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The Reolink Go PT Plus is a solar-powered, cellular-connected outdoor security camera with rugged features and high reliability.
During the construction of our new home, we wanted to capture video of its ongoing progress and have the ability to watch a live stream from the site. While there are many battery-powered cameras out there, this use case also requires the camera to have cellular data connectivity.
Reolink makes various models of security cameras that fit the bill, including their Go PT Plus model. Reolink provided the pan and tilt camera and a solar panel for constant power to review.
After a year of daily viewing of our construction site, we have found this camera to be reliable, durable and providing high quality video at a reasonable cost.
The Reolink Go PT Plus is a 2K resolution camera capable of 355 degree pan and 140 degree tilt. Plus, the camera and solar panel (sold separately) are waterproof and designed for indoor or outdoor use.
After being mounted on a tree for over a year through numerous thunderstorms and downpours, we can confirm that Go PT Plus is very durable and still performs as expected. It can be charged using the micro-USB port, which supports the Reolink solar panel.
Recordings can be saved to a local micro SD card up to 128GB, or users can choose to save clips to Reolink cloud service. The free tier saves up to 7 days of recordings from one camera and up to 1 GB of storage.
You can upgrade to the standard cloud plan at $3.49 per month or $34.99 per year. The standard tier offers up to 30 days with 30 GB of storage and supports up to 5 cameras.
Reolink Go PT Plus is equipped with night vision, users can designate motion zones to reduce notification frequency, and it will integrate with Google Assistant. There’s no support for Amazon’s Alexa or Apple HomeKit.
What makes this camera special is the nanoSIM slot which supports 3G and 4G data speeds on T-Mobile in the US, Vodafone and other European carriers. You can find all supported spectra on their website.
Reolink app and cloud
Without integration with Apple’s HomeKit, users must use Reolink iPhone app to view recorded clips or live stream. Fortunately, we found the app to be reliable and easy to use with robust functionality.
Multiple Reolink cameras can all be synced with one account and viewed in the app. Once users tap on a single camera, a live feed is presented to them.
Depending on the bandwidth, you can opt for “smooth”, which lowers the quality to help smooth playback or full 2K resolution.
We found the highest resolution had remarkable clarity, but often stuttered due to bandwidth, and playback was generally smooth.
The app gives you full pan and tilt control which is responsive considering the cellular data connection. There is a delay of a few seconds between a controlled movement and seeing it reflected in the app.
Recorded clips can be viewed in the app and saved locally on a user’s device. Additionally, users can respond through the camera’s built-in speaker, and the app provides customizable push notifications for person and vehicle detection.
Although the Reolink app worked very well, accessing cloud recordings from the web is cumbersome. There is no batch download option, so clips must be downloaded individually.
The process is laborious enough to discourage downloading all recorded clip and choose only a few.
Setting up and using Reolink
The box includes the cellular antenna that screws onto the camera, a mounting bracket, mounting screws, and a nylon strap to wrap around a tree. We initially opted for the strap mount and used the provided screws later in the process.
When you purchase the optional solar panel, it also comes with a mounting bracket and screws. The panel was attached to the same tree as our camera, and both are still mounted today.
Even though our solar panel was in the shade of the trees for several hours a day, our camera rarely dropped below 90% battery.
Inserting our T-Mobile nanoSIM card was tricky, but once inserted, the camera immediately recognized the cellular connection. Using the Reolink app, users will scan a QR code on the camera manual to add it to their account. Once connected, the camera is ready to operate.
We opted for a T-Mobile prepaid data SIM card that costs $59 per month. Unfortunately, to create an account and top up a prepaid SIM, users must be able to receive an SMS confirmation. There is no way to get this from the Reolink camera or app.
If users wish to set up automatic payments through their T-mobile account, it is recommended to go to the store and have a customer set up the account with a test phone. Once the T-Mobile account is set up and your connection created, the SIM card can live in the Reolink camera without issue.
Once the camera was added to our account and the SIM card activated, accessing it remotely from the Reolink app was consistent and easy. In addition to construction sites, this cellular and solar-powered camera can be used with RVs, ships, rental properties without Wi-Fi, and anywhere cellular data is available.
The Reolink Go PT Plus Camera is a very reliable outdoor security camera that works well with T-mobile cellular connectivity and includes a robust feature set.
The pros of the Reolink Go PT Plus camera
- Reliable, high-quality video
- 4G/3G cellular connectivity
- Good iPhone app
- Durable and weather resistant
- Great pan and tilt capability
Disadvantages of Reolink Go PT Plus Camera
- Cumbersome cloud access
- Finicky nanoSIM slot
- micro USB connector
Where to Buy Reolink Go PT Plus Camera
You can buy the camera and solar panel together on Amazon for $299 or separately on the Reolink website.