Best Wireless Home Security Cameras in 2019
Wireless Home Security Cameras
The prevalence of WiFi-connected security cameras has made it easy to keep an eye on your home when you’re away. Many of these cameras include internal batteries so that you can mount them anywhere, even in places that a power cable can’t reach. We’ve rounded up our favorites to help keep your security untethered to power outlets.
If you want a versatile battery-powered security camera, It’s hard to beat the Arlo Pro 2. It can go anywhere — even outdoors — thanks to its magnetic mounts and IP65 weather resistance.
The Arlo Pro 2 can operate on battery power or a wired connection.
The Arlo Pro 2 features an excellent wireless range, which can extend hundreds of feet from your router, all while live-streaming 1080p video. It records and stores seven days’ worth of motion- and sound-triggered footage for free, with paid subscriptions available if you want a more extended video history.
Raccoons rummaging through your trash? Boom, night vision. Shady individual approaching your home? Warn them they’re on camera with two-way audio — or scare them away with the 100dB siren built into the Arlo’s base station.
You can even connect your Arlo to IFTTT, so you can join it with other smart devices and create recipes, like “if motion is detected in the garage, turn on the bedroom light,” if you have smart lights.
The rechargeable battery can last for up to six months at a time, and if you do happen to place the Arlo Pro 2 near a wall outlet, it can accept wired power as well, enabling extra features like 24/7 continuous recording and activity zones.
- Operates wired or wireless
- IP65 weather-resistant
- Crisp 1080p video
- 130-degree field of view
- Free 7-day recording
- Expensive and requires a base station
- Battery life depends on strong Wi-Fi
A versatile camera that stores a week of footage for free.
The Arlo Pro 2 is weather-resistant and can run for six months on a single charge. It has sharp video, two-way audio, and night vision.
Works with Alexa: Ring Stick Up Camera
Ring is mostly known for its Video Doorbells, but the Stick Up Cam packs most of the same features and can be easily installed just about anywhere. Of course, since Ring belongs to Amazon, the Stick Up Cam also integrates nicely with Alexa. You can easily pull up your video feed on smart displays like the Echo Show.
The Stick Up Camera comes in separate battery-powered and wired configurations, rather than a single model that handles both. But the battery has a built-in Micro-USB port for easy recharging and lasts for months at a time. It also features two-way audio, motion-activated notifications, and night vision — though you’ll have to pay for a Ring Protect plan to view recorded footage.
All the Angles: Canary Flex
The Canary Flex has a unique design that makes use of powerful magnets to connect the camera to its swivel base. This feature makes it easy to adjust its angle quickly. It works over either wired or battery power and has a built-in speaker and microphone for two-way audio.
The Flex can differentiate between people and other moving objects like animals for smarter motion alerts. This way, your pets don’t continuously set off the camera while you’re out. The 116-degree field of view isn’t quite as wide as the other security cameras in this list, and you’ll have to pay for services like two-way audio and 30-day video storage. Still, the Flex is an excellent offering with water resistance and night vision.
All the Angles
Works with magnets for easy attachment and alignment.