Feeling Safer with Blink: Amazon's Wire Free Blink XT (Sponsored Post)

Brooklyn Limestone
I've been meaning to install security cameras for ages but I've always been daunted by the project.  My tendencies against new gadgets are pretty extreme which further delayed this out.  Then, I found Amazon's Blink security camera system and saw it's promise of a relatively easy set up, no subscription fee and wire free set up, it was the perfect opportunity to take the plunge.

I didn't have to worry!  This system is so simple to set up, anyone could install it in a few minutes.

My relief started when the box itself arrived.  It contained just a few pieces and a very thin instruction manual.  This was going to be easy!  If you can recall your WIFI password, you are almost home.

After downloading the Blink app on my phone, I plugged in the command module and linked it with my WI-FI and then installed the camera.  It really was that easy.  The app itself is intuitive without too many bells and whistles. It just does the job well.

The hardest part was deciding where to put the camera. Since my house is rather vertical, has two doors and a barrel shape, the typical installation near the front door wasn't going to give me the most coverage.  I "tested" (and when I say tested, I mean held the camera up for a second and looked at the blink app to see the view) a few different spots before realizing I was coming at it from the totally wrong angle.  Instead of sitting on our house facing the street, it would be better to face the camera at our house.  Installing it on a large planter facing our house was the perfect spot.  Not only did that installation give full coverage of the ground floor entrance and front yard, it was also super easy to install because it required no ladders.

The Blink system allows up to 10 cameras to be linked so we will be adding more cameras to cover the stoop and a few other spots as well.  Now that I know how simple it was to install, I will have the whole house covered in a flash.

One screw and it was installed.  After arming the system, I am notified when the camera detects motion and can watch the video.  Or I can click into the app to see a live feed at any time. I feel a lot more secure knowing I can watch what is happening at my home whether home or away.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Amazon Blink but all opinions expressed are my own. 
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