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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good system with lots of potential

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    Pros Extremely Quick setup (A 2 camera system takes roughly 30 minutes) Very easy set up. It comes with basic instructions but the app nicely walks you through each step No need to run wires Compact Discreet cameras easily blend in with lighter color homes Good daytime video quality for the price Includes microphone and speaker Flexible mounting options. Included option is easy but other fixed mounts can be used Large rechargeable batteries Motion trigger is supposed to get an update to determine if the motion is by a person All devices get regular security updates. Even the cameras get updated wirelessly. Nice considering cameras are a new target for hackers. Inanimate objects don’t seem to cause false motion triggers Standard external hard drive can be used for local storage Basic plan included for free Easily expandable Cons Support for Windows is poor for the new touchscreen devices. No Windows app for Windows 8 and 10 devices of any size. Video quality, mainly night time, is probably not good enough for legal purposes. Night video quality makes recognition near impossible past approximately 10 feet Easy to steal or move regardless of mounting Camera speaker is not very loud Provided screws use too fine of a thread and the metal head strips out easy All videos are public if someone can intercept your emails on the way to your inbox. (Email delivery by design is not encrypted so if someone intercepts your emails on the way they can see any of your videos with audio) Recording time is fixed so even if motion or sound is still occurring you can miss recording Web interface has some bugs such as freezing on zoom, Live play button disappears, and touch doesn’t work. Sound recording doesn’t occur until a few seconds after video recording At least one camera exhibited a noticeable “ticking clock” sound when recording audio Connecting them hardwired defeats the weatherproofing Instructions do not give tutorial about advanced features but rather let you discover them No organizer for hard drive recordings Dependent on good upload internet speeds. The more cameras you have, the faster the upload speed you need. This can be a limiting factor for some. Long lag time to start live viewing even with very fast connection Setup was very easy, particularly for a security camera system. The entire process is achieved by following the steps one by one as the app tells you. Install the app, set up your Arlo account, plug in the base unit to power and internet, sync the cameras, hang the cameras, and you’re done. A two camera system only took approximately 30 minutes. The kit includes metal bases, screws, and wall anchors but the screws are small and easy to strip. The metal bases work with a strong magnet included inside the camera. Although convenient, the metal bases allow someone to easily steal or move these expensive cameras so placement is important. Netgear offers screw in mounts for a more rigid and secure mounting. The entire hardware and software process has had a lot of thought put into making it easy. There are no complicated router changes needed to be made at all or complicated programming. Oddly some features, like changing the recording quality, must be done on a regular computer for which there is no app. There is one strange feature omission from Netgear. This system has a Pro designation and yet support for regular, more modern computers, is limited. Businesses by and large use Windows computers and the most popular type of Windows computers selling today are Windows 2-in-1 convertibles with touchscreens this trend is forecasted to increase and yet this system is barely even useable by any touchscreen Windows device. This is also odd because what better way to check out a security video than on a large screen. You are forced to use a browser to view videos which the experience varies based on browser. Simple things like moving a slider don’t work because the website doesn’t work with touch. Browser administration has other bugs, such as the Live Video button disappearing. If this was an app you wouldn’t have to worry about how the end user’s choice of browser affects the experience. Not having a Universal Windows app is a missed opportunity. I have seen a large increase in clients that are buying Windows 2-in-1 systems instead of desktops or Android/iOS tablets for their primary system. A Windows Universal app they could support such systems, or any other form factor of Windows for that matter. Imagine if the app was on Xbox One in your living room and you want to check on things outside. Just say “Hey Cortana, open Arlo” and you could see your video feed or videos quickly and easily from the convenience of your couch on a big screen. That would be great. If you have smaller Windows devices, the website is unusable. It tries to get you to use an app that doesn’t exist. Oddly enough if you have a link to a shared video the same website will serve you the video in a mobile optimized format. Smaller Windows devices and Windows Mobile devices are left unsupported. Future updates and app releases could easily alleviate this but for now Windows support is poor. The base unit comes with a Sync/Siren button, network port, and two USB ports for storage. The siren is loud and sounds like newer smoke alarms. It can be trigger locally, by the app, or via configurable rules such as motion or audio sensing. You can switch the base unit to modes for recording for motion and/or audio, no recording, or armed or disarmed based using Geofencing. You can also define your own custom modes allowing specific cameras and audio for each to be on or off. Due to battery restrictions, there is no continuous recording. Recording time from motion is a default of 5 seconds regardless of if the motion continues. Cameras include built in IR for night vision, motion sensor, microphone, and speaker and are weatherproof assuming the charging plug cover is on. One large difference with the Pro version is the inclusion of large rechargeable batteries which should last quite a long time between charging. When video is recorded, it is uploaded via your internet connection to your account meaning a good upload internet speed is important. Videos are stored in a calendar format and can be viewed, shared, or deleted from the interface. Overall performance when factoring in the price for features was good. Shuddering and lag was minimal with surprisingly good wireless range. Remote viewing of live video is reasonably quick although it still took several seconds and is highly dependent on your internet upload speed. Audio took about 2 seconds to start every time after a motion trigger recording or manual live viewing and had a slightly audible tick-tock sound. The built-in speaker is barely audible at max volume. As with all security systems, there is a loss of some detail to do recording compression. Daytime recordings show signs of video compression but subjects are still reasonably recognizable at approximately 25 feet. Nighttime viewing brings recognition down to approximately 10-15 feet before subjects hard to recognize. Although not official, friends in law enforcement said it is not good for legal purposes as they must have a definitive, recognizable face to use the video. Motion detection was generally good but people moving fast could often elude the recording. Due to the fixed recording time, the system could also miss recording an event if it ran past the configured time. A big concern is the video sharing feature. Arlo by default emails you anytime it records. It conveniently sends you a screenshot of what it recorded. However; the email sends a direct link to the video that can be viewed without logging in. This would be even more concerning if you had cameras in your house. By definition, is sent unsecured between providers. Although the industry is trying to improve that, you should always assume your emails have no encryption when sent to you. This means that it is possible and relatively easy for criminals to eavesdrop and see your videos with audio without ever knowing your account info. The good thing is that is easy to remedy turning off the feature that emails you when it records a video. That way the link to the video won’t be sent out on the web unsecured and your videos are still stored in the cloud without being shared openly. Hopefully, Netgear will remedy this in the future. Overall, it is a nice system for the price point when compared to the competition. Compared to legacy DVR and NVR security camera systems this makes the whole process a lot more accessible for the average consumer. As long as you keep your expectations in line it is a nice system. All security camera systems, particularly ones costing less than $2,500 have limitations. A standout feature, even comparing to high end systems, is this system will automatically get updates for security. Anyone who watched the news in late 2016 saw that the biggest hack was perpetrated using devices, such as camera systems, that weren’t updated. That is something still lacking in the “professional” security camera world. You also won’t have to hire someone to come pull wiring through your house or small business. Cameras can be placed wherever you can mount a base. If for some reason, such as poor signal, the place doesn’t work they are easy to move. It not be a real high definition security camera system but it also costs nowhere near as much. Just be sure you can accept the Cons before buying. The overall system is well thought out and with continued improvement of the listed cons this could be the best system for nearly any price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great picture clarity and ease of setup

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    So once I got the unit unpacked, read through the included quick start up guide...a more detailed PDF 78 page manual is available on the website for download...I had all the units powered up and ready for final camera placement in under one hour. Placement is also very quick if being used indoors or even outdoors because of the small size of the camera, the flat camera base and the strong magnetic power in the rear of the two cameras. You can place camera indoors on any flat surface without having to use any mounting device or use the wall mountable metal bases. Network setup was a breeze, I did connect the included Arlo hub not to my router but to my gigabit switch to avoid any possible interference with my router...others seem to indicate it is best to have the Arlo hub away from the router. I did eventually test it both ways and it did seem faster with direct router connection so really as far as I am concern no router interference. My cable network provider provides me 300mbps. The picture quality is very, very good at 720 but 1080 would be much better especially given the cost. Nighttime clarity is also very good given the size of the camera itself. I do love how small and well balanced the camera weight is, this adds to the ease of camera placement. I placed the cameras initially facing indoors then mounted them outdoors using the metal base. Overall this process was completed within 30 minutes indoors and a little over an hour for outdoors. Recently the cameras weathered a mini snowstorm that had 30-40mph gusty winds with total snowfall of 9 inches. Neither camera suffered any water or physical damage, neither lost its connection before or after the storm, neither camera lost its point of view placement and battery life continued to be 100 percent even though temperatures for the last 3 days averaged 20F. All of this makes the product a solid 5 stars but now for the loss of a star reasons. The battery seems to be proprietary to Arlo and worse, they are very, very expensive...in excess of $40 per battery. No stand alone battery charger is included and that too is expensive. The only way to charge the battery is to use the camera to charge by plugging camera into a power outlet using the including charging cable and adapter. This means unless you have a power outlet near the camera or a portable battery, you will need to move or unmount the camera to bring it to be charged. Which unfortunately means your security will be compromised until camera is moved back to position or remounted. This can be avoided by purchasing at least one extra battery and of course a stand alone charging adapter. I think overlook the proprietary issues but I feel for the price that Arlo should include a stand alone charger. If you like me mount your cameras outside up high then charging can be a tedious task but I feel so far that the battery life seems to be on the order of weeks if not months given that it is not continuously recording. Another issue is that the Arlo hub and cameras seem to only talk to each other and that the cameras do not seem to have any addressable IP so that you cannot possibly add the camera views to an existing security system. Everything from the stand alone charger, the batteries and Arlo hub seem to be very proprietary. But that aside, the ease and quickness of setup, lack of any wires, picture quality and durability make the system a pleasure to use. The ability to move the cameras at the spur of the moment to anywhere on your property and the wireless range all over come the loss of the star. I would gave ARLO/NETGEAR 4 1/2 stars. The half star loss is due to the fact of a weakness due to the proprietary nature of how Arlo process the data. When you call up a live picture view, it can take from 5 to as long as 10 seconds before the view comes up...regardless of how the Arlo hub is hooked up...directly to my router or my switch. I believe that the data is first sent to Arlo web servers then back to your device for viewing because the cameras do not seem to be using non-proprietary IP protocols. As others have said the two way sound is good coming from the camera to your device but low and weak going to the camera. I love the system, the design, the ability to hide the cameras and the very, very loud siren. Still experimenting with the various ways to set up the viewing and alarm features but this is a keeper...in addition to my wired NVR IP security system that took over two week to mount and install and make holes in my house...ugh...this ARLO NETGEAR was such a pleasure to set up.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Choice for Basic Home Security

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    The Arlo Pro system aims to bring simple, affordable security features to almost any home. With its simple setup and easy-to-use features, Netgear has mostly succeeded, despite the few limitations of Arlo Pro system. SETUP - Setup is incredibly easy and straightforward, aside from the excessive amount of packaging. The system I ordered came with 2 cameras, 2 rechargeable batteries, a base station with a siren, and 2 magnetic wall mounts. - There are only a handful of setup procedures, which took me all of 10 minutes: Connect the base station to your router; insert the batteries into the cameras; pair the cameras to the base station; and place the cameras where you want them. This can all be done using the neatly-designed Arlo app. FEATURES - The Arlo Pro system sports a clean and modern design. The white color of the cameras may stand out a bit if used outdoors. - Arlo Pro is not a 24/7 recording system. Rather, the cameras use a combination of sensors to detect motion or loud sound, which then trigger the system to begin recording. When activity is detected, the system sends an alert to your phone. From there, you can view a live feed from all of your cameras and turn on the siren to scare away intruders. You can even use the two-way audio feature to talk to whomever is in front of a camera. - The free cloud service will store motion- and sound-activated video clips for up to 7 days (premium cloud plans are available for purchase, which will store your clips for a longer period of time). You can also attach a storage device to the Arlo base station to make local back-up copies of your clips. - The cameras are totally wireless. Netgear claims that they should work up to 300 feet away from the base station. PERFORMANCE - I tested this system in two separate environments: a 1,000 sq. ft. apartment and my family's 3,500 sq. ft. suburban house. The apartment has just one person - me. The house usually has a flurry of people going in and out during a typical day. This was a great way to see the strengths and weaknesses of the Arlo Pro. - In my apartment, I installed both cameras indoors: one camera facing my front door and the other facing my outside balcony. The "geofencing" feature of the Arlo app works perfectly for this simple setup. The app tells my Arlo system when I arrive at or leave my apartment, so it automatically arms or disarms based on my location. As such, I have yet to receive any false alarms while using the system in my apartment. - At my family's house, I installed one camera outdoors (at the front door porch) and one camera indoors (facing the entrance door from the garage). The amount of motion/sound alerts I receive can become overwhelming, especially if I forget to disarm the system when I know someone will be home. I've even had a few false alarms from cars driving by, squirrels running through the front yard, and even snow falling too heavily. - Despite the few false alarms, the system does its job well. Picture quality is great both day and night (even in a pitch-black room), and the wide-angle lens of the camera covers a large area. Battery life has been fine so far (both cameras are still close to 100% after a week of use). I love the wireless convenience of the cameras and being able to place them practically anywhere. The magnetic mounts are very strong and should withstand any outside weather conditions. The siren on the base is VERY loud. COULD BE BETTER - Netgear needs to figure out a way to reduce the amount of false alarms and notifications triggered in large or active households. As it is now, such users must constantly fine-tune the scheduling feature in the Arlo app or rely on the "geofencing" feature, which doesn't appear to work well with multiple users/devices. - The system relies on a stable internet connection - so if your router or service provider are unreliable, you may not see any recordings or alerts. Luckily, this hasn't been a problem for me, but it's something to be aware of. - The app needs a bit of work. Advanced settings like motion sensitivity, custom arm/disarm rules, and notification preferences seem to be buried deep in the app and aren't explained very clearly. - If you live in a cold climate and place an Arlo Pro camera outside during the winter, you're likely going to see very short battery life. Just another limitation to be aware of. OVERALL All things considered, the Arlo Pro is a great security camera system for my family. Just keep in mind that this is a reactive system -- one that only records when it senses motion or noise -- and not a proactive, 24/7 system. Such a system has notable limitations, but it also offers a great deal of convenience with its wireless cameras and easy setup. Hopefully Netgear will continue to improve the system and app over time. Recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A great wireless camera system

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    I’ve used a wired camera DVR system (first SVAT then Swann) around my house for the last 15 years. I’ve also used a wireless Foscam PTZ indoors that I can move around to more closely watch pets as needed. These all worked pretty well, but I always thought it would be nice to have cameras covering our horse barn that’s over 300’ from the house. I looked at the Arlo cameras when they first came out, but didn’t like the idea of the non-rechargeable batteries, plus I doubted the wireless would reach that far. When the Pro version came out with rechargeable batteries, I decided to give them a try. The specs on the box say the range is “up to 300 feet line of sight.” Google maps showed the distance from my base unit to the location in my barn where I wanted to place the camera to be 382 feet, and not exactly a clear line of sight either (there are a couple of trees in the way). I tried it anyway, and it worked! I have two cameras in the barn and they both work perfectly. The signal strength in the app shows 1 to 2 bars (out of 3) which amazes me. The cameras are also listed as operating from -4 to 113 F, and yesterday it got down to 1 F and they had no problems at all. I’m definitely happy with these cameras and would recommend them to anyone needing wireless outdoor cameras. I’ll go into more details and some pros and cons below. Pros: Rechargeable batteries Excellent wifi range Easy set up Magnetic mounts quick to install and easy to adjust Useful motion sensing and alert programming Night infrared illumination is excellent Picture quality is excellent Free cloud storage of video Possible cons, depending on your situation: Adds a wifi SSID, NTGR_VMB_xxxxx Magnetic mounts = easy theft Cloud storage of video, if your Internet isn’t reliable; also 1Mbps upload speed minimum Can’t customize the push alert sound Setup and installation was super easy. I just followed the quick start guide and got the two cameras synced and immediately started getting motion alerts since “armed” mode was on by default. The default modes are Armed, Disarmed, Scheduled, and Geofencing, the last letting it arm/disarm based on your phone leaving or returning home. Also, to be clear, “armed” just means the mode when it detects motion or sounds and then does actions like record video, send an email, generate a push notification in the app, or, heaven forbid, turn on the audible alarm. The audible alarm is similar to a smoke detector alarm that issues only from the base unit, not the cameras themselves. The motion sensing appears to be infrared with these cameras which is different than the other camera systems I’ve used. The other systems use changes in the image (x percentage of pixels changing) to detect “motion” and in my opinion it was never useful because of so many false alarms. On windy, partly cloudy days the changing shadows would continuously generate events. That isn’t a problem with these cameras and I think I’ll make much more use of their motion sensing. One thing to keep in mind, though, is the sensor doesn’t work through glass. To test, I put one in our kitchen window looking at the front porch. When I walked right in front of the window it didn’t detect motion. I didn’t test at night, but I would expect the glass to reflect the infrared illumination, too. So, the cameras are best mounted in the open. The magnetic “ball” mount is pretty ingenious. Having dealt with the standard mounts all these years, I was very impressed with how easy the magnetic mounts were to use and, especially, adjust. The cameras do still have the threaded mounting holes if you want to use the standard mounting hardware (not included) or a tripod. You would probably want to use that method where there’s a danger of someone stealing your camera. The threaded mount would at least slow them down a little. With the magnetic mount, it would only take a split second for someone to run off with your $200 camera. You could also mount it out of reach, but that would also make it a little harder to charge the batteries. I’m including a couple of pictures with this review showing the camera quality. I was impressed with how the camera captured the sky colors but also still clearly showed the land features. It’s much more comparable to my phone camera than any of my other security cameras. The infrared photo at night in the barn shows how well it illuminates at night. Other cameras I’ve used tend to have a very pronounced spot of light in the middle with very little around the edges. These cameras seem to be better at illuminating more of the frame. The back wall in the photo is about 25 feet from the camera. The camera system does create a new 2.4GHz SSID that’s broadcast around your home, which most people probably won’t care about. It does advertise the fact you have Netgear cameras, though, which could be 1) a deterrent like the Arlo window sticker or 2) an advertisement for a bad person to come find your cameras and steal them. It doesn’t appear that there’s anything to prevent someone from syncing your (former) camera with their base unit. The last con I listed was the fact you can’t customize the push notification sound. For Android, at least, this is a feature that apps can make use of but it appears the Arlo app doesn’t. I customize most of my alert sounds so that without even looking at my phone I know if it’s a text, Gmail, work mail, Outlook mail, Hangout, etc. It would be nice to have a unique sound for Arlo motion alerts so a person could tell right away if it was important or not. It seems like this is something that could be updated in the app without too much effort.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome. The best camera system!

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    Easy setup: Take everything out of the box, connect the base station to power and LAN, download the app or login online, then SYNC the cameras and you're ready to go! Amazing features: Mobile app is easy to use, has pinch to zoom for cameras. Cameras can be mounted basically ANYWHERE, no need to run wires was the biggest benefit, plus you can get creative where you mount them! Love the features of the new Arlo Pro system - benefits are rechargeable batteries, 2-way audio, siren, local storage option. The only negative thing I have encountered is that the 2-way audio might as well be 1-way audio. The cameras capture amazing sound detail, full conversations from a distance - but when you try to talk thru them the sound volume is so low that it is inaudible. You can't turn the output volume up to where you can be heard either. So don't buy these strictly for the 2-way audio feature. All in all, great product -all I need now are more cameras!! I would definitely recommend this product!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Only Review You Need To Read---Better Than Ring

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    I needed cameras after waking up to a slashed tire one morning. After a day of research I bought the Ring Spotlights. Worst mistake I ever made, I returned them the next day and when I did, I bought the Arlo Pro 4 Camera Kit. It's been a few days of testing this system and already I am much happier with Arlo Pro than I was the Ring Spotlights. Pros: Although the motion detection doesn't reach as far and the camera angle isn't as wide, I get much more reliable motion detected recordings instead of every leaf and squirrel that goes by. With this system, I also have a lot more customizable options than I did with the Ring App. I can zoom, set custom schedules, geotracking, and even build my own completely custom mode. This allows less recording while home and awake, motion on one camera to trigger recording on others, sound detection, etc. Cheaper than 4 Ring Spotlights and requires no monthly subscription for basic 7-day cloud storage. I couldn't tell you if the picture quality is really 720p, but it's good for a wire-free setup and still, once again, better than Ring. I heard Pro 2 cameras are 1020p, offering better daylight picture, however night vision is the same so it wasn't worth all the extra money to me. Camera angle and positioning is important with all security cameras but with the Pro cameras it's even more important you find the perfect location and angle to meet motion detection and video quality needs. The night vision has been very good so far, although car lights can trigger daytime recording. With a car in driveway with dome light on, I could easily see the driver and what they were doing. The ability to add external storage via USB connection is a big plus for me. This allows many many recordings to be saved for as long as you wish, and there is 2 spots to add external storage. Being able to add on to this system is nice as well. This hun can handle 5 cameras and I can add multiple hubs to suit my needs. The app is really easy to use and setup took no time at all, even having to update firmware on hub and all 4 cameras. The additional accessories are a nice touch to this system. Adding a silicone case will hopefully help with some of the temperature issues I keep reading about. Magnetic mounts for easy relocation inside helps cover what is necessary at that time. Also, the solar panels, 2 battery fast charger, etc. There is some lag sometimes, but normally a <2sec delay, however I expect that from any wireless device. Custom recording settings such as, motion and sound, just motion, record, don't record, stop at end of motion, custom set recording length up to 2 minutes. Cons: The speaker, although very clean, crisp, and clear, is not loud enough at all. I tested inside my house from around the corner, less than 15ft away and could barely hear it. Picture Quality could be better, Camera Angle could be wider, and motion detection could reach further (or add battery powered motion detectors that trigger Pro cameras to start recording. No siren on cameras themselves, only the base. More secure mounting options are needed considering cameras have to be mounted fairly low due to lack of range for motion detection and distorted picture quality. Even a way the camera can be padlocked to the mount would be great. 4 Magnetic mounts come in package, only 1 outdoor mount ($20ea) included. I hear cold weather has been an issue, it is 39ºF here today and cameras are still working fine. Although rated down to -4ºF, I didn't really expect it to work under those conditions. My $700 Samsung Galaxy S7 probably couldn't handle constant cold either, but if it can, it's $700 for ONE device. That would be $2800 for 4 of them if you compare that to the cameras. No Windows app was a real dissapointment. This should be corrected immediately. Final Opinion: If you are looking for a wire-free camera system, with a picture as clear as if you were looking right at it, not a single flaw, and think electronics are invincible and not affected by low temperatures... DO NOT BUY THESE CAMERAS, OR ANY OTHER WIRE-FREE CAMERAS ON THE MARKET. If you are looking for a good, reasonably priced, customizable setting surveillance system to have some peace of mind and added protection, I strongly recommend these cameras. If you have the money, try out the Pro 2's, they might be better, I don't know, but Pro 2's are 1080p instead of 720p. If you don't need to go wire-free, obviously wired cameras offer clearer pictures, continuous recording, etc. However, I would still recommend Arlo products. I WILL BE MAKING A REVIEW VIDEO OF THE ARLO PRO SYSTEM OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS SO EVERYONE CAN KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE CONSIDERING/BUYING. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Wireless home security camera’s made easy

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    Arlo - Pro Indoor/outdoor Hd Wire Free Security Camera (2-pack) - White I have had home security cameras setup from time to time when working from home. Since I have an upstairs office I was always concerned that I could have had someone break in my house and not even know it while I was working. I park my car in the garage so it would be easy to assume no one was home. I tried various indoor camera setups, some placed inside windows but there was always a compromise. Poor image quality, stress on my wireless network to stream and poor software implementations. The cost of quality outdoor cameras was just too steep. IP cameras such as the Arlo were always very pricey and I didn’t want to have my house wired for the older analog cameras. I tend to be a DYI person because I like to know how things work and how to fix them if there’s a problem. Once you open the box on the Ario system you will find two very nice cameras, a separate base station, two rechargeable batteries plus mounting hardware. I have the two pack but Netgear offers other packages with more cameras. The two pack in not cheap. You do have to pay for them. The good news is if you price high quality IP camera these are very competitive especially as a turnkey solution. I use an Android phone and once I installed the app from the Google play store all I had to do was setup an account. After that is was very simple to connect the cameras to the base station. The whole setup took all of 15 minutes from installing the app to having the cameras working on my phone. Since these can be both inside and outside cameras I decided to mount them outside. This was the one place I could never use in my prior attempts to have a security system. The cameras support two way communication however sound from the outside camera if you were going to actually talk to someone, is to low to be very useful. Not a concern for me but if that's something you want from your setup this might not be there yet. It could also be fixed by a firmware update but nothing during the setup reported needing one and I review what you get not what you might get. The image quality is very good for up close. As you view from a farther distance it does tend to lose some quality. This is probably due to the high field of view, 130° that the cameras provides and I would say in most cases this is a better trade off. For most cases such as someone at the front door the image quality is very good. The cameras support motion detection and can be setup to record when they detect motion. This is a very needed feature since you can record video that can stored either locally on USB drives, two are supported, and connect to the back of the base station or on the Netgear website. The website recordings can be shared, downloaded or deleted as needed. If you have the Ario app open on your phone it will vibrate when motion is detected. I signed up for the free service but they also have paid plans. The free service supports up to five cameras and cloud storage for up to 7 days of recording. Netgear claims the cameras are weatherproof but the battery compartment might not be. So I mounted them where I felt they had the best chance to stay dry. Battery life is claimed to be up to two or three months. Time will tell on that one but you do get an indicator on the charge level of the batteries when viewing from them and they can be setup to run powered if that’s an issue. Night vision is also very good but I was most impressed with how the base station works. You plug it into your router or any available network jack. And the cameras only talk to it and don’t use your other wireless network. I tried several different locations for the base station and got good signals pretty much wherever I tired it. So I ended up putting it next to my router in a closet and it is showing a full signal, very impressive. Finally there is a smart siren that can be activated manually or setup to trigger remotely. This is a serious siren and will definitely get attention if triggered. This is a very good camera security system for the cost. Netgear is a leader in networking for both consumer and enterprise, they know what they're doing. The product is feature rich, easy to install and it's one screw to mount. They have done a great job with the software which runs on both Apple and Android or in a desktop browser. I could easily recommend this for someone looking for a DIY some security system. You can add up to five cameras to the two pack but if you think you need more cameras it might be best to buy them in the 3 or 4 pack. The individual cameras bought separately are much more expensive than if you buy them in the larger pack. Overall a great product and if you feel the need there is always the Geek Squad warranty to keep you protected. Mounted outside it's a small price to pay for the protection offered.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Under performing & over priced buggy device

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    Thanks to an overwhelming number of exceptional reviews here and on amazon, I purchased & setup these cameras and was compelled to share my experience and documentation to educate consumers instead of misleading them. Note, I returned them to Best Buy within the first 30 days because they are not worth the time, trouble or money. First night I purchased was during the NFL divisional championship games. Setup is remarkably simple, and the product does appear to be well built from looks and feel...but wait. I installed one in my driveway, and it rained that night. When the camera gets water on it (even while facing downward) and if any lighting is close the camera, there is a TERRIBLE blooming effect where you cannot see what you are trying to record. I took a second video after the rain stopped so you can see the difference. Second majorly disturbing issue was a total white washed image on a malfunctioned camera. Contacting Netgear Support was painfully agonizing. On top of having to create an account for myArlo.com & a second if you want to join the community.arlo.com forums, you need a third account on my.netgear.com. Its insane. Anyway to even reach support you have to have the product registered, and then create a ticket with details, then they finally supply a support # to call, which wasn't even for ARLO support (was for routers), was transferred to another number after waiting 15 minutes to speak to someone that couldn’t help me, held 20 more minutes only to explain my issue and steps I already took to resolve and was offered a replacement of a 2 week old camera. No thanks. If 1 of 4 are a total failure in the 1st two weeks, there is little to expect that will suggest they will last long enough to quantify a $649.99 purchase price. Other recurring issues that I experienced where when trying to make changes, like renaming cameras, changing the motion sensitivity, etc where the web page would freeze and I would get a message stating “ Your changes did not apply”. I also had a random “timezone_error” and often on my home 300/20 MBps connection, I would get “Your camera is offline”. Oh, and as far as support you only get 90 days from purchase date of phone support if you don't subscribe to an additional plan other than the included basic; which BY THE WAY, only includes 7 days of cloud recording and a whopping 1G of cloud storage. The quality of video and compression is disappointing as well. Premier is $9.99 a month for 30 days w/ 10G cloud storage and Elite is 60 days & 100G cloud storage. Those both include unlimited support. Some other things to know before you buy these if you think they might work well for you: The cameras ONLY record on motion detection, or if you are monitoring and hit manual record. There is no constant recording feature. The rechargeable batteries did last a pretty decent amount of time...lowest any got in the two weeks I had them was 58%. If you do think of buying a spare battery to have a hot swap ready to go, you will ALSO need a charger if you don’t want to take a camera offline; as there is no way to charge them without a camera shell/charger. $120 to have that “luxury” folks... The modes are pretty simple to setup, but don’t offer any real granular settings or way to automatically switch between modes when your dwelling is occupied or unoccupied. There is not a way I discovered to have certain cameras off, like 5pm - 11pm M-F when walking around the house, and then to all on from 11pm - 7am, off for an hour while getting ready for work, and then back on from 8am - 5pm. You have to create your own modes for each type of function and manually switch between them if you don’t want to be bombarded with emails or push notifications; depending how you set them up. You have no direct connection to monitor your cameras video, even on your local network. If your internet is down, so is your ability to view your cameras. The cameras record/stream through the base station, to your router, up to the netgear servers in California, and then back down to your router and on the device you like to view them on. If not on your LAN, then through your mobile carrier. The base station is very light, and MUST be plugged into your router to function. That was the only part of this kit that seemed from the outside like it was built really cheap. Made in Vietnam by the way. The base station does not have any USB 3.0 ports and the ethernet jack is only 10/100. Yup, in 2017 that’s still all you need if only processing low quality, ultra compressed video recordings. You cannot be logged in to the website making mode or camera changes and on your mobile device simultaneously with the same account, even on the same local network. You will need to “Grant Access” create a second account for yourself to do such a simple task. The community.arlo.com is pretty helpful, I spent about 5-10 hours posting and researching in discussion threads; trying VERY hard to love this purchase and make the best out of it, but it was not for me. There are many supporters of the product that are knowledgeable there. In conclusion - this Netgear product is unreliable and seems like consumers willing to lay out hard earned cash are guinea pig beta-testers. Enormous potential, but too many shortcomings to even try to keep this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Better Than Alarm System

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    Sytem does everything it claims with minimal lag. One note I've noticed none have mentioned is the use for burglary prevention and prosecution. Having worked in Law Enforcement for over 20 years I routinely heard the amount of pending alarm calls at any given moment which in a large city is typically 30 or more. These alarms are assigned for response chronologically so often police officers simply are responding after the fact to write a report. Using the Arlo System an owner can notify police themselves, giving a description of perpetrators for apprehension and most importantly, having their call assigned as a priority in progress call rather than just another pending annoyance as deemed by most Police Departments.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Affordable Peace Of Mind

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    Whether you’re concerned about vandalism to your home, need to check in on your children that are home alone or just want to see what your dog or cat are up to in the other room, having personal home cameras is practical and I believe the Arlo Pro HD Security Camera is the right choice. Set up was easy and the instructions clear and easy to follow. Set up for the cameras took about minutes. The camera feels durable and the magnet that holds them in place is STRONG and allows for a very personalized alignment. There was the immediate concern that if these cameras are within arm’s reach they could be easily taken but this can be remedied by setting them high enough where they won’t be noticed or touched. I also discovered that there a variety of Arlo camera covers sold that allow the cameras to blend with your house/background color. Controlling the cameras is easy via app or computer (as long as you’ve created an account). The interface allows the user to create clips of what has been recorded and share however you like. You can even watch BOTH cameras at once; a feature that my other home security cameras lacked. The other cameras that I refer to are similar to the Arlo cameras and are almost the same price. The picture is clear and bright. The camera does allow for brightness control which is a nice bonus feature for low light areas. You can also set the clarity higher but it will affect battery life. I have mine set to optimum for clarity and battery life. I have had mine set up for 4 days and batteries still going strong. The sound is clear and the two-way speaker was better than I expected. I could hear loud and clear from it. Speaking of batteries, they are easy to remove and charge. There was a slight issue with getting a steady signal from the one camera that was placed at the other end of the house where the Wi-Fi strength wasn’t as strong which in turn created some stutters and occasional freezing with the reception. It’s hard to pinpoint if this is the fault of my Wi-Fi or if there was some other signal causing a disruption between the camera and the base. I was pleased to see the camera still worked relatively well. When the signal strength peaked, the visual was perfect. I have to mention that even with this issue, the Arlo camera succeeds since the other brand of camera doesn’t even broadcast a signal in the same placement. The base from where the cameras are connected to also serves as a siren when activated (it’s up to the user as to how he or she wants to have the siren triggered). I was impressed with the loudness and reach of the alarm within the house. The siren will definitely cause any intruder to run upon hearing it. I could even hear the alarm/siren from outside as I stood in the driveway where I can turn off the alarm via the app. At the end of the day, the Arlo Pro security camera is easy to set up and use without sacrificing features or quality. Personally, I feel that if you are exploring the idea of setting up home security then this package should be at the top of your list.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Wireless Camera Fills a Security Niche!!

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    The Arlo Pro Cameras far exceed my expectations! I was at first turned off by the 720P, having 4) DropCam Pro 1080P cameras in my home already. But the Arlo Pro resolution is comparable to the 1080P cams & offers these benefits: 1- it is completely wireless, 2- cloud monitoring is free up to 5) cameras, 3- they are completely portable, 4- their own hub produces a much more robust connection than WiFi Cameras, 5- the auto IR works perfectly, 6- there are silicon skins to protect the exterior & convert to black 7- there are white & black aluminum weather resistant brackets! 8- the cameras are water resistant for outdoor & indoor use 9- 3-month life using the Li-ion built-in battery! 10- Bright, clear images

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Truly Wireless Survelliance

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    Over the years I have put in a number of IP cameras with and without PoE. My goal was to setup some for our home with a NVR or record to a Synology device. When I saw this cameras I was skeptical. The idea of not having run cables was something my wife liked ;-). I read through the reviews and the battery life ones and thought I would give the Arlo's a shot. I am so glad I did. Battery life - I have had the cameras running since the last week of November and the battery life is 61%, 89%, 95% and 96%. Today, I moved the Arlo base station to a different location and am hoping that will help the battery on the one camera that is at 61%. The two camera's with the lowest battery % are outside AND it has been COLD. We had -5 Fahrenheit weather the last couple of days and I have had no issues with the cameras. Motion Sensor - I've been really impressed with the lack of false positives the camera will report. When the unit is armed it record when it should. Picture/Sound Quality - The camera records at 720p which is fine for my use. I have now issue being able to see or hear people. I placed one to monitor the front door and I have been able to have conversations with my UPS driver. This feature and the the rechargeable battery where the main reasons for choosing the Pro vs the standard Arlo wireless units. The Arlo app is great to review live and historical video from the camera and Arlo makes it easy to share and download the video. Ease of Use - This is one of the easiest systems to use. The free cloud based DVR service makes it a snap to review your video on your laptop and for security it will log you off of your app when using it on the computer. Local Storage - Arlo requires the use of the Cloud DVR but you can keep local video archives which is great If the internet goes out. To review them you need to eject the USB drive and connect it to your MacBook or PC. Arlo App - The app is intuitive and easy to use. Adding the cameras is a snap and you can rename them to better identify them. From the app you can arm the Arlo system, change video and sound settings, configure motion detection, review the battery life, signal strength back to the base station and more. Overall, I am incredibly happy with the Arlo system and one of my co-workers just picked a two pack up and is really pleased too. The Arlo Pro's rechargeable battery and two way audio are a great feature and for the money they are a good value. A good PoE camera can start at $150 and then you need to configure the NVR or software. Arlo has made this system incredibly easy to use. I included a screenshot from my MacBook and the iPhone app.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    First home security system... and I LOVE IT!!!

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    I finally decided that I need to add more of a piece of mind to my family and I, so I obtained the Netgear Arlo Pro Security System. This was the first time to every venture into a home security system. Overall, I am highly satisfied and it wasn’t any bit of a headache to setup. The system was as simple as plug and play. I hooked up the home base into my router; put the batteries within the cameras; sync them to the base and I was up and running. The quality of the video and audio is amazing. When I connect to watch the live video feed, there is about a 4 second delay (understandable) but I can hear things quite clear, such as conversations, that are more than 25 feet away from the camera. I am able to see things clear while it is pitch black. I am able to connect to the camera remotely and I can speak through the camera’s speaker and it could be heard about 10 feet away. I am connect to my system any time and watch live video feed when I am away. The motion sensor works well. When motion is detected, notifications are sent to my phone. I am able to access the log within each camera and play back what triggered the motion sensor. Like I said, this is my first home security system and this was extremely easy to set up. The range of the system is also impressive. I have one camera within the basement and the base unit is on the second floor. It is an older house with plaster-and-lath walls. I am quite satisfied with this, great job Netgear.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Great Option for Security

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    These cameras are a great choice for added home security. They are very small in physical size and extremely easy to set up. I was up in running in a matter of a few minutes. The setup is done with the Arlo app, and it does a good job of walking you through the process. There are some great standout features of these little guys. The motion-sensing recording is great. I had to dial down the sensitivity, because they were actually picking up too much movement outside (dust, etc.). Speaking of outside, the ability to mount these outdoors is another great feature, the included mounting hardware is dead-simple to set up, and doesn't require you to run a bunch of wires. Along with the ability to record based on movement, they have the option to record based on audio, which is a welcome addition. The downside of the wireless, is depending on your mounting locations, the hub may not quite reach. Which results in a bit of a stuttering signal. I originally placed the hub in the second story of my house, towards the back of the house. It had a bit of trouble keeping a signal. I can't fault the hardware though. It was a decent distance, not to mention trying to go through brick and glass to the camera outside. I was able to solve this by adding a wireless extender and plugging the Arlo hub into it, closer to the front of the house, downstairs. The recordings are good quality, even at night (yes, they have night vision as well). The app allows you to view live feeds, and download clips directly to your phone (iOS or Android), or PC. I used the Arlo software on an Android phone (Pixel), and it worked most of the time. I did have a few hiccups. It seemed to crash on occasion, when resuming the app. Speaking of the app, some things weren't quite as simple to figure out. I mentioned adjusting the motion sensitivity earlier. It wasn't immediately clear to me on how to make the adjustment. Going into the motion detection test, there is a sensitivity slider there, and I thought that was how to adjust it initially. After a bit more time, I realized that when you're customizing your "Mode" rules, you can adjust the sensitivity there. Makes sense. Speaking of which, the Mode rules are a great option also. You can have your Arlo send you either an app notification or email (or both) when it detects motion, along with recording the clip. Arlo will store those clips in the cloud for you for 7 days too. You can purchase a longer time frame, or buy a hardware backup to plug in, but it seems like most people will just want to save the clips necessary. If you want the quick pros/cons: Pros: Great quality, easy setup, excellent features, smart ideas in the app, easy to use Cons: Range may be an issue for some (pretty easily solved though), the app seems to have a couple minor kinks (I'm betting these get worked out soon. The app is overall great.)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Truly Wireless / Hassle Free

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    I’ve never owned a camera security system, as they always seemed complicated to use. However, the Arlo Pro Security System 2 Camera Kit was very easy to setup. The 2 camera kit includes a receiver (think of an internet router-like device) that connects to your modem. From there, the quick-read instructions ask you to download an app to your mobile device. The app offers step by step instructions on how to sync your cameras. After syncing the cameras, you can go and install them anywhere you like. I am not much of a handyman when it comes to using power tools. That was what kept me from getting any security system. Luckily, tools were not needed, for the cameras are magnetic and the location where I installed them had plenty of metal for them to stick on their own. However, it does come with two mounts that you can use if you need them to be aimed at a certain angle. One of the best features of this product is the ability to observe any motion from your mobile device. Within seconds, I started to detect motion after installation. I tested it with several family members to check if the notifications on my phone were working, and they worked flawlessly after an update required from the cameras and the receiver. One of the best features that I didn’t know it had was a microphone that comes with each camera. While away from home, the camera will notify me of someone near my home. If I want to communicate with them, I can through the mobile app. I hold a microphone icon and they can hear what I say from anywhere that I am. On top of that, the batteries in the cameras last a long time. They also come pre-charged, making it very easy to use right out of the box. To test out the performance of the cameras, I turned off my WiFi and was on my LTE network (Sprint, if you want to know). The cameras were clearly visible on cell phone internet. The clarity was actually quite outstanding. On the third day after installing them, we had rain and strong winds. The cameras, being magnetic, worried me. However, they withstood the weather and further strengthened my faith in the product. This product more than meets my expectations. At first, I was slightly discouraged to know that there was a monthly plan to subscribe to. However, a free option is available. The plans are as follows: Basic (Free) 7 Days of Cloud Recordings (Up to 1GB Cloud storage) Up to 5 cameras Limited Support for 3 Months Premier 30 Days of Cloud Recordings (Up to 10GB Cloud storage) Up to 10 cameras Unlimited Support MONTHLY $9.99 ANNUAL $99 ($20 SAVINGS) Elite 60 Days of Cloud Recordings (Up to 100GB Cloud storage) Up to 15 cameras Unlimited Support MONTHLY AT $14.99 ANNUAL AT $149 ($30 SAVINGS) For most people, the basic (free) plan would suffice, as many won’t need more than 5 cameras per home. If you want to add another camera from the 2 camera starter package, it currently costs 189.99 to add another one. The product offers a great value for the price because on top of the plans that are offered for cloud storage, you can connect a USB External hard drive. Via the APP, you can reformat the hard drive and all of your videos can be stored locally instead of on the cloud. This way, you can either have a backup of the cloud videos or just keep your own log without relying on the cloud storage. Though the price may deter some people from getting this product, I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for more security for their homes. The alternative choices are usually more expensive because of higher monthly fees elsewhere, whereas this product has a free option. The applications are quite numerable. Some people use it to monitor their pets while others keep an eye on their younger ones. Overall, the price you pay is more than worth it for a better peace of mind.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Cool Little System

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    I really like this system a lot and was actually very surprised at how easy it was to get everything going. I already have an ADT system with door sensors and a motion detector. I've had some false trips on the motion detector in the past few weeks and this gives me a really easy way to check my house and see what is going on. Besides a few minor gripes that can be remedied by purchasing additional accessories I don't have a lot of bad things to say about this. In the box you get: - 2 Cameras w/ Rechargeable Batteries - Base Station - Magnetic Mounting Bases for each Camera (w/ screws) - Power and Ethernet Cables You start by plugging in the base station to an Ethernet port on your router. The base station is not wireless, so you'll need to make sure your router has a free Ethernet port and that you are able to place the base station close enough. Once the base station is connected and powered on you start the setup process either through the app or in a web browser. The process has you register for a Netgear account and then sync all of the cameras you have. The sync process is a really easy and takes less than a minute per camera. Once you've got all that done you can begin placing your cameras wherever you are going to put them. For my setup I have one camera mounted on my front porch looking at my door and another camera mounted on the side of my house looking out on my back patio. The cameras a weather proof and can be used indoors and out. The included magnetic bases make it really easy to mount and position the camera, but the flip side of that is that it's actually really easy to just remove the camera and walk off with it. I wish they had included more secure mounts for outdoors (they are available separately). If you are mounting the cameras outside I'd recommend either getting better mounts or placing your cameras someplace that is inconspicuous and out of reach. There is also a black silicone shroud available for the cameras if the white sticks out too much for you. Again - kind of wish that had been included or the cameras were a darker color in the first place, but at least it's an option. The cameras are a least relatively compact and I found the one on my front porch was easy enough to conceal from plain view. As far as the image quality goes, it looks pretty good in both day and night situations. The cameras do have night vision built in, so it will switch to that when it starts to get dark. There are also motion sensors and microphones built-in. The motion sensor is the primary detection method by default, but you can also turn detection based on audio as well. One other neat thing is the cameras will actually let you talk through them if you have the app on your phone. Both cameras sync with the Arlo base station, which will record when triggered and store those recordings in the cloud. You get 7 days of recordings from up to 5 cameras for free. The base station also has a couple of USB ports that you can use to record to local storage. I was a little concerned about the cloud recording on the base station since if the internet were to go out you would no longer have recordings being sent, but having the option of adding local storage is nice peace of mind. The local storage would work in concert with the cloud recording, so you don't have to choose one over the other. The base station also has a 100 decibel alarm built in that can be activated when motion or audio is detected by the cameras. It's turned off by default and I haven't tried using it yet, but I'm assuming it would be plenty loud enough to wake up the whole house or scare someone off. All of this is controlled through the Arlo app or Arlo online portal. Since the cameras are connected to the internet you can access them from anywhere. You can set rules for the different modes, view live feeds of each camera, see recordings, and change settings. You can arm and disarm the system manually through the app, setup schedules, or arm and disarm based on your location (geofencing). The geofencing option was listed as a beta feature, but it is what I have been using on my iPhone and I haven't had any problems with it. The app is really fast and easy to use is able to connect the system from anywhere very quickly. After going through everything the only thing I wish that Netgear had included was better hardware to secure and hide the cameras outside, but besides that this is something I plan to keep and continue using. The app makes it really easy to control everything and the free cloud storage is a big plus for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A good upgrade from the original Arlo

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    I received this to replace my first generation Arlo base station mainly as I wanted the PRO features, mainly the attached local storage option. The system came in a very nice display box, the two cameras were on top in a clear plastic box, and the only way to get that open easily is to open the bottom box, remove the two smaller boxes containing the rest of the system, and then remove the top clear box so you can gain access to the cameras. The cameras are attached to the box with two large screws and are easy to remove. I just used finger pressure but they are slotted for a coin. The rest of the system, packed neatly into the two boxes in the bottom of the lower main box. I went online to arlo.com and downloaded the manuals under the support section, “I’d rather read PDF files on my computer” and followed the setup instructions, the whole process is very simple. Then I connected the patch cable to my router, plugged in the power cord and set up the system in my already established Arlo account. the base station appeared right away after logging in and showed that it needed a software update, so I let that run and the system rebooted. Next I installed the batteries in the cameras, “they are fully charged from the factory” and went through the pairing process in the manual. One thing though, the batteries are covered in a very thin, tape like, protective plastic and it’s not easy to see right off. You have to remove that before inserting it in the camera or the batteries will not make contact. Then I logged into my account, made sure my two new cameras were there and tried them out, they worked . Next, while logged in I removed the old cameras from my previous system and paired those to the new system. The old version one cameras paired fine, “also verified they were working". I proceeded to go outside and place all the cameras. Nothing different from the old system, I already had the mounts placed so I didn’t have to put any of those up. The magnetic mount makes it a breeze to place the cameras on the mount. I used the live view mode to make sure the cameras were aimed correctly and then proceeded to set up all the preferences the same as my old system. I also plugged in a 32gb thumb drive in USB port 1 and the system automatically set that up for use. We tried out the audio function of the cameras, and it works, but even setting the speaker output at 100% the speakers aren’t really loud. I’m sure someone at our front door will hear them but they will have to pay pretty good attention. The cameras are a good 7-8’ from the door and around 9’ high so if they were closer that would help a lot. I’ve noticed over the last couple days that the motion sensitivity of the new cameras seems to be better than the old one. It picked up a cat walking down the sidewalk the other night, the old version cameras never picked one up. They also pick us up walking down our driveway to the mailbox; the originals only did that on occasion. Video quality with the new cameras seems a little better and night B&W mode is much better. My big concern is the battery life of the rechargeable batteries in the Pro cameras. Our old gen 1 Arlo cameras lasted 5 month on the most used camera, and are plenty strong on the others. I’m hoping that I get at least a couple months out of them as I don’t want to be taking them down to charge and then putting up and repositioning. Something you may want to think about if you want to put the cameras up high and not within easy reach. I’m going to get a spare battery and the charge station, which will shorten any downtime when the batteries run low. One spare should be enough as the batteries shouldn’t run out at the same time. In all this is an excellent update to a system we already liked, the added local storage option is really a welcome addition. At least I know the videos will be recorded, and saved if the network connection goes down. For the initial price of the system it would be convenient if they included the charge station. I like the idea of charging the batteries there than in the camera itself. The cameras are also quite a bit larger than the original ones, not a big problem, but due to the size increase they can’t be angled quite as much as the older ones on the magnet mount. I have them mixed so that the areas I need more of an angle on the mount I used the original camera on. My one complaint about the cameras is the rubber cover over the USB port doesn’t like to stay in and keeps popping out, I may have to put a piece of tape over it to keep it in protecting the port.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Pretty Good, not perfect

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    I've had the Arlo pro setup with 5 cameras for about a month. So far I'm pretty impressed. The battery life is still in the mid 70% range after a month and I've no issues with the cameras or base. The only gripe I have is that sometimes the app is slow to arm and disarm the system as well as activating the live view. The motion sensing works well after setting the right level and seem to capture events accurately. Night vision is also pretty good, but the pic quality is definitely better with good lighting. I am looking to get another Arlo pro for outside and maybe one for inside. I have my Arlo system integrated with my Samsung Smartthings hub and they seem to work well together.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great HD Video Security Option

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    My wife and I recently invested in a home security system - but unfortunately, it didn't offer a video option. While we were at Best Buy, we came across the Arlo and Arlo Pro. I came home, did some reading and pulled the trigger and I'm really glad we did! For starters, if you are thinking of the Arlo, spend some extra money and go for the Arlo Pro - you get weatherproof cameras as well as rechargeable batteries. So big bonus points for convenience and adaptability. We set them up inside our house, one camera covering the front door and the other covering the back - the whole setup was pretty quick and painless. The batteries ship fully charged from the factory, so it's nice to not have to loose a day due to charging or swapping cameras and batteries. The core of the Arlo system is the Hub. During the setup, I found that the Hub requires an ethernet connection - so be sure you have space on a switch our router. There's no WiFi option for the Arlo, but since you're dealing with streaming HD video - that's not really a bad thing. The Arlo app also has a special setup mode where it helps you point the camera to get the best angle and coverage. The cameras themselves come with really strong magnetic wall mounts, so you can place a wall mount where you want it and then attach the camera and point it where desired. During the setup, you'll need to press a button on the Hub and camera to sync them, and you can only sync one camera at a time - so be sure that you haven't hidden the Hub in a difficult to reach place. Once you have them up and running, you can put the system into several modes: Armed, Disarmed and Scheduled. We use the Scheduled mode and leave it off while we're home and arm it around the time we normally leave the house. Here's where things get interesting - when my wife worked from home, my phone was blowing up with motion alerts from Arlo - I had over 70 in one day. That's when I realized that if someone was home, I'd have to disarm the Arlo otherwise I'd loose my battery just from alerts. The video was captured in short, easy to watch clips and was pretty clear to watch. Another cool feature of the Arlo Pro is that basic cloud video capture is included for free - but there's other tiers you can opt in for an additional cost. We've had the system running for over a week now and the cameras still show a nearly full charge in the Arlo app - so it's nice to know that the cameras won't need frequent recharging breaks. Bottom line - the Arlo Pro is a solid system that you can expand on and add cameras as needed. The Hub also is equipped with a siren, so if you get a video that something's wrong in your house, you can turn on an alarm as well. The Arlo Pro is a solid system so far and I think it's a great addition to our existing home security setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Security Camera System

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    While our home is already monitored by a home security company we did not have video cameras as part of the existing system. Nether Arlo makes it incredibly easy to setup security cameras within your home and to receive alerts when movement is detected by the cameras. Netgear provides iOS and Android apps for the Arlo camera system. I personally used the iOS app on an iPad and setting up the Arlo base station and the two cameras was easily accomplished in around 10 minutes. Installing the camera where you want it to monitor your home or business is easy. The kit provides mounts that are installed with a single screw and the rear of the camera contains a magnet that secures the camera to the mount. The Arlo app provides a positioning capability that allows you to use the app to review the position of the camera and make minor adjustments. The video quality of the camera is very impressive and can be customized within the app to either choose higher quality video or a lower quality video to extend the battery life of the camera. The system is easily expanded by purchasing additional Arlo cameras and adding them to your Arlo account using the iOS and Android apps. Netgear provides free Cloud storage of the videos the system captures for 7 days and subscriptions are available if you would like to store the videos longer than that. As someone who works from home, the system makes it really easy to tell whether I should get up and answer the front door during a meeting. You can easily tell whether this is FedEx or simply some neighborhood kids looking to play with your children. While the iOS and Android apps are a great start, it would be awesome to see Netgear add support for Windows and MacOS apps so that the cameras can be monitored on your PC or Mac. Overall, this is an incredibly affordable and impressive security video system and I would definitely recommend it to friends and family!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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