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

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

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

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

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