We live in unfortunate times; with fewer authorities, response times increase along with the chances of getting your help. According to this report, an excellent camera app is an essential part of any home security package. One of the most popular approaches is Blink. Blink consists of cameras that are a little smaller than your mouse and work with your home’s Wi-Fi signal. After researching several alternatives, I decided on a Blink system a little over a year ago. So, after a year, I offer an unbiased review of the pros and cons of this system to help you decide if it’s right for you.
Pros: Expandable System
You can start with just one camera if you want. Each starter system consists of a tiny hub, that needs to be plugged into an outlet in your home. This hub connects with a Wi-Fi signal along with the cameras that are connected to a heart. With the Wi-Fi to communicate with the batteries, you can mount the cameras almost anywhere. Screw on the mount, place the camera, and away you go. Whenever I drive out of town, I plan a bright curtain out the back window, then reverse it and plug in a smart plug connected to a power outlet. You can do the same thing with a siren, another gadget. The ease of installation, along with the barely noticeable cameras, is causing the number of Blink customers to skyrocket.
Take advantage of an app on your smartphone to control the Blink app. When you get an alert on your smartphone, open the app and watch the video clip that appears. There are about 10-15 minutes between detecting motion and sending an alert to you, and using the visible footage. You can also take a live view from the camera for some reason.
Pros: Battery Operated
Aside from changing the batteries earlier than recommended, the cameras are maintenance-free and worry-free. Great if you don’t have a smart thermostat and want to monitor the temperature inside your home. They can provide power, but they certainly make the method less efficient after 8 weeks or so. My cameras started to stop shooting on obvious objects (like my dog) more than 10 feet away. A new set of batteries brought them back to their usual efficiency.
Cons: Future Compatibility
Since Amazon owns them the same way, Amazon will want to combine the two systems. If Ring becomes the control system and Blink becomes free, Blink cameras may not be compatible with Ring devices. Then it will end up like Apple; once your device is old, they will stop supporting it in hopes that you will buy a new appliance. Amazon is similar to Apple; they enjoy making money, and selling new devices is a great way to do that. I didn’t use more than 20% of my free storage space. After that date, Blink introduced several new hardware upgrades that changed the data program. For cloud storage, then you need to purchase a monthly or annual storage subscription that is the cloud.
Cons: Switching Lineup
Previously, Blink cameras were of the XT or XT2 variety, with the XT2 being more weatherproof. The crossover between the new and old systems is confusing, all components are backward compatible. I can call law enforcement if someone breaks in or enters my house without permission. But some people like that bracket, but you won’t have a chance to use one with the Blink system. It’s only about $30 per year per camera, but it’s still money. It seems that Blink’s “snazzy” design was primarily to drive customers to a data storage app.