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How To Set Up A LTL Acorn Trail Camera

The LTL Acorn Trail cameras are basically a Wildlife camera, I came across them while working for a company that supplies the UK police and government agencies who frequently use the Acorns as they are relatively inexpensive and do a decent job.

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Basically, when they detect movement the Acorn starts to record and then sends a picture via text message or email to a predefined account.

To set them up, you will need: batteries (8 for the 5210 and 12 for the 6210) a SIM card (my advice on what network to choose will come later) and a SD card (up to 32GB).

 

LTL Acorn Set Up Guide

What is the difference between LTL5210 and the LTL6210?

The main difference between the LTL5210 and the LTL6210 is the design. The LTL5210 folds apart like a book, which is a terrible design. As the screen that you need to test the camera is now hidden. Somebody did not think this through. The LTL6210 is the newer model. The design has been updated and now the screen folds down from the bottom, which is a lot better and it also makes problem solving / trouble shooting a darn sight easier!

What you will need

  • A LTL Acorn Trail Camera, either:
  • AA Batteries
    • The LTL6210 take 12 AA batteries
    • The LTL6510 take 8 AA batteries
  • SD card
    • Up to 32GB standard SD card
  • A computer
    • To program the SD card
  • The LTL Acorn Software
    • Included in the box

Initial Set Up

  • Insert your SIM card.
    • For best results I would recommend using a contract SIM. Placing the Acorn in the wrong position i.e. with lots of movement in front of them might cause your PAYG SIM to deplete rapidly. I have had best results using Vodafone contract SIM. However, this will depend almost entirely on your location and where you will be deploying the Acorns. How do you work out which network will be best for you? Test it. If you have a good signal on your phone – use that network, if not – don’t!
  • Give it some power! Insert the batteries.
    • The 5210 models take 8 AA batteries while the newer 6210 models take a whopping 12 batteries. Simply pop open the battery compartments and pop in them (do I need to say use the correct polarity? I think I just did)
  • Give it some memory! To Program the SD card, insert it into the camera first to format (it is recommended to format in the camera and not in a PC)
  • Next insert the SD card into a computer and run of LTL Acorn software on the provided disk.
  • Select your setting, the GSM and SMTP settings are slightly different so see the relevant category below.

GSM Set Up

The following is a screen shot of how you need to set up the Acorns for GSM.

  • Choose ‘Manual';
  • MMS Status is dependent on what quality setting you would like;
  • Number of images per day is also dependent on your application (in most cases it is best to set a limit);
  • Country i leave;
  • Operator i leave;
  • SMS Remote Control i leave off;
  • Enter the APN setting from your network provider (BONUS: I have included a list of APN settings at the end of this post)
  • Enter the telephone number and / or email that you wish to receive the alerts;
  • Leave Phone or Email blank;

LTL Acorn GSM Set Up

SMTP Set up

LTL Acorn SMTP Set Up Once your have configured the SD card, remove safely from your computer, and insert into the LTL Trail Camera. Move the switch to the ‘TEST’ position. Once the camera alerts you that an update has been successful you can either start using it straight away (Move the switch from TEST to OFF and then to ON, it is not recommended to move the camera straight from TEST to ON.)

In Camera Settings

If you wish to customize the camera further, there are a number of in camera settings that you can explore, i will not go into them now as they are quite self explanatory.

IN Camera Set UP

Troubleshooting

Ron Bury seems to be the number 1 resource on LTL Acorns. His blog has some great guides and posts. If you do get him to help you, please remember to be polite and give a small donation to his site.

Alternatively please write a comment below, i cant promise i can get to the root of your issue but you don’t get what you don’t ask for.

Conclusion

Although the LTL6210 does have more functionality and the camera does have a better design (with the fold down screen), i have had no end of issues with them. Although these seem to have been resolved the LTL5210 does seem more stable (this might just be the result of months of frustration and issues).

 

LTL Acorn Test Shots Black and White

BONUS CONTENT: UK APN SETTINGS FOR LTL TRAIL CAMERAS

[Bonus Content Warning: This information was correct at my last time of testing, it may not be now. If you are struggling please double check the information with your network supplier.]

  • O2 (Contract)
    • URL: http://mmsc.mms.o2.co.uk:8002
    • APN: wap.o2.co.uk
    • Gateway: 193.113.200.195
    • Port: 8080
    • Phone: # your destination #
    • Email: your email
    • Account: o2wap
    • Password: password
  • O2 (PAYG)
    • URL: http://mmsc.mms.o2.co.uk:8002
    • APN: payandgo.o2.co.uk
    • Gateway: 193.113.200.195
    • Port: 8080
    • Phone: # your destination #
    • Email: your email
    • Account: payandgo
    • Password: password
  • Vodafone (Contract)
    • URL: http://mms.vodafone.co.uk/servlets/mms/
    • APN: wap.vodafone.co.uk
    • Gateway: 212.183.137.012
    • Port: 8799
    • Phone: # your destination #
    • Email: your email
    • Account: wap
    • Password: wap
  • Vodafone (PAYG)
    • URL: http://mms.vodafone.co.uk/servlets/mms/
    • APN: pp.vodafone.co.uk
    • Gateway: 212.183.137.012
    • Port: 8799
    • Phone: # your destination #
    • Email: your email
    • Account: wap
    • Password: wap
  • Orange (Contract)
    • URL: http://mms.orange.co.uk/ http://mms/
    • APN: orangemms eezone
    • Gateway: 192.168.224.010 149.254.201.135
    • Port: 8080
    • Phone: # your destination #
    • Email: your email
    • Account: orange <blank>
    • Password: multimedia  <blank>
  • GPRS (SMTP) Settings
    • APN:
    • Account: <blank>
    • Password: <blank>
    • SMTP: Server Your smtp server address
    • Port: 25
    • Sender Email: Your senders email (name before @ will be used for login)
    • Password: Your senders email account password
    • Recipient: Email Recipients email address

 

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