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TP-Link - Wired Floodlight Wi-Fi Security 2K Camera with Utra-Bright Dimmable Floodlights - White

Model:TC55
SKU:6581711
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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 20 reviews

95%would recommend to a friend

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    2K QHD Camera with Dual Dimmable AC Floodlights

    BACKGROUND: I currently own three different outdoor/indoor security camera systems. A Google Nest Wired Doorbell, a pair of SimpliSafe outdoor video cameras, and a TP-Link Tapco TC73 Pan-&-Tilt 2K indoor camera used in an outdoor enclosed porch. Of these three systems, only the TP-Link / Tapco devices have the ability to store video on an internal Micro-SD card without monthly subscription fees. And this new Tapco TC55 is a replacement upgrade for the SimpliSafe camera that was mounted on my garage. PRE-INSTALLATION: Since I have an existing TP-Link / Tapco TC73 camera, I was thoroughly familiar with the require application, setup procedures, wirelessly linking to our WiFi, and the numerous camera monitoring features/options available. So before mounting outside, I hardwired an AC cord (hot & neutral) to the unit, plugged into an AC receptacle inside near our WiFi access point, and setup indoors. This step is not really necessary, but I wanted to demo the TC55 lighting features indoors prior to installing outdoors. INSTALLATION: Since this is an AC hardwired device, I did have to run an AC line to a junction box to complete this installation. This was not an issue for me due to having access to both the open inside garage studs and wall, along with having an existing AC line easily accessible. Others may require hiring an electrical contractor for their unique installation requirements. But I would assume most installations should be replacing an existing outdoor light fixture with the TC55 that would be so much easier. Since I already had WiFi connectivity with my “pre-install” step, once permanently mounted on our garage, all I had to do was adjust the both the camera and lights positioning. CAMERA: The TC55 2K QHD camera provides a much wider viewing angle and significantly higher video definition, versus my SimpliSafe cameras. I am so impressed, I will be replacing both of my other SimpliSafe cameras with Tapco’s devices. LIGHTING: Having dual oblong-shaped LED “2800-Lumen Ultra-Bright Floodlights” powered by AC, versus an internal battery, provides more lighting than I need. I actually lowered the intensity to 70%, and still maintain a very large area of viewable coverage. The one negative I’ll mention is, these oblong-shape lights sort-of look a tad goofy to me, like rabbit ears (V shaped). Therefore, I wish they would have additional flexible range to adjust the “Vee” to dual “Dashes”. But hey, that’s me… NIGHT VISION: Without the LED floodlighting on, the Black & White night vision is sufficiently detailed and appropriately viewable. Note that once a “Detection” is triggered, the floodlights will activate, and the B&W view will switch to color. APPLICATION: There are numerous options that might seem somewhat overwhelming at first glance. But once you become familiar with the app’s features, it just becomes tweaking the individual detection sensitivity settings for your unique environment. Goal being alerted when necessary, without being unnecessarily bothered for minor movements that may be somewhat annoying. PICTURES: I have included pictures of our driveway and front yard views. One in daylight, one at night in B&W night vision, and at night when the floodlights are activated (70% intensity). Also two picture of the actual mounted TC55 on our garage. RATING: The TP-Link Tapco TC55 earned itself a solid 5-Star rating for its 2K QHD video quality, feature rich application, and excelling floodlighting capabilities. And I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to capture video on an internal memory card, versus paying for a monthly subscription fee for cloud storage. Overall, Excellent Job!

    Posted by Buddy

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good build quality, good lights, super wide FOV.

    TLDR: Great quality camera with huge FOV, adjustable direction/brightness LED floodlights, I’m buying more! My front driveway floodlight was getting pretty broken up. I had already make a couple of “good enough” repairs, then the motion detector stopped motioning. I already have a couple of Tapo cameras already and they’ve all been really reliable, so this floodlight/camera combo caught my eye. The white color “matches” the soffit where the light is mounted, which is great, but now it makes my white paint look less white :D I’m sure it will get it’s fair share of dust and spider webs soon. One thing to remember, this is not a standard battery-operated security camera, you should think of it as a light fixture that has a camera on it as well. You will need to make connections for the camera to the electrical lines that are in an existing fixture, or you will need to add a box and an electrical feed for the position you want to mount the fixture. A note on the connection to the camera from the power lines, there are two (white and black) “pigtails” included in the package, you should splice these on to your 120VAC line, then use these pigtails to connect to the mounting plate. The terminals on the mounting plate have a silicone rubber gasket that goes all the way around the 120V connection and the wires must go through two small holes on that gasket. The wires must be inserted ALL THE WAY in to the terminals and the jacket of the wire should be past the silicone boot, this gives you better weather/pest protection on the inside of the unit. When you are tightening the screws on the terminals, make sure to use a properly sized flathead screwdriver to fit in the terminal hole, if you use one that is too small, you’ll either break the screwdriver tip if it’s too small, and if it’s too big, you can get fooled into thinking the terminal is tight when it is not. This connection is the most important on the unit for reliability and safety, so take your time and make sure to pull on the wires with a good tug after you’ve snugged the screws, if they move, loose the terminal(s) completely, make sure the wires are inserted all the way in there again, then tighten down snug. I used a Snap-On SSDE44B, with a .125” wide and .018” thick blade, and it fits perfectly and I was able to apply plenty of torque on the fitting. There are markings embossed on the base plate of “L” (Line/Hot) and “N” (Neutral), but are a little hard to see, so make sure you check to make sure the white wire is on the “N” side and your black goes on the “L” side. The packaging is great, in normal TP-Link fashion. Nothing damaged or missing, almost everything in and of the box is recyclable. There are paper alternatives to the bubble wraps inside the box on the device, it would be nice to peel off the non-recyclable cellophane, grab all the goodies and drop everything in the recycling. We do notice these things! A little bit of insight from a 20 year surveillance camera tech that worked with wireless cameras since they were commercially viable… This camera is obviously primarily for outdoor use. Wi-Fi signal strength should not be measured by the router or other inside equipment. You should get a Wi-Fi scanner app for your Android phone or laptop, go to the spot where the camera is and check for overlapping Wi-Fi channels and signal strength from your own router FROM THE POSITION OF THE CAMERA. I am lucky and got to skip the wifi signal hunting, since I already added a node to reach the garage door opener. You really must sort your Wi-Fi, figure out what you are going to do with your network and build/upgrade it accordingly. If you think you have enough Wi-Fi, you don’t. When you mount this camera, odds are good it will be in a similar situation as mine is, on the farthest corner of the house on the other side of the garage. If you need professional or nerd support, just do it, overkill on Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) or a better mesh system, the bigger the number after “ax” in the router model’s name will offer a smoother experience for everyone on the network, you need lots of overhead. If you want to know why, check out some of the wifi router reviews from the real nerds like Tom’s Hardware, and check out how incredibly fast wifi signal strength, link quality, speed and connection stability fall off a cliff as you move from the antennas (inverse square law, can’t outrun physics). I run three 802.11ax nodes in a 1968 split level, and I am going to need to add another for the back cameras to get stronger signal. Some folks will get lucky and want to put the camera outside where it’s right next to the ISP gateway and never have a problem. Once you are outside your house, you must know the camera out there is fighting with a lot of interference from all the neighbors. I would venture to say that like almost every outdoor fixture there will be a lot of returns because folks think the hype about Wi-Fi is true, so “it can’t be the Wi-Fi, it’s gotta be this new thing I just added…” is almost always – wrong. If you have ANY issue with this camera, it’s your Wi-Fi first, then maybe the camera, but it’s still probably your Wi-Fi - after you’re done walking over to the camera (with the garage door open) and looking at your phone and seeing all those bars… it has to be the camera, because bars! - It’s still your Wi-Fi, I’m not joking. This camera is rock solid. – A little PS on this, I could not find a significant change in the Wi-Fi’s S/N (2.4GHz channel 9) when the lights were on or off, I was concerned because some LEDs are quite noisy (CREE) in the 2.4GHz bandspace, so whatever these lights are, they do not cause undue interference to my 802.11 connection and did not change my ability to view or access the camera! Very thoughtful design. I set the camera up first on ASUS, then TP-Link 802.11x Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems with wired backhaul and had great luck with the camera on both networks. It did not have any issue jumping on the closest node in the TP-Link “EasyLink” system, nor did it have any issues with the ASUS AiMesh system, I think if you’ve got one of these with at least three nodes and strong signal at the camera, you should have good connectivity. I am able to stream on the wireless network at “2K” with no problem, it has the ability to stream at 720p which is important for installation location flexibility- if the camera has iffy streaming from bad Wi-Fi, drop the quality to 720p, and it may clear up. So, this camera/light is on the corner of my garage, looking toward the side of the house and down most of the front driveway. The picture quality is really good. I can read my wife’s car license plate in the dark with the camera on the monochrome night mode. That’s impressive. I have to admit, we primarily use the cameras for catching all the animals that are scooting around the yard in the dark. There is built-in “AI” for identifying People, Cars, Animals and a couple of other pretty slick detection tools. These allow you to get notifications from your cameras that will tell you what type of activity the camera picked up, then you can live view the stream or watch the clip recorded from the trigger. The notifications are quick, not a quick as Apple Home notifications, but quick. I would not want to use a doorbell that had this kind of delay on it, but for yard cameras, this works great. If you are using the MicroSD slot on the side of the camera, you can have local recordings available at the camera, which you can download right off the card with your Tapo app. -Buy the best SD card you can find, I'm using the Samsung Pro Endurance 256 in each of my Tapo cameras, recording a lot, and have had great luck with them. Don't go cheap on your memory card, it will fail from the camera's constant writing.- If your network signal is weak, add the SD card, the camera will still make its own recordings on the card, then you can adjust your router to get better signal on the camera, download your recordings, then go about your day. One of the most important features, in my opinion, is the direct access TP-Link allows to the camera’s RTSP network video feeds. This allows you to use the camera with a third-party NVR, or even to set up this camera for use with a HomeBridge server to add it to your Apple Home system (soon!). This access is for slightly more advanced users but is still easy to set up and operates flawlessly, just like the rest of the camera’s functions. Another note, RTSP streams on your network are not encrypted and very easy to intercept and watch, so make sure you trust whatever people or devices will be sharing this network or use a VLAN/Guest Network for your RTSP devices. I’m sticking with Tapo cameras for now, I think the value proposition for the whole line of Tapo products is the best in the market, I think you should check them out. I would buy this camera again without a second thought!

    Posted by Buddy Brown

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    All features included.

    The Tapo division of TP Link has been making sleek, affordable, well build, practical devices that are easy to install and have great smart features and this continues with the Tapo wired Floodlight (TC55). Installation of floodlight is pretty straight forward and the app walks you through everything step by step. There are some wire extensions provided incase you existing wiring is a bit small. Over all I was able to adjust install the floodlight within 30-40 mins. My main purpose for the floodlight was to help light my drive path when I show up at night and give me alerts when motion is detected when im not home, and the floodlight does this wonderfully. The lights from the flood light cover about 3 times the distance as my prior floodlight, I can see everything and the motion activation from its sensors works great, i no longer have to put down what im holding and wave my hands to get the light to turn back on. The Tapo Floodlight TC55 uses multiple sensors to detect motion, it has 3 PIR sensors and 1 light sensor and the camera also works as a motion detector, combining all of these sensors helps reduces false alerts and allow for a 270 degree detection radius. For the most part the sensors work well and the AI detection is pretty good, I did have to turn down the sensitivity for motion alerts as the camera sensor was picking up little bug movements at night. The videos from the floodlight are crisp and very detailed, the colors come through perfectly. The quality of the image is great for a floodlight, the camera detection picks up small animals that are running across my driveway. The zoom doesn’t work the best, you can’t pick up super fine details when zooming so please keep that in mind. One of the best things about the floodlight was the customization available to help perfect my experience. I was able to adjust the sensitivity of the sensors and even turn off individual sensors, this helped reduce false alerts I was getting from motion detection. Along with the sensor adjustment options I was able to adjust which angle the floodlights are facing and even adjust the brightness of the lights. TP link also allows customization of the alarm sound. TP-link goes above and beyond with the options for customization (timers/alerts/AI option/integration) if there is something you want it is included and you’re able to adjust it as needed. One of the best things that TPlink did was allow you to have a RTSP so you can add your camera to a local NVR/NAS, this is huge as you have the option to use the device as you see fit. TP link also does offer you a paid cloud option which gives you a few extra perks such as video summary, which is basically a timelapse that is fun to look it. I have had no connection issues or delays when it comes to alerts, there has been no missed human detections and in all honesty I feel the camera based detections work too good as it will even catch the shadow of a bird flying by. The device has stayed connected to the Wifi and never once dropped signal. The only real issue I had with the floodlight was that the cloud storage recording reviews seem to work much quicker than the local ones on the SD card, I would say they SD recording review takes about 4-6 seconds to start where as the cloud recordings are instant. TP-Link has created a great product that includes all features you want and allows you to customize to your hearts content. The Tapo line up for TP-Link is an amazing buy and actually lets you own/use the product without putting everything behind a paywall. I can’t say enough good things about this floodlight and would recommend it to everyone.

    Posted by JayS

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