If you can’t be physically present to keep an eye on your home, office or vacation property, the next best thing is a state-of-the-art wifi camera, such as the TP Link Tapo C100 or C200 Wi-Fi cameras that can stream real-time video to the device of your choice which includes voice communication.
Unlike typical security cameras, network cameras, Cloud Cameras, or Wi-Fi Cameras don’t require a closed circuit TV system and special cabling to work. Instead, they connect to your home’s existing network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, just like a laptop or tablet. Once connected, they stream live video you can access from any connected computer. The most flexible systems even let you view feeds through a web browser, smartphone or tablet; great for on-the-go viewing.
Wi-Fi cameras are the perfect solution for homeowners, business owners, pet owners, parents and anyone with something to watch.
The average home user needs reliable monitoring that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, whereas a business owner might be interested in greater functionality and integration with existing security systems. Network cameras fall into two classes corresponding to these types of users.
Entry Level WiFi Cameras
- Wireless capability and compact size for flexibility of placement
- Low cost so you can purchase enough cameras to cover multiple areas
- Ability to check camera feeds from any web browser, iPhone, Android, Windows device or tablet
Entry level cameras are generally smaller, very affordable and perfect as a wifi camera system for your home. Designed to be easy to set up and easy to use, they connect to a wireless home network at the push of a button. Key features include:
Professional Level Wifi Camera
These cameras are more expensive than entry-level cameras. However, the added investment pays off in upgraded features that make it possible to integrate your cameras with dedicated alarm and sensor systems. Key features include:
- Designed for permanent installation, with durable, rugged housing
- Wired or wireless connectivity
- Outputs for alarm and access control systems
WiFi Camera Key Features
Not all cameras work the same way or offer the same capabilities. In this section, we’ll look at the most important features and what they mean to you.
WiFi Camera with Web Access
Some cameras require software to access a camera’s output and only computers that have this software installed can view the feed. Other cameras, like the TP-Link Wi-Fi Cameras, offer more flexibility and are viewable using a web browser so you can check your cameras locally or remotely from any connected computer.
Wireless cameras give you the flexibility to keep an eye on areas that would be too hard to reach with a wired model. Setup simply involves connecting it to your existing home network just like you would a laptop or tablet.
For truly mobile viewing, you need a camera that allows you to see a live feed from your smartphone or tablet. TP Link’s mobile interface is a free app called Tapo and is available for iPhone, Android and Windows devices. The app works with all TP link-enabled cameras and is completely free to use. With Tapo, you can view your home or office and keep an eye on your kids, pets and possessions from anywhere with a Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, LTE or 5G connection.
If you choose to record footage only when motion is detected, you’ll save space and know exactly what footage you need to view. If you plan to record footage, select a camera that makes it easy to set motion triggers as well as specify recording schedules so you can record exactly what you want directly to a local microSD card
For more indepth information about the wifi cameras we sell (Tapo C100 and Tapo C200), check out the official TP Link page.