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

Wyze Sense Contact and Motion Sensor Review

Finally got around to checking out the new Wyze Sense components. Today, Wyze offers a bridge, door/window contact sensors and a motion sensor.  We will discuss setup, typical usage and integration with other devices. The Wyze Cam V2 1080P Indoor Smart Home Camera with Wyze Sense Starter Kit includes the basic camera with a bridge, motion sensor and two contact sensors. Wyze Sense Components It’s amazing how small all these parts are. The first component is the bridge.  This is a USB device that plugs into any Wyze Camera.  This is the hub used to communicate to the Wyze sensors.  … Read more

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

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

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