Smart Home Security: Ensuring Hassle-Free Video Surveillance

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So today, we’re gonna talk about smart home security, and specifically, video surveillance, so let’s get into it and see why this is such a crucial piece of the smart home security puzzle.

The Right Camera for the Right Spot

Most of the cameras in my home are Google Nest cameras, including the Google Outside camera and the Google Doorbell. The only one that’s not a Google camera is the myQ on the garage that I recently put up, which is working great, by the way. All the cameras in my house work great. However, I made a crucial mistake in planning at my wife’s office.

Battery Life Expectations

The Nest Indoor/Outdoor camera with a battery works great. I get around two months, maybe a little more, out of the battery at my home before I have to plug it in and charge it. It charges in just two to three hours. So, when the camera at my wife’s office needed to be replaced, I thought it would be a similar result.

The Unexpected Challenge

I put a battery camera in her office, intending to recharge it every one to two months. The problem? I underestimated the traffic in and out of her office. Now, I’m lucky if I get two weeks out of it. So, every two weeks, I find myself pulling it off the wall, charging it, and then putting it back up.

A Bright Idea with a Dim Result

To address this issue, I thought I had a brilliant idea. I decided to use one of the can lights in the ceiling close to the camera as an outlet. So I removed the bulb and screwed in one of those plug adapters that convert a light bulb socket into a plug. I thought it was the perfect solution until I realized that the socket for the light wasn’t functioning. None of the can lights worked, and I couldn’t figure out why.

Evaluate Your Options For Smart Home Security

Now, I’m at a crossroads. I either need to get someone to fix the lighting circuit in the ceiling or move the camera to a different location. The camera’s current angle provides an excellent view of her waiting area, reception area, front door, and windows, so I have to evaluate what’s going to be the easiest and most effective solution.

Consider Your Environment

The key takeaway here is to make sure you thoroughly assess the environment before installing a battery-operated camera. Ideally, you want it to be close enough to an outlet so that you can easily plug it in periodically without the need to take it down, which can be quite inconvenient.

A Different Smart Home Security Experience with myQ

In contrast, my myQ camera on the garage door has been up for three weeks, maybe a bit longer, and it’s still at 77%. I anticipate getting a solid 90 days out of it before needing to charge it, which suits me just fine. I’m even considering buying an extra battery for easy swapping when the time comes.

Nest Camera’s Unique Feature

One thing I appreciate about the Nest camera is that when you remove it from the magnetic base, it automatically turns the camera off because it knows it’s not connected. This prevents constant random alerts when you’re moving the camera around, which can be quite annoying.

Smart Home Security Conclusion and Recommendation

To wrap it up, I highly recommend the Nest camera for its fantastic video quality, great audio, and seamless integration within the Google ecosystem. However, I urge you to ensure you have an easy way of charging it in your chosen location.

So go check it out. I have included a link below, and if you have any questions or thoughts, please share them with us. If you found this information helpful, give this video a thumbs-up, and don’t forget to subscribe for more updates on my YouTube Channel.

Google Nest Outdoor/Indoor Battery Camera

That’s a wrap for today! Stay tuned for more tech reviews and tips to elevate your Smart Home.

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Robert IT Engineer
I am an IT professional with over 30 years as a Network Admin. I love technology and have been an early adopter of many of the smart technologies. My first major early adoption was Google Glasses, I was able to be a part of the first 10k users to publicly beta test them. I decided to take my love and experience of smart home technology and share some of my thoughts and ideas to help others who are just starting out.

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I am an IT professional with over 30 years as a Network Admin. I love technology and have been an early adopter of many of the smart technologies. My first major early adoption was Google Glasses, I was able to be a part of the first 10k users to publicly beta test them. I decided to take my love and experience of smart home technology and share some of my thoughts and ideas to help others who are just starting out.

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