Remote fault clearing on Cameras that are offline
After 3 months enjoying a stable system, I had 1 camera go offline last night and remain offline. It is still unable to reconnect after restarting the basestation several times. After working with customer care for some time tonight, the end solution was to cycle power on the affected camera. That is physically opening the battery door to cycle power.
She also indicated that since the new software update, she has had reports of excessive battery draw resulting in offline.
I see the "solution" to recycle power alot on the boards but, IMO, the camera should be smarter than that. And customers should not be conditioned to simply "cycle power" as a solution....Like the base station which can be reboot, the camera should also be able to remotely "reboot", "cycle power" etc, to clear faults. CSR indicates that they have not ability to do this, other than the suggestion to manually pull batteries. Welll.... this is not an acceptable solution for those of us who travel and are not arms length from a manual solution.
Assuming there is battery power and no catestrophic failure of the device....there must be a way to discover deeper the issue at hand and resolve it by:
1. Making the camera "discoverable" for troubleshooting/resoltuion when it is connected but reporting "offline". That is, the ability to see faults / send commands to the camera to resolve common service affecting issues to bring it back online.
2. Making the camera "self-healing" when the device is truely off-line and unreachable through the network. That is, upon fault, let the camera determine on its own, through some rule-base, to recycle/restart/reboot itself and reconnect to the network to complete service restoration or to faciliate additional trouble shooting (#1).
Shore up "network robustness" first, then pour money into features, IMO. Service availability must be first and foremost.
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