Blink Camera System Testing and Use

Blink Camera System Testing and Use

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This is my own Blink Camera System Testing and Use in the real world. Home security is a top priority for many homeowners. With the rise of smart home technology, it’s now easier than ever to keep your home safe and secure. Indeed, one of the best ways to do this is by setting up a home CCTV and smart camera system. In this blog post, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about setting up your own home security system using CCTV and smart cameras.

There are a lot of Camera systems to choose from and I’m no expert in all the various systems. However, two that I have had experience with are Dlink and now Blink. I’ve recently upgraded all my cameras from Dlink to the Blink system. Below is a brief overview of each camera system and a video showing the camera systems with both day and night video. I’ve used screenshots from the video as stills so the quality in the still photos is not representative of the video quality. See the video below for a true representation of the quality of the video.

I am now using the Blink System of cameras for my home security and I really like them. The pictures are a lot better quality than my old Dlink system but part of that is the march of time. I’ve had my old camera system for about 8 years and, of course, technology moves on. And Not to mention, the modern blink system’s ease of use.

Why is it important to have smart cameras?

Home security smart camera systems are important for several reasons. They can, of course, help deter burglars by making them wary of properties with visible security cameras. If a crime does occur, security cameras can help gather evidence and provide police with helpful footage. Smart home security systems boast several significant advantages over traditional models, such as real-time alerts, motion detection, video surveillance and analytics, and fire and life safety protection. They can also help monitor your kids, check on the elderly, and supervise your pets. In addition to the interactive services offered by home security system companies, there are now even more home automation services being offered as well.

The Blink System

Firstly, Blink camera systems are an excellent value for the money and performed well in test website ratings. Secondly, the Blink Outdoor camera and Doorbell camera is weatherproof, offers 1080p video, and works with Alexa voice commands and IFTTT applets2. Thirdly, with all Blink cameras, you get two-way audio, high definition day and night video, customized motion detection alerts, and customizable activity and privacy zones. Blink cameras are great for renters and home owners alike because of the price and the fact that they don’t require any wires or difficult setup.

Blink Doorbell

The Blink doorbell system also has several advantages over its competitors. It is cheaper than other doorbell cameras like Ring. It has a long battery life and can work on both wired and battery power. The Blink Video Doorbell can be paired with a Sync Module and Blink Subscription Plan to start Live View sessions in the Blink app and save them to cloud storage, use clip roll editing, see clips faster with rapid viewing, receive daily photo capture clips, use more convenient in-app sharing, and access future features.

Blink Doorbell unboxed

The Blink Doorbell is a great addition to my home security setup. As well as providing a motion sensor to my front garden it also notifies me when there is someone at my door. Additionally, Blink minis around the house play a tune to let me know somebody is at the door. Indeed, If you have blink minis, you don’t need the chime part of the doorbell, the minis act as the chime. You also get a notification to your phone through the blink app that someone is at your door. if you need a step by step guide on how to set up your Blink door bell, see How to set up a Blink Video Doorbell.

An actual recording in a real world scenario, me coming home.

Blink Mini

The Blink Mini is a home security camera that is very affordable and easy to set up and use. It is a compact indoor plug-in smart security camera that records video in 1080p resolution, allows for two-way audio chat from the smartphone app to the camera, and it can alert your phone when it detects activity in one of your configured activity zones.

There are many things I like about the Blink mini cameras but one of the big pluses is how small they are. See the photo below for just how small they are. They sit unobtrusively on the side in a position not being offensive. You hardly notice them when looking around the room. I’ve used them to cover all entry doors as well as the main rooms. Also, If you need a step-by-step guide on setting up a blink mini see Add a Camera to the Blink System

Indeed, you actually forget they are there. As mentioned earlier, the image below is from a screenshot, for the full quality, see the video.

Blink Mini

Blink Outdoor

Blink Outdoor Camera

I have found these to be a great way of seeing the wildlife in the garden. They are lithium battery-operated cameras. The batteries, for me last about 9 months with my usage. And, of course, the blink outdoor is the same setup as the Blink mini. See Add a Camera to the Blink System. Also, all the cameras mentioned need a Blink Sync module – Installation Guide. Happily you only need 1 module for all the cameras.

Blink Camera System Testing and Use

Firstly, I’ve found them very easy to set up and use. Secondly, the video quality is excellent from such a small and relatively cheap unit. Thirdly, I love the ability to be able to review all the footage on my phone.

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Testimonials from our happy customers

Terrific

Good evening Rob,

Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for resolving our IT issues today. Great service.

TERRIFIC,

Kind regards,

H E. Horsted Keynes

1/10/2022

Laptop Setup

Brilliant Rob

We were at a wine club with M and A last night, and we all agreed you know what you’re doing, much appreciated

Have a great weekend,

Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex

01/02/2022

Data Transfer

‘We bought a new laptop and were going to transfer files from our old laptop (which kept freezing) but were unable to.  Rob sorted this problem out very efficiently.’

Aldwick

West Sussex

18/01/2022

Thanks

Hi Rob,

Just to say many thanks for your help today.

Best wishes,

Y.H. BN6

01/11/2021

SERIOUSLY PLEASED

Seriously Pleased

SERIOUSLY PLEASED Really quick to get in touch and get an appointment. He obviously really knew what he was talking about and solved the problem straight away. I will definitely use this service again and I have other friends who I gave the contact to who have also been sorted out quickly

A.B. Surrey

30/12/2019

Business and Personal Computers

Business and Personal Computers

I have been using Rob’s services for years now for my business and personal computers. Every problem I have set him, some big and some small, has been attended to in an efficient, friendly and business-like manner with a positive outcome. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him to anyone.

A.L. Rustington

14/12/2019

So much faster

So much faster

Thank you again for the great job you did on the computer, it’s so much faster!

many thanks

Geoff

Sussex

05/11/2019

Thank You

Thank You

I would like to thank RHCC for all their help with my computer. When I had a problem they were quick, courteous and extremely helpful, managing to restore all my data without loss and provide advice on the purchase of a new machine.
Being a single female, I am always a little wary of inviting strangers into my home, but I had nothing to worry about here, and the gentleman that visited always spoke in plain and simple English to me, so as not to confuse with computer jargon that I really do not understand.

R.S Hassocks

18/08/2018

Quick Response

Quick Response

Dear Rob

Thank you again for your help and quick response

Best Regards

GD Mid Sussex

18/05/2018

Very Fair Invoice

Very Fair Invoice

Thank you so much for coming so promptly and for sorting out my ageing pc! Thank you too for your very fair invoice. It made the frustration of being locked out of my machine a little less frustrating.

JH, Hassocks

06/02/2017

J.H.

Five Stars!

Five Stars!

I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the wonderful job you did on my PC. When you took the hard drive away with you to fix I was convinced that I was going to lose all my data and that this was going to be a rather time-consuming and very costly job, which you proved to be false.
The PC runs very well now and I appreciate all the hard work and suggestions you have given me, and after having the spyware software installed this has made a big difference to us, and I believe we are more conscious when we are surfing the net.
I will be recommending you to anyone that needs advice or work done to their own computers.
Thank you again for the hard work and the efficient manner it was dealt with.

S.E. Rustington

20/10/2014

S.E.

Great Service

Thank you so much for your assistance with my PC. I was very impressed by the speed of your response and professionalism. I have had no further problems with my PC and was so relieved that you managed to recover so much of my data. To top it all off I was pleasantly surprised by how reasonable the bill was.
Personally, I will not be using any other service from now on and I am happy to recommend you to my friends and colleagues.
Thank you again.

M.P. Hove

14/03/2010

M.P.

Satisfied Customer

Satisfied Customer

Thank you yet again for your help, you’re worth your weight in gold.

L.H.

Lancing

03/05/2006

L.H.

Any videos used on this site are my own and, of course, used within Youtube’s sharing guidelines.

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Home CCTV and Smart Cameras

Home CCTV and Blink Home Smart Cameras.

Call 07771 588577 or email us.

Blink Home Smart Cameras. There are a lot of Camera systems to choose from and I’m no expert in all the various systems. However, two that I have had experience with are Dlink and now Blink Home Smart Cameras. I’ve recently upgraded all my cameras from Dlink to the Blink system. Below is a brief overview of each camera system and a video showing the camera systems with both day and night video. I’ve used screenshots from the video as stills so the quality in the still photos is not representative of the video quality. See the video below for a true representation of the quality of the video. Click here for the Blink Camera system testing and use

Blink Home Smart Cameras video quality

I am now using the Blink System of cameras for my home security and I really like them. The pictures are a lot better quality than my old Dlink system but part of that is the march of time. I’ve had my old camera system for about 8 years and technology moves on. And perhaps more importantly, the modern blink system’s ease of use!

Blink Doorbell

Blink Doorbell unboxed

The Blink Doorbell is a great addition to my home security setup. As well as providing a motion sensor to my front garden it also notifies me when there is someone at my door. The Blink minis around the house play a tune to let me know somebody is at the door. If you have blink minis, you don’t need the chime part of the doorbell, the minis act as the chime. You also get a notification to your phone through the blink app that someone is at your door. if you need a step by step guide on how to set up your Blink door bell, see How to set up a Blink Video Doorbell.

 

Blink Mini

There are many things I like about the Blink mini cameras but one of the big pluses is how small they are. See the photo below for just how small they are. They sit unobtrusively on the side in a position not being offensive. You hardly notice them when looking around the room. I’ve used them to cover all entry doors as well as the main rooms. If you need a step-by-step guide on setting up a blink mini see Add a Camera to the Blink System

You actually forget they are there. As mentioned earlier, the image below is from a screenshot, for the full quality, see the video.

Blink Mini

Blink Outdoor

Blink Outdoor Camera

I have found these to be a great way of seeing the wildlife in the garden. They are lithium battery-operated cameras. The batteries, for me last about 9 months. The blink outdoor is the same setup as the Blink mini. See Add a Camera to the Blink System. All the cameras mentioned need a Blink Sync module

Blink Outdoor

Blink Home Smart Cameras

Testimonials from our happy customers

Terrific

Good evening Rob,

Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for resolving our IT issues today. Great service.

TERRIFIC,

Kind regards,

H E. Horsted Keynes

1/10/2022

Laptop Setup

Brilliant Rob

We were at a wine club with M and A last night, and we all agreed you know what you’re doing, much appreciated

Have a great weekend,

Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex

01/02/2022

Data Transfer

‘We bought a new laptop and were going to transfer files from our old laptop (which kept freezing) but were unable to.  Rob sorted this problem out very efficiently.’

Aldwick

West Sussex

18/01/2022

Thanks

Hi Rob,

Just to say many thanks for your help today.

Best wishes,

Y.H. BN6

01/11/2021

SERIOUSLY PLEASED

Seriously Pleased

SERIOUSLY PLEASED Really quick to get in touch and get an appointment. He obviously really knew what he was talking about and solved the problem straight away. I will definitely use this service again and I have other friends who I gave the contact to who have also been sorted out quickly

A.B. Surrey

30/12/2019

Business and Personal Computers

Business and Personal Computers

I have been using Rob’s services for years now for my business and personal computers. Every problem I have set him, some big and some small, has been attended to in an efficient, friendly and business-like manner with a positive outcome. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him to anyone.

A.L. Rustington

14/12/2019

So much faster

So much faster

Thank you again for the great job you did on the computer, it’s so much faster!

many thanks

Geoff

Sussex

05/11/2019

Thank You

Thank You

I would like to thank RHCC for all their help with my computer. When I had a problem they were quick, courteous and extremely helpful, managing to restore all my data without loss and provide advice on the purchase of a new machine.
Being a single female, I am always a little wary of inviting strangers into my home, but I had nothing to worry about here, and the gentleman that visited always spoke in plain and simple English to me, so as not to confuse with computer jargon that I really do not understand.

R.S Hassocks

18/08/2018

Quick Response

Quick Response

Dear Rob

Thank you again for your help and quick response

Best Regards

GD Mid Sussex

18/05/2018

Very Fair Invoice

Very Fair Invoice

Thank you so much for coming so promptly and for sorting out my ageing pc! Thank you too for your very fair invoice. It made the frustration of being locked out of my machine a little less frustrating.

JH, Hassocks

06/02/2017

J.H.

Five Stars!

Five Stars!

I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the wonderful job you did on my PC. When you took the hard drive away with you to fix I was convinced that I was going to lose all my data and that this was going to be a rather time-consuming and very costly job, which you proved to be false.
The PC runs very well now and I appreciate all the hard work and suggestions you have given me, and after having the spyware software installed this has made a big difference to us, and I believe we are more conscious when we are surfing the net.
I will be recommending you to anyone that needs advice or work done to their own computers.
Thank you again for the hard work and the efficient manner it was dealt with.

S.E. Rustington

20/10/2014

S.E.

Great Service

Thank you so much for your assistance with my PC. I was very impressed by the speed of your response and professionalism. I have had no further problems with my PC and was so relieved that you managed to recover so much of my data. To top it all off I was pleasantly surprised by how reasonable the bill was.
Personally, I will not be using any other service from now on and I am happy to recommend you to my friends and colleagues.
Thank you again.

M.P. Hove

14/03/2010

M.P.

Satisfied Customer

Satisfied Customer

Thank you yet again for your help, you’re worth your weight in gold.

L.H.

Lancing

03/05/2006

L.H.

 Any videos used on this site are my own and, of course, used within Youtube’s sharing guidelines.

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Smart Device Set Up

Smart Device Set Up

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If you are looking to get your smart device set up in Sussex or South Surrey we can do that for you.

What is a Smart Device?

A smart device is something that you interact with which will then carry out an action in your home. This can range from turning on lights via voice command to adjusting the temperature in your home when you are away from it.

Echo Dot Smart Device and Camera
Echo Dot Smart Device hidden in the foliage

What do Smart Devices do?

Smart devices are becoming wider-ranging in their applications. For example, you can now get robot vacuum cleaners (I use a Roomba) that you can control by your voice,  Smart plugs which can turn on any electrical device plugged into a three-pin socket, and security cameras that turn on by voice command when you leave the house.

In fact,

  • light bulbs,
  • thermostats,
  • printers,
  • radios,
  • weather stations
  • vacuum cleaners

and even water valves that you can turn on with your voice to water your garden. And while you’re in your garden you can have a robotic lawnmower to mow your grass.

The devices are fairly easy to set up but if you have trouble, that’s what we’re there for, to help set up your smart home devices in West Sussex, South Surrey and surrounding areas.

A video of an Alexa, TV voice-activated setup.

The Daddy of all smart devices – Alexa

smart device set up
smart device set up

What do I need for Smart Device Set Up?

The one thing you need to run your smart devices is Wi-Fi in your home. Once your home has good Wi-Fi coverage, maybe using a Mesh System, reaching every room, you can install all manner of smart home devices and automate your life.

The market leader is Amazon. Their Alexa range of smart devices powers a whole host of things. Everything in the above list and more. Personally, this is the range I use to automate my house. I find it handy to turn lights on and off from anywhere in the house. Also to know my weather and news in the morning and also to tell me what the traffic is like on the roads.

If you fancy having a smart device in your house but don’t know where to start, calling (07771) 588577 today can get you started on your home automation.

Standard Alexa Echo smart device
Standard Alexa Echo smart device sitting on a windowsill

Smart Device Set Up – Lighting

By combining different items like Amazon Alexa with lights it can make your life easier. We are familiar with the Phillips Hue range of bulbs and smart accessories.

Hue Smart Switch Smart Device Set up

Philips Hue Smart Wireless Dimmer Switch is an accessory for the Hue Lighting System. Requiring no installation, only connection to your wireless network, this smart wireless dimmer switch can turn your lights on and off or dim and brighten them. The advantage of this which is it can be placed anywhere. As a requires no wiring, it’s ideal for putting by the sofa or anywhere else that makes it more convenient for you. The Philips Hue system is compatible with many home automation systems including Amazon, Google, Apple, Nest, Samsung, and a few others.

This is a Philips Hue wireless motion sensor. Like motion sensors for outdoor lights, this one works indoors and simply turns on the light in the room as you walk in. Because it’s battery-powered it requires no wires or installation and is connected to your lighting system via your home Wi-Fi network. It can be placed anywhere inside your Wi-Fi network including hallways, bathrooms, kitchens in fact anywhere else you want to save money. It includes a light sensor that detects when rooms are vacant and automatically turns off the light. Convenient and eco-friendly.

The technical name for this is a Philips Hue personal wireless Wi-Fi lighting home automation bridge! But mainly people just call it a bridge. This requires a power source and an ethernet connection to your Wi-Fi network. What this does is control all the above devices and bulbs. It’s the heart and the brain of the Philips system allowing you to control all your devices via the app or voice control.

Why Should I Have Smart Devices?

First and foremost, they make life easier. And who doesn’t want an easy life?

So many automated home appliances are available these days, with more and more coming out regularly. It seems fairly clear this is the way that things are going. And perhaps it’s best to be in on the ground floor in using and understanding these devices…give one a try and if you need help we can do your Smart Device Set Up.

Unless you are unlucky, we will all get old and chances are automation will be far more common then than it is now, so knowing how to work with smart devices may be a big plus when it comes to ordering a large glass of wine in the nursing home!

Smart Plug smart device
Smart Plug – Smart device set up

 

 

smart device set up

Smart Device Set Up.

Testimonials from our happy customers

Terrific

Good evening Rob,

Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for resolving our IT issues today. Great service.

TERRIFIC,

Kind regards,

H E. Horsted Keynes

1/10/2022

Laptop Setup

Brilliant Rob

We were at a wine club with M and A last night, and we all agreed you know what you’re doing, much appreciated

Have a great weekend,

Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex

01/02/2022

Data Transfer

‘We bought a new laptop and were going to transfer files from our old laptop (which kept freezing) but were unable to.  Rob sorted this problem out very efficiently.’

Aldwick

West Sussex

18/01/2022

Thanks

Hi Rob,

Just to say many thanks for your help today.

Best wishes,

Y.H. BN6

01/11/2021

SERIOUSLY PLEASED

Seriously Pleased

SERIOUSLY PLEASED Really quick to get in touch and get an appointment. He obviously really knew what he was talking about and solved the problem straight away. I will definitely use this service again and I have other friends who I gave the contact to who have also been sorted out quickly

A.B. Surrey

30/12/2019

Business and Personal Computers

Business and Personal Computers

I have been using Rob’s services for years now for my business and personal computers. Every problem I have set him, some big and some small, has been attended to in an efficient, friendly and business-like manner with a positive outcome. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him to anyone.

A.L. Rustington

14/12/2019

So much faster

So much faster

Thank you again for the great job you did on the computer, it’s so much faster!

many thanks

Geoff

Sussex

05/11/2019

Thank You

Thank You

I would like to thank RHCC for all their help with my computer. When I had a problem they were quick, courteous and extremely helpful, managing to restore all my data without loss and provide advice on the purchase of a new machine.
Being a single female, I am always a little wary of inviting strangers into my home, but I had nothing to worry about here, and the gentleman that visited always spoke in plain and simple English to me, so as not to confuse with computer jargon that I really do not understand.

R.S Hassocks

18/08/2018

Quick Response

Quick Response

Dear Rob

Thank you again for your help and quick response

Best Regards

GD Mid Sussex

18/05/2018

Very Fair Invoice

Very Fair Invoice

Thank you so much for coming so promptly and for sorting out my ageing pc! Thank you too for your very fair invoice. It made the frustration of being locked out of my machine a little less frustrating.

JH, Hassocks

06/02/2017

J.H.

Five Stars!

Five Stars!

I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the wonderful job you did on my PC. When you took the hard drive away with you to fix I was convinced that I was going to lose all my data and that this was going to be a rather time-consuming and very costly job, which you proved to be false.
The PC runs very well now and I appreciate all the hard work and suggestions you have given me, and after having the spyware software installed this has made a big difference to us, and I believe we are more conscious when we are surfing the net.
I will be recommending you to anyone that needs advice or work done to their own computers.
Thank you again for the hard work and the efficient manner it was dealt with.

S.E. Rustington

20/10/2014

S.E.

Great Service

Thank you so much for your assistance with my PC. I was very impressed by the speed of your response and professionalism. I have had no further problems with my PC and was so relieved that you managed to recover so much of my data. To top it all off I was pleasantly surprised by how reasonable the bill was.
Personally, I will not be using any other service from now on and I am happy to recommend you to my friends and colleagues.
Thank you again.

M.P. Hove

14/03/2010

M.P.

Satisfied Customer

Satisfied Customer

Thank you yet again for your help, you’re worth your weight in gold.

L.H.

Lancing

03/05/2006

L.H.

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