Wireless security cameras for homes are a simple way of keeping an eye on your house. Whether you’ve got a naughty puppy wreaking havoc while you’re at work, or you’re away on holiday, it’s nice to know that at the tap of a button you can see what’s going on in your house.
We think the Netgear Arlo is the best wi-fi camera you can get. The key feature here is that it’s completely wireless with a 6-month battery life. Video quality is good, and it’s even waterproof so you can use it outside. Of course, the Netgear Arlo might not be right for you, so we’ve gotten other products worth considering.
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How to choose the best Wi-Fi camera for you
This selection of cameras has it all; from infrared, so you can detect any motion at night, to sensors for your windows and doors, so even if they aren’t on a camera you can be alerted if someone’s trying to break in.
Some, like the Withings Home, even look good, so you don’t have unsightly tech ruining your decor. Others, like the Netatmo Welcome, might not be as pretty but when you’ve got facial recognition on your side you can be sure that as soon as a stranger walks in your home you’ll be alerted an instant.Video wireless security cameras quality is key here, as is night vision – the camera you choose should have HD resolution, at least. Some cameras have two-way communication, which is useful if you’re using it to keep an eye on kids or pets, some also have built-in alarms, acting as a useful all-in-one security system.
The biggest decision you have to make is whether you want the camera for security purposes (to be alerted if someone is breaking in), in which case you’ll want to look for a Wi-Fi camera with an alarm, notifications, and night vision. Or whether you want it for lifestyle purposes – keep an eye on a pet or toddler, where an alarm might not be necessary, but two-way audio and unobtrusive design is.
The 11 best Wi-Fi security cameras you can buy today
Check out our list of the very best home security cameras you can buy right now!
1. Netgear Arlo
Perfect for use inside the home and outdoors too
Netgear Arlo wireless security cameras
Not best for constant streaming
Arlo (from Netgear) is also based around always-on security cameras, and you can choose one, two or three depending on your needs and budget.
Everything is wireless and managed via a smart home base station and you should be able to get up and running with it in a few minutes – it’s a good choice if simplicity matters to you. You can then tap into your video feeds from anywhere using the supplied smartphone apps.
As there are no wires you can position the cameras anywhere: they’re waterproof so they can even go outdoors if you need to keep an eye on the back garden or the driveway while you’re out.
Night vision and motion detection capabilities are included but there’s no sound with these cameras and you are limited to 1GB of storage space in the cloud free of charge.
Because it’s battery powered it’s more suited to occasionally checking in at home rather than constantly streaming, so bear that in mind.
2. Nest Cam
One of the most advanced IP cameras
wireless security cameras
Comes with speakers
Infra-red cameras help with recording at night
You have to pay for extra features
Part of the Nest family of products (along with the Learning Thermostat and Protect), the Nest Cam is one of the most advanced IP cameras.
Formerly known as the Dropcam Pro, Nest Cam streams sharp, 1080p HD video from inside your home to your computer, phone, or tablet. It will alert you if it senses motion or sound so you can tune in to see and hear what’s going on, and with 8x zoom and a 130-degree lens, you won’t miss a trick.
It comes with speakers so you can talk to anyone in the house, and eight infra-red sensors give you impressively clear night time shots.
Naturally, it integrates seamlessly with other Nest products through a shared app, and for a £8 monthly fee, you’ll get more “advanced” features, including cloud storage of your video and Netatmo-style facial recognition to improve alert accuracy.