The best wireless home security cameras in 2021-CNET

Cupertino, December 31, 2021

If you've ever tried to replace an outdoor light fixture or just tried to find an outlet for a porch heater, you know how painful outdoor power supplies can be. Add this to the difficulty of finding the perfect location and angle for an outdoor security room and it can create a frustrating afternoon. But nowadays you can find wireless security cameras that are just as good as wired options. This means that you can install a security camera on a fence or put a hidden camera in a tree - or wherever Wi-Fi reaches - to extend the security system of the house, to increase the peace of mind you get. from you interior room and video ringtone, and monitor your home, deterring intruders, all without worrying about wiring.

There are plenty of battery-powered security cameras if you want to increase the security of your home. All cameras on the market have different security features, from motion tracking to color vision at night to spare batteries. You can also get a smart security camera that connects to your existing smart home setup. Some of the best wireless security camera models even have things like two-way audio and facial recognition.

Once you decide which features are most important to you, you need to consider video storage as well. Some camera systems offer free cloud storage, while others offer paid cloud storage. Other cameras have a place for an SD card, so you can keep your videos on your device for later review. Even other cameras can be purchased with a package that includes professional monitoring. There's a lot to consider, and you really need to take a deep dive to find the outdoor room (or rooms) that works best with your home and existing setup.

But who has time to research all the options? I made time. I've chosen some of the best battery-powered security cameras that I particularly like, considering things like video quality, field of view, video storage, if they offer a mobile app with recording options, if they connect to you. smart home the configuration and life of its battery. Keep reading if you're looking for the best wireless camera to meet at home security needs.

Read more: The best video ringtone

Now playing:
Look at this:

The battle for the best outdoor room: Nest Cam IQ Outdoor ...


David Priest / CNET

Arlo's latest Pro series camera is a fantastic device with backup functions. It has 2K resolution, a 160-degree field of view, two-way talk, color night vision, a built-in siren and reflectors, compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit - the list goes on.

This central camera costs $ 180 - a little more expensive than super-affordable options like the Wyze, but it's easily worth the premium. (Sometimes you can save a bundle of two, though not currently.) For $ 3 a month, you can also get smart alerts, movement zones, 30-day event history, and a few other cool features. In short, the Arlo Pro 4 is a fantastic security camera for most people.

Read our Arlo Pro 4 review.


The Arlo reflector camera is the best on the market - and unlike most reflector cameras, you can install it wirelessly. Includes weatherproof housing, clear HD live streaming, reliable alerts and true security camera features with arming and disarming capabilities - plus a built-in siren and a very bright built-in projector. It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant.

Read our review of Arlo Pro 3 with Floodlight.

Chris Monroe / CNET

The Arlo video ringtone is our favorite camera on the market, and the Essential Wire-Free device is identical - except that it is battery-powered. Wireless ringtone is $ 200 (plus $ 3 per month for subscription service), but you get a bunch of great benefits at that price, including smart notifications, a 1: 1 aspect ratio, motion zones, two-way talk and more .

Read our review of Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell.


The Logitech Circle 2 comes in two versions - the $ 180 wired model and the $ 200 battery-powered camera model. I reviewed the wired model, but spent time testing both.

The battery-powered Circle 2 is a solid camera. Like the Pro 3 and Blink XT2, the Circle 2 connects to your wireless network and is weatherproof. It has 1080p HD live streaming for a clear image, night vision, two-way talk and a time-lapse function. The rechargeable battery should last between one and three months on a single charge. It also offers free 24-hour cloud storage, storing videos based on 10- to 60-second motion. Push notifications are sent through the app to the phone when the camera detects motion.

It also works with a variety of accessories - a $ 30 socket holder, a $ 40 window holder, and a $ 20 magnetic holder. If you use either the socket or the window mount with your Circle 2 battery-powered camera, it will work with Siri (via Apple HomeKit and HomeKit Secure Video), as well as standard Amazon Alexa support.

Annoyingly, the battery-powered Circle 2 does not support Apple HomeKit without a socket or window mounting accessories.

Read our Logitech Circle 2 review (wired model).

More guides to make your home safe

Best selling & Top trending HomeKit product in our shop at this moment

HomeKit.Blog is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Apple Inc. or Apple related subsidiaries.

All images, videos and logos are the copyright of the respective rights holders, and this website does not claim ownership or copyright of the aforementioned.

All information about products mentioned on this site has been collected in good faith. However, the information relating to them, may not be 100% accurate, as we only rely on the information we are able to gather from the companies themselves or the resellers who stock these products, and therefore cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies arising from the aforementioned sources, or any subsequent changes that are made that we have not been made aware of.

HomeKit.Blog Is A Participant In The Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, An Affiliate Advertising Program Designed To Provide A Means For Sites To Earn Advertising Fees By Advertising And Linking To Amazon Store (, Or,,, Or

The opinions expressed on this website by our contributors do not necessarily represent the views of the website owners. 

Copyright © 2022 HomeKit Blog
. All rights reserved
United States