Setting up a home Security system does not have to be a long drawn out process involving multiple visits to home security companies. You can simply set up a wireless security camera that will stream video to your smart device, and send you an alert in case it detects motion.
Some wireless home systems have the advantage of having cloud storage for your video footage. However, this depends on the type and package you go for. We will review some of the best wireless home security systems, and what we feel make them worth considering.
The Arlo Q camera has a video resolution of 1080p and a130 degrees field of view. The night vision range is 25 feet, and it also features a built-in microphone and speaker. When you sign up, you get 7 days of cloud storage free, but you will need to factor in a monthly rate of about 10 dollars or more per month for additional cloud storage. You get access to the past week’s recording at no additional cost.
Other interesting features include motion detection, an easy-to-use interface, and scheduling flexibility.
The camera is not cheap though, it comes in within the $200 to $600 range. It also does not have any local storage.
EZVIZ Mini O
This camera is good for those who are watching their budget. Coming in at a $50 range, the camera has a 1080p video resolution which works well in both day and night settings. It comes with an app which allows you, to schedule when you want the camera to be on or off.
You can also set the motion sensitivity zones, a great addition for such a low budget camera. The mini O has a field of view of 135°, night vision of up to 26 feet and a built-in microphone and speaker.
The camera allows for local storage due to the microSD card slot. You also have the option of buying cloud storage for 7 days at approximately $6 per month.
You can control the camera using Google Assistant or Alexa.
Arlo Pro 2
The Arlo Pro 2 has 1080p resolution and a field of view of 130°. The night vision is up to 25 feet, and it has a built-in microphone and speaker. You get up to 7 days of free storage, but you can get more at a monthly rate of $10.
The camera has motion detection, intercom function, light vision, and can run plugged on, or off battery power. You do not need to charge the battery regularly, because it can last up to 6 months without needing a recharge.
The price range for the Arlo Pro 2 camera is between $165 to about $400, depending on where you buy it from.
Nest Cam Indoor
The Nest Cam camera allows for smart home integration. It has 1920p video resolution, a 130-degree field of view, and up to 25 feet range of night vision. For a monthly payment of $10, you get 10 days of cloud storage. The downside to the camera is that it does not come with any local storage.
Setup is easy because of its swiveling magnetic base which allows you to install it anywhere indoors. You can also use it as an intercom, and it works well with the Nest smoke detector and Nest thermostat. You can also pair it up with a number of other smart home devices.
For all these features, the camera is a steal at approximately $200.
Ring Floodlight Cam
The ring floodlight cam has a 1080p video resolution and a 140° field of view. The night vision is infrared, and for about $3 a month, you get 60 days of video cloud storage. Unfortunately, the camera does not have any local storage.
The camera has two powerful LED lights, which come on when it detects motion. It has an app which allows you to monitor the neighborhood, but you can only view the recorded video when you subscribe to the cloud storage plans.
If you are looking for a camera that has facial recognition, then the Netatmo Welcome is the camera to get. The camera will learn the faces of the members of the household and create user profiles for each. It, therefore, allows you to monitor who goes into and out of your home
The camera has 1920p video resolution, a 130-degree field of view, and a night vision range of up to 20 feet.
The camera comes with cloud storage on the Netatmo server for snapshots and Dropbox storage for videos. It has local storage on the MicroSD for up to 32GB although you only get an 8gb card when you buy the camera.
When looking for the best wireless home security system, get one that is easy to set up, easily connects to Wi-Fi, and your smart devices, has good quality pictures, and has other functions like motion detection.
Cloud storage is also very important because you will need a place to store your videos and get access to them anytime you need them. Most of the cameras will not come with local storage and you will have to pay a small fee to access cloud storage.