How to Eliminate False Motion Alerts on a Samsung SmartCam Camera

A basic feature of virtually any home security camera is the ability to detect motion then do something with it.  The Samsung SmartCam home security camera line uses the same interface and set of features for almost all of their cameras.  Motion is detected and then an alert is sent via a smartphone or email to the recipients.  This works great in principle until you start receiving false motion alerts. False motion alerts drive me crazy.  In the beginning, I pick up the phone every time I receive a motion alert to see what’s going on.  Turns out the alert occurred because the … Read more

Fix for Samsung SmartCam not Recording Event History

This article is for Samsung SmartCam owners although I suppose the lessons learned can be applied to other manufacturers as well.  We’re going to discuss the steps to take for a Samsung SmartCam not recording event history.  We will look at steps that can be taken when you’re physically in the same place as the camera, and steps to take when you are thousands of miles away. The photo that accompanies the article is one of the symptoms of a Samsung SmartCam not recording event history.  Note all the motion events.  The motion events are validly caused by someone walking … Read more

How to Solve Home Security Camera Installation Problems

This article is written for those that purchased their home security cameras and are running into some installation problems.  Most of the tips provided in this article apply to the popular cameras like Nest Cam, Samsung SmartCam and Flir FX, as well as many other brands.  There are all sorts of issues that can be encountered when hooking up a new home security camera. This article will attempt to address some of the most common installation problems.  Most suggestions apply to all wireless home security cameras regardless of model. We previously wrote detailed reviews on these cameras if you would … Read more

Using a Samsung SmartCam Through a Window

Most Samsung SmartCam cameras are not made to use outside.  However a lot of people buy one to monitor the action outside their home.  At least that’s what I did.  My Samsung SmartCam SNH-E6413BN Security Camera is serving that purpose.  For the past six months, I have used this to stand guard over my pool and has done so through a window.  I found out almost instantly, that the default settings aren’t going to work well, especially at night.  I couldn’t find out anything on the internet.  So I’m sharing my lessons learned as to how to use a Samsung … Read more

How to Setup an Alarm Schedule on a Samsung SmartCam Camera

The Samsung SmartCam security cameras come with a lot of features, some of which are only available through their web site.  An alarm schedule is one of those features. This article will show you how to setup an alarm schedule for your Samsung SmartCam.  It’s not hard when you know how to do it.  Like most home security cameras, the included documentation is minimal so this information isn’t easy to find. What’s an Alarm Schedule? An alarm schedule is a way to tell your camera when motion or sound alerts should be monitored.  Everyone is probably working between 9 and 5 … Read more

How to Setup Gmail on a Samsung SmartCam Security Camera

Most Samsung SmartCam models made since 2014 have the capability of sending out event alerts using Gmail.  As of mid-2016, Gmail is the only supported email provider for alerts on the Samsung Smartcam series.  I suppose the SMTP server name must be coded in the SmartCam firmware but that’s just my guess. I learned how to do this the hard way as I missed quite a few alerts since what I thought was setup was not working.  It all depends upon the level of security that is established for your gmail account.  Those with 2-step authentication are the ones that are … Read more