Review: The Reolink Go Security Cam for Remote Locations

There's a crowded market of Wi-Fi based security cameras, but Reolink has an interesting twist. The company sent me the Reolink Go ($249.99+) with the caveat that I'd have to set it up on a phone plan. That's because the Go model supports 4G LTE-based connectivity instead of Wi-Fi. Fortunately, T-Mobile (and others) have simple micro SIM-based plans for such devices.

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Reolink Go

The idea is that, unlike Wi-Fi cameras that piggyback on your home's internet signal, you might have property that you want to secure that is outside of Wi-Fi range. Think about a boat dock far from the main house or a cottage or warehouse that doesn't warrant a full-fledged internet plan. You could even set it up temporarily at a construction site, to keep an eye on your home builders and the state of construction, long before power and internet is hooked up!

Reolink Go

Reolink also included a $20 solar-powered rechargeable battery option, which is a must-have for this use case. There is a rechargeable battery, but you don't want to have to worry about the battery running out. And an optional extension cable allows you to position the solar panel where it will get the most sun. The camera itself generates high quality video in 1080p HD with support for night vision. Video is transmitted to the cloud and the companion app, but can also be saved on an optional microSD of up to 64 GB (not included). Naturally, the camera is weatherproof with an included protective skin and is well-built.

Reolink Go

Pros

  • 4G LTE based connectivity
  • Solar Powered rechargeable battery option
  • 1080p HD recording with microSD option (up to 64 GB)
  • Night vision
  • Weatherproof and well-built

Cons

  • Requires cellular signal and service
  • microSD card not included

Final Verdict

If you need to keep tabs on a remote location, try the Reolink Go 4G LTE based security camera and just add a cell plan.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.