You want to keep watch of your home, business place or both. So, you need to consider installing a security system that may include one to several cameras. You can have a camera installed which is linked to a monitor by cables with manual control. Such a system may be considered archaic with the evolution of the wireless camera system. This type of setup also presents issues because it doesn’t allow for monitoring on the go. With today’s fast pace, people need to consider a wireless security system.
Why Choose Wireless security cameras
Installing wireless security cameras is a great way to have an eye on your space whether you are there or not. It gives flexibility and convenience in security and peace of mind. While the idea of wireless security cameras is great, choosing which setup is the best for you can be hard. There are a lot of different wireless security cameras on the market.
If you’re unsure which wireless security camera is right for you, this Guide to Wireless Security Cameras is for you. We’ll review 9 wireless security cameras and give you the best for image quality, dependability, ease of setup, and the features offered. Before diving in, here are a couple of things you need to consider:
- What do you need from your wireless security cameras?
- What price range do you want to be in?
- Is this for a home or business?
- Do you want battery or wire-free security cameras?
Features of Wireless security cameras
Wire-free refers to those cameras which are battery-powered and do not have to be tethered to a power source by wires. Here, we are focused on wireless cameras that have more to do with control and not necessarily being wire-free. So, our main considerations of this buying guide is a wireless camera’s Wi-Fi connectivity, indoor/outdoor suitability, and its features and functionality.
Wireless Security Camera Families
Wyze is a great price/value buy. Their two main security cameras, Wyze Cam and Wyze Cam Pan, are wired Wi-Fi cameras. If you’re just starting out or don’t need a lot of features outside of video recording, the Wyze camera family is for you. See below for an overview of each as well as in-depth reviews.
|Features||Wyze Cam||Wyze Cam Pan|
|Field of View||110 deg||360 deg horizontal|
93 deg vertical
|Night Vision||Black and White||Black and White|
|Indoor/Outdoor||Indoor Only||Indoor Only|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz||802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz|
Arlo offers a line of truly wireless security cameras that are versatile and offer a lot of features that will integrate well in your home. High level, it works both indoors and outdoor and gives clear images in varied conditions as well as in the dark. The installation is also incredibly simple. The one main concern is its motion sensor’s hypersensitivity resulting in too many alerts. It is also higher priced and requires a base station. For full in-depth reviews on each of the Arlo Pro wireless security cameras, see below.
|Features||Arlo Ultra||Arlo Pro 3||Arlo Pro 2||Arlo Pro|
|Field of View||180 deg||160 deg||130 deg||110 deg|
|Night Vision||Color||Color||Black and White||Black and White|
|Noice Canceling||Wind and Noise||Noise and Echo||No||No|
|Siren||Built-in||Built-in||In Base Station||In Base Station|
|SmartHub/Base Station||Ultra SmartHub||Smarthub||Base Station||Base Station|
Ring is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon that has cameras designed specifically for both indoor and outdoor. As expected with anything Amazon, these security cameras are integrated with Alexa and offer a lot of great features. For this guide, we reviewed the Ring Spotlight Cam (outdoor) and Ring Stick Up Cam (indoor/outdoor). See below for a feature comparison and links to our in-depth reviews on each.
|Features||Ring Stick Up Cam||Ring Spotlight Cam|
|Install Time||5-15 minutes||10-15 minutes|
|Wi-Fi||2.4 GHz and 5 GHz||2.4 GHz|
Nest is the Google-owned home automation company and a top competitor to Ring for wireless security cameras. If you’re a Google Home Hub and Google Assistant user, I would definitely recommend a Nest camera. While I’m an Alexa user, I’m personally a fan of the design and functionality of the Nest cameras. What I like most about Nest cameras is that they all come standard with 24/7 live video, alerts to your phone, 1080p HD video, 3-hour snapshot history, and night vision.
For this buying guide, we reviewed the Nest Cam IQ Indoor and Nest Cam. One of my favorite features is the Familiar Face Alerts. Both of these cameras have the ability to detect a person versus a thing, and then will send you alerts. Check out the feature comparison and in-depth reviews below.
|Features||Nest Cam Indoor||Nest Cam IQ Indoor|
|Person Alerts||Yes||With Nest Aware|
|Familiar Face Alerts||With Nest Aware|
Individually Reviewed Wireless Security Cameras
The Canary All-in-One Security Camera
The Canary All-in-One Security Camera is a small smart Wi-Fi camera that brings together features like environmental sensors and a siren in a smart home security camera. I love the fact that there is no setup required. The camera’s sensors can detect if the fireplace is still burning or water is still running in the tub. But in the dark, the Canary can only see roughly 20 feet. It also has a climate monitor and can learn and adjust to your habits. It can integrate with Alexa for voice assistance and is connected to emergency services. Its limited 20 feet range for night vision and subscription for some services are the two main drawbacks of this camera. (Buy at Amazon for $54.99)
The Reolink Argus 2
The Reolink Argus 2 works well indoors as it does outdoor. It has a clear night vision of up to thirty-six feet without extra light. This camera is powered by a rechargeable battery and solar power, so there is freedom with its placement. It is easy to set up, but is constrained to its mobile app only and setting up multiple cameras can be time-consuming.
Positives for this camera are its push and email notifications, its built-in microSD card slot, and free video playback on its app. A couple of drawbacks are its Wi-Fi connectivity issues and slow-motion detection. (Buy at Amazon for $94.63)
The Amcrest ProHD
The Amcrest ProHD is an indoor wireless security camera. It is a remote-controlled camera with Smart digital zoom, tilt and pan function, and two-way communication. It is easy to set up and has a variety of options to store its video. With these features, it can be considered one of the best of the lower-priced cameras. (Buy at Amazon for $44.99)
The Amazon Cloud Cam (discontinued)
The Amazon Cloud Cam is another wireless security camera to be considered. It has some nice features including its compatibility with Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, and Fire TV. It is a good camera to have for monitoring children and pets in your absence. But to be able to use some of its best features you would need to have a Cloud Cam subscription.
A Cloud Cam subscription is needed for multiple camera support, person detection and to set motion zones. But you get 24 hours of free video clips storage and options to view on mobile devices or PC. Unfortunately, the night vision of this camera is not the best and scheduling options are limited. (Buy at Amazon for $119.99)
The Abode iota
The Abode iota is an all-in-one camera and security system. It is a high-end compact camera with two-way communication, high-quality video and keen movement detection with a siren. There is also the choice to add 24-hour professional monitoring with a direct link for help without having to buy additional equipment for security. But this camera does not have the best sound quality and its small size limits its security range. (Buy at Amazon for $229.00)
Things to Consider for Your Wireless Security Camera
Having gained a general understanding of some Wireless Security Cameras available, you will be better able to choose wisely. You will also need to ensure you use them effectively for your needs.
To ensure the security and reliability of your camera system buy a recognized brand from a trusted merchant. You will also need to ensure the security of your Wi-Fi network with unique passwords. Also, be sure to keep the firmware for your camera and Wi-Fi router updated and keep remote viewing off when you are not using it.
Recommendation: If you have the budget, I would highly recommend going with one of the families of wireless security cameras. They’re the well-established brands in the space which helps guaranteed they’ll maintain firmware and support for the device long-term. Our picks would be Arlo or Nest – you can’t go wrong with either.
Buying A Wireless Security Camera?
- Swann – Indoor/Outdoor 1080p Wi-Fi Wireless Security Camera at Best Buy – $119.99
- Samsung – SmartThings Indoor 1080p at Best Buy – $89.99
- Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera at Best Buy – $399.99
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