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

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

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

Samsung SNH-V6414BN SmartCam HD Plus Security Camera Review

The Samsung SNH-V6414BN SmartCam HD Plus is a great improvement over previous generations of the SmartCam lineup.  I had previously reviewed the Samsung SNH-6413BN SmartCam Security Camera and can see improvements in the hardware.  Some of the complaints about the microphone are addressed too.  The Samsung SNH-V6414BN SmartCam HD Plus competes well with the Nest Cam which is saying a lot.  I might even rate it a little higher because I can avoid the cloud storage charges. Software Like other Samsung Smartcams, the SNH-V6414BN uses the Samsung SmartCam app.  The Samsung SmartCam app may not have as much refinement as other home security camera apps such … Read more

How to Select the Right Baby Monitor Camera

Many home security cameras can be used as a baby monitor.  However, not all will provide features that are important for monitoring a sleeping baby.  We look at features we believe to be important when selecting a baby monitor so that you can build a list of what’s important.  This will help you to select the best home security camera for your baby monitor needs. Event Detection In my opinion, this is the most vital of home security cameras that are required for a baby cam.  Even detection refers to the ability to send an alert based upon something that just happened.  That … 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