Should I Buy a Refurbished Home Security Camera?

You can save a lot of money with a refurbished home security camera.  Let’s take a look at what refurbished means and see if it’s worth consideration. I never knew that a refurbished home security camera existed until recently.  Readers of this site know that I am a fan of the Samsung HD Plus Home Security Camera.  I already have one and like the features and price.  You can read our review of the Samsung SmartCam HD Plus. Well, I was in need of another camera and stumbled upon a Manufacturer Refurbished Samsung SNH-V6414BMR SmartCam HD Plus Home Security Camera.  It costs … Read more

How to Automate Using IFTTT for Ring Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell is an excellent home security camera made for monitoring the front of your house.  IFTTT for Ring provides a degree of automation that most owners aren’t aware of.  IFTTT is a free service that integrates devices and services such as gmail, your phone, Facebook and Pinterest.  In some cases, IFTTT integrates devices from one manufacturer with those from another manufacturer.  IFTTT is an acronym for “If This Then That”.  You can do some very cool stuff with IFTTT for Ring and this article will show you how to do it.  IFTTT isn’t owned by Ring and in fact is … Read more

Motorola MBP854CONNECT Baby Monitor and Camera Review

Motorola isn’t one of the names that come to mind when we talk about home security cameras.  Surprisingly, they do have a presence in the baby cam market.  The Motorola MBP854CONNECT Baby Monitor and Camera is good enough to double as a baby cam and home security camera. Motorola makes several models of baby cam.  The Motorola MBP854CONNECT is a middle tier model. Let’s take a look at the features. Software The Motorola MBP854CONNECT is marketed as a baby cam and as such is fairly simple to setup.  An application called Hubble will be used to do the setup.  From what I can … Read more

How to Automate Using IFTTT for Oco Home Surveillance Cameras

I have found that Oco Wireless Home Surveillance Cameras are some of the most easily automated cameras available today.  How do you do that?  By using a service called IFTTT.  This is a free service that facilitates integration with devices and services such as gmail, your phone, Facebook and Pinterest.  IFTTT is an acronym for “If This Then That”.  You can do some very cool stuff with IFTTT for Oco cameras.  IFTTT isn’t owned by Oco.  It is independent of the devices that are supported. This article will show you how to integrate IFTTT for Oco cameras and highlight some of the automation capabilities. … Read more

How to Setup Email on an Amcrest HDPro or HDSeries Camera

We have written several tutorial and how to articles for the Amcrest HDPro and Amcrest HDSeries home security cameras.  Excellent hardware with some of the most unfriendly user software around.  You need to have some advanced IT knowledge to use these.  Tutorials on how to do a lot of stuff aren’t easy to find.  So that’s why we are writing this easy to follow tutorial on how to setup email on an Amcrest HDPro or HDSeries camera.  Both camera models use the same web interface so when we refer to the HDPro in this article, it also applies to the HDSeries. … Read more

Nest Cam Versus Canary Home Security System

These are currently my favorite home security cameras.  The Nest Cam is the present leader in the consumer home security camera space.  However, Canary is on par with features and hardware quality.  I’m surprised that I didn’t compare these before.  So it’s time for the Nest Cam versus Canary All-in-One Home Security System comparison. We previously wrote detailed reviews on these cameras if you would like to read all about them first: Nest Cam Review Canary All-in-One Home Security System Review Let’s get to our head to head analysis. Software This category is all about the smartphone app, web app and camera firmware. … Read more