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The best wireless security cameras to protect your home
It’s great to be able to crawl into bed at night and know that your home is totally secure. We’re not talking about full-on laser grids or guard dogs, but a little added security goes a long way. That’s why we’ve set out to make a list of the best wireless security cameras currently available. We also have a separate list of the best smart security cameras, including wired options, which you can check out via the link below.
Read next: The best smart security cameras you can buy
Wireless cameras are great if you have a reliable Wi-Fi setup, and you don’t mind changing the batteries every so often. The list includes both indoor and outdoor models, so everyone should find something that suits their needs.
The best wireless security cameras:
Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best wireless security cameras as new options launch.
Arlo Pro 4
Arlo’s Pro 4 is an amazing camera system you can control right from the palm of your hand. You won’t need to go full-CSI with zooming and enhancing either — the Arlo Pro 4 records at 2K, and in HDR. It has an integrated spotlight too, just in case your backyard is too dark. But there’s also night vision for when that light is not enough.
It’s completely wireless and connects directly to Wi-Fi. This means you won’t have to spend extra or deal with a hub. And if you’re worried about battery life, it’s expected to be about 6 months.
The Blink Outdoor is a great option if you’re looking for a durable but budget-priced exterior camera. It’s IP65 water-resistant, and lasts up to two years on just two AA batteries, since a lot of the heavy lifting is done by a sync module you plug into a wall outlet. If you don’t want to pay for a Blink cloud subscription, the sync module supports local recording to a USB drive (make sure it’s blank first!). Another perk is its Early Notification option, which can trigger alerts the instant motion is detected.
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Ring security cameras are very popular. Amazon makes them, so they (and Blink products, for that matter) integrate very tightly with the Alexa ecosystem. The Stick Up Cam Battery isn’t the best Ring offers, but we believe it’s the better option in terms of value. Design, functionality, and ease of use are great for what you’re paying.
The camera connects to Wi-Fi, needs no hub, and runs up to 6 months per charge. The unit is weather-resistant, so you won’t need to worry about rain. You will want a Ring Protect subscription, however, since there’s no other way to record video, and it enables features like person detection and notifications with image previews.
The Canary Flex is another option that doesn’t require a hub to connect cameras. While the Flex system only saves recordings for 24 hours by default, the dual-camera kit includes one year of Premium service. Premium makes it possible to save recordings for 30 days, and adds other perks like person detection.
Google Nest Cam (Battery)
The Nest Cam Battery works both indoors and outdoors, but is definitely meant for the latter, since it’s weatherproof and comes with a magnetic mount that allows for easier installation and removal. If it loses Wi-Fi, it can keep recording for an hour.
Perhaps its best feature, however, is the ability to distinguish between people, animals, and vehicles, so you don’t have to waste time on irrelevant alerts. This is taken a step further with a Nest Aware subscription, which adds the ability to recognize familiar faces. You’ll also want Aware to extend event recording from three hours to 30 days.
As you might imagine, the Nest Cam is deeply integrated with Google Assistant and Google Home. You can stream video to a Chromecast or any Google-equipped smart display.
Deep Sentinel boosts security to the next level, since on top of using AI to identify threats, it includes a Live Guard service where trained professionals monitor your feeds and respond to incidents. Continuing that live service past the 30-day trial is very expensive, but could make all the difference in response time. If money is no object and you can’t always be near your smartphone, it’s worth a look.