Blink Outdoor camera is a good solution for increasing the security of your house. You may have seen various flashing lights on the camera that indicated different things. A common one is the Blink camera flashing red.
If your Blink Outdoor Camera is flashing red, it may indicate that the camera is not connected to the internet or that the battery is low and it needs to be replaced.
You can fix this issue easily, without the need to reach the manufacturer. Just follow the suggestions listed below and quickly fix the Blink camera flashing red issue.
How to fix a Blink camera that is flashing red?
Most of the time the Blink camera flashes red because it is not connected to the internet, or because the batteries need to be replaced.
The camera is not connected to the internet
When the Blink camera is set up for the first time, it needs to be linked and connected to the internet. The camera won’t function without an internet or WiFi connection, it won’t stream any videos.
According to Blink instructions, during the initial setup, the camera’s red light will flash 3-4 times followed by a few soft red blinks. It will continue until the internet connection is established.
So, when setting up the camera pay attention to the red light flashes to find out if the internet connection is the actual issue. Moreover, just check other devices that you may have in the house to see if the internet works.
Or just open up some random websites on your phone (while connected to the home WiFi) to see if the internet works. If it doesn’t then you know why the Blink camera is flashing red.
Another thing to consider: ensure the WiFi signal provides coverage for the location where the camera is installed. If the camera is too far away, the connection will drop. Bring the camera closer to check if you see anything different.
How to reconnect your Blink Outdoor Camera to WiFi?
If you think that there’s an issue with the internet, then you can try to reconnect your Blink outdoor camera to the WiFi. As soon as the connection is established, the red flashing will disappear.
Connecting the Blink camera to the WiFi is pretty easy, follow these steps:
- Connect the Blink Outdoor Camera to the Sync Module’s Wi-Fi network. The connection should be named “BLINK-” and you should use the unit’s serial number to verify the connection
- Tap Join to secure connection.
- Add your local WiFi SSID. Basically, select your WiFi from the list of detected networks.
Enter the WiFi’s password.
Once the internet connection is successfully completed, you should see the “Done” button on the screen.
If for some reason you cannot connect to the internet, refer to Blink’s user guide or their official tech guides. Additionally, you may call their tech support.
A flashing red light could also indicate that the device has a low battery. According to Blink’s manual, the camera should flash a red light 5 or 6 times once the blue recording light goes off. Then no light will flash at all which indicates that the batteries are done.
Keep in mind that low battery-related flashing is slightly different compared to the one that indicates loss of internet.
When there is no internet, the red light will be short, quick, and continuous. When there’s a battery issue, the camera will flash a solid red 5-6 times, and then it will die out (since there’s no more battery to power up the lights).
To avoid battery issues or failures on your Blink outdoor camera:
- Keep track of how often and when you are replacing the battery. Note each time you place new ones.
- Use AA Lithium non-rechargeable batteries. According to the manufacturer, any other type of battery may compromise the camera.
- Use reliable batteries and don’t cheap out.
The Blink outdoor cameras are designed to convey different flashing colorful lights indicating specific issues. If the camera is flashing red, it usually indicates a loss of internet connection or a low battery.
Try to reconnect the camera to the internet again and ensure that the WiFi works fine and provides coverage. Additionally, you may inspect the battery. If you’re stuck, you can call up the Blink technical team.