Blink home security cameras are most used and popular for indoor security since they can be placed wherever you’d like. There isn’t one specific place that it couldn’t go indoors, making it useful in securing every angle of your home. However, since most Blink cameras are made for indoor use only—users sometimes place them so that they’re angled toward windows to catch footage from outside; but does this even work?
Blink cameras can work through windows when it comes to live footage, but they will not detect motion. Therefore, they cannot capture and save clips if there is activity outside.
However, just because you can’t use your indoor Blink camera to detect motion through your window doesn’t mean it’s impossible to monitor activity outside. There are actually a few alternatives you can try to achieve the same goals.
Can Blink Cameras Record Footage Through Windows?
Blink cameras are one of the most popular smart security solutions on the market. They have plenty of features that make it an excellent choice for homeowners, including night vision and compatibility with Alexa.
While many users would like to believe—and hope—that Blink cameras can record activity outside through a window and save the footage among its other features, this is not the case.
Blink cameras are built to only record footage once they have detected movement. They use infrared technology for this purpose, which relies on heat readings to work correctly. However, when the camera is placed in front of a window, it becomes impossible to rely on this feature; the treated glass most home windows are made from makes it difficult for the cameras to detect heat on the other side.
Therefore, if your Blink camera cannot detect motion in this manner, it will not record any activity. However, although you cannot record and store footage, you can still view the Blink camera’s live feed, even if your device faces the window. You would just need to access the feature through the app to do so.
Why Point Your Blink Camera at the Window?
At this point, you may be wondering why users would want to point their Blink cameras at the window to see outside in the first place, even if you can’t record anything. There are actually a couple of reasons why you may want to do so:
The first reason users want to keep their device inside is to protect it from environmental damage, such as high winds or heavy rain. This is understandable with Blink indoor cameras since they are not built for outdoor use.
However, Blink has manufactured its own outdoor camera, which is weatherproof and best suited for recording outdoor activity. Additionally, it has two-way audio so that you can talk to people outside, and they can also respond to you.
And, if you still don’t feel comfortable leaving your Blink outdoor camera outside, there’s also plenty of camera covers available to protect your device from the elements further.
The other, more common, reason users prefer to keep their Blink camera indoors is to discourage would-be intruders from tampering with the device. Even if the camera is weatherproof, this does not necessarily mean it’s safe from people—usually those with malicious intentions—tinkering with it.
Alternatives for Recording through Windows
As hinted above, the best and most common alternative to pointing your Blink camera at your window is investing in an outdoor version to be left outside. If tampering is one of your concerns, consider installing the device higher off the ground, where it’s out of reach from possible intruders.
The Blink XT2, in particular, is battery-operated, so access to an outlet should not be an issue when considering placement height. However, if you prefer to have your device hardwired, there are also long power adapters available for the device.
Another alternative is to purchase a security camera that detects motion based on pixel changes rather than infrared technology. These types of devices can work through windows without issue, though you lose many of the smart features Blink cameras have to offer.
Although there are a few valid reasons why users would want to use their Blink camera through a window, ultimately, the device will not work as effectively as using it outside. The way the glass in windows is treated makes it virtually impossible for the cameras to use their infrared technology to detect movement, which would typically trigger a recording to start.
As an alternative, users are encouraged to invest in the Blink outdoor camera if they want to take advantage of the device’s features while securing the home’s exterior.