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

Where to Best Position the Blink Sync Module

The Blink Sync Module is an integral part of this security camera package.  Optimal positioning the Blink Sync Module makes a huge difference in the effectiveness of the remotely distributed cameras.  This article will focus on where to put the Blink Sync Module and how to put it there. The Blink Sync Module is used on the Blink Indoor Home Security Camera and Blink XT Outdoor systems.  Unlike most wireless home security camera systems where the camera directly connects to WiFi, Blink cameras remotely connect to a centrally located device known as the sync module. Each camera connects to the … Read more

Hands On Review of the Blink XT Home Security Camera

The Blink XT Home Security Camera System is the second generation and the improvements put this over the top as one of our favorite outdoor cameras.  Improved video quality, a rugged outdoor build, decent app and a built-in thermometer that’s actually accurate.  What’s not to like? 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.  Blink has come a long way with the XT fixing most of the shortcomings and making this a very easy camera to setup and use. Software You … Read more

How to Replace Blink XT Batteries (applies to Blink XT2 as well)

Truly wireless cameras have become more common these days.  Truly wireless means just that.  No power cable.  No network cables.  There are several manufacturers that have been covered on this site that make truly wireless cameras including the Arlo Pro, Reolink Argus and Blink XT.  Problem with these cameras is you need to charge or change the batteries.  Today, we cover how to replace Blink XT batteries. Since writing this article, Blink has introduced the Blink XT2.  This article will apply equally to the Blink XT2 as the cases are fairly similar and so are the battery requirements. Blink provides a … Read more

How to Save on Batteries for a Wireless Camera

We have seen several manufacturers introduce some nice products in the wireless home camera arena.  For this article, wireless means no A/C power cable and no Ethernet cable.  Most home security cameras handle wireless connectivity these days but only a handful do wireless power.  Those that do wireless power depend upon batteries and you can blow through these quickly.  We’re going to discuss how to save on batteries for a wireless camera. Save on batteries takes on two avenues of attack.  First is the subject of reducing consumption.  Second is the subject of lowering the cost of getting more batteries. … Read more