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

How to Use a Security Camera Without Internet Availability

Internet and home security cameras go together perfectly.  But sometimes internet isn’t available.  Perhaps your ISP is down.  Alternatively, your camera might be in location and there is no WiFi.  Lastly, it could be because there isn’t even any cellular service to be had.  We’re going to look at how to deal with a security camera without internet availability. We’ll look at all three scenarios and recommend a few options and provide some tips on how to get around this issue. When your ISP is down, there isn’t a way to access them if the manufacturer has implemented authentication and … 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

Nest Cam vs DropCam Pro

Google purchased Nest who purchased DropCam.  That’s a lot of purchases.  The Nest Cam is the upgraded version of the Dropcam Pro.  This article will help owners of the DropCam Pro decide if an upgrade to the Nest Cam makes sense.  It’s Nest Cam vs DropCam Pro. We previously wrote detailed reviews on these cameras if you would like to read all about them first: Nest Cam Review DropCam Pro Review You might be surprised at the results and the end recommendations.  They are both terrific home security cameras.  Let’s get on with our head to head analysis. Software This is one of … Read more

Should I Buy a Refurbished Home Security Camera?

You can save a lot of money with a refurbished home security camera.  Let’s take a look at what refurbished means and see if it’s worth consideration. I never knew that a refurbished home security camera existed until recently.  Readers of this site know that I am a fan of the Samsung HD Plus Home Security Camera.  I already have one and like the features and price.  You can read our review of the Samsung SmartCam HD Plus. Well, I was in need of another camera and stumbled upon a Manufacturer Refurbished Samsung SNH-V6414BMR SmartCam HD Plus Home Security Camera.  It costs … 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