What To Do When The Internet Stops Working

It all started with overnight alerts from my Honeywell RTH9580WF Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat telling me the system was unavailable.  That’s the first time I ever got those types of alerts.  I immediately jumped into the Nest App to view one of several Nest Cam indoor cameras.  Yup, my internet was down in my second home and I wasn’t planning to be there again for several weeks. Now, I would have expected the Nest Cams to tell me about this via email alerts as I have it setup to do that but they never did.  I have not looked into the cause of this but … Read more

The Importance of High Definition Video on a Security Camera

Ever watch the news where they have video of a bad guy and you can’t make out what the guy looks like?  That’s what happens when poor video quality is used on a security camera.  If only they used high definition, the video would actually be useful.  A hundred people would recognize the bad guy and he would already be in custody. The author of this article recently fell victim to bad video quality.  The accompanying photo to this article shows someone taking off with my patio furniture.  This video, courtesy of my Yi Home Camera at night was using … Read more

How to Extend the Range of an Arlo Pro HD Home Security System

We are big fans of the Arlo Pro HD Home Security System,  It’s our favorite wireless home security camera.  Like any wireless home security camera, you might be challenged by the distance of wireless connectivity.  Today, we are discussing how to extend the range of an Arlo Pro. Everything we discuss within this article applies equally to the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2.  So if you have the Arlo Pro 2, follow along because everything listed here applies to your camera as well. For those unfamiliar with the Arlo Pro, there are two connectivity components.  First is the wireless camera. … Read more

Using Power Over Ethernet for Nest Cam Outdoor or DropCam Pro

Power over Ethernet (also called PoE) is an alternative power source for a home security camera.  Power over Ethernet need a wired Local Area Network.  PoE carries power and data over the LAN network.  This means you can power your camera using an Ethernet cable A few home security cameras are PoE ready meaning they are ready to be connected without any additional accessories.  An example of one that supports Power over Ethernet is the Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 1080P POE Dome IP Security Camera.  A nice camera.  It’s weatherproof and supports a Power over Ethernet connection right out of the box. Naturally, the … Read more

VueZone Support Extension Beyond 2017

In an unexpected change of mind, Netgear announced a VueZone support extension beyond their announced December 31, 2017 discontinuance. *** As of August 13, 2019, support has been discontinued *** VueZone owners might remember seeing our past article on VueZone Alternatives Needed By End of 2017.  The article detailed Netgear’s recent announcement regarding elimination of support for the software used to watch video from the VueZone cameras.  While they did not mention dropping support on the hardware platform, they did announce that the back end would not be supported and the VueZone cameras would no longer be able to talk to the back … Read more

VueZone Alternatives Needed By August 13, 2019

One of my earlier exposures to the home security camera world was with the VueZone system.  I just received an email from Netgear, makers of VueZone, that support is ending for these cameras on August 13, 2019.  I don’t think I ever had a camera where support actually ended and could no longer be used. If you weren’t aware of this, be sure to read their announcement. Highlights from the announcement: After August 13, 2019, the following will apply: – All VueZone hardware products including base station and camera will cease to communicate with the VueZone back end – Any videos … Read more