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Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera Review

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John Carlsen

Senior Staff Writer, Security & Smart Home

April 06, 2023

The Arlo Pro 4 is our pick for the best smart security camera on the market, thanks to supreme smart home integration, 2K video resolution, affordable cloud storage, and no base station. It’s not a cheap or perfect camera. But after testing it for a few weeks, we think it strikes the best balance of advanced features and price compared to other high-end cameras like the Google Nest Cam and the Ring Spotlight Cam.

It’s a great option for folks looking for a high-end outdoor camera.


Excellent 2K video quality

Color and infrared night vision

Affordable cloud storage

Smart home integration

Tons of adjustable settings


Pricey camera and accessories

Battery life doesn’t match claims

No free video storage

Some video lag

Sometimes-confusing settings

In our Arlo Pro camera review

  • Watch our video review

  • Compare to similar cameras

  • Video quality

  • Storage

  • Battery life

  • Mobile App

  • Setup

  • Customer service

  • Final word

Arlo Pro 4’s top features


Cloud storage


Night vision

Smart home compatibility

Requires base station?

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Arlo Pro 4

Starts at $4. 99/mo. for 30-day history 1440p (2K) Color/infrared Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit*, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings No

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* Requires optional base station.

The Arlo Pro 4 is a streamlined camera that just about anyone can install and connect to tons of smart home devices like lights or smart displays. And it can also boast an entirely wire-free setup—in an upgrade to the Arlo Pro 3, it doesn’t require a base station either. We’re all for reducing bulky and pricey equipment requirements.

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What’s in the box

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  • Arlo Pro 4 camera
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Magnetic charging cable
  • Wall mount and screw kit
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Video monitoring decal

How Arlo Pro 4 compares to the competition


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Cloud storage price

Video resolution


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Arlo Pro 4

Best outdoor camera $199. 99 Starts at $4.99/mo. 1440p (2K) Indoor/outdoor wire-free View on Amazon
Reolink Argus 3 Pro

Best overall $129.99 Starts at $4.99/mo. 1440p (2K) Indoor/outdoor wire-free View on Amazon Read Review
Wyze Cam v3

Best budget $35.98 Starts at $1.99/mo. 1080p Indoor/outdoor wired View on Amazon Read Review
Google Nest Cam

Best smart detection $179.99 Starts at $6.00/mo. 1080p Indoor/outdoor wire-free View on Google Store Read Review
Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24

Best indoor camera $42.99 Starts at $2.99/mo. 1920p (2K) Indoor wired View on Amazon Read Review

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Arlo has consistently appeared in our lists of best cameras over the years because the brand consistently makes products that perform exceptionally well in terms of quality and connectivity.

It can be pricier than competitors like Reolink, but if smart home options are important to you or you’re an Apple user, Arlo has more options to connect with.

It’s also got impressive motion zone customizations and the widest field of view (160°) of cameras we recommend. Motion zones let you cut down on motion alerts by ignoring busy areas like sidewalks or a bus stop near your house. And if you want to cover a wide area, a bigger field of view will help you do that with fewer cameras.

Video quality and recording options

Video quality

The Arlo Pro 4 has great video quality, thanks to a 1440p (2K) video resolution, which is better than the 1080p on most other security cameras. Videos were clear with a lot of detail, making it easy to identify objects, animals, and people in the frame.

One of the Arlo Pro 4’s best features is its night vision in color and infrared modes. The color night vision uses a built-in spotlight to light up subjects near the camera when there’s motion. It’s useful for getting a little more detail, but it’s not as discreet as the infrared night vision setting.

We noticed a delay between an action and when it shows up during a live video stream. The delay depended entirely on our internet bandwidth, so you shouldn’t have problems with a speedy internet connection.

Compare Arlo Pro 4 video quality in different lighting environments

Arlo Pro 4 daytime video. Photo: John Carlsen, SafeWise

Arlo Pro 4 infrared night vision video. Photo: John Carlsen, SafeWise

Arlo Pro 4 color nighttime video. Photo: John Carlsen, SafeWise

Custom spotlight settings

You can customize the spotlight’s brightness and behavior to suit your needs. We like that the light can flash or pulsate as a warning (even better with Arlo Pro 4’s built-in siren). Still, the constant light setting is also helpful for lighting your path at night.

Field of view

We appreciate the Arlo Pro 4’s 160º field of view, which is much wider than a typical security camera (around 130º on average). Such a broad perspective outdoors means less cameras needed for an area like a backyard—saving you money and hassle.

Although the field of view is great for capturing a lot of detail, you can adjust it in the app to 125º or 110º—both of which can work well for recording video indoors.

There’s also an option to automatically zoom and track people moving in front of the Arlo Pro 4, which is more helpful outdoors when subjects are farther from the camera. We prefer to turn this setting off indoors because it can be jarring with closer objects.

Compare Arlo Pro 4 fields of view

Wide mode

160º field of view. Photo: John Carlsen, SafeWise

Standard mode

125º field of view. Photo: John Carlsen, SafeWise

Full mode

110º field of view. Photo: John Carlsen, SafeWise

Adjustable video brightness

You can adjust the brightness of the video for different situations. While the camera’s night vision performed best with maximum brightness, a lower setting during the day helps avoid washing out the video’s color.

Unfortunately, the brightness doesn’t automatically adjust as needed, so we recommend choosing a medium brightness so you don’t need to change settings often.

Recording options

To record video with the Arlo Pro 4, you can switch between three settings:

  • Standby turns off all recording, but you can still record videos when viewing a live stream.
  • Arm Away allows the camera to record video whenever there’s motion when you’re not home.
  • Arm Home is useful for arming outdoor cameras and disarming indoor cameras based on your preferences when at home.

Arlo Secure subscription

Most of the Arlo Pro 4’s best features are available only when you pay for an Arlo Secure plan subscription. Despite costing more than most competitors, Arlo’s cloud storage plans holds their own against offerings from Ring and Nest.

Features included with Arlo Secure

  • Arlo’s cloud storage keeps video clips for up to 30 days before deleting them. This is usually more than enough to download important clips you want to keep longer. Arlo recently removed the five-camera limit on its pricier plans so you can have as many as you like. This huge improvement helps Arlo compete better on cloud pricing with Nest and Ring.

Arlo’s cloud storage organizes your clips by date on the Library tab. Screenshot: John Carlsen, SafeWise

  • Activity zones allow you to specify areas the camera should ignore when tracking motion. These help focus the camera on high-risk areas like doors, hallways, and windows. These are easy to set up, but the controls can be imprecise on smartphone screens, so using a tablet or logging into your Arlo account on a web browser is a better option.

Here are Arlo Activity Zones as they appear on a web browser. Screenshot: John Carlsen, SafeWise

  • Smart notifications can help you identify a person, animal, or vehicle. Unfortunately, they weren’t always accurate during our tests—at first, they alternated between dubbing the cat a person and animal, but became more reliable over time (with the camera farther away).

Two versions of Arlo Secure

We like that Arlo allows you to pay around $5 a month for a single camera, but the unlimited cameras of the $12 plan is a no-brainer if you own three or more Arlo cameras.

Features included with Arlo Secure Plus

Arlo Secure Plus is the most expensive camera-only Arlo plan ($17.99 a month) and adds Emergency Response. This unlocks one-touch access to fire, police, and medical assistance in your area via the Arlo app.

Features included with Arlo Safe and Secure Pro

Arlo Safe & Secure Pro ($24.99 a month) is best for folks with the Arlo Home Security System. While 24/7 professional monitoring is the main draw, we like the thoughtful inclusion of video verification to help reduce false alarms. With video verification, the monitoring center can check your camera’s live feed after an alarm to see what’s happening at your home.

This plan also includes access to Arlo Safe—a personal security app for your smartphone. Arlo Safe is most useful when outside the house because you can quickly request help if you feel uncertain about your surroundings.

Arlo Pro 4 battery life

The battery life on the Arlo Pro 4 is quite good for a wireless camera but decreased by around 50% over a couple of weeks. We suspect that part of this decrease was an unreliable Wi-Fi router that dropped connection multiple times a day, which likely made the Arlo Pro 4 use more power trying to reconnect.

Arlo offers three power management options in the video settings menu:

  • Best Video uses more power to provide better video quality.
  • Optimized tries to balance power consumption and video quality.
  • Best Battery Life uses less power at the expense of video quality.

We don’t think it’s possible to get a full six months out of the battery like it says on the box—even under more stable conditions. Our first two weeks of testing used the Optimized setting and after that we put it in Standby. After about two months, we had to charge the battery.

Your rechargeable battery will likely be partially charged before setup, but we recommend topping off the charge during and after setup before mounting your Arlo Pro 4.

No power adapter included

Keep in mind that the unit doesn’t come with a USB power supply for the charging cable, so you need to provide your own to charge the battery. We first attempted to charge it via a laptop USB port, but the computer popped up a message saying there wasn’t enough power for the camera.

Arlo mobile app and notifications

There are plenty of customization options in the mobile app, so we spent an hour or so tweaking settings and familiarizing ourselves with the app. Overall, the app has an intuitive interface, but not all of the settings are easy to find at first glance. Arlo divides many settings across multiple menus, especially ones for individual devices. You’ll get the hang of it after a day or two.

Live video feed

The live video feed in the app is easy to use and has a lot of helpful controls along the bottom. With these controls, you can record video, take a photo, turn on the integrated spotlight, turn on the audio, and use two-way audio to talk with people through the camera’s speaker.

Here’s the Arlo Pro 4 live video feed with controls along bottom. Photo: John Carlsen, SafeWise​

Motion and audio alerts

The Arlo Pro 4 was almost too effective when we first tested motion alerts. We picked a window frequented by our test cat—a deluge of notifications prompted us to disable notifications until we found a way to reduce motion sensitivity.

The motion sensor in the camera works independently of the video settings. We adjusted it in the Device Utilities menu under Motion Detection Test. After lowering the sensitivity (under 50% in our case), the notifications were less frequent, tracking only large movements.

Arlo can also send audio alerts when the camera detects sound, but you’ll likely never use the audio-only setting. The default arming mode uses motion and audio detection, and there’s not much reason to use them separately.

My Arlo online portal

You can also log into the My Arlo portal in a browser to control your cameras and change settings. It has the same features as the Arlo mobile app but with a slightly different layout for computer screens. It’s definitely worth using if you want to set up activity zones.

Arlo smart home compatibility

Arlo has some of the best smart home compatibility among security cameras, which extends to the Arlo Pro security cameras. Out of the box, you can expect Arlo Pro 4 to work with four smart home platforms: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, and Samsung SmartThings. By linking your Arlo account to one of these platforms, you can make your camera work alongside other smart devices.

Apple HomeKit compatibility

If you buy the optional base station, Arlo Pro 4 gains smart home compatibility with Apple HomeKit.

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Arlo Pro 4’s functionality with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant is essentially identical. The most convenient feature is viewing a live video feed on a smart display like an Echo Show or Google Nest Hub. We especially like this for spying on the cat while working or checking on the kids in the yard.

If you don’t have a smart display, you can also watch a livestream on your TV using a Fire TV or Chromecast device, which are compatible with Alexa and Google smart speakers, respectively. Having a larger screen is a big bonus, and you can check your cameras between episodes to see if the kids are asleep.

You can arm and disarm the camera using voice commands or routines. This is great for when you’re out of the house. Here’s a routine you might try: set the camera to arm motion recording when you lock the front door and leave for the day.

IFTTT and Samsung SmartThings

IFTTT and SmartThings give you a little more flexibility in using your Arlo camera—mostly with how you set up routines to control devices. IFTTT is great for connecting Arlo to other devices and services that usually wouldn’t work with your smart home system. A good example is using other security cameras like Wyze and Ring with Arlo. This frees you up to use a variety of cameras for your home without sticking to one brand.

The best part about pairing Arlo with SmartThings is that you can link it to other sensors in your home. It helps the camera know to start recording if there’s motion just outside the front door or if a window opens that’s just out of the camera’s view.

Arlo setup, installation, and accessories

Setting up the Arlo Pro camera is straightforward and uncomplicated:

  1. Download the Arlo app and create an Arlo account.
  2. Put the battery in the camera.
  3. Connect to Wi-Fi.
  4. Adjust settings to fit your needs.

We had some trouble connecting the Arlo Pro 4 to Wi-Fi because it wouldn’t recognize the 2.4 GHz mode on our network, which normally uses a 5 GHz frequency. For a workaround, we connected the camera to a guest network that runs at 2.4 GHz (though we didn’t have any problems when setting up on a different router a couple of weeks later). Overall, this minor snag didn’t diminish the camera’s better qualities.


Installation is also relatively easy, thanks to a simple magnetic mount that attaches to a wall with a single screw. We recommend finding a wood stud for a little extra stability.

If the magnetic mount doesn’t work out, there’s also a spot on the camera’s back to attach to a standard tripod or a universal security camera mount.

We mounted Arlo Pro 4 on a tripod for our tests. Photo: John Carlsen, SafeWise


Arlo makes some useful accessories to help you maximize your camera’s potential, but they are costly considering what you’re paying for:

  • 8-foot indoor power cable (about $25)
  • 25-foot outdoor power cable (about $50)
  • Extra rechargeable battery (about $50)
  • Battery charging station (about $50)
  • Solar panel charger (about $59)
  • Extra magnetic wall mounts (about $40 for a set of two)
  • Adjustable non-magnetic wall mount (about $20)

The most outrageous prices are Arlo’s proprietary magnetic charging cables, which cost more than double what a comparable USB cable would. We can bet that Arlo makes a hefty profit on its accessories in addition to its already expensive cameras.

Fortunately for Arlo, its accessories have excellent user reviews and durability. Other than wall mounts, use caution when buying third-party Arlo accessories, which could void your warranty or damage your camera. Still, it looks like there are some viable alternatives on the market if you don’t want to spend $50 for a spare battery.

Arlo customer service

Arlo provides an impressive number of articles on its support website that explain practically every feature in detail. We found it easiest to use the search bar for navigation. If you don’t find an answer in the support section, you can jump over to the Arlo Community forum for another self-serve support option.

Between the support site and forum, you have plenty of resources. In the rare instance where you need direct help, you can contact Arlo over live chat or open a support case.

We’re big fans of Arlo’s customer support approach. It provides comprehensive information to troubleshoot problems or learn about features without talking to an Arlo representative.

Arlo phone support

Arlo has a phone support option, but this is available only to paying subscribers or within 90 days of purchase. While it’s disappointing that this service isn’t free, we think that phone support works mostly as a last resort when other support materials don’t cut it.

Final word

If you want the best smart home features in a high-end security camera, Arlo Pro 4 is hard to beat. We love its video quality and endless settings because you can customize the camera to your liking without much fuss.

At $200, it’s a bit more expensive than most folks probably want to spend on a security camera, and the battery won’t last six months (contrary to Arlo’s claim). Still, we think that Arlo Pro 4 is a great choice for high performance where a cheaper camera might struggle.

Head over to our wireless security camera review to see how it compares to other top products—or see where it fits into Arlo’s lineup on our Arlo Camera Review.

Unlike the Arlo Pro 3, Arlo Pro 4 can connect directly to your Wi-Fi network, so using an Arlo SmartHub base station is optional. Adding a base station has three main advantages: better battery life, local video storage, and Apple HomeKit compatibility.

  • Improved battery life because the Arlo Pro 4 uses a more efficient radio frequency (than battery-hungry Wi-Fi) to communicate with the base station. The base station handles the Wi-Fi connection more effectively since it has a power cable instead of a battery.
  • Local video storage is possible because the base station has a port for a USB flash drive (or microSD slot depending on the model) for storing videos outside of the cloud.
  • Apple HomeKit compatibility on the Arlo Pro 4 works only when there’s a base station. This is a popular smart home platform for folks that use iOS devices.

Yes, live streaming, audio notifications, and motion notifications all work without an Arlo Secure Plan subscription.

The subscription’s paid features include video storage, activity zones, emergency response, and smart notifications (person, animal, vehicle, package, and smoke alarm detection).

If you connect the Arlo Pro 4 to a base station, you can add local video storage in lieu of cloud storage.

How we reviewed

We installed an Arlo Pro 4 and tested it in a variety of situations to gauge these traits:

  • Video quality and recording options
  • Arlo Smart subscription plans
  • Battery life
  • Mobile app and notifications
  • Smart home compatibility
  • Setup, installation, and accessories
  • Customer service

No security camera test is complete without a helper—Cloud is one of SafeWise’s trusty test cats. Photo: John Carlsen, SafeWise

While we tested the camera for about two weeks before writing our review, we plan to continue testing over the next few months to see how it performs in the long term—especially battery life. Find out more about how we test and review products in our testing methodology.

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John Carlsen

John is a technology journalist specializing in smart home devices, security cameras, and home security systems. He has over nine years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech—he was the Smart Home Editor for Top Ten Reviews and wrote for ASecureLife before joining SafeWise as a Staff Writer in 2020.

John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism emphasis from Utah Valley University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and starting countless DIY projects he has yet to complete.

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Wyze Cam v3 Wireless Camera Review


Katie McEntire

Staff Writer, Safety & Security

March 06, 2023

The Wyze Cam v3 is a compact go-anywhere camera that costs less than a trip to the grocery store.

It has a standard laundry list of features that we look for like 1080p video, two-way audio, and a few easy ways to mount it to the wall or stick it to the shelf.

It works indoors and outdoors with weatherproof casing and a 6-foot cable. Thanks to those features, we were able to easily move it inside and outside to test it at home.

Wyze Cam v3 features

  1. Video and audio quality

  2. Motion detection and alerts

  3. Local and cloud storage

  4. Wyze Cam Plus subscription

Wyze Cam Plus subscription

If you have more than one Wyze Cam in your home, we recommend trying the Cam Plus subscription. With its $2/month price tag, it’s worth it even for a single camera.

This is one of the cheapest subscription plans we’ve come across and has a long list of bonus features that really give you a bang for your buck.

Motion alerts

Sound alerts

Fast forward recordings

Person alerts

Package detection

Vehicle detection

Animal detection

Without Cam Plus Yes







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Our experience without this subscription wasn’t bad, but it could be improved. When we got motion alerts (which was often), we had to watch through everything in real time only to see that the alert was a passing car or a pet. For $2/month, Wyze will be more specific with your alerts and let you cut to the action.

Wyze Cam v3 vs. other wireless security cameras


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Video resolution

Color night vision

Video storage options

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Wyze Cam v3

Best for budget $35.98 1080p Yes

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Reolink Argus 3 Pro

Best overall $119.99 1440p (2K) Yes

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Arlo Pro 4

Best for smart home $187. 51 1440p (2K) Yes

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Nest Cam

Best tech $179.99 1080p No

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Ring Stick Up Cam

Best for Alexa $99.99 1080p No

Cloud View on Amazon Read review

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Video and audio quality

Inside, outside, day, night, or any combination of the four, the Wyze Cam v3 delivered a crisp picture. It also has a sensitive motion tracker that follows any action on screen, but the v3 doesn’t pan or tilt like the Wyze Cam Pan.

While testing the video, we captured motion from far away. We tested it in a home near a busy street, and it was able to detect cars going by and even alerted us to someone walking up the alley near the house. (Don’t worry; it was our tester).

Katie McEntire, SafeWise

Color night vision

Wyze advertisers color night vision on this camera, but it seemed to appear only half the time when the camera was outside.
The key ingredient is light. The feature won’t work in pitch-black indoor rooms like a living room or basement. If you want color night vision, be sure to stick the Wyze Cam within range of a street light lamp or other light source.

Audio quality

The audio on this camera is pretty fuzzy. You can make out words and even have a conversation, but it’s certainly not high quality. The speaker is about 80 decibels—loud enough to catch someone’s attention but maybe not loud enough to scare anyone off.

When we spoke through the camera, the recording audio was really muddled. Unfortunately, this is a pretty common weakness in cameras we’ve tested. Even our top picks like the Reolink Argus 3 Pro had the same problem.

Motion detection and alerts

The motion detection on the Wyze Cam v3 is pretty sensitive. Even with motion sensitivity set to a half setting, we got notifications from distant objects like passing cars or pets moving around the room. You can adjust the sensitivity and notifications easily, so it really boils down to your preferences.

The v3 also has sound alerts. If the camera detects a loud noise or commotion, you’ll get a notification. One of these includes smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. So if you don’t have a smart smoke detector, you’ll still get an alert if the device sounds.

Too many notifications? Try motion zones.

You can limit notifications by setting motion zones for areas you want alerts for—like your driveway or front porch.

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Local and cloud storage

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The Wyze Cam v3 works with local and cloud storage, giving you options for storing your videos. We’re fans of local storage as an extra layer of security for your footage. All you really need is a microSD card to save your videos and make time lapses.

You can also record video and stills in an album on the app too. If you want more from your camera, Wyze has a cheap subscription with bonus features.

Is local storage safer?

Generally, yes. Or at least your footage is. Cameras like the Wyze Cam v3 still connect to your Wi-Fi, so they aren’t foolproof. The footage you store and record stays on the micro SD card inside, making it harder for snoops to see what you’ve saved. Ready our local and cloud storage guide for more info.

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Final word

If you’re looking to dip your toes into the world of security cameras and smart home gear, Wyze is a great brand to start with. Like all of the brand’s products, the Wyze Cam v3 is affordable and effective.

For having standard 1080p resolution, the video quality on this camera is buttery smooth. We rarely encountered a lag and got motion alerts in real time.

The Wyze Cam v3 is a simple, low-stress security camera with customizable settings and a lot to offer. That said, the audio from and on camera needs some improvement. We also got a ton of notifications despite turning down the sensitivity. The addition of Cam Plus might help sort out those notifications by telling you what it’s seeing.

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Wireless home surveillance cameras

Interest in wireless video surveillance cameras is quite understandable, since their use, under certain conditions, can provide a number of advantages compared to stationary video surveillance systems, namely:

  • savings on trunking,
  • preservation of the design of the premises due to the same absence of signal circuits,
  • mobility – the ability to move the camera to change the view area.

For example:

– changing the location of the video camera on the construction site as the location of equipment, material assets changes),

– the ability to move the display device (for example, the growing popularity of the so-called “video nannies”, which are a set: a video surveillance camera installed in the nursery – a monitor that parents can always have with them).

At the same time, one should not forget about such shortcomings inherent in wireless video surveillance as:

  • the need to lay power circuits (this can be somewhat leveled if there is a possibility of connecting to the mains in the immediate vicinity of the camera installation site), since the power supply from the battery or batteries is inefficient due to the need to periodically replace them,
  • limited range – up to 100 meters in line of sight (can be increased by using directional antennas),
  • difficulties in organizing a multi-channel (for several cameras) video surveillance system,
  • low noise immunity, useful signal suppression (jamming),
  • in certain cases (for example, at long ranges, respectively, transmitter powers exceeding 100 mW), the installation of wireless systems will have to be coordinated with the Svyaznadzor authorities.


Wireless video cameras can be divided into several functional groups:


Their principle of operation and signal transmission is similar to terrestrial television.


These are wireless IP video surveillance cameras that work through an access point in the same way as other network devices.

Wireless WEB cameras.

This is a set: video camera – transmitter – receiver – USB interface converter. Plus special software supplied with the kit.

GSM surveillance cameras.

Carry out data transmission via cellular communication channels. By the way, their range is limited only by the coverage area of ​​the operator.


For the home, it is possible to use wireless surveillance cameras in two cases:

  • for signal transmission to a computer or DVR;
  • for organizing remote access via wireless Internet.

In the first case, the choice should be made on WIFI cameras. To connect them to a computer, you need to use a WIFI router.

The number of cameras in this case can be any. The main limitation here will be the bandwidth of the router, otherwise the principle of building the system is no different from installing video surveillance in a private house.

In principle, wireless analog cameras can also be used. However, the functionality of such a system will be limited. In addition, the choice of such devices is limited. They can be used for live viewing by connecting to a TV, for example.

This option is described in more detail on the page about wireless video surveillance. There you can get acquainted with the general issues of organizing such a system and the main methods of transmitting a video signal from cameras to a device for recording (displaying) video information.

To organize remote video surveillance in your home, you can purchase wireless IP video surveillance cameras with the ability to connect to cloud services. In this case, you can do without “intermediaries” in the form of a DVR and a router.

It is also not necessary to use a home computer to create a video archive. All the necessary information will be stored in the “cloud”, and access to it can be obtained from any device with Internet access.


Such video cameras work on the basis of WIFI technologies and wireless Internet networks. In addition to the already noted possibility of working with cloud services, the functionality of certain models of IP cameras allows you to organize surveillance through mobile devices – phones, tablets, smartphones.

This technology is called P2P. The principle of operation and everything you need to configure wireless P2P cameras are described here.

Climatic version of wireless IP video cameras can be of two types:

  • street;
  • and for indoor installation.

It is quite natural that the requirements for outdoor cameras are much stricter than for indoor ones, in addition, for the wireless version, there may be some difficulties with organizing their power supply.

As for the design features, the most common are:

  • box cameras;
  • domed;
  • miniature.

The latter are often used in CCTV systems.

Previously, such a disadvantage of wireless data transmission as low noise immunity was noted. It is worth noting that the electromagnetic environment at the installation site of video cameras can change unpredictably depending on a number of factors. They can be man-made (the operation of various kinds of devices and mechanisms) and natural (season, weather conditions).

This can lead to the fact that the installed and configured video surveillance system will give periodic failures, followed by independent recovery. So be prepared for these kinds of whims, which are quite possible in cases where wireless cameras are working at the limit of their capabilities.


This group of cameras should be mentioned separately. Outdoor video surveillance in itself is quite specific, and the implementation of its wireless version is often a rather difficult technical task.

If we limit ourselves to a range of about 100 meters, then without any problems you can install such a camera, for example, on the wall of a house to organize video surveillance of a car parked nearby, especially in cases where it is necessary to lay a wire around other apartments (Fig. 1).

The already mentioned version of wireless video surveillance for a construction site is also possible with the installation of a monitor in a security room or road production, when equipment and a security post move along the route as work is performed.

Solving more specific tasks, such as organizing wireless video broadcasting of events from temporary venues to outdoor monitors for mass viewing (concerts, for example), requires special equipment, taking into account local characteristics and is available exclusively to professionals.

Wireless outdoor IP cameras.

The best option for organizing wireless outdoor video surveillance is probably an IP camera. The fact is that the use of WIFI technologies allows you to transfer data over a distance of up to 100 meters. True, there are some nuances here, described in the material about WIFI surveillance cameras.

However, for example, for the case above, the use of such a video camera would be quite justified. The only thing you need to pay attention to is the presence of a minimum number of building structures in the path of the WIFI signal.

It should also be noted that IP cameras are more sensitive to temperature changes than analog ones. In addition to hypothermia, they are also subject to overheating. This point must be taken into account when installing them.

It is worth noting that users are sometimes looking for quite exotic versions and configurations. In my opinion, these include:

1. Wireless outdoor mini surveillance cameras.

This site has material about miniature CCTV cameras. Everything stated there fully applies to street performance. In addition, the following points present a certain difficulty for the miniaturization of such devices:

  • the presence of a transmitting antenna;
  • the need for additional placement in the transmitter housing;
  • implementation of measures for thermoregulation of the video camera.

Thus, if the purpose of acquiring an outdoor mini camera is the secrecy of its installation, then the benefit here is rather doubtful. Stealth is easier to provide in other ways. You can see the material about the installation of covert video surveillance.

Another misconception is that a mini camera has low power consumption. Thus, it is tempting to provide it with autonomous power, eliminating the need for laying power circuits. I’m disappointed, it’s not. Autonomous video surveillance in matters of independence from stationary energy sources is quite difficult to implement.

2. Set of wireless outdoor surveillance cameras.

Ready-made video surveillance kits attract the consumer with several benefits:

  • price;
  • time saving for system assembly;
  • by simplifying the installation process.

Thus, by purchasing a set of wireless surveillance cameras (whether outdoor or indoor) consisting of, for example, 4 video cameras, we can save only in cost. The main difficulty in setting up wireless video surveillance is to coordinate the transmitting (video camera) and receiving parts.

Thus, if you purchase a wireless kit, then it must include a receiver – a separate module or built into another device.

Since, as already mentioned, wireless transmission of video data can be carried out over a radio channel and WIFI networks, in the first case, the presence of a receiver matched with the cameras will greatly facilitate the life of the installer.

The second option, due to the standardization of the WIFI protocol, allows you to create the desired configuration from any equipment that supports this technology.

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