I’m not sure if this is a new idea or one I just couldn’t find elsewhere.
How about making an option to disable onboard IR and at the same time introduce a more powerful external USB powered IR blaster. Perhaps it could have a photocell built in so it’s not on all day but even without it the energy consumption would be negligible. This will serve a few purposes.
One could install it outside to avoid the inevitable window reflection.
It could be installed some distance away from the camera to avoid bright reflection from taillights ect.
It could provide a boost to the onboard IR so it could reach deeper into the room/outside.
Also, if you think about it this would be a perfect fit since there’s already a built in USB-A port on the back of your cameras.
I can’t think of a better time to introduce this new feature than with the introduction of another fabulous and simple device.