Using an External Battery on a Nest Cam or DropCam Pro Camera

Using an external battery on a Nest Cam or DropCam Pro home security camera was half experiment and half necessity.  I needed to temporarily relocate a camera to a spot that I wanted to keep an eye on at my home. This article will discuss using an external battery on a Nest Cam or DropCam Pro.  For those unaware, the DropCam Pro was the predecessor to the Nest Cam.  The cameras have the same power specs (1 AMP) and use the same type of micro USB connection.  My experience with using the external battery on my DropCam is applicable to a … Read more

How to Automate Using Stringify and Nest Cam or DropCam

What’s Stringify?  Well I’m sure you have heard of IFTTT.  The two services are similar in that they provide a link between services and hardware.  Stringify calls these links flows.  A flow allows the creation of reactions when an event occurs.  A Nest Cam provides little integration out of the box, especially with things that aren’t made by Nest.  Stringify and Nest Cam working together will overcome this restriction. After using Stringify and IFTTT, I found them to be useful services.  IFTTT has a lot more points of automation because there are more companies that support their product.  However, I found … Read more

How to Keep your Home Security Camera Secure

A home security camera is a great tool for keeping an eye on your home or business.  You want to make sure that only those that have permission are the ones that are accessing your home security camera.  We provide some advice and tips on how to keep it secure. Some of our advice comes from good security practices that should be in place across your network.  Other tips come from personal experience in setting up my own home security cameras. Our intent with this article is to provide a high level overview of what you should do so that it’s … Read more