Nest Cam Versus Samsung SmartCam HD Plus

Now that I have had some time to play around with these two cameras, I thought it appropriate to compare them head to head.  It’s showdown of two of the most popular manufacturers of cameras.  It’s Nest Cam versus Samsung SmartCam HD Plus (Samsung Model Number SNH-V6414BN).  We look at the most important rating criteria and give our opinion which is the better in that category. We previously wrote detailed reviews on these cameras if you would like to read all about them first: Nest Cam Review Samsung SmartCam HD Plus Review Let’s get on with our head to head analysis. … 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 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

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

Should I Subscribe to Samsung SmartCloud?

The newly announced Samsung SmartCloud service is going to take the Samsung SNH-V6414BN SmartCam HD Plus and coming generations to another level.  A significant gap to some home security camera customers was the ability to record video to the cloud.  Samsung could never do it.  Nest (and several other cameras) could do it.  Effective May of 2016, things changed. When I compared the Nest Cam to the Samsung SmartCam HD Plus, a glaring absence was the availability of a cloud service.  Sure, you could record video to the included SD card, but what good is that if your camera is stolen along … 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