ThanksThe best part of the blink is that there is no monthly subscription. Depending on usage, the batteries can last up to 2 years. Mine has been going for over 14 months and still shows battery life as "good". With all the Amazon packages we get, my blink records quite often. I can also ask Alexa to "show me the front door" and the camera will provide me a live video on my Fire TVs, Alexa show device, or my Alexa app. Very handy.
The USB port on the camera ?I have two - one on our cherry tree overlooking our pond and Scottish stackwall so we can see when idiots back into the wall and one we keep in our travel trailer so when we're camping and go on adventures we can keep an eye on our dogs if we don't take 'em...they work well enough.
I put two eneloops in the one on our cherry tree and connected a solar panel to the usb port so I've not had to worry about the batteries since I set that up. Going on 6 months now.
But the batteries that come with the Blink last up to 2 years. The $33 for that solar panel would buy a lot of replacement batteries!
That's what I have as well. I could not get the Blink Xt2 Camera to reliably connect to my WiFi (even with an extender). I then tried a Nest Video Doorbell and it also would not maintain a reliable WiFi connection. Finally I tried Ring and it connects and stays connected without issue.I use Ring Doorbell, worked great for the past year. It cost $3 a month to continue maintaining video history.