Blink XT too sensitive

Is there any ETA on the firmware update?

Same problems here. My XT is facing outwards and we are at the end of a cul de sac and it triggers with every car that passes by. Zones would fix this and should be what they are working on as the best solution. My first set of batteries lasted one month so this is going to get old quick.

Electrical tape seems to dramatically reduce false alarms

Here’s a shot from my cam showing how any car in the street triggers the cam. I’m guessing I would need to cover a large amount of the sensor to block cars from triggering the camera.

Hey @srfndoc,

Are you able to tilt the camera down a little to avoid needing to use more tape? If you could tilt it down out of the view of part of the road, it would require less electrical tape.

I would need to mount it higher to do that (since there is only so much tilt range) but then its difficult to get a good shot of people’s faces from that angle.

…or lower the sensitivity, till it only picks up at the sidewalk and closer. Probably a 2-3

I use ST to change the sensitivity of my Driveway Camera based on the position of the sun during the day. I have found that 4 is the lowest I can go in order for the camera to start recording appropriately. If I go 3 then then I usually just get the tail end of the action.

Looking at the position of my Driveway Camera, even though I can clearly see the street, most cars, with a setting of 4, are ignored during the day unless they are going slow. Still, there seems to be an obvious issue with the sensitivity that could be better addressed with masking just like Ring Pro does.

7 seems to work well for Night but still picks up slow moving cars or people walking too close to the driveway. Anything higher than it picks up everything. Anything lower then it doesn’t start recording in enough time. This is too big of a jump.

Saying all of that, I am not experiencing a massive amount of false motions. Almost always, “something”, that is clearly visible is triggering my motion events.

These cameras are always on but based on when the doors were open last, determines the video lengths and re-trigger times.

Ring Pro works perfect for motion. There must be a buffer because the recording start right before the motion event. Not a fair comparison because the Ring Pro is hardwired…

Yup! Hardwired and continuously recording on a loop until the action needs to be utilized in the motion clip, which uses lots of power vs. blink’s low power consumption/wireless design.

On a related note I tried Ring 2 and it’s stability wasn’t even close to Blink, so many issues. Glad @rontalley has better luck with Ring, maybe the pro model makes all the difference

Yeah, it’s been confirmed that Ring 2 sux pretty bad. Ring Pro or don’t bother.

I have 7 Blings now and I’m still a fan. However, there are some issues that I am sure will get worked out!

I tried the Ring Pro but had issues with the wiring setup. Never could get it to reliably stay powered, even with the appropriate transformer for my doorbell (upgraded twice). The wiring just seems to be hit or miss depending on the type of doorbell you have.

I really want the Blink to be my solution but they need to implement zones to take care of most of the issues reported here. I did drop my sensitivity down to a 3 which helped with less alerts for cars on the streets but I’m missing the beginning of a lot of actual events.

How about the option to turn off notifications on a per camera basis?

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That is an excellent idea! It would solve a lot of my problems.

I concur as well.

I guess I might as well add my experience with XT sensitivity, though this is NOT a complaint. I have one camera that covers my driveway and the entire front of my house. It wears a white Blink camera cover, and only since the installation of the silicone cover, it has become attractive to wasps. I constantly get alerts about motion recorded on this camera, and always play back a nice view of a wasp walking across the lens and the sound of buzzing. Fortunately, this does not occur at night, only in daylight.

One more interesting recent XT event: the same XT that attracts wasps seemed to develop an area of fog on one side of the lens. I wiped off the entire front of the camera with a Keenex tissue with zero removal of the fog. Then the cause became apparent— my 16-year old stainless steel dishwasher recently died. So I ordered a new one that includes removal of the old one in the purchase price. I moved the dead dishwasher out to my driveway to be ready for the delivery of the new one, and determined that the “fog” on the camera lens was actually reflected glare from the shiny ss dishwasher.

@nick_at_blink @Tori_At_Blink @julian_at_blink @Chris_at_Blink

Any update on this firmware fix? Can we get any estimation on when to expect a release?

Ill say this, I was able to get into a indoor camera and flash it via USB. I am now going to try and implement what RING has with the zones the camera will monitor or block…

Please be sure to post your results! It will make for some interesting reading. :wink:

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After turning the shiny dishwasher to a non-reflective side facing the camera, the blur is still there. Remembering all of the clips showing wasps walking all over the lens, I guessed that they might have left some residue on the lens. After thorough cleaning with an alcohol swab, the fog/blur has disappeared. Anyone with clips of insects walking on the lens followed by blurriness in recordings, try cleaning the lens.

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