictures locally, you can take advantage of these cloud services to have an automatic backup of all your Gotya pictures. This of course requires a network connection.

2) If the smartphone or tablet you’re using as the Gotya camera has a SIM card with cellular data service, then it will revert to cellular data (2G/3G/4G) if the WiFi connection drops.

3) If the smartphone or tablet you’re using as the Gotya camera has no SIM card or cellular data service and is WiFi only and you’ve got the camera set to save images to the Gotya Cloud, when the WiFi connection drops, Gotya automatically switches to saves pictures locally to the device ,and then as soon as the WiFi connection is restored, automatically uploads those pictures to the Gotya Cloud. The sequence of three pictures below illustrates this scenario. Note the network connection status in the lower right hand corner of the screen. The red dot at top center of the screen indicates motion detection is active.

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WiFi connected, pictures auto-uploaded to Gotya Cloud (normal operation).


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WiFi connection drops, Gotya automatically switches to save pictures locally.

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WiFi connection restored, Gotya now automatically uploads pictures that were saved locally, to the Gotya cloud


So whether you have no network connection, a slow network connection, or a high-speed WiFi connection, Gotya works in all of those scenarios. Try it for yourself.


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