Managing Arlo Alert Notifications

I recently read that the average American checks their phone 80 times a day.  I’m probably one of those average Americans.  Amazingly, despite the extreme frequency, every time I check, there are new alerts.  A lot of them come from the large number of home security cameras that are installed.  So let’s dive into how to manage Arlo alert notifications.  We’ll look at what’s important and how to ensure you only receive alerts that are vital. We are big fans of Arlo.  We loved the Arlo Pro and Arlo Q.  Everything discussed within applies to all three with the exception of … Read more

How to Eliminate False Motion Alerts on a Samsung SmartCam Camera

A basic feature of virtually any home security camera is the ability to detect motion then do something with it.  The Samsung SmartCam home security camera line uses the same interface and set of features for almost all of their cameras.  Motion is detected and then an alert is sent via a smartphone or email to the recipients.  This works great in principle until you start receiving false motion alerts. False motion alerts drive me crazy.  In the beginning, I pick up the phone every time I receive a motion alert to see what’s going on.  Turns out the alert occurred because the … Read more

How to Perform a Factory Reset on a Wyze Cam

It’s typically the last resort in troubleshooting, but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and start over.  Hopefully, you never need to reference this article, but we’re going to describe how and when to perform a factory reset on a Wyze Cam. There are currently three different versions of Wyze Cam.  We will cover factory reset instructions for all three.  As Wyze introduces new models, and we get our hands on them, this article will be updated. When is a Factory Reset on a Wyze Cam Necessary? A factory reset on a Wyze Cam is a last resort … Read more

How to Select the Best Home Security Camera

An article on how to select the best home security camera seems appropriate for a site like ours which is focused on this subject.  Simply going out to your local electronics store and buying the cheapest model they have is likely going to result in a return or purchase of a second camera.  This article will hopefully provide a framework for some pre-purchase guidance and allow to narrow your criteria down so that when you do finally take the home security camera plunge, you will select the best home security camera. Home Security Camera Connectivity Many home security cameras come … Read more

Should You Subscribe to the Nest Aware Service?

Nest Aware is the paid cloud service that is offered for use with any Nest Cam home security camera.  For those that have already purchased their camera, this is the question that you will need to answer after your free 30-day trial is over.  All purchasers of a new Nest Cam get a free trial.  So you are now asking the question of should I subscribe to the Nest Aware Cloud Service? We’re going to cover what you get with the Nest Aware service, the cost and evaluate the overall value as well as alternatives. With a few minor exceptions, Nest … Read more

Using a Home Security Camera to See if a Package Was Really Delivered

Ever have the post office, UPS or FedEx tell you a package was delivered but it’s magically disappeared?  Almost everyone has.  Sometimes, it’s a delivery error, but sometimes it’s not.  Wish you had a way to see if a package was really delivered (or even worse, if it’s been stolen)?  There are several methods to do this using home security cameras. There are also obvious security benefits of watching the action in front of the door.  A bad guy sometimes rings the doorbell checking if someone is home.  Any of these solutions, if positioned properly will capture video of a … Read more