Home security should never be limited by where you can place or power your cameras. Luckily, there’s a growing range of wire-free security cameras that offer total flexibility as well as complete home coverage. This also allows homeowners and renters alike to capture high-quality surveillance footage without invasive installations or breaking the bank. Without the need to splash out hundreds, or drill through walls and ceilings, these solutions make home security more accessible to all. If you’re looking to build a wire-free security system for your home, these are some great brands to consider.
EZVIZ is a division of Hikvision and has become a major player in the surveillance arena since launching in 2013. They recently launched their all-new BC1 Security Camera Kits which are entirely battery-powered, and a fantastic option for the outdoors. With a whopping 12,900 mAh rechargeable battery, the BC1 camera excels in battery life and lasts for a full year on a single charge. With an IP66 enclosure, this camera is built to last with high levels of protection against dust, water, and even the toughest weather conditions.
The BC1 camera provides 1080p FHD video quality, vivid night vision (in both colour and black and white), motion sensors, two-way talk, active defense, and more, showcasing well-rounded usability for all households. Designed with a 256GB MicroSD card slot, the Base Station lets you store footage locally, and there’s also the option to save footage to the cloud for extra peace of mind.
EZVIZ’s cloud platform is called CloudPlay and offers a safer, simpler way to store security footage. CloudPlay offers a seamless, interactive experience that allows you to access live videos on your smart camera anywhere and any time through the EZVIZ App. EZVIZ offers a 30-day free trial period before committing to a plan, at which point, you can choose from a standard or premium plan which both offer some flexibility. You can choose between having 3, 7, or 30-day cloud history, and you get unlimited storage on all plans.
Swann started from humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, and is now a global leader in home and business security with offices worldwide. Their security line-up includes a mix of wireless and wired devices with resolutions from 1080p FHD to 4K UHD. With an understanding that true security is about preventing crime, many of Swann’s cameras feature preventative features such as sensor lighting, alarms, sirens, two-way talk, and more.
One of our recommendations from Swann’s line-up is the Xtreem Wire-Free Security Camera & Solar Panel. The Xtreem Security Camera has crystal clear 1080p HD video capture both day and night, 2-way audio so you can hear and talk to potential intruders, a powerful 13,200mAh Lithium battery (that will last up to 6 months on a single charge IF you are not using the solar panel. With the solar panel you can set and forget!), and a weather-proof design that works through rain and snow. Swann’s Xtreem uses a True Detect™ feature to detect heat from people & cars and trigger a push notification and video recording to be sent to your phone.
Footage from your Swann camera is saved locally to a microSD (a 16GB microSD card is included with the above combo) and for 1-day on the cloud. If you want your footage to stay on the cloud for longer, you can sign up to Swann’s cloud platform, Secure+. The best thing is, you can try it for 100 days before you commit!
Arlo is a big name in home security and they’re trusted to protect the homes of hundreds of thousands around the world. Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor security, Arlo’s Advanced Wireless Security Cameras have you covered. Their range of wireless cameras are praised for their sharp video quality and easy installation, featuring a rechargeable battery and AC power option for total flexibility. There’s even the option to add a solar panel to charge the cameras with direct sunlight.
There are three series to choose from when going Wire-Free with Arlo, with the key differences being in the resolution and field of view. Arlo Ultra is the most advanced camera with built-in 4K resolution and a wider field of view, as well as wind and noise reduction for better audio; the Arlo Pro series has a 2K resolution with a slightly smaller field of view of 160°, and Arlo Essentials has 1080p FHD resolution with a 130° field of view. They all feature Colour Night Vision (enhanced on the Ultra and Pro), Integrated Spotlight, Two-Way Audio, Built-In Siren, and a weather-resistant design, certified to withstand heat, cold, rain, or sun. Depending on the series you choose, footage from your wireless Arlo camera can be saved to a MicroSD card, a USB drive, or the cloud.
Arlo Smart subscription not only offers secure cloud storage footage but also includes a platform with industry-leading features that give you more control over your home security. Advanced A.I. technology and customizable notifications let you take quick action right from the app. From approximately $4 per month, your video recordings will save in up to 2K resolution for up to 30 days on the cloud.
Eufy has an extensive range of easy-to-use smart home security devices, and amongst those are some great wire-free camera solutions. The Eufy range includes the eufyCam Wire-Free Security Cameras, and the Wire-Free 2K Video Doorbells. Eufy offers a number of EufyCam kits that include a Homebase and two, three, or four cameras, with the option to add more. EufyCam delivers sharp 1080p video and excellent battery life (up to 365 days on a single charge) for around-the-clock Full HD surveillance, recording sharp and bright video during the day, plus crisp and clear night vision footage in the evening. It also features facial recognition technology, two-way communication, and an extremely weather-proof design making it perfect for both indoors and outdoors. As with most wire-free cameras, installation is super easy. No power cables, wall outlets, or the need to drill holes required, giving you the freedom to install eufyCam practically anywhere at your home. Footage from Eufy cameras is stored locally on a microSD card (up to 128GB).
Reolink has been devoted to creating high-quality security products for businesses and consumers since 2009, and they’ve got some great wire-free solutions to show for it. Reolink’s Argus series is made up of 100% wire-free battery-powered (or solar-powered) security cameras, with no wires or cords offering flexible placement. These cameras can be placed anywhere indoors or mounted outdoors, and you can choose between battery WiFi cameras or battery 4G cameras.
There are a number of cameras available in the Argus range which all tend to garner rave reviews from users. They all feature 1080p FHD video for crisp and clear footage, 2-Way Audio, an IP65 Weatherproof Rating, and Smart PIR Motion Detection with Real-Time Alerts. Other features such as Night Vision, Built-In Siren, Time Lapse, and more, are dependent on what model you choose.
Outside of the Argus series, the Reolink Go camera is another great wire-free solution, especially for those after a mobile camera. It operates on 4G-LTE and 3G networks so no WiFi is required. Along with being totally portable and waterproof, this makes it an ideal monitoring solution in areas with limited or no WiFi access, and no electrical power source. It can be installed just about anywhere, indoors and outdoors, such as your vacation home, construction site, campsite, in the wild, and so on. With 1080p FHD resolution, Starlight Night Vision, Two-Way Audio, PIR Motion Sensor, Intelligent Alerts, and Battery or Solar Power Options, Reolink Go offers a great wire-free security solution no matter where you are.
Footage from Reolink security cameras gets saved to a MicroSD card (up to 128GB) and/or Reolink Cloud. A basic Reolink Cloud plan is free, but only supports 1 camera with 7-day cloud video history, and 1GB of cloud storage. The standard plan starts from approximately $7 per month with support for 5 cameras, 30-day cloud history, and 30GB of cloud storage. There is also a premier and business plan available.