Ring Solar Panel Plus Sun Equals Power Almost Anywhere

The Ring Solar Panel is an interesting accessory.  I like to see a company think out of the box.  That’s exactly what Ring did when they designed this product. We wrote an article titled Alternative Power Sources for Home Security Cameras several months back.  In this article we detailed how to power a home security camera when an AC power outlet wasn’t nearby.  We looked at a few options including Power Over Ethernet (POE) and how to turn a light socket into an AC adapter.  We didn’t look at solar because this product was unknown to us.  That recently changed after stumbling upon … Read more

How to Add Local Storage to an Arlo Pro HD Home Security System

The Arlo Pro HD Home Security System is one of my new favorites in home security cameras.  This checks off practically every must-have box that I can think of.  One of those must-have check boxes is to simultaneously support local and cloud storage.  We will show you how to add local storage to an Arlo Pro This is a nice backup in case the internet goes out at your home or office.  Keeping in mind the individual cameras are attached directly to the Arlo Pro HD base, they will keep working even if the internet isn’t and will record locally to the … Read more

Arlo Pro HD Home Security System Takes Wireless to a New Level

I have always been impressed with the Arlo product line.  The Arlo Pro HD Home Security System sets a new level of excellence for wireless home security cameras.  While the video might be the same as the previous generation, everything else is drastically improved. Let’s take a closer look at all the improvements. Software You can access the Arlo Pro Home Security Camera System with your smartphone or via their web portal.  It’s the same app as the other two Arlo camera models and that’s great news.  Already have too many home security apps on my phone. The smartphone apps … Read more

Nest Cam Outdoor Finally Gets Nest Outside the House

So after a real long time, Nest decided to go outdoors.  The Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera was announced in July and is now available. This is great news for those in love with the Nest application and technology but could only use their Nest Cam Through a Window.  You see, a Nest Cam isn’t waterproof.  Placing your naked Nest Cam outdoors will ruin the camera. So here we are roughly two years after the release of the indoor Nest Cam.  I always had two gripes with Nest.  First was the pay to play approach to viewing video history.  That was … Read more

Using an External Battery on a Nest Cam or DropCam Pro Camera

Using an external battery on a Nest Cam or DropCam Pro home security camera was half experiment and half necessity.  I needed to temporarily relocate a camera to a spot that I wanted to keep an eye on at my home. This article will discuss using an external battery on a Nest Cam or DropCam Pro.  For those unaware, the DropCam Pro was the predecessor to the Nest Cam.  The cameras have the same power specs (1 AMP) and use the same type of micro USB connection.  My experience with using the external battery on my DropCam is applicable to a … Read more

Honeywell RTH9580WF Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat Product Review

Sure, this is a site about home security cameras, but I was so impressed with the Honeywell RTH9580WF Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat that I wanted to write a review about it. It’s great for home surveillance as it allows me to monitor the climate in my home.  Many of the best home security cameras lack the ability to monitor the temperature.  In fact, the only one that monitors the climate accurately is the Canary Home Security System. The Honeywell RTH9580WF Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is easy to install and has completely surpassed my expectations in reliability and functionality.  Let’s look at what’s so great about … Read more