Can Blink Camera Work Without Wi-Fi? (Detailed Analysis)

Last updated on April 13th, 2024

Blink cameras record videos only when they are triggered by motion. That means they don’t record 24/7. This recorded data is uploaded to the cloud using your home Wi-Fi network.

But what if the internet is down? Can Blink camera work without Wi-Fi and record videos? These are the questions we have been asked multiple times. So, let’s find out what really happens with Blink cameras when Wi-Fi is down.

Blink camera will record motion-trigged video without Wi-Fi, but it cannot save the recorded video to the cloud. You need the internet for that. However, if you have a Sync Module, the recorded video can be stored offline on the USB without Wi-Fi.

But you won’t be able to view live feeds, capture photos, access two-way audio, or view recorded videos on the Blink Home Monitor app without Wi-Fi.

Can Blink cameras work without Wi-Fi?
Can Blink cameras work without Wi-Fi?

So, you will be tempted to get the Sync Module and have all your videos stored offline. Who needs Wi-Fi when the basic job is done? Well, that’s not how it works. First of all, you need a Wi-Fi network to set up the Blink camera. You cannot begin to use these cameras without a home Wi-Fi network. To access all the features, you will need the internet.

Most important are the firmware updates that can be done only with Wi-Fi. These updates come with advanced security measures so your camera remains safe from attackers.

You still have to know in detail which Blink features you can use without the internet and which you cannot. So let’s discuss that.

Features that work without Wi-Fi

Do Blink cameras need Wi-Fi to operate? No, they don’t. They don’t completely stop working without Wi-Fi. Some of the features are still accessible. What are those?

Motion Detection

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Blink is a battery-powered security camera. Its internal circuit operates on two AA lithium batteries, which last for around 2 years. The motion sensor that’s a vital part of this circuit runs even without Wi-Fi. So, it is able to detect motion and automatically starts recording videos. Loss of internet connection doesn’t stop this.

Local video storage

Local storage
A USB drive

Video recorded in the above case can be stored either on the cloud or on a local pen drive. The cloud storage isn’t available without Wi-Fi, but local storage is. The recorded video can be saved to the USB connected to the Sync Module.

These are the features accessible without Wi-Fi, but as discussed earlier, most of them aren’t. So, let’s discuss what your Blink camera cannot do without Wi-Fi.

Features that require Wi-Fi

Do Blink cameras work without Wi-Fi? Although some features are accessible, others aren’t. The below-mentioned features can be accessed only when the Blink devices have a stable Wi-Fi connection.

Live view

Live view
Watching the live streaming from the app

Live streaming of video and audio from the camera can only be done over a Wi-Fi network. If both the camera and the Blink app are not connected to a Wi-Fi network, you won’t be able to view the live status of the camera.

Cloud storage

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Videos recorded when triggered by motion are uploaded to the cloud by using the Wi-Fi network. But, if there is no Wi-Fi network, the upload won’t be complete. If Wi-Fi temporarily goes down, the videos recorded in that duration won’t be uploaded to the cloud storage.

App notifications

The Blink Home Monitor app cannot work with an internet connection. To receive app notifications about battery status, motion detection, and storage space, you need a stable Wi-Fi connection. Otherwise, you won’t receive these updates at all.

Two-way audio

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The two-way audio feature can be accessed only via the Blink app when you open the live view. There’s a small mic icon button on the same screen to enable two-way audio. As you can access the live view only on a Wi-Fi network, two-way audio also cannot be accessed without one.

Photo capture

Blink Cameras capture a photo every hour and store it in the cloud storage. This is done only when the camera is connected to Wi-Fi. The photo won’t be captured in the first place in the absence of Wi-Fi, so storage is out of the question.

Voice commands

Blink cameras integrated with voice assistants
Blink cameras integrated with voice assistants

If you have integrated Blink cameras with Alexa voice assistant, you receive verbal notifications and can give voice commands to arm and disarm the camera. But for Alexa to work, you need Wi-Fi connectivity. So, you can’t even give voice commands to your cam when the Wi-Fi is down.

No, a Blink camera cannot work on a cellular network. It needs a Wi-Fi connection. Even a mobile hotspot will not suffice, as both the mobile device and the camera are required to be on the same network. Besides, the cameras need a 2.4 GHz bandwidth and a download speed of at least 2 Mbps.

Even if you could use a cellular network, it wouldn’t have been the smart choice as data consumption is very large for these cameras. The use internet to upload the recorded videos to the cloud storage and download them back to your mobile with the Blink app.

All this cannot be done on cellular data. That’s why you need to connect your camera to a Wi-Fi network. In case the Wi-Fi goes down, you can always reconnect it.

If you feel that the Blink camera is not responding to your Wi-Fi network, then you should reconnect the Wi-Fi. For that, you can

  • Change the Wi-Fi password
  • Reset the camera
  • Reset the Sync Module

Doing any of the above actions will prompt you to do the entire camera setup again. That is a tiny procedure that you might not want to go through again. But it’s what is best for your devices. For those who don’t know how to reset the Blink camera and Sync Module, our detailed article will help you out.

Yes, you need the Blink Home Monitor app to use the camera. You cannot set up the camera without the app. After setup, all the camera settings, like setting video length, motion sensitivity, retrigger time, etc., can only be done with the app. Besides that, you’ll need the app to view a live feed from the camera.

All the recorded videos can also be easily accessed from the app. It sorts the recorded videos by date and time so that you can pull the exact recording you want to view. With all these benefits, it’s smart to use the Wi-Fi-connected Blink app for the cameras.

Conclusion

The simple answer to your question: can Blink camera work without Wi-Fi? Is no. It cannot completely function without Wi-Fi. Motion-triggered videos are recorded, but what’s the point if you can’t access them on your Blink app? Local storage with Sync Module is a solution, but it’s not the ultimate one.

You still won’t be able to use most camera features without a Wi-Fi connection. So, it’s better to get a home network setup before bringing in the Blink outdoor and indoor cameras.

FAQs

What are the internet requirements of Blink cameras?

Blink cameras require a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network with at least 2 Mbps upload speed.

How much data do Blink cameras use?

Blink cameras use 750 KB of data for 5 seconds of recorded video. So, for a 1-minute long video, the Blink camera will use 9 MB of data.

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Siddhi Gurav

She is the editor and content writer at Smart Home Bulls. Siddhi merges her passion for language with SEO expertise. With 4 years of experience as a creative writer and a passion for smart home technology, she fits in perfectly at Smart Home Bulls. Her wide experience in content marketing has been an excellent addition to our team.

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