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Best Wireless Home Security Cameras for 2022

These developers solved the power problem for their outdoor cameras. Toss the wires and install one of these wireless smart security cams.

If you've ever tried to replace an exterior light fixture or tried to find an outlet in the porch, you know how much of a hassle it is to power devices outside. Plus, the struggle of finding the perfect placement and angle for an outdoor security camera is annoying. It can quickly become mind-numbingly frustrating. But these days you can find the best wireless security camera models for the job, no matter what your needs may be. And best of all, most of these surveillance camera options are just as good as wired options. 

You can put an outdoor camera on a fence or secure a hidden camera in a tree, untethered to the house's power. In fact, you can install your security camera anywhere your Wi-Fi reaches. Scale up your home security system and invest in the peace of mind you'll receive from your outdoor camera setup. You can even have an indoor camera and video doorbell, so you can keep watch on your home and deter intruders, all without needing to fiddle with or fuss over wiring.

You can find countless battery-powered security cameras out there, but who's got the spare time to comb through all of the options? I did. I made time and sifted through to find the best wireless security camera options on the market, and picked a handful of the best battery-powered security cameras I especially like. I considered surveillance camera factors like field of view, video quality and storage, battery life, whether or not it connects to your existing smart home or if it provides a mobile app with recording options. 

Read on, if you're seeking the best wireless camera to meet your home protection and security needs.

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Arlo's latest Pro series camera is a fantastic device with features to spare. It boasts 2K resolution, a 160-degree field of view, two-way talk, full-color night vision, a built-in siren and spotlight, compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit -- the list goes on.

This powerhouse of a camera costs $180 -- a bit pricier than super-affordable options like Wyze, but easily worth the premium. (Sometimes you can save with a two-pack, though not currently.) For $3 per month, you can also get smart alerts, motion zones, 30 days of event history and a few other cool features. In short, the Arlo Pro 4 is a fantastic security camera for most people.

Read our Arlo Pro 4 review.

 

Arlo

Arlo's floodlight camera is the best on the market -- and unlike most floodlight cams, you can install it without wires. It includes weatherproof housing, crisp HD livestreaming, reliable alerts and true security camera features with arming and disarming capabilities -- plus a built-in siren and a very bright built-in floodlight. It works with Alexa and Google Assistant, too.

Read our Arlo Pro 3 with Floodlight review.

 

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Wyze has a fantastic wireless video doorbell for under $100. The $90 Video Doorbell Pro has a tall and wide 1:1 aspect ratio with 1,440x1,440 resolution. It has everything else you'd expect a video doorbell in 2022 to have: two-way talk, live streaming, smart alerts and so on. Wyze even comes with a plug-in chime so you don't have to wire it or rely on app notifications. In short, this thing is a pretty unbeatable deal.

Read CNET's review of the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro.

 

How we test home security cameras

Hands-on testing is core to our evaluations of home security products. In short, when it comes to security cameras, we pay special attention to resolution, night vision and latency, extra features, general performance and overall value. We evaluate all of these elements in a real home environment over the course of a week. If you want to read more about our review process, check out our in-depth article on how we test home security cameras and video doorbells.

Wireless Home Security Cameras Compared

Our Picks Arlo Pro 4 Arlo Pro 3 With Floodlight Wyze Video Doorbell Pro
Price $180 $190 $90
Resolution 2K 2K resolution with HDR 1,440 x 1,440
Field of View 160 degrees 160 degrees wide 150 degrees
Setup Wireless, indoor/outdoor Wireless, outdoors only Wireless, outdoors only
Extra Features Live streaming, two-way talk, night vision, weather resistance Weatherproof housing, crisp HD livestreaming, reliable alerts, built-in siren, integration with Alexa and Google Assistant. Two-way talk, live streaming, smart alerts, cloud storage
Review Score 8.5 9 8.9

Wireless home security camera FAQs

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about home security cameras. If you have others, feel free to reach out on Twitter (@david_p_priest) or you can email me from my author page (just click the little orange envelope).

Can wireless cameras work without internet?

Wireless smart cams generally rely on your home internet connection to function, but that isn't always the case. Some devices, like Nest's wireless video doorbell and Wyze's cameras, can save footage locally in case of an outage. Other systems, like Lorex's cameras, work using their own wireless network. That means as long as their base station has power, the wireless cameras will keep recording onto a microSD card.

What's a good affordable wireless security camera system?

The cost of smart security cameras can add up really quickly, so if you're looking for a whole system of cameras, more affordable options from developers like Blink or Wyze might be the right call for you. Getting an affordable video doorbell might be a good idea, too -- and wireless options are getting cheaper every year.

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