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Reolink Home Security Cameras Review

The Experience with Reolink Argus 2

Reolink Argus 2 Camera with Protective Sleeve

Reolink Argus 2 Camera with Protective Sleeve

First in the lineup: the Argus 2. This clean, round, modern-looking sharpshooter appeals to us for several reasons: We’re big fans of modern design, so we knew we’d like how it looked in our home. And, since it lacks wires, lights or other hardware, we can put it basically anywhere we want – inside or out.

FYI: To see an even more in-depth look at this camera, check out our full hands-on Argus 2 review.

Oh, but there is one thing to note about placing this camera outdoors: the Argus 2 has a stretchy silicone cover that serves as an extra layer of protection from the elements. We just slipped the cover on, made a few adjustments, and decided our camera now looks like a marshmallow wearing a hat. In some ways, it reminded us of the SimpliCam Outdoor Kit. You can read more about that device in our latest SimpliCam review.

Reolink Argus 2 Unboxing

Reolink Argus 2 Unboxing

Our second impression of this battery-powered camera was that it would look quite nice in someone’s garage or shed, as an outdoor camera where one might not have a power outlet available.

But, for now, we decided we were going to place our Argus 2 inside our home, and admire it from the couch, where we seem to frequently find ourselves lately.

For that, all we really needed to do was remove it from the box, turn it on, peel off the protective seal, sync it with our home Wi-Fi, and add it to the Reolink app on our phones using the QR code on the back of the camera. That process, we calculated, only took about five minutes. That’s the beauty of DIY home security products these days: Nice and speedy.

Reolink Argus 2 App Setup

Reolink Argus 2 App Setup

 

Pro Tip: If you don’t have Wi-Fi, we recommend the Reolink Go cam, which is 4G LTE-enabled and can stream and record videos from virtually anywhere.

Once it was all set up and ready to go, it was time to watch and learn. Check out the image resolution below!

Argus 2 Camera Resolution

Argus 2 Camera Resolution

Not a bad view, eh? This camera’s field of vision is 120 degrees, providing us with clear, sharp views in industry-standard 1080p HD resolution.

As we set up our camera and pulled up the live view on our phones, our initial thoughts were: Wow, the picture is fantastic! We saw video and image quality that falls right in line with Reolink’s major-market rival cameras like Google Nest, and is light years better than the picture produced from brands like Wyze or Blink (but Blink is a decent little starter cam, too).

From there, we fiddled around with our playback options for a moment. That’s when we discovered a cool thing about Reolink: We can adjust the playback speed on our videos to 1, 2, or 4x, for a quick, in-and-out look at our activity on the app. We think you’ll like this feature.

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Reolink Cloud Plans

We don’t recall ever having the option of adjusting playback speed in any other security camera we’ve reviewed. But we definitely see where this could come in handy! For instance, need to catch some details of a porch pirate? Slowing the playback speed will help with gathering crucial evidence.

Then, we began testing out the notifications we were getting from our camera. We wanted to see how long it took for the app to display our camera’s view once we tapped on the alert, as this usually tells us a lot about how the camera will function overall.

Reolink Argus 2 Timeline

Reolink Argus 2 Timeline

Our takeaway was that aside from a few momentary blips in our home Wi-Fi, everything worked pretty smoothly. Of course, do keep in mind that in a camera that relies this heavily on a Wi-Fi connection, as Argus 2 does, you’re probably going to see occasional buffering and video loading delays. But in our tests, we found that those slowdowns usually rectify themselves in a matter of seconds.

Reolink Mobile App Interface

Reolink Mobile App Interface

We should note that a big part of our recent hands-on review of Ring’s Wi-Fi security cameras involved investigating those same occasional slowdowns – and there, we observed a similar pattern.

As an example, while testing the Ring Stick Up Camera, which shares some similar characteristics with Reolink Argus 2, we found that it took four seconds on average to pull up its live feed in its app. But on a particularly busy time of day, when the kids are out of school and begin running blindly toward the closest available electronic device, we did see some buffering there. Again, these were brief, minor hiccups, and they did not affect the overall performance of the camera.

All this is to say: There are many factors involved in camera connectivity, and if you experience slow response, keep in mind it may have nothing to do with the camera itself.

Plus, you can always visit Reolink’s customer service page to ask questions and request tech support help to find out what might be going on.

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What we don’t recommend, however, is trying to get help through Live Chat. We tried this several times. It’s all bots, plain and simple. Not a human in the bunch. Their answers point to links to other help pages and FAQs on the site. Save your time and send a help desk request instead.

Did You Know: Our Reolink Argus 2 uses PIR Motion Sensing, which means it’s triggered by “heat signatures.” That’s supposed to cut down on false alarms, but this camera still had a few of them in our tests.

Smart Home Automation

Connecting to our Amazon Alexa device was another no-sweat task with our Argus 2, thanks to the app’s Smart Home tab. When we started hearing some peculiar pitter-patters above us, we told our Echo Show, “Show me the Reolink Argus 2.” We were greeted by this adorable but very naughty face:

Reolink Argus 2 Displayed on Alexa

Reolink Argus 2 Displayed on Alexa

Our Conclusions on Argus 2

Reolink Argus 2

Reolink Argus 2

This spaceship-esque camera of ours had a lot going for it! In our tests, we ooh-ed and aah-ed at the crystal-clear resolution. We appreciated its sleek design and contemporary appeal. And we loved how easy it was to customize our motion, push notifications, and other settings in the Reolink app.

Argus 2 Mobile App Settings

Argus 2 Mobile App Settings

And boy, did we enjoy the lack of wires. We’ve seen the downsides of other battery-operated cameras, like having to wait for the battery to recharge, or having to use a screwdriver (or – the horror – a drill!) to remove it. But one thing’s for sure: Reolink does make installation a breeze.

Do we recommend Argus 2? That depends. Are you the perimeter-checker type of homeowner, where you spend significant amounts of time pulling up your cameras and checking out the view several times a day?

Or do you follow more of a set-it-and-forget-it mantra when it comes to home security, where you’re checking out the app once in the morning, once at night, and whenever you get an alert?

If you’re the latter, we can recommend Argus 2 with fervor.

If you’re the former, we’d refer you to a faster-performing camera like the aforementioned Ring, Google Nest, or Arlo Pro 3. For instance, while testing and reviewing the Arlo Pro 3, we discovered that it’s pricier than the Argus 2, but it performs better in most categories.

Sours: https://www.safehome.org/home-security-cameras/reolink/reviews/

I made the Reolink mistake

user8963 said:

seems that most customers want more FOV and 2,8mm is not enough !

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Yes customers do. The unsuspecting consumer wants less cameras. "Hey honey check out this camera - we only need to get two cameras instead of 4 to see the whole neighborhood".

And then they suffer with not being able to IDENTIFY anything.

Many of us have been there LOL. I started out with a 4camera box kit "look I can see the whole neighborhood" but it was useless to IDENTIFY a stranger. Sure I could tell when it was my neighbors walking by and it is crazy how much our mind can fill in the missing pieces, but based on clothing, body type, walking style, hair, etc. we can recognize people we know at a distance with a wide angle, but it is useless for a stranger.

Consumer grade camera sellers recognize that the average Joe wants wide angle and then have managed to infiltrate peoples minds that poor night video is simply an accepted fact of security cameras.

It is not until someone stumbles across a site like this that we realize that Yes you can get great night video and that you need to get the right camera for the area you are trying to get coverage of.

Thus most of us have more than a camera on each corner of the house LOL.

 

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  • Our outdoor camera pick, the Google Nest Cam Outdoor, has been discontinued. Google says it will continue to support the camera for existing owners but doesn’t say for how long.

  • Our outdoor camera pick, the Google Nest Cam Outdoor, has been discontinued. Google says it will continue to support the camera for existing owners but doesn’t say for how long.

    We are currently testing new outdoor cameras, and we plan to have an update to this guide soon.

September 10, 2021

Wi-Fi security cameras let you keep tabs on your home from anywhere in the world. We’ve done hundreds of hours of research and testing on indoor, outdoor, hardwired, wireless, and doorbell Wi-Fi cameras, searching for the best ones to fit a variety of homes, budgets, and security needs. If you want to know what’s going on when you’re away, one of our camera recommendations will do the job.

Best outdoor security camera

Who this is for: People who want to keep tabs on welcome or unwelcome guests on the front porch, back deck, garage, pool area, driveway, or anywhere else outside.

Why we like it: With the Google Nest Cam Outdoor, you get crystal-clear 1080p video whenever motion is detected or a full 24/7 recording of everything, depending on your Nest Aware subscription plan (required if you want to view your footage). The camera sends smartphone alerts and keeps a detailed in-app timeline when motion occurs. More importantly, the Nest Cam Outdoor is completely waterproof, which includes the power cord and adapter. That means it can withstand the outdoor elements a lot longer than you can.

The best outdoor security camera, the Google Nest Cam Outdoor

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Without the Nest Aware service, this outdoor camera is basically limited to live viewing, so expect to pay a minimum of $6 per month on top of the purchase price for hardware. Also, if you don’t want to run wires or have an outdoor outlet nearby, placement will be limited.

Subscription: required (no free video storage)
Power: corded
Works with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings

Best indoor security camera

Who this is for: People who want to keep tabs on what’s going on inside, whether they’re checking in on kids and pets or watching for unidentified houseguests.

Why we like it: The Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24 captures 2K images day and night, a massive upgrade from 1080p resolution, which has long been considered the gold standard. It can detect motion, tell the difference between people and pets, and even hear crying. Clips can be stored in one of four ways, including locally on a microSD card or NAS (network-attached storage, which you can set to capture just motion-triggered events or to record everything 24/7), and in the cloud via a paid subscription to Eufy Cloud or Apple HomeKit Secure Video. The Eufy C24 is also the least expensive, best-performing camera we’ve reviewed that supports HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Although the Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24 delivers vivid 2K images while live viewing or recording to a microSD card, clips stored on NAS devices and in the cloud are downgraded to 1080p resolution. We always found images to be sharp, regardless of storage, but if 2K is important to you, opt to use a microSD card.

Subscription: optional (local storage is free)
Power: corded
Works with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant

Best cordless security camera

Who this is for: People who don’t have an outdoor outlet or want maximum flexibility when placing an outdoor camera.

Why we like it: The Arlo Pro 4 delivers sharp 2K images and includes a rechargeable battery so you can place it anywhere within reach of your Wi-Fi signal; we especially like that you can pull the battery out for recharging, instead of having to move the whole camera. To save footage, you’ll need to subscribe to the Arlo Secure cloud service, but that also adds to the ability to distinguish between people, animals, vehicles, packages, and general motion. The system also has a 6,500K spotlight for color night vision, as well as a siren that peaks at 95 dB (based on our measurements), which can be triggered automatically based on movement or a touch of a button in the app.

The best cordless outdoor security camera, the Arlo Pro 4.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Because it’s battery-powered, it will need to be charged regularly. The company says that battery can last up to 6 months, though our testing suggests it’s more like one to two months per charge, depending on usage.

Subscription: required (no free video storage)
Power: cordless, rechargeable battery
Works with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit (with a compatible base station), Google Assistant, IFTTT

Best doorbell camera

Who this is for: People who want a permanently installed way to screen visitors at the door, whether they’re on the other side of the door or the other side of the world.

Why we like it: Along with its great hardware and fast response times, the Arlo Video Doorbell was the only model we tested that could distinguish among people, animals, vehicles, or packages. This meant it also kept false alerts—a problem with many models—to a minimum. That advanced sensing and the ability to capture video clips up to five minutes long require a $3 monthly Arlo Secure subscription, but we think these features are essential, and the price is fair (otherwise you’re restricted to motion/bell alerts and live video streaming). Local storage cuts out that monthly fee, but also the advanced motion detection features. The Arlo also captures crisp video, with a 1536×1536 resolution and a wide, 180-degree viewing angle in a square format: This provides a comprehensive vertical and horizontal view of what’s going on in front of your door, whether it’s deliveries or visiting raccoons.

Arlo Video Doorbell

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Even though the Arlo Video Doorbell has a battery backup, it needs wiring to function on a daily basis. We found the battery lasts only about five minutes and is intended for emergencies, so you can catch whoever is trying to steal your doorbell. If you don’t have an existing doorbell and aren’t comfortable with wiring, hire an electrician.

Subscription: required (no free video storage)
Power: hardwired
Works with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT

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Rachel Cericola

Rachel Cericola is a senior staff writer at Wirecutter who has been covering smart-home technology since the days of X10. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, Men’s Health, USA Today, and others. She hopes her neighbors read this bio because it would explain why she always has four video doorbells running simultaneously outside her home. 

Sours: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-security-cameras-for-your-home/
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How to Tell If Your Security Camera Has Been Hacked

"Can my security camera be hacked?" "How do I know if someone is watching me through my home security IP camera?" Maybe few of you have ever considered this carefully.

Neither did Jennifer, a mother in Houston, until she found the security camera in her daughter's room hacked and live streamed over the internet, according to Mashable.

While it is easy to hook a security camera up so that it provides live stream footage that you can monitor, it is also incredibly easy for your security cameras to get hacked: Hackers may tap into your security camera, pick up, watch and even broadcast the footage that you are recording.

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How to Tell If Your Security Camera Has Been Hacked

When your security cameras are hacked, your watchful eye becomes their watchful eye – and could potentially become the watchful eye of hundreds, thousands or even millions, especially these days when security cameras hacked website can be easily found online.

In order to avoid the threat, you should be prudent for the signs of a hacked security camera. Here come several ways for you to tell if your security camera has been hacked, or if your baby monitor, nanny cam has fallen into the hacked security cameras list.

How to Find Out If Your Security Camera Has Been Hacked

Your security cameras can be hacked in several ways. Lack of elementary security features, using default settings and simple passwords, and security camera hack apps all result in cameras and baby monitors, webcams getting hacked.

Unfortunately, it's not always possible to know if your home video surveillance camera, webcam have been in the unsecured IP camera list.

Pay attention to the 6 telltale signs, and check if your security camera is hacked.

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1. Check Out Strange Noises from Your IP Camera, Baby Monitor

Signs that your IP camera has been hacked can mostly be difficult to detect. But there is an obvious one. If you hear a strange voice coming from your security camera, no doubt that your security camera has been hijacked, and someone is spying on your through the camera.

Baby monitor hacked news and videos show that hackers interact with your kids through the hacked security camera remotely, listen to your conversations, and more. Terrifying, isn't it?

2. See If Your Security Camera Rotates Abnormally

If you find out that your home security camera is following your movement, your camera has more than likely been hacked. Someone hacks your pan-tilt camera and control over it on his side. Your hacked security camera or baby monitor may rotate by itself, or point to a different position than usual.

3. Check If the Security Settings Have Been Changed

How do you see if your surveillance camera has been hacked?

It is a necessary step to check if the security settings have been changed and password has been set to default. The person hacks into your security camera may leave some information on the settings. There are some pride security camera hackers who even change the camera names to something like "Upgrade Firmware"to show off their hacking talents.

4. Find Out If There's a Blinking LED Light

You can also check if your webcam security camera has been hacked by a randomly blinking LED light.

If you see that the LED light is blinking randomly, your security camera is probably being hacked. In that case, reboot your computer. If the light flashes again after 10 minutes or so, open up your Task Manager, click on the "processes" tab and search for "winlogon.exe." Upon doing that, if you see more than one copy of the program, disconnect your computer from the Internet and use an anti-virus program to run a full system scan to ensure your computer has not been infected with a Trojan.

5. Pay Attention to an Illuminated LED Light

If you notice that the LED light is turned on, but you didn't enable it, that's a telltale sign that your security camera has been hacked and accessed.

When someone hacks your security camera, they have the ability to control it, which includes turning it on and off. If that LED light is on and you know for sure you haven't turned your camera on, follow the steps above to tell whether your security system has been hacked or not.

6. Check the Data Flow of Your Security Camera

How can you detect if your security camera has been hacked? You can also track the data flow on your network, and on your video surveillance camera. Pay special attention to sudden spikes in your network traffic, which reveals something unusual invalid login in your video feed.

How to Prevent Your Security Cameras from Being Hacked

No signs of your security camera getting hacked are found? That's good news. Have confirmed some hacked security cameras in your home? It's good to find out too!

In fact, there are many things you can and should do initiatively to prevent your security cameras from being hacked, or being hacked again in the future.

And the following 5 tips are what suggested most by the security expert, Daniel, who had more than 5 years experience in dealing with security camera hacking issues:

#1. Buy Security Cameras with Advanced Encryption

In order to keep yourself, your loved ones and your valuables from prying eyes, it is essential to pick out a security camera from a trusted source.

If a security camera is produced without necessary security encryption features, it can be easily hacked even if you've secured your passwords, the router, or anything else mentioned to prevent your security cameras from being hacked.

And the best scenario is to get an IP camera from the top CCTV camera brand that enables all the advanced security features, including SSL/TLS encryption, WPA2-AES encryption, which keep most of the CCTV camera hackers away.

#2. Secure Your Security Camera Passwords

Security cameras with default passwords and username have much higher chances of getting hacked. Do you know that most security cameras hacked websites just ping every device on the net and try if one of common default passwords works?

So don't let your security cameras fall into this simple trap.

Make sure you use a powerful password that would be difficult for someone to figure out. For example, use the password that is 6 characters or longer with a combination of lower-case and upper-case letters, as well as numbers and special characters. Also, make sure you change the password frequently.

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#3. Secure the Home Network Router

Sometimes, your security camera just gets hacked by chance. For example, your neighbor may access your router for free Internet, and hack your CCTV camera by accident. So if you use WiFi for your security system, remember to keep it protected with a powerful password as well.

Another pro tip to secure your security camera from hacking is to build a subnet for your home security camera system with an NVR.

Once you connected the cameras to the NVR (network video recorder), the cameras will record and save to the NVR without accessing your home router network. No one can hack into the private camera subnet.

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#4. Limit Devices to Access Your Home Network

Limit the number of devices that can be used to access your security system, making sure your personal laptop, smartphone and desktop are the only devices that can login to the system. You may use a virtual private network (VPN) to regulate which of your devices will be able to access the network to prevent possible hackers.

#5. Upgrade CCTV Camera Firmware

Check fixes and improvements of your security camera firmware upgrade. Download the latest firmware to fix some bugs and keep up-to-date features.

There is usually a page that provides the firmware download links, so you can always find the latest versions available and get your camera protected. Don't buy those cheap cameras without technical support to update the firmware regularly.

#6. Install Firewalls and Antivirus Software

The firewalls help protect your security camera against hacking, and the antivirus software help protects it against viruses and malware, like the online security cameras hacking software.

Here is a checklist you may save to your phone album so that you can easily go through all the essential points to find out whether your security camera has been hacked and get it secured.

How to Tell & Prevent Security Camera Hacking

What to Do If Security Camera Has Been Hacked

So what should you do if your security cameras are hacked, unfortunately?

Check the 5 essentials above to see if there is anything you have missed, which gives the hacker chances to access and hack your security cameras:

  • Is your hacked security camera featured with necessary encryption?
  • Have you changed the security camera default password?
  • Have you secured your home router with a stronger password and/or VPN?
  • Have you installed the latest firmware before your security camera get hacked?

If your answer is YES to all the above questions, report your problems to the security camera manufacturer immediately so that they can correct the problem and secure the vulnerability.

Why Security Cameras Are Hacked

It's important to be aware of why and how your security camera can be hacked, so that you can better protect the surveillance systems from prying eyes.

As for the reasons for home security cameras being hacked, some are after the private information of others, some may be indulging in watching hacked security cameras, and some proud hackers are just hacking for fun.

How Do Security Cameras Get Hacked

How are security cameras hacked? Generally, you CCTV cameras can be hacked either locally or remotely.

#1. Local Hacks

"The router and modem have also been used to gain access to my network and my CCTV cameras were to be the victims."

Like the OP says, the hacker obtains access to the wireless network and hacks the security camera attached to it. They may simply try some common default passwords to it, or spoof the wireless network and jam the actual one with some network tricks.

Many wireless security cameras get hacked this way.

Note: You don't need to worry too much about this form of hacking. The WPA2-AES encryption, adopted by Reolink and some other quality producers, is there to solve this problem. It is by far the most secure WiFi security mode.

#2. Remote Hacks

This happens when the camera transmits videos over the Internet. Security camera hackers may take the advantage of the data breach or unsecured passwords to hack into security cameras.

That's why many security cameras live get hacked. And that's why the wired security cameras can also be hacked.

Note: There is also technology to greatly reduce the security camera remote hack risks. For example, Reolink uses SSL (HTTPS) encryption to secure the remote browsing and SSL/TLS protocol to secure data transmission over the Internet.

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A blog writer and content marketer by day, and a reader by night. A coffee addict, and lover of cool stuff and new tech. She's been diving into home security industry from the last two years, and sharing practical security tips and tricks. Love the idea of being warm and secure, that's exactly what home should be.

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Newbies' Guide to IP Cameras Storage

It's inevitable that you might grapple with IP camera storage problems if you are in the market for home security cameras. Say, how to record IP camera motion events? Where can I store the IP security camera footage?

Or Is there a security camera that saves the footage on a host with FTP? Can I use my computer to store surveillance videos or footage? Are there any IP cameras with free cloud storage? Is there any security camera with local storage?

Or you may say I am looking for a security camera that can store up to a few days of data or need security camera off-site recording to a cloud or server.

If you are dealing with these questions, then you have come to the right place.

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IP Camera Storage Options: How Can you Store Video Recordings

Generally speaking, there are 6 IP camera storage options available for you to save the security camera footage: SD cards, cloud, NVRs/DVRs, FTP, NAS and personal computers.

How to save security camera footage comes down to what you are looking for.

That being said , it's still very important to weigh on differences and conveniences of each security camera recorder to narrow down growing pool of models available and find the best match.

Option 1. IP Camera SD Card Storage

People will be opting for IP camera SD card storage when they are just looking for security cameras that save motion-triggered footage or don't want to subscribe to cloud service. For example, many users on Reddit said

"I want to store IP camera footage locally instead of uploading to a cloud or getting a DVR/NVR.”

”I intend to keep and save security camera footage but don't want to subscribe to a cloud service for storage. ”

Or people who are looking for CCTV security cameras that will be used in a location where internet access is limited but still want to store motion-based footage. For example, one Reddit user explained that

”I have a rural property and only have power at the house and barn. Best option would be a motion activated cam outside that I could attach to a tree. Wifi at my house is only available very close to the house and we are on satellite internet, so no real broadband for cloud solutions.”

The obvious benefit of IP camera SD card storage is that it's relatively safe and inaccessible by others. And the IP cameras with SD card local storage is extraordinarily popular with homeowners for surveillance on the front door, backyard or any place that doesn't require constant 24/7 recording.

Wonder how to access the files in SD cards on IP cameras directly? Quite easy, indeed.

Taking Reolink Argus 2, a battery IP camera with SD card storage, for example, you can simply launch Reolink App/Client on your phone or computer, and click "Playback" button to enter the playback page, where you can choose your camera and date to search for recorded videos.

Below is a video sample shared by a user of Reolink Argus 2.

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Option 2. IP Camera Storage to NVRs/DVRs

Standalone NVRs and DVRs, as offsite IP camera storage solutions, are increasingly popular and widely used among home security system, small businesses, workshops, etc.

If you are looking for a security system that can record video constantly and be able to save weeks of security camera footage, standalone NVRs/DVRs with a built-in hard drive are what you need. For example, users on Reddit expressed their needs, saying

”No need for motion activation but constant recording. And must have ability to review footage without needing to pause or stop recording” ”I need 30-day non-stop recording and want to record and save more than 3 cameras' footages to a hard drive”

NVRs/DVRs are not just for security camera storage, they are also embedded with the operating system to multi-task including managing multiple cameras simultaneously. Some NVRs can even support up to 8 IP cameras, such as Reolink NVR.

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NVRs can also be accessed remotely from a Smartphone, tablet or personal computer.

One piece of advice after buying NVRs/DVRs as your IP camera storage solution would be keeping them safe from burglars or thieves as well as backing them up regularly to FTP server if needed.

Option 3. IP Camera FTP Storage

FTP server is a great IP camera storage option for those who have a reservation for cloud storage but don't want local network drive or built-in memory card. For example, many homeowners expressed their thoughts on Reddit, saying

”I don't want to go down the road of paying for monthly memberships to an IP camera cloud storage option for recording. I am looking for FTP or some other generic protocol method that is NOT a subscription based 'cloud’ solution.”

Or

”I would like to save the security camera footage on a host with FTP instead of storing the footage on a local network drive that could just be taken. or I have a FTP server and want to manage the footage or videos on FTP server, configuring security cameras to upload event-based recordings or snapshot or recorded images and videos to a FTP server.”

FTP server is, without any doubt, a good IP camera storage solution. Many security cameras, like the ones sold by Reolink, do support IP camera FTP storage, for both motion-based footage and constant video recordings.

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Update: Here is a detailed guide on how to upload video footage to an FTP server in a flash. Don't forget to check it out!

Option 4. IP Camera Cloud Storage

IP security camera cloud storage is gaining popularity among users who are looking for an alternative to NVR/DVR, SD card, and NAS, as it is relatively convenient and safer. You can also view the IP camera online video storage from anywhere on your mobile devices.

Note that an Internet connection is required for the IP camera online cloud storage. Now most IP camera cloud storage is FREE for the basic plans and you'll need to pay a varied monthly subscription fee for long-term contracts.

There are also growing numbers of video surveillance cameras and IP cameras with cloud storage available on the market, including Reolink, who recently launched free cloud beta testing for its security cameras.

Option 5. IP Camera PC Storage

Of course, you can always turn your personal computer into an IP camera storage unit by configuring storage path to your computer; however, massive data storage could slow your computer down and eat up storage space rapidly.

If you are looking for recording motion-triggered videos from IP cameras, your personal computer could be configured to store them and you are able to play back these recorded videos on your computer.

And you can transfer those recordings from your computer to hard drive, pen drive, USB and etc accordingly.

Option 6. IP Camera NAS Storage

NAS storage for IP camera recordings also comes as a handy option if you want to record security cameras from different brands.

Basically all 3rd party-compatible IP cameras can record to NAS, such as the traditional wireless security cameras and the PoE IP cameras.

Since IP camera NAS storage usually only include 2-3 IP channel license, it is more recommended that you choose DVRs/NVRs for IP camera storage if you need more than 3 channels.

If you want to learn about how to record IP cameras to NAS, you may refer to this step-by-step guide on setting up Reolink IP cameras NAS recording.

The Tradeoff

There's no right answer here about which IP camera storage solutions to choose. It's really a matter of preference and there are plenty of models out there to suit either taste.

Understanding each security camera storage option will help you narrow down the growing pool of models available today and it will help you understand the features that matter to you most.

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