Today we review the best plug and play home security cameras out there today.
When you decide to install security cameras in your home or business, often it can be time consuming and just plain frustrating because it often involves a complicated installation, what with running wires everywhere, and getting your cameras to synch with either a hub or your smart phone, which ideally isn’t supposed to hard but – let’s face it – is a major pain, especially if you haven’t done it before. In fact, this whole process can be such a turn off for non-technically inclined people that some might even forgo even buying such a security system, which is a shame and also can result in tragedy.
Three Factors to Consider with Security Camera Systems: Ease of Installation, Quality, and Price
Plug and play systems were invented in order to reduce certain barriers to entry for people concerned with the security of their home or business, and who want to acquire a system such as those we’ll be mentioning today. On top of that, full fledged security camera systems can be expensive, and so finding a system that is both high quality and not going to make you cry as you swipe your credit card is a great thing – once you identify them.
In the case of the plug and play security cameras we’ll be reviewing here, these are cameras which you can just unbox and then set up right away with minimal effort. Configuration is not a headache with these cameras, which is why they’re the best plug and play cameras you can get. They are also affordable, which is something many of us look for in general when purchasing just about anything, but especially home security equipment, which can be priced sky high.
We have chosen our five favourites that qualify as excellent quality systems that are both plug and play and affordable.
We’ll start with the Reolink RLK4-210WB, which basically nails exactly the things we mentioned off the top. This 4 camera system is well built, but the people at Reolink are aware that not everyone is going to be able to afford a security camera system for their home or business, so they’ve actually made theirs quite affordable. The fact that it’s plug and play makes the deal even better.
Advertised by Reolink as the “first and easiest wireless security system ever”, this product has been around for a while and has a good reputation among similar products. It is specifically aimed at those who are buying their first home security camera system. There’s no wires, and no complex configurations to deal with, so it is perfect for newbies. People who have purchased this product talk about how easy it is to set up, and this is one of its biggest selling features.
Offering 4 bullet style weatherproof cameras, the Reolink RLK4-210 offers continuous recording and captures images in 1080p, making it an HD security camera system as well. The hard drive is 1TB, allowing all four cameras to record 24/7. This system also offers night vision, and it’s easy to tap into the live feed via iPhone or Android device at a moment’s notice.
LaView Bullet Camera
With the LaView Bullet Camera, you get 1080P IP 2MP High-Resolution cristal clear image, day and night. The excellent night vision allows you to see up to 100 feet. This camera comes from the well-known security camera system brand LaView which is known for its well-built, high-quality cameras which come at an affordable price.
Being PoE, and plug and play camera means you’ll install it quickly without any fuss. So, it’s a great option if you don’t have a lot of experiencing in installing security cameras. Some of its great features involve playback and live feed in high definition, weatherproof, motion detection that alerts you to any movement via e-mail notifications, remote viewing 24/7, smart search, and wide angle lens.
LaView Bullet Camera is worth your money. You can use it outside and inside your home, day and night. However, you should know that you get only a single security camera and not an entire security system. Still, it easily works with your existing NVR. There are few minor complaints among the users, but they are mostly about the lack of information in the documentation that comes with the LaView Bullet Camera.
Read our full review of the LaView Bullet Camera
Here we have another model of Reolink camera, this time the 410WS, which is a classic white wireless bullet camera which is weatherproof and obviously is perfect for outdoor use. Rain or shine, the Reolink 410WS will be there for you. At just over a pound, it is of sturdy construction and you can certainly tell it isn’t cheaply made. The camera has night vision abilities, and the one thing we like about it is the clarity of the recorded image in the daytime. Very clear, at 4 megapixels. It also has a 16 GB micro SD card.
This is a camera, like the others mentioned previously, which is designed for those who really don’t have the time to fiddle around with setting up an overly elaborate camera system. This one is plug and play, and perfect for those who have never had a security camera system before because it works out of the box with your mobile phone. It takes very little time to hook up, even if you’ve never done it before. This is why most people know it and love it.
When you purchase a Reolink RLC-410WS, you get everything you need in the box – a power adapter, an extension cable, a network cable, two antennas, all the appropriate anchors such as screws and an allen wrench, the manual, mounting hole template, and a small quick start guide. This is partly what makes this a plug and play system. With these tools, you can get the “plug” part out of the way and get to the recording of footage for your home or business.
Here we have a security camera system from one of the world’s leading brands when it comes to surveillance DVR kits – Amcrest. The combination of high quality and ease of set up is why Amcrest has made our list.
The Amcrest 960H comes with 4 heavy-duty metal cameras perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. You can set three of them guarding your home’s interior and one outside, or vice versa, or two apiece. If you are strategic, you can easily make use of 4 cameras, by choosing the 4 most vulnerable locations. In any case, you save some money by opting for four over 8 or 16 that come with some systems.
This Amcrest camera system has HD widescreen viewing thanks to the 960 H video security standard, using latest image sensors which allow 34 percent higher resolution than 704 x 480 – the resolution image of the traditional CCTV systems.
The day image is crisp clear and all the cameras have a 3.6 mm lens and 75-degree angle. Thanks to the 24 high-intensity IR LED lights, the cameras provide a clear image at night at distances up to 65 feet. What’s more, the high quality night vision automatically turns on during low light conditions, so you won’t miss a thing.
These Amcrest cameras have a high rating of IP66, which means they can endure under severe weather conditions, like heavy rain, wind, and snow.
This security system has many helpful options, such as motion detection and activating specific areas of the camera’s grid, scheduling with customizable triggers, and setting a parameter zone. Also, you can live-view your home through your iOS or Android mobile phone, no matter where you are. And, you can turn the camera in the desired location, or zoom the suspected area remotely, as the app enables you to control the zoom and pan and tilt option.
You can continuously record up to 6 hours at 960 H (the maximum resolution). But, if you lower the resolution and use the motion detection settings, you can record for up to a month before you run out of storage.