I got a starter pack of J series cameras (non-cellular) for Christmas, that I want to tie back to a PC at the cabin. I understand that this can be done using a Cuddelink Home Base Plus 1385 unit. Has anyone here on THF done this and what software are you using?
I have a Cudde setup... I think you're confusing the Home Base function when you say "tie back to a PC". It's a consolidation point for other cameras (can be a repeater as well), to then transmit/access those pics via the Cudde cell plan. It's not a WiFi access point. If you have WiFi of some kind with your cabin PC, you could certainly access the Home Base via Cudde's service.
The cuddeback manual shows that if you use a cuddeback cuddelink Home Base Plus unit model 1385 that doesn't have a camera can be connected to a PC via a USB cable using Cuddeback's Trophy Room software. The manual says to download their software from their website. I can't find it on their website. The Hombase Plus unit can be used as a repeater and as the final collection point in the communication chain without the additional cost of a camera. I am hoping to put this unit in our barn where I don't need a camera, but I do have internet. I'm hoping a forum member has experience with one. I have sent Cuddeback an email, but haven't had a response back yet.
I have (2) cameras and the 1385 home base in use, so I understand how it all works...
The 1385 can never be a camera it is only a communication device. You can have a camera also act as the communication device.
There is a USB port, I've never used it as you do all your FW updates via SD card and configuration of the camera directly. The 1385 Home Base collects images on a SD card before transmission out.
Trophy Room was their photo organizing SW you used after getting the pic's off of a camera. It doesn't access the 1385.
You cannot access a 1385 via WiFi, it is only done via their cell offering I posted earlier.
If your cameras are able to be picked up by the 1385, then your PC would connect via WiFi to Cudde over the internet, to get your pics. Internet in the barn means nothing in this scenario, it needs cell service.
You will also want solar panels as they are battery chewing pigs even though it's D-cells, camera and Home Base.
Charlie, thanks for your response. From the limited info I have been able to accumulate from Cuddeback, I understand that the computer can download the sd card that is in the 1385 via the USB cable. Once you do that, then you can transfer the pics through email, or put them up to a cloud account from your PC. I am fairly computer literate, but I haven't bought a 1385 yet. I was hoping to download their software first and see how it can be configured. I figured someone on the forum might have tried this
Why would you go through the trouble of removing/bringing the 1385 to a computer to retrieve pictures on a SD card, when you can remove the SD card from the 1385 itself? There is zero reason to use the USB port. The SD card is your interface to the device.
There is no software from Cudde to use on any of this, which is why you see nothing to download except firmware.
I’m sorry, but you are not understanding how it all works. Get the latest model of their solar panels.
Thanks for your insight. My intention is to mount the 1385 on the barn and have it cabled up to a PC with internet service. Cuddeback says in their literature that you can download the 1385 using their software. I hope to then upload those photos to the cloud for remote viewing without a cellular plan. Our cell service stinks at our place. I ordered a 1385 last night and will try this configuration at home.
I'd love to hear how this works out. We have basically same situation, we'd have to link a camera system to the camp wirelessly, then could connect the system to the PC/internet; it would beat the cellular costs, and the SD card removal ; best of both worlds if you can make it work.
I'm also looking at adding a weather station and a webcam at camp, end it thru weather underground, and get real time weather and pics from camp.
I will update this thread as I make various attempts.
I have a Windows based PC to try a few things to automatically transfer pics to it. I ordered and have already received a Cuddelink Home Plus unit. I initially hooked up a USB cable to it. With the Home Plus unit with batteries in it but turn off, the display shows USB, but the PC can never connect when off or armed. I had emailed Cuddeback about how to make this connection work. They responded this afternoon. Here is their response: "We had discussed the ability to connect directly to a PC, but that never came into reality. That is not a function that’s available. We no longer operate or support Trophy Room either so the application is not available/will no longer work properly." You would have thought that they would have proven their software before putting it in the operating manual. I have now ordered a wifi SD card to see if I can push pictures to the PC automatically. This may take a couple of weeks before my wifi card arrives
Charlie is right. I want to mount the Home Plus unit on my barn where I have internet service, but very poor Cell service. Once I can get the pics on the PC, I can send them to a cloud service. Cuddeback first showed this configuration using the USB port but some time later they changed course and went the cellular route. Attached is a pic of my Cuddeback Operating Manual. They got caught up making money with selling cellular plans instead of moving forward with allowing PC and laptop downloads.