If you are looking for wireless security cameras without internet access, you may have several questions. With most surveillance tech tending toward IP cameras that are best used on an existing network, you may be wondering what your options are. Are there cameras that work without internet access? Will you be able to get full functionality out of your security solutions without an internet connection? What can you do for surveillance in remote areas?
Conversely, you may have internet access but don’t want an IP security camera taking up too much of your network data. Regardless of your reasoning, you can secure you property as well as gain a full HD view of your surroundings without internet access.
If you do not have internet access for your camera system, you will not be able to view your HD footage on a mobile phone, tablet or computer. That disadvantage aside, there are plenty full functioning options for your property. You do not need internet access to use wireless WiFi security cameras as well as wired IP cameras.
Here’s a quick guide of what we’ll go over in this article:
- Wi-Fi vs. No-Wi-Fi Cameras: Pros & Cons
- Solutions 1: No Internet Connection (No WiFi at All)
- Solutions 2: Having Internet Connection (Cameras Won’t Use Up Bandwidth)
- Security Cameras without Internet (WiFi) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Wi-Fi vs. No-Wi-Fi Cameras
So, what are the advantages and disadvantages of using cameras that do and don’t work with Wi-Fi? We’ve broken it down below.
Wi-Fi Cameras Pros and Cons
- No data plans required: Since you probably already have Wi-Fi in your home, you won’t have to pay for any additional data plans.
- Livestreaming: You’ll be able to see what’s going on at home through your mobile app.
- Remote control: Most cameras also allow for remote control, including arming and disarming, zooming in optically, and speaking through two-way audio.
- Notifications: Depending on the camera’s level of artificial intelligence, you’ll be notified when it senses movement, a person, a package, a pet, or a vehicle. The more AI capabilities the camera has, the more specific notifications you get.
While some cameras that don’t require Wi-Fi have these features, again, they’ll require data plans for a price.
- Bandwidth usage: The more internet of things (IoT) devices you add to your network, the more bandwidth it uses, slowing down your internet.
- Faulty Wi-Fi: Anyone who’s ever watched TV on a Chromecast knows that Wi-Fi isn’t always dependable (if you’re not using a mesh network like Nest Wi-Fi, that is). Depending solely on Wi-Fi may mean losing your connection from time to time, depending on the strength of your network.
- Hacking: As we’ve seen with Ring cameras3, Wi-Fi cameras can be hacked, especially if you don’t protect your network and mobile app with a secure password.
No-Wi-Fi Cameras Pros and Cons
- They’re not as hackable. Although cellular data is hackable as well, it’s much safer than Wi-Fi, even secure Wi-Fi networks
- You may still be able to get remote features. If you use a data plan, you don’t have to miss out on remote control, notifications, and live to stream, which are the main benefits of smart home security.
- While some cameras that don’t require Wi-Fi have these features, again, they’ll require data plans for a price.
- They may require a data plan. Again, if you want the above features, it’ll cost you in the form of a mobile LTE plan.
- They’re bulky. Many CCTV cameras are bulky, especially if they require large DVRs.
- They’re expensive. Intended for business or police use, CCTV cameras cost more than regular security cameras that work with Wi-Fi.
Solution 1. No Internet/Network Connection? Try a Wireless Security Camera System
If you live in a rural area where internet connection is sparse, you may be able to utilize a security camera without an 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. ZOSI W4 wireless security camera video system is a good example.
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Such wireless surveillance camera system kits enable you to do 24/7 surveillance and video recording without accessing the 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 an 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 the 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).
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).
Solution 2. Have Internet Connection? Try a Wireless Security IP Camera
Wireless security cameras don’t necessarily require the internet. Rather, there are a number of security cameras that can record their footage locally onto micro-SD cards or hard drives so it can be viewed later.
Choose a weatherproof or waterproof wireless security IP camera (C1 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).
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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.)
Security Cameras without Internet (WiFi) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
The idea of using smart home security cameras without Wi-Fi isn’t that common, so people have a ton of questions about it. We’re here with answers!
Q1. “How do I install a wireless security camera without the internet?”
A: To install a wireless security camera without the internet, you simply place it on a flat surface or mount it to a ceiling or wall. You may also need to place a hard drive somewhere, which may connect to the camera via a cable unless it’s wire-free. However, if the camera has a slot for a micro-SD card, you won’t need a hard drive. Instead, you’ll put the micro-SD card in its slot, not requiring any wires.
Q2. ”Which is better, wired or wireless security cameras?”
A: Wired and wireless cameras aren’t inherently better than one another. Rather, it’s a matter of personal preference and needs; while wireless cameras are easier to install and less cluttered, the user will need to recharge or replace the battery at points. Wired cameras, on the other hand, don’t rely on batteries, but are dependent on a home’s power, so they might not work in a power outage. Plus, wired cameras are usually harder to install, particularly if they’re hardwired as opposed to plug-in.