Do you need Internet access to use a WiFi surveillance security camera? The answer could be “YES” and “NO”, because that depends on how you “use” that WiFi security camera.

You may not have Internet network in your area, or you do have network but never want the WiFi cam to use up too much data of your network (in many cases you find the WiFi cameras are eating up the bandwidth). Anyway, using wireless security cameras without Internet access can be easily achieved.

Once you don’t need remote viewing on mobile phones, tablets or computers, which means the recording video doesn’t need to be sent over the network, you don’t need Internet connection at all to use a wireless security camera or a wired IP camera.

Editor’s Note: (Updated on Jan. 29, 2018) Many readers have left or shared their comments, and we’ve summed up the most asked questions with our answers in the last part. If you have any question or suggestion, pls leave it in your comment. We will reply to you soon, and we may add yours to this post.

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Solution 1. No Internet/Network Connection? Try a Wireless Security Camera System

You have no Internet or network in your house (or grandfather’s old house), in your long range farm, at the workshop, at the warehouse, etc. and you need surveillance & monitoring at that place. Okey, and that can be done easily with wireless video cameras with no Internet connection.

All you need to do is to get a whole wireless security camera system, which comes with a WiFi NVR (Network Video Recorder) and several WiFi surveillance cams. RLK4-210WB4 wireless security camera video system is the good example.

Such wireless surveillance camera system kits enable you to do 24/7 surveillance and video recording without accessing Internet. Power on the NVR and the cameras. The NVR and the cameras will automatically connect to each other on its own proprietary network and start to communicate with each other without Internet access (without connecting to your router). Connect the NVR to a HD TV or a monitor, and you can start 24/7 monitoring.

And this is how you can make the IP camera set-up without Internet.

Those wireless security camera video systems have built-in WiFi modules with frequency from Channel 9 of 2.4 GHz (of course you can change the channel by yourself within the WLAN channels), so that it won’t mess with your router bands (if you have router networks).

2.4 GHz WiFi Band

Remember that you need to connect the system to a router if you need remote viewing, and monition detection alerts (emails or push notifications sent to your mobile phone).

Tips: Buy a WiFi surveillance camera system with 2T2R MIMO antennas, which guarantee stronger signal reception and no signal loss.

Updated: (Jan. 29, 2018) You can also try a wired security camera kit if your monitoring place has no Internet. Take the PoE camera kit RLK8-410B4 as an example. It works like the wireless security camera system mentioned above. The only difference lies in that the data transmission in this PoE kit is via cables.

Solution 2. Have Internet Connection? Try a Wireless Security IP Camera

Having Internet connection but you don’t want the WiFi camera to use the data because it could eat up the bandwidth? Try a wireless security IP camera. Let me explain more details.

Choose a weatherproof or waterproof wireless security IP camera (Reolink Argus 2 for example). You can put this wire-free camera outside or inside your house. Use its free software on your mobile phone to set up the camera and connect it to your router wirelessly – don’t get me wrong – connecting it to your router doesn’t mean the camera will use your network when it’s at work (see problems and solutions of connecting an IP camera to network).

Remember to make sure the motion detection alerts (yeah the WiFi camera is using the Internet but it’s just for a while) are enabled if you want to get informed on your phone. And DONE!

The camera will start to work – it will capture video to the SD card you insert into the camera, and be a deterrence of burglars.

And most importantly, the wireless security IP camera won’t get your Internet access unless you use your phone to connect to it and get live streaming remotely, or unless it detects burglars and sends video or images to you. In a nutshell, the WiFi surveillance battery camera uses your Internet only when it’s necessary, so it won’t “eat up” your data. (PS: it’s rechargeable battery powered and also can be solar-powered.)

An alternative to use little Internet network is to try the WiFi security camera RLC-411WS. It will watch over your home 24/7, record videos to its built-in SD card and only use your network when you remotely access the camera to get live view or when motion alerts are sent to you.

Security Cameras That Don’t Need Internet? And You Want Remote Viewing

Your old house needs surveillance cameras but you don’t want to add network there, and you have to remotely get live streaming or get burglar motion detection alerts? Well, that would be a big big big headache to the security industry. Till now, no technology can achieve that goal without the real network. Although the transmitting frequency (take 433MHz as the example) of radio can reach long distance (probably 100m), that’s far not enough to solve that problem.

And that will be difficult for a phone to receive the signal without Internet because now all smartphones are receiving mobile phone standards WiFi signals (such as 2G, 3G, 4G, and LTE) and Bluetooth signals, not the UHF band radio frequency signals.

In a word, as long as there are data sent wirelessly and remotely from one side to another, there have to be network. And thanks to the new achievement on technology, there is a solution for “no network but want remote access on phone”, and that is – cellular security cameras – security cameras that use phone data.

No WiFi Security Camera

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Security Cameras without Internet (WiFi)

We try best to answer all questions asked about security camera solutions without network and sum up the most asked ones in this part, so that you can get answers quickly without pulling down the comments. Leave yours and we will answer as soon as possible and will add it to this part.

Q1. No WiFi and need recording on a monitor. Any outdoor camera security system available?

“I need an outdoor camera security system. WiFi is not available. I don’t need to check it on phones but need recording on a monitor.”

Answer: RLK8-410B4 (or RLK4-210B4) is absolutely what you need. This non-wifi outdoor camera security system works without network and does 24/7 recording. You can connect the system to a monitor to see streaming and recording.

Q2. Can wireless cameras use a mobile hot spot to work?

“I have a mobile hot spot with no router on a jobsite. What wireless camera can use this? and give me remote viewing?”

Answer: Actually you do have network, and it’s a mobile network. Things can be easier with network. You can try the wire-free 2.4 GHz WiFi battery powered camera Reolink Argus 2, or the plugged-in 2.4 or 5 GHz WiFi camera RLC-411WS. Both can connect to your mobile hot spot.

Q3. Any security camera available that doesn’t need wifi but my PC’s Ethernet internet?

“I want a security camera that doesn’t need wifi but uses my PC’s Ethernet Internet connection.”

Answer: You can choose an IP security camera and use the same internet connection with your PC and watch the live viewing via your PC. Or you may also buy a security camera system and connect your PC displayer to the NVR for live streaming. A wide range of high quality wireless and wired security cameras and systems are available. Choose one you like in the store. If you want a recommendation, try RLC-410.

Q4. Can I access the camera with my mobile phone data network?

“I wish to monitor my boat at the pontoon beside my house – 30m away. I would place the surveillence camera at the house where there is internet , and wish to do the monitoring when we are away in areas without internet access. I wish to use my mobile phone for the access”

Answer: Definitely yes! As long as the camera is connecting to the internet, you can access the camera anytime and anywhere. Remote access is available via phone’s 3G/4G/5G data network.

Q5. No WiFi and no electricity? Any security camera available?

“I need to get security cameras at my ranch, but there is no Wi-Fi and I don’t have electricity over there. Is there any way to get security cameras?”

Answer: Reolink Argus 2 is the right security camera for you. It’s rechargeable battery powered (also can be solar-powered) and can work without network and without electricity. But as mentioned above, you need to use its free software (Reolink App) on your mobile phone with network to set up the camera. After that, no network is needed. It will do recording to the SD card (you need to buy one to insert into it) whenever it detects an event. Pls note that you won’t get live view and alerts since there is no network.

  • Wolfgang Peter Anthony

    I need the cameras in an area that doesn’t have WiFi or Internet. I’ve purchased a 4 camera combined with a NVR unit (with hard drive). I’ve connected a PC monitor to the NVR and I can see the pictures from the camera, but I simply cannot get the NVR to record anything. Can somebody help me? flwolf03 at Y….

    • You need to enable the recording in the NVR. On the GUI, find Recording in the Menu, and set up Schedule. Refer to the detailed guide: /faq/record-videos-playback-recordings-with-nvr/

      • I’ve tried everything, including “Manual Recording”, nothing made the NVR record anything. I have returned the entire crap for a refund, but thank you for your input. Happy Holidays.

        • So sorry about this. It never happened before. Our support team will get back to you and help solve it. Happy holidays.

          • As I have mentioned, I’ve already returned this item for a refund. No further action necessary.

  • Helen Lee

    I am looking for a security camera for my wifi-enabled house but want to be able to live stream from my phone wherever I go (in areas that may not have wifi). My phone is on the LTE network. What do you recommend?

    • Hi Helen! You can try the Reolink RLC-410WS or RLC-411WS WiFi security cameras. Check them here: /shop/#pc-nav-wifi

      As long as your WiFi security cameras are connected to the network, you can get live stream with your phone wherever you go!

  • Laura Griffin

    Hi! My parents are needing to install cameras at my 89 yr old Grandmother’s house, which is next door to them, to make sure she isn’t leaving her stove on and such. Their house is about 90 yards from Granny’s house. My parents do have internet and an android tablet they use to look things up online (still have flip phones for cell service). Granny doesn’t have internet and never will. What would be the best, easy to use system for my parents to purchase?

    • Laura, Reolink PoE and WiFi security camera systems with a NVR, say, RLK4-210WB4, work great and allow you to do 24/7 surveillance and video recording without accessing internet. But if you want remote viewing, and motion detection alerts, internet connection will be required.

  • NKoopman

    MIL lives in a Low income housing complex and doesn’t have WiFi or internet in her apartment. They do have a computer room on the mail floor, she lives on the 2nd floor. I don’t necessarily need to have feed access on my phone 4G network, but since there have been security issues with another resident going into apartments, I would like to be able to see if there was an intruder. Is there a camera that I could set up and go to MIL home and view on my camera while I am there? I thought I had one at a store but now can’t find it there only online. Thank you for your help.

    • You can install a security camera system. All videos will be stored in the NVR. You can copy the videos stored in NVR and play back on the computer to see whether there was an intruder.

      Without Internet connection, you cannot get live streaming on your devices. Recording videos doesn’t need Internet.
      You can take a look at the below security camera systems:

    • Craig Miller

      Use an android cellphone with a non-internet connected router using ip webcam android software and you log directly into it using the local ip address. I do this now to monitor the lobby from the break room.

      • George Zarebski

        What kind of camera do you use? Will any ‘ip’ camera do this?

        • Craig Miller

          I have a generic free Android phone and use “IP Webcam” from Play Store. Author is Pavel Khlebovich. The Pro version opens up remote if you have internet. I have used this with an open wifi router NOT CONNECTED to any internet for a YEAR.

  • Jennifer

    Okay I’ve got a question…we have a house that we’re flipping, so we’re not living there, nor do we have internet at this house…we live about 15 minutes from the house but are looking into getting cameras for security that A) we don’t need internet to use and B) that we’d be able to monitor from our phone/tablet…is there a system out there that would work for what we need??

    • Hi Jennifer. Reolink security systems, say RLK4-210WB4 /product/rlk4-210wb4/ and RLK8-410B4 /product/rlk8-410b4/ can do 24/7 surveillance and video recording without Internet to protect your property. But if you want remote viewing from a phone, internet connection will be required, because your phone needs to connect to the camera, and network is the way for connection.

  • Jessica Willis

    I have a friend that has land in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua who has been getting things stolen lately every time he goes to town. I am looking for a security camera of some sort that is longlasting and weatherproof. There is also NO Wifi on his property or internet access at all. Suggestions?

    • Hi Jessica, it’s worth looking into Reolink security cameras with SD card /shop/, for example, RLC-410S, RLC-411S, RLC-410WS, RLC-411WS, C1,C2. These cameras could start working and record motion events to SD cards once you hook them up with power.

  • Allyson Haynes Ellis

    We want to monitor the other side of our property, approx 1000 ft away from the house, through the woods. What would be our best option? Is it possible to monitor that far away without a power source close to the cameras?

    • Hi Allyson. I think the best solution for you is to use a wire-free battery powered security camera, which doesn’t need a power adapter or the outlet for power supply. You can refer to this blog post:

  • Dai

    I wish to monitor my boat at the pontoon beside my house – 30m away. I would place the surveilence camera at the house where there is internet , but as I wish to do the monitoring when we are away in areas without internet access, so wish to use my mobile phone for the access, All I am wishing to do is keep a watch by calling in to the set up to see the boat is still floating and OK. I need to know what I need to do this ,please

    • Hi Dai, to monitor your boat at the pontoon beside your house, you can put up a HD PTZ outdoor security camera such as RLC-423 at the house and wire it up with Ethernet cable. Once you hook your camera up with internet, you can use cellular data/WiFi to access surveillance camera to take a peep what’s happening on your property.

      It’s important to know that if you want to access the camera remotely via mobile phone, the camera and your mobile phone need to be connected with internet. If you can’t get access to your cellular data or WiFi, it’s also a good idea to ask your friend for help and offer him or her access to your security camera for the boat.

    • Betty Sakuma

      Try Canary… I bought mine on Amazon.

      • Nunya

        Yeah, but Canary requires internet.

  • Joe Patudo

    I live out in the country and have very slow internet. It is only 3Mb/s down (I don’t know the upload) but I do have WiFi. I would like 2-3 outdoor cameras that I can remotely view. Using a system that records and uploads to the cloud 24/7 is not possible because it would use 100% (or more) of my bandwidth. What options do I have (that won’t totally break the bank) that will allow 2-3 outdoor cameras that store locally to a NVR or desktop computer that will allow me to bring up at least 24hrs of past video recordings when at the NVR or desktop at home and allow me to occasionally view live video through an app on my cell.

    • Hi Joe, to allow 2-3 outdoor cameras to store locally to a NVR without eating up you bandwidth, you have two best options available. One is the wireless security system, like Reolink RLK4-210WB4 with 1080p high definition /product/rlk4-210wb4/, which frees you from messy cablings. Or you can choose a PoE security system with easy set-up, such as Reolink RLK8-410B4 /product/rlk8-410b4/. Both options release you from the worries about using your bandwidth. The NVR and the cameras can automatically connect to each other on its own proprietary network and start to communicate with each other without consuming your data. You can get 24/7 recordings stored in the NVR to review at your convenience. If you occasionally need to watch live view remotely via your phone, then you need to connect the system to your router. We provide 3 playing modes for you to watch the live videos. You can choose based on your needs and your network speed. Besides, a surveillance sign is included in the product package. Put it up on the wall or the bracket so that everyone knows you have installed a security system and the potential burglars are scared off. Do remember that when you are prepared, you prevent.

  • Anon

    For privacy reasons, I want to make it impossible to transmit feed over internet or view remotely. Will I be able to access this camera directly using my laptop as long as I am within range? Or will other equipment such as a router be required?

    • Hi Anon. We understand your concerns about security for privacy. The camera needs network for live view streaming, and if you need the feature of accessing the camera via your phone or your laptop, network is required. That’s to say, a router is required for this feature. Actually, Reolink uses highest security standards including SSL encryption, WPA2-AES encryption, and SSL-TLS enabled to keep IP security video from prying eyes or hackers, so the cameras are indeed secure for privacy, even if you connect them to the network.

  • Daniel J. McCarthy

    I am looking to place a camera at a job site in the middle of nowhere. I am wondering how can I remotely monitor the job site if I do not and cannot set up a network at the site. Is there a camera that acts like a cell phone/ modem that can send feed? I will be able to hood the camera up to a battery and solar panel for power..



    • Hi Daniel, if the job site has no Internet access and you want remote viewing, I’m afraid that currently no security cameras can achieve that goal. But if you don’t need to get live streaming, you may consider trying a wireless security system for 24/7 surveillance and video recording without accessing Internet. Then you can regularly play back the recorded videos to see what is happening on the job site.

      • Grasshugger

        They have cellular, wildlife veiwing cameras that will do this. Verizon sells one.

      • Laravel Nick

        Arlo Go uses LTE.

  • Manuel Cabezas

    I’m just getting into using a surveillance camera with my cell phone. Why do I need wifi (router) when the camera is using cloud to stream to my cell phone?

    • Hi Manuel, the camera is an IP camera, it need the router to assign IP address. Then the camera would be connected to the Internet for remotely viewing.

  • eva buhrman

    I am looking for a camera I can put a security camera on the other end of my land which is 2,5 miles from my router will this still work ?

    • Hi Eva, due to the long distance between the router and your land, the router wifi signal cannot reach that far. You may choose an IP camera with an SD card, the motion events will be recorded on the SD card so you won’t miss any important clips. /product/rlc-411s/ Or if you want 24/7 recording for comprehensive protection, try a wireless security camera system to do the trick. /product/rlk4-210wb4/

  • harry

    Could i ask please Yolanda, can i monitor my rental property which is 1000 ft away from my house and my home computer with a reolink camera, where i can get live streaming, for motion detection, to notify me of a/c thieves. I have 120 volt power on a light pole, which i would like to use next to driveway thanks

    • Hi harry. Is there any network in that place?

      • harry

        There is internet at the rental property where i need the camera . I do have comcast internet at my home which is 1000+ feet away from rental house thanks

        • Hi harry. As what I’ve mentioned in this article, you can try a wireless security camera system if there is no internet. It will do surveillance like video recording, deterrence to stop break-ins, etc. (and you can check the recordings to see what’s happening), but no live streaming to your phone and no alerts to inform you — because no internet. Live streaming and alerts need internet to be transmitted.

  • harry

    is it possible to use a wi-fi hot spot for internet connection so that i can get live video with a reolink camera such as the RLC-423

    • Hi harry. Yes, you can use a WiFi hotspot for internet connection in order to get live videos or get alerts when motion events are detected. This is only applied to WiFi cameras, such as Reolink Argus, Reolink Keen, C2, C1, RLC-410ws, RLC-411WS, etc. RLC-423 is a PoE camera, which means it needs to connect to the network with a network cable, not WiFi.

  • Prashanth

    For monitoring a remote site, Do you want to recommend an outdoor NVR with a built in 3G/4G modem ( with local storage) and works with POE/POE+/High POE?

  • CATFISH1981

    Ok. I need to keep an eye on my grandmother, but she has no internet what so ever where she is. would I be able to remotely (via my android phone) watch her without her house having any internet?

    • Hi. Remote live streaming needs Internet connection. Therefore, there must be a network in your grandmother’s place, like 4g, 3g, router network, etc.

  • Gerardo

    Can i get alert messages or video
    in my smartphone only using the internet of my phone and not using the wifi hotspot

    • Yes. You can use your mobile phone cellular data networks.

      • Gerardo

        I mean can i use just my cellular internet to both for the camera to send me information and to recieve information in my phone and not using the hotspot to operate the camera

        • Yes, you can. To do this, you need to turn your phone cellular internet into a WiFi hotspot for the camera to connect to. Then the WiFi camera has network access and it will use your cellular data, and it can send you information and you can receive the information in your phone. Pls note that if your phone cellular internet is too far away for the WiFi camera to connect to (that means if the WiFi cam cannot connect to your phone network), you won’t receive information from the WiFi camera.

        • Gerardo

          What is the range or the muximum distance between the camera and the mobile phone to get signal from it

          • Hi Gerardo. That depends on how your mobile phone network (the WiFi hotspot you make) is, like whether the signal is strong or weak can affect that.

  • Andrew

    I need this at my storage unit while I’m thousands of miles away in California,would I still be able to monitor what’s happening or at least have the videos to watch later when I got back in town? My storage unit has no wifi

    • Hello Andrew, you install a security camera system to monitor your storage unit. The videos will be recorded to the NVR so you can check the recorded videos after you come back. Please note that if there is no Internet access in your storage unit, you can not get remote live streaming.

      • Andrew

        Would I be able to hook this up myself or would I need someone to hook it up for me?

        • It’s plug and play for DIY. No need to hire the installers.

      • Andrew

        Also when will this be available to ship out?

  • anthony dimario

    Hello, want to know if any of your cameras will work for monitoring the contents of a storage unit. The specifics are as follows:
    1) Storage Unit has access to XFINITY Hotspot (can login on my phone or laptop to the hotspot using my XFINITY login-login required to access wifi). NO other wireless access available except for 3g & 4g networks cell networks
    2) Storage Unit does not have access to any power outlets so camera would need to be battery powered

    Do any of your cameras work with these two restrictions? Thanks for any help you can provide

    • Hello Anthony, we have two battery powered WiFi security cameras with the operating frequency of 2.4GHz. They can work well in your circumstance to monitor your storage unit. Click the following links to check the products: /product/argus/; /product/keen/.

  • harry

    Which should i use? i would like 2 cameras RLC411ws or RLC410 or others without using a NVR recorder to monitor my house I need to get motion detection alerts on my phone when it happens also video recordings of events . I have good cable internet , would wired cameras be best? I need to have 200 ft of wire for furthest camera thanks.

    • Hi Harry, if you don’t want to use an NVR, you may choose cameras with SD card for video recordings of events. Both wireless security cameras and the wired cameras have their unique pros that can meet your needs. And the best recommendations based on your needs are RLC-410s and RLC-411s, both of which can send you motion detection alerts when activated. The main difference between them is that RLC-411s features 4X optical zoom while RLC-410s supports audio recording. You can click the direct links below to see more detailed information: /product/rlc-410s/, /product/rlc-411s/.

  • Stacy DeLancey-DeLeon

    I need a spy camera that does not have to be connected to the internet to record. I got a canary, but have found that some times by the time it starts recording the event we are inside the house and either no longer in sight or almost out of sight. (It is pointed straight at the door.) Also the wifi went down so the camera was off for over 12 hrs. That’s not helpful during a break in. Last, I don’t want to have to subscribe to anything as apparently I need a membership for canary. Suggestions/help please!

    • Hi Stacy, since you want a spy camera that can record without being connected to the Internet, the best recommendations for you are the battery powered security cameras with SD card (slot). When activated, they can record motion events in the memory card without accessing Internet. Plus, they are 100% wire-free for flexible placement and unnoticeable. Reolink Argus and Reolink Keen are both available options and you don’t need to subscribe to anything. Here are the direct links to the product page: /product/argus/; /product/keen/.

      • jodi

        can the reolink argus and reolink keen be accessed from a phone when there is no internet in the home? or can they only record to the memory card? thanks!

        • Hi Jodi, if there is no Internet in your home, you will be unable to access the cameras via a phone. But when the motion detection is triggered, Reolink Argus and Reolink Keen can record the videos on the memory card for your later review.

          • jodi

            ok thanks!!

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  • Michael Chico

    we have a house we would like to monitor during the construction process. We have power but no internet. We are in a different state about 1800 miles away. is there anything available for our situation?

    • welltraveledpensioner

      I am looking for the same solution Michael.

      • Hi, we are going to release the product that can work in your situation soon. And we will update the information once it is available. Please stay tuned!

        • Nanasues

          Is this product available yet as I too need to monitor a construction site w/o internet service?

          • Hi, thank you for your great interest in our new product. It is still in the R&D stage now and we will update you once it is available.

          • Beth Ellis

            I need this too. Have power, but no internet service and need to.monitor house 300 miles away

          • Hi Beth, thanks for reaching out. We’ll inform you immediately when the product is available. And you can gain more insightful information from this post: /cellular-security-cameras-buying-guide/.

          • Joseph Mrozinski

            I’m looking for a camera to monitor my room I have no internet or wifi I believe… I have a j3 android from metropcs with unlimited 4g what if any camera should i buy………

          • Yolanda

            Hi Joseph, according to your requirement,our battery powered security camera Reolink Argus would be your best recommendation, /product/argus/. It is super easy to set up and comes with an SD card slot to record motion detection footage onboard even without Internet or WiFi. You can also connect the camera to your 4g mobile hot spot, so that you can watch live viewing and receive instant alerts. But note that it might drain the power of your phone quickly. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us anytime.

          • Joseph Mrozinski

            thank you for your quick response and where can I buy one are they in stores yet or just Amazon I live in the Boston area….

          • Yolanda

            Hi Joseph, thank you for your kind words. By the way, if you want a more environmental-friendly option, you may check out the 2nd generation of Reolink Argus – Reolink Argus 2, a rechargeable battery operated security camera which can also be powered by the Reolink Solar Panel (requires a separate purchase). You can buy both Reolink Argus and Argus 2 from Reolink official website and we offer free shipping for orders to your area. Here are the direct product links: /product/argus-2/, /product/argus/. Or you can also purchase Reolink Argus from Reolink Amazon Store (Reolink Argus 2 is currently not available on Amazon):

    • Hi Michael, the product that can work for your situation is coming soon. We will let you know once it’s available. Please stay tuned! Thanks for your support.

      • Fore hand

        I would like to know more about this also. Any idea when it will be available? days, weeks, months?

        • Hi there, the product is at the research stage now and we will inform you once it is available. Thank you for your support.

          • Fore hand

            If it is more than a week I will have already bought something else

  • Avant Solutions Inc.

    We have a neighborhood pool and clubhouse we need to monitor as juveniles are destroying the pool contents, throwing large rocks in the pool, jamming the entrance and side gates to allow entry without a key, staying way past pool hours, etc. There is no internet available at the location. We’d like a system that only records when there’s activity 24/7, not constant recording. Plus, the cameras must be mounted outdoors and capable of handling extreme temps and and foul weather. We’re not opposed to making a costly investment as it will hopefully allow us to catch the perpetrators and stop their membership permanently. Can anyone offer some suggestions or recommendations? Thank you!

    • Hi Avant. You can try out the wireless security camera systems to serve your purpose, such as /product/rlk4-210wb2/, /product/rlk4-210wb4/, both of which support motion recording even when there is no internet. Additionally, the cameras are waterproof and can brave harsh weather conditions. Or if you prefer a higher resolution security system that can work without Internet, you can try the PoE security camera systems, like /product/rlk8-410b4/. In case that any perpetrators appear, they will by captured by the security cameras and the recorded videos will be the most powerful evidence.

  • TAC

    I have a H.VIEW home security system with 4 cameras and a DVR with a 1TB recording system. H.VIEW say that it needs to be connected to a network (and hence enable remote viewing) with an ethernet cable. Can this be done using a cable-less method?

    • Hi TAC, If you don’t want to see the cables scattering around, you may conceal the wires for security camera systems, such as running the cables behind the baseboard in a room or through a plastic tube and etc. The best way to eliminate the cables, of course, is to choose wireless security systems. But since you’ve already got one, I suggest you contact the support team of H.VIEW to ask if there exists a cable-less method.

      • Rosemarie

        Thank you! Yes I would love a recommendation for a wifi outdoor security camera

        • Hi Rosemarie, here are two wifi outdoor security cameras that can serve you fine — Reolink RLC-410ws and RLC-411ws. The main difference between them is that RLC-411ws features 4X optical zoom while RLC-410s supports audio recording. If you want truly wire-free WiFi security cameras for outdoors, then Reolink Argus is certainly the best option for you and you can now get up to 20% discount at its pre-order stage. Click the link below to guide you on the product page:

          • Rosemarie

            Thank you! As I am reading reviews on the models, I see many complaints that you need Ethernet cable for initial set up. That is the problem. I do not have that option! Just wifi hotspot.

          • Hi Rosemarie, given your requirements, the best recommendation for you is Reolink Argus, which requires no Ethernet cable for initial setup. You can simply enable the camera in virtue of the WiFi hotspot — quite easy and convenient for you.

  • Rosemarie

    Hi, I have an upstate house that I would like to monitor with security cameras and be able to see live video while I am 200 miles away. The problem is we only have a wifi hot spot we can use as Internet access. Can we use that with the security cameras?

    • Hi Rosemarie. Yes, you can use a WiFi hotspot as an Internet access to work with the security cameras, and you are able to watch the live streaming of the upstate house via your phone or computer. But this only applies to WiFi security cameras. For PoE cameras, they need to be connected to the network with a network cable, not WiFi. If you have any problems selecting a suitable WiFi camera working for your situation, be free to leave your comment here.

  • Nena Casas

    can someone help me, i have cameras for a business and i have the app on my phone to see them from home, recently they stopped working but now they are up. Now on my app i have to be connected to Wifi if not i can’t see them.

    • Hi Nena, if you want to watch the live view of your business via your phone, then you need to connect your mobile phone with the Internet, either in virtue of WiFi or your cellular data.

  • Beckie Little

    I want to have CCTV but i only have wifi – no internet so too many wifi signals interfere with my wifi home system. What would be the best solution?

    • Hi Beckie, do you have a router at your property for WiFi?

      • Beckie Little

        Hi there the router is a wireless router – EE bright box. So if there are other wifi signals, it can affect how quickly our internet runs and tv works etc. Does that make sense? I am not very good with these things!

        • Hi Beckie, the wireless security IP cameras won’t get your Internet access unless you use your phone or computer to connect to it and get live streaming remotely, or unless it detects burglars and sends video or images to you. So they use your Internet only when it’s necessary. Here are two recommended wireless security cameras for you: /product/rlc-411ws/, /product/rlc-410ws/.
          Or you may choose the wireless surveillance camera systems. They can offer the most comprehensive protection for your home and work best with internet access. Even without network, they can still do 24/7 surveillance and video recording. But note that you cannot get remote viewing or monition detection alerts without Internet. /product/rlk4-210wb4/

          • Beckie Little

            Thank you very much for your help

          • You’re welcome. It is my pleasure to help you.

  • Chris Montalbano

    I have vacant properties that have no wifi or internet setup. Do you sell outdoor cameras that work in this situation?

    • Hi Chris, yes, we certainly sell outdoor security cameras that can work in your situation. Do you have power outlet in your vacant properties? We have plugged-in and 100% wire-free battery powered outdoor cameras for your options.

  • Laurie Diaz

    Hi, my parents don’t have WIFI. I want to set up monitoring cameras to view them and their caregivers on my cell phone. 1) Is there any way around having to put in internet (router etc)? 2) I live next door. Signal not that strong but is there something I can do to make it stronger and piggy back off that? I’m trying to follow the thread convos but honestly, I’m not that techy. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Laurie, 1) if your parents’ and you are not under the same local area network(LAN), then your parents’ house needs to have Internet so that you can watch live viewing on your phone. A router is needed if you want to view your parents on your phone under the same LAN. 2) As you live next door, you may use a WiFi booster or extender to make the signal stronger if a router is placed in your parents’ house while you do not have a good signal.

  • Aubrey West

    I am absolutely ignorant when it comes to this stuff. I bought a 4 camera security system from ebay. The system stated that it had no hdd. So do I need a hdd to monitor the cameras via the phone ap or is that just for using the dvr portion?

    • Hi Aubrey, you don’t need an hdd to monitor the cameras via the phone app. It is used for the DVR/NVR video recording. FYI: Reolink security systems are all equipped with a pre-installed hdd for 24/7 video recording.

  • Pat Wheeler

    Is there a security camera that will detect motion and record to SD Card where there is no wifi? It could be setup using wifi,
    but no wifi where it would be placed. Miles from the closest wifi connection. Thank you!

    • Hi Pat, yes, there are security cameras that can detect motion and record to SD card, such as Reolink Argus, a battery powered wireless weatherproof security camera with smart PIR motion sensor and an SD card slot: /product/argus/; or Reolink RLC-411WS, a 1440p wireless security camera with a built-in SD card for indoors and outdoors: /product/rlc-411ws/. But note that if there is no wifi in your area, you will be unable to receive alerts or watch live viewing via your phone.

  • Maddie

    I am looking to put some security cameras on my property and in my barn. I want to do an NVR wireless set up, if I place the NVR in a different room from my router, I can get wifi connection to it, but not to the barn. I read that some cameras can link to an NVR wirelessly without wifi to be used with a TV, and I should have no problem getting the barn cameras connected to the NVR. Would I be able to view the cameras in my barn remotely utilizing my NVRs connection to wifi?

    • Hi Maddie, if the cameras in your barns and your NVR are in the same local area network (connect to the same router), you will be able to watch the live streaming of your barn. But if the devices are not in the same LAN, you need to connect the cameras in your barn to Internet so that you can view the cameras of the NVR remotely. Otherwise the NVR can only do 24/7 surveillance and video recording, but you can’t watch live viewing of your barn remotely.

  • Sam

    I want the cameras to be hard wired to the dvr/nvr but because I want to remotely view the footage, I need to connect to the internet. Is it possible to connect the nvr/dvr to the internet wirelessly and not use the direct ethernet cable? my router is in a different building but the internet connection is strong where I need to put up the cameras.

    • Hi Sam, to connect the NVR/DVR to the Internet, you need to use an Ethernet cable and there is no way to achieve it wirelessly.

  • Kevin Glover

    I already have a 16 channel DVR with 8 cameras locally but am wanting to install a Netgear outdoor access point and wifi cameras in the remote locations of my property to tie into the DVR. The DVR is LTS LTD8316T-FT which supports IP cameras. Will the RLC-411WS be a good solution and connect to the netgear router, and then the DVR?

    • Hi Kevin, our product Reolink RLC-411WS is Onvif 2.1 compatible and you can check whether your DVR can support it.

  • Pat Brown

    Hi, my father lives a very remote area and he’s been plagued by burglars recently. There’s no internet or wi-fi available. Is there anything we could use to monitor the property covertly as they’ll shoot and destroy any cameras that are conspicuous? We’d like footage that can be recorded and reviewed later.

    Also is there a system that has some sort of black box storage unit that can’t be destroyed should the system be found by the perpetrators?

    Can the cameras be at his house and the recoding apparatus be a half a mile away?


    • Hi Pat, do you want motion detection recording or prefer 24/7 recording? For recording motion triggered events, you may choose the low-profile security cameras with an SD card (slot), which can record motion detections onboard. And here are two covert security cameras with an SD card slot for your options: /product/argus/, /product/c2/.

      If you prefer 24/7 recording and want to prevent the security system from being destroyed by perpetrators, you can choose a system with covert security cameras and hide the NVR in discreet places: /product/rlk8-410b2d2/, /product/rlk4-210wb4/. As for the placement of the cameras and the recording apparatus, you need to position them in the same location.

      • Pat Brown

        Thank you.

  • Peter

    How long are people getting for the battery life for those expected to work ”up to” 180 days?

    • Hi Peter, the camera battery life depends on the specific usage and varies from person to person. We’ve done thousands of tests on the batteries and they are expected to work up to 180 days based on the results.

      • Peter

        Cool, thanks. What are the various types of ways to use it that can vary the battery life?

  • Dona

    I need to monitor my invalid husband’s room. I want to be able to see and hear him on a small dedicated TV. I live in a rural area and Internet is slow and limited. I don’t need recordings – just live monitoring. I am 81 and find the small baby monitors too hard to see. I don’t need to monitor on a smart phone. Someone is always at home with him. I just need to monitor him from my bedroom. If possible, I would like to be able to take the TV from room to room monitoring him where ever I take the TV. 17 years ago I had one just like I am describing. I can’t find one now.

  • Dona

    I forgot to say that I need it to be wireless since I can’t hard wire anymore

    • Hi Dona, here are two wireless security cameras for your best recommendation: /product/c2-series/, /product/c1/. Both of them feature 2-way audio so you are able to hear and talk to your husband from your room. These two wireless cameras also allow you to watch the live viewing from your smart phone. If you want the live monitoring on a TV, you may need to buy an NVR and then connect the system to your TV for live viewing: /product/rln8-410/.

  • Lyn Philion

    I was looking for a camera that is connected to data network. Similar to a smartphone but just the camera. Any ideas?

    • Hi Lyn, all of the Reolink wireless security cameras can be connected to data network (like 3G, 4G, etc.). Do you want a 100% wire-free (battery powered) IP camera or a plugged-in version? And are you going to place the camera indoor or outdoor?

      • Lyn Philion

        Actually I was looking for something that actually is already on the network similar to a smartphone. Securitybysam is no longer in business. But the had what I am talking about.

        • Hi Lyn, we are going to release the product that can meet your needs soon. And we will update the information once it is available. Please stay tuned!

  • Karen Miller DeAngelo

    I need a wireless camera inside a barn to observe animals. It is a metal building 120′ from the house and I do not want to run cable. There is no wifi at the building and there is 1 bar 4G from the cell tower an the door out side. Do I need a cell power booster to run a camera via cell to my phone or tablet? What system would work for me? There is electric in the building.

    • Hi Karen, even there is no Internet inside your barn, you can still employ the wireless security camera systems to monitor the animals, for example, /product/rlk4-210wb4/, /product/rlk4-210wb2/. They are able to do 24/7 surveillance and video recording without accessing Internet, and you can view the videos later to check on your animals. But note that you cannot receive motion detection alerts or watch live stream remotely without network.

  • I want a security camera that doesn’t need wifi but uses my PC’s Ethernet Internet connection. I don’t need to move the camera around. Sitting next to my PC, facing out the window, will do just fine. Is there any such thing? Technology exists to have those.

    • Hi Omaha, yes, you can choose an IP security camera and watch the live viewing via your PC. Or you may also buy a security camera system and connect your PC displayer to the NVR for live streaming. We offer a wide range of high quality wireless and wired security cameras and system. They will definitely serve your needs: /shop/.

  • Paul

    Hi! If I install a camera system, but the DVR box can’t connect directly to the existing WIFI router, what exactly do I need extra so that the DVR can connect remotely to that router, say 30 to 40m away and I can use remote surveillance on my phone?

    • Hi Paul, I’m not sure what security camera brand you are using. For Reolink security camera systems, you will need to run wires to connect the NVR to the router. I suggest you contact the support team of the seller and check what exactly you need.

      • Paul

        Hi there – thanks for the reply – appreciated. I was hoping to not have to use wires due to where the wifi router is located in the house, and where the camera system will go in outbuildings.
        I was wondering if there was some kind of special router box that I could plug the system into directly, and that would then communicate wirelessly to the main router.

        • Hi Paul, yes, there is some kind of special router box that can meet your needs. You may consult your security camera seller whether they can provide it or search on the Amazon store to find the suitable match.

  • Sarah Billy

    My father is elderly and lives alone. Around 2am someone pounds on his door or throws things at his house and he is frightened. I am looking for something that will monitor his door with photos but not need a cell phone to view. Any ideas?

  • Geremy Martin

    Hey there I am looking for a camera such as a baby monitor, but before I pull the trigger on one, it cant be connected to a network in the setting it will be placed. All I need is the ability for it to run and for me to be able to pull the SD card to check the footage. Will most cameras work in that way. Can I direct connect to a laptop in setup to make sure angle is good and then just leave it to stand alone. Just swap cards and check footage on a laptop.

    • Hi, do you have an electrical outlet in the place? If not, the battery powered security camera Reolink Argus is your best choice: /product/argus/. It comes with an SD card slot, so you can pull the SD card to check the motion detection videos. Or if you want a plugged-in version, the Reolink C1 Pro pan & tilt security camera with SD card slot can also serve your purpose: /product/c1-pro/.

  • Tracy Miller

    I’m looking for a security system for a historical park with 9 outbuildings in rural Alaska. We do not have internet. We figure we need 4 outside cameras. We don’t have a large budget. Can us suggest anything for us?

    • Hi Tracy, here are two best affordable security camera systems for you, both of which can do 24/7 surveillance and video recording without Internet: /product/rlk8-410b4/, /product/rlk4-210wb4/.
      The PoE security camera system RLK8-410B4 is equipped with 4 outdoor 1440p PoE security cameras and you can add more if you need (support up to 8 PoE cameras). While the WiFi security camera system RLK4-210WB4 comes with 4 outdoor 1080p wireless security cameras and supports all the 4 cameras recording at the same time. You may choose the suitable one based on your needs.

      • Tracy Miller

        Thank you very much for your suggestions and quick reply.

        • You are welcome. Glad to help!

  • Rebeka Turner

    I need to get security cameras at my ranch, but there is no Wi-Fi and I don’t have electricity over there. Is there any way to get security cameras?

    • Hi Rebeka, if there is no WiFi at your ranch, you will be unable to watch live viewing or receive instant alerts. But by virtue of a battery powered security camera with an SD card (slot), you can still do 24/7 surveillance. Even there is no network in your place, the camera can store the motion triggered events in the SD card and you can take it out to review the footage on your laptop or computer. And here is a best recommendation for you: Reolink Argus, /product/argus/. It is totally wire-free and comes with an SD card slot, perfect to work in your situation. And you can also place it indoors or outdoors since it is IP 65 weatherproof.

  • Ron Hopeful

    I need to put a security camera in my car, and not have to use WiFi. I have an unlimited data plan with Verizon for my Samsung Note 8 smart phone. And when I’m away from my car I want this camera to detect motion and to alert my cell phone and enable me to remotely view what the camera is seeing AND recording (it’s very important that the camera has a DVR to record a possible BREAK-IN). I would like the security camera to have 2-way audio and a siren. Is there a 1080 camera out there with NIGHT VISION that can use my unlimited Verizon Data Plan instead of using WiFi? Ron Hopeful

    • Hi Ron, the cellular security camera can use the Verizon Data Pan and meet all your needs. You can read this post to know more about it: /cellular-security-cameras-buying-guide/. We are also now developing the product that can work in your situation. And we will let you know once it’s available. Please stay tuned! Thanks for your support.

  • Gerry11

    Hi, HELP! I need an outdoor camera security system.. I live on a tropical island. Wi fi is not an option because it works on and off. The gate is quite far from the house. Is there a wireless system that I can use? I do not need to check it on my cell phone, I only need recording on a monitor. thank you

    • Hi Gerry, Reolink RLK4-210WB4 can be a best option to serve your surpose: /product/rlk4-210wb4/. It is an outdoor wireless security camera system with 4 wireless security cameras and an NVR. Even there if no WiFi available, the system can still do 24/7 surveillance and video recording. But note that you will be unable to watch live viewing or receive alerts if there is no Internet access.

      • Gerry11

        Thank you for your response… it is very helpful.
        I have another question: I have very large trees in the garden between where the cameras would be placed (gate) and the house..would this be a problem? Would a wired system be an option?
        thanks again.

        • Hi Gerry, if you only need video recording and don’t need to access the wireless security camera system using the Internet, the trees won’t be a problem. And the wired security camera system, such as Reolink RLK8-410B4, can be also a handy option for you to serve your purpose /product/rlk8-410b4/.

  • Christine Combs Lego

    i was looking for a outdoor camera for my ground its about 5 miles from my home and o have no electric or internet there i have been haveing trouble with people stealing things and i would like to be able to have emails or viewing from my phone also solar if possible can you help me please

  • hemna

    Not everyone wants their security cameras to store the captured video on the cloud. I’m still waiting for a camera that can send all of the recorded video to a local LAN based ftp/ssh/https server for viewing later. I don’t want my videos controlled by a camera company/google/reolink/etc/etc.

    • Hi Hemna, you have raised a very good point and I couldn’t agree with you more. But one thing I would like to correct – no one can access and control your security cameras without your permission (that is, without your username and password). And indeed all of Reolink plugged-in security cameras can record videos to the FTP server for your later review. You can also choose the security cameras with SD card to save videos locally. Now you may take a look at our official website to find a suitable solution: /shop/.

  • mafu artyness

    Hello can i use a wifi security camera if i connect it to my mobile phones wifi hotspot? cos i dnt have a proper pc just mobile phone ! So if i buy a phone and have internet on it etc and turn on the wifi, will it work to live stream etcetera ? Thanks !

    • Hi there, yes, you can connect a WiFi security camera to your mobile phone hotspot. And then the security cameras will work to stream live feed, send you instant alerts, etc. But note that it might also consume much of your cell phone data.

  • Melissa Saber

    I have been looking for a camera that I can live stream, but not remotely, without using my WiFi. I would be viewing from an adjoining room, much like non WiFi baby monitors. I thought perhaps via Bluetooth, but I can’t find anything that fits that description. Any ideas?

    • Melissa Saber

      I don’t need to record or store footage or get motion notifications. Just need to be able to view the room when I want.

      • Hi Melissa, if you want to watch live viewing of a security camera, currently you can only use the WiFi or cellular data. Maybe in the future, as technology advances, there might be security cameras that fit your description.

  • Gary Greene

    Please let me know when this is available too

    • Hi Gary, thanks for your interest in our product. We will inform you at once when it is available.

  • Danny Pophin

    I am looking for a security system to set up in my RV. Only have a mobile hotspot and want to do remote viewing via my smart phone. Is there any technology that will allow me to do this?

  • Danny Pophin

    I need a system that works exclusively with a mobile hotspot. Is this a feasible solution?

  • Robi Ilić Anderle

    If you have a camera connected to your home wifi and you are in another city can you see what is going on?

    • Hi Robi, as long as your camera is connected to the Internet, you can remotely access the camera and see what’s going on from afar, even you are in another city.

  • Lola ONeill

    Hello I want to be able to check on my shed in another person’s property whenever I want to see it how can I do that without internet but using my phone to check in on it thanks Lola

    • Hi Lola, thank you for reaching out. In your circumstance, the battery powered/solar powered cellular security cameras can best meet your needs. And you may read this post to know more about them: /cellular-security-cameras-buying-guide/.

  • Magaly Phillips

    I am looking for a surveillance system for in my barn to monitor my animals.
    I do not need to record, just need to be able to watch in real time in my house preferably on my phone.
    My barn is 30 meters from my house and I can not have a wire between them and I have no internet.
    Is that possible?

  • I am looking for a camera that can be set up with wifi, but will be taken with me (to hotel rooms) that are not on the same network or have no wifi at all (historic hotels). I will not need motion alarms to my phone, What I am looking for is a camera that records 24/7 to an sd card continuously with out recording just motion. I only need it to record about 10 hours at a time, as I will pull the sd card and look at the recordings.

    • Hi Matt, the best recommendation that can meet your needs would be Reolink C1 pro, a 4MP PT WiFi security camera, /product/c1-pro/. It is a dual band wireless security camera and comes with an SD card slot. You can schedule the recording mode based on your needs before you take it to hotel rooms, and then it will record videos to the SD card for your later check.

      • But does it just record motion detection clips, or will it record 24/7?

        • Hi Matt, it allows you to choose different record schedule types, including motion detection recording and normal recording (24/7 recording or record only at specific time period) as the pictures shows. Please note that if you choose 24/7 recording, the SD card storage might be full soon and the older videos will be automatically overwritten.

          • Great thank you, I will be using a 32gb sd card, so hopefully that will be enough for 8-10 hours at a time.

          • I’m interested in purchasing this cam, but it says it only records motion, I need 24/7 recording for 8 hours at a time. I’m in hotel rooms and won’t have WIFI or an NVR.

            VIDEO RECORDING & PLAYBACK: Save motion-activated video records in the inserted Micro SD card (up to 64GB), or work with Reolink NVR for 24/7 continuous recording.

          • Hi Matt, this camera supports both motion recording and scheduled recording (you can set up the time zone you want to record, as showed in the picture above). But normally we don’t recommend 24/7 recording since the SD card storage is limited and the old videos may be overwritten when the SD card is full.

  • Builder

    I have a mobile hot spot with no router on a jobsite. What wireless camera can use this? and give me remote viewing?

    • Hi there, all of Reolink wireless security cameras can connect to the mobile hot spot and give your remote viewing, such as the battery powered wireless security camera Reolink Argus: /product/argus/, or plugged-in dual-band wireless security camera Reolink RLC-411WS: /product/rlc-411ws/. But note that it might also consume much of your cell phone data.

  • Jessica getman

    My parents have a house in Florida and a house in New Hampshire, when they are not at those houses the internet gets shut off. How can I make it so they can access video surveillance without internet on their mobile devices from 1100 miles away?

  • Jessica

    My parents have a house in Florida and a house in New Hampshire, when they are not at those houses the internet gets shut off. How can I make it so they can access video surveillance without internet on their mobile devices from 1200 miles away?

    • Hi Jessica, if your parents want to access the surveillance cameras on their mobile phones without Internet, the battery powered/solar powered cellular security cameras will serve them best. And you may read this post to gain more insightful information: /cellular-security-cameras-buying-guide/.

  • disqus_TxFuiaBPHA

    I either get wireless camera and no wireless internet to laptop or wireless internet to laptop and no wireless camera onto laptop at the same time. Now multiply this by 4 all cameras wireless/ethernet. Two computers ethernet and 1 of the two both wireless/ethernet and one wireless only (laptop). OneFrontier modem/wifi/ethernet box. A 5 ethernet extension switch since after Fios -cable to ethernet-switch to relay to modem/ethernet/wireles box to compuiter ethernet, there are only two ethernet outs left from the Fois wifi/modem/ethernet box. I have win 10 and all it shows is I have internet on my decktop . Doesn’t say LAN. Doesn’t say wireless anywhere in win 10 (no wireless card so i am attempting to use fios wifi router via ethernet) win 10 just says you have internet connection. All the cameras working condition, the ethernet working condition, and the wireless working condition. If I change the ethernet settings to wireless in the Fios box, 2 cameras run and no internet runs even to the ethernet desktop or the wireless 2nd computer, or to the wireless only laptop. Every time I look in Fios router settings the enable and disables are different/switched/disconnected /connected/missing/gone and I’m not changing them. Is there any way to stop this router from switching all my devices and settings every time the ISP changes?

    • Hi there, thank you for reaching out. To solve your problems, I suggest you contact the support team of Fios and explain your problems in details, so that they can offer expert advice on stopping your router from switching your devices.

      • disqus_TxFuiaBPHA

        Thanks they’re 3.5 hours suggested switched channels 11 and 65,.Theye’r
        conclusion buy a wireless card. I have Fios wireless route and netgear wireless router. The two work together with a laptop with internal wireless. Too much junk doing something any one router and a couple ethernet connections should be able to handle simply.

  • John

    Looks like a wonderful security system. I currently am using a “certain” phone app security camera via using old phone that actually records movement and alerts me when motion is detected. I can connect and record, talk, turn on light and night vision. I accidentally found out that it works without being hooked up to wifi/modem. Both viewer phone and camera phone work without connection to wifi/modem. Do you currently have a camera system that works without being connected to wifi/modem?
    Thank you, JEP

    • Hi, John, we are going to release the product that can work without being connected to WiFi soon. And you may read this post to gain more information: /cellular-security-cameras-buying-guide/. Once it is available, we will update you immediately.

      • John

        Thank you very much for your reply. That would be a wonderful idea to make a security system that works with or without wifi/modem connection! Many customers have been waiting for this particular security system. I can’t wait!
        P.S. Thank you for the very informative articles.

  • Grendle Jones

    reolink argus work on my home network, no cloud needed?

    • Hi Grendle, yes, Reolink Argus comes with a micro SD card slot (support up to 64GB), so you can save the motion detection videos onboard and no cloud is needed.

  • Rich W

    Hi Reolink,
    Thanks for the article but more importantly your great responses to people’s questions below. I am looking for a camera which will meet two criteria, I’ll provide the context:
    I have a boat docked at a marina 30 minutes from where I live and would like to set up a remote monitoring camera inside the boat to check on its condition. My marina now has wifi, but the password only gets you to a splash screen where you select the type of plan (premium or free). Obviously there is no way to navigate the splash screen on something which does not have a browser. I’ve gotten around that with my AppleTV by calling up the provider and giving them the MAC number of the AppleTV, and it now works fine. So the first criteria is I’d need to be able to get the camera’s MAC code to give to the provider.

    The second one is that, since it is a marina and not my private internet/router, I will only be able to set up the camera solely using the WiFi. I will not be able to plug an internet cable into the router to provide the initial setup. I bought an Amcrest camera initially, their popular 1080 version, but can’t get it to connect via WiFi only. I read that sometimes the problem is weak signal reception, which is why I am considering the Reolink C1 Pro which has actual antennas (and is dual band) whereas the Amcrest does not have any visible antenna. But if I need to do the initial setup via hardwire cable to the router (as I have read somewhere), which I can’t access, that won’t work. I read the Reolink article about the best security camera for an RV and while it spoke about the cameras being WiFi it was silent as to whether or not the initial setup needed to be via cable. It also said you can use a mobile hotspot to connect, but again was silent as to whether it could be set up solely via the hotspot.
    Thanks for your time.

    • Yolanda

      Hi Rich, each IP camera comes with a MAC address. After you connect the camera to the App, you can find the information under the Network > General menu. And yes, an Internet cable is required for the camera initial setup (except the battery powered security cameras). So if you cannot plug an Internet cable into the router, the best recommendation for you is to choose the battery powered security cameras which can be set up easily by scanning the QR code. And Reolink Argus is the best seller you should definitely not miss. It delivers 1080p high definition videos and you can check on your boats anytime & anytime on the free Reolink App: /product/argus/. If you still have any more questions, please feel free to let us know.

  • Kevin

    I will try to keep this as short as possible. Thank you in advance for any and all help.

    Security system needs/wants:

    – wireless, at least two cameras, four is optimal
    – able to record via wifi or no wifi for when power and/or wifi goes out, and also when we’re home no need to use wifi but still record, when not home use wifi since nobody will be there using it.
    – motion detection
    – night vision
    – weatherproof
    – able to grey out areas in view, in other words up to our property line….illegal to video others property but still want to record as much of our property as possible, we have one acre of land, our home is located just about in the center of that acre.
    – audio with the video recording would be PERFECT
    – would like to be able to hide/disguise cameras, I understand wireless may be affected if camera(s) is(are) placed inside anything
    – we are not wealthy so a decent, reliable system for up to about $300 is fine but still be able to provide any and all activities to authorities without video/audio recording being deemed “unusable for lack of quality”

    I think that is about it, lol. The reason for being so precise? Neighbors that hell itself spat out. Have taught their two young children to vandalize our property and not worry about it….this is done often times directly in front of us, per instructions from their parents who openly instruct them to do so with no fear or worries. Along with their (parents) constant verbal assaults, which they so kindly instruct their children to do also. Hence the need/want for audio. It was always a nice little neighborhood until our next door neighbors sold their house and these…..people?…..moved in.

    If you can help with this list, I promise you will always have someone thinking about you in the best of ways.

    I have done so much research and have not found, to my knowledge, any security system that will do all that I mentioned without costing a fortune. Like I said no need for high end, just reliable and able to provide decent enough recordings that can finally put an end to the nightmare…..hopefully.

    Thank you again for any and all help.

    • Yolanda

      Hi Kevin, given your specific requirements, I would like to recommend you the following options:
      1) A WiFi security system: Reolink RLK4-210WB4 (with 4 wireless weatherproof security cameras at a price of USD 349.99) /product/rlk4-210wb4/ or Reolink RLK4-210WB2 (with 2 wireless weatherproof security cameras at a price of USD 239.99) /product/rlk4-210wb2/. Both of them can record motion detection events or record continuously with & without WiFi. The night vision is also great and they can see up to 100 feet in the dark. But note that the power source is required for the WiFi security systems and audio recording is not available.

      2) A wireless security camera with audio recording: Reolink RLC-410WS, /product/rlc-410ws/. This waterproof wireless security camera allows for audio recording and comes with a 16GB memory card to record motion detection event onboard. It is also able to record motion triggered events with & without WiFi connection. But you will need to plug it into an electrical outlet for the normal work.

      3) A battery powered security camera with audio recording: Reolink Argus, /product/argus/. This wire free security camera features smart motion detection and can record even without no WiFi and no power source. As it is totally wire free and weatherproof, you will be able to hide it in those low-profile places, indoors & outdoors.
      And you can also watch video samples in the product page to check out the image quality. Hope the information above will help land you on the right one! If you need any further assistance, please feel free to let us know.

      • Kevin

        Thank you so very much Yolanda! It is greatly appreciated!

  • SuEvva Lynn Eshleman

    I bought a 4 camera wireless system that I am using off-line. Three of the four cameras connect to the NVR. I plugged the fourth camera into the NRV with the Ethernet cable and got a picture so I know the camera works. I also plugged it in, covered the lens and heard the click of the night vision turning on. I bought an additional camera from Amazon in hopes that it would work, but still it would not. The screen shows nothing, not even an attempt to find a signal and this camera is located the closest to the NVR. Anyone know how to fix this issue?

    • Yolanda

      Hi there, thank you for reaching out. Please check your NVR connection with the camera by switching connection to another different port and connector. If the screen still shows nothing, you may switch all devices off and reboot cameras and your NVR before unplugging all power switches. Hope it will help solve your problems. 🙂

  • Sam Barron

    What about a camera that connects to a tablet/phone via a closed wifi network (meaning the camera has it’s own network broadcast, and you connect to that wifi network on your tablet). You can view the footage, and record directly to the tablet?

    • Yolanda

      Hi Sam, do you need recommendations of security cameras that can meet your requirements above? You may check out the indoor wireless pan & tilt security camera Reolink C1 Pro /product/c1-pro/, and the dual band wireless security camera Reolink RLC-411WS, /product/rlc-411ws/. Both of them allow you to view the footage and you can also manually record to your laptop/phone.

  • Jason

    I have a WiFi router but no internet at times (in my camper) I would like to be able to veiw WiFi cameras on my phone over this wifi router.

    • Yolanda

      Hi Jason, if you want to view WiFi cameras on your phone, stable Internet connection is required. You may optimize the WiFi router’s position and keep it away from anything that might block its signal, so that you can get strong and stable WiFi signals to watch the live viewing of your cameras. And if you need recommendations of some high quality WiFi cameras, please feel free to let us know and we’d love to help!

  • K Mirani

    Need an wireless camera without internet connection..
    Which can give live stream in area of around 5 km…
    And can record as well

    • Yolanda

      Hi there, the product that can give live stream without Internet connection is coming soon. And we will update the information once it is available. Please stay tuned!

  • Deb Biesemeier

    Looking for a multiple camera system for a large, indoor (warehouse like) area, approximately 120 ft x 80 ft. Can use several cameras pointed in different directions (preferably from a single location) to cover the entire area. We do not have internet and currently no need for remote monitoring. Not looking for criminal behavior, just monitoring activities of approved members to make sure they’re following the rules. Wireless would be nice, but will consider wired if the resolution is significantly better. Do we need a router if we do not have internet, or is the system complete as provided (camera and NVR). What are the options for viewing data? It will not be connected to a computer, so can data be downloaded to a flashdrive to be viewed offsite? Is there an option to view onsite using a tablet?

  • Daniel mcDonald

    I lost my remote setting on my cameras, I can only view it as long as I am in my modem network… How can I fix?