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Belkin Wemo NetCam End of Life on June 30 and Need New Cam

Posted by Ninja Space Content on Friday, May 15, 2020 Under: Security
I received an email from Belkin last month that informed me my Wemo NetCam will no longer be serviced starting at the end of this month (update: they extended to June 30 2020 now). I'll no longer be able to use my Netcam anymore to view any motion activated movements for my side yard, which is what I've been and still using it for. I am pretty bummed out by this. 

I've been using this particular Belkin Netcam since 2015. It's been helpful for me and my sanity because it informs of any suspicious activities coming into my property via email and I can view it live through their app. I've even moved it with me across states when we relocated. Now, I'm going to have to find a new solution to replace my side yard cam. It's pretty important as a security measure for my home and this is such a huge blow to my trust in tech companies, particularly this one. Now, I'm going to make sure that I believe the next cam I'll buy will keep their services and stay in business for a long time and not disappoint me like Belkin is doing. I don't want to jepardize the security of my home with an unreliable service.

You can get a refund on the purchase of the Netcam, only if it was purchased within the last 2 years and with a receipt so that doesn't apply to me. I've had this hardware for over 4 years. Now, this Belkin Netcam is literally useless. According to the Belkin's website, I can't use this cam with any other app.

So what am I going to do? What technology will I use? What will I substitute my next home cam with for my side yard? 

Right now, knowing that Amazon is going strong as a company, I'm probably going to use Ring cams. They are also easily linked with my already exisitng echo devices (also owned by Amazon) via Alexa so they are hopefully much more reliable than Belkin ever was. The thing with my current Belkin netcam is it's electrical and has to be plugged in. The next cam I am going to get will be battery operated so that I can place it outside and not worry about wiring. Ring cams are either wired (needs to plug in) or battery-operated. Some cams can be used specifically for indoor or outdoor use, or both so I'll have to look for the exact device that will help me be able to place it outside without it getting possibly damaged.
A more reliable webcam among the market are Ring cams, which are owned by Amazon: Ring Stick Up Cam Battery HD security camera with two-way talk, Works with Alexa.

Another thing that I need to consider is getting a cam with a spotlight on it. There's no light that comes on when motion is activated on my Belkin netcam. However, there's a ring cam that also acts like a security cam and a spotlight cam which would help me get added security for my house called a Ring Spotlight Cam. They are more expensive than one with just a cam but the spotlight is useful for deterring intruders. 

In : Security 

Tags: belkin cam no longer work  end of life wemo netcam 

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