Selecting the Right Micro SD Card for a Home Security Camera

Several home security cameras use a micro SD card for on-board storage of video events.  Three that come to mind are the Samsung SmartCam, Amcrest HDPro and Guardzilla home security cameras.  I like using a micro SD card as a means to access video archives resulting from motion events.  Unlike cloud services, the video archived to a micro SD card will stick around for as long as you don’t overwrite the card. We’re going to discuss selecting, and then using, the right micro SD card for a home security camera.  The brand of camera doesn’t matter much.  Most have the … 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

How to Eliminate False Motion Alerts on an Amcrest HDPro or HDSeries Camera

You have to love the Amcrest HDPro and Amcrest HDSeries home security cameras.  Great pieces of hardware.  These cameras can do almost anything asked of it.  The trick is knowing how to get it to do something.  Today we discuss how to eliminate false motion alerts 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. First, if looking to understand how to setup motion, first setup email.  We have a detailed article on how to setup email on … Read more

How to Upgrade the Firmware on an Amcrest ProHD or HDSeries Camera

I recently setup my Amcrest ProHD Home Security Camera and not surprisingly was greeted with a notice that the firmware was out of date.  Makes sense.  It’s been sitting in a sealed box for awhile.  Amcrest must have upgraded since sealing the box.  That’s how I learned how to upgrade the firmware on an Amcrest ProHD camera.  It’s the same procedure when upgrading an Amcrest HDSeries Home Security Camera so owners of that model can follow along. Related Article:  Amcrest ProHD Home Security Camera Review So when I first saw the note that I needed to upgrade the firmware, I figured it would … Read more

Amcrest ProHD Home Security Camera Review

The Amcrest ProHD Home Security Camera is a 1080p HD indoor camera made by a company called Amcrest.  For those not familiar with Amcrest, they are a large manufacturer of home security cameras.  They make indoor and outdoor cameras.  Some are wireless, some include a DVR.  This particular model uses the cloud. Amcrest traces it’s roots to Foscam which has been around for quite sometime.  The design of this Amcrest camera shares a lot of characteristics with the Foscam line. Let’s take a closer look. Software The Amcrest ProHD software is the most difficult feature to write about.  While it provides more … Read more