Reliable and accurate notifications
Works with Alexa and Google
Great weather rating
Low alarm sound
No two-factor authentication
About the Lorex Indoor/Outdoor WiFi Security Camera
Here are the Lorex Indoor/Outdoor WiFi Security Camera’s specs:
- Price: $149.99
- Colors: White
- Connectivity: WiFi (2.4 GHz and 5GHz)
- Power source: Electrical outlet required
- Resolution: 1080p
- Field of view: 129 degrees
- Smart assistant support: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
- Operational temperatures: -22 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit
- Weight: 0.73 pounds
- Dimensions: 3.4” H x 3.07” W x 3.07” L
The camera is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and offers useful features like color night vision, smart motion detection, and smart deterrence capabilities like a remote-triggered siren and a motion-activated LED light. It can also be managed using the Lorex Home app. Continuous recording is available on the camera when using the included 256GB microSD card, and recording schedules can be set up within the app.
What we like
Accurate and timely smart alerts
Lorex cameras can accurately differentiate between people and vehicles at close range and had no problem spotting someone 50 feet away. The camera isn’t as smart as Nest and Arlo outdoor cameras, which can alert you to animals and packages in addition to people and cars. However, the motion Lorex’s Indoor/Outdoor Camera does detect is accurate and very rarely did I receive any false trigger notifications.
Bright light to deter unwanted guests
The camera has a built-in LED active deterrence light that can be triggered automatically or toggled on and off in the Lorex app. You can also set the light to only illuminate when a person or car appears in view. The camera’s light is just as bright as any floodlight, impressively illuminating your yard at night and offering some extra peace of mind when it comes to deterring unwanted guests.
Dual-use with impressive weather resistance
Not every home security camera can be used indoors and out, and you don’t want to use an indoor-only camera outside since they're not built to withstand the elements. Lorex’s camera is rated for either environment, and one of its strongest features is its IP65 weather-resistant rating.
The camera can also withstand temperatures as hot as 140 degrees Fahrenheit and as cold as -22 degrees. Even the best outdoor security camera we’ve ever tested, the Arlo Pro 4, isn’t as robust when it comes to dealing with the elements, offering a working temperature range of -4 degrees Fahrenheit to 113 degrees.
If you live in frigid temps or a hot climate, the Lorex Indoor/Outdoor WiFi Security Camera is a great home security camera to watch over your property throughout the changing seasons.
What we don’t like
Only one option for power
More and more home security cameras lend themselves to multiple installation options, but that’s not the case with this particular Lorex camera. There is no rechargeable battery on the camera—it requires a nearby electrical outlet to receive power. Since the camera can be used indoors or outdoors, this may not be an issue depending on where you plan to set it up.
The camera comes with a 9.5-foot power adapter and a 10-foot power extension cable, leaving you plenty of cord to run to a nearby outlet if you plan to mount it along the roofline. However, it cannot be used with multiple extension cords, which is something to consider when deciding where to place it. A battery-operated camera like the Arlo Pro 4 can easily be installed up high or in a remote area of your property.
The alarm siren isn’t loud enough
Like Arlo cameras, the Lorex Indoor/Outdoor camera features a siren that can be triggered remotely from the Lorex Home app or automatically when motion is detected. I like the idea of being able to sound an alarm in the event of an emergency, but the siren on the Lorex camera is too quiet to make a difference. Without the option to adjust the siren’s volume anywhere in the app, this particular home security feature doesn’t perform as well as it should.
It doesn’t offer two-factor authentication
I’ve tested a lot of smart home devices and many of them come with privacy basics like two-factor authentication, but this feature is not available within the Lorex Home app. Two-factor authentication helps prevent your account from being hacked, alerting you as soon as someone tries to access your account. In comparison, two-factor authentication is mandatory for Ring accounts and is also available with Arlo cameras and doorbells.
Should you buy it?
Yes, it is a reliable home security camera.
Touting clear video and audio, Lorex’s Indoor/Outdoor WiFi Security Camera is a good choice for a home security camera—inside and out. Its weather rating is one of the best we’ve tested, it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and it excels at sending accurate and timely smart alerts. We also like the built-in siren and very bright motion-activated LED light, but wish the camera had two-factor authentication and a louder alarm to fend off unwanted guests. Still, it’s a reliable camera that maintains a solid connection to WiFi, making it a good option for everyday use.
That said, wireless cameras like the Arlo Pro 4 offer more versatility when it comes to installation, especially outdoors where you’re less likely to have outlets nearby. The Pro 4 is our favorite outdoor security camera because it's battery-powered, records clear video, offers secure privacy features, and works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and even IFTTT. Arlo’s weather rating isn’t as robust as Lorex’s, though, so if you need a camera that can withstand extreme weather, the Lorex Indoor/Outdoor WiFi Security Camera is the way to go.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
Meet the tester
Senior Staff Writer@rachel_murphy
Rachel Murphy covers smart home for Reviewed. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Florida. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer for several major outlets and as an associate editorial producer for ABC News' Good Morning America.
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