Not everyone uses the Internet, believe it or not. According to the Pew Research Center, ten percent of Americans did not use the Internet in 2019. However, whether or not your home has WiFi, you can select a security camera that will operate.

WiFi-Connected Cameras (Digital or IP Cameras): Most security cameras these days are WiFi-connected, which means they have an app that allows us to Livestream footage, receive motion, or person-activated notifications, and manage our camera remotely. This transformed our home surveillance from local to remote, allowing us to observe what was going on at home from anywhere globally with access to WiFi. We recommend having a smart security camera connected to the Internet for the most thorough monitoring.

Cameras That Don’t Require WiFi (Analog): Even if you don’t have access to the Internet, you can still use cameras. While we couldn’t broadcast footage because most record straight to a micro-SD card or hard drive, we could watch what happened afterward by downloading the local storage to a device like our PC. Reolink is recognized for its security cameras that don’t require WiFi; see our Reolink GO camera review for more information.

What To Look For In A Security Camera

After you’ve decided on the sort of camera you want, look through the features and ask yourself the following questions:

Does the camera need to be connected to the Internet? Is it compatible with a 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz network? Most cameras now only function on a 2.4 GHz network, while 5 GHz networks are becoming more widespread; the United States has constructed 30,000 5G infrastructure sites since 2015, or 4.7 locations per 10,000 inhabitants. 4 The city of Rome was not created in a day!
Power: Is your camera wired or wireless? What is the battery life if it’s wireless? Is the battery rechargeable, or can it be replaced? Is a solar panel for an outside camera available?


If you’re going to use your camera outside, consider the temperature range as well as the IP certification. If you reside in a climate like New York, where temperatures fluctuate from 0 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, check sure your camera is compatible with that range. The IP rating5 of a camera describes its resistance to solids and liquids in a two-digit number; the first digit relates to solids, while the second digit refers to liquids. For example, an outdoor camera with an IP rating of 65, standard for outdoor cameras, would be dust-tight and able to survive low-pressure water jets, suitable for heavier rain and snowstorms.