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

Canary Flex 4G LTE Connectivity Steps In When Your Wi-Fi Cannot

Every now and then, an innovation jumps out that nobody else has.  That’s the case with the Canary Flex 4G LTE Mount.  This is new and exciting.  Nothing like this exists with any other home security camera. The Canary Flex is the company’s second generation of home security camera.  It’s an outdoor version of the highly regarded Canary All-in-One Home Security System. It seems these days, every home security camera is simply copying whatever the other has.  The last real innovative feature I had seen was cloud recording.  While I can’t recall where I first saw that, I’m fairly certain … Read more

How to Hang a Nest Cam or Other Camera from a Curtain Rod

A popular placement for a Nest Cam is for seeing what’s going on outdoors.  The challenge finding a good place to put it.  Someone recently asked if they could hang their Nest Cam from a curtain rod.  That’s an idea I never thought of. I guess the first question is why would anyone want to hang a Nest Cam from a curtain rod?  Turns out that is a good way to position a Nest Cam to see outdoors.  Ideally, I would personally prefer a window ledge and get it as close as possible to the window pane.  In our article … Read more

Canary Flex versus Nest Cam Outdoor Camera

The Nest Cam Outdoor is Nest’s solution for outside security camera use.  The folks at Canary decided to take them on by introducing the Canary Flex.  So it’s a good time for our Nest Cam Outdoor versus Canary Flex face off. We previously wrote detailed reviews on these cameras if you would like to read all about them first: Nest Cam Outdoor Review Canary Flex Review Let’s move on to the comparison. Software This category is all about the smartphone app, web app and camera firmware. Both companies offer excellent and easy to use applications.  You can do a lot more with the Nest Cam Outdoor application. … Read more

How to Hide a Canary Flex Camera

This is the first article on our site to discuss hiding an outdoor camera.  The Canary Flex can be used indoors and outdoors but the majority will buy this for use outside.  Given the portability of the magnetic mount that comes with the Canary Flex, how to hide a canary Flex is a good topic to discuss. There are a lot of reasons to hide a Canary Flex camera.  Most important is that you don’t want a bad guy to see it.  If a bad guy sees the camera, and knows he’s on it, there is a good chance it will get … Read more

Canary Flex: Another Choice for Monitoring Outdoors

Canary has become one of my favorite home security camera makers.  One of the drawbacks of my Canary All in One Security System is that it can’t go outdoors.  The recently introduced Canary Flex just took the Canary lineup outdoors. This is a trend that we are seeing in home security cameras.  Consumers want a way to monitor the outside of their home but want to do it more easily without having to hire an electrician and run a bunch of wires for power and connectivity.  The call for outdoor monitoring has prompted other companies to roll out easy to … Read more