Best Video Surveillance Multiplexers & Quads in 2020



25fps Wireless Rechargeable Battery-Powered Solar Security Camera for Home Outdoor/Indoor, Ctronics WiFi Security Camera System with 1080P HDR, PIR Motion Detection, Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, IP66 Review:


I was really interested in some sort of camera that didn't need to be plugged in all the time, skeptical to say the least but pleasantly surprised with this camera. I am going to break this review down into 3 sections, Basics, Advanced and Cons. Our usage of this camera was pretty specific which we really needed a camera for our camping trailer while it was parked at our house, needed alarms on movement and remote viewing capabilities and I that I didn't want to always have to connect and disconnect it every time we took it on the road.

First, the basics, When I got this camera, I was a little worried. There are a lot of products out there that claim everything and deliver nothing. This camera didn't have much in the description or features so I took the chance and purchased it. For the average user this camera is amazing, I have about 8 cameras ranging in different technologies and I can HONESTLY say this camera was the easiest camera I have ever setup, After installing the CloudEdge App, I turned on the camera and was viewing and listening in less than a minute. The settings are straight forward and the instructions are really good, picture is pretty darn good especially with the advertised 1080P (More about this in the advanced section.) After setup, I have been able to view the camera on my house WIFI as well as remotely without any technical knowledge, it just worked. If you are looking for a wireless camera, built in battery and solar capabilities this will work for you, all the mounting hardware is even included.

There are 3 ways to look at images / video. 1st, from your phone using the CloudEdge App, which is surprisingly easy, quick and I can confirm is pretty clean (more in advanced review.) 2nd, the SD Card (SD Card was not included, which to me is better then most who give you a tiny card that isn't very useful anyway.) The images are all in JPG and video is in MPEG format so it can be used in just about any phone or computer. or 3rd, Cloud service which I personally I haven’t tried yet but from the looks of it, very straight forward, $3/mo or $30/yr. All 3 methods work with phone alerts and to be honest work better than our security system doorbell.

Now for the advanced part, In today's day and age, there is a lot of concern about Privacy, Quality, and Value. Rightfully so, and what I can say about this camera is that it seems to be in a sweet spot. Starting with Quality, the camera itself feels very well built, its solid, heavy and on its first trip, attached to our camping trailer, took a beating without any issues (I would not recommend this as cameras and off-roading usually don't mix, but we wanted to try and give it a bit of abuse.) The buttons are well recessed so accidental button presses are going to be rare. As for the image quality, I have attached a few images, day and night it does really well. There is a difference between quality and size, and the advertised 1080P is perfect for what you get. I can easily tell faces, animals and even some far tree details. I have no complaints at all, and it is somewhat addicting being able to just move this camera around whenever and wherever you want.

Now for the really advanced parts starting with security. Most wireless (not cordless) cameras I have tested use super simple, easily hackable software, tracing out the information from this camera everything is secured using good encryption, your account does exist on the vendors website but once connected, you view data directly from your camera which means that your images / video is NOT being sent all over the place, this is VERY good and while I can't promise you that the camera isn't unhackable, you just need to have yours be better then somebody else’s and this one passes the security / encryption test in my mind. Switching networks requires a reset of the camera which is easy but also makes it secure so that if somebody steals it, they can't get your login information, this is also very good. Looking at the network traffic of this camera, it does seem to throttle back if there is network congestion, so even if your network is used up, it still works and just drops frames so you know it will always work and in the off chance somebody is performing a network DDOS, this camera can take it.

Lastly, the cons. This camera does seem to have ONVIF disabled with no way of enabling it, and the same (So far that I have found) about web viewing. This means that this camera probably won't work with 3rd party video surveillance software such as Milestone, Xprotect, ITTT, etc. which I imagine that most people buying a camera at this price point should already know and not expect professional / commercial grade software. The software and capabilities more than make up for this and while its a con to some most people won't even care or notice. The last thing I can say for the short list of Cons is about 5Ghz wireless connectivity, or the lack there-of. I do wish it was supported, but as long as you know this and you have a 2.4Ghz capable access point (most people have both these days) you won't have any issues and the fact that the bandwidth is so low, using 2.4Ghz really is better for cameras due to the longer range and reliability, I just hope that future models will have both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.

Overall I am impressed, I have spent way more for so much less. Easy, Fast, Great Quality, Versatile, Secure and affordable. While I don't know how many people are in need of a truly cordless camera but I can say that the more I have used it the more I have realized that I need more of them in my life! Well done.



25fps 1080P Wireless Rechargeable Battery Powered Security Camera, Ctronics Outdoor/Indoor WiFi Security Camera System with HDR, PIR Motion Detection, Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, IP66 for Home Pet Baby Review:


This is a great little camera that is similar to the Netgear Arlo. There are many things that are great about it, but there are some things that the camera does not do, so it all depends on your needs.

What this camera has going for it:
- Setup: Very easy! It came fully charged, so all I needed to do was download the app, face the camera to the QR code to scan it, and it was added to my app. I took all of a few seconds!
- Image Quality: Good day and night modes and image clarity. Just make sure you switch it to HD, because it defaults to SD (standard definition).
- Body Detection: Say what?! One of the many annoying things about the Arlo or any other security camera, is that it uses motion detection to ping you whenever something moves across the view of the camera, even if it's just shadows. The Ctronics camera has body detection, so it can minimize those false notifications.
- Intercom: You can converse with the person you are seeing on camera. The speaker is actually very clear compared to what I have heard on other setups.
- History: Viewing saved footage is a breeze too. At first I was trying to use the timeline to scroll left and right, but it was not that easy to pinpoint moments in the day when recordings occurred. Click on the Alarm button on the bottom, and you can click on each instance/time the camera was triggered to record making it much easier.
- App: The app is very easy to use with a great UI. I've tried others that are a little more clunky, but this one is very user-friendly.

Here are some features the camera does not have though, in case you are looking for specific things:
- Pan/Tilt/Zoom: I think you can pinch into the picture, and the quality is still not bad, but I don't think the camera does any actual zooming. With that said, the angle of coverage is very good.
- Free Cloud Recording: You get a 7 day trial of cloud recording, but after that you have to pay $2,99/month or $30/year. It's pretty reasonable, but I still would prefer a little bit of cloud storage for free.
- Local Memory: You will need to purchase a micro SD card for the camera, otherwise it will not be able to save any of the footage.



Toughsty™ 4Ch Mini Color Video Quad Splitter Multiplexer Processor Switcher for CCTV Security Camera Review:


It has RCA inputs which I suspected from the photo so make sure you have BNC to RCA male adapters. I plugged in one of the cctv camera power supply ends into this and it works. It comes with a pigtail end with bare wires on one end - for you to wire into a power supply I suppose. Images seem okay - I took out cameras from my dvr plugged them into this then plugged the output back into the dvr - I have an 8 channel dvr and want to plug in 2 more cameras without buying a new dvr :-) Display also seems to be real time.

It also runs a bit hot - added an extra camera today and noticed that it was hot, despite resting on a cake cooling rack about two inches off the table. I use cake cooling racks resting on something to help keep the dvr and this quad processor cool since I live in the tropics and don't have central a/c.



TP-Link Kasa Spot Indoor Camera, 1080P HD Smart wifi Security Camera with Night Vision, Motion Detection, Remote Monitor, Works with Google Assistant and Alexa (KC100) Review:


I already have a couple of Kasa plugs, and this integrated seamlessly into the app with the other products. I'm not paying for a monthly subscription, but I have an alert set up and you can view the videos and download them. I forget how long the videos are kept with the free subscription. The video is crisp and clear and the sound quality is good.

The only negative I encountered during my first week of use is that the camera is, at times, sensitive to changes in room lighting. On one mostly cloudy day, when we also left our blinds open, we were alerted every few minutes for several hours. When I watched the video clips, however, all I saw was the window getting brighter and darker with changes in the sun.

Now, personally, for the price and how well the camera performs otherwise, this isn't a big issue for me. And, in about 8 days, it only happened the one day, when we also left the blinds open, so the changes in lighting were more dramatic than on previous days.

Overall, very pleased and I considered it a fantastic value!



Kasa Cam Outdoor by TP-Link - 1080p HD, Built-in Siren, Stream Anywhere, Works with Alexa Echo and Google Assistant (KC200) - White, Black Review:


When I purchased this camera I expected to have to wall mount it, but was delighted to discover it can be ceiling mounted under an eave, which trivialized my installation since an eave is much easier to deal with than a wall. All I had to do was drill a hole in the eave for the cable (which is about 8' long), mount the bracket, thread the cable through the hole and stick the camera into its bracket (where it is held securely by a very clever magnetic ring, a superior design that makes it really easy to make small adjustments to the camera view). To finish my install I simply connected the cable and its supply to an extension cord from the light socket in my attic and was good to go (I spent more time verifying the camera worked than in installing it). Since I did a ceiling mount, the camera was upside down, but the Kasa app has a setting to turn the image upside down, which corrects for that. Resolution is excellent, night vision is surprisingly good (much better than both my Ring doorbell and a couple of older Samsung cameras I have indoors), and lag is less than my previous experience with wireless cameras (I would guess about a second). Response is a function of bandwidth, so you have to take that into consideration in selecting where to install this or any other wireless camera. As an outdoor camera, it should be able to easily handle the indirect weather under my eave, but I can't say how well it would do in a more exposed location.

The Kasa app is designed for use with smart phones and simply adds the camera to whatever other TP-Link Kasa devices you already have. With the app you can set up to 4 motion detection inclusion zones by dragging the corners of a quadrilateral to set each one. That allowed me to block off the curved street in front of my house to keep passing vehicles from triggering alerts. The alert screen (bell icon) on the Kasa app gives you access to the most recent 2Gb of recorded video triggered by alerts (you set alert sensitivity according to time persistence of movement). You can run the Kasa app on a PC if you install one of the Android simulator apps on your machine (I went with BlueStacks 4), which brings up the look and feel of your smart phone on your PC display. When the camera goes live, you get a widget in the lower right corner that allows you to switch from portrait to landscape, taking the image to full screen, which sure beats the heck out of using a smart phone to catch details. The camera has audio and a "siren", which are perhaps nice to have, but which I don't anticipate using (although if I spotted a perp I would certainly fire them up). I verified those features work, although the siren is not one that would wake the neighborhood, and the audio quality is about what you would expect from a wireless device. The audio pickup is quite good, maybe even too sensitive since I can hear leaves rustling.



DophiGo 1080P HD Dome 360° Wireless WiFi Baby Monitor Safety Home Security Surveillance IP Cloud Cam Night Vision Camera for Baby Pet Android iOS apps Review:


First, let me say that this camera offers some very nice features for such a budget price. This two-pack was only $60, which I consider pretty cheap for cameras that pan and tilt.

Second, (and this is why they lost a star) the set up instructions are in great need of some better writing. It’s not immediately clear which software should be downloaded to use the camera – what you want is the IP360 app, not the Dophigo app. Also, there’s a lot of talk about a flashing blue light in the instructions. This never happens during setup. You’re better off just installing the IP360 app and following the prompts.

During setup, the app will prompt you for the name and password for your Wi-Fi, followed by some chirping sounds while the camera initializes. Once complete, the camera will take a panorama shot from where it is placed. This provides the app with navigational features. You might want to position the camera where you intend to keep it for this reason, but it is not really necessary. The panorama shot can be updated whenever you move the camera to a different location.

Features are pretty good on this camera, as I mentioned. You can tilt and pan, take pictures and videos, and it also has a talk button (although the audio is weak because of the tiny speaker), and you can reverse the picture on it in the event that you want to hang it from a ceiling. You can also turn off the status light on the camera if you don’t like the blinker. It has a motion detector and can be set up to send an alert if it senses movement. It also has night vision capability.

Finally, it will work looking through a window, as long as you're not attempting this at night. The camera has night vision capability, which means that it has an infrared light. This light will shine back at the camera if it is on. Works great during the day, though. So if you want it to look inside and outside by placing it on a window sill, it will work under most conditions

Customer support is not super-fast, but adequate. I sent an email describing my issue with the Dophigo app and was responded to early the next morning with instructions about using IP360 instead.

Overall, My opinion is that this is a pretty darn good camera for the money.

UPDATE - 9/26/2019

Our cameras have been up and running now at two locations for about 9 months and we're still pleased with the performance. Haven't had a glitch since I installed them last December. There was one incident when my wife was at one location when her phone died and she had to get hold of me to pick her up. She checked the cameras at the other location and saw that I was there, and used the audio to talk to me. We were very glad to have them that day.



DophiGo Set of 2 1080P HD Dome 360° Wireless WiFi Baby Monitor Safety Home Security Surveillance IP Cloud Cam Night Vision Camera for Baby Pet Android iOS apps (Set of 2 Black) Review:


First, let me say that this camera offers some very nice features for such a budget price. This two-pack was only $60, which I consider pretty cheap for cameras that pan and tilt.

Second, (and this is why they lost a star) the set up instructions are in great need of some better writing. It’s not immediately clear which software should be downloaded to use the camera – what you want is the IP360 app, not the Dophigo app. Also, there’s a lot of talk about a flashing blue light in the instructions. This never happens during setup. You’re better off just installing the IP360 app and following the prompts.

During setup, the app will prompt you for the name and password for your Wi-Fi, followed by some chirping sounds while the camera initializes. Once complete, the camera will take a panorama shot from where it is placed. This provides the app with navigational features. You might want to position the camera where you intend to keep it for this reason, but it is not really necessary. The panorama shot can be updated whenever you move the camera to a different location.

Features are pretty good on this camera, as I mentioned. You can tilt and pan, take pictures and videos, and it also has a talk button (although the audio is weak because of the tiny speaker), and you can reverse the picture on it in the event that you want to hang it from a ceiling. You can also turn off the status light on the camera if you don’t like the blinker. It has a motion detector and can be set up to send an alert if it senses movement. It also has night vision capability.

Finally, it will work looking through a window, as long as you're not attempting this at night. The camera has night vision capability, which means that it has an infrared light. This light will shine back at the camera if it is on. Works great during the day, though. So if you want it to look inside and outside by placing it on a window sill, it will work under most conditions

Customer support is not super-fast, but adequate. I sent an email describing my issue with the Dophigo app and was responded to early the next morning with instructions about using IP360 instead.

Overall, My opinion is that this is a pretty darn good camera for the money.

UPDATE - 9/26/2019

Our cameras have been up and running now at two locations for about 9 months and we're still pleased with the performance. Haven't had a glitch since I installed them last December. There was one incident when my wife was at one location when her phone died and she had to get hold of me to pick her up. She checked the cameras at the other location and saw that I was there, and used the audio to talk to me. We were very glad to have them that day.



Zmodo 8 Pack 720P HD Weatherproof sPoE Security Camera w/8CH sPoE Repeater for Power & Data Transmission, Remote Monitoring,Free 6-Month Cloud Service for Recording(Activation Code: FISH1C08) Review:


These cameras are great! Installation was simple and easy. I didn’t even have to look at the installation instructions to put the system together. The cameras function well and with a good Internet connection stream video in real time straight to my phone. The app functions very well and it the system can be customized to fit my needs. The only Area I could see for improvement is when entering promo codes for Cloud subscriptions, it was unclear that I could enter the same code more than once. I ended up with one camera been subscribed for year and a half, one camera been subscribed for six months, and two cameras without any cloud subscription at all. Other than that, amazing sister! This entire system cost me the same as a single name brand camera. Area I could see for improvement is when entering promo codes for cloud subscriptions, it was unclear that I could enter the same code more than once. I ended up with one camera been subscribed for year and a half, one camera been subscribed for six months, and two cameras without any cloud subscription at all. Other than that, amazing sister! This entire system cost me the same as a single namebrand camera.