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 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.

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.

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). You can make the IP camera set-up without Internet.

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.

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 waterproof IP66 wireless security IP camera (RLC-411WS for example). You can put it outside or inside your house. Connect it to you 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). Plug it in and DONE!

Now use its free software on you mobile phone or on a computer to set up the motion detection alerts (yeah the WiFi camera is using the Internet but it’s just for a while). And DONE!

The camera will start to work – it will capture video, 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 or computer 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 camera uses your Internet only when it’s necessary, so it won’t “eat up” your data.

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. 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 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.

No WiFi Security Camera

You have to connect the security camera (no matter it’s wireless or PoE) to the network in order to get remote viewing, receive push notifications, or do video recording on your computer.

  • 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: https://reolink.com/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: https://reolink.com/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:
      https://reolink.com/product/rlk8-410b4/
      https://reolink.com/product/rlk4-210wb4/

    • 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.

  • 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??

  • 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 https://reolink.com/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?

  • 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.

  • 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 https://reolink.com/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 https://reolink.com/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..

    Thanks

    Dan

    • 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. https://reolink.com/product/rlc-411s/ Or if you want 24/7 recording for comprehensive protection, try a wireless security camera system to do the trick. https://reolink.com/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.

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