How to Do a Factory Reset on a Nest Cam or DropCam Pro

Ever reach a point where there’s no hope in terms of your home security camera ever working properly?  Perhaps you received a used camera that someone else owned.  Recently reaching the point of despair on a DropCam Pro, it was time to do a factory reset.  Since documentation is sparse, we thought an article on how to do a factory reset on a Nest Cam or DropCam Pro would be worthwhile.  The same procedure also applies to the first generation DropCam and Nest Cam Outdoor. Background One of our DropCam Pro home security cameras stopped functioning.  Not sure why and … Read more

Using a Nest Cam Through a Window

A Nest Cam is not made to be used outdoors, yet a lot of people buy one to monitor the action outside their home.  Most will find quickly enough that using the typical settings aren’t likely to work out too well, especially at night.  Let’s look at what you need to know to use your Nest Cam through a window. By the way, this article applies to a good old DropCam Pro or DropCam as well.  When Nest purchased DropCam, they renamed the product line.  The Nest Cam is the third generation of DropCam.  The same smartphone and web apps … Read more

Nest Cam Troubleshooting Guide

After working with Nest Camera products for many years, we have run into a lot of issues and figured it would be worthwhile to document how we fixed it.  The process for fixing issues is the same for DropCam Pro and the original DropCam so if you have the predecessor to the Nest Cam, refer to this Nest Cam Troubleshooting tutorial. Nest Cam Offline This is likely the most common issue with a Nest Cam.  A message in the Nest app is the way you will know the camera is offline.  It means the app cannot communicate with the camera.  … Read more

Hidden Camera Appliances for Stealth Monitoring

Our site dedicates most articles to mainstream cameras.  We review them and provide tips on how to use them better.  We even have a series of articles that gives ideas on how to hide your home security camera.  Today, we’re going to take about some of the best hidden camera appliances.  You won’t believe where some manufacturers stash their cameras. To qualify for mention in this article, the hidden camera must be stashed within a typical household object.  Like an appliance.  Maybe a toy.  A bush doesn’t count.  We’re looking at more creative places than a bush.  We’re also looking at … Read more

How to Remove a DropCam or Nest Cam from the Stand

We seem to have as many “how to” articles on this site than anything else.  That’s because home security cameras come with minimal documentation.  I had to figure most of this out myself and figured I would share it so save others some time.  That’s the reason for this article about how to remove a DropCam Pro or Nest Cam from the stand. First, why would you want to remove a DropCam Pro or Nest Cam from the stand? The most prominent reason is because you don’t want to use the stand that comes with the camera.  That makes sense. … Read more

How to Make a Nest Cam Public

Most Nest Cam owners use their home security camera in private mode for personal viewing.  However, some like to have their Nest Cam for all to see.  So today, we discuss how to make a Nest Cam public.  In other words, anybody can see it. Making a Nest Cam public isn’t difficult to do.  However, be aware that public means public.  Anybody and anytime will be able to see the action.  We have seen some interesting public cameras and are a bit stumped on the logic of the owners for making their Nest Cam public.  More than one person has … Read more