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As uncovered by Wirecutter, Nest cameras that had been connected to the Wink smart hub through Works With Nest were still accessible to the original owner, even after the camera had been reset to its factory settings. If you purchased a used Nest cam, you should make sure it's on the latest firmware version, which will fix this issue. The Blink XT security camera is getting a successor. The new Blink XT2 $99. 99 is an indoor/outdoor wireless security camera with a resolution of 1080p, two way talk, customizable motion detection zones, and free cloud storage for up to 120 minutes of video. It runs on two AA batteries, which should last up to two years.

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Additionally, there's a membership plan available which allows you to expand on the basic 24 hours online storage to a 30 or 60 day storage plan, along with the ability to store more video as well as get further discounts at Honeywell. You can sign up to Honeywell Smarthome Security here Other home security systems to considerBrinks works with a wider variety of smart home devices than most other companies, plus it offers both DIY and professional installation options as required. You can buy into Brinks Home Complete, or purchase the Nest Security System see above at a discount through Brinks. The service is really focused on providing the monitoring for you, which comes in relatively cheap in industry terms at $29 per month, after hardware costs. The one caveat is to expect to sign a three year contract, with early exit penalties coming into play 30 days after purchase. ADT is an established security company that offers equipment tied to a subscription based monitoring service, most of which will require professional installation that the company can provide.