It is simply undeniable that wireless home security cameras are more convenient and flexible than their wired counterparts. Most of our favorite cameras are 100% wire-free. This means they use a Wi-Fi connection and a wireless power source like a battery.
That being said, wireless cameras were given a bump up when it came to ranking the top home security cameras. However, we couldn’t totally ignore high quality wired cameras such as the Amcrest ProHD, Wyze Cam Pan, and the Nest Cam Indoor.
Find out below which cameras on our list are truly wireless, which ones you can use indoors and outdoors, and which smart features each one offers.
Best Wireless Security Camera Reviews
The Arlo Pro earned the top spot on our list for the best wireless security camera. Why? Well, it’s truly wireless (eg no power cords). Furthermore, it is also the most flexible camera we’ve encountered on the market. It works both indoors and outdoors. It also provides a crystal clear image on sunny days, under artificial light, and in the dark.
The installation process is also wicked simple. All in all, it’s hard to resist the overall charm of the Arlo Pro. Our only major concerns are that the Arlo Pro has a lot of alerts and its motion sensor is also very sensitive. Furthermore, you need to purchase a base station, which takes the entry-level price over $200.
- 100% wire-free design
- Indoor/outdoor versatility
- Easy setup
- Smart home integration
- High price
- Required base station
- Oversensitive motion detection
Wyze Cam Pan
This fun-size Wi-Fi camera is able to scan an entire room in a matter of 3 seconds. If you don’t wish to scan the entire room, you can adjust the Pan Scan feature to scan an area of your choosing. The Wyze Cam’s motion tracking is also pretty nifty. If a pet or child happens to frolic through the room, the camera will follow all the action. Think about it, gone are the days of arguing over who broke the lamp! If that isn’t enough, you can pick up a Wyze Cam Pan for less than $30. One of the few downsides is that your’re tethered by a power cord. This limits your placement options.
- Affordable price
- 360° coverage with Pan Scan
- Smart motion tracking
- Free rolling 14-day cloud storage
- Wired power cord
- Rough motion tracking
- Hit-and-miss motion alerts
The Canary All-in-One indoor security camera combines home security features like a siren and environmental sensors with a smart home security camera. Don’t let this small and nimble design fool you. Canary has jammed in plenty of security features into this Wi-Fi camera. In fact, there are so many security features packed into the Canary All-in-One that it qualifies for a home insurance discount with many major providers. The Canary All-in-One can let you know if your romantic wood burning fire isn’t completely out or let you know if the kids left the tub running. One of the few downsides is the limited night vision capabilities – it can only see about 20 feet in the dark.
- Camera, siren, and climate monitor
- Learning tech to adjust to your habits
- Alexa integration
- Direct connection to emergency services
- Only 20-foot range for night vision
- Subscription required for some features
- Buggy mobile app
We like this wireless indoor camera from Frontpoint because it combines safety with style. The camera doubles as a Bluetooth speaker and you can instantly connect with other users on your Frontpoint account with just one touch. The digital pan feature lets you scan the whole room, and enhanced zoom means you’ll never wonder which pet was lounging on the sofa all day. Frontpoint’s cameras-only self-monitoring plan is just $14.99/month and gives you remote access and control, two-way audio, storage up to 1,000 video clips, motion detection, and customized mobile alerts. Or you can add it to a full Frontpoint home security system with 24/7 monitoring—but that requires a contract and Frontpoint’s Ultimate Plan (which costs $49.99/mo.).
- Built-in Bluetooth speakers
- 180° field of view
- One-touch calling
- Adjustable motion detection settings
- Stylish design
- 24/7 professional monitoring available
- Requires a monthly fee for app access
- Extra cost of around $15/mo.
Ring Spotlight Cam
The Ring Spotlight Cam does a great job of monitoring your home and you can install it anywhere. You are not limited to locations with access to a power supply and securing cables is a thing of the past. This wireless security camera runs on a rechargeable battery—or you can select the solar panel route if you so wish. The addition of a spotlight as an extra intruder deterrent is a superb extra that most other security cameras lack. Furthermore, you can even speak to visitors even when you’re not home via the two-way communication feature. The most prominent downside is the price, which will cost you $200 per unit.
- No power cables to wrangle
- Built-in spotlight
- Motion-activated sensors
- Smart home compatibility
- Higher price
- Shorter battery life
- Wi-Fi connection problems
Reolink Argus 2 Wireless Security Camera
The Reolink Argus 2 is a real gem. It works just as well indoors as it does outside. The Argus 2 is one of only a handful of home security cameras that feature starlight night vision. Starlight is an impressive technology – it gives you clear images up to 36 feet away with zero ambient light. This camera features a rechargeable battery, or you can opt for the solar power option. Both options allow for quite a bit of flexibility in terms of where you place your camera. Setup is relatively simple. However, one wrinkle is that you need to set up your camera(s) via the mobile app. This means you have to set up your cameras on a mobile device. This can become a hassle if you’re setting up multiple cameras around your home and property.
- Email and push notifications
- Built-in microSD card slot
- Free video playback via Reolink app
- No base station
- Wi-Fi connectivity issues
- No web viewing capability
- Motion detection delays
Things to Consider Before You Buy
Can my security camera be hacked?
The unfortunate truth is that, yes, security cameras can be vulnerable to hacking—but the good news is that you can do things to keep hackers out. Nearly every security camera we looked at supports encryption. That means that the data streamed from the camera (like videos of your kids after school) is protected from prying eyes. No matter what security features come with your camera, we’ve got some tips to help you maximize the privacy of your security cameras.
- Buy a camera with a recognized name and purchase it from a trusted seller.
- Make sure your home Wi-Fi network is secure.
- Create unique, strong passwords for your camera and any apps you use to access it.
- Keep firmware updated on your camera and your Wi-Fi router.
- Turn off remote viewing when you don’t need it.
- Block the lens of your camera when you’re not using it—a post-it or a piece of painters tape will work.
Will it work as a baby/kid/pet monitor?
We’ve learned that many people want a wireless security camera to keep an eye on the people and pets they love. If this is your goal, here are some things to consider:
- Two-way communication: Do you want to listen in and talk to the pets or people you are monitoring?
- Night vision: Clear images in low light are especially important if you want to use the camera as a baby monitor.
- Field of view: Most security cameras are designed with a wide-angle lens, while baby monitors and nanny cams often use a more narrow range of vision to focus on the baby.
- Pan and tilt: If you’re viewing pets or older kids remotely from the office or on a beach, you may want to be able to move the camera angle.
Can an indoor camera do double duty looking out a window?
This is another thing people want their wireless camera to do—watch things inside during the day, and keep an eye on what’s going on outside after dark. But this rarely works. Most indoor security cameras will pick up glares and reflections when aimed out a window. This obscures the outside view, making it useless. If both outdoor and indoor security is a priority for you, we recommend getting the right type of camera for each area. You may be able to find an indoor camera that claims to be specifically designed to minimize the glare and reflection of a window but be sure to read a lot of customer reviews to verify that those claims are accurate.
Is an indoor wireless camera enough security?
If your goal is to protect against intruders, we recommend an outdoor camera first and foremost. Outdoor security cameras are designed to deter criminals and provide an early warning before someone enters your home. While indoor security cameras have helped people catch a burglar after the fact, you have a better chance of sending a thief running with an outdoor camera. And if you want to be connected to the police, you should look into security cameras, like Frontpoint’s outdoor security camera, that comes with an option to add professional monitoring.