The Blink XT is a WiFi security camera featuring 1080p HD resolution, night vision, motion detection, and weatherproofing. It may be installed outdoors or within your home for continuous monitoring. Follow these step-by-step instructions to mount Blink XT outside. Use this advice to locate the best location for your camera while also ensuring its safety and security.
Can Blink XT be used Outdoors?
The Blink XT security camera is an indoor/outdoor variant of the famous Blink security camera. It can be used both as an indoor and outdoor security camera. It takes the basic specifications of that model and adds weatherproofing and infrared night vision, as well as increasing the maximum resolution from 720p to 1080p. The Blink XT is an indoor/outdoor version of the popular Blink security camera.
The basic Blink XT system costs around $130 and includes the camera and a sync module; additional cameras cost $120 apiece. There are additional two, three, and five-camera systems available, each with a single sync module.
The Blink XT’s box claims “easy installation,” and it does not lie. The camera is powered by two AA lithium batteries, which may be inserted into the battery compartment by removing the rear panel from the 3-by-3-inch square camera enclosure.
The Blink XT is an interestingly powered and designed security camera. Many home security camera firms launch a successful indoor version of their product just to lose out on the outside market. Blink released their outdoor model soon after their indoor form was successful. The Blink XT Outdoor/Indoor Home Security Camera System is suitable for use both inside and outside.
Today, we’ll go through how to put a Blink XT security camera outside. The Blink XT comes with a mounting bracket that has to be screwed to a flat surface. The mount is attached to the rear, near the battery compartment latch. It’s a tiny mount with limited capabilities.
We would prefer to use the industry-standard 1/4′′ – 20 threaded screw holes found on tripods and most industry-standard mounts. Because this sort of mounting adaptor is not available, there is a limited number of available mounts.
In this post, we’ll discuss how to best position the camera and look at several other options for mounting the Blink XT, including one or two ways to avoid using the screw, which, if you have aluminum siding, won’t look so great after removal.
It’s worth mentioning that this camera was replaced in early 2019 by the Blink XT2 Outdoor security camera. The specifications are comparable, but the supplied mount is significantly better.
How to Mount Blink XT Security Camera Anywhere
Let’s start with some essential Blink XT data that are relevant to choosing a mounting position. The camera has a field of vision of 110 degrees.
So it doesn’t have the largest field of vision in outside cameras, since the Nest Cam Outdoor and Arlo Pro both have 130 degree capabilities. However, it is sufficient for positioning the camera in a corner and capturing a very large swath of land outdoors.
When a person crosses the field of view rather than advancing towards the camera, most home security cameras detect motion more efficiently.
Choose a place that detects motion when someone passes the area of vision rather than walking into it.
Place the camera at least eight feet above the ground if feasible. This makes it easier to obtain a better look. It also makes it more difficult for the camera to be stolen.
Blink includes a multi-angle plastic bracket that fits onto the rear of the Blink XT. The mounting screw is inserted into the hole on the opposite end of the bracket. The plan is to screw the mounting bracket to a flat surface before snapping the Blink XT onto it.
Keep in mind that you will need to remove the camera from the mounting bracket on a regular basis to change the battery. When it’s time to change the batteries, just take the bottom of the Blink XT away from the mount.
The camera is 2.8 x 2.8 x 1.34 inches (71 x 71 x 34 mm). As a result, it’s a perfect square and far too thick. This is an interesting camera shape. Most security cameras are cylindrical in shape and slightly deeper in depth.
A pair of AA lithium batteries power the camera. The entire package, including the batteries, weighs only 3.3 ounces. Blink found out how to pack a lot of capabilities and power into a compact footprint.
The supplied Blink Mounting Bracket is fastened to a level surface by inserting a screw through the end of the bracket that isn’t connected to the camera and into a wall.
The mounting bracket provided with the Blink XT is not designed for use on a ceiling. It’s just not long enough, and if it’s linked to a ceiling, you’ll only be able to view the tops of people’s heads. For a ceiling, you’ll need a longer mount.
You can avoid using the mounting bracket entirely, and some people do. Simply place the Blink XT on a table or other flat surface. The drawback, particularly for outdoor use, is that it is unsecured, and someone might simply steal the camera or the wind may blow it into your neighbor’s yard.
How to mount Blink XT Security Camera without Drilling
There are a few different mounts to consider when using the Blink XT. A few ingenious businesses have included an adaptor that connects to the rear of the Blink XT. It is compatible with the mount that comes with the Blink XT. The adapter connects to any conventional 1/4′′ – 20 threaded mount.
The Wasserstein Metal Wall Mount for Blink XT Outdoor & Indoor Cameras is available in a set of three. It comprises the adapter we just mentioned, as well as a metal mount with a ball and socket on the end. This is a picture of the mount in action that goes with this article.
This mount is ideal for attaching a Blink XT to a ceiling or wall, or for putting just over a door. The supplied wood screws are used to secure the mount to a flat surface. This suction mount is also available in a three-pack.
Wasserstein’s next brilliant invention, which connects to your rain gutter, is worth considering. Consider the Blink XT Outdoor Camera Weatherproof Gutter Mount with Universal Screw Adapter.
The Blink XT may be attached to the lip of your rain gutter with this mount. The mount is securely attached to the front of the gutter by two screw clamps. This is ideal for keeping an eye on your garage.
There are a few others, but not too many. We like Wasserstein and have tested both of these mounts on a Blink XT and they work nicely.
As previously stated, the adaptor clicks into place firmly. Simply screw the opposite side of the adapter into the supplied mount after attaching it to the camera.