Short and sweet folks.
I had mentioned last week that I bought and setup 5 Blink cameras to monitor my Dad who has Alzheimer’s. The experiment was an utter failure.
There are times when I need to be able to actually watch what he is doing across multiple rooms.
Most of my main issues seem to be related to the fact it runs off a battery.
I do not recommend the Blink cameras if you have the option to use a camera that uses an electric outlet.
I will use these cameras to monitor the rest of the house when I have people come to my home to watch my Dad. It should be OK for that.
My Foscam Setup is far superior in every way. (Article to follow this week.)
– The range of the Blinks did not reach across the house and down a floor. Fortunately I had 2 wifi routers and relocated one to the basement.
– Every unit has a friggin’ BRIGHT blue light that comes on when the camera is recording (XTs allow disable). Seriously, WTF? I found a video that shows how to take it apart and disable it. Screw that, I don’t have the time. As noted in the comments for the video you can stick a pin in and break the light. That’s exactly what I did. Very un-Geek of me I know.
– The Blink Home Monitor Android app initial screen is not live for the cameras. You have to click each camera individually to view live action. Every 5 seconds or so it will quit if you don’t stop it, whining about battery life.
– The camera settings are too low or too short. When you adjust it, again whining about battery life.
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