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Security Camera Lights: What Do They Mean?
October 16, 2015
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Security Camera Lights: What Do They Mean?

This post was updated on December 30, 2019.


When I picture an ever-blinking red light on a security camera, I imagine an old school CCTV camera system. Or it might call to mind a fake camera, à la 1990, back when real cameras were too expensive for most people to own.

Today’s higher quality—and real—security cameras have traded that constant red blink for multifunctional LED lights that indicate the camera’s status.

Guide to security camera LED colors

Red, green, blue, solid, or blinking—what does it all mean? The status LED on your security camera conveys a lot of information if you understand what it’s telling you.

Use this handy guide to know your camera’s status and what you need to do to get that coveted, solid-green light. We’ve modeled this guide after the different light indicators on our Frontpoint Indoor Camera, but it applies to many security cameras on the market.

Picture of the Frontpoint Indoor CameraPicture of the Frontpoint Indoor Camera
The Frontpoint Indoor Camera captures crystal-clear video with high-resolution technology.

LED status reference guide

Solid green light on security camera

A solid green light on a security camera means there is both a local network and an internet connection.

Flashing green light on security camera

A flashing green light on a security camera means there is a local network connection only—no internet connection.

Solid red light on security camera

A solid red light on a security camera means there is NOT a local internet or an internet connection.

Flashing red light on security camera

A flashing red light on a security camera means the camera is booting.

LED setup reference guide

Flashing blue light on security camera

A flashing blue light on a security camera means you are ready for the WiFi protected setup. To enter the WiFi protected setup mode, push the WiFi protected setup button and release it when the light begins flashing blue (about three seconds).

Flashing white light on security camera

A flashing white light on a security camera means you are ready for the standard WiFi mode setup. To enter the standard WiFi mode setup, push the WiFi protected setup button and release it when the light begins flashing white (about six seconds).

Flashing red and green light on security camera

A flashing red and green light on a security camera means you about to perform a factory reset. To enter the factory reset mode, push the WiFi protected setup button and release it when the light begins flashing green and red (about 15 seconds).

WARNING: A factory reset will restore the factory default settings to the camera. If it’s already installed, the camera may need to be removed from the Frontpoint account and re-added after a factory reset.

Troubleshooting security cameras

If you have issues connecting the camera to the account, power cycle the camera (unplug the power jack from the camera and then plug it back in to restore power). If issues persist, you can conduct a factory reset.

Still not sure what is going on with your camera lights? For Frontpoint customers, help from a real, live human is just a phone call away. Talk to a security professional on our Customer Care team by calling 1-877-602-5276.

You can also visit the new Frontpoint Support Center to read frequently asked questions about indoor security cameras.

Frontpoint home security cameras

In addition to the indoor security camera, Frontpoint also provides a premium indoor security camera (with a wide-angle lens and enhanced zoom capabilities), an outdoor camera (to withstand rain and snow), and a doorbell camera (with infrared vision and two-way audio).


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Comments
Stan Poe
October 16, 2015 at 11:02 PM
Good article~
Susan
November 3, 2015 at 2:52 PM
Is there a setting that would keep a camera pointed out a window from recording EVERY SINGLE car's headlights at night, but won't impact it's overall sensitivity? I don't get any nuisance recordings during the day (cars passing by the driveway), but at night every single headlight becomes a video clip. help?
Valerie Saponara
November 3, 2015 at 10:47 PM
Susan, we don't recommend that you point your camera towards the direction of traffic or where traffic would be because the changing pixels and motion will interfere with what the camera is catching every single day. However, we can definitely have someone from our Support Team reach out to you to help you troubleshoot your camera and your camera's current settings to help address those extra clips you're getting. At this time I'm having a little trouble finding you as a customer in our system based on the information you provided in your comments, so when you find a free moment can you please email me at WeCare@frontpointsecurity.com with the name on your account? Or if you prefer, please give our Support Team a call when you have time and they would be happy to work with you on this!
smarthome
November 13, 2015 at 10:37 AM
The security system is a most required in all homes to secure your home..........Thank you for information.......
mat
April 30, 2016 at 5:02 PM
what does it means when the indoor camera is blinking blue light?
Katie Rynex
June 7, 2016 at 1:06 PM
Mat, if your indoor camera is blinking blue it means that the camera is trying to find a router. This could indicate that the WPS button is stuck down, however, we recommend that you give our Support Team a call at your earliest convenience so we can investigate that camera and help you get everything up and running. Thanks for your feedback and please let us know if you have any other questions going forward!
Carol giron
August 18, 2016 at 1:54 PM
What does it mean if I notice a little blue light placed exactly where a mini-blind slat has been lifted? It looks directly into my kitchen from my neighbor's bedroom.
Katie Rynex
August 19, 2016 at 7:04 PM
Thanks for reaching out to us Carol! We would like to address your concerns in more detail so we would like to have one of our Support Specialist reach out to you. Unfortunately we are unable to locate your account with the information provided here, please send an email to Wecare@frontpointsecurity.com with your best point of contact and we will have someone reach out to you shortly!
Wayne
September 21, 2016 at 4:36 PM
What does it mean when the status light is green and the other lights around it are red.
Katie Rynex
September 22, 2016 at 3:13 PM
Wayne, great question! The solid green status light indicates that your camera is connected and working properly. Those red lights that you are seeing around the camera could be a reflection of the infrared lights within the camera. We hope this answered your question and ask that you please let us know if you have any other questions going forward!
Security Camera in UAE
March 2, 2020 at 8:50 AM
Great post! I haven’t known about it before. This article is very helpful! Thank you so much!
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