Home Security Company Video Surveillance Cameras

My home security system was installed roughly five years ago.  It’s from one of the largest home security cameras in the country.  The salesman sold me on one of their home security company video surveillance cameras.  Seemed like a good idea but that was five years ago.  Today, we’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of home security company video surveillance cameras. What’s Being Offered Today Home security companies offer a wide array of cameras.  They have indoor and outdoor cameras.  They even sell and install cameras that a consumer can buy themselves.  In some cases, you will see re-branded … Read more

WiFi Mesh Network Systems and Home Security Cameras

A good WiFi router is essential when using a wireless security camera.  Insufficient WiFi coverage will render a wireless camera useless.  Problems with wireless routers can stem from the technology being too old or your home being too large.  Most wireless routers are made to cover a small to medium size home.  Anything above a few thousand square feet is often too large for a regular router.  That’s where mesh network system come into the discussion. We discussed how to handle a weak WiFi signal a few years ago but times have changed and a mesh system is better way … Read more

Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector Hands On Review

Faithful readers of our HomeCamCafe site know we like to stray from our traditional home security camera articles once in a while.  So today, we’ll talk about the Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector. Reasons for Having the Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector Why do you need one of these?  Those that have experienced a leaking hot water heater can appreciate the advantage of knowing there’s a leak as soon as it hits.  A delay can be very costly. How costly?  Going back 15 years ago, I owned a condo at the Jersey Shore.  On April … Read more

How and Why to Integrate Nest with Skybell

It’s always nice to see two competitors collaborate to improve their mutual customer’s experience.  That’s exactly what Nest and SkyBell have done.  Today, we’ll discuss how and why to integrate Nest with SkyBell. Some Background Are these two companies really competitors?  Kind of.  SkyBell makes a few different video doorbells.  Nest makes everything except a video doorbell.  At least that was the case until they recently announced the Nest Hello Video Doorbell which is due to be released sometime in 2018.  It’s unclear what capabilities they will have nor how much it will cost.  Until then, integration of Nest with … Read more

How to Integrate a Nest Cam with a Honeywell Thermostat

Call me an automation nut.  Nothing better than having stuff occur automatically.  I recently learned how to lower my homes thermostat without me touching it at any time of the day.  This article will discuss how to integrate a Nest Cam with a Honeywell Thermostat.  The method discussed within this article also applies to a DropCam. This site has a lot of articles that discuss a lot of aspects about Nest Cam as a home security camera.  I have several cameras made by this company.  It’s owned by Google.  They purchased Nest a few years back.  I think they make one of the … 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