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Reolink Argus 2 useless...
May 28, 2018
Very disappointed with the Reolink Argus 2, I have the first version, but it has terrible battery life. The Argus 2 with the solar panel, I was hoping I wouldn't continue with the problem, but now I have a new problem, it's always offine remotely. When I'm connected in the same wifi network it works great, but when I try to access remotely I get "connection failed" and "device is offline..." I have tested the wifi connection and it is fine, even place it right next to the router. I also did the port forwarding on the router, yet that did not work. Also made sure battery is charged. I finally did a hard reset on the camera and went thru the setup and it worked. But then a few days later I have the same issues. So, it works fine when my phones (verizon, att, and sprint networks) are connected to the same wifi network, but when I try to remotely connect (which is the whole point) it does not. I tested my network connections, I also have a reolink C1 and that camera remotely connects fine, on all my phones. I have updated to the latest firmware, and the routers, and the reolink desktop client. Yet the C1 connects from beyond my house fine, and the Argus 2 does not. Plus the Reolink support page for the Argus 2 is lacking.
Update: I might have found a solution, but I need to continue testing. If you change the quality setting from 1080p to 720p it may work remotely. Hopefully this continues to work, but its weird that the camera while being connected to the strong WiFi signal, and 4 bars of 4g cannot handle 1080p while my C1 can handle 2560*1440 resolution with no problems. I will pick up my rating to 2 stars, and see how it continues to function.
Failed, the argus 2 with the latest updates will not connect remotely again. The Reolink Argus 2 will not connect remotely but locally it will (I'm not the only one with the problem), Reolink Argus 1 batteries go bad after a week, even with the modified settings, and the Reolink C1 has poor video quality, had to bring downthe settings to fluent. I would not recommend buying Reolink products, I been burn 3 times already, since it was a good idea I went for it. But with all the issues, its not worth it. I'm never trusting Reolink products.