Hi there, I’m Jon and today we are going to talk about DIY Security Camera vs Blink Wireless Security Camera.
A little Story to tell.
Here is one of the most important features of them all. When something does happen, are you able to identify the persons or the vehicles in question. Can you give the footage to the police. Can the police then can actually do something with it.
A while back I got my cameras installed by a professional . It was my first box camera system. The guy was a
former police offer and one of the tips that he gave me was that many times burglaries are done by someone you know or someone you let in the house. He gave me some good suggestions on positioning and told me that they are a good deterrent, Most will pass you by if they see security camera’s because burglars really just want an easy target.
So I am at home one day and the police come knocking on my door. There was a burglary next door and while they were investigating they noticed that I had cameras. The neighbors had moved in recently and I did not personally know them. The police asked me for some footage and not knowing my system very well, it really took me about a week to figure out how, but I was actually able to find the recording of the crooks getting in and out of a car. I could even tell what type of car it was. Here is the bad part, I couldn’t see the any of the faces. Of course I couldn’t see the license plates either. The plice told me they would call me if they needed me to testify on the validity of the footage, I never heard back from the police so Ill never know if the footage was helpful or not. If I had to guess, probably not.
But Lets break it down….. for the Blink XT System
|Cloud Based||Non-cloud based|
|Limited storage||Storage limit is hard drive|
|Relies on internet connection||No internet connection needed|
|Limited camera choices/compatibility||Larger selection of compatible cameras|
|Cameras limited to 720p||Camera quality 3MP and up|
|Very Simple Setup||Medium to Difficult Setup|
|Only motion records||Motion and Normal recordings|
|Place anywhere, no power wires needed||May need professional installer to run wires.|
Which is the best for me?
Wireless Cloud Systems
There are shortcomings and downfalls for each type of system. For me, the best is a good blend of quality and price.
Keep in mind that some of the camera systems that offer you a super simple solution also come with a pricetag. In addition, some other wireless systems have a monthly cost in addition to upfront cost of the cameras.
On the systems that are purely cloud based that don’t record to a hard drive you could be without recordings if for some reason your internet connection went down due to an power outage, system outage, or someone actually cut your phone/internet line on purpose.
Other things to consider: What if there was a cloud outage and you couldn’t get to your recordings. Do they give you enough space in the cloud? Some only provide 2 hours so you may not be able to go back a week or more to see what happened.
However, simplicity is key here,
So if you want a system like Blink XT System and don’t want to deal with a lot of configuration or wiring, then this is a good solution for you.
Wired Non-Cloud Systems
I also like a solution that records events to a physical hard drive. You always know its there, but if it gets stolen then its gone forever. I always advise people to hide the DVR in a place that criminals wont normally check like a basement, child’s room, bookcase or even a kitchen. There are some things you need to know about the Non-Cloud based systems. Me having a technical background, I was able to map out the IP address space that I wanted to use for the camera. In addition, I had to open some ports on my router in order for me to be able to remotely access the NVR with an APP on my phone. I did use a professional installer to initially install the cameras, because tall ladders and getting in a crawlspace made me a little squeamish. But, remember here that you only pay a one time cost for the cameras and you wont have to worry about climbing a tall ladder to replace batteries.