So the camera will send EACH picture it takes to the portal with real time off?
The way I understand it is real time is only for setting updates and to take a immediate photo while draining the piss out of your batteries correct?
That pretty much sums it up. I need to clarify that it sends each picture it takes, all pictures it takes, when it takes them, but this applies only if you take 1 picture for motion-triggered photos, not 2 or 3. If you take 2 or 3, it sends the last one.
If real-time is OFF, you will still be able to change settings, it's just that the change won't happen immediately. It will happen after the next time the camera checks in, for any reason. Could be a status report, a motion-triggered photo, a time-lapse photo, or an event photo. This is a good reason to set at least a couple or three events per day, but the mandatory status report will ensure that the camera checks in at least once a day so you would not have to wait longer than 24 hours for a setting change.