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 Hide Home Security Camera Cables

Most home and office security cameras come with extra long power cables.  Sure, you can avoid the cable altogether with a camera such as the Arlo Pro, but more often than not, owners of security cameras have a power cable attached.  To make it worse, they are really long and (usually) really white.  Not a good match for the house decor. The included photo has two Wyze Cam cables going to different cameras.  Big long winding cables.  Today’s article will discuss ways to manage these long cables.  We’ll look at ways to hide the cable, and how to make it … 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

Samsung SmartCam PT HD Security Camera Review

The Samsung SmartCam PT HD Home Security Camera is the camera we’ll be looking at.  This is Samsung’s first entry of the pan and tilt variety within their SmartCam lineup.  We have looked at a few other brands of pan and tilt on this site and were lukewarm on them due to a poor user app.  Let’s see how the Samsung SmartCam PT stands up.  As an important note, you may also see this camera refered to by the model number which is SNH-V6410PN. We have looked at a lot of cameras in the Samsung SmartCam series and have several in continual service. … Read more

Selecting the Right Micro SD Card for a Home Security Camera

Several home security cameras use a micro SD card for on-board storage of video events.  Three that come to mind are the Samsung SmartCam, Amcrest HDPro and Guardzilla home security cameras.  I like using a micro SD card as a means to access video archives resulting from motion events.  Unlike cloud services, the video archived to a micro SD card will stick around for as long as you don’t overwrite the card. We’re going to discuss selecting, and then using, the right micro SD card for a home security camera.  The brand of camera doesn’t matter much.  Most have the … Read more

Samsung SmartCam HD Pro Security Camera Review

The Samsung SmartCam HD Pro is a nice entry in a long SmartCam lineup. I had previously reviewed the Samsung SNH-6413BN SmartCam Security Camera and this is definitely an improved piece of hardware which uses the same app as all SmartCam cameras.  The Samsung SmartCam HD Pro competes well with the Nest Cam and I think that’s a good thing.  Like most Samsung cameras, the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro provides on-board storage and, unlike the Nest Cam, you don’t need to pay for a cloud subscription to see past history.  Nice. Software The Samsung SmartCam HD Pro uses the Samsung SmartCam app.  The Samsung SmartCam app may not have … Read more