I already had the Arlo camera, which I am using to supplement a traditional CCTV camera. So, this was a natural choice when considering an add on camera. We live in a place you aren't supposed to have installed cameras. Arlo was a good choice for a supplemental camera, Arlo PRO seems to address some of the issues with the original release.
The good part about this, is that it is wireless, completely, and can be installed anywhere within range of the base station radio signal. WIth Arlo, you must use their base station and that plugs into your router. This is not a WIFI camera, but the good news is the base has a tremendous range. I have a townhouse, and the cameras are out in my garden, and above my front door, and both communicate clearly with the base. So, this base station thing is not a bad idea, in fact I like it. It is needed because the cameras transmit slowly back, to conserve battery.
My biggest problem with the original Arlo (which I bought, returned, and after awhile, bought again) was the battery life and that the batteries are expensive. I've found that I use the original Arlo camera above my front door for alarms for motion between midnight and 5am. But with the Arlo pro, because it is rechargeable, you can have it recording all the time. And you can adjust the recording time beyond the 10 seconds that used to be the limit. WIth recording hundreds of clips in a couple of days (lots of activity in our neighborhood) I get about 5 days between charges. I'm not disappointed with this, because there is so much activity it is recording.
Some annoyances are that the motion can be slow to activate, so the thing that triggered it is out of view, like a car driving by. But for the most part, this is a non-issue. I've found that at times, I get some blocky picture on playback, and I don't know if this is because I have the original base vs. the new base. Again, mostly a non-issue. Mostly the annoyances are a non-issue, but you should know of them.
The app is one of my most favorite apps. And the features of this system seem to be endless - I'm someone who loves to fiddle with programming and I've been exhausted playing with the settings. So, you can do so many things with programming, it should fit everyone's needs.
So, back to the one above my door - I have that set to sound a notifcation on my phone and email me, with activity, midnight to 5am, 7 days a week. And the Arlo pro does the same. But with the Arlo pro, because the battery is rechargeable, I have that in the garden looking out at my cars and walkway, and it records 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and only sounds an alert after midnight.
Again, this does alot. And it is amazing. I've been impressed enough to keep it, and the original one too, but they have different uses for me because of the battery vs. the rechargeable battery. And they both work fine for what they are.
These are wide angle lenses, so please know that you will get a wide angle view, but not very long lengths....and the IR light should be bouncing off of something or else if just shooting off into the darkness with nothing to bounce off of, will yield almost no picture.
The only thing I would like to see, is a solar charger for the Arlo Pro....which I'm sure they will come up with at some point.
Arlo gives you 7 days of free cloud storage, and thank you for that, with my thousands of video clips that I have stored on the cloud, with a rotating delete of the older ones to make room for the newer ones. They do have a cloud storage paid plan for longer storage, but I'll know in 7 days if I need something or not.
Of all the wireless cameras, Arlo is my favorite.
Without the ability to install something more like a commercial CCTV system on our house, this is as good as it gets for the average homeowner.