How to Hide a Nest Cam Home Security Camera

There are a lot of reasons to hide a Nest Cam.  Most notable is that you don’t want an intruder to see it.  If a bad guy sees the camera, and knows he’s on it, there is a good chance it will get broken or stolen.  Hopefully, if this happens, you subscribed to the cloud plans offered by Nest so you can at least get a good idea of what the person looks like. Fortunately, there are some good methods to hide a Nest Cam and we will cover them in this article.  Most of the methods apply to the … Read more

Using a Blink Camera Outdoors

The Blink Home Security Camera System is a nice inexpensive completely wireless camera.  The wireless aspect translates to not having to worry about plugging it into the wall.  The camera runs on internal batteries that last up to a year.  So you’re ready to use your Blink camera outdoors?  Not so fast. The Blink camera isn’t made to be used outdoors.  This is disappointing.  Since the camera doesn’t have a power cable, you would think it would be easy to make it waterproof.  Arlo figured it out with their Arlo Smart Home Security Camera.  That’s one of the Blink Camera’s … Read more

How to Solve Home Security Camera Installation Problems

This article is written for those that purchased their home security cameras and are running into some installation problems.  Most of the tips provided in this article apply to the popular cameras like Nest Cam, Samsung SmartCam and Flir FX, as well as many other brands.  There are all sorts of issues that can be encountered when hooking up a new home security camera. This article will attempt to address some of the most common installation problems.  Most suggestions apply to all wireless home security cameras regardless of model. We previously wrote detailed reviews on these cameras if you would … Read more

Arlo Q HD Home Security Camera Review

The Arlo Q HD Home Security Camera was introduced by Netgear’s Arlo division in late 2015.  They already had a very successful line of wireless cameras that we discussed in a prior article.  The Arlo Q is a more traditional camera – it’s wired in terms of power.  There are limits to truly wireless cameras.  Most notable of which is the batteries run out.  As a result, you’re always careful in not using it too long.  Not an issue with the Arlo Q.  Use it all day and night.  Lots of enhanced features. Let’s take a closer look at the Arlo … Read more

How to Automate Using IFTTT for Ring Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell is an excellent home security camera made for monitoring the front of your house.  IFTTT for Ring provides a degree of automation that most owners aren’t aware of.  IFTTT is a free service that integrates devices and services such as gmail, your phone, Facebook and Pinterest.  In some cases, IFTTT integrates devices from one manufacturer with those from another manufacturer.  IFTTT is an acronym for “If This Then That”.  You can do some very cool stuff with IFTTT for Ring and this article will show you how to do it.  IFTTT isn’t owned by Ring and in fact is … Read more

Should I Subscribe to Samsung SmartCloud?

The newly announced Samsung SmartCloud service is going to take the Samsung SNH-V6414BN SmartCam HD Plus and coming generations to another level.  A significant gap to some home security camera customers was the ability to record video to the cloud.  Samsung could never do it.  Nest (and several other cameras) could do it.  Effective May of 2016, things changed. When I compared the Nest Cam to the Samsung SmartCam HD Plus, a glaring absence was the availability of a cloud service.  Sure, you could record video to the included SD card, but what good is that if your camera is stolen along … Read more