Installing security cameras outdoors brings unique positioning challenges. Unlike indoor installations, where wall outlets and Wi-Fi range limit locations, outdoor environments offer far more flexibility. But with this freedom comes choosing the optimal mounting spots and angles to get the most out of your cameras.
Blink outdoor cameras provide wire-free simplicity for installation anywhere around your property. Their small size lets you tuck cameras into obscure locations for discreet security. But for the best performance, strategic placement is key. The proper siting can distinguish between missed activity and complete, high-quality coverage.
When installing your new Blink outdoor cameras, take the time to evaluate your property’s layout, lighting, and security risks to determine ideal mounting options. Small adjustments in height and angle during initial setup greatly impact motion sensing and video capture.
Follow these tips and best practices to position your Blink cameras like a pro for robust outdoor monitoring.
Consider Camera Coverage Area
Blink outdoor cameras have a 110° field of view. This means they can cover about 15 ft in length at a distance of 15 ft away. Think about the key areas you want to monitor and make sure your cameras have line of sight. Measure approximate distances to determine ideal mounting locations.
Aim for overlapping views from multiple cameras. This provides complete coverage with no blind spots and allows viewing events from different angles. Determine any high-traffic areas, entry points, or valuables to safeguard when planning camera positioning.
Consider the Height
Mounting height impacts both the camera coverage area and ability to deter crime. As a rule of thumb, Blink recommends installing cameras 8-10 ft off the ground. This gives a wide vista for motion detection.
If monitoring a doorway or gate, position the camera at eye-level height. This captures faces clearly as people enter the property. High overhead angles are better for wide coverage of driveways, yards, or larger areas.
Visibility is also a consideration. Placing cameras prominently in plain sight is a crime deterrent, while hidden cameras provide unbiased footage. Choose concealed or obvious locations based on your specific security objectives.
Check the Viewing Angle
Blink cameras perform best when mounted at a 30-45° downward angle. This gives the motion sensor and camera lens an optimal perspective. Ensure the camera’s field of view is unobstructed. Avoid aiming the camera flat against a wall or the ground.
Test motion detection from potential mounting points before installing the camera. Walk in front of the camera from different distances and angles to check blind spots. Make small adjustments to the position to refine the viewing angle before permanently mounting the camera.
Consider Lighting Conditions
Blink cameras include infrared night vision, so they don’t require external lighting. But positioning cameras under eaves or overhangs blocks IR illumination at night. Ensure the camera has a clear upward view of the sky for best low-light performance.
Avoid aiming the camera directly into the sunlight for daylight capture, which creates glares and shadows. Position cameras so the subject is illuminated, but the camera lens is shaded. If needed, utilize a solar shade extension or reposition at dawn/dusk when light is more indirect.
Mount Near Power Source
While Blink cameras are wireless, positioning them closer to a power source is recommended. If desired, this lets you connect the optional Blink Sync Module for uninterrupted recording and live view.
If using solar panels to charge the Blink batteries, install the cameras near the solar panels for convenience. Optimal sunlight exposure keeps the batteries perpetually charged for wire-free operation.
For hardwired setups, the Blink Sync Module plugs into a nearby outlet. Look for outdoor sockets on eaves, balconies, or patios within range when siting cameras. Consider adding an outdoor outlet if needed.
Check Wi-Fi Signal Strength
Blink cameras need a strong 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi signal for optimal performance. Before permanently mounting each camera, do a signal test. Place the Blink camera in the planned location, open the app, and check the Wi-Fi bars indicator.
If the signal strength is low (1-2 bars), reposition the camera closer to the house or Wi-Fi router. Or install a wireless range extender near the mounting area to amplify the Wi-Fi coverage. Reliable Wi-Fi is essential.
Allow for Expansion
Think about how you want to expand or add cameras in the future when planning your initial Blink outdoor setup. Allow room to increase coverage as needs change.
Leave space to potentially add corner or panoramic-mounted cameras for full 360° surveillance. And accommodate supplemental viewpoints from different heights and angles. A modular, scalable approach prevents reinstallation hassles down the road.
Choose Secure Mounting Locations
To prevent tampering or theft, mount Blink cameras in locations that are difficult to reach. Position cameras high overhead, utilizing roof eaves and soffits whenever feasible.
Ensure the mounting area is solid for deck railings, patio covers, and entryways. Use metal palisade fences or sturdy wooden posts. Avoid fragile surfaces subject to vibration.
Consider using security screws, tethers, or cages to make cameras harder to remove. Dome enclosures can also make camera direction less obvious. Prioritize security as well as visibility.
Adjust Motion Zones
Once mounted, fine-tune the camera’s motion detection zones and sensitivity settings. Adjust the zones to cover only key areas, minimizing false alerts from trees or objects blowing.
Walk test different approach paths to ensure motion reliably triggers the recording. For large coverage areas, define subzones to pinpoint activity locations on camera panoramas. Customize motion settings for optimal capturing.
Properly positioning your Blink outdoor security cameras takes forethought and strategy, but pays off through enhanced monitoring and protection. Start by thoroughly surveying your property and determining optimal camera placements. Mount the cameras securely using Blink’s recommended best practices. Test positions, adjust angles accordingly, and use features like activity zones to frame and customize shots. Layer multiple cameras to eliminate blind spots for true 360-degree coverage—finally, dial-in app settings like motion alerts and night vision capture footage to your satisfaction.
With diligent planning and strategic execution, you can install a Blink system as thoughtfully composed as any great security masterpiece. Following these positioning principles will help craft a well-framed exterior view and provide greater peace of mind, knowing your property is monitored 24/7. So carefully consider where and how to place your Blink cameras. The investment will be worthwhile in increased security and confidence. Properly positioned, your Blink Outdoor cameras will become indispensable to protecting your home.