Security in the home is something that is a must these days and especially this time or year with the early dark evenings and again the extended dark mornings. However having security comes at a cost and cost is an issue but there is price ranges for all that cost up to thousands or euro for a fully installed home kit which needs a licensed provider to do which adds to the cost then we have mobile options,some of which we have covered over the last two years which are cost-effective and require little or no tech skills and no licensed installer.
Earlier this year we checked out the BLINK home security system this is still working in my home today and works a treat and its easy to move about and position the cameras anywhere you like,this new model the BLINK XT is the same,only its built for outdoors but you can of course use it indoors if you wish to do so and the same applies for the home edition you can point them out the window and all works perfectly fine.
One annoyance I had on set up was you can’t add a camera or sync module to the current app on your device out of the box which made no sense but it can be done, there is no need to have two separate sync modules running three cameras from the same ecosystem but all that was involved to set this up was reset current or you could remove the older from past and re-sync the lot up this is good but would have been easier just to add a camera not registered but I can see the point behind it on security terms.
This time around we have the unit entirely in Black which looks better than its white version and its slightly bigger with waterproofing elements thrown in, The set up is the same and the installation process is the same its simple you just need minimal tools to get the show on the road and then download the app have your wifi on and away you go its that simple.
There is not much new here compared to old overall but we do get FHD and infrared /night vision and free storage but its key selling point is it’s completely wireless and simple to set up and you get good vision via the app from your phone but it lacks realtime motion detection you will get this after its been stored,you can however opt in for more plans that cost money but an ongoing cost is an issue for some, The basics on offer are pretty good but this really depends on where you live geographically but then again all areas are targets for criminals to enter your home.
This system allows up to ten cameras mixed run from one module which is pretty good and the battery life is stellar considered which is around two years,my own which is installed several months now is still working fine and I have had no issues to report as yet and hopefully the external is the same but time will tell with the elements of the weather how it holds up and in Ireland we get plenty of wind and rain so that test should not take too long to figure out if it withstand the elements.
- HD Video up to 1080p!
- Temperature Sensor
- Motion Detection
- Instant Alerts
- Live View
- Low-Light Illumination
- Infrared Night Vision
What Blink have achieved here again is simplicity and affordability with the security products something which is valuable in my book and does not require much tech know how to get going or licensed installers to come to your home and do it for you.
For indoor use there is no issue on placing your camera but for outdoors I would suggest having it out of reach as it can be easily removed by hand, criminals today are a step ahead of the game and would spot one easily and the LED that comes on when activated would point them in the direction they need to go to disable it but if out of reach its tough luck for them, sure they should no be nosing around your property anyway, This also as I mentioned before can be used indoors which is another means of keeping an eye on things LIVE when you are not there and gives you peace of mind but not to spy on your family.