Blink XT2 Camera System – Complete Overview and Setup Guide
This camera provides because, if you're in the market for a home security system it's important to understand what features matter, so you can compare this system against something else. You may be looking at then I'm gon na dive into a little bit closer. Look at the actual components and explain what the buttons and connectors do. So you understand how to use it once you get at home, I'll. Do a brief unboxing to to show you exactly what comes with the kit and that will walk you through the installation procedure for the sink module and for the camera, because, even though they're very simple things to do it'll, take you about 10 minutes dad the sink Module and five minutes to add an additional camera it's important. You understand what steps you've got to go through in the application and I've got some screenshots to help you through that and then finally, I'll come back and give you my experience after having used this for almost nine months and give you an understanding of why. I think this may very well be the best system on the market today, especially if that price point so let's get started on some of the features. The first thing, you'll want to know is the resolution of the camera. It records a full 1080p in color, which is a really nice resolution for a wireless camera and inside the application. You have a couple of adjustments. You can make to lower the resolution which would extend the battery life or to make it a little bit higher resolution.
If you want to have that crystal clear video, in addition to that, it's got a very wide field of view. Now, a field of view has to do with how much that camera is gon na see on either side. A lot of these cameras have a really small field of view. It might be 60 or 70 degrees. This has a full hundred and 10 degree field of view, which means you've got a very wide view of your driver, your backyard, when you've got this thing mounted so that's a that's, a beautiful feature to build into it. It has battery power, which is something you don't find a lot of these wireless cameras, a lot of companies out there will advertise their camera as wireless and then, when you go to hook it up what they mean by that is. You can connect to your Wi Fi network, but you still have to power the camera up, which means it kind of limits where you can mount it. This one is completely battery powered. It uses lithium cell two double a lithium cells and they're advertising. It it's a two year use out of the camera for those lithium cells now to be fair, that's in an area that isn't really active because it's got a motion sensor in it. So if somebody walks through the area, it's gon na start recording a short clip of that activity in the area, if you put it in a really busy area like a driveway or a front porch, you may be triggering it six ten times a day, so the Batteries aren't gon na last as long, but my experience has been with the original lithium cells that were in there in a heavy area like my driveway I've, still got in nine months, even ten months out of it before I had to change this battery.
So I like that, an awful lot in addition to that it's got night vision, which is something that is really important, because if you've got a dark driveway at night that's when most of the bad stuffs gon na happen so I'm in a camera that can see Pretty well in the dark is an important feature set in addition to that they have an infrared LED which helps the flood that area with infrared light, so that infrared sensor can pick it up. So it has both an optical and a night vision sensor built into it. I'D mentioned the motion sensor before a lot of these have motion sensors again that are kind of a wide trigger. So if a leaf blows through or tree waves, a little bit with its branches it'll trigger the motion sensor, this one has a customizable motion sensor area in it, so you can actually dial in to just be your driveway and not get those bushes or not. Have that over the fence? There'S, a dog and the property next to you, you won't have that dog triggered at all the time and actually give you two different resolutions for setting those motion, areas in your environment, so it's a very sophisticated product that you have a lot of control through the Application with it it's got an ip65 weather rating on it, which means you can put it anywhere. You want outside now. Ip65 means that it's completely sealed from dust.
It'S called ingress protection, it's completely sealed from dust, and you can hit this thing full blast with a garden hose and it's still gon na work. Just fine, so don't have any worries about putting this up on a gutter or mounting it to the side of your house, even if you live in really really inclement weather it's gon na handle that just fine. The thing I love most about this, though, is the fact that it's wireless and it's battery powered, which means it is so easy to move around. So if you've got it mounted to a particular location – and maybe you want to move it to another location, you can just pop it off the wall pop it wherever you want to use it and it'll pick right up on the Wi Fi and start recording again. Another nice thing that this provides is a lot of these cameras, have cloud storage which is sort of recording it and right up to the cloud over your Wi Fi network and two companies will charge you quite a bit of money to have that cloud. Storage. For a period of time, this system comes with free cloud storage. So what that means is it's going to record whatever activities are going on up those immediately to the clouds so it's there and it's safe and protected, and if a bad guy shows up at your house and sees the camera and Yanks it and runs off with It it doesn't really matter, because all the video that it recorded is up in the cloud, so you can still review that and actually you'll get a better picture of that guy walking up to the camera to grab it off your wall.
So I love that it's got free cloud storage. The sync module will support up to 10 cameras before you have to add a second sync module, so you can build out a really. You know complex system in your house with driveways in backyard front door, whatever you need on one sync module which comes with the initial kit. Now. Did you sell this a couple of different ways: there's a starter kit that includes the camera and the sync module? You can get a two camera, one sync module kit. They make a three camera system, you can buy extra camera separately and if you watch Amazon every now and then they'll have one of those crazy Amazon sales where you can buy this for, like 30 off so I've picked up a few of these at 99.95. For the kit and I've picked up a bunch of them at 69.95 when they have their Christmas sales or Valentine's Day sales or whatever sales they're running. So you got to keep an eye on Amazon. Now I do have a link below if you want to go check this out in Amazon, just to read the specs from there, but I'm gon na get into the detailed review of it now. The last thing I'll talk about is I love that this works with Alexa, because I have Alexa's all over the house, and I love the fact that I can be in my office and if I hear the dogs barking out back, I can say Alexa show me The backyard and it actually pulls up an image of the blink camera in the backyard, so it's versatile, its inexpensive and it's incredibly complete as far as feature sets go.
So I love this camera it's just been working really well for me for about nine months. So stay tuned now and I'll actually do the unboxing and then I'll get into the closer look of the two products. The basic blink XT 2 camera system kit includes the blink camera. The sync module a mounting bracket, a spacer for use with that mounting bracket and two screws to attach our mounting bracket to your home. Also included is a power supply and a short cable with the USB a connection on one end that connects to the power supply and a micro USB connection on the other end that connects to the sync module and provides all the power you'll need. Also inside the box, you'll find a blink XT to setup guide that will give you all the information you need underst how to install and set up your system there's a blink sticker in there as well that's a great thing to put on your front door to Let people know that you're using a blink XT to system around your home and you may be recording footage and then finally there's a contact card that gives you really good information on how to get a hold of the company. If you have questions or problems with your product, once you get it home now, I'll provide a quick overview of the blink XT camera and point out some of its high tech features. The camera system is enclosed in a completely weatherproof case, with an ip65 rating, which means you can operate this camera fine under any weather conditions around your home on the front of the camera, starting at the top you'll find a lensing system with both an optical and An infrared sensor behind it, the optical sensor, can record HD 1080p color footage during the day and the infrared sensor does an excellent job of capturing night vision.
Footage in almost total darkness to the left of the lensing system is a one way. Directional microphone that's used to pick up audio in the vicinity of the camera. To the right of that lensing system is a blue LED when this camera is recording that blue LED will normally turn on to let people in the area know it's recording now, if you're manning this may be low in your house or in an area you want To be very secure and very private, you can turn that LED off and I'll show you how to do that in a minute below. That is a passive infrared detector system. This is what senses motion in the area. It actually turns the camera on below that. Behind this front plate, you can't see it is an infrared LED down here and that's used to sort of flood the area with infrared light that improves the night vision capabilities of the camera around the back of the camera, you'll find the release mechanism to pull the Back cover off and there's a grommet down the bottom that you can remove if you're going to power the camera with an external power source, to remove that back case, you'll pull down on this and lift up at the bottom. At the same time, just like that and the case pops off now, looking inside the camera there's a micro USB connection here, that's used for external power. If you are going to power this with an external power source, remove the batteries.
These are the two double a lithium batteries and before I'd mentioned a second ago, as you could turn off that LED that little switch is right there. So you can use a pencil and flip that off. If you turn that to the off position, when it's recording that blue LED on the front, won't come on and that's pretty much it for the camera system, the sink module has a few indicators in port that you need to be aware of there's a Wi Fi Indicator LED on the top and a power indicator on the bottom. Once you connect this up to the included power supply, the power LED will come on and the LED will indicate you've got a good Wi Fi connection on the side of the unit. Is the power supply connection that's used with the included power supply again a standard micro USB connection on the back of the unit is the QR code you'll need to scan to actually add it to your system and that's, pretty much it for the sake module to Get started, download and install the blink application and tap create account verify that your local region is correct and tap. Ok, enter and confirm your email address and tap next create and verify a unique password and tap. Create account check your email for verification from blank and respond to activate your account. Once you respond to the email, your account will become activated, tap blink to get started tap.
Add a system choose a name for your system and tap Done tap. Add sync: module verify your Wi Fi network, login and password, and then tap ready, grant access to your camera for scanning and tap ok power up your blink sync module by plugging the charger into the wall and connecting it to the sync module make sure the green Led is lit solid and the blue LED is flashing when the lights match. This pattern tap, yes, allow the app to connect to the sync module and then tap join, choose your preferred. Wi Fi network, tap its icon to select and then enter the password. When you see the message that the sync module has been at it tap Done to add a camera to your system, start on the main screen of the application and tap the add, a blink device icon to get started. Remove the back cover of the camera and remove and reinsert the batteries to reset the camera. If prompted grant the application access to the camera on your device to scan the qr code, tap ready position, your camera over the QR code and scan it wait for the application to find your camera and then wait for the application to up your firmware if needed. When you see the message, camera added successfully tap Done now, you can rename your cameras to help you identify its location to do this. Tap the Settings icon tap the X next to the name field to clear the current entry use the keypad to enter the name.
You want for the camera and when you're finished, typing tap, save to exit the settings page. Now that you understand how to set up your blinkx t2, the next thing you'll want to do is actually mount the camera somewhere around your home and there's. A wide variety of different styles of mounts out there that basically fall into one or two categories. There either clamp on mounts or mounts that are a little bit more permanent, that you'll screw into a physical structure like your home or a tree or a pole near your house and I'll show you the ones that I use most often because I'm always looking for Ease of use, I want something that's easy to install. I can move it if I have to and really doesn't cost a whole lot of money, so the three months I'm going to show you are the ones that I use most often and the beauty of this blank xt 2 camera is that since it's battery powered You can mount that camera pretty much anywhere, so the first man I'll talk about is the one that actually comes with the camera and it's a really straightforward mount. It basically has a base with two holes in it that you can use to screw this to the side of your home or a pole or a tree, and then the blink XT camera snaps on the end here, and you have a range of movement where you Can position the camera you need to that comes with the camera, so that's easily, probably the most cost effective solution.
It also comes with a bushing that you can use behind it if you want to get a little bit of extra clearance away from the wall, because if you use it just as the mount, you can't really move it as far as you'd like to, because a Camera may actually bang into the wall. So if you're gon na mount it to something that you need to look extra space, this fits right on the bottom. Just like that. The screw goes through the hole like this right into the structure. You want to mount it to and you're off and running you basically mount it snap, the camera on it and you're good to go now. I use these an awful lot where I've got permanent fixtures, where I've got a really good shot at what I'm looking at. But if I need a little bit more range of motion to move the camera around to get a better angle on something, I'll use a little more sophisticated mount, and this is my favorite. This is really a two piece. Mount it's got a housing for the camera, and it's got a mount on it. That has a little more flexibility, so the actual mount itself gives you the flexibility to sort of loosen this thumb screw here, and you can see you can rotate the camera all the way around. It also comes with a three point mounting on the bottom, so that one's got a two point mounting a little bit more secure if you're gon na put it up on a wall up high, you want to make sure that it's going to stay there, and this Is really something that gives you a little more room, a little more distance away from the wall, you're mounting it to and a whole lot more range of motion.
The other thing I like a lot about it is the enclosure that comes with it, because this enclosure, even though the blinkx t cameras, are waterproof putting inside this closure gives you a little extra degree of protection. It also gives you a sun shield on the top and a little bit to the sides and the way you'd add it to this enclosure. You basically pull the front plate off this piece off here, snaps off the camera drops inside just like that, then you snap, the camera case the front of it back on you just slide it in the top like that and then push down to the bottom and You'Ll hear a click and you're good to go and that's pretty much what it looks like and then it's protected from the elements. In addition to the waterproofing inside one of the cool feature. Is they build this little extension on the back in case you're, going to run power to it because remember you can use the batteries that are inside, but if you're near an outlet you can actually plug it in, and this gives you a little channel to feed The cable up through to plug it to the back of the camera, that's totally weatherproof as well, so it snakes up inside that little enclosure and plugs into the camera. Then you have permanent power to it. To use this on the wall, you'll basically put this you'll mount this on the wall, first using the three screws and then you'll screw it into the back of this and then once it's up on the wall.
You can loosen this collar and you can position the camera anywhere. You need to and then tighten the collar. It is just that simple. So, if you're up on a ladder, it's really easy to do to tighten it up and then have it stay in that position. So it's going to hang exactly where you need it, so those are two of my favorite. What I'll call permanent mounts where you're gon na actually screw them into the house now. One other thing that I want to talk about is I'm, not a huge fan. If you've got a house with siding that you don't want to start drilling holes into if you've got vinyl siding on your home, there are clips out there that are magical clips. I don't allow you to sort of slide underneath the siding and mount it without making any holes whatsoever, and they look just like this and I'll show you how to use these in a little bit and essentially, what these clips do is to slide in underneath the Actual ribbing, on your siding, like that and they'll sit right up against your wall and you screw the mountain right into this there's. No holes needed whatsoever. It really makes an easy mount to your home that's, not going to be something that you have to worry about. Taking out later and having holes in your siding, it also means you can move the cameras around pretty easily anywhere around your house, so pretty cool device there and I'll show you how to use that in a minute.
Now, as far as clamp mounts go, I use clamp mounts for the cameras, because they're easy to use on gutters and most of us have gutters around the outside of our homes, so it's a really easy way to sort of hang the camera off a gutter. On your home, the one I like an awful lot is this one there's a lot of them on the market, but I like this one for a couple of reasons. Essentially, what you've got is a bracket that's got this s curve on it or there's you curve on it, and you've got two thumb screws you can tighten. So all you have to do is slide this down over the edge of the gutter. Tighten up these thumb screws until it's, tight and then you're ready to go. This part right here will clamp on to the camera. You can basically clamp your camera on it use this to loosen it, and then you can adjust this in any position. You need to to get the perfect angle on your camera. A lot of these come with a really nice little cover. Now I like this because the mount is white. The gutters white and the camera is black. So having a housing like this, the snap on the camera means everything up, there's going to be white, it really just blends into the gutter. So when you look up, you see this nice little birdhouse. If you happen to notice it at all, and it doesn't, look like this big scary, camera that's, keeping track of your home.
But this kid is not that expensive. The other kit you can buy them as singles or groups of three they're, not expensive, either and I'll. Put links down below where you can find all this stuff now, if you hold on I'll, show you how to use those clamps on your siding to show you just how easy it is to really mount that camera. Each of the clips come with a screw installed. You'Ll, take the screw out slide. The clip under your siding till it's, fully seated put your mounting kit in front of it, put the screw through the hole and actually tighten it into the wall. And once you tighten this in it'll, pull the screw a little bit away from the siding and actually make it sit in there very nice and tight now. I'Ll show you how it works with one of the mounts that I use and I've cheated a little bit here. It'S, a quick way to get it up, especially we're up on a ladder, is to basically put them on, but let them be loose slide them both up underneath the siding until they're fully seated push the bracket in like this, then you can finish. Tightening the screws in the bracket that way you don't have to worry about fighting the holes and making sure that everything is lined up once you tighten these up you're actually again pulling these brackets into the back of the siding. The other nice thing is because of the weight of the camera you're, actually using the bottom slat as support for the camera once that's mounted.
You can then mount your camera enclosure on the front of it and make whatever adjustments. You need to to position that camera perfectly to get that great shot in your backyard. I hope you found that information helpful and now I'd like to offer a few tips for using the blink XT 2 system in your own home. Now I have an army of these cameras installed all over my property and I've gotten a lot of experience with them over the last 6 months and I've learned a few things so I'd like to pass along some of those tips and tricks. Now. The first thing has to do with battery life. You want to make sure that when you first install the camera, you use a fresh set of lithium batteries and I would suggest going with a brand name of battery, because even though there are a couple bucks, more you're gon na get the longest use out of The camera using those batteries and nobody wants to be climbing a ladder in the middle of the winter, because the battery's gone dead and the camera is not working. Having said that, your mileage is going to vary considerably based on where you locate the camera and how you set things up in the application. So there are three things that will affect battery life pretty dramatically. The first has to do with your motion zone. The second has to do with how long a clip you're recording and the third has to do with the resolution of the clip you're recording.
So if you've got it in a high traffic area, you want to make sure you narrow that motion zone to only pay attention to the area you care about. So if it's, a driveway zero went on where you park your cars, you don't care. If people are walking around the bushes, you care that somebody may be approaching your car. Maybe you don't need the highest resolution in your backyard. If you're, just looking for deer going through or you want to, watch the dogs run it around medium resolutions, pretty good and then the length of the clip really impacts it, because it's got to record the whole time and that's using a lot of electrons out of The battery, so you want to shorten that to the middle length of clip unless you're carrying about maybe packages being dropped off in the front porch and you want to make sure they put them in the right place and you get a notice there. Maybe you get a little longer clip there, but dialing up all three of those for each specific location can really extend your battery life. So just be aware of that, if you have to mount it into an area where there's a lot of traffic – or you really do – need the highest resolution and you want to record the longest clip you're gon na burn through batteries pretty quickly. So you might want to consider using the AC adapter and a nice long micro, USB cord to power it or there are alternatives out there.
You can actually put a small solar panel up on your roof above the gutter. You'Ve got this mounted that has a battery in it. That'Ll provide power for that camera forever. So as long as the sun is shining it's, charging the battery inside that solar panel and that's providing power to the camera and I've done that in a couple locations way in the backyard that are really high traffic areas. So battery life is something that's pretty important. Next, to that, I would recommend, when you mount the camera you're going to be tempted to mount it really high to get the most visibility of a particular area. The challenge with that is the resolutions not going to be that great now, you can digitally zoom in by swiping across the screen and really dial in to look at somebody's face. But if that camera is 30 feet up in the air, you're not going to really be able to recognize who that is so in areas where you care about somebody's, face or recognizing somebody or if you want to use the two way audio. To talk to somebody mount it low enough where you're you're, not at eye level but you're a little bit higher than eye level, and that gives you the best picture possible. You can easily recognize who it is on your front porch and they can hear you and you can hear them if that cameras 30 feet in the air and you're yelling down to somebody in that driveway they're not going to understand a thing you're saying so.
Camera placement is important and a lot of people look at that and think Rick. If I put the camera that low on my front, porch somebody's gon na grab it and run off with it. Well, you've got footage of that person grabbing your camera and running off with it, so you're kind of protected there. The last thing I want to talk about is the weather proofing, because it is weatherproof ip65, which means it's, going to be incredibly durable out there in the Sun and out there in the heat and the rain and the wind. But I would recommend going with a little bit better case, especially if you've got it mounted high and you're on your house, because, even though the mounting kit, that comes with it it's pretty good a lot of the cases that I've talked about, allow you to sort Of house that camera inside the case and then that housing gets mounted to the house and it's never going to move, I have had situations in the backyard, especially heavy snow, heavy wind, where one of the cameras have popped off the mountain falling down. Not that big a deal because again it's it's durable, I just picked it up and put it back up there, but once that happened once or twice to me in those locations, I went with one of those specialty mounts that I described earlier in this clip. So, just something to consider they're, not that expensive and they do protect the camera.
The other thing I like an awful lot, especially about that Scully mount that I talked about, is it's, got a little bit of a roof on the front of it which helps to shade from that Sun above you, because if the sun's coming straight down at your Camera lens it's, going to wash across the camera lens and really kind of blow out the scene for you. So, having that little hood on there, it's like having a baseball cap on it, just gives you a little bit of shade and really makes that picture a lot more crystal clear. So, just something to consider and again I've got links below for the mounts that I discussed earlier case. You want to go check. Those out I've got links below to check out the cameras as well. If you want to see what the cameras are, all about and that's pretty much it now, I've only talked about the first sink. Modulite I'd mention that each sink module can hand you ten cameras, I'm, actually on my second sink motion already had so many cameras have got installed, but installing that second sink module just a matter of doing exactly what I showed you to do to add the first One so it's pretty simple to add, and then you can add another 10 cameras. You can put a third sink module out there, so everything works pretty well. The last thing I'll say is that if you're in an environment where you've got a really big yard – or you want to locate this really far away from you – maybe there down patio in the back corner your yard.
You may not be able to have a decent enough Wi Fi signal between the two. So in that case, even though you're using less than ten cameras, you might very well want to invest in a second sink module to get it a little bit closer to those cameras that are way out in the backyard it's, not like the cameras. Won'T work. But if it's too far away and the Wi Fi signal is not strong enough, you're gon na get delay in therefore transmitting that data back up to the cloud and being able to see it, especially they're, going to be barking at an Alexa. Saying hey show me the back patio. It might take a couple of seconds for it to actually sync up. So just something to consider my advice would be to start with a single system install the sync module, install the camera and just see how you like it. I love them, I've been using them for quite some time, and for me this is the go to camera when anybody asks me I'm thinking of putting a security camera up on my front porch or in my back yard, around my cars. This is the one I recommend because for 100 you can't beat the quality of this camera with the technology built into it, it's just a wonderful solution. So just something to consider one last thing: I'll say which I love is the fact that it's ultimately portable. So if it mounted on the side of my house watching something I can pop it off that mount, bring it out in the backyard and put it down near the tree to see the squirrels show up or if I've got Chipmunks running around back there there's nothing Cooler than setting this thing down outside of a chipmunk burrow and having the motion detector see them pop out of that little burrow and run around back there for me, that's just the delightful thing to do so, just something to consider, but you can use them in The house, you can use them outside the house and they're just a, I think, a wonderfully portable camera.
That does everything I need it to do so, that's pretty much it for today. I hope you found this information helpful. I love doing these kind of Technology clips. So if you guys find these useful I'll continue to do it, I will follow this clip up with a much more detailed conversation about the application and the settings inside the application and how you would set those up for the best use. I couldn't build it into this one because it was long enough already. So if you're, a fan of this type of technology make sure you stay tuned to the channel and I'll post that as sort of a part two to give you a much deeper dive into the application behind it, but that's pretty much it for today.