How to Automate Using IFTTT for Wyzecam Security Cameras

It’s always good to see a camera manufacturer listen to their fans and implement features that can enhance their devices.  It’s even nicer to see them do it without charging their existing owners for new enhancements.  That’s exactly what happened when they implemented IFTTT for Wyzecam.  We continue to be impressed at the value that Wyzecam delivers at a very reasonable price.  There are two versions of the Wyzecam and IFTTT works on both. What is IFTTT? For those unfamiliar with IFTTT, here’s a brief overview of the free service.  IFTTT is an acronym for “If This Then That”.  You can do … Read more

How to Automate Using IFTTT for SkyBell Video Doorbell

The SkyBell Video Doorbell is a great accessory for monitoring the front of a home or office.  IFTTT for SkyBell provides an automation feature unknown by many SkyBell owners.  IFTTT is a free service that integrates devices (such as a SkyBell) and services like gmail, your phone or other devices.  IFTTT integrates devices from one manufacturer with those from another manufacturer. IFTTT is an acronym for “If This Then That”.  You can do some great things with IFTTT for SkyBell.  This article will show you how to do it.  IFTTT isn’t owned by SkyBell and is independent of the devices that … Read more

How to Use Google Drive with a Nest Cam

Ever try to go back in time to see what events triggered an alert on your Nest Cam?  Not easy.  Especially if you are using the default (and free) cloud service.  You need a way to go back in time and see when and what happened.  That’s where Google Drive comes into play with a Nest Cam.  In this article, we will show how to use Google Drive with a Nest Cam. Google Drive Don’t know what Google Drive is?  The best way to describe this free and valuable service is to say it’s your own virtual disk drive in … Read more

How a Cloud Outage Effects Home Security Cameras

Cloud is where it’s at these days.  Everything is going to cloud.  Sometimes that’s a good thing.  Sometimes not so much.  Especially when there is a cloud outage. I read about a recent massive cloud outage on the morning of February 28, 2017.  I really didn’t think much about it and went on my way. Within the next thirty minutes, I began to receive alerts on my phone from a few of my home security cameras.  The alerts said that the cameras were not available. I didn’t expect that to happen.  I knew certain camera manufacturers were storing video history in the … 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 Attach a Siren to a Nest Cam or DropCam Camera

A siren on a home security camera is a nice feature to have.  It’s unexpected and useful for scaring an intruder.  They generally won’t take the time to figure out why it’s going off or where it is coming from.  The popular Nest Cam and DropCam do not have this feature integrated into the camera.  So today, we discuss how to attach a siren to a Nest Cam or DropCam camera. Ideally you want the automated and manual abilities for turning on the siren.  Manual provides the ability to turn it on or off whenever you like.  Automated results in the siren going … Read more