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Reolink RLC-411WS Wireless Security Camera Review

Price: $129.99

Reolink RLC-411WS Wireless Security Camera Introduction:

We have something a little different today - a bit of a departure from the usual computer case or CPU cooler that I often review. Let me start by saying that I have been kicking around the idea of a security camera for a while and finally dug into doing the research. While I haven't had any security issues, I will admit that some of the recent attention that porch pirates have been getting in the news (thanks to the proliferation of affordable security cameras), it has made me aware of the utility and peace of mind that a security camea can offer. And with all the smartphone apps that go along with practically every electronic device out there now, well, why not? And being a gadgety-tech sort of person, I welcome the opportunity to add something new to my gadget inventory.

So, with all that said, today we will look at the Reolink RLC-411WS wireless bullet security IP camera that sports features such as 4MP (1440p) super HD, built-in 16GB SD card, dual-band WiFi, and 4X optical zoom.

There are plenty of cameras out there, and it can be a little overwhelming to go through them all. I made a list of the "must have" features and started to narrow the camera manufacturers and models down to a handful, and finally the one that stood out. My list included:

  • Affordability (something less than $150)
  • WiFi option (2.4 and 5 GHz)
  • Ethernet capable (in case future use was out of WiFi range)
  • Powered (no batteries)
  • High resolution (the higher, the better)
  • Mechanical zoom (nice to have, but not a deal-breaker)
  • No cloud storage fees (big deal to me)
  • Onboard memory (so I don't have to keep a server running)
  • Easy-to-use smartphone app
  • Infrared night vision
  • Range of similar products from the manufacturer (in case I want to add more cameras)

There are, of course, several cameras that, for the most part, met my requirements. But the RLC-411WS seemed to consistently hit the mark the more I researched it and compared it (on paper) to the others, so that is the one I chose. I spent a couple of months getting familiar with the camera and how it functioned under various conditions, and now we can go through my experience.


Reolink RLC-411WS Wireless Security Camera Closer Look:

The box is rather unassuming and not flashy at all. No wild graphics or glossy images. No flaming skulls or dragons. Just plain and simple. And that is just fine, because I am concerned with what is inside the box, not what is on the outside. I anxiously opened the box and some of the goodies, like the included Ethernet and power cables, are stored on top along with the two detachable antennas. Time to get everything out of the box.



And here are all the goodies laid out so you can see what is included. There is an Ethernet cable and power adapter, and along with the power adapter is a roughly 60 foot extension cord so you don't have to mount the camera close to an outlet. Then there are some wall anchors, a drill template, security sticker, support and manual mini CD, and a Quick Start Guide booklet. You don't see the antennas here because I have already attached them to the camera, which you will see in the next pictures. On the right is a picuture of what Reolink includes, so you can do a quick check to make sure everything is there.



The overall length of the camera, including the base, is 250mm (just under 10 inches). The black cylindrical camera body is set inside a white aluminum outer housing with the company logo marked on the sides. The base swivels and allows for almost infinite mounting positions. The antennas also pivot to allow for adjustment to get the best signal. There is a small foam gasket attached to the base. The camera comes with a 16GB micro SD card installed internally, and you don't really have access to it without opening the camera up (which I do not recommend). And from my experience, the included card works just fine and I don't really see any need for a larger card.



The 36 IR LEDs are prominently visible on the front face of the camera, with the camera aperture in the center. When it is dark, the IR LEDs flood the area with infrared light. This light has longer wavelengths than visible light, so we can't see it, but the camera can! At the bottom is a small daylight sensor. And on the right are the three cables coming out of the camera. First there is an Ethernet (network) plug on the left, then the power connector in the center, and finally a small reset button. You only need to use the Ethernet port when you first set up the camera. If you use the WiFi, then the Ethernet port just goes along for the ride, but it is nice to have the option to use the Ethernet connection.



Here is a quick video review of the RLC-411WS wireless bullet security IP camera - check it out and come back for the rest of the review.

  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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