Kasa Cams are a series of four camera brands manufactured by TP-Link Technologies Co., Ltd, a Chinese manufacturer of networking products and is based in Shenzhen, China. In America, the brand is known for its security and home cameras and has been in operation since 1996. Here is a link to their Wikipedia page.
Kasa Cam as the baby monitor is now becoming more common in 2019 and it is bringing challenges to some traditional baby monitors and security cameras such as Nest.
I really like the Kasa Cam because of its great app and the newly redesigned TP-Link cameras are just among the best. Kasa Cam 200 which was released in 2019 won the Design Awards this year. One disadvantage of Kasa Cam cameras is that it does not have a battery back-up. It relies on the AC plug and if there is a black-out, your Kasa Cam will not take images/videos.
The wired Kasa Cameras have very long cords or wires that we highly encourage you to ensure that your cords are secured and do not put your baby at risk of strangulations.
Let’s start with how you can set up your Kasa Cam by TP-Link:
How to setup TP-Link Cameras
The video below describes how to setup TP-Link Cameras. The 8 steps are also at the bottom of this review.
How to Set up Kasa Cam with Google Assistant As Baby Monitor
You can also set it up with Google Assistant as shown in the video below and turn Kasa Cam into a baby monitor. Kasa Cam was among BMC’s top Google Home Hub baby monitors, behind Nest and Arlo cameras.
Kasa Cam KC100
- Has been listed on Amazon from March 8, 2019
- As of July 16th, it is currently ranked number 1 on Surveillance and DVR Kits.
- Crystal clear 1080p HD
- Works with Google Assistant and Alexa
- Two-way audio
- 130 degrees wide-angle field of view
- Instant activity alerts
- Night vision range of 25 ft.
- 128-bit encryption
- Allows you to set up activity zones
Kasa Cam KC120
KC120 has been available on Amazon for sale since August 2018 and is currently the best-selling brand of TP-Link. It is Prime eligible and is currently on Offer. It is however currently only available in the US. Below is a picture of KC120 camera by TP-Link
Kasa Cam can be mounted on a flat surface as shown on the picture above. You can it on the wall using the provided tools. You can mount it on a wall or any metal object. The camera has a small metal base that you can see from the picture above. You can also rotate the camera to get the ultimate position and focus you need. Remember it can cover up to 130 degrees on the baby’s nursery so take this into consideration as you mount your Kasa Cam.
When you buy Kasa Cam, KC120, you get the following:
- Kasa Cam
- Camera stand with magnetic base
- Mounting screws
- Power adapter
- USB cable
- Quick Start Guide
Kasa Cam offers excellent quality videos with 1080p resolution with an option to downgrade to 720p if you want to save on data cost. With Kasa Cam, you can access two days of video recording and can extend it to 30 days if you want to subscribe to the plans listed below.
With the app, you can also access other smart home devices such as smart plugs. The app also allows you to check and keep track of notifications, change the settings, set activity zones and go back to see all the footage.
Below are the specifications of Kasa Cam KC120 brand by TP-Link.
- iOS 10 or higher or Android 4.4 or higher
- 1080p HD
- Crisp 2-way audio
- Night vision of 25 feet
- You can stream on Kasa Smart App
- Uses secure wifi – not a public wifi
- Field of view 130 degrees
- 128 bit AES with TLS/SSL
The snapshot below has all the basic Kasa Cam KC120 specs.
You can view the entire Kasa cam specs here
Kasa Cam Outdoor (KC200)
Kasa Cam Outdoor camera by TP-Link has been in the market in 2018 and won the 2018 Design Awards. It is a weatherproof camera that allows you to set up to 4 activity zones and has an inbuilt siren, something that makes it stand out compared to traditional cameras such as Nest Cam.
- System Requirements: iOS 10+, Android 4.4x+
- Easy DIY installment
- 1080p HD
- Stream the Kasa video feed on your smartphone
- Set activity alerts
- You’ll need to subscribe to any of the plans listed below
- Works with Alexa and Google Assistant.
- Has been available on Amazon since July 25, 2018
Below is a snapshot with all the features of Kasa Cam Outdoor:
The video below shows how you can to do Kasa Cam Outdoor installation.
Comparison of Kasa Cam By TP-Link Cameras
The table below shows the four variations of Kasa Cameras by TP-Link
|Name||Cameras||Price on Amazon|
|Kasa Cam Indoor (KC100)||1||Check Price|
|Kasa Cam Indoor by TP-Link (KC120)||2||Check Price|
|Kasa Cam by TP-Link KC200||1||Check Price|
Kasa Cam Subscription Plans (Kasa Care Plans)
Below are the subscription rates for Kasa Cam rates:
You can choose from three plans, a free plan, the Kasa Cam Plus plan and Kasa Cam Premium plan that cost $0, $4 and $7 per month respectively.
Kasa cam Vs Nest
Kasa Cam KC120 is my favorite camera by TP-Link and below is a comparison of Kasa Cam and Nest Cam.
|Field of view||130 degrees field of view||130 degrees field of view|
|Resolution||1080p HD||1080p HD|
|Charging Wires |
|Comes with UBB 3-pin smart plug and long cord to |
charge the camera
|10-foot USB cable and power adapter|
|Encryption||128-bit encryption TLS/SSL||128-bit encryption TLS/SSL|
|Free Cloud Storage||2 days||NO|
|Subscription to |
for 30 days
|$4 to $7||$30/Month, no local storage|
|Works with Google Home||Yes||Yes|
|Works with Alexa Home||Yes||Yes|
|Infrared LED light||Yes||8 LED Lights|
|Wireless Security||WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK||WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK|
|Frame Rate||30 frames/sec||30 frames/sec|
|App||Kasa Smart App rated 4.7/5||Nest App, rated 3.7/5 on Google Play Store|
|Check Price on Amazon||Check Price||Check Price|
You can download the Kasa Smart App on Google Playstore here.
Kasa Cam Vs. Amazon Cloud Clam
Amazon Cloud Cam released its smart home camera in 2017 and its challenging traditional security cameras such as Nest, Arlo and Kasa Cam. While most features of these security cameras are similar such as the field of view, the video quality, and night vision, subscription fees vary significantly from one brand to another.
Amazon cloud comes with
|Kasa Cam||Amazon Cloud Cam|
|Field of View||130 degrees||120 degrees|
|Video Resolution||1080p HD||1080p HD|
|Free Cloud Storage||2 days||1 day|
|Frame Rate||30 frames per second||30 frames/second|
|Subscription Fee||4 to 7 dollars/month||7 to 20 dollars/month|
|Check Price on Amazon||Check Price||Check Price|
You can see more of Amazon Cloud Cam specs here.
Steps to Set up and Connect Kasa Cam to Wifi
There are 8 steps that you can follow to connect Kasa Cam to App:
- Step 1: Open the Kasa App (You’ll need to create an account if you haven’t)
- Step 2: Tap “+” button. This will allow you to add the camera
- Step 3: Power on the Kasa Cam and wait until you see blinking orange and green.
- Step 4: Make sure your phone is connected to the same wifi with the one Kasa cam is connected to. This will enable faster speed.
- Step 5: Select your home network to cameras
- Step 6: Give a name to the Kasa Cam such as Kasa Cam in baby’s nursery
- Step 7: On Kasa Smart App, change the settings to enable Activity Notifications.
- Step 8: Follow the instruction to mount your camera on a flat surface or on a metal wall as it has a magnetic base.
You can see the more detailed process on how to set up your Kasa Cam and connect to wifi here.
Kasa Cam is relatively cheaper and as lower storage/subscription fees. Nest Cam, on the other hand, is expensive with a few add-on features that Kasa Cam does not have such as person detection and 8X digital zoom. Read all the similarities and differences between Kasa Cam and Nest listed on the table above