Reolink Cameras can do Person Detection without the Internet

The biggest issue I’ve had with my IP cameras are false motion detection alerts. Of course, I have devised ways to minimise this problem using advanced motion detection methods like line-crossing and intrusion detection.

While this works very well, I have been tempted by the smart detection features of the Nest and Ring cameras that can identify people and vehicles automatically. That level of intelligence is impossible to replicate without buying expensive high-end Hikvision or Dahua cameras. The affordable ones like Nest and Ring all rely on the Internet or cloud servers to do this and that’s unacceptable in my book.

Here at VueVille, we focus on local-processing and local-data storage. That’s why I was very happy to learn that Reolink has released 4K 8MP cameras and NVRs that can do smart detection without an Internet connection! This is a day I have long been waiting for!

Four new models have been released:

  • RLC-510A – 5MP IP camera
  • RLC-810A – 8MP IP camera
  • RLK8-510B4-A – 5MP NVR Kit with 4x 5MP IP cameras
  • RLK8-810B4-A – 4K 8MP NVR Kit with 4x 8MP IP cameras

Let’s take a closer look at these new cameras and NVR kits.

RLC-510A and RLC-810A

The standout feature of these cameras is the smart detection ability without an Internet connection. These cameras support both RTSP and ONVIF, so you can integrate them with your smart home system.

Reolink RLC-810A - VueVille

The smart detection algorithm can identify persons or vehicles and send a corresponding alert to the Reolink app. Moreover there is no subscription required to use this feature.

The 8MP 4K resolution of the RLC-810A is great – this is the first standalone IP camera from Reolink that supports 8MP resolution. The 5MP RLC-510A has the same feature set but a lower maximum 5MP resolution.

Reolink RLC-810A Smart Person Detection - VueVille

New NVR Kits RLK8-810B4-A and RLK8-510B4-A

If you prefer having an NVR to go along with the new smart detection abilities, you can pick up one of these new NVR kits. Both come with 4 cameras and a 2TB hard drive pre-installed.

Where to buy

The new models are not available on Amazon yet, so the best place to pick them up is over at the Reolink web site.

Also the early Black Friday sale is on, so its a good time to snag some holiday bargains!


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I am Daniel and VueVille is where I document my DIY smart home journey. I focus on 100% local-processing and local-storage because that’s the only way to secure my family’s safety and privacy. Oh and I don’t like monthly subscriptions!

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