TP-Link Tapo C100 Home Security Wi-Fi Camera – Kasa vs Tapo what’s the difference?

The TP-Link Tapo C100 is the latest affordable smart home
device from the new Tapo product range.

Currently, it is just £19.99 on Amazon but has an RRP of £29.99, this makes it the cheapest branded indoor camera I am aware of.

Kasa vs Tapo what’s the difference?

Tapo is the latest product range from TP-Link offering smart home solutions at incredibly affordable prices. Great you say, but there is a catch.

While TP-Link makes both Kasa and Tap products, they use different Apps; the Tapo C100 will not integrate with my existing Kasa products at all.

So, whole these are both TP-Link, it is best to view them as
entirely separate brands.

From a consumer point of view, this is annoying. Still, it
is understandable from a business perspective, TP-Link obviously doesn’t want
to cannibalise sales of their more premium-priced products.


At £19.99 this is a very basic indoor camera, but it ticks
most of the boxes you will likely need:

  • High
    Definition Video – Records every image in crystal-clear 1080p definition
  • Advanced
    Night Vision – Provides a visual distance of up to 30 ft
  • Motion
    Detection and Notifications – Notifies you when the camera detects
  • Sound
    and Light Alarm – Trigger light and sound effects to frighten away
    unwanted visitors
  • Two-Way
    Audio – Enables communication through a built-in microphone and speaker
  • Safe
    Storage – Locally stores up to 128 GB on a microSD card, equal to 384
    hours (16 days) of footage (based on laboratory conditions)
  • Easy
    Setup and Management – Manage everything with Tapo app


Set up is quick and simple, you will need the Tapo app to
get things working, but it uses the same login as all other TP-Link products if
you already have a Kasa device.

The app auto-detected my camera; then I had to select the
Wi-Fi I wanted to use. Everything was set up in a couple of minutes.

You will need a microSD card for storage, and this is set up
within the camera settings. From here, you can also set up the motion alerts and
sensitivity. You can set up motion zones to limit the alerts to specific areas within
the cameras field of view.


One surprise feature was the ability to integrate this
within an NVR, or in my case BlueIris. The camera has ONVIF so it should be
possible to integrate it on a wide range of recording devices with ease. You
will need to assign a username and password within the 3rd party
account settings, and this is what you will use for the login via ONVIF.  


Overall performance has been good, especially when you take
the price into account.

With a moderate amount of light, the quality of the recorded video is good, more than enough for monitoring things indoors.

Screenshot from Tapo App
Screenshot from Tapo App

Nighttime performance is also OK, I initially placed the
camera that was partially obstructed by a chimney breast, and this appeared to
affect the IR illumination, so parts of the kitchen were very dark. Moving it
to a spot with a clear view gave good black and white footage. In comparison. Some
more expensive cameras have started to offer colour recordings in low light environments.

Screenshot taken from BlueIris

I found motion alerts a little eager to trigger, light changes
will set it off quite quickly, but using the motion zones and sensitivity should
help you dial in the notifications.

Like many indoor cameras, this offers two-way audio, as you
might expect, the quality is not amazing but it works perfectly well.

Price and Competition

Tapo C100 vs Kasa KC100

TP-Link Kasa is the obvious alternative, notably the KC100
looks striking similar to the C100 and currently sells for £34.99 whereas the
C100 is £19.99.

The Tapo has a 1/3.2 “sensor with 1080p Full HD and 130
degrees view while the Kasa K100 uses 1/2.7 “but also 1080P and 120

The Kasa has audio detection as well as motion detection. Both have two-way audio and activity zones. I can’t find any reference to the KC100 being compatible with ONVIF.


Competition is extensive with options at many different
price points; there are dozens of random brand on Amazon, but ignoring them you

  • Ezviz CS-C1C – £29.99
  • Reolink E1 Pro – £49.99 – PTZ camera
  • Blurams Home Pro – £50, cloud recording required, but AI person detection.
  • Netatmo Welcome – £160 – expensive but has facial detection, local storage and is probably the smartest indoor camera I have used
  • Yale Indoor Wi-Fi Camera – £49
  • Ring Indoor – £49
  • Arlo Q – £124.99


This is the cheapest branded indoor camera I am aware of, so even though I find it annoying you can’t integrate it with Kasa, I can understand why, and it doesn’t make this a bad camera. If you don’t mind using multiple apps, there is no reason to avoid this camera, however some people like all there stuff in one place. I personally have Kasa, Ezviz, Netatmo, Ring, Eufy, BlueIris, Hue, SmartThings all installed on my phone with smart home apps attached to them, and it is getting a little excessive.

If you are happy to use the Tapo app, this is a perfectly
good camera for the money. There is no AI object detection,  night time performance is only OK, and motion
alerts are a bit over-eager, but nothing comes close to the price. Local
storage also helps keeps the cost down compared to competitors (blurams, Ring,

This is the Wi-Fi camera that I have easily managed to
integrate with BlueIris via ONVIF, and the inclusion of this just seems odd on
such a cheap camera. I am not complaining though, 20-quid for an indoor camera
that can work with an NVR is amazing value and I thoroughly recommend it for
such a system.

Overall, the camera is good, and the Tapo ecosystem looks like a decent, affordable alternative to Kasa, myDlink and others.

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