How to Insert a Micro SD Card into a Yi Outdoor Camera

Adding a micro SD card into a Yi Outdoor camera is an inexpensive way to increase the amount of video that can be accessed with the app.  It’s also the only way to view motion events when the internet is not available. After purchasing one of these cameras, you will find a very sparse set of documentation.  Of equal importance is that very little additional documentation exists online.  How to insert a micro SD card into a Yi Outdoor camera is a fairly hard topic to uncover.  We thought it would help to write an article on the topic. Selecting … Read more

How to Attach an Arlo Camera to a Gutter or Soffit

Arlo has been one of our favorite home security camera manufacturers for a long time.  They make excellent outdoor cameras that are truly wireless.  The challenge is finding  a way to attach these to your home or business in an advantageous location.  By that we’re talking about somewhere high enough to see the terrain and provides a secure attachment.  Somewhere like a rain gutter or soffit. It’s worth noting that the cameras we’re referencing in this article are the wireless outdoor types from Arlo.  We’re talking about the Arlo Smart Home Camera, Arlo Pro, Arlo Ultra and Arlo Pro 2. … Read more

Preventing Arlo Camera Theft

Arlo makes a great camera.  What’s not to like?  Maybe the fact that the cameras can be easily removed and stolen?  Today, we discuss how to prevent Arlo camera theft. We have previously written several articles praising the Arlo lineup including our review of the Arlo Pro.  The cameras are 100% wireless.  No power cables and connected via WiFi. The Arlo Mounting System The mounting system is one of the easiest to use.  Just paste or screw the mounting dome to a flat surface.  A photo of the mounting dome accompanies our article.  The Arlo camera attaches using the magnet … Read more

How to Attach a Security Camera to a Fence

Attaching a camera to a fence is easy to do.  Just need the right mount and the proper security camera.  Today, we’ll discuss both topics. There are a few important aspects to consider prior to moving forward.  Wireless signal reception, power considerations and attachment methodology are unique challenges whenever you want to keep watch remotely from a home of office. Camera Placement There are a few things to take into account.  The first is placement in terms of getting useful surveillance video.  The camera needs to be able to see what you want to monitor so getting the right angle … Read more

How to Replace Blink XT Batteries

Truly wireless cameras have become more common these days.  Truly wireless means just that.  No power cable.  No network cables.  There are several manufacturers that have been covered on this site that make truly wireless cameras including the Arlo Pro, Reolink Argus and Blink XT.  Problem with these cameras is you need to charge or change the batteries.  Today, we cover how to replace Blink XT batteries. Blink provides a pair of good lithium AA batteries with each camera.  They claim these Blink XT batteries will last two years.  Realistically your mileage is going to vary depending upon several factors.  Most … 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