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Reolink Review

An HD home security camera that’s both simple and affordable

Last Updated On: April 17, 2019
SecureScore™: 6.7 /10
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6.7 SecureScore™
Customer Service
6.2
Value
7.3
Equipment
6.9
Features & Technology
6.3
Ease Of Use
7.0

Reolink Security Camera Ratings

Simple and affordable, with superb customer service. That’s the Reolink promise. Although limited in features, Reolink’s ever-popular Argus 2 camera offers one-step installation, HD resolution, night vision, and no contracts or monthly costs. Outside of the Argus line, Reolink puts out enough products and accessories to make your head spin. So long as you’re not easily overwhelmed, we think you’ll like the value of Reolink. See what our experts say in our Reolink review.

PROS
  • Full wireless capability, inside and outside
  • Battery- and solar-powered cameras
  • Full HD resolution
  • Flexible, easy installation
  • Expansive suite of products and accessories
  • No contracts

CONS
  • Motion detection may be oversensitive, depending on placement
  • No integration with other smart devices for battery-operated cameras
  • Limited feature set in most models

Overview

A popular entry in the wireless security camera market, Reolink’s flagship Argus 2 camera leads a suite of security products designed for both indoor and outdoor usage in homes and offices. A wildly simple installation process will have your home protected in no time, and relatively low prices mean you won’t break the bank, either.

For eco-minded users, Reolink’s home security cameras also can be powered with available solar panels to cut down on recharging and eliminate overuse of batteries.

The star of the show for Reolink is the Argus 2 camera, which improved upon its predecessor in several ways, including upgrading to a rechargeable battery. What hasn’t changed since the original Argus is a relatively limited but high-powered set of features, such as full weatherproofing, 1080p resolution, 30+ feet of night vision and a 130-degree field of view.

And expected in 2019 is a new addition to the wireless family — Reolink Go, a 100% wire-free, solar-powered home security camera that won’t need to connect to your Wi-Fi because it runs on 4G LTE and 3G mobile networks. The Reolink Go will carry most of the features of the Argus 2, like the impressive night vision, but its viewing angle will be slightly less — 110 degrees. Plus, Reolink is currently beta-testing a brand-new cloud service that will enable subscribers to remotely store footage instead of relying only on micro SD cards.

For those who don’t mind a few wires here and there, Reolink also offers a bevy of more traditional Wi-Fi and Power-over-Ethernet cameras.

Features and Technology

Weatherproof

Allowing for installation both inside and outside, Reolink’s cameras are tough, carrying weatherproofing ratings from IP65 to IP66.

Audio

Wire-free camera users can talk and listen through their cameras, and some Wi-Fi and Power-over-Ethernet camera users can record sound.

Night Vision

Go and Argus 2 models feature starlight night vision, while Argus Pro users will see in infrared; Wi-Fi and PoE camera users will see in infrared.

Full HD

All cameras offer at least 1080p, with indoor, Wi-Fi and PoE cameras offering even better resolution.

Motion Detection & Alerts

Set up emails and push notifications to alert you to any possible crises.

4G or Wi-Fi Connection

Most cameras operate on Wi-Fi, but the soon-to-be released Reolink Go will operate on 4G LTE or 3G mobile networks.

Solar Power

All three fully wireless home cameras can operate on solar power.

Easy Installation & Setup

Argus 2 and Argus Pro have the option for one-step installation, while other cameras require minor installation of mounts, and setup is as easy as scanning a QR code.

Comprehensive Range of Products

From the fully wireless Go, Argus 2 and Argus Pro to C1 Pro and C2 Pro, indoor cameras that are coming soon, to a huge slate of Wi-Fi and PoE camera bundles and storage systems, Reolink has options for virtually any price range.

Cloud Storage (Coming Soon)

Reolink is expected to begin offering cloud storage plans for Reolink Go, Argus 2 and Argus 2 Pro soon; subscriptions will range from free (1GB of storage) to 50GB of storage for as little as $4.99 per month.

Remote Viewing and Control

All cameras and storage devices offer remote viewing and control for Android, iOS, Mac and Windows.

Ease of Use

Those who opt to cut all cords with the Reolink Argus 2, Argus Pro or Reolink Go will benefit from a seamless look and easy functionality via a user-friendly app that allows homeowners to toggle what notifications they wish to see and adjust the sensitivity of the camera’s motion detection.

For those who choose one of the broad slate of Wi-Fi or PoE camera options Reolink offers, managing your cameras is just as easy with app-based control, though initial installation may mean driving in a screw or two.

Customer Service

Though installation and setup are quite simple, in life, sometimes things go wrong. Reolink’s website features tutorials aimed at solving every problem you could encounter, making sure you spend less time sweating over whether things are working and more time feeling safe and secure in your home.

The truth is that the easy setup and operation, combined with the relatively limited feature set, particularly of the fully wireless set of cameras, means that you are unlikely to run into trouble, but if you do and you can’t find an answer among the FAQs, you can submit a request to the support team.

One crucial note here — because the cloud services haven’t been fully rolled out yet, it’s unclear the level of service to expect, but if Reolink’s current customer service is any indication, there’s little doubt you’ll be well-covered.

Value

Reolink’s popular Argus 2 wireless camera costs just $129.99 or $159.99 if you add in a solar panel. The Argus Pro is even cheaper at just $99.99, meaning you can easily outfit most homes with a suite of fully wireless cameras for under $500.

With no recurring monthly costs, unless you purchase a cloud storage plan when they become available, Reolink’s products provide tremendous value. They aren’t going to blow you away with cutting-edge features, but they more than get the job done, particularly considering the price point.

Even if you wish to step up to Wi-Fi or PoE camera systems, you can get a full suite that includes four cameras for under $500, which is not out of line even for homeowners, and for business owners, it’s a downright steal.

The battery-powered line (Argus 2, Argus Pro and Go) allows homeowners to ease in to camera ownership, as they’re all easy to install and operate and allow you to expand your fleet of cameras over time if you wish.

Equipment

Reolink offers a range of wireless, Wi-Fi and PoE cameras, bundles and devices starting under $75.

Reolink Argus 2 – $129.99

Comes with a single camera, rechargeable battery and mounting equipment. Add a solar panel for $30 so you don’t have to manually recharge the battery. This fully wireless, weatherproof (IP65-rated) camera is Wi-Fi connected, has a built-in PIR motion sensor and boasts an expansive 130-degree diagonal viewing angle. Plus, you’ll see crisp, clear images even at night with full 1080p HD video and starlight night vision.

Reolink Argus Pro – $99.99

The main differences between the Argus Pro and Argus 2 are the mounting options that come in the package as well as the night vision technology. While the Argus 2 features starlight night vision, the Pro’s night vision is infrared. You’ll get the same rechargeable/solar-capable battery, 1080p HD video and 130-degree diagonal view.

Reolink Go – $249.99

Once it’s released, Reolink’s Go could be a game-changer, as it won’t need to connect to Wi-Fi with built-in 4G LTE and 3G mobile network capability. This camera also will be completely wire-free, running on a rechargeable battery or connecting to a solar panel. With a viewing angle of 110 degrees and starlight night vision, you won’t miss a thing.

C1 Pro – $76.99

Designed for indoor use as a baby or pet monitor or for ensuring the safety of an elderly parent, the C1 pro comes in both black and white and once it’s released, it will start under $80. This Wi-Fi camera will offer 4MP resolution, pan and tilt and two-way audio, and its night vision will see up to 40 feet. With the same ease of setup and use as the Argus and Go lines, the C1 indoor cameras also allow remote viewing and control as well as motion detections and push alerts.

C2 Pro – $96.99

A close cousin to the C1 Pro, the C2 Pro offers higher resolution images at 5MP as well as a 3X optical zoom that you can’t find in the C1 Pro. With a slightly higher price and coming only in white, the C2 Pro is otherwise the same as the C1 Pro.

RLC-511W – $119.99

A Wi-Fi camera offering 5MP super-HD resolution, this camera also boasts a huge range of high-quality night vision, seeing up to 100 feet and carrying IP66 weatherproofing ratings. Though it has a 4X optical zoom and up to a 99-degree viewing angle, it’s still easy to install and offers the same remote viewing, control and alerts as all of Reolink’s other products.

RLC-410W – $69.99 (4MP)/$79.99 (5MP)

Coming in both 4MP and 5MP versions, the RLC-410W is largely the same as the RLC-511W, though neither version has an optical zoom, and the viewing angle for both is just 80 degrees. The night vision still reaches up to 100 feet, though, so its lower price point and built-in mic could make it a viable option.

RLC-422W – $119.99

A dome-style Wi-Fi camera, this device features super-HD resolution of 3072×1728 in addition to high-quality night vision, 4X optical zoom and a viewing angle up to 98 degrees. Its other specs are identical to the RLC-511W.

RLC-423 – $249.99

Leading the way in Reolink’s suite of Power-over-Ethernet cameras, the RLC-423 packs a punch. Offering top-of-the-line 3072×1728 image resolution and night vision up to 190 feet, this PTZ camera can see it all. Also IP66-rated, if offers 360-degree pan, 90-degree tilt and 4X optical zoom. With a viewing angle up to 98 degrees and an optional external mic, you’ll be totally covered, though all these features mean the camera lacks a local storage option, meaning it needs to be paired with external storage solutions.

RLC-420 – $59.99 (4MP)/$69.99(5MP)

Coming both 4MP and 5MP versions, this dome-style camera starts at under $60, making it a perfect entry-level PoE camera. Though it doesn’t have an optical zoom, you’ll still get high-quality night vision that reaches up to 100 feet, a built-in mic and a viewing angle up to 80 degrees.

RLC-410 – $59.99 (4MP)/$69.99(5MP)

This camera features specs identical to the RLC-420, but it’s in a bullet shape rather than a dome style.

RLC-511 – $109.99

With 5MP resolution, 100 feet of night vision, a 4X optical zoom and a viewing angle up to 99 degrees, this camera is a modestly priced PoE option.

RLC-422 – $109.99

A dome-style camera that’s yet to be released, the RLC-422 will boast a 4X optical zoom and a viewing angle up to 98 degrees. Its night vision will only extend up to 100 feet, but its other features are the same as the fullest-featured camera in this line, the RLC-423, with the exception that this camera has a microSD slot.

RLN16-410 – $329.99

This standalone NVR allows you to store your camera’s footage without cloud services. Boasting an impressive 3TB of storage and allowing you to expand even further with up to 8TB of external hard drives, this device will take inputs for up to 16 cameras running 24/7. You’ll still get remote viewing and control on Android and iOS devices and up to 5MP resolution.

RLN8-410 – $229.99

A soon-to-be-released cousin of the RLN16, this NVR device features the same functionality but with lower storage capacity. With an on-board 2TB hard drive, this device can be expanded to up to 8TB and takes inputs from up to eight cameras.

Camera & storage systems – $499.99-$879.99

With bundles that come with as many as eight cameras, these bundles give you powerful systems right out of the box. Plus, with easy-to-install cameras and recorders, you still won’t be spending too long getting everything up and running.

RLK8-410B4 – $459.99 or $499.99, comes with four RLC-410 PoE cameras (4MP or 5MP) and a 2TB NVR.

RLK16-410B8 – $799.99 or $879.99, comes with eight RLC-410 PoE cameras (4MP or 5MP) and a 3TB NVR.

RLK8-410B2D2 – $499.99, comes with two RLC-410 PoE and two RLC-420 PoE dome-style cameras and a 2TB NVR.

RLK8-420D4 – $499.99, comes with four RLC-420 PoE dome-style cameras and a 2TB NVR.

Accessories

  • Reolink Solar Panel – $29.99
  • Reolink Rechargable Battery – Argus 2 – $24.99
  • Reolink Argus Wall Mount (3-Pack) – $9.99
  • Reolink Argus 2 Skin Full Suit – $9.99
  • Reolink Argus Skin Full Suit – $12.99
  • 5m Reolink Solar Panel Extension Cable – $9.99
  • Bracket – 423 Series – $9.99
  • Bracket – 422 Series – $9.99
  • Bracket – C Series – $9.99
  • Ethernet Cable – $12.99 (18m), $16.99 (30m)
  • Power Extension Cable – $7.99 (4.5m), $12.99 (18m)
  • 3m USB cable – $6.99
  • Power Adapter 5V/2A – $12.99
  • Power Adapter 12V/2A – $12.99
  • Power Adapter 48V/2.5A – $35
  • Camera Antenna (2-Pack) – $9.99
  • NVR Antenna (2-Pack) – $9.99
  • USB Mouse – $12.99
  • HDMI Cable – $12.99
  • Waterproof Lid (for Ethernet cable) (2-Pack), $9.99

Summary

Though Reolink’s cameras don’t carry every single bell or whistle, their ease of installation and intuitive functionality, combined with the features you really need, make these cameras and devices more than worthy of consideration. Particularly for those who need a 100% wireless setup, Reolink’s Argus 2, Argus Pro and upcoming Go simply can’t be beat at these price points. And once Reolink’s affordable cloud services are fully rolled out, the seamlessness and convenience will be second to none.

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Comments

  1. Gary A. Clements says:

    Reolink cameras are about the same quality as other cameras on market. Their customer service is lacking a lot. They care more about the $$$ then they do about their costumers. I don’t think.i will do business.with them anymore.

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