The best wireless security cameras for 2019

Hate messy wires? Check out the best wireless home security cameras

After spending more than 2,500 hours testing security cameras and other smart home security devices, our pick for the best wireless security camera is the Arlo Pro II. It’s reliable, it has a clear picture, and it’s compatible with several smart home platforms.

However, if the Arlo Pro II doesn’t do it for you, we’ve also included our pick for the easiest to mount wireless security camera, the best wireless camera for those who want a quick and easy setup, the best wireless camera for those looking to deter porch pirates, the best camera with a microSD card, the most flexible wireless security camera, and the best camera with facial recognition.

At a glance

  • The best wireless security camera: Arlo Pro II Security Camera
  • Easiest to mount wireless security camera: Ring Stick Up Cam
  • Best wireless security camera with easy setup: Blink XT Home Security Camera System
  • Best wireless security camera for porch pirates: Ring Spotlight Can Battery
  • Best MicroSD card wireless security camera: D-Link HD WiFi Security Camera
  • Most flexible wireless security camera: Canary Flex
  • Best wireless security camera with facial recognition: Netatmo Welcome, Home Security Camera

Arlo Pro II Security Camera

The best wireless security camera

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If you’re looking for a wireless security camera that’s reliable across the board, the Netgear Arlo Pro II  is the one to consider. It offers high-definition, super crisp video that’s configurable up to 1280 x 720, and you can stream live from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Footage is clear even at night, thanks to high-quality night vision capabilities. The camera also features built-in motion detection, which it uses to immediately begin recording an event once the motion or sound sensors are triggered.

This Netgear camera also includes the convenience of two-way audio, meaning there’s a built-in mic and speaker that let you hear and respond to someone on the other end. All recordings are automatically stored in the cloud for seven days for free. The Arlo Pro II system is compatible with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and you’ll be able to view video in real time just by saying a simple command out loud. Using IFTTT or Samsung SmartThings instead? The camera works with those platforms, too, unlike the EufyCam. And conveniently, you won’t have to deal with any pesky wires, since this camera is wire-free. No need to set this camera up near an outlet — you can place it wherever you see fit around the house.

Ring Stick Up Cam

Easiest to mount wireless security camera

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This sturdy Ring cam can record footage from pretty much anywhere, but it especially shines when it comes to outdoor placement: The base offers numerous mounting options for any corner, wall, fence or perch that you want, and provides a broad (115 degrees), 1080p images that has excellent night vision.

The Ring app is always a solid choice for cam management, but it pairs especially well with the Stick Up cam, allowing you to view and save footage, view live footage, get alerts, adjust the sensitivity of the motion sensor, and check on the battery. If you want to use the cam indoors or use an Echo Show to check out on live footage, the cam is also compatible with Alexa voice commands.

Speaking of the battery, you will need to pop the cam off and plug it in to recharge every few months or so, but with app support you’ll always know where the battery’s at, making this task less onerous. More annoying is the requirment to pay for important features like viewing recorded footage: Prices start at $3 per month.

Blink XT Home Security Camera System

Best wireless security camera with easy setup

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Not only does the Blink XT home security camera stream high-quality video, but it’s also very simple to set up on your own within minutes. You won’t have to set it up near an outlet or work with any confusing wires — simply turn it on, sync it up to your mobile device, and it’s ready to be used. Tune in anytime via the iOS or Android apps to check on things at home, whether you want to make sure the kids got home safely or to check if the dog is chewing up the sofa again.

The built-in motion sensor will alert you when the detector is triggered, and the camera will immediately begin recording a clip of the event. The camera is also conveniently battery-powered from the included AA Lithium batteries, with a 2-year lifespan.  Cloud storage is also totally free, without any monthly fees or subscription contract, so you can go back and watch old footage if you ever need to check something out. You can create a Blink XT home security system with just one camera if you only want to keep an eye on the front door, or you can include up to 10 cameras on one Blink Sync Module. This camera is also weatherproof, so you can put it outside.

Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

Best wireless security camera for porch pirates

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While both the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery and Spotlight Cam Solar streams high-quality, crystal-clear video footage, it takes things a step further by also including a 110-decibel siren, which you can sound if you have suspicious activity happening around your home. It’s perfect for catching porch pirates. The camera also has a built-in motion detector that will shine lights and begin recording video whenever motion is detected, helping prevent possible crimes before they happen. Thanks to two-way audio, you can see, hear, and speak to people who are at your home, using just your iOS or Android smartphone, tablet, or Mac or PC laptop.

You can set up this camera and begin using it in just minutes, so even if you’re not the most handy person. Plus, this wireless version of the Ring camera gives you the added convenience of not having to deal with any outlets or tangled mess of wires, while the Spotlight Cam Solar offers a solar panel to help you charge the battery using just the sun.

D-Link HD WiFi Security Camera

Best MicroSD card wireless security camera

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Some people don’t like dealing with cloud storage and prefer the tangible assurance of a memory card. Those are the people this camera was made for. The wireless D-Link DCS-2630L does not offer a cloud-based storage solution, so all recorded footage will go into a microSD card. There are no recurring frees, and you can view footage all at once by inserting the SD card into your laptop or computer. Footage comes out clear, thanks to 720p HD video resolution that you can view live using your smartphone or computer.

The camera also boasts built-in sound and motion detectors, so you can program the app to send you notifications whenever a recording is triggered by the sensors. With infrared night vision, the camera can show you up to 16 feet in total darkness. While this user-friendly camera is certainly an ideal option for some homes, it does have limited scheduling abilities.

Canary Flex

Most flexible wireless security camera

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The Flex has an appropriate name. You can mount this nimble security cam either inside or outside, as well as switching between a wired or wire-free mode, depending on placement and convenience (although outside use might necessitate using the wireless mode). The cam includes HD video, a 90-decibel siren, 360-degree swivel options, a built-in two-way speaker for communication, and smart alerts via the motion detector. It’s a surprisingly complete package for such a small security cam–however, recorded video only stays around for 24 hours, so you’ll need to act fast to preserve any important footage.

Netatmo Welcome, Home Security Camera

Best wireless security camera with facial recognition

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This stand-alone security camera offers one feature that many do not: facial recognition. The Netatmo Welcome camera can quickly learn to recognize the faces and names of everyone in your family, and then the camera will create user profiles so it can monitor everyone’s comings and goings. This technology will let you know that your teenager arrived home from school safely, or that the dog walker did indeed come to pick up Fido that day. The camera’s 1080p footage is also crisp and sharp and offers a 130-degree field of view so you can see more of your home at once. Night vision also guarantees you’ll get a clear view even when there’s little to no light in the home.

While you’ll want to hide most security cameras on a high shelf or in the corner of a room, you can display this one proudly, thanks to the attractive aluminum finish and cylindrical shape that make it look less like a camera and more like an Echo device. Recorded videos are stored locally on an included micro SD card, so you’re guaranteed total privacy. Plus, there are no monthly storage fees. Set it up inconspicuously on any shelf, table, or nook of the room — there are no wires that will give away the camera in the corner.

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