Harry, a customer from Surrey, discusses his experience with Blink:
“I had been considering security cameras for a while, but had always been put off by wired systems. We have an Edwardian town house that we have been renovating and I did not want to start drilling holes or laying cables as that would not get past the wife! What attracted me to the Blink XT cameras were that not only were they wireless and run on Wi-Fi, but also have the battery life of up to 2 years.
I opted to go for the 3-camera system to cover the following:-
- The front porch, more to see what is being delivered or who we miss when we are out.
- The side gate, this is the primary point of entry for any burglar.
- The back garden, primary point where a burglar would gain entry to the house out of sight of the neighbours.
I have a BT Home Hub, but with the Wi-Fi turned off because I have a couple of Cisco Meraki Wi-Fi Access Points in the loft covering most of the house in Wi-Fi, the house is 3 storeys. However, the first thing I did was to use a broadband speed test app on my phone to check the Wi-Fi performance at each location I planned to place a Blink XT. As a result, I needed to improve my Wi-Fi coverage so opted to get the BT Whole Home Wife system to provide the additional coverage and throughput of at least 10Mbs up and downstream.
Installation was straight forward, setup the Sync Module first, it connects to the Wi-Fi, the ethernet port does not seem to be used at the moment. Having set up the Sync Module, I then set up the 3 cameras and placed them. Even as a DIY dunce I was able to drill a single hole and mount the cameras with out any dramas. The setup was done through the Blink app on my iPhone and took less than 45 mins from opening the box to having the 3 cameras mounted and working.
I did, after about a week, move both the side gate and back garden cameras to improve coverage and reduce the glare from security lights I have, which impact the cameras clarity when using night vision. I have also played around with picture quality and IR sensitivity to improve the video quality. For the side gate and back garden, I opted for high resolution and 60 second video clips at the expense of battery life, because the video from these cameras would be catching people who should not be there, so want the best possible and most complete pictures.
The cameras are not active all the time, you have to “arm” them either manually or automatically. I have it set up, so they are armed overnight every night and will also arm once both my wife and I leave the house, called geo-fencing. The geo-fencing was easy to set up and uses ITFFF and Life360, instructions are on the Blink support page to set up ITFFF. There are 2 Apps available in ITFFF from Blink called “Arm Your Blink When the Last person Leaves Home” and “Disarm Your Blink When the Last person Leaves Home” which we use to do the geo-fencing. It works well.
If a camera detects motion, it will record a clip for between 5-60 seconds depending on what you set and then notifies you via your phone so you can then view the clip through the Blink App. The video clips are stored for free for up to a year, again you can set this, but I have yet to use more than 5% of my allocated space after 6 weeks.
So, I would definitely recommend the Blink system and one of my neighbours has installed a system. It provides additional peace of mind and is part of a layered security approach, with high security locks, monitored alarm and a Border Collie who hates people in hoodies!"
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*This case study has been anonymised at request of user.