If you’re looking for high-end, efficient, and easy-to-use security cameras for the home, chances are you’ve at least heard of the Blink brand. These popular and relatively inexpensive cameras often come up when shopping or looking for the best security cameras for the home. Question is? Are they wireless?
Blink outdoor cameras are wireless, running off of a lithium battery and wireless internet connection. This makes them a lot easier to use, easy to set up, and less work overall, while still providing top-of-the-line security for your home!
In this article, we’ll be discussing the blink camera’s lithium battery, wireless connection, and all of the reasons that despite being wireless, it is still among the best security cameras on the market right now. Read on to find out all you need to know about the Blink outdoor wireless security camera!
The best part about the Blink Outdoor camera is that it is wireless. Instead of getting power or connectivity via wire, it works solely from batteries and a Wi-Fi connection. This means that your camera positioning is not limited by proximity to a wire.
With the wireless design, you power it up with AA power batteries. It has approximately a 2-year battery life, which makes it very long-lasting. Some members of our team have the Blink Outdoor camera and said that they have not had to replace the batteries yet, proving Blink’s statement to be true.
2 AA Lithium Batteries
That’s right. All it takes to power the blink outdoor wireless security camera is two double-a lithium batteries. Rather than fussing with a bunch of messy wires, punching holes in the walls to put them through, and worrying about them coming unplugged all day, you can just set and forget your double-a lithium batteries.
These will power the Blink to do all the work it needs to do including connect to your home internet (which we’ll get into later), take a video of your yard, driveway, or wherever you have it pointed, record clips and audio, and even live stream to your mobile devices.
You might be thinking there is a downside to the wireless, battery-powered system that the blink has. After all, it could get awfully annoying to replace batteries all the time, right? Well, worry not, as just two double-a lithium batteries will make your Blink outdoor wireless camera last up to 2 years! Talk about efficiency.
So, the Blink camera gives you the advantage of not having to deal with messy wires, all while still having all the power of a wired camera, and you don’t have to change the battery very often at all. But how is the camera’s internet?
Power isn’t the only area where Blink is cutting wires. In fact, the Blink camera connects to the internet through a wireless connection as well. Instead of needing to route a wire to your internet, you can simply connect the Blink camera to your home’s wifi network.
This will allow you to access all of the great features that the blink wireless security camera has to offer. This includes live streaming your footage from any mobile device, recording and uploading clips to the cloud, and giving you control of the camera on the go!
The Blink’s wireless internet connection is quite strong, and since there is no external antennae, there is no threat that bad whether curious birds or any other external threat destroys your cam’s connection to the internet.
Are there any downsides to wireless?
So, wireless isn’t always a perfect system. That’s why wires still exist after all. So, when can wireless actually be a problem?
Well, if your home has a weak internet connection, you could have an issue, especially if the home is large. After all, wifi signals don’t extend forever, so if your camera is too far away from a router giving off a fairly weak signal, it perhaps won’t be able to reach.
The other major weakness is the fact that although infrequent, you do have to replace your battery. It’s easy to forget, especially after two years, so there may be a day or two where you forget to run to the store and your camera is down. Of course, this “downside” can be completely avoided by a simple note or reminder, but life doesn’t always work out perfectly, and forgetfulness happens!
However, with the proper precautions, both of these downsides become nothing more than minor inconveniences. Simply make sure that your router is set up close to where you want your camera to be or vice versa.
As far as the battery life goes, simply make a note or reminder somewhere of the day you put the batteries in, and check every few months to make sure everything is in working order!
The major precaution with a wireless system is that anyone with access to it could potentially get into your camera. This is obviously a major problem that should be avoided at all costs. In order to do so, it is important that you not only have strong user info for your blink account but for your wifi as well.
Create a strong password for your wifi, and don’t give it out to strangers or people that you don’t trust.
If you do want to connect other’s devices to the internet in your home, make sure to be the one to type the wifi password into their device instead of giving it to them. This may seem like overkill, but it’s very important that no one can access your security camera!
Are Other Blink Cameras Wireless?
The Blink Outdoor camera is not the only wireless Blink camera. In total, there are three Blink camera models, including Outdoor, Indoor, and Mini, but the Indoor is the only other wireless model. The Mini comes with a power cord.
Blink Indoor Camera
If you are a fan of the Blink Outdoor, you will like the Blink Indoor as well. In fact, these cameras are nearly identical. The main difference is that the Blink Outdoor comes with IP65 weatherproofing. Because the indoor model will not be exposed to such harsh elements, it does not have this weatherproofing ability.
However, the Blink Indoor camera is wireless. Just like with the Outdoor model, you will be able to place the Blink Indoor anywhere you like because of its wireless design and swivel mount. Just put in the batteries, connect it to your app, set it in place, and your camera is ready to go.
Blink Mini Camera
The only Blink model that is not wireless is the Blink Mini. The purpose of this camera is to provide the same protection as the Indoor and Outdoor to specific areas in your home. The Blink Mini is specifically designed so as to be compact. As a result, it is designed to not need any batteries.
The downside of this is that it is not wireless. It comes with a power cord that needs to be plugged in to provide the Blink Mini camera the juice it needs. Given that the Blink Mini is typically only used for office spaces and nurseries, you shouldn’t have any issues finding an outlet for the Mini.
So, the short answer is yes. Blink outdoor security cameras are wireless. This provides a lot of benefits, especially when it comes to setup. With a wireless power system powered by batteries, as well as a wireless internet connection, setup becomes much more of a breeze. Troubleshooting might still have to happen, but at least you don’t have to deal with punching holes through walls to feed wires through!
So if you’re looking for a camera that has fewer headaches, fewer wires, and still has peak functionality, look no further than the Blink wireless outdoor camera. It is a popular camera for a reason, and provides a ton of functions all wire-free, including recording clips, a live feed, motion capture, and many more!
So what are you waiting for? If you’re looking for a wireless security camera that is reliable and powerful, look no further. Get your Blink camera installed today!