Reolink Argus 2 Wire-free vs Lorex

If you are faced with a choice between wire-free camera security systems or wired camera system, which one is more economical and more functional? To discuss which of these two options is more profitable, it is easier to compare two examples of wire-free product from offered by Reolink and the wired system offered by Lorex. This time, we will compare the Reolink Argus 2 wire-free camera system with the Lorex 8 channel 4k dvr system.

Reolink Argus 2

Reolink Argus 2 is designed to be placed outdoor as part of your home security system with IP65 rated weatherproof camera. Another good thing is that this camera is wire-free, connected to existing WiFi network and is powered by a rechargeable battery or solar powered. See also Reolink Argus vs tp link Kasa.

Reolink ARgus 2 wire-free camera
Reolink Argus 2 wire-free camera

This wire-free camera system was pioneered by Arlo by Netgear, from the first generation Arlo 720p, Arlo Pro 3 camera up to the Arlo Ultra HD (4k) version with color night vision feature. Unlike the wired camera in general, which uses either UTP cable connection for IP cameras or coaxial cable for analog cameras like Lorex which we will compare with Reolink here.

No base station needed

Unlike Arlo’s wire-free system that requires separate Arlo’s base station, Reolink Argus 2 does not require a dedicated base station system but connect on the existing 2.4GHz band wifi network in place. So if your home has already had wifi network in place either single or dual band wifi router network or even a tri-band wifi system, you no longer need a dedicated base station for Reolink Argus 2 implementation.

Color night vision mode

Reolink Argus 2 is equipped with a built-in 2MP CMOS starlight sensor with starlight technology that allows you to enjoy the beautiful view in color even in low light conditions where other cameras have to turn their IR lights on, except in complete darkness the camera will switch to black and white with infrared up to a distance of 33 ft. however, with Reolink app you can manually switch the starlight black and white night vision to the color night vision.

Resolution

Reolink Argus 2 comes with 2MP, 1080p resolution @15fps (frame per second), half as smooth as a camera with real time frame speed @30 fps. For homes need this 1080p resolution is appropriate except that you demand high resolution image details like 4k resolution camera. Compare with Lorex wired camera system we’ll discuss later that comes with 4k resolution camera.

Highlights

  • Wire-free security camera with 1080p resolution @15 fps with H.264 compression format
  • Starlight image CMOS sensor with fixed lens ideal for low light condition
  • 6x digital zoom
  • 130 degree wide view angle
  • Night vision up to 33ft, and color night vision with ambient light
  • Two way audio with built-in Microphone and speaker
  • Single 2.4GHz band wifi 802.11b/g/n
  • 5200mAh rechargeable battery or solar powered
  • Micro SD Card for local memory storage up to 64GB and Reolink Cloud
  • IP65 weatherproof housing
  • PIR detection and alerts

Cons

  • Up to only 1080p @15 fps

This Reolink Argus 2 wire-free camera is tagged with the price under $100, around $95 in Amazon. Now, when you require four cameras to meet your home need, the total price should be around $400 something. With the same price around $400, you may consider the wired security camera system offered by the following Lorex below, and see with any strengths and weaknesses which one is suitable to meet your business.

Lorex 8 Ch 4k system

If the camera with 1080p resolution @ 15fps is very far from meeting your business needs, you should switch to a camera system with double resolution or even four times higher resolution than that offered by Argus 2.

Lorex offers a bundle package of wired security camera system consisting of an 8 channel 4k recorder and 4pcs active deterrence 4k security cameras offered at price that is almost the same as 4pcs Reolink Argus-2 cameras.

Lorex 8 channel dvr with 4pcs 4k security camera
Lorex 8 channel dvr with 4pcs 4k security camera

Recording Unit

Unlike Reolink Argus cameras that need connection to existing wifi network, the Lorex wired camera system requires recording unit which is the Digital video recorder unit that comes in the bundle. This dvr unit is a 4k recorder unit with 8 channel BNC interface to allow you connect up to 8pcs of 4k analog cameras. The good thing is that this recording unit comes with preinstalled 1TB hard disk to allow you view live and playback the footage using connected TV or Monitor in full resolution.

Cameras

The Lorex dvr system kit in this bundle includes 4pcs analog camera with 4k (8mp) resolution @ 30fps realtime. When compared with Reolink Argus above, of course the resolution is 4 times higher than Argus which is only 2mp. For high resolution needs, a 4k resolution camera is the right choice.

The drawbacks

When compared with Reolink Argus above where the connection between the camera to the network uses the wifi connection so that you don’t bother with the clutter of the wired cable between the camera and the wifi network, for the implementation of the Lorex dvr kit here you need to spend extra efforts to install and run the coaxial cable between each of the camera to the recorder unit (DVR). The good thing is that you can run as long as up to 1600 ft in a single coaxial cable run between the cameras to the recording unit, solid and reliable wired connection. You may compare with wifi that normally only up to 100~300 ft distance in normal condition and prone to signal interference.

Let’s highlight this Lorex 8 channel system kit below.

Highlights

  • 8 channel 4k dvr security camera system with 8x BNC interface
  • the dvr unit comes with preinstalled 1TB hard disk for local footage storage
  •  Includes 4pcs of 4k resolution @30 fps analog cameras
  • Wide 87 degree field of view angle
  • Color night vision with ambient light range up to 135 ft and IR LED darkness night vision up to 90 ft range in black and white footage
  • Active deterrence cameras with motion triggered LED light and remotely triggered alarm to deter the intruders act
  • IP66 rated weatherproof

Cons

  • Requires running coaxial cable and clutter of cables
  • No audio

Lorex with this bundle kit is tagged with the price around $400 in Amazon. With the same number of cameras and 4x as high resolution as Argus camera, you get the same price as 4pcs of Argus-2 cameras. However, with Lorex you need to spend effort to run coaxial cable between the camera and the recording unit.

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