How to Replace Blink XT Batteries (applies to Blink XT2 as well)

Truly wireless cameras have become more common these days.  Truly wireless means just that.  No power cable.  No network cables.  There are several manufacturers that have been covered on this site that make truly wireless cameras including the Arlo Pro, Reolink Argus and Blink XT.  Problem with these cameras is you need to charge or change the batteries.  Today, we cover how to replace Blink XT batteries. Since writing this article, Blink has introduced the Blink XT2.  This article will apply equally to the Blink XT2 as the cases are fairly similar and so are the battery requirements. Blink provides a … Read more

How to Hide Home Security Camera Cables

Most home and office security cameras come with extra long power cables.  Sure, you can avoid the cable altogether with a camera such as the Arlo Pro, but more often than not, owners of security cameras have a power cable attached.  To make it worse, they are really long and (usually) really white.  Not a good match for the house decor. The included photo has two Wyze Cam cables going to different cameras.  Big long winding cables.  Today’s article will discuss ways to manage these long cables.  We’ll look at ways to hide the cable, and how to make it … Read more

How to Replace the Batteries in a Reolink Keen Pan and Tilt Camera

The Reolink Keen is one of the few 100% wireless pan and tilt home security cameras on the market.  It’s handy for watching areas where no power outlet exists.  Unlike other cameras, this one is powered by batteries.  There is no A/C cable.  That means you need to periodically replace the batteries in this camera.  This article will discuss how to replace the batteries in a Reolink Keen.  We’ll also discuss how to prolong battery life and make a few recommendations for replacement batteries. A Reolink Keen requires four lithium CR123A batteries for power.  There’s a battery life indicator within the app.  … Read more

How to Replace the Batteries in a Reolink Argus Home Security Camera

The Reolink Argus is a solid 100% wireless home security camera.  Unlike the majority of other cameras, this one is powered by batteries.  No A/C cable.  That means you need to periodically replace the batteries in this camera.  This article will discuss how to replace the batteries in a Reolink Argus home security camera.  We’ll also discuss how to prolong battery life and make a few recommendations for replacement batteries. A Reolink Argus requires four lithium CR123A batteries for power.  There’s a battery life indicator within the app.  The manufacturer predicts a battery life of 500 minutes of recording and up to … 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

How to Replace the Batteries in an Arlo Smart Home Security Camera

The Arlo Smart Home Security Camera is one of my favorite camera models.  Today, we’re discussing how to change the batteries in an Arlo Smart Home Security Camera. Unlike competitors, this Arlo model has no power cables.  They are battery operated.  Batteries need to be changed.  This article will show how to change the batteries and give a recommendation for what you need. The batteries in an Arlo camera should last 4-6 months, that’s according to the manufacturer.  The 4-6 months is based upon 5 minutes of active use daily.  More frequent use and the batteries in an Arlo camera will need to be changed … Read more