We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. While older Blink cameras, like the XT2, do work with the new Blink Sync Module 2, they will not support the local storage feature. I think this will really put people off buying the Mini.

It has on board local storage. Blink is doing a bait and switch.

© 2020 CNET, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. Does this really mean I’ll have to pay for additional storage if I add a Blink Mini to my system?? I am seeing nothing in that link that substantiates what you claim. Oh look, there it is again. Download the Blink app and create an account if you don't already have one -- or login with your existing credentials. I bought an XT2 this month, ie after the mid-April cut off date. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Completely false advertisement. The Blink Home Monitor app will alert you to what matters, day or night, no matter where you are. Not new customers.

How is it false advertising? Does this mean we will have to pay for cloud storage in the future?

Unlike older Sync Modules, the new version has a USB port for local storage, an attempt to appease customers who don't want to pay for cloud storage. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies, Blink Home Monitor — Smart Home Security App, By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments. Discuss: Blink's Outdoor Security Camera is solid, but the last-gen XT2 was better, More companies should offer free cloud storage (commentary), Amazon's Blink battery-powered security camera is still kicking 1 year later, Amazon's new Ring camera is actually a flying drone -- for inside your home, Ring Mailbox Sensor: Amazon will alert you if someone steals your mail, the Wyze Cam Outdoor does even more for only $50. They pretty much denied my email existed even after offering to forward it to them. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled. Even so, I did miss the beginning of some motion activity in the saved clips due to the camera needing to boot up to record. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. Once everything is set up in the app, you can put your camera anywhere within Wi-Fi range and start using it. The Blink Network application is not compatible with the IE11 browser. Any accounts that were created before April 16, 2020 will receive standard cloud minutes that do not expire with their Blink Mini in exactly the same way as their existing camera systems.

blink.save_video. Easily manage most of your services with the My Spectrum app, eufyCam: The Wirefree Security Cam with 365-Day Battery Life. BlinkCharging.com. With multi-system support and simple setup, you can easily control multiple Blink cameras within one app. Blink’s affordable smart home security cameras and systems help you monitor your home directly from your smartphone. Read more: More companies should offer free cloud storage (commentary). Note that in most cases, Home Assistant will need to know that the directory is writable via the allowlist_external_dirs in your configuration.yaml file (see example below). Best Buy's early Black Friday sale: There are still discounts on TVs, laptops and smart speakers, Walmart's Black Friday sales kick off Nov. 4. Why can’t I use the storage I have with my XT2 for both, capped at the same storage limit?

There is a short delay between a motion event and the camera booting up to capture the activity (that's a tradeoff of the camera's low power mode to conserve battery life), but you can adjust some motion settings in the app. CloudEdge provide a set of video service platform for family and enterprise. Buy sync module 2 when it comes out. Customers do get a free trial of the Blink Subscription Plan through 2020, but after that, you have to decide if you want to only receive alerts and view the live feed -- or if you're fine forking over the cloud service fee to review saved clips, which will start at $3 per month. Until I read this: “Blink Mini includes a free trial of the Blink cloud storage subscription through December 31, 2020.”.

Setting up the Blink Outdoor and Sync Module 2 is simple. *New customers are those who created an account after April 15, 2020.

You can adjust the range of your motion recordings from five to 60 seconds and the set delay between alerts from 10 to 60 seconds. The Blink Outdoor one-camera kit includes a Blink Outdoor security camera, two AA lithium batteries, a Blink Sync Module 2, charging cables and mounting hardware. I told the customer service person the email said “no subscription required”. Check out some of the other commands you can use with this camera and an Alexa-enabled smart speaker or display.

Control of your SimpliSafe wireless security system from anywhere in the world! Do what I mentioned above and you’ll have your answer. With multi-system support and simple setup, you can easily control multiple Blink cameras within one app. https://support.blinkforhome.com/mini/blink-mini-storage-options?from_search=46944378. (Local storage only works with the new Blink Outdoor, Indoor and Mini cameras.). I got the same email stating I am a valued existing customer and will require no subscription for the Blink Mini and will get FREE cloud storage.

Just saw that Blink Mini will be offered later this month, and I’m excited for the product. Glad I copied it, lol. Any accounts that were created before April 16, 2020 will receive standard cloud minutes that do not expire with their Blink Mini in exactly the same way as their existing camera systems.”.

This Blink Outdoor is very similar to the Blink XT2, a model I've been testing for over a year to see how long its promised two-year batteries really lasts (so far, we're at one year, three months).

Like I mentioned, I’ve talked to several Amazon representatives and Blink representatives, even escalated to “managers” who are oblivious to this and were frankly having a “Sucks to suck” attitude. “*New customers are those who created an account after April 15, 2020. Are you saying that you’ve now bought one, and you’ve had to take out a subscription, or put in payment details, for when the free period runs out?

Hit the plus sign on the top right corner of the home screen and follow the instructions to connect your module and camera.

A Sync Module is required for the Blink Outdoor camera to work; Blink says the module helps extend the camera's Wi-Fi range and improves its battery life. That said, the Blink Outdoor did retain the XT2's decent performance and ease of use in the app.

I didn’t invest significant ££ in 6 blink cameras to suddenly have to pay a monthly fee so I can use them! Here are the best deals already announced, The best Black Friday 2020 deals available now and coming soon. It's a simple camera that works well and doesn't cost a ton of money, although the Wyze Cam Outdoor does even more for only $50. It states clearly on their website that you get permanent free storage, as ceedee linked, if you use them on the same account that you’ve had in place prior to April 16 2020. I certainly hope this is true. Just Blink and you’re home. The Blink Home Monitor app will alert you to what matters, day or night, no matter where you are. Will Blink cloud storage continue to be free. Until I read this: “Blink Mini includes a free trial of the Blink …

The details are in other new threads here, the buy products tab, as well as amazon. Save the last recorded video of a camera to a local file. The continued free storage is a loyalty perk for long term customers. The Blink Outdoor is a fine camera at a fine price, but I'm disappointed Blink got rid of one of the XT2's most compelling features -- free cloud storage.

+1 Anyway, it’s in writing, on the page ceedee linked. Now, I’m being told that the so called free storage is a free trial subscription for the rest of the year. If that’s the plan?

Don’t want to pay for cloud storage? This camera also works with Alexa and I was able to pull up its live feed on an Amazon Echo Show 8 with, "Alexa, show my camera." I am aware of the local storage option, but that will double the price before you even sort out a USB stick. Just Blink and you’re home. Cookies help us deliver our services. Blink's Outdoor Security Camera is solid, but the last-gen XT2 was better. CNET may get a commission from these offers. I like the $100 Blink Outdoor and recommend it if you don't already have a Blink system -- and if you're looking for a reliable, versatile outdoor camera with a long-lasting battery that doesn't cost a fortune. It is highly suggested that you change your password once logged in.

I’ve also talked to Amazon customer service about this and they are just as oblivious or covering up for their subsidiary Blink company emails being sent out that are falsely advertising a free service. The Blink Outdoor Security Camera takes its cue from the XT2, only now you have to pay for cloud storage. Enter Email Address. He then stuttered unbelievably trying to walk back that it’s not really a subscription, but a free trial. For the record, I have pasted the key text below, so that the link can’t automagically disappear, if and when they try the switch. It should only take about 10 minutes. The main difference comes with the upcoming Blink Subscription Plan and with the Blink Sync Module 2. I posted the actual text, in my previous reply. Contact Us Keep on reading.

Joined the forum specially to ask this question. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Control your Vivint Smart Home with the next generation Vivint App. Many reports of same in this forum, along with many glowing reports of fantastic service. Just because certain support representatives are unaware, including whoever you spoke to at Amazon, doesn’t mean you won’t get it on an on-going basis. EDIT: And here, as it looks in my browser. Seems like shameless profiteering if so and will prevent me from buying more blink products — but was hoping someone could tell me that I have misunderstood? ... enter your email account and a link will be sent to your e-mail that will allow you to login temporarily.

I doubt that they are doing bait and switch, it’s much more likely that the support agent you spoke to is incompetent. Blink’s affordable smart home security cameras and systems help you monitor your home directly from your smartphone. Blink has also said that existing customers with Blink accounts that were created on or before April 15, 2020 will continue to receive free cloud storage on the Blink Outdoor, Indoor and Mini cameras. Surely it can’t be fair (or legal?) Just saw that Blink Mini will be offered later this month, and I’m excited for the product. If anyone with an existing account, gets charged, or loses their storage, come the time, then Blink will be on a really sticky wicket. It was, a moment ago.

It’s crystal clear, on their website. Sadly it seems to be a trend of less and less good reports, more recently. If you already have a last-gen Blink system, your old Sync Module will work with the Blink Outdoor; standalone Blink Outdoor cameras cost $90. The Blink Outdoor Security Camera takes its cue from the XT2, only now you have to pay for cloud storage. If you already have cloud storage from an XT2, doesn’t make sense that you can’t share it with the Mini. That said, the last-gen Blink XT2 also cost $100 and had free cloud storage, unlike the new Blink Outdoor, which is moving over to Amazon's Ring camera cloud model via a new Blink Subscription Plan. If you are attempting to create a Blink account through the app and you see an "Invalid Parameters" message,... Login Attempts Exceeded For your security, 5 unsuccessful login attempts causes the account to be locked out for 10 minutes.

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