Is the SimpliSafe Monitoring and Cloud Plan Worth It?

A common question for owners of the SimpliSafe SimpliCam and Video Doorbell Pro are if subscribing to a paid monitoring plan is worth it.  We will look at available SimpliSafe Monitoring plans, see what you get, and help you to decide if it’s worth paying a monthly subscription fee.  I found this information somewhat difficult to come by so hope this helps. We previously looked at the SimpliSafe SimpliCam and SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro.  Good cameras with some pros and cons to each.  If you are thinking about purchasing either, be sure to read our reviews for insight on each … Read more

SimpliSafe SimpliCam is Simple and Easy to Install

The SimpliSafe SimpliCam is an easy to use accompaniment for anyone that already has a SimpliSafe alarm system installed.  The camera adheres nicely to the SimpliSafe principle of providing easy to install and reliable security components. Like the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro, this camera is an excellent accompaniment for those that already subscribe to the SimpliSafe security system as the monthly fee will include free cloud storage. Software You can access the SimpliSafe SimpliCam with an Apple iOS or Android smartphone.  Additionally, SimpliSafe provides full functionality from the browser for all their cameras. SimpliSafe has a cloud storage plan for $4.99 … Read more

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro Exceeded Expectations

The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro is a natural accompaniment for a company that markets security systems.  It’s integrated into the SimpliSafe app and, like their security system, is very easy to install. The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro replaces your current doorbell. This will not add a doorbell where there is no wiring as it requires an electrical connection from the house. This is an excellent accompaniment for those that already subscribe to the SimpliSafe security system as the monthly fee will include free cloud storage.  Like the SimpliSafe SimpliCam, this is extremely easy to setup and use. Software You can … Read more

Blink Mini Goes Traditional with Wired Connectivity

The opportunity to review the Blink Mini Indoor Smart Security Camera was greeted as a welcome diversion from all the scary pandemic news.  Breaking away from their traditional wireless battery powered cameras, Blink decided to give the traditional wired model a shot.  They did a nice job. We encountered the first generation from Blink several years ago.  The Blink Home Security System was a their first generation and is still their wireless indoor camera offering as of April, 2020.  Two additional wireless entries were introduced including the Blink XT and Blink XT2.  Both are suitable as indoor or outdoor wireless … Read more

Is Wyze Complete Motion Capture Worth It?

Complete Motion Capture was recently rolled out by Wyze as a premium add-on service.  Let’s look at the service and figure out if it’s worth spending some additional money. We have been big fans of Wyze previously having looked at the Wyze Cam and Wyze Cam Pan. Wyze Complete Motion Capture Service Description A Wyze Cam out of the box is a great value.  There’s few like it at this price point.  Compact deign, an easy to use app and free cloud storage for motion events.  The free cloud service provides twelve seconds of storage for the motion event. The … Read more

How to Watch a Camera on Google Nest Hub

The Google Nest Hub has been around for several years.  It’s the visual extension of Google Assistant.  The integration is tied heavily with your Google services such as Photos, Calendar, Search and even YouTube. Several manufacturers support integration.  To no surprise, Nest cameras are supported.  So is Wyze with the Wyze Cam V2 and Wyze Cam Pan.  Other supporting manufacturers include Arlo, Zmodo, Logi Circle and several other brands.  No IFTTT is necessary for these cameras to be seen on the Hub. Watching a Camera on Google Nest Hub It can also be integrated quite easily with several popular camera … Read more