Blink XT2 Home Security Camera Review

Blink XT2 Home Security Camera Review

Gabe: Hey, folks. This is Gabe with Security Baron. Today I’m reviewing the sequel to the Blink
XT, the Blink XT2. [music] Gabe: In today’s review of the Blink XT2,
we’re going to check out some of the more alluring elements of this refresh by putting
it to the Security Baron necessary features test and diving into its mobile application,
the Blink Home Monitor app, to make sure you have all the information you need to make
the right decision. If you’d love to see a list of our favorite
home security cameras? Google “Security Baron best home security
cameras.” You have a question about today’s review? Leave us a comment, and I’ll get back to you. Let’s put the Blink XT2 to the Security Baron
necessary features test. Here at Security Baron, we think that every
home security camera should have stellar video quality, two-way audio, night vision, local
and cloud storage, smart platform integration, artificial intelligence, convenience, and
value. [music] Gabe: Stellar video quality is a Security
Baron necessary feature. By that we mean we like to see a video quality
of at least 1080p high-definition video and a field of view of 120 degrees. Now the Blink XT2 does well with this 1080p
high definition crisp, clear vision, but it only has 110 degree field of view, about 10
degrees fewer than we like to see. It’s going to be a little bit narrower than
what we like to see with our home security cameras. That being said, it does have a digital zoom
and while there are a few hiccups depending on your connection, we do feel that it has
a nice view that you can capture what’s going on in any particular room or even outside. When it comes to the Security Baron necessary
feature of stellar video quality, we’re giving the Blink XT2 half marks. A two-way audio is a Security Baron necessary
feature. It allows you to speak to whoever’s in the
vicinity of your camera and hear what they have to say back. Now this is a tremendous upgrade from the
predecessor the Blink XT2, the Blink XT, because it actually comes with two-way audio. When it comes to Security Baron necessary
feature of two-way audio, we have to give the Blink XT2 full marks. Night vision is a Security Baron necessary
feature. The night vision on the Blink XT2 is actually
pretty good. Now we do want to note a couple of things. One is that there’s a pretty significant variants
for us when it came to the live viewing versus the recorded clips. We even felt that we had a pretty strong connection
for most of that period. Once you looked at that recorded clip, the
night vision is actually clear, it’s using infrared LEDs to give you that nice, clear
night vision. Another thing you want to note is that when
you are recording with the Blink XT2, a little blue indicator light does come on which could
tip anyone out to the fact that there is a camera there. That’s one thing to keep in mind when you
are thinking of night vision with the Blink XT2. Overall the Blink XT2 has plenty excellent
night vision and for that we give it full marks. [music] Gabe: Whoa, hold on, I hope you’re enjoying
today’s review of the Blink XT2. Want to be kept up to date on the newest in
home security cameras, password managers, VPNs and smart home security? Subscribe to our channel Security Baron. We’re dropping new, hot content weekly. Let’s get back to the video. [music] Gabe: Local and cloud storage is a Security
Baron necessary feature. We like the ability to throw thing up in the
cloud so it access them from anywhere or it just had them locally on something like a
hard drive and a hub or the camera itself. Unfortunately, with the Blink XT2 you only
get 7,200 seconds up in the cloud or two hours in the cloud but that lasts up to a year. I think I should mention that it’s free. With Blink once you buy your camera everything
else is already built in. We would love for there to be an ability to
save to the sync module or the camera itself, but that is just not an option. Of course you can take those 7,200 seconds
up in the cloud and download them to a local hard drive that you have but it’s just not
an option directly into either the Blink XT2 itself or its sync module. When it come to the Security Baron necessary
feature of local and cloud storage, we have to give the Blink XT2 half marks. Smart platform integration is a Security Baron
necessary feature. Amazon owns Blink XT2 so it does integrate
with Amazon Alexa. For instance, you can ask it to arm your camera
or you can say, “Hey, send it to Amazon Echo show,” for example, on my Amazon Fire TV and
then you can actually check out the live stream of your Blink XT2. When it comes to smart platform integration
and the Security Baron necessary features test, we have to give the Blink XE2 full marks. Artificial intelligence is a Security Baron
necessary feature. It typically relates to a camera’s ability
to either recognize people’s faces or at least people in general or vehicle or even package
detection. That allows you to get smarter, more specific
notifications and distance doesn’t ring your phone anytime something goes by and it detects
motion. Unfortunately, the Blink XT2 lacks any of
these features. When it comes to artificial intelligence,
we have to give it zero marks. Convenience is a Security Baron necessary
feature. When we’re speaking convenience, we’re talking
about the installation and everyday use of your home security camera. Now, with the Blink XT2 you have to use it
in conjunction with a sync module. That’s really straightforward. You plug in your sync module, you put it onto
your WiFi using your mobile application, Blink Home Monitor app and the sync module’s ready
to go. That’s the first element, the first facet
of the process. The second one is just as easy. You’re going to take your Blink XT2, take
two AA lithium batteries, put them inside and voila. Once you sync it with your sync module, you’re
ready to go. Now remember, with those two AA lithium batteries,
Blink is purporting that it’s going to last for up to two years. That’s a really set it and forget it type
system because you can basically place this directly on a shelf, a mantle or use the swivel
mount. Screw it in anywhere you’d like in indoor
or outdoors of your home and you’re ready to go. That is the quintessential, simple and convenient
process for installation and everyday use with the home security camera and for that
we give the Blink XT2 full marks. A Security Baron necessary feature is value. Honestly, we think the Blink XT2 brings tremendous
value. It comes in at $99.99. This is an indoor/outdoor camera, but that
outdoor element with the IP65 weather-proofing is pretty impressive. That means is completely dust-tight and it
can definitely handle some rain. The Blink XT2 is the only camera in that pricing
range that brings that element. Any other camera on the market with that type
of IP rating is definitely going to cost you probably upwards of $300 or so. The Blink XT2 with its Activity Zones, its
temperature monitoring, its ability to withstand the elements — it’s bringing something really
special to the market. When it comes to value, we’re going to give
the Blink XT2 full marks. [music] Gabe: Now that we’ve put the Blink XT2 through
the Security Baron necessary features test, let’s go ahead and check out its mobile application,
the Blink Home Monitor app. Now, we’re going to be doing mostly with interfacing
with your Blink XT2, watching live streams, setting up activity zones, just generally
going through the processes of making sure your home is secure. It has a pretty decent score in the Apple
App Store with a 3.5 out of 5 star rating and does a little bit better in the Google
Play Store with a 3.7 out of 5 star rating. Let’s go ahead and check it out on my iPhone
7 Plus. Here I am checking out the Blink XT2 on the
Blink Home Monitor mobile application. You’ll see here as soon as you jump in, we’ve
not renamed this, it’s called the Blink XT2. This space is called the Baron Blink. There’s just a shot of me lying on the couch. Now, if I want to go look at a Live View,
I would just hit the video camera icon on the bottom left-hand corner. Voila, now we’ve got a live view of the outside,
you can see what’s going on down below. If I wanted to speak to someone, I would just
hold this talk button in the bottom and I’d be able to hear what they’re saying. If you note in the top right-hand corner,
there’s an icon for the microphone, which I have turned off because I actually don’t
want to hear. If you note right now at the bottom it says
Continue. I tapped on Continue because the way that
the Blink always tends to work is that every 30 seconds you need to say, “I’d like to keep
watching,” otherwise, it’ll turn off that Live View in order to conserve the battery
life. This is how that Blink XT2 lasts for two years. You’ll also note right inside of the Live
View, you get the opportunity to decide to save or discard this particular thing. Once again, I’m going to tap on continue. This time, I’m going to hit Save. Now it’ll save this Live View of the past
few seconds. That’s just one thing to note about jumping
into the Live View on your Blink XT2. There are hosts of other features right inside
the app. Let’s click out of here. In the top left-hand corner, I tap close. Of course, the first thing you note is the
screen. Once again, I can hit Add a Blink device. I can decide to arm or disarm in the bottom
right-hand corner. Now disarm the device. Let me arm it again. I can go into the upper right-hand corner,
see that folder, tap on the folder. You’ll see all of the different videos that
I have saved. One is just from motion detection. You see that from the person running icon
right there in the middle. Then these are when I had live screens that
I wanted to look at. Let’s go ahead and check out what we were
just seeing. Now, I’m just in the clip role, checking out
the live footage, person walking by and that’s useful. If I want to click out, tap on the upper left
hand corner. Let’s go look at some night footage. You can see here, this is a night vision. Get a nice wave from me. I’m pretty close to the Blink XT2 in that
perspective. Now, you see me walk to the back and give
you an idea of what it’s like from about 10 feet away. You see here, it’s pretty easy to use, and
its clips are pretty solid. It definitely seemed to improve in quality
once you’re looking at a viewed clip versus an actual live streaming. If I go and tap right above the actual image
itself, I can go into settings. I can change the name here. If I want to call it Blink X, if I want to
say “Blink Action,” change the name. I can look at the battery. I can look at the temperature, 85 degrees. I can enable motion detection, disable motion
detection. Look at the re-trigger time, the sensitivity. The clip length — end the clip early if motion
stops. Even do things with my infrared illuminator. There’s a host of different options. I can do the enhanced option for the video
quality. I can look at the best option or the poorest
quality, which, of course, will also help you extend the life of your battery. It also will give you updates related to your
firmware, how connected you are to the WiFi and your sync module itself. One thing I want to note here, I can go and
save this. When I go into activity zones, I can decide
where I would like to actually have an active zone. I click like this. These gray zones are inactive. I know that I’m constantly going to have a
bird coming into one particular part of my camera and I don’t want to record that bird
each time it comes, let’s say the left side. I’m clicking all of these left-side images. Now, I shouldn’t have to worry about any motion
there being activated. That’s a really useful element with the Blink. You can try to reduce the number of notifications
you get to your phone manually. Because there’s no artificial intelligence
with the Blink XT2, doing activity zones is especially useful. I can just reset the zones by clicking on
reset. Viola, now I am finished. I can tap on done and it saved that for me. The final thing I want to note on dealing
with your Blink XT2 is you might see beside the Settings button in the upper left-hand
corner, you’ll see a icon of three people and that is just the Ring neighbors’ application. Blink and Ring are both owned by Amazon. That will take you to the Ring app. It is not necessary to really get the most
out of your Blink camera. That’s our look at the Blink Home Monitor
app — really intuitive, really straightforward, and really helps you to get the most out of
your Blink XT2 home security camera. Here I am checking out the daytime quality
on the Blink XT2. It looks pretty good. It can capture everything in this room. I can do a little zooming. One thing to note is that it only is capturing
110-degree field of view, which is narrow in comparison with some of the other cameras
that we’ve seen. Of course, I have to continue to tap “Continue”
at the bottom of the screen in order to keep that view going. Let’s go ahead and give a little bit of a
test here, check that out. You can see that it looks pretty good. Let’s go ahead and look and got a little Africa,
Asia, Middle East action here. Overall, I’m a pretty big fan of the quality
on the video with the Blink XT2. Here I am checking out the night vision on
the Blink XT2. I’m about six or seven feet away. She’s in that infrared LED, I see the blue
indicator light is on. I honestly can see pretty well. I can look at the globe. With my phone, there’s a weird sheen on the
globe. Overall, I think does a pretty good job of
actually showing me what’s happening in this room, in this space. My face is easily distinguishable. You get an idea of what’s all around me. No confusion, no blurriness. It’s actually a clear view on the night vision. We’re of course dealing with a little bit
of lag, but that’s to be expected in the middle of the day when that [snaps] connection goes
up a bit. Looking at the Blink XT2’s night vision, I
am satisfied. [music] Gabe: Let’s recap how the Blink XT2 score
on the Security Baron necessary features test. Video quality, half marks. While the Blink XT2 has crisp clear 1080p
high-definition video, it only has a 110-degree field of view. Two-way audio, full marks. The Blink XT2 gives you the ability to talk
and listen to whoever is in front of your video device. Night vision, full marks. The infrared LED lights on the Blink XT2 really
give you a nice shot or whatever’s going on in the dark. Local and cloud storage, half marks. While the Blink XT2 does give you cloud storage,
it does not give you the ability to hold anything locally. Smart platform integration, full marks. The Blink XT2 does integrate with the Amazon
Virtual Assistant. Artificial intelligence, zero marks. Unfortunately, the Blink XT2 has no artificial
intelligence capabilities. Convenience, full marks. The Blink XT2 not only is an easy installation
process but the two-year battery life means you can set it and forget it. Value, full marks. The Blink XT2 has an impressive feature set
for under $100. [music] Gabe: We’ve come a long way with the Blink
XT2 but you want to know, “Gabe, which is the right home security camera for me?” and
I’ll say this. You want an indoor outdoor camera that’s IP65
weatherproof, or the set it and forget it convenience that can only come by being powered
with two AA lithium batteries for up to two years, or the tremendous value from the home
security camera that cost less than $100? Then you want to look at the Blink XT2. However, if your heart is set on artificial
intelligence or you need a super-wide field of view then you should check out one of its
competitors. That being said, I’m impressed with the improvements
that Blink has made with the XT2 over its predecessor, the Blink XT, and think it’s
a great option for your next home security camera. [music] Gabe: That concludes our review of the Blink
XT2. If you appreciate today’s video, give us a
like and hit that subscribe button. As always, this is Gabe at Security Baron. [snaps] Be secure. [music]


  • Christopher S. Stewart says:

    Thank you for this video! I'm subbing and was looking into these for my dad you sold me thank you!

  • Mandala Farm says:

    What is the most affordable outdoor cam system w/ facial recognition? This feature will never be available for the Blink XT2, correct?

  • Hogan Strength Systems says:

    Hey my man great vid do you think their is a way to connect this to a google home

  • john carrillo iv says:

    How long will it record continuous ????

  • Minxs001 says:

    You say under $100.00 but don't you also have to purchase the sync module separately in order for the camera to work as a home security feature? Wouldn't that make owning just one camera more than $100.00?

  • Tucson Jim says:

    Why can't I access 2-way Blink XT2 audio from the latest and greatest Echo Show 5? What a huge disappointment. Then, you can't access the camera when someone shows up and it's recording. What's the point of 2-way audio if I can't view the camera when someone is at the door and what's the point of my Echo Show 5 if I can't use 2-way audio from it? Amazon needs to figure this out – this is completely useless. I am not the only one who thinks so. No marks.

  • Kano Mora says:

    Was everything you showed recorded on enhanced quality?

  • Paul Castley says:

    So is there many differences with xt and xt2? I have 5 xt’s already.

  • Colin Sewell says:

    You have a section labelled Audio Quality, but don't actually say anything about the audio quality. How is the volume? Is the audio distorted? Can both you and the person on the other end understand each other clearly? Is there any delay or synch problems with the 2-way audio?

  • Jack Hadsall says:

    I still think wyze is the only way to go for cameras, the value is just unmatched

  • hawaiiopihi says:

    I think it’s important to also note that the notifications are delayed until after the recording is completed. I find this to be a big disadvantage over others

  • silverS70 says:

    I'm totally new to this type of product…can I put the app on my android phone and my wife put the app on her android as well? I'd like the notifications sent to both of us at the same time. I've read the FAQ but can't seem to find an answer. Thanks.

  • Roman B says:

    Any comments if you have multiple modules connected? i.e. outside set for 24/7 monitoring and indoor monitoring only when you're away? or can you set up schedules for different cameras on same module?
    Thanks for the video!

  • ExposedRoot says:

    Just got my $99 XT 2 two camera kit from the prime day sale today. Set up was quite easy.

  • JG Snave says:

    Blink XT2 has a switch inside the cover to disable the blue light.

  • Curt G says:

    Baron can you please tell me if I can view my blink XT2 through my fire stick without the use of an echo?? Can i just launch the live camera feed through the fire stick remote?? Amazon is making it seem like we need a echo device to have that type of compatibility

  • Lauren Tampa says:

    7200 seconds = 2 hours

  • Customer service Network says:

    Love your video ty

  • Giovanna says:

    Great review! I'm off to spend some money on a Blink.

  • Log Home says:

    Is it better than the Arlo Pro 2 ?

  • J T says:

    Can you go back to like stuff that you didn’t save?

  • Lenny Horowitz says:

    Can you comment on how the system works with two people using the app. Do they work together or does one person get kicked off?

  • Namiisal says:

    Can you please tell me more in depth on how the cloud storage work so it records up 2 only 2 hours of clips can you not download them to phone storage or get a subscription that can record longer

  • David A. Porché says:

    Gabe can you tell me what is the out of range distance from the link for camera? Is there a range extender available?

  • john juza says:

    whats the sync modula for?

  • Arian Sh says:

    can it do constant video recording?

  • Nur Properties says:

    Gabe is the man when it comes to security cameras!!!

  • Yas B says:

    If im asleep and somone is trying to come in and i dont hear the notification
    Is there no alarm system alert to wake a sleepin person up lol?

  • Jsbatch says:

    Good Blink XT2 product review info. All the rapper hand gestures, not so good. Tuff to watch the vid….

  • Ryan Bandy says:

    I’m taking my back I damn hate them!! You will for sure miss the guy stealing your packages for sure. Because you get the Notification after not instantly… love my Ring doorbell and floodlights and cams.

  • Vicky Andersen says:

    I need one for my apartment. I need something that shows things that r close up, wireless, & I can save the recordings without an iCloud. Oh & no wifi

  • Doorkicker505 says:

    Have you tried the solar panel that is compatible with the Blink camera ?

  • Ray Nellis says:

    Do you need wifi for the camera??? Or can I use my data on my phone??

  • TheOnlyGHOST1015 says:

    Nice review 👍

  • Franklin Redbricks-Atsrim says:

    Pls how can I connect the module and the camera

  • Sylvain Cote says:

    Just bought it on Amazon, Your review convinces me ! Good Job 😉

  • Armand Vasquez says:

    Does it work with google Home Hub?

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  • Rachel Rhodes says:

    Sorry new to security cameras. Does this device send a notification to your mobile device if it picks up any movement on the cameras?

  • Dale Gill says:

    A good video & good comments. Now what is the download to local storage step by step?

  • D Reddy says:

    This video helps … thanks 🙂

  • David Salazar says:

    Whats the name of your channel? Oh right security baron. Stoooooop

  • James Stephens says:

    Great and fair review. Straight to the point and professional. Thank you!

  • Karen Cotton says:

    Great review! You captured the essence of most of us in the market for a security camera want to know.

  • Digamas says:

    I want a system for my storage units & garage, but as you mention router I figure this is mainly a home / office device, not able to work over free wifi or a mobile. Do you know any systems I can use on location? Thanks.

  • Samir Pokharel says:

    there are other smart platforms ( not only amazon ) u have to remember that too

  • ALWAYZN2U says:

    Does it support multiple cameras?

  • Killercupcake says:

    Can you buy more cloud storage ?

  • Nick M says:

    Just bought one of these so I can watch my fat wife use the bathroom

  • Barrios Groupie says:

    Good motion detection is crucial and you haven't really gone into enough detail on this. I have a Swann system which is good for what it is, but it's let down by triggering on shadows as the sun comes out, or small flies sweeping across an activation area. Today's cameras should be able to detect a large body sweeping across the activation area and I'm guess the Blink XT2 doesn't do this like most cameras today.

  • M.Ronan says:

    Great thing about being an Amazon product, it will most likely be on sale or can be had for a deal like today their single camera xt2 $20 off today

  • kelo Green says:

    How many phone connection

  • waldo2413 says:

    i live out in the country and my mailbox is over 100 yards away what would work for me to reach that far im not finding any cause my internet dont reach that far thanks

  • Quovadias Lazard says:

    Great Video 👍

  • Steve P says:

    Not as happy with the blink integration with echo show as you are. No motion detection nor two way conversation with alexa. Only thing you can do with echo show is live video. Echo dot is useless in my opinion.

  • s h a d ø w b a n n e d says:

    I'm trying to understand why there's a blue indicator light.

  • Danielle Sullivan says:

    Will it just keep recording or does it only record motion? I was trying to find something that will just keep recording and if I need to I can go back and look at it, but it also will delete the old recording file on the device as well? Thanks

  • riocht1 says:

    Great review, thank you. How long does the free cloud storage last for? Do I have to pay after the 12 months or do I have to get cloud storage somewhere else?

  • Ruben Idarraga says:

    Excellent review. Thank you!

  • kristercamaquin says:

    I hate you

  • Jordon Harris says:

    Is it possible to pay for additional storage?

  • twlrsc47 says:

    Great job on this review my man !!

  • jeffrey Everhart says:

    Can camera feed be viewed through a FireTV Stick,also wondering how well it can withstand cold environments as I reside in Ohio.. Subscibed

  • Jennifer ann Taylor says:

    Hi there. Thanks for your great video. One question – if I buy the three or five set pack, does each camera have its own settings or are they all linked to one setting? Thank you!

  • Kaido Ojamaa says:

    Good review.

    The Blinks XT2 while not optimum it could still use improvements, such as a internal SD video Storage, Wider Lens view.
    The Blinks XT2 is good practical effective security video system to have.

    Better to have the Blinks XT2 then not having any video monitoring system!

  • Punanamous Me says:

    Eye candy


    Did you say it only records 30 secs after motion detector sets it off? What's a wireless camera that will record as long as their is motion?

  • noseasmamut says:

    Will I be able to use the app outside of my home wifi network? Can I use it over cellular network, say when I'm at work?

  • kevin moore says:

    Did they do away with the alarm/notification on this camera. The first version does have a notification. The app downloaded with the first one will notify you if you want. You have the ability to control how sensitive the notification sensor is as well

  • Philip Payne says:

    Hi mate, the Blink XT2 has PIR detection doesn't it? doesn't that meet your AI criteria?

  • Ron Jaime says:

    Theres a switch for the LED record light

  • Redbeard says:

    watched the whole thing! good stuff. Thanks for the review.

  • Liz K says:

    Thanks for a great review! This was really helpful and thorough.

  • alberto escamilla says:

    Storage up to a year… what happens after that year?

  • Brad Meyer says:

    Damn, house looks like an Apple Store. McJealous.

  • Steve Sosa says:

    Thank you!

  • Library Bookstore says:

    No storage – No bueno

  • Matthew G says:

    i know it can be disbled but does the blue indicator come on with RECORDING or with viewing? meaning does the blue light come on if i view the camera feed from my phone?

  • Keven Vallance says:

    Does the base module give you added range for blink units?

  • Stafano D says:

    Does Blink and Ring work together? Is there integration between the Apps?

  • jtylermusic says:

    Can't find out how far the battery operated cameras can be from the house. Can they be driveway monitors at say 300 feet?

  • Gunnar Jörgensen says:

    Thanks for your video!
    Is the infrared light always on or only activated if motion is detected? This is very importand for outdoor use. Always on will lure every bug in the garden.

  • Natalie Opara says:

    would you go for this or the ring cameras i need indoor and outdoor and i just cant decide i do like the flood light and alarm option on ring

  • Pat Schutte says:

    How can they actual state local storage when there is no local storage? The cloud only holds it for such a short time you may not be able to save it to your phone when you need it.

  • Riccardo Rinaldo says:

    Thanks for this review. Do you happen to know how far away the cameras can be (max) from the sync module? Was thinking of getting the 5-camera bundle and it’s a rather large house footprint. Thanks!

  • Lester Jeffries says:

    Be careful if it is on the internet anybody can see your camera

  • Michelle Hastie says: make sure I am understanding correctly. When the camera detects movement – it will record a short clip right? I understand you can have 7200 minutes stored, so will it erase the oldest stuff or should I delete it as it gets full?

  • Icearrow970 says:

    Baron which would you recommend as the best outdoor security camera, without a high monthly subscription for cloud storage. Thinking about the blink XT2 because of affordability and but would not be hesitant in investing in better ones for better quality.

  • Auralia Armendariz says:

    Will it hook up to multiple phones?

  • Lelo Stimulous says:

    What a piece of shite

  • Lesal8403 says:

    Disappointing review – started strong with high statement of standards… then fell apart applying them to a pathetically low standard. Night vision – you sit on your couch 10 feet from the camera inside… and give it thumbs up? What about an exterior application/test? Sure it's great if someone comes and sits on your couch apparently. Secondly, you give full marks for integration… with Amazon… who owns the company. Shocking. So it is sufficient that the camera integrates well with it's parent company to rank high on your list? How about the multitude of other platforms?
    You are clearly well versed in this area and describe high standards – you need to apply them though. This sounds like a very narrow, maybe sponsored? review.
    Too bad.. had high hopes for this review and channel. My hunt continues for a channel. Good production quality though. Just my opinion though – 11.7K subscribers like you though! Good luck.

  • Bradford VTS says:

    What’s the best wireless outdoor camera out there? Is this it? Wish you said which alternatives you’d recommend. Thanks for the ACE video.

  • Janice Equi says:

    Question. Do you need home wi-fi to operate? I live sort of in the country No cable or tv wifi either. Internet is via VErizon hotspot. Thanks.

  • Michael Abadir says:

    Can I access this remotely when not at home or abroad (while home internet is active)?

  • Jim baker says:

    Home security camera 
    Be careful if it is on the internet anybody can see your camera

  • tiptop Boi says:

    for the storage being only 2 hours, i guess its not good for high traffic areas or if you have pets that keeps moving around?

  • Kwen Jai says:

    Hi, are the blink xt2 compatible with google home?

  • sophie Stoate says:

    if something happened in the night can you go back through the footage to see or does it only hold 2 hours

  • T'Challa01 says:

    Have you tested Reolink? Hands down the best and most affordable, especially their PoE system. Too many security flaws running WiFi, and that's potentiated when including devices like Alexa and such since they are continually still proving to be hacked. PoE is more secure and streams faster due to Ethernet. You get a DVR, and local storage, plus with SO many affordable cloud options, you can pick your own provider and plan as added redundancy. People want WiFi out of convenience and laziness, and that comes with the price of being less secure than a wired system. Their IP weather rating is also great and even better than Blink and others depending on the model you choose, and they're in the same price range for a single camera for the most part.

    Also, reviewers should explain 2-way audio/talk. The Blink, and many others, are mostly half-duplex audio. Meaning walkie talkie type conversations. One party has to be quiet or stop talking to hear the other party talk. Reolink has full-duplex audio (such as Ring), which is like a phone conversation or face-to-face conversation. No one has to stop talking and push a button to hear the other person speaking.

    A big plus of having a Security camera is it's visible to would-be criminals, so having a light showing it's recording during day, and especially night, just adds to it's deterrent factor.

    The Reolink app is robust and even allows control of moving the camera, if that particular model allows it.

    FYI, not a Reolink employee, or product reviewer. Just an IT professional that has applied due diligence by doing my own research before deciding on a system. I bought my Reolink system, and had my Mom get one for her house, for less than $800 for a 10 camera PoE system, last holiday season.

  • Rice2G says:

    Does this have a playback option? Like is it recording all the time so you can watch a specific time later?

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