How to Run a Blink XT2, Blink XT or Blink without Batteries

The Blink lineup of cameras have one of the longest battery lives of all the wireless devices out there.  With normal use, you should see two years.  However for those that frequently use live view, the battery life could be far less.  For those situations, we discuss how to run a Blink XT or Blink without batteries. Everything we discuss within this article applies to the entire Blink lineup.  That includes the Blink, Blink XT and Blink XT2. Expected Battery Life According to Blink, batteries will last up to two years.  On the Blink and Blink XT, that’s defined as … Read more

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

Adding a micro SD card into a Yi Dome 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. Documentation isn’t easily available for many cameras these days and what you had might have made it’s way to the trash bin awhile ago.  So this article will show how to insert a micro SD card into a Yi Dome Camera as well as provide some suggested compatible Micro SD Cards. If you haven’t made your mind up … Read more

How to Attach a Blink XT to a Gutter or Soffit

We are big fans of the Blink XT.  It has a long battery life, provides an excellent video quality and has free cloud.  What’s not to like?  Maybe the bracket that comes with the camera.  It’s very limiting in terms of locations that you can use it.  Ideally, an outdoor camera should be located somewhere high enough to see the terrain and provides a secure attachment.  Somewhere like a rain gutter or soffit.  So we’re going to look at how to attach a Blink XT to a gutter or soffit. While our advice applies equally to the Blink XT and … Read more

How to Hide a Wyze Cam

There are a lot of reasons to hide a Wyze Cam.  Most notable is that you don’t want an intruder to see it.  If the intruder sees the Wyze Cam, there’s a good chance it gets unplugged, smashed or stolen.  Fortunately, the Wyze Cam has a free cloud plan, so hopefully the intruder got in front of the camera before disabling or stealing it. We’re big fans of Wyze Lab products.  We previously reviewed the Wyze Cam and Wyze Cam Pan.  Most of what we discuss in this article pertains to the traditional Wyze Cam although some of the concepts … Read more

Where to Best Position the Blink Sync Module

The Blink Sync Module is an integral part of this security camera package.  Optimal positioning the Blink Sync Module makes a huge difference in the effectiveness of the remotely distributed cameras.  This article will focus on where to put the Blink Sync Module and how to put it there. The Blink Sync Module is used on the Blink Indoor Home Security Camera and Blink XT Outdoor systems.  Unlike most wireless home security camera systems where the camera directly connects to WiFi, Blink cameras remotely connect to a centrally located device known as the sync module. Each camera connects to the … Read more

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. If … Read more