Keeping an eye on our properties 24/7, to ensure the safety of our households is very important. Thanks to the Wi-Fi security cameras for helping us.
But what if you went to a location or an old farm of your grandfather to enjoy your holidays, where there is no internet connection? What if your genius neighbour wants to hack into your security system? Or imagine your internet data being used up by your security cameras and they are not able to record footage? We can’t keep the safety of our household at risk for this reason.
Consider yourself lucky because you found this detailed buyer guide to let you choose a right security camera that works without Wi-Fi for your purpose. Before we see top surveillance cameras without Wi-Fi, lets us see what types are available in the market.
- 1 Wireless vs Traditional security systems
- 2 Wireless security cameras
- 3 Traditional security cameras or wired security cameras
- 4 Non-Wi-Fi security cameras or security cameras without Wi-Fi
- 4.1 Why and when would you be in need of no Wi-Fi surveillance system?
- 4.2 Things to consider while going for a no Wi-Fi security cameras
- 4.3 Options without Wi-Fi are limited but still available
- 4.4 Hard wiring your critical cameras
- 4.5 Local Recording system of no Wi-Fi spy cameras
- 4.6 But how do we connect computers with non Wi-Fi spy cameras?
- 4.7 Advantages of using security cameras without Wi-Fi
- 4.8 Disadvantages of using non-Wi-Fi security cameras
- 5 Genuine Review of some top No Wi-Fi Security Cameras
- 5.1 1. Brickhouse security B-Link-1C Camscura
- 5.2 2. YI outdoor security camera
- 5.3 3. Arlo Go by NETGEAR mobile HD security cameras
- 5.4 4. Amcrest 1080p 1920 TVL bullet outdoor security camera– IP2M-852E
- 5.5 5. Lorex720P HD security Camera System – LW3211
- 5.6 6. ZOSI 1080P HD 1920TVL Hybrid 4-in-1 TVI/CVI/AHD/960H CVBS Security Camera
- 5.7 7. Blink XT Home Security Camera System
- 5.8 8. Reolink IP PoE security camera – RLC 411
- 5.9 Conclusion
Wireless vs Traditional security systems
Wireless security cameras
Whereas, wireless security cameras are easy to install and the security footage can be transmitted to the recorder wirelessly. These are portable and more flexible in usage when compared to wired security system. No cables are involved in these cameras and thus are considered as smart security cameras.
Types of Wireless security cameras
There are two main types of wireless security cameras
- Battery powered or solar powered security cameras– no need to plug in for power
- Traditional Wireless security cameras– to be plugged in for power
Is it really that important to install a wireless security camera system at our home?
The level of security we get from the wired as well as wireless system is same. But the only problem is accessing the recorded footages in case of wired security camera is different from wireless. When we install a wireless system, we can access live footages remotely through a smartphone app, a feature which we cannot find in case of wired system. We can watch the footages only after it gets recorded. We cannot see what is going on in the moment and can access those footages only from their location.
Can these wireless IP cameras work without internet?
The answer is ‘YES’. Security cameras are literally TV cameras that run over a coax to a modified VCR. IP cameras use networks. Most of those IP cameras don’t even have a Wi-Fi option - they’ll have an Ethernet port, and the switch to provide the Power over Ethernet (PoE).
Traditional security cameras or wired security cameras
Traditional security system such as PoE IP cameras, transmit videos using 2 wires, coaxial and power cables. These cameras need 24x7 power supply to work. The images or footages are much clearer and there will be zero interference from nearby devices, which gives more stability to data transmission. These are best for very huge mansions or homes. But the installation is little challenging as we have to drill holes in our walls and ceilings to run wires through. These are less cheap when compared to Wi-Fi cameras as these comes bundled with multi-camera setup and a handful of cameras.
Non-Wi-Fi security cameras or security cameras without Wi-Fi
These cameras do not require Wi-Fi to get connected to the recording devices or to monitor your households. They use either a PoE technology or a cellular technology or even a wired
Ethernet cables to record the footages and to transmit them for monitoring.
Why and when would you be in need of no Wi-Fi surveillance system?
These comes into action, we you need to protect your video data from hackers but still want to monitor them remotely and also to store data in recorders. These are very useful when you want to monitor your huge mansions or buildings or assets or even business enterprises, whether indoor or outdoor.
Things to consider while going for a no Wi-Fi security cameras
- Connectivity and powering options
Various non-Wi-Fi-camera options are available so it’s always better to consider the connectivity and power options as most of these cameras may either work with Ethernet cables or through a 3G/4G sim cards. We should also see whether the power supply to these cameras is through rechargeable batteries or through solar panels.
- Storage options and area of coverage
Always get a surveillance system which has more inbuilt storage and also has a facility to connect to an external hard disk. This way we can enjoy seamless monitoring of footages.
When it comes to coverage of more area, wired cameras are the best. Choose according to your requirement.
- Motion alert and notifications
Motion alert and push notifications are the most important features of a non-Wi-Fi security cameras as we need to know what’s going on at the moment.
- Night vision capability
Most of the cameras comes with this feature. With this feature, we will be able to see what is going on in this nights at our homes while we are away for a vacation. We can enjoy our vacation stress-free with this feature.
- Price and quality
The price of a wired device is less when compared to a wireless one. We can get a bundled pack of cameras and recorder for a less price and we can also buy and add more cameras to a single recorder if we bought multi-camera recording and monitoring devices.
The quality of the videos recorded should be of maximum. So, it is always better to go for a high resolution cameras supporting 720P or 1080P resolution.
Options without Wi-Fi are limited but still available
This is where the cellular security camera system comes into action, which may or may not need internet services to transmit security camera footage to the recorder. Also, they don’t need to be plugged in for power supply. We can also choose HD video recording security cameras which doesn’t need Wi-Fi to work.
1. Cellular security camera system
Imagine going to a place away from your home where there is no internet? How would you monitor your home? What if internet connection at your home is unstable while you are on road and wants to be sure that your house is OK?
Just like your mobile phones, these security cameras transmit video signals and data to nearby cellular sites. So, all you have to do is make sure that these cameras are installed in an area where there is a 3G/4G LTE/5G network.
The traditional wireless CCTV cameras usually works with internet to send data wirelessly and thus are exposed to a risk of getting hacked by hackers. But when it comes to the cellular security cameras, the risk will be minimum. If you want a high level security for your home, there are also some cameras that uses P2P (peer to peer) technology. We can also receive video footage streaming videos right on your smart phone through the android app.
If you are thinking ‘can these security cameras work without electricity’, the answer is ‘Yes!’ These ‘non Wi-Fi security cameras’ are the ultimate choice for outdoor use, as most of them uses batteries that are powered by solar panels. But, we have to buy the solar panels separately as most of the companies won’t provide them along with the security camera system.
2. Analog or HD-CVI surveillance systems
When we are truly in need of a trustworthy or a high level security with better video or image quality, Analog CCTV camera is the best and most common choice. Analog cameras are easy to mount anywhere and also have powerful features unlike other security systems.
These are more reliable as the video data is transmitted through coaxial cables and thus provides no way for any unauthorised users to break into the security system or to alter the data. The Analog cameras lack in providing a higher resolution of images (they provide a maximum resolution of 0.4MP), because of which we could not see greater level of details like facial recognition, license plate identification,
If we want better image quality with true colours, get HD-CVI, also known as HD Analog cameras, which can offer a maximum resolution of up to 2MP. Both the Analog and HD-CVI cameras will have coaxial cable for each individual camera, which can be connected to a recorder.
The Analog camera system stores video data in DVR (Digital Video Recorder) whereas in HD-CVI uses a hybrid recorder to store data locally. HD-CVI cameras provide zooming facility for the images captured by it to let you see fine details.
3. Network IP surveillance systems or WLAN cameras
If you want to install non-Wi-Fi security cameras, but have wired-Ethernet connections all over your building, it’s better to choose an IP system that operates with a Network Video Recorder (NVR). All you have to do is connect your cameras and recorder to all the access points with CAT5 or CAT6 Ethernet cables. These systems use Power Over Ethernet (PoE) technology that transmits power and video feed through the same Ethernet cable. So, there is no need for internet connection. Connecting the NVR to a HDTV or a monitor will let you monitor your properties seamlessly.
Hard wiring your critical cameras
Some places require more security and thus are in need of hard wiring those critical cameras in those critical locations. These cameras cannot be hacked by those computer wiz neighbours. Hard wiring is nothing but joining these cameras to a permanent storage devices or power points using cables or wires.
Both the Analog or HDCVI camera systems as well as WLAN cameras involves hard wiring our critical cameras. And that’s why they are the best solutions if you want to avoid the risk of your Wi-Fi getting hacked by hackers.
Local Recording system of no Wi-Fi spy cameras
Footage can be recorded locally using a NVR (Network Video Recorder) or a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) or a computer or a micro SD card.
1. Using NVR or DVR
Most of the NVRs and DVRs comes with inbuilt hard disk drives with a minimum capacity of 1TB and we can extend the storage by connecting them to external hard disk. It all depends on the capacity of hard disks we connected to these NVRs and DVRs. The NVRs don’t need internet connection to work 24/7 when it’s connected to the cameras, as the NVR will assign their IP address to the cameras.
2. Using SD card
Many of the new security cameras comes with an in-built SD card with a normal capacity of 16 GB / 32 GB and records only when there is a motion event.
3. Using a Computer
This is the cheapest as well as the best option of recording the footage by using some free surveillance camera software. But you have to keep your monitor ON 24/7 to enjoy continuous recording.
But how do we connect computers with non Wi-Fi spy cameras?
First of all, we have to charge our security cameras and then connect a network cable to the security camera. Connect the other end of the cable to a computer and make sure your computer is offline. Scan and find the IP address of the camera using a free surveillance software which is provided by the vendor.
Now note down the IP address of the camera and change your PC’s IP address to the IP address of camera. And that’s it. Now you can remove the cable and still can view the footage or record the footage of the non-Wi-Fi security camera through the computer.
Advantages of using security cameras without Wi-Fi
- It is more reliable as it transmits data through wires.
- There will be no regular maintenance of changing batteries.
- Ideal for large areas as it can handle more sensors than the wireless system.
- Lowers chances of getting hacked.
- Offers more rich features like control panels to have full control.
- Also offers high definition video recording.
Disadvantages of using non-Wi-Fi security cameras
- More installation charges may occur.
- More vulnerable to burglars as cutting the wires off will disable the cameras.
- Cannot be moved from one place to other once installed.
Genuine Review of some top No Wi-Fi Security Cameras
These are some of the best no Wi-Fi security camera systems or wired security camera systems, which are available to purchase in the market in 2019.
Best cellular security cameras
1. Brickhouse security B-Link-1C Camscura
2. YI outdoor security camera
Getting a modern looking and reliable security camera, which comes with top-notch features is not an easy task. What if you could get a stylish and secured surveillance camera system with more customisable options? YI outdoor security camera is the one I have been talking about. .
This security system is a result of a 4-year researchon cutting edge technology. This outdoor camera is made in such a way to withstand all kinds of weather changes making it a tough product with dust proof and waterproof features. It is capable of recording footages in 1080P HD resolution with 4X zooming feature at 20 FPS.
The 110°wide-angle field of view will let you have a good view. It also comes with a two-way audio. The best feature of this security camera is the customisable alert option, which will let you choose when and how long the motion detection sensor should work.
The video footages can be stored in either a SD card or on Yi cloud depending upon your requirement. If you want to view the footage from anywhere, better save them to cloud using 2.4G network. This camera comes with a 3 meter cable, a USB port along with a 32GB SD card. It is also capable of recording footages in night with a viewing distance of nearly 50 feet.
3. Arlo Go by NETGEAR mobile HD security cameras
Features:It has some useful features like enhanced IR night vision, water-proof, rechargeable Li-ion batteries of 3660 mAh capacity, audio and motion triggered recording, adjustable up to 23 feet etc. We will get notification if anything triggers the recording. For the local storage we can use SD card.
Best Analog or HD-CVI security systems
4. Amcrest 1080p 1920 TVL bullet outdoor security camera– IP2M-852E
Amcrest 1080P 1920 TVL occupies the first place because of its unique ability to record footages at 1080P resolution with crystal clear clarity of videos. It also has 20 IR LEDs which supports it as night vision, to record videos in nights. The metal body with IP67 weather proofing is an added advantage for this camera.
As it comes with a 984ft long cord, you can place these cameras away from your DVR and provides highly secure closed networks to record footages. In addition to all these features, it also sends uncompressed, real-time and highly videos to your android or IOS devices. We can also use this with internet to watch the live feed on a web-browser of your PC or MAC.
5. Lorex720P HD security Camera System – LW3211
I used to have this at my home and in my opinion, this is the easiest and convenient HD-CVI security system so far, in terms of installation process for beginners, which can be installed both indoors and outdoors.
It records security footages 24x7, in full HD resolution 720P and also comes with weatherproof and motion capture sensors.
IT comes with 1TB hard drive to store data offline. The night vision sensor is capable of capturing images in dark up to 135 feet distance and also transmits footages after filtering out interferences using adaptive FHSS. We can see the live feed either on PC’s or mobile devices when connected to a FTP server.
6. ZOSI 1080P HD 1920TVL Hybrid 4-in-1 TVI/CVI/AHD/960H CVBS Security Camera
ZOSI is one of the best professional and reliable security camera system providers. For over 20 years, it has developed a wide variety of security cameras with latest technology. Among all those, the ZOSI 1080P HD 1920TVL Hybrid 4-in-1 security camera is in the top position.
This 4-in-1 professional bullet security camera is compatible with HD-TVI, AHD, CVI, and CVBS/960H analog DVRs. It comes with built-in 1/2.7" CMOS Image Sensor, with 2 MP Resolution and an advanced circuit design. An advanced image processing technology and 1080p Full HD camera resolution will give us clear and bright pictures. This ZOSI 1080P HD camera has built-in OSD menu which changes the 4 different video outputs and adjusts the video settings.
Best Analog or HD-CVI security systems
We will always love to have those security cameras that come with easy installation and great features. Due to its ability to work with other smart home devices and the features, Blink XT is the best you could get in this price range.
Blink XT is a wireless security camera which is great for inside or outside and night or day. It comes with HD Video & Motion Sensor which detects the motion and sends HD video with audio to your laptop or PC or mobile. Its weather resistant feature ensures that you get clear and HD quality video in any weather conditions. The Infrared Night Vision provides Full HD video even in night.
If you are thinking whether the extra megapixels will make any difference in recording your security footage, get this Reolink RLC 411 to compare it with other IP cameras.
This camera offers 4x optical zooming feature with a 5 megapixel camera lens. It works on an Ethernet cable/ PoE technology.
It is waterproof and also has high quality IR night vision lens with motion sensors and alerting features. The video output is excellent with shaper images which can be zoomed to see more clearly. We can monitor footages either in PC or on Mobile.
The major cons that I have observed is the absence of 2 way audio capabilities and extremely sensitive motion sensor. Overall, this is the best option to go for, if you have low budget but in high requirement of security monitoring systems.
If we have no mobile network or no 4G-LTE network available in the location from where want to monitor the live feed, then these cellular cameras will not serve the purpose. So, the cellular security camera systems are not reliable at times.
If you want a more consistent and best security systems, then IP cameras are the way to go instead of HD-CVI cameras, as they deliver more reliable high quality videos with other features like zooming features. Analog security systems are becoming obsolete these days due to their outdated features.We might have missed some other things worth mentioning, so please let us know what we have missed. Also, we are expecting your opinions in the comment section or do leave us a note in the comment section to know more about the security cameras.