LTE Home Security Cameras when WiFi isn’t Available

The expansion of LTE connectivity will have profound effects on how you connect to the internet.  Hopefully, consumers will benefit from greater competition in the internet connectivity space.  More competition will hopefully mean better connectivity, faster speeds and lower prices.  No longer will you be held to a monopoly controlled ISP space.  Cellular companies like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will be able to compete with companies like Comcast, Time Warner and Charter Communications. For LTE to be fully mainstream for home connectivity, home LTE modems will be in place the same way a cable modem exists today.  You will also … Read more

How to Add Google Assistant to Nest Cam IQ

Google finally added Google Assistant to Nest Cam IQ.  Not sure why they haven’t done this before nor why they just chose this model.  Ideally, it would have been great if they added it to the more mainstream Nest Cam Indoor.  Nest has stated they will not add Google Assistant to their outdoor cameras for privacy reasons.  So for now, those fortunate enough to have the Nest Cam IQ can benefit from the integration of Nest Cam IQ. Why Add Google Assistant to Nest Cam IQ? Google Assistant is similar to other personal assistants like Siri or Alexa.  You can ask Google … 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 Add Another Camera to the Arlo Base Station

We have been fans of the Arlo lineup of wireless cameras for a long time.  A lot of Arlo owners quickly appreciate the superior quality of these cameras and want to add another.  Fortunately, the cameras can be purchased as add-on units.  Once you get an additional camera, it’s time to add it to your system.  So today, we’re going to discuss how to add another camera to the Arlo base station. One of the nice features about an Arlo base station is that you can intermix the cameras.  The Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 wireless cameras and base … Read more

How and Why to Use TinyCam with WyzeCam

TinyCam is a very popular app used for monitoring and controlling security cameras.  While it isn’t compatible with all cameras, it works fine with WyzeCam.  It introduces capabilities and controls the native WyzeCam app does not have yet.  We say “yet” because WyzeCam is still new and they continue to roll out new features into the app. You can find TinyCam in the Google Play Store or Amazon.  It runs on Android and Amazon devices.  Sorry iPhone people, this great app won’t run on iOS. Note there is a free and paid version of TinyCam.  Everything we discuss is available … Read more

Is it Worth Paying for an Arlo Cloud Subscription Plan?

Arlo is our favorite line of wire-free cameras.  We are big fans of the Arlo Pro HD Security Camera System and Arlo Pro 2 Camera Security System.  Besides being well made cameras with a long battery life, Arlo throws in one of the most generous free cloud plans of any of the large manufacturers.  They also have a few plans that aren’t free.  Today, we discuss the Arlo cloud subscription plans in detail. Home Security Camera Cloud Services Definition For those unfamiliar with the topic of cloud plans, here’s a brief description.  A cloud plan, regardless of camera manufacturer, provides offsite storage … Read more