The devices on this page have worked well for us, and we would recommend them to anyone looking to put together a camera system.
Camect can also automatically configure many other cameras, and with manual setup, Camect can use any camera that has a local video stream url.
These cameras can connect using a network cable or wifi. However, they only support only 2.4 GHz wifi (i.e. they don’t support 5 GHz wifi networks).
When installing outdoor cameras, you’ll need to figure out how to get both power and network connectivity to each one.
If you will be running cables to your outdoor cameras, you should probably run POE (“power over ethernet”) cables, as a single cable will carry both power and network to your camera. If you already have power at your camera location, a wifi camera will work as long as you also have a good wifi signal and a good wifi router that can handle all of your video traffic.
The outdoor wifi models below can all be connected to a wired network. We recommend that you first plug the camera into the wired network, set the wifi credentials via your Camect Home recorder, and then unplug the network and let the camera connect to wifi.
Some of our recommendations have resolutions higher than 1080p because we appreciate the additional detail available when looking at objects far away. All of these cameras can be configured to run at 1080p if you aren’t monitoring objects that are far away, or you want to save on disk space. (1080p resolution – aka “2M” – is 1920×1080, 3M is 2048×1536, and 4M is 2560×1440.)
These cameras happen to be bullet style cameras. Over time a bullet camera is a little more likely to move than a turret style camera (such as the Dahua HDW5231R-ZE mentioned below) whose weight is more evenly distributed relative to the mount. In our experience, camera movement has not turned out to be a problem requiring more than one adjustment every year or so.
Hikvision and Dahua Cameras, with Caveats:
Hikvision and Dahua are the two largest camera manufacturers in the world and many of the brands available in the US are relabeled cameras made by one of them. The Amcrest cameras that we recommend are actually made by Dahua. Home security enthusiasts often buy Dahua or Hikvision cameras directly though, as these manufacturers have an extensive product lineup that is not completely covered by relabeled alternatives, e.g. the excellent Dahua HDW5231R-ZE, which has really good night vision without using IR LEDs.
Most Hikvision and Dahua cameras work well with Camect. However, because these cameras are shipped with a static IP address, you will need to connect the cameras to your network one by one, giving Camect Home a chance to detect and configure each one before connecting the next one.
Neither brand sells directly to consumers in the US. You can buy their cameras on Aliexpress, on Amazon from third-party sellers, or find resellers using Google. Be aware that the manufacturer may not honor the warranty on products you buy like this, but the cameras are of high quality. We have yet to need to return one.
You should also be aware that some people worry that the Chinese government has a strong influence on Hikvision. In some applications it may not be appropriate to trust their software on your network.
If you’re putting together a POE network, you’ll need a POE switch to connect to the other end of the POE cables that run to your cameras. A POE switch is like a regular network switch, except that it puts out both power and network connectivity over the POE ports (which run to your cameras). Use one of the regular ports to connect the POE switch to the rest of your home network. It costs about $45 on Amazon.
- Read detailed reviews of these and other IP camera choices at VueVille. (This site is not affiliated with Camect.)
- Interested in some other model of IP camera?
- Remember that the camera must have the ability to provide a local RTSP video stream in order to be used with Camect.
- Contact us if you need help determining whether or not a particular camera is likely to work.