If you are a Blink Camera user like me, naturally, you must have pondered over the idea of using multiple Cams simultaneously.
I, too, wondered how to bring this idea to fruition. And after researching a bit on this topic, I found the answer.
Two Blink cameras can record at the same time. To do this, pair both Cams to the Blink app. Then, arm both the Cameras to enable motion detection and event recording. You can also view the Live View feed of either of the Cams from the Blink app.
In this article, we cover a few nuances and steps associated with recording multiple Blink Cameras.
How to Add Multiple Blink Cameras to a System
Blink Cameras, apart from a select few models, have to be paired with a Sync Module to connect and communicate with the Blink app.
The Sync Module acts as a hub for your Blink Cams. And so, to connect and use multiple Blink Cams, you need to sync them up with a Sync Module.
Doing so will create a System.
Here's how to pair a Blink Cam with the Sync Module:
1. Open the Blink App and tap on the 'Add Device' icon located on the Home Screen.
2. The screen that pops up will show you devices that are eligible to be added to your system.
3. Depending on your selection, a QR scanning page will open.
4. Scan the QR code with your smartphone camera.
For Blink Mini, the QR code is located on the back, and for all other Blink Camera versions, the QR code is located inside the battery compartment.
- If you wish to manually type in the DSN, choose 'Enter Serial Manually'.
- Once the serial number has been verified, the setup process begins. A notification will alert you when the setup is complete and the Camera has been successfully added.
- Tap 'Done'.
Power off your Blink Camera for a period of 15 seconds at the very least before you attempt to add a Camera to the same system or another system.
You can repeat this process to add up to 10 Blink Cameras to a single Sync module system. Keep in mind that Blink Mini can work independently of the Sync Module, or as a part of the system.
If you have more than 10 devices that you want to connect to the Sync Module, you can operate the Blink Mini outside the system to clear space for other Blink Cameras.
You could also make use of these steps when adding back a Blink Cam to the app after removing it for resolving issues like Blink Photo Capture not working.
How to View Blink Cam Live View
Live View is the feature via which you can view the Live feed along with sound (yes, Blink Cams record audio as well as video) from the Blink Camera in the Blink App.
An active Wi-Fi network is required for Live View.
If your Blink Camera supports the two-way audio feature through which you can broadcast your voice, you should be able to see a tap-to-talk button on the Live View screen on the Blink App.
If your smartphone does not have an echo cancellation feature, it is recommended that the tap-to-talk button be held while you are speaking.
The two-way audio feature is supported only on the following models from Blink:
|Blink Model||Two-Way Audio Support|
|Blink Indoor (gen 1)||❌|
|Blink Indoor (gen 2)||✅|
|Blink XT 2||✅|
|Blink Video Doorbell||✅|
Blink Video Doorbell, Outdoor, Indoor (Generation 2), Mini, and XT2 Cameras.
How To Access Live View Feed of Your Blink Cam
Here's how to access the Live View feed of a Blink Cam:
- Open the Blink App and open the Blink Camera whose Live View you would like to watch.
- Tap on the Live View icon indicated by a video camera on the home screen of the Camera.
- You can also access Live View by tapping on the motion alert notifications sent to your smartphone.
However, Blink allows for only one person to access the Live View resulting from motion alerts.
Even though you might get these alerts on multiple devices, only one person can access Live View at a time.
This means, even if you can access Blink cams through a PC and a smartphone, you can access the live view of a Cam on one device at a time.
You can tap on the Speaker icon to mute or unmute the audio from the Live View which is recorded using the Camera microphone.
You also have the option of saving Live View sessions to the cloud storage by tapping the 'Save' button located at the bottom left corner of the screen.
However, you can only save the Live View sessions if you have an active Blink Subscription Plan or free trial.
How to Access Blink Camera Clips
Here's how to access all your recorded clips from a Blink Cam on the Blink app:
- Open the Blink app.
- Tap on the Clip roll icon (video playback icon).
- Here you can see all your recorded clips, live view sessions, and clips saved on the SD card.
If you have an active Blink Subscription Plan (basic or Plus) that comes with unlimited cloud video recording, 60-day unlimited cloud storage, and live view recording, cloud storage clips are available as well to you.
Your system should be armed for it to record clips. Unwatched clips are tagged with an orange dot.
On iOS devices, however, you can edit the saved clips. On tapping a clip, it is automatically played on the Blink clip player.
While playing any motion clip on the player, you can tap anywhere on the screen to bring up several options like Share, Delete, Close the player, or access Live View from that camera.
The Sync Module 2 comes with Local Storage Feature which allows you to directly save the recorded motion event from the Blink Camera system onto a USB drive.
Blink Camera Troubleshooting Guide
Here are some common troubleshooting guides for you to follow if you are facing any issues with your Blink Camera.
Power Cycle Blink Camera
Power cycling is a common and effective way through which you can resolve any persisting bugs within your system.
A soft reset forces your Camera to reconfigure itself and thereby potentially resolve any bugs, including issues with the network like Blink Cam not connecting to WiFi.
To Power Cycle Your Blink Camera:
- Remove the power source from your Blink Camera.
- Wait for at least 15 seconds.
- Reconnect the power source to the Blink Camera.
If you are re-adding your Camera to your system or to another system, make sure you power cycle the cam first.
Refresh the Network
Your network plays a huge role in proper communication between the Blink Cameras and the Sync Module.
For seamless communication, refresh your network and run a speed test of your Wi-Fi network.
The Wi-Fi network must have at least 2 MB per second or faster upload speed for proper Live View functionality.
Here's to refresh the network:
- Unplug the power cord from the modem or switch it off using the button on the back.
- Wait for around 30 seconds.
- Plug the power cord back in and give the network a minute to configure itself.
If you find that your current Wi-Fi system is lacking in terms of network range requirements, consider upgrading your network to a mesh system.
Move the Sync Module Closer to the Router
The Sync module links the Blink Camera to the Wi-Fi network.
Failing to establish a proper network link between the Sync Module and the Router could trigger issues like Blink Cam not recording at night.
So check the proximity of the sync module to the router as well as the Blink Camera for proper functionality.
If you are facing any issues with your network, try moving the sync module closer to the router to check if this solves your problem.
Low signal strengths will render the Sync Module out of range, which in turn, can trigger issues like thumbnail fails on Blink Cam.
Reset Blink Camera and Sync Module
Reset Blink Camera
When you factory reset your Blink Camera, it will reset all user-defined settings to the factory default. This removes transient files in your Camera and is a popular method to resolve bugs.
Resetting your Cam and Sync Module is the recommended fix for resolving critical issues like Blink Cam not detecting motion.
Here's how to do so:
- Find and press the dedicated 'Reset button' on the Blink Camera located near the Battery compartment.
- Keep the button held down for at least 5 seconds or till the LED indicator is OFF.
- If you see a flashing red LED, it indicates that the reset is taking place.
- Configuring your Camera once reset is complete.
Reset Sync Module
In the event of a disruption in communication or if a Blink Cam won't connect to a Sync Module, a reset could be your way out.
However, you should always power cycle your Sync Module before resetting it.
Here's how to power cycle the Sync Module:
- Unplug the Sync Module from the power source and wait for around 10 seconds.
- Plug in the Sync module, powering the device back up.
- The Sync Module indicates solid green light for Normal operation and solid blue along with a blinking green for device setup.
- If your power cycle does not return solid blue and blinking green lights, you should reset your Sync Module.
Once you have power cycled the Sync Module, here's how to reset it:
1. The Sync Module has a dedicated Reset button on the back of the device.
2. Keep in mind, this button will take your system offline and requires reconfiguration to go back online.
3. Press and hold the reset button for at least 5 seconds.
4. You should see a flashing red LED indication followed by a blinking blue light and solid green light after 15 seconds.
This indicates that the Sync Module is ready to be added through the Blink App.
On Sync Module 2, the Reset button will be located next to the USB port. Use a pointy tool like a paper clip to indent the button.
And there you have it, a comprehensive guide on how to pair and record two Blink Cams at the same time.
Included too is a brief troubleshooting guide to fix several associated issues on Blink Cams.
If you cannot seem to resolve the issue, contact the Blink support team for further assistance.
Hopefully, you found the information in this article helpful.
Have a good day!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can One Blink Camera Trigger Another?
If you have multiple cameras armed for motion detection and the field of view for both these cameras cross each other, then motion in this field of view would trigger both the cameras to record. However, one camera cannot trigger another to record.
Can Blink Cameras Be Armed Separately?
Yes, you can manually arm or disarm your entire system or individual cameras on your Blink system through the Blink App.
Does Blink Only Record When Motion Is Detected?
Blink Cameras record clips only when motion is detected, and a subsequent alert is sent to your smartphone. A select few Blink models, like the Blink XT 2 and Blink Outdoor allow users to record clips through the Live View feed.
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