I bought a set of 5 cameras in December 2018 and another 5 camera set in January 2019.
I’m not sure which set this camera is from, but it is about 2.5 years old.
This camera has always been battery powered.
I have always used Energizer Lithium batteries in all of my cameras.
It has always been mounted under the overhang of my garage, completely sheltered from weather.
Given the high number of false alarms the other cameras send (bird/bugs/spiders) this is one of the less hard worked cameras. I don’t have to change the batteries very often in this camera.
It was showing as offline due to a low battery.
I swapped the batteries out with brand new ones and when I put the new batteries in place and shut the door, I didn’t hear the usual click of the shutter and didn’t see the usual faint glow of the IR illuminator.
I tried another set of brand new batteries, still not functioning.
I checked all the other cameras, they are all transmitting and operating normal.
I cycled on and off the synch module, even though the issue seems related to the camera itself, still no working.
I turned the modem for that area on /off, still nothing.
I plugged it into two different USB cables connected to two different power supplies, with no batteries in. Still not working.
I pressed the reset button on the inside compartment of the camera, with the batteries in and with the batteries out, just to be sure. I both pressed it once and held it for about 30 seconds and released. Nothing.
Just for funsies I put the voltmeter on the old lithium batteries and they read 1.75 volts, which is still good. I put them in another camera and that camera works on the “old” batteries and doesn’t show a low battery message.
So the garage camera was never really low on battery power, it just died as near as I can figure.
The patient has died a premature death of unexplained causes.
Anyone know of anything else I can do to reset/diagnose the issue?
Or am I starting to reach the life expectancy of these things and I need to look for some replacements as the others start to die?