Placement of your Blink Video Doorbell

Use this article to understand how the Blink Video Doorbell captures motion and placement tips for receiving the motion notifications you want.

Your Doorbell's Motion Sensor

The doorbell's motion sensor looks outward from the doorbell in a cone shape measuring about 100º in width, tilted downward 10º, with a range of 25 feet (7.6 m). When the doorbell is mounted 45 inches (114 cm) above the ground, it detects knee-level motion at 17 feet (5 m) away.

Doorbell placement is important for optimum motion detection. The sensor works best when motion is moving across the view. Too much background motion can cause unwanted motion notifications and clip recording. To learn more, visit Understanding the placement of your Blink Camera.

If the doorbell faces a source of light, the camera image can appear washed out. When the doorbell is in night vision mode, nearby reflective surfaces can also affect how clear the image is. Try to select a view that balances these factors.

Doorbell Motion Detection Tips

Using a Wedge or Corner Mount

Blink offers Wedge and Corner Mount accessories that can shift the doorbell camera's motion sensor view.

The Wedge Mount provides a 5° vertical tilt (up or down). The Corner Mount provides a 25° horizontal tilt (side-to-side). To learn more, visit Install a Wedge or Corner Mount.

To adjust your camera position in the opposite direction, flip your Wedge or Corner Mount 180º so that the top and bottom switch positions.


Receiving too many Motion Notifications

Before you Enable Motion Detection on your camera, you must first arm your Blink system. Once you arm your Blink system and Enable Motion Detection, you will receive motion notifications on your mobile device.

If your motion notifications are delayed, you're not receiving them, or if you're getting too many, visit Troubleshooting Motion Notifications.


Adjusting the doorbell's sensitivity

Your camera's Sensitivity setting adjusts how much input it takes to send you a notification.

Low sensitivity is less responsive, so a larger amount of heat and motion are needed to cause a notification. The highest setting may cause alerts from blowing leaves or even shadows.

If you are receiving too many notifications, try turning the Sensitivity down two points. To learn more, visit Adjusting Sensitivity for your Blink Camera.


Adding Activity Zones

Activity Zones allow you to select areas for your camera to ignore. This can help with excessive motion clips or false alerts. To learn more, visit How to set Motion Zones.


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