"Alexa, show me the kitchen."

"OK Google, disable the night vision of cameras at the front door."

Thanks to the security cameras that work with Alexa & Google Home, such "fictional" scenes have become real.

There is no doubt that these CCTV cameras will bring more convenience to your daily life and also build a smarter home. So will you be enticed into buying one for your home? If yes, how to select the best IP cameras that are compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant?

To make a wise purchase, continue reading to learn more about their benefits and also the top items to consider when buying smart security cameras that work with Alexa and Google Home/Assistant (a cost-effective option is also included).

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What Is Google Home, Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa

Before jumping to the security cameras that work with Alexa and Google Home/Assistant, we will go through some basics of Google Assistant, Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo.

Both Google Home and Amazon Echo are voice-activated speakers that are equipped with the advanced virtual assistant systems. With these smart speakers in your house, you are able to connect all the smart home devices together and manage them by hands-off voice controls.

Smart Speaker

Meanwhile, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are the virtual assistants embedded in these two speakers and also among other smart home devices, like lights, security cameras and also TVs.

These advanced assistant systems come with the ability to dictate commands to control smart assistant-compatible devices, such as security cameras that work with Google Home/Assistant and Alexa, and thus, make your home smarter.

Editor's Note: A smart speaker is not necessary when using smart assistants for home automation. Just by using phones or tablets with built-in Google Assistant or downloading the Amazon App on your devices, you are able to centralize your smart home controls without smart speakers.

Benefits of Security Cameras That Work with Google Home, Google Assistant & Alexa

Security cameras that work with Alexa or Google Home/Assistant are among the trendiest smart devices nowadays.

So why are security cameras compatible with Google Home and Alexa special? What makes them outshine average security cameras?

Here we will list some of the major benefits of CCTV cameras for Alexa and Google Assistant:

Benefit 1. Security Cameras That Work with Alexa & Google Home Offer More Convenience

After connecting the security cameras that work with Alexa or Google Assistant to the smart speakers, you are able to access the cameras effortlessly without tapping the App or the Client.

When hearing the oral dictate, like "Hey Alexa, show me the living room", smart home security cameras compatible with Alexa will wake up and show you the images of your home or business.

Benefit 2. Security Cameras Compatible with Google Home/Assistant & Alexa Build a Smarter Home

Security cameras for Alexa and Google Assistant, together with other smart home devices, are able to make your home safer and smarter.

For example, you can stream videos on assistant systems-embedded TVs or get your doors locked when you find your doors open through the images of security cameras with Google Home.

Stream Video ON A TV

Benefit 3. Security Cameras for Google Home/Assistant & Alexa Are Future-Proof Smart Devices

According to a report on smart home from Statista, the percentage of smart security cameras and other security devices applied in American's families was 11.02% in 2017 and is expected to hit 32.65% in 2023.

Meanwhile, the advanced IP cameras that work with Alexa or Google Home/Assistant are among the top security options for active households. Such CCTV cameras won't be outdated in the near future and they are worthy of your investment as well.

Buying Security Cameras That Work with Alexa & Google Assistant: Top 3 Tips to Know

If you are interested in security cameras that work with Google Home/Assistant or Alexa and planning to make a purchase, take the tips below into account before checking out:

Tip 1. Figure out If the Security Cameras with Alexa & Google Home Are Cost-Effective

Generally speaking, the best security cameras that work with Google Home or Alexa for sale are relatively expensive, with a price starting from $150 to over $250.

To buy a cost-effective security option, it is vital for you to have a closer look at the features and service offered by the CCTV cameras.

Supposed that you are looking for outdoor security cameras that work with Google Assistant/Home and Alexa, you may have a look at their weatherproof rating (IP65 or above), working temperature, vandal-proof rating and also night vision performance.

Another two items worth your attention are their warranty period and additional fees. If the home security cameras compatible with Alexa and Google Home offer a long warranty period, you can contact the support team when the security cameras won't work properly and save the maintenance costs.

Some non-DIY type IP security cameras may charge for additional services as well, like installation costs or other subscription fees. So, you may keep a watchful eye on the possible hidden fees behind the price tag of the CCTV cameras (check here to learn more about these hidden costs and how to avoid them).

Tip 2. Check the Compatibility of Security Cameras That Work with Google Home or Alexa

To make full use of security cameras that work with Google Home and Alexa, take a detailed look at their compatibility list first. The list will indicate which smart assistants they support, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and also the functions that can be controlled by voice commands.

By doing so, you can avoid the compatibility issues and integration problems to a large extent when using Google Assistant or Alexa-compatible security cameras.

Tip 3. Choose Security Cameras for Google Home or Alexa with Qualified Encryption Service

When buying security cameras that work with Google Home and Alexa, you can also check their encryption technology and the hackerproof methods.

Choose Security Cameras With Reliable Encryption Methods

For example, the reliable encryption methods applied in home security cameras with Alexa and Google Assistant include SSL encryption, WPA2-AES encryption and TLS-enabled.

And to better protect your privacy and prevent your security cameras from being hacked, you can set up a more secure password, upgrade the firmware in time and limit unknown devices to access your home network.

Further Reading: You may check here to learn how to secure your wireless security cameras that work with Google Home and Alexa.

What Security Cameras Work with Alexa or Google Home

As noted above, smart home devices like security cameras that work with Alexa and Google Home prevail nowadays. And multiple security camera brands have launched their smart security cameras compatible with Google Home/Assistant and Alexa (check out the list of available options here).

And, Reolink, one of the top-rated security camera brands, has upgraded its Argus 2, Argus Pro, Argus Eco, Argus PT, E1 Pro and E1 to work with Google Assistant now (currently only available in US, CA, AU and NZ).

With the smart assistant-compatible feature, these Reolink's best sellers allow you to integrate them into your smart home systems and operate them simply via voice commands.

Security Cameras Reolink Argus 2 Reolink Argus Pro Reolink E1 Pro
Product Images Reolink Argus 2 Reolink Argus Pro Reolink E1 Pro
Compatibility Google Assistant Google Assistant Google Assistant
Prices $99.99 $79.99 $49.5 (with a 10%-off discount)
Field of View 130° diagonal 130° diagonal Horizontal: 80°, Vertical: 42°
Pan & Tilt N/A N/A 355° pan & 50° tilt
Connectivity 2.4 GHz WiFi 2.4 GHz WiFi 2.4/5 GHz WiFi
Power Supply Rechargeable battery, solar panel or 5V/2A power adaptor Rechargeable battery, solar panel or 5V/2A power adaptor DC 5V/1A
Resolution 1080p 1080p 1440p
Night Vision Starlight night vision up to 33 feet Up to 33 feet Up to 40 feet
Storage Options SD card (not included), Reolink Cloud SD card (not included), Reolink Cloud SD card (not included), Cloud, works with Reolink NVR
Audio 2-way audio 2-way audio 2-way audio
IP Ratings IP65 IP65 For indoor use only

Here is a video sample of Argus 2, demonstrating its brilliant night vision feature.

Bonus Tips: How to Connect Your Security Cameras to Alexa & Google Home

Connecting your security cameras to Alexa or Google Home is not a time-sponge task. Once you have set up these CCTV cameras successfully, you are able to control them through voice commands without checking your phones or PCs.

Here is the detailed process to connect security cameras to Google Home & Alexa:

#1. Install the smart speakers and the IP cameras that work with Alexa or Google Assistant inside your houses or workplaces.

#2. Download the smart assistant App and sign in.

#3. Add the security cameras that work with Alexa and Google Home/Assistant to your account.

#4. Test if you can control security cameras with Google Home or Alexa through voice commands, such as, "Alexa, show me the videos of the living room" or "OK Google, disable the siren of the security camera near the door".

That is everything you need to connect security cameras to Alexa or Google Home. Also note that if there are Google Assistant or Alexa-compatible TVs in your home, you can also stream security camera videos on the TVs as well.

What is your opinion towards security cameras that work with Google Home and Alexa? Which features of security cameras with Alexa and Google Home/Assistant will you care the most? Share your ideas in the comment below and we would love to hear!

  • Lorenz

    Hi Ed, thank you for your kind suggestion and we have added a link of the security cameras that work with Alexa in Part 4.

  • dave158

    Will I be able to view the live camera feed on my Google Home hub? This is a critical feature to me. I'd like to be able to say, ”OK google, show me the front door camera” and have it come up on my Google Home Hub display.

    • Lorenz

      Hello Dave, of course yes if you have applied a Google Assistant-compatible security camera. We are also planning to upgrade Reolink Argus®2 to work with Google home in the near future. Stay tuned and we will get you informed once it is available.

  • Kristopher Pettit

    I already own and installed 6 Reolink RLC-410 cameras for my home security system with your 8 channel DVR. Is there a way to integrate them using Google home hub or assistant? Is your RLN8-410 going to have a software update including compatibility with Google home assistant?

    • Lorenz

      Hello Kristopher, currently we don't have plans to integrate the security systems using Google home hub/assistant. Thank you for your great support and interests in our products. 🙂

  • Great article. I am planning to purchase 5 mp POE wired Reolink, any plan to make this configuration to be Alexa compatible? I see only the Argus 2 but thought I ask anyway....

    • Lorenz

      Hi, there, we don't have plans to make Reolink's PoE cameras be Alexa compatible currently. But I'll definitely forward your advice to our R&D team. Thanks for your support. 🙂

  • Lorenz

    Hi there, the specific time still remains to be determined. You may follow us on Facebook/Twitter to stay tuned!

  • Irmantas Pinkoraitis

    When Argus 2 camera will work with Alexa? I have Argus 2, it does not work .Alexa app does not find my networked camera.

    • Lorenz

      Hello, there, the specific time still remains to be determined. So, currently you may not control Argus 2 via Alexa. For more news on Alexa-compatibility, you may subscribe to us and follow our Facebook.

  • Dennis

    Any update on support for Alexa, Looking to buy 2-3 Argus 2 devices – really would like the firmware update or Alexa skill to access camera.
    Here is another list of compatible Alexa Cameras –
    Reolink, if you are listening, you need to get the google assistant and Alexa features implemented soon. There are over 200 cameras listed on Amazon that support Alexa.
    Here is your competition:

    • Lorenz

      Hello, Dennis, the specific time of the update on support for Alexa still remains to be determined. But we are planning to upgrade Argus 2 that allows users to access the cameras via Google Assistant Hub soon. Please subscribe to us or follow our Facebook to get the latest news. Thank you for your advice and support! 🙂

      • Horacio

        And still waiting...

  • MaeglinCL

    AND WE ALREADY SPENT THE TIME YOU HAD DETERMINED FOR COMPATIBILITY, I HOPE TO STRIVE MORE.

  • Felipe Adrian Lozano Martinez

    The compatibility with google home will work in Mexico too?

    • Lorenz

      Hello, there, thank you for your interest and support for our products. We will announce a list of countries where Reolink's compatibility with Google Home is available when we update the compatibility feature (and we will add more countries to the list continuously). Please follow our Facebook or subscribe to us to get the latest news. 🙂

  • timpe2

    salve non trovo skill di reolink

    • Lorenz

      Hello, there, we are planning to upgrade Argus 2 that allows users to access the cameras via Google Assistant soon. Please follow our Facebook or subscribe to us to get the latest news. Thank you for your support 🙂

  • Clifford Higinhalicks

    WHY wouldn't you be planning on ALL of your cameras to work with Alexa??????? If you can make one work, why not all????? I have 8 of your cameras and that is the BIGGEST thing lacking.

    • Lorenz

      Hello, Clifford, we don't have any plans to make the other Reolink products work with Alexa currently. But we are working hard to upgrade Argus 2 that allows our user to access the camera via Google Assistant. Please subscribe to us or follow Facebook to stay tuned! 🙂

  • Vic C

    Why is it taking such a long time in making Argus 2 compatible with Alexa? By the time it's compatible, the cameras will be outdated. I may have to switch to Arlo 2 HD....hmmmmm

  • Vic C

    Why is it taking so long in making Argus 2 compatible with Alexa? By the time it's committable, the cameras will be outdated. Thinking about switching to Arlo 2 HD .... Hmmmmm

  • Vic C

    Why is it taking so long in making Argus 2 compatible with Alexa? By the time it's compatible, the cameras will be outdated. Thinking about switching to Arlo 2 HD ....

    • Lorenz

      Hello, Vic, thank you so much for your interest and support for our products! We are definitely working hard to make Argus 2 compatible with Google Assistant at present and Alexa the next. You may subscribe to us or follow us on Facebook to stay tuned!

  • James
  • Tomas

    Why not Argus 2 work with Google home in Europe, always the same history ?, as with Reolink Cloud, only for US,CA,NZ and AU. I have 4 cams and trying to increase but feeling discriminated for geografical reasons

    • Lorenz

      Hello Tomas, thank you for your support and advice. Our team is testing Reolink's compatibility with Google Assistant in other countries and we are looking forward to adding more countries and regions to the list as well. Please follow our Facebook to stay tuned!

  • Alexis Torrena

    One question here, why they country matters? Can I buy your camera from us an use it on Argentina?

    • Lorenz

      Hello Alexis, you won't be able to enjoy Reolink's compatibility with Google Assistant in Argentina currently. But that is just a temporary situation. Our R&D team is testing the compatibility in more countries around the world and we are looking forward to adding more countries to the list as well. Please subscribe to us or follow our official Facebook to stay tuned! 🙂

  • Robert de Rooy

    Any plans to support PoE cameras with Google Home (Assistant)? I have already wired things up with PoE and as such am not interested in WiFi cameras (also because the areas are outside my WiFi range, and would need another power source). I'm looking for outdoor ceiling and wall mount cameras. This is for Europe.

    • Lorenz

      Hello Robert, thank you for your interests and support for our products. And yes, we are planning to make Reolink PoE cameras work with Google Assistant as well. Please subscribe to us and follow our Facebook to stay tuned! 🙂

      • @LorenzZhou:disqus do you have a rough timeline on when we might expect this? I'm in the market for a system and this impacts my decision. Thanks.

        • Lorenz

          Hello Tabe, thank you for interests in our products and please contact our pre-sale team https://support.reolink.com/hc/en-us/ for more information.

          • So Reolink pre-sale support tells me that the 5MP POE cameras will he getting Google Home support but NOT the NVRs... Does that sound right to you? I don't understand what the point of individual cams getting Google support but not the NVRs that they work through... Kind of a deal breaker if true.

          • Lorenz

            Hello Tabe, Reolink PoE cameras that pair with NVR don't have UIDs so you won't be able to control these security cameras via Google Assistant at present. Also, we have forwarded your suggestion to our R&D team and hope that our security systems get Google support soon. Thank you again for your love and support for Reolink! 🙂

          • @LorenzZhou:disqus do you know if it will be possible to connect the cameras into a POE switch instead of into the NVR, to get the Google Home functionality while still recording to the NVR (also connected to the switch)?

          • Lorenz

            Hi Tabe, at present, to enjoy the Google support, we only recommend you to use the PoE security cameras alone without connecting them to the NVR or PoE switch. We will let you know asap when we have a plan to upgrade our systems to work with Google Assistant. Hope this would clarify.

          • @LorenzZhou:disqus If you don't connect a POE camera to an NVR or POE switch, then what do you connect it to??

          • Lorenz

            Hi Tabe, to get the Google support, you need to connect the Reolink PoE IP camera directly to a router via a network cable and power up the security camera separately via a DC 12V/2A power adapter. You may record the footage to an SD card, your PC or an FTP server. Click here to learn more, https://support.reolink.com/hc/en-us/articles/360003593554-How-to-Record-to-PC. Hope this helps.

  • Chris Alberto

    Alexa devices have 5x the number of users as Google. Why would you focus on making Google compatible first? This compatibility will affect my future purchases.

  • Rob Ple4

    Can I view the video feed directly on my Google home hub?

    • Lorenz

      Hi Rob, yes, you can view the video feed of Reolink security cameras that work with Google Assistant on your hub directly.

  • Jim Thompson

    When will Reolink Cameras be compatible with Alexa enabled devices?

    • Lorenz

      Hi Jim, we are working on the Alexa-compatibility now and will launch this new feature just in the near future. Please subscribe to us or follow our official Facebook @ReolinkTech to stay tuned. Many thanks for your interests and support. 🙂

  • Roy Orbs

    Loved but demoted my Argus 2 to the side door for the blink xt2 (new front door prime time cam 😉 bc it doesn't work with Alexa. Integration with Alexa should be a given. Will return it to the box for another blink or other device soon if the feature is not added.

    • Lorenz

      Hello Roy, thank you for your love and support. At present, our R&D team is testing the Alexa-compatibility and we are looking forward to adding this feature to Argus 2 and other Reolink products soon. Please subscribe to us or follow our Facebook @ReolinkTech to stay tuned! 🙂

  • Lorenz

    Hello Cal, thank you for your support and the exact time remains to be determined and our R&D team is testing the Alexa-compatibility on our products now. Please subscribe to us or follow our Facebook account @ReolinkTech to stay tuned! 🙂

  • Martijn

    Team you are communicating that argus 2 is compatible with Google assistant. Unfortunenately i have just found out that it is only available in the US. How is your roadmap looking at the emea/ Europa region to support google assistant?
    Regards
    Martijn

    • Lorenz

      Hello Martijn, currently you can only use Reolink security cameras that work with Google Assistant in four countries, including the US, CA, AU and NZ. Also, we do plan to add more countries and regions to support Google Assistant (and we are working on it!). Please follow us on Facebook @ReolinkTech or subscribe to us and stay tuned! 🙂

  • Greg StJohn

    Hi, I have RLK8-410B4 with 5 4K and 2 4mp connected directly to NVR. If I connect all the cameras to a POE switch, give them all unique IP address and import them into the NVR, would I be able to then see these cameras on Google Home?

    • Lorenz

      Hi Greg, Reolink's NVRs won't work with Google Assistant currently. So, to see these cameras on Google Home, it is best to connect them to your router directly. Hope this would clarify and you may feel free to contact me if you have other questions.

      • Greg StJohn

        Hi, can I connect to a POE switch, I am trying not to have the POE injectors

        • Lorenz

          Hi Greg, we are not so sure about how you would like to import the security cameras into the NVR after connecting them to a PoE switch. If it is okay, please send us a simple connection diagram here, https://support.reolink.com/hc/en-us/requests/new and our support team will guide you on how to set up those cameras to work with Google Home. Hope this helps.

  • Paul Ingram

    I think you should make it clear – Alex is not compatible with ANY of your cameras......the article is very misleading. It isnt ”one of them”.....it might be in the future....but it isn't NOW.

    • Lorenz

      Hi Paul, thank you for your kind suggestion and we will make that clear in the article. Also note that our team has been testing on the Alexa-compatibility recently and hopefully we will upgrade our cameras to work with Alexa soon!

      • Paul Ingram

        Thanks Lorenz....good to see people monitoring feedback so closely. On a side note, I was disappointed to see that my POE cams can record to the NVR but the Argus 2 wont!! Any view on that happening?

        • Lorenz

          Hi Paul, all Reolink battery-powered security cameras including Argus 2 record to SD cards or Reolink Cloud only. So, your Argus 2 camera won't record to the NVR. Hope this helps.

  • demetrio

    When the Alexa skill will be available in Italian ? Thank you

    • Lorenz

      Hello there, our R&D team is testing on the Alexa-compatibility now and hopefully the Alexa skill will be released soon. Please subscribe to us or follow our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ReolinkTech/ to stay tuned! 🙂

  • Lorenz

    Hello Giovanni, sorry for the late reply. Our R&D team has been working on the Alexa-compatibility and we are also looking forward to launching that smart feature soon. Also, our support team has already looked into your case and contacted you via emails. Please check your mailbox and stay in touch! 🙂

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