I provide trap/neuter/return services and often need to monitor cats near my traps via live video feed from about 20-50 feet away where wifi isn’t available, but I have Verizon cell service. Can the Nest Cam Outdoor (battery) be connected to a mobile hotspot and show a live feed? Or does it need to be connected only to a wifi network?
Do you know for sure? Does Nest somewhere say that hotspots are ok? My issue is that the Arlo/Netgear community also thought there was no reason why the Arlo Essential wouldn’t work with a hotspot since it connects directly to WiFi without requiring the base station (like other Arlo cameras do), but when I purchased it I discovered that no, cell phone hotspots are prohibited and the camera can’t connect. So I am stuck with a camera I can’t use for its intended purpose (I didn’t want to pay a restocking fee). I’ve reached out to Nest support on Twitter but haven’t heard an official answer yet.
You won't find that as a recommendation anywhere, as they're designed to be connected to a fixed Wifi network in a home. However, users have reported success using Wifi hotspots with Nest Cams.