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Reolink RLC-411WS Wireless Security Camera Review

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Reolink RLC-411WS Wireless Security Camera Closer Look: 

Reolink did a nice job with the software interface, which can be downloaded to your PC, Mac, Apple or Android phone. The setup is straightforward - plug in the Ethernet cable, scan the code sticker on the camera, connect to your WiFi, and you are on your way. It took less than half an hour from the time I opened the box to watching a live view on my phone. This is, of course, a good time to evaluate your home network and WiFi. When you add devices you want to make sure your router is up to the task.

 

 

 

The Device Settings are easily accessed from within the PC app and allow for control over the camera functions. Anything you need to set up or adjust can be found here. For example, you set up the area for motion detection and then you adjust the sensitivity, and finally the schedule for when the motion detection is active. It takes a little trial and error when you are setting up the motion detection, and it helps to have another person to test the setup. If you use multiple cameras, each one will be set up and controlled independently. The installation is simple and really the hardest part is making sure you have access to an electrical outlet. The included 60 foot extension for the power supply really helps out.

As far as signal strength goes, I tested the camera around my property and I was able to get a fair signal at 120 feet at 5GHz and a good signal when I switched to 2.4GHz. And this is going through the aluminum siding on my house. Keep in mind that your home construction and home network (WiFi) capabilities will factor into the quality of your signal.

 

Motion detection set up involves defining the areas of the camera view that you want to be sensitive to motion. You can select as much (the entire screen) or as little as you like. The little white squares are the areas that I have selected. Then you can adjust the sensitivity and set the times of day that the sensitivity settings are active. This will take some time to get adjusted, so, like I said, it is helpful to have another person around to test your settings. And as seasons change you may need to make a few adjustments.

 

 

The mechanical zoom is amazing - the picture on the left is fully zoomed out, and the picture on the right fully zoomed in. This gives you an idea of what sort of range to expect with the zoom feature. Now I can see who is in my driveway, or walking up to the door.  If there is a package delivered,  I will know it.

 

 

And finally, here is a shot of the night vision.  The specs show it is good for 100 feet and I would say that is a realistic number.  Things are clear and easy to make out when the IR LEDs are active. I also had to play with the motion detection sensitivity since things like car headlights will trigger an alarm. Even insects flying around at night can trigger an alarm, so as with the daytime setup, you may need to make a few adjustments to the sensitivity to ensure that the camera will capture the events that you want and ignore the others.




  1. Reolink RLC-411WS Wireless Security Camera: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Reolink RLC-411WS Wireless Security Camera Closer Look: Setup & Software
  3. Reolink RLC-411WS Wireless Security Camera: Specifications & Features
  4. Reolink RLC-411WS Wireless Security Camera: Conclusion
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