Using a Home Security Camera to See if a Package Was Really Delivered

Ever have the post office, UPS or FedEx tell you a package was delivered but it’s magically disappeared?  Almost everyone has.  Sometimes, it’s a delivery error, but sometimes it’s not.  Wish you had a way to see if a package was really delivered (or even worse, if it’s been stolen)?  There are several methods to do this using home security cameras. There are also obvious security benefits of watching the action in front of the door.  A bad guy sometimes rings the doorbell checking if someone is home.  Any of these solutions, if positioned properly will capture video of a … Read more

Is it Worth Paying for a Ring Protect Plan?

Two of our favorite outdoor cameras are the Ring Video Doorbell Pro (as seen in the photo) and Ring Floodlight Camera.  Soon after installing and activating these cameras (or any Ring camera product), you will need to make a decision of subscribing to their paid cloud service.  Ring Protect is the name of the subscription service that provides extended video archives from a Ring Video Doorbell Pro or any of the other cameras that are offered by Ring.  Today, we discuss the plans in detail and help determine of they are worth paying for.  And yes, there is more than … 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

Why Install a Video Doorbell at Home?

The idea of the video doorbell came into the mainstream a few years ago.  It’s not like what you saw on television ten or more years back where a closed circuit camera was located in the corner of the front patio and was viewed from a dedicated display in the kitchen. No a video doorbell is much different today.  In its basic form, a video doorbell is a one piece solution that combines a traditional doorbell with an integrated camera that features a microphone and speaker.  Unlike a decade ago, a video doorbell can be installed by the homeowner and … Read more

Ring Solar Panel Plus Sun Equals Power Almost Anywhere

The Ring Solar Panel is an interesting accessory.  I like to see a company think out of the box.  That’s exactly what Ring did when they designed this product. We wrote an article titled Alternative Power Sources for Home Security Cameras several months back.  In this article we detailed how to power a home security camera when an AC power outlet wasn’t nearby.  We looked at a few options including Power Over Ethernet (POE) and how to turn a light socket into an AC adapter.  We didn’t look at solar because this product was unknown to us.  That recently changed after stumbling upon … Read more

Ring Video Doorbell Pro Product Review

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is the second generation product that addresses several shortcomings from the initial product. Like the previous generation, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro replaces your current doorbell.  Unlike the older generation, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro must replace your current hardwired doorbell.  This will not add a doorbell where there is no wiring.  Since the Ring Doorbell Pro is a higher end device, I can only guess that battery power wasn’t feasible.  This one needs an electrical connection from the house.  An understandable shortcoming. Software You can access the Ring Video Doorbell Pro with your Apple iOS … Read more