YI Home Camera Wireless Surveillance System Review

The YI Home Camera Wireless IP Security Surveillance System is a low priced home security camera that touts several high end features.  It’s inexpensive versus some of the most popular brands yet shares some of the same features.  At least on paper. I recently picked one up and was anxious to try it out.  Let’s see how it stacks up. Software You can access the Yi Home Camera with your Android or Apple iOS smartphone.  There is no web portal. The smartphone apps is very straightforward.  You can view multiple cameras from here as well as perform configuration changes and initial setup. Setup … Read more

Cooking Etouffee Made My Canary Air Quality Abnormal

The Canary All-in-One Home Security System has a few unique features not found in other home security cameras.  Especially in the way of environmental monitoring.  The Canary measures room temperature, humidity and air quality.  Temperate and humidity definitions are fairly clear cut.  Air quality not so much.  This article probes the meaning of an abnormal Canary air quality reading. So what does this have to with Etouffee? A Home Cooked Meal and Canary Air Quality This topic came up just last night at about 10:00.  My wife got an alert on her phone about abnormal air quality in the living room. … Read more

How to Replace the Batteries in a Blink Home Security Camera System

The Blink Home Security Camera System has become a real hit since it was introduced roughly a year ago.  It’s competitively priced and best of all, it’s completely wireless.  Unlike most other home security cameras, the Blink camera uses batteries.  No power cables.  Batteries need to be changed so today we discuss how to replace the batteries in a Blink Home Security Camera.  Considering these cameras are battery operated, they definitely provide a lot of high end features. Blink provides two lithium AA batteries with each camera.  Blink claims that two 2900 mAh AA batteries can last up to a year.  That’s varies depending upon … Read more

How to Effectively Cover a Home Security Camera

Seems simple enough.  You’re in a position where you want to block anyone from seeing the image on your home security camera.  Sure, you could pull the plug.  But that disables the camera from useful functions that you might still want to use such as temperature monitoring or sound alerts.  You simply want to cover a home security camera. As shown in the photo, you could simply drop a cloth over it.  Make sure the cloth is thick.  I do this a lot.  Have used a handkerchief which I found to be an ineffective way to cover a home security … Read more

Nest Cam Outdoor Versus Lorex LNC226X Wireless HD Network Camera

The Nest Cam Outdoor was recently introduced as Nest’s answer to outside security camera use.  Well, Lorex has been doing the outdoor thing for quite sometime and their LNC226X is a pretty good bullet style camera made for outdoor use.  So it’s time for our Nest Cam Outdoor versus Lorex LNC226X Wireless HD Indoor/Outdoor Network Camera comparison. We previously wrote detailed reviews on these cameras if you would like to read all about them first: Nest Cam Outdoor Review Lorex LNC226X Wireless HD Network Camera Review Let’s get on with our head to head analysis. Software This category is all about the smartphone … Read more

How to Attach a Siren to a Nest Cam or DropCam Camera

A siren on a home security camera is a nice feature to have.  It’s unexpected and useful for scaring an intruder.  They generally won’t take the time to figure out why it’s going off or where it is coming from.  The popular Nest Cam and DropCam do not have this feature integrated into the camera.  So today, we discuss how to attach a siren to a Nest Cam or DropCam camera. Ideally you want the automated and manual abilities for turning on the siren.  Manual provides the ability to turn it on or off whenever you like.  Automated results in the siren going … Read more