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Why Do Security Cameras Have Red Lights that Blink?
October 16, 2015
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Why Do Security Cameras Have Red Lights that Blink?

Security Camera Lights: What Do They Mean?

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

You know a solid green light is good, but what about the other 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 Wireless Indoor Camera, but it applies to many security cameras on the market.

Quick Q&A

Question: Why do some security cameras have red lights?

Answer: If your camera is working perfectly but you see a soft red glow coming from inside it, this is a different type of light. Those red lights you see on a security camera are infrared LED lights for night vision. Infrared light is a type of light that allows a camera to see in the dark. (Some cute critters like frogs also see in the dark using infrared light, but humans cannot see infrared light. Fortunately, though, our cameras do it for us.)

If you have a camera capable of night vision, you may notice a very faint red glow emanating from your camera when the surrounding area is completely dark. That red light on your camera is an infrared LED, placed right next to your camera’s lens to help it “see” better in the dark. Not all night vision-capable cameras have these lights, but many do. If they bother you, you can probably disable night vision LEDs.

Solid Red Light

The Wireless Indoor Camera is running into an issue that is preventing it from working as intended.

How to Troubleshoot: Check to see if you’ve made any changes to your wireless network, such as network name and password, service provider settings, router configurations or equipment location.

If you’re not completely sure of what’s causing the red light, we recommend that you attempt to power cycle your camera. Follow these steps:

    • Unplug the AC adapter plug from the back of the camera
    • Wait 5–10 seconds and then plug it back in
  • Wait 1–2 minutes for the status LED to turn solid green

You can also view a video tutorial here.

If you’re still finding issues, try to reset your camera. Follow these steps:

    • Use a straightened paper clip (or any similar tool) and insert it into the reset port in the back of the camera underneath the antenna. Make sure you feel it make contact with the button.
    • Wait for the status LED to start blinking red and green, then remove the paperclip
  • Wait 1–2 minutes for the status LED to turn solid green

You can also view a video tutorial here.

Solid Blue Light

If you see a blue light on your security camera, this indicates that your device has been put in privacy mode, which means live viewing is paused.

How to Troubleshoot: If you inadvertently turned on privacy mode, press the WPS button to deactivate it. The WPS button varies by camera, but for Frontpoint customers who have the Wireless Indoor Camera or the Wireless Outdoor Camera, look on the back of your camera for the labelled WPS button. For the Premium Indoor Camera, the WPS function is available through the buttons the top of the camera. Refer to your setup guide for details.

Solid Green Light

A green light on a security camera is always a good sign! This means the camera is connected and everything is working as intended.

Blinking Green Light

If your security camera is blinking green, it is likely still undergoing the setup process. Alternatively, it could be that you have previously finished setting up the camera and are moving it to a new location.

How to Troubleshoot: Let the blinking continue for about a minute and it should end, leaving you with a solid green light. If it’s the first time you’ve set up the WiFi on your camera, make sure your internet connection is stable and all cords are connected properly to your router.

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.

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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!
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