Mobile security cameras, on the one hand, refer to the security cameras with mobile app that allow you to receive notifications or view live stream on your cell phones.

Now with the emergence of CCTV cameras on mobile data plan, mobile surveillance cameras have been given a new meaning — a cellular-based security solution independent from WiFi network and power source.

In today's post, we'll walk you through all you need to know about the mobile home security cameras that can operate in anywhere even without Internet connection.

If you're looking for the mobile phone security cameras to watch live videos from your smart phone, please click here for more insightful ideas.


Mobile Surveillance Cameras

What Are Mobile Security Cameras For

Cellular based mobile security cameras, operating on the separate mobile data plan, are designed for the areas with limited or no Internet access and power source.

As the broadband penetration has grown steadily worldwide, the demand for 5G/4G/3G mobile security cameras is relatively weaker than the non-cellular ones.

In addition to the higher technology requirements of mobile network security cameras, it is not difficult to understand why they take up a small market share now.

But in certain areas, the 4G security cameras on mobile data could be the ONLY security solution available, such as:

  • Construction sites
  • Remote properties, like sheds and cabins
  • Vacation home
  • Barns & farms
  • Boats
  • Campsites
  • RVs, hotels, etc.
  • Hotels and rental properties

This is obviously not an exhaustive list and the mobile security cameras can take you almost anywhere you wish, breaking the bonds of Internet access and power source.

Mobile Security Cameras

What to Look for in 5G/4G/3G Mobile Security Cameras

Now that you have learnt the applications of mobile data security cameras, so how can you select a best mobile security camera to your needs?

Let's dive right in!

1. Battery Life of Cellular Mobile Security Camera Systems

The cellular mobile security cameras are generally battery powered cameras, so you can place or move them to different mobile sites as you wish.

Picture this scenario.

Your cellular mobile wireless security cameras run out of power in only one or two weeks, and you have to travel long distance to change the batteries.

To release yourself from such great trouble, choose the advanced mobile surveillance cameras with long battery life.

Taking the security camera for mobile sties Reolink Go for example, it comes with a rechargeable battery and you can also add the Reolink solar panel to provide continuous power for this wireless security camera with mobile remote view – both cost effective and eco-friendly!

4G Cellular Security Cameras

2. Day and Night Vision of Mobile Security Cameras

Need a cellular mobile home security camera to identify individuals and license plate numbers both day and night?

In this case, remember to check out the camera resolution, night vision range, Lux rating, viewing angle in the specifications chart.

Note that some mobile security camera systems are also featured with starlight image sensor, which can provide improved image quality with more visible details. And you are also allowed to record color videos at night to pinpoint the color of clothing or vehicles at a distance.

Below is the color night vision video sample of the 4G mobile security camera Reolink Go.

3. Intelligent Alerts of Cellular Security Cameras with Mobile App

It is no exaggeration to say that, mobile security cameras without instant alerts would literally defeat your aim of buying them in the first place.

Now most cellular security cameras with mobile app would send push notifications and emails to your cell phones when motion is detected.

What's unique about Reolink Go, is that besides the common alerts mentioned above, it also allows you to record your customized alert message to get notified with it. And this personalized feature has won the good graces of customers worldwide.

4. Recording Options of Mobile Data Security Cameras

Where will the mobile security cameras save motion detection videos? This should be also one of the important factors you need to take into account.

Some mobile HD security camera sellers, like Reolink, may offer you free trial of their cloud service, so that you can access the recorded videos of the 4G/3G mobile security cameras from anywhere.

Another cost-effective alternative is to store motion events of security camera systems with mobile app to the micro SD card. So you can also play back the footage on your mobile phones to keep informed of every single detail.

Recommendation of Best Mobile Security Camera Requiring No WiFi Network

Though the options for cellular mobile security cameras are quite limited now, there are also some excellent and future-proofing models, like Reolink Go, the most popular mobile data security camera featured on Techhive, PC World, ideaing and other top-tier media.

Operating on the 4G/3G cellular network, this security camera with mobile app allows you to watch live view feed anytime and anywhere from your smart phone.

It also provides a perfect security solution for areas without WiFi network and power source, such as your construction sites, boats, marinas, barns, farms, hotels, rental properties, vacation home, campsites, RVs, food trucks, etc.


  • 1080p Full HD
  • Battery powered & solar powered (optional)
  • Starlight night vision (up to 33 ft)
  • PIR motion detection and intelligent alerts
  • Customized alert messages
  • Record motion events onboard (SD card not included)

Below is a video captured by the mobile network security camera Reolink Go (shared by Jens on his Youtube channel).

Reolink Go

100% Wire-Free 3G/4G LTE Mobile Camera

No WiFi & Power Needed; Rechargeable Battery or Solar Powered; 1080p Full HD; Starlight Night Vision; 2-Way Audio; Live View Anytime Anywhere.

Top Concerns You May Have About Mobile Security Cameras

Have got some questions about mobile security camera before your final purchase? This part is set to untie you from all the possible concerns and problems.

1. Will Mobile Surveillance Cameras Eat up Too Much Data

First off, you need to know that, the mobile security cameras won't consume the cellular data unless you access the camera for live viewing/video playback, or the security cameras with mobile alert send push notifications to your phones when motion is detected.

So the data consumption of security cameras on mobile data plan basically varies with your specific usages. If you don't want to waste your cellular data on the video clips triggered by false alarms, try out these methods to conserve the data usage.

2. Is the Price of Mobile Network Security Cameras High

Undeniably, the price of 5g/4g/3g mobile security cameras is a bit higher than the non-cellular security cameras controlled by mobile phones. But compared with the possible loss of your properties, it would be money well spent.

After all, there are still multiple ways for you to save money when buying mobile security camera systems, like choosing the ones with free shipping and no contract or subscription fees. (Explore more money-saving tips here.)

3. Can Cellular Mobile Security Cameras Still Work If They Lose Signals or Have Weak Signals

Just as the non-cellular based mobile security cameras can still record motion events without Internet, the 5G/4G/3G mobile site security cameras with SD card can also record motion triggered videos onsite when they have weak or no signals.

Then you can take out the SD card and play back the footage on your computer or laptop to figure out what happened.

4. Can 4G/3G Mobile Security Cameras Connect to the Internet over WiFi

Most mobile site security cameras, like Reolink Go, can only perform over the 4G/3G mobile data, and don't support WiFi connection.

If you need a budget-friendly home security camera with mobile app that can connect to the WiFi network, the Reolink Argus® 2 could be your best bet worth your money.

For any more questions about mobile security cameras, please leave your comments below and we'll reply to you as soon as we can.

  • Martin

    Hi, can i use the reolink argus 2 even without a wifi network? So direct connection with a smartphone? Using it in my camper. Greetings, Martin

    • Jenny Hu

      Hi, Martin, the mobile security camera Reolink Argus 2 can record without WiFi network and you can use a micro SD card to save motion-triggered events locally. But a WiFi network is required if you want to receive instant motion alerts or watch live viewing on your smartphone. Please let me know if you have any more questions.



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