I really want like my ST stuff, and for the most part I do, but there are a couple things that make it almost useless for what I would like to use it for. The first and foremost is the lag time.
I’ve got a Foscam setup to take pictures on motion in my living room. 2 points of lag here, first is the amount of time it takes for ST to tell the camera to take pictures is longer than the time it takes for someone to casually walk across the living room and out of frame, I don’t know the exact amount of time it takes, but I’ve never once got a useful picture (the best one I’ve got is one time I did actually get the leg of a person walking out of frame, woopie). If I use the “Take” button on the device in the ST app I instantly get a picture, so the problem is not the camera response time, the problem just the amount of time it takes for the motion sensor to notify the camera to do it’s thing. The second point of lag is the amount of time it takes to get the picture to me in the app. It’s anywhere from 5 minutes to 8 hours assuming they come at all (which is only about 50% of the time). Motion at 2 AM, should I go grab my gun or is it just my son sleepwalking… I’ll find out by 10 or so the next morning… That’s helpful… I thought maybe texting would be faster, so I turned that on, but assumed it didn’t work because I didn’t get any texts when I was testing it, but I found that it did work when I got a flood of texts the next afternoon, again, with that kind of lag, what’s the point?
I’m sure the problem is the cloud based nature of ST, but seriously… Are there any suggestions to make this better, or will I just have to wait and hope that the ‘coming soon’ claims for local control are true?
I know this all sound negative, but really I do like my ST stuff and it has serious potential, I just hope some improvements are coming soon so I’m able to justify my purchase to my wife…