Are you looking for an outdoor security camera that is battery operated and wireless?
These cameras are the most convenient and flexible cameras available on the market.
Without having to worry about a wire to power the camera or a wire to connect it to the Internet, the only constraint that you have on the position of the camera is the strength of your Wi-Fi.
How do These Security Cameras Work?
The chart below looks at the power options for all of these cameras in much more detail.
All of these cameras can be powered by batteries alone.
Most battery operated security cameras have built in lithium ion batteries, but some like the Wansview camera in my comparison use 18650 batteries that you need to buy separately.
Built in lithium ion batteries can either be recharged by plugging a power lead into the camera for a few hours (without detaching the battery) or the batteries can be detached and then plugged into a power supply.
To many people, a detachable battery is the most convenient because it means users don’t have the hassle of connecting an outdoor camera to a power source.
But, in order for this system to be perfect, you will need a spare battery to use in the camera whilst the original is being charged.
They can also all be powered by a power cable, which comes with every camera.
But here’s the thing. All of the power cables are only rated for indoor use and not outdoor use.
And so, for those of you who are going to place your camera outside, you should not leave the power cable permanently connected.
One of the latest developments in charging technology is the use of solar panels with outdoor gadgets.
But these solar panels need to be purchased separately and you should only buy a solar panel that has been made by the same company that makes your security camera.
Solar panels are a great alternative to using a power cable to recharge a security camera’s battery as long as:
- You have enough sunlight
- You do use use your camera too frequently.
- There is enough space near to the camera to mount the panel.
Now let’s take a look at another important feature of these security cameras, which is their wireless connections.
Looking at the chart below, we can see that there are two ways in which these cameras connect- base station or directly to a WiFi router.
The Arlo Pro, Wansview and Blink XT cameras all use a base station to connect to WiFi.
How do base stations work?
Base station act as a bridge between a security camera and a WiFi network. The base station connects to WiFi and the cameras connect (wirelessly) to the base station.
The chart shows how many cameras can connect to each base station.
An Arlo Pro base station can have up to 15 cameras connected to it, the Wansview can have up to 4 and the Blink XT can have up to 10 cameras connecting to the base station.
All of the base stations in this comparison are powered by a power cable.
However, whilst the Blink XT and Wansview base stations connect wirelessly to your WiFi router, the Arlo base station uses an Ethernet cable.
In contrast, the Reolink and Ring cameras do not need a base station and they connect directly to your WiFi router at a speed 2.4 GHz and not 5 GHz.
You are looking for a camera to use outside and therefore your camera needs to be tougher and more “bulletproof” than a camera that you might buy for indoor use.
Fortunately, for us there is an industry standard rating for any electrical products that are designed to be used outside.
And that rating is the IP (Ingress Protection.)
The IP rating is a scale containing two numbers, ranging from 0 to 9.
The first number measures resistance to dust, the second measures resistance to water.
The higher the number the greater the resistance.
The chart below displays how “outdoor proof” each camera is.
All the cameras in my comparison, with one exception, have an IP rating of 65, which as far as protection goes, is pretty good.
And the exception is the Ring Spotlight camera, which is just labelled as “weather resistant.”
If you want a little more protection, then you might want to look at this well liked wireless outdoor security camera. It has an IP rating of 66, but it isn’t battery powered.
Can Outdoor Security Cameras Be Used Indoors?
Outdoor cameras come with features that improve their outdoor performance.
However, this does not limit their use to only outdoors.
Their weather proof casing and out door mounts make it great for outdoor placement, but these can be used in doors with added benefits too.
However, solar panels that are used to power many outdoor systems will not work in low light.
This means that you will either have to recharge the batteries of the cameras or wire them up for indoor use.
How Are Outdoor Security Cameras Powered?
Most outdoor cameras are either wired or wireless.
In this day and age, the industry leans towards wireless, but either design can still be found online.
Wired refers to power wires coming from an outdoor (or indoor) powerpoint to power the camera.
Wireless uses batteries.
Many outdoor camera now use solar power to recharge the batteries.
This is efficient, environmentally green and effective for small camera systems.
Many outdoor security camera packages will even provide their own solar panels which can be easily installed to your roof.
Using just a little sun they will run your camera for days.
Which is Better, Wireless or Wired?
This is a hotly debated topic, either system has advantages and disadvantages.
But really, it is decided by what you need the system to be used for.
For a large business or complex, a wireless system could be overwhelmed by the number of cameras.
Most wireless system and routers can only support 4 or 6 cameras.
If you need more than that, a wired system is required.
However, if you have a normal or even large home and need two or three cameras, wireless might be the solution.
Wireless means a quick set up and everything runs to your home router.
If you are worried about hackers then wired might be better.
Hackers can easily hack a wireless signal and disable or damage your cameras.
But most households don’t have this problem.
Really, wireless is a good solution to the modern family household.
But for larger areas or higher risk areas, wired is a more solid solution.
Where Should I Place an Outdoor Security Camera?
Most people find that they want one near their door.
This way, you can see who comes and goes from your house even when you aren’t there.
And criminals are most likely to test a door first, so this is the perfect time to spot them.
Other people also like to monitor their driveway, or entire garden.
But it really depends on what you want to use the camera for.
For common criminal deterrent and security, your door and driveway might be good options.
But if you have people trespassing, a good camera up high might serve your needs better.
Outdoor Security Cameras and Lighting, How do I Set it Up?
Many people worry that they will need to instal a security light along with their camera.
But this isn’t true.
Most modern outdoor security cameras come with night vision that will let you record during the night without alerting others that you can see that area.
Some night vision will actually not work as well if there are outdoor lights shining on the camera, so be sure to check your camera’s settings.
Some people though might want to light their home and property anyways, in which case it might not be necessary to get a night vision camera.
Are Outdoor Security Cameras Worth It?
Outdoor security cameras come with features that specialise them to outdoor environments.
These features include waterproofing and long distance HD vision.
These specially suit outdoors, and make these cameras better than indoor cameras and other systems used outdoors.
These cameras will also help to secure your home and property and are definitely worth it as a security asset.
How Do Wireless Security Cameras Work?
So how do we get wireless security cameras?
They don’t run on magic, so what do they run on?
Thanks to most households now having wifi routers, wireless security cameras use the wifi network to broadcast their footage to the cloud.
From there, you can watch it live or later from your smart device connected to the internet.
But what about wireless when it comes to power?
Most wireless security cameras use either batteries, or in the case of outdoor systems, solar power.
This means that there is no need for cables to run power to the cameras.
The Reolink Argus Pro is an excellent wireless security camera system.
Not only do you not need connection cords, power cords are also unnecessary.
The whole system works off a rechargeable battery.
And if you want to place the system outdoor, a solar panel can be attached.
No more holes in walls or chords draped across your home!
All you need is a battery charger and a wifi router and boom!
The whole system is running.
The small egg shaped device is easily concealable and stream line.
With a mount it can attach to horizontal or vertical surfaces.
The device is a clean white and black colour to fit in with most modern homes.
It blends in wonderfully!
Even the solar panels are beautiful features.
They take up very little space and have the same rounded and streamline finish as the cameras.
The Reolink Argus doesn’t just have amazing solar panel and wireless technology.
It also comes with a multitude of great technological advancements.
Most of which are only recently being realised by other systems.
High resolution footage is broadcast to you no matter where you are.
This is done through your Reolink app for no extra cost.
This footage is always 1080p so you won’t miss anything to bad definition.
Even at night the Reolink Argus comes equipped with 36 feet of night vision.
And if you don’t want to watch the footage live, the Reolink Argus can support up to 64GB of storage on an SD card.
All this footage can be reviewed later.
With its simple setup and high tech features, for a reasonable price, the Reolink Argus is a great choice of surveillance camera.
The system is great for anyone who wants a quick and easy setup with little to no hassle.
It’s also great for people with outdoor security needs.
The solar panel will mean no more recharging of the batteries.
However, if you don’t already have a wifi router this is not the system for you.
And large scale camera setups, for businesses or compounds, will not be able to operate off the Reolink.
But for most households this camera system is perfect!
Arlo Pro 2 Wire Free Security System
The Arlo Pro 2 is a very advanced wireless security system.
It requires no power or signal cords at all.
Instead, it uses a rechargeable battery to operate.
Then wirelessly it streams footage via your wifi router to the cloud.
This means that your wifi needs to be very fast, as HD footage is always being sent from the camera.
I love how this little device is so inconspicuous.
You would struggle to find it if you were a criminal, or a curious toddle.
With the choice of two, three or more cameras you will have these very streamline black and white cameras patrolling your house simultaneously.
With camera mounts included, you can attach them to almost any surface, vertical or horizontal.
So from every crevice of your home you will monitor the daily activities wirelessly.
And thanks to their waterproof design they will even attach to a tree or posts outdoors!
So even your garden or porch can be monitored wirelessly.
The Arlo Pro 2 comes with multiple features other security camera systems haven’t developed yet.
One of the best is its advanced motion sensor system.
The cameras can be programmed to send alerts only when a specific area has been triggered.
You won’t be sent alerts every time your dog crosses the hall.
Instead, only when the door is opened by an intruder, then you will be alerted via your smartphone or tablet.
The Arlo Pro 2 also comes with 1080p resolution that reaches up to 300 feet.
That is more than enough to monitor your home or property.
And even at night you will have 25 feet of night vision footage.
The only down side with this advanced technology is the fact you will need extremely fast and strong wifi for it to stay connected.
But if you want this great device, it’s well worth it to upgrade your wifi router.
This camera is ideal for those who want the newest and best when it comes to security technology.
Though higher in price than other systems, it is well worth it.
The Arlo Pro 2 also is great for outdoor use.
With its high resolution and high range of sight it will be able to monitor your entire property.
The extra camera options also allow anyone with a large property to watch every corner of it.
Lynx Solar Wireless Surveillance Camera
The Lynx Solar Camera is the top of the range when it comes to solar panelled surveillance cameras.
No need for pesky power cables running to and from your camera.
Instead, you can place it anywhere with sunlight, or even without! But the solar panel makes it a great outdoor camera.
One day of sun will power the battery for the next seven!
So even areas with inconsistent sunlight, the solar panel Lynx system is a good choice.
The battery also can be charged easily without having to setup the solar system.
The Lynx system has no cables at all.
That’s right, no cables at all needed!
Your personal wifi router will work just fine to forward all footage to the cloud where you can watch it remotely.
This small rounded black and white camera fits perfectly anywhere in your home or garden.
It fits in even better on a deck or porch.
The solar panels not only are beautifully mounted and designed, but they make your house look even more high tech!
Both the panels and camera are small and will fit onto most walls and roofs.
Really a great addition to your home in general.
This system comes with multiple features that put it above the rest.
With face recognition technology becoming more and more available, the Lynx system has adopted it into their security camera.
You can program your friends and family into the system and be notified who exactly is at your home even when you are out.
Now isn’t that awesome!
The Lynx also gives you seven days worth of free cloud storage space.
You will be able to review seven days of footage at any time for free.
The Lynx system is perfect for anyone who wants to monitor their home and has fast internet.
It’s great for monitoring when children get home from school with the face recognition technology.
Or to know when a friend has popped by.
It is also great for those of us who want a very stylish looking camera that is non-intrusive.
It also is best used with a smartphone, where you can download the live view application.
Foscam E1 Wireless Camera System
The Foscam E1 is a great system that requires no wires to operate.
The camera is run off a long lasting battery that can be easily recharged, and all signal goes through the wireless base station and wifi router.
This allows this device to be placed anywhere on your property!
These small Foxcam E1s fit discreetly onto almost any surface, indoor or outdoor.
They blend in wonderfully.
They are rounded and don’t draw undue attention like older surveillance cameras do.
The Foxcam E1 can support up to 4 separate cameras on the same base station.
So you will always be able to watch every corner of your property.
And with motion and heat detector technology you will be alerted overtime a person or animal moves on camera.
This makes it better than other cameras which do not use heat detection and pick up on all movement.
Two way audio is also included to be able to hear and speak to people on camera.
And all footage from the last seven days is recorded to the cloud free of charge.
This camera system is great for anyone who wants to monitor their homes.
Or their gardens! Because of the heat sensor and great waterproofing it could also be suitable for wildlife watching alerts.
Or possibly those who have pets or children and want to keep an eye on them from work.
All round a great product that can be changed for almost every kind of use.