The key to getting the most out of your Stick Up Cam Elite is making sure that the device is in an optimal position to pick up everything you want to see whether you're mounting your camera indoors or outdoors. This article will help you place your Stick Up Cam Elite for maximum effectiveness.
Standard Power or PoE
Your first consideration when choosing where to place your Stick Up Cam is how you're going to power it. Your Stick Up Cam Elite comes with a new feature called "Power Over Ethernet" (PoE) that allows your camera to draw power from its Ethernet connection. This will give you considerably more freedom when it comes to positioning up your camera, but means you will have to run an Ethernet cable to wherever you've decided to set up the camera if you use the PoE feature.
Finding Stick Up Cam's Optimal Placement Height
Getting the most out of your Stick Up Cam means placing it so that it captures as much as you possibly can. That's why a quick rule-of-thumb for the Stick Up Cam is that, whether you're mounting your camera indoors or outdoors, higher is usually better. Your Stick Up Cam will work fine at about eye-level, but raising it up to about nine feet (outdoors) or seven to eight feet (indoors) will work even better. You'll still be able to see faces, but your camera will be able to get a wider field of view and see more.
Indoor and Outdoor Considerations
While your Stick Up Cam will work fine indoors or outdoors, placing them in these different locations brings up different considerations.
Outdoor placement tips:
- Use Live View frequently when setting up and aiming your camera. If you can't see it in Live View, assume your camera can't see it either.
- When aiming your camera at the perimeter of your property, try to avoid capturing the street or any passing cars. This will minimize the number of false alerts you get.
- Be careful when placing your camera under an overhang or in shadow. A deep enough shadow in part of the view may confuse the camera and restrict your detection area.
- Keep an eye out for any bright sources of light such as reflective metal or the setting sun that might blind your camera.
- Be aware that the PoE Adapter is not rated for inclement weather and should not be exposed to the outdoors.
Indoor placement tips:
- While your camera will work just fine when placed on a table or a shelf, you should consider mounting it on the wall. This will prevent jolts or shakes from people bumping into it, changing the view angle of the camera.
- Try mounting the camera in a corner of the room to get maximum coverage of the space.
- Don't mount your camera directly across from a window, especially one where the rising or setting sun might dazzle the camera.