So you want to put up security cameras in areas with no WiFi or Internet?
The cellular security cameras can be your handy solution that don’t require Internet and electric source.
In this quick article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about 3G/4G/5G cellular security cameras and help you gain an insightful idea of mobile security cameras.
What Are Cellular Security Cameras
Instead of using a dedicated Internet connection, a cellular surveillance camera transmits video signals over a mobile network, making it the ideal security solution for locations without Internet and power source.
And the cellular security cameras work in a way similar to your cell phone: a cellular module is installed in the main control panel and it can send signals wirelessly to the monitoring stations.
Since the cellular based security cameras needs to run on the 3G/4G/5G network, they are also often referred to as 3G/4G LTE/5G mobile security cameras.
Note that, in order to transmit videos, a cellular data plan is required for a 3G/4G/5G security camera with sim card. And there are some common carriers offering such service for the battery/solar powered cellular security cameras, like Celcom, Maxis, U-Mobile, etc.
Where Can You Install a Cellular Security Camera
So is there any limitation for you to install a WiFi and cellular battery powered security camera?
To put it simply, as long as there is cellular service in your place (you can make phone calls and send texts), you should have no problem putting up a cellular security system with cameras.
And as the 3G/4G/5G mobile security cameras can work with no Internet, they are especially ideal for the areas where a strong Wi-Fi signal or hardwired Ethernet and an electrical power source are not available.
To sum up, the remote cellular security cameras are perfect for:
- Construction sites
- Barn, farms & ranches
- Boats, docks & marina
- Vacation home, cabins & sheds
- RVs, campsites & food carts
- Wildlife studies
- Hotels & Airbnb rooms
Pros and Cons of Cellular Security Cameras
Nothing is perfect with no flaws.
And so is the case with cellular home security cameras.
Here are the pros and cons of cellular surveillance camera systems for you to have an objective and all-sided perception of them.
Since most cellular security cameras are powered by batteries and part of them are solar powered cellular security cameras, no electrical outlet is required.
And neither is the WiFi network needed for the cellular surveillance video cameras.
So you can basically place the 3G/4G LTE/5G security cameras anywhere you want to check in, then you can access the outdoor wire-free battery cellular cameras from your smart phone.
And when your security needs change, you can easily take down your cellular home security systems and reposition the battery/solar powered cellular security cameras to a new site without Internet.
One of the Reolink Go user Jens, installed this wire-free cellular surveillance camera for his barn in a breeze (as shown below) – no messy cablings or drilling holes.
Safer and Securer
Compared with the security cameras relying on Internet to transfer data, security cameras that use cellular signals are much safer and it is hard for the intruders to hack a cellular security system.
But don’t get me wrong – there are also some secure point-to-point (P2P) wireless camera systems.
For example, Reolink has the highest level of security protection for its surveillance cameras, including SL encryption, WPA2-AES encryption and SSL-TLS enabled to prevent exposure of users’ privacy.
Besides, in case of an unexpected power failure, the battery/solar powered cellular enabled security cameras and systems are still good to work.
Similar to the wire-free security cameras, 3G/4G LTE/5G cellular security cameras can be set up by yourself within a few minutes.
Simply power your indoor/outdoor cellular security cameras and insert a sim card into the camera.
After you download the camera seller’s customized App on your phone, you can easily access the wireless cellular security cameras to figure out what’s happening out there.
Remote Viewing from Anywhere
Traditional wireless home surveillance systems without Internet will upset you if you want to watch live viewing videos remotely.
But cellular security systems won’t!
As just noted above, the security cameras with cell service can allow you to stream live feed anywhere on your phone, even with no WiFi and power source.
Price of Cellular Home Security Systems Could Be High
The WiFi and battery powered cellular security camera cost is certainly one of your TOP concerns.
And here is the reality you have to face: the cellular security video cameras are relatively more expensive than the other types of camera models.
Not only is the cellular camera alone expensive due to the advanced technology, you also need to spend some money on the data plan for the cellular surveillance cameras.
The specific mobile data plan cost of cellular security systems will vary with different carriers and the data sizes you choose (from 1GB to above).
Note that live streaming and manual recordings can increase the data consumption, meaning you may need to pay more money for the data service of a 3G/4G/5G mobile security camera.
Key Takeaway: Though the price of 3g/4g LTE cellular security cameras is a bit high, you can also find some best and affordable options, like the battery & solar powered cellular security camera Reolink Go.
And if you feel that the cellular surveillance cameras are not affordable, check out these cheap and high quality security cameras as your alternatives.