Blink XT2 Smart Security Camera Review

The Blink XT2 Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera is the latest entry from Blink.  Most specs are the same from the prior generation.  The introduction of two-way talk via a rear mounted speaker and enhanced recording ability set this apart from the earlier generations. We encountered the first generation from Blink two years ago.  The Blink Home Security System was a decent wireless camera but was still a work in progress.  Seeing the opportunity for an outdoor model, the Blink XT was introduced and we liked this a lot.  The Blink XT2 builds upon the older XT so readers shouldn’t be … Read more

Hands On Review of the Blink XT Home Security Camera

The Blink XT Home Security Camera System is the second generation and the improvements put this over the top as one of our favorite outdoor cameras.  Improved video quality, a rugged outdoor build, decent app and a built-in thermometer that’s actually accurate.  What’s not to like? We encountered the first generation from Blink two years ago.  The Blink Home Security System was a decent wireless camera but was still a work in progress.  Blink has come a long way with the XT fixing most of the shortcomings and making this a very easy camera to setup and use. Software You … Read more

WiFi Mesh Network Systems and Home Security Cameras

A good WiFi router is essential when using a wireless security camera.  Insufficient WiFi coverage will render a wireless camera useless.  Problems with wireless routers can stem from the technology being too old or your home being too large.  Most wireless routers are made to cover a small to medium size home.  Anything above a few thousand square feet is often too large for a regular router.  That’s where mesh network system come into the discussion. We discussed how to handle a weak WiFi signal a few years ago but times have changed and a mesh system is better way … Read more

Reolink Argus Wireless Camera for the Great Outdoors

We have to admit, for a company we never heard of until recently, Reolink puts out some nice cameras.  The Reolink Argus checks in as a solid outdoor wireless camera.  It’s 100% wireless which means no power cable.  The wireless feature comes in real handy on an outdoor camera where an A/C outlet may not be available. (Disclosure:  Unlike most of the cameras reviewed on HomeCamCafe.com, this one was free from the manufacturer. The review is our honest unbiased opinion of the product and not influenced in any way.) This is the second Reolink camera reviewed on our site.  The Reolink … Read more

How to Save on Batteries for a Wireless Camera

We have seen several manufacturers introduce some nice products in the wireless home camera arena.  For this article, wireless means no A/C power cable and no Ethernet cable.  Most home security cameras handle wireless connectivity these days but only a handful do wireless power.  Those that do wireless power depend upon batteries and you can blow through these quickly.  We’re going to discuss how to save on batteries for a wireless camera. Save on batteries takes on two avenues of attack.  First is the subject of reducing consumption.  Second is the subject of lowering the cost of getting more batteries. … Read more

Reolink Keen Combines Pan and Tilt with Completely Wireless Connectivity

Once in a while we get to see some very unique solutions in home security cameras.  The Reolink Keen is one of those products.  It’s the first truly wireless pan and tilt camera we have seen.  We’re talking wireless on the power as well as connectivity. (Disclosure:  Unlike most of the cameras reviewed on HomeCamCafe.com, this one was free from the manufacturer. The review is our honest unbiased opinion of the product and not influenced in any way.) We’re always interested in looking at new products and were intrigued when Reolink asked us to look at their wireless entry.   … Read more