Ring Indoor Cam Review

The Ring Indoor Cam is a recently announced entry from the company best known for their doorbell cameras.  A traditional low cost indoor model was missing from their lineup and this fills the void. This isn’t our first rodeo with Ring.  We previously looked at the Ring Doorbell and Ring Doorbell Pro.  They make solid doorbell cameras with a decent app behind it.  The Ring Indoor Cam leverages that app. Software You can access the Ring Indoor Cam with your Apple iOS or Android smartphone.  Archived video events can be accessed through the Ring web portal.  All setup functions use … Read more

Blink XT2 Smart Security Camera Review

The Blink XT2 Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera is the latest entry from Blink.  Most specs are the same from the prior generation.  The introduction of two-way talk via a rear mounted speaker and enhanced recording ability set this apart from the earlier generations. We encountered the first generation from Blink two years ago.  The Blink Home Security System was a decent wireless camera but was still a work in progress.  Seeing the opportunity for an outdoor model, the Blink XT was introduced and we liked this a lot.  The Blink XT2 builds upon the older XT so readers shouldn’t be … Read more

Yi Outdoor Camera is a Good Choice for Outside the House

Yi has been making home security cameras for several years and has finally entered the outdoor security camera market.  We had a chance to test out the Yi Outdoor Security Camera.  Good software, nice hardware design and a decent app help this camera to compare very favorably to other outdoor cameras on the market. We have looked at several other Yi models including the Yi 1080p Dome Camera and the Yi Home Camera. We found the Yi Outdoor Camera to be equally useful.  It shares the same app as the others and integrates without any issue without any additional learning … Read more

How to Share Yi Camera Video with Someone

Even though I have owned a few of these for several years, I never knew live video could be shared with others.  It’s not too hard but also not terribly straightforward.  This article will show you how to share Yi camera video with a friend or family member. Now, obviously, an easy way to do this is to provide your logon credentials to the person you would like to share your video with.  This method has a few shortfalls.  By giving the other person your logon credentials, they can alter your camera settings.  They can also see every camera in … Read more

Hands On Review of the Blink XT Home Security Camera

The Blink XT Home Security Camera System is the second generation and the improvements put this over the top as one of our favorite outdoor cameras.  Improved video quality, a rugged outdoor build, decent app and a built-in thermometer that’s actually accurate.  What’s not to like? We encountered the first generation from Blink two years ago.  The Blink Home Security System was a decent wireless camera but was still a work in progress.  Blink has come a long way with the XT fixing most of the shortcomings and making this a very easy camera to setup and use. Software You … Read more

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