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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the better home systems available

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    When I received this wireless camera system and began unboxing, my initial impression was good. Attractive styling and the base unit was a bit smaller than I expected based on the photos I had seen. It can be placed just about anywhere with it’s small footprint and contemporary styling. After unpacking all parts I feel a second AC adapter or charging block would be a welcome addition. More about that later. Both batteries ship fully charged so you can plug in the base station, run through the setup and begin using the system in about 15-30 minutes. The Arlo app, downloadable from the AppStore is well designed and makes setup quick and easy. This was a pleasant surprise due to my less than exemplary experience with previous router setup apps from Netgear. There are four aspects that I feel warrant significant improvement: First is the Web interface. Overall, the interface is well laid out and easy to navigate. The features available on the free plan are sufficient for just about everyones needs. But the Achilles heel is that fact that they are still using flash to display the videos. FLASH IS DEAD folks! Even Adobe says so. I don’t typically have it installed since it has a long history of issues with stability and security. Ironic for a security camera interface?!?! Fortunately, I am able to fire up Chrome and use the site. But this is a serious negative in my book. Second, the alert siren is only on the base. Sure, if you want to be alerted to an intruder detected where one of the cameras are placed this will do the job. But other systems have the ability to alarm at the camera site. I feel that this would be a better way of attempting to scare off would-be criminals from the premises. Third, as with other systems that I have tried, the app on iOS will drain your battery very quickly. There must be a way to refine the code so that it’s not so power hungry. This is the downfall of other wireless cam systems that I have tried so the Arlo is not unusual in this regard, but it is irritating. I don’t see why I can stream HD videos on my phone for hours, but can only stream on these cams for minutes. Fourth and finally, the seals on the charge ports of the cameras do not fit well. They are flimsy and on one camera will not stay in at all. This likely won’t have too much affect on my usage as they will be mounted under the eve of my home and not directly exposed to the rain/snow but if your installation is different you will want to consider this in your selection. Now for all the things that I like: Video quality is far better than other cams I have tried. There is much less of the fisheye effect and video is sharp and smooth. The motion detection works very well and is not an add on service as with their competitors. Their low light performance is above average, but you must consider your installation. In night mode, if you are trying to use it through a window, you will get a bright reflection in your image from the infrared lighting that is projected by the camera. But this is the nature of the beast, not a flaw with the camera design at all. Just consider your placement and plan before you buy. For monitoring indoor rooms or outside of your home at night, it would be a challenge to find a better cam system. The mounts are simple and easy to install. They use a magnetic ball joint connection with the camera which should allow you all the range of aiming that you need. The magnets are quite strong and I’m not at all worried about the wind ripping them off; and I live in a part of Illinois where we routinely experience 40-60 mph sustained winds. I’m in the Mt. Washington of Illinois! But with any cam that uses a magnetic mount, you have to consider carefully the placement. You not only need to choose a location that will give you a clear view of the area you wish to monitor; but you have to consider access to the cams. You have to balance your ease of access when you have to retrieve the cams to swap or charge the batteries, while still having them located out of easy reach for thieves. In my situation one will be mounted outside of a second story bedroom window. I can reach out and grab the cam easily, but it’s high enough off the ground that no one else has access without an extension ladder. But for the front of the house I will have to mount it over the garage which will required ME getting on a ladder. With an expected battery life of around 6 months this isn’t a huge deal and I may choose to just run power to the zone and keep the cam powered with electric. (which means that I’ll have to buy a second charger to charge the other cam) Barring my aversion to Flash, the web interface is so very good. You are able to adjust all of the settings just as you can with the app, view your library of events, view live streams from the cams and take snapshots. Any of the videos or stills can then be easily downloaded as mp4’s for video and jpg’s for stills. Good to see them using industry standards for compatibility. You can setup the cams to record with motion detection and more precisely with “activity zones” which I found to be much better than other systems. They will detect motion just about anywhere in the frame including the far edges. Alternately, you can set them to record at specific times. Oddly though, you must use the app and not the web interface to set recording based on geofencing. But even with this restriction, it’s a neat feature to have. Another HUGE plus with the Arlo system over competitors, is that in the “free” account you can store up to SEVEN days of events without incurring additional charges. If you are familiar with Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, SmartThings then you will be happy to know that this systems supports their use as well. But not even a mention of HomeKit. I hope that this will be an addition through an update in the future. The two-way audio is remarkably average. But you shouldn’t expect high fidelity from a speaker that small. It’s good enough for you to notify someone in the cams range and understand their response. The base station also provides a feature that most others don’t. USB ports for connecting external storage devices. You can connect a flash drive or hard drive to provide local storage of events so you wouldn’t even need to use the cloud based storage if you didn’t want to. But if you’re buying a system like this, one of the outstanding features is the remote access and storage. There are also a line of compatible accessories that are offered for the Arlo system. Several different types of mounts, solar chargers, spare batteries, charging stations (which I think should be included also—hint: netgear) and black or cams skins for making the cams less obvious. Summary: It is my opinion that the Arlo Pro 2 is one of the best, if not THE best, wireless home security camera systems available. I have tried a couple others but this one is definitely a keeper. Excellent video quality, low light quality, motion triggered events and user interface bring it out on top. With a few refinements they could easily change my review to a 5 star across the board! The price is a little higher than competitors, but the difference in performance and included storage helps to justify the cost and increase the overall value.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Arlo Pro stands out above the rest

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    I’ve used the Arlo Pro 2 camera setup for the last 7-10 days and I can definitely say that The Arlo Pro is a great home security camera unit. I’ve used various other network connected security and motion cameras from a few different brands, and the Arlo Pro stacks up nicely with them. While the Arlo does suffer from some of the same annoyances as some of their competitors, the Arlo Pro is an amazing product. Cameras: My Arlo Pro came with (2) HD motion cameras and a magnetic wall mount for each. The cameras are a perfect size, not too large and feel very solidly built, lots of quality in the build. The cameras run on new rechargeable batteries, that depending on your frequency of use of Live video or motion capture, should last a very long time. Over my use of them for the last 10 days, the battery meter is still showing full, and that is with a mix of lots of motion detection and live mode viewing for this review. They can also be powered by a micro USB cable. You get one cable in the box, but if you want to use your own, be careful as the opening for the micro USB port on the back of the camera is very narrow. The supplied cable worked fine, but all of my other cables in my home did not, as the cable connection end was too wide. The powered connection is great if you want to use the cameras indoors, but since the cameras are weatherproof, it doesn’t make sense to power them outside, since having a micro USB cable plugged in will expose the inside of the camera to the elements. Plus, who really wants to run micro USB cables outside? Base Station: The Arlo Pro cameras connect to a base station. You connect the base station to your network via Ethernet and then sync the cameras to the base station. Now other cameras in this space generally connect directly to your network via Wi-Fi, so having a base station needing an Ethernet connection could seem like a negative, but I don’t think it is. In fact, I think it’s a positive, because compared with my other Wi-Fi only enabled smart cameras, the Arlo Pro seems to have the strongest connection and the least amount of lag time getting in and out of the videos. It almost seems that having the base station connect to the cameras directly improves the overall strength of the system, which is a huge plus for me. Definitely seems much quick to respond compared to other cameras I’ve used that were Wi-Fi only. I was able to get the whole system up and running in under 5 mins. Everything connected automatically and was simply to follow using the app. I did have one hiccup trying to connect my second camera, at first it did not recognize it. I closed and restarted the app and ran the sync camera tool again, and it was successful. The base station even has a built in siren if you want to use it as a quasi-home security system. if you see something that you don’t like on your video, and want to enable the siren, just push a button in the app. I will say, the siren is LOUD. It’s louder than my actual home security system alarms. And the base station gives simple to see LED light confirmations of network activity and cameras connected. The footprint is also very small which is nice, so sitting next to the router doesn’t take up that much more space. Video Quality: The video from the Arlo Pro is very nice. HD 1080p is what the cameras are rated and you can either keep them set there or drop the resolution down if you want, to 720p or 480p if you want to try and stretch the battery life. The video quality of both motion captures and live view recording is very very nice. Clean and clear and full of color. I never really noticed any lag or stuttering or any pixilation. The video is clear and smooth. The night vision clarity is also very very good. Stacked up against other cameras I’ve used, the Arlo Pro ranks up at the top in terms of the video quality, I was very impressed. You also want to make sure you have enough internet connection for the cameras as well. Have at least 2Mbps of upload speed headroom to use just for the cameras if you want to make sure the connection and video quality is good. Since they are network connected, task the network and your video is going to suffer. Motion Capture and Live View: I was very impressed with the motion capture of the Arlo Pro. Motion detected immediately fires off a ping to my smartphone and once you view the clips, the camera doesn’t hesitate to start recording, even when the motion was fast moving. This was the #1 complaint I’ve had with other motion detection cameras, that by the time I got the ping to check the camera, and when the camera started recording, the motion event was already over or I was looking at the back of someone walking away, etc. The Arlo Pro does not have that problem. It begins recoding immediately and you don’t miss a thing. The ping of the notification to the app is also very fast, allowing you to see the motion going on and make decisions or use the two way talk feature to communicate with whoever is on the other end of the camera. Going in to Live View is also very fast. Live View is a huge advantage, for when you want to proactively see what’s happening and record longer manual videos. The Arlo Pro shines in both areas here. I will say though, one issue I have was with the sensitivity of the motion capture. I was struggling to find a sweet spot to where I only got the notifications of motion I wanted, not blowing leaves or tree branch, or nothing at all because it was set too low. I was either getting slammed with notifications on some days, and not getting any on others. Something hopefully Netgear will improve upon. You can also set up Zones if the camera is powered by a cable, which helps greatly, really only notifying you of motion is a manually created zone, but not ideal for outdoors. Arlo Pro APP: The app is laid out very nicely. The app gives you three sections – Mode, Devices and Library. In the Mode section, this is where you can tell your Arlo Pro system what logic to use when capturing video. You have the options of Armed (motion is captured), Disarmed (no motion is captured but Live View is available), Schedule (where you can tell the Arlo Pro to record on certain dates/times), and Geofencing (where the Arlo Pro will respond to an Armed mode when your smartphone is outside the geofence area and the system sees you as “away”). These all work very well. The geofencing mode is my favorite. If I’m home, I tend to not want all my notifications coming to me, but once I leave, the system knows to kick over to Armed and start checking for motion capture, all without me having to go in and switch it myself. Love it. The Devices section shows you a dashboard of your connected cameras. You see the last image that the camera recorded and the timestamp, and you have the LIVE button right there to go into each camera in Live View. From here you also have all the settings for each camera, the connection status, the battery status and how many motion events the camera has recorded. The Library section is where the app stores all of your recorded events. You see a running account of all the videos recorded, and have the option to view them and also favorite, share, download or delete. All in all the Arlo Pro is a wonderful system for helping secure your home and give you piece of mind.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome & High-Performance Security System.

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    ======= Summary ======= The Arlo Pro 2 is a feature-packed & well-balanced security system. It has very good image and audio quality, setup is super easy and fast, camera control through the App and Website are superior and superb, and the connection is rock-solid. Free 7-Days of Cloud Storage is absolutely great and appreciated. ======= Design ======= I'm a fan of the Arlo Pro 2 system's design. I love the white and black color theme which matches my interior and furniture very well. The cameras are modern-looking and cool. The cameras are very easy to assemble as well. Press the button on the back-side of the unit to pop open the battery housing and simply insert the battery (which came fully charged out of the box). On the back of each camera, there is a flap that protects the charging port. Should one desire to, you can also power the cameras with wired charging so you don't have to remember to charge the battery later. Choosing to power the cameras via a wire opens up additional camera features such as the "3-Second Look Back" option and the "24/7 CVR" continuous recording option. When the cameras are run on battery power, it will only record during Sound & Motion trigger events. The Base Station, which is connected to your home router, also offer options for connecting your own USB drives for local storage. If the included wall mounts are not flexible enough for your security and usage needs, Arlo offers lots of different accessories such as an outdoor mount, a solar panel, a charging station, table & ceiling mounts, additional wall mounts (2 of these are included in the package), and different color skins to change the look of the Arlo camera units. Speaking of the included wall mounts, those are really cool~! The wall mount themselves are screwed onto a wall but the Arlo cameras connect to the wall mounts via magnetic force, which is very strong and powerful. I found this magnetic mounting system to be very elegant and nifty. This nice and thoughtful ecosystem that Arlo has created provides users with great flexibility and convenience. ======= Setup & Connectivity ======= Everything about the setup process is very simple and easy. Once the Base Station has been connected to the router and has been powered on, it is a simple matter to press the Sync button on both the Base Station and each of the Cameras to get them synced (cameras must be synced one at a time). Once synced, the "Arlo" app from the app store is used to connect and control the Arlo Pro 2 security system. One can also go to the Arlo website on a PC to view and control the cameras as well. The Arlo app walks you through the account creation & setup process in a easy-to-understand manner. Firmware updates are handled inside the App and additional cameras can be added from here as well. I rate the Setup process a 10/10 for being so simple, fast, and for proceeding without a hitch. ======= App & Website Options & Performance ======= Both the Arlo app and the Arlo website are fantastic~! The layout is very clean, intuitive, simple, and very easy to find the functions and settings you want. Both the App and Website are very reliable as well. The Live Feeds came through without any visual or audio distortitions and the connections remained speedy and responsive to my commands and inputs. In the "Devices" tab of the app, one can view the Live Feed from both cameras at the same time. Each camera can be separately controlled & one can do many things to it - pause the video feed, record video, take a picture snapshot, adjust camera brightness, perform a 2-way walkie-talkie-like communication via the loud speaker, mute the camera audio, and view the feed in Full Screen. Through expressive & clear icons, the App also tells you if sound & motion detection is turned on or not, what the Wifi signal quality is, the battery level, whether an external storage device has been connected, and how many security events have been detected. In the "Mode" tab of the app, you can select from 4 different preset security settings - Armed (Motion & Audio detection + Notifications), Disarmed (no detections), Schedule (activate Motion & Audio detection only on certain days and certain times of your choice), and Geofencing (trigger Motion & Audio detection when you're away from Home & turn them off when you come Home). One can also create a Custom Mode to your liking. In the "Libray" tab, you can view all the saved videos from the Motion & Audio triggered events (last 7 days of security event videos are stored for free courtesy of Arlo Cloud). Even with hundreds of video clips available to sort through, the App performed very smoothly and fast on my Samsung Galaxy S8+. Video quality and playback performance were excellent. Each clip that has been saved can be Favorited, Shared, Donated (sent to Arlo for R&D purposes), Downloaded, or Deleted. From the Settings screen, one can rename the Base Station and each of the cameras. Additional cameras can be added & firmware updates are done here as well. Other things you can do include changing your Arlo subscription model, buying add-ons and accessories, setting up Fingerprint access, and managing how notifications are delivered (sound, vibrate, LED light). All in all, the Arlo App and Website are powerful tools that are also very easy and intuitive to use. A definite 10 out of 10 experience. ======= Performance ======= Both cameras performed brilliantly during use under all conditions (low light, night vision, natural sunlight, overcast & gloomy). The 1080P video quality is sharp and vibrant. The incoming audio quality is very good with no static or other distortions. The 2-way speaker is nice and loud and the other party had no trouble hearing me or understanding me. Everything just works and works very well. Another 10 out of 10. ======= So, is it any good? Is is a good buy? ======= Most definitely~!! I've tried & experienced four different security systems under $500 from different vendors so far and the Arlo Pro 2 security system is hands-down the BEST one I've used so far. Its video & audio quality and performance are great, setup is easy and connections reliable, 7 days of free Cloud storage is awesome, and the App and Website experience is supremely smooth and performant. I highly recommend the Arlo Pro 2~!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fast set up, user friendly.

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    Looking for a good home monitor system? Well then the Arlo pro may be right up your alley. Lets find out if this is the right fit for you and what exactly you can hope to receive. First off the one thing i want to get across is that this is a home monitoring system and not a actual security system. At least as of this review the subscription plans basically only include cloud service and will not dispatch or call any type of service for you in the event of an emergency. I find that this set up works perfect for anyone with an existing home security system or anyone with children they may want to monitor while away from the home. So out of the box you are going to receive two hd cameras with a magnetic base, wall mount screws, rechargeable batteries and base station with a built in siren. Set up is done very easily simply screw the wall mounts wherever you wish to place your cameras and attach the camera to the base. The cameras have a magnet on them so you can attach and remove them as you please all with ease. Next simply download the Arlo app and hook your base station up to your modem via an Ethernet cable then link the two together and your good to go. Lets talk functionality and what you can expect out of this system. First off one of the nice features of this system is once it is all set up you can add and invite people to download the app and have access to the security cameras. The app allows for a master controller meaning that if you are the main owner you can control what cameras your other users are allowed to see and you can cut of their access at anytime time. This means you can allow them to view all, one or none of the cameras mounted. Now the home base has a 100 decibel siren built in to it that can be activated either manually through the app or it be set up to be triggered by one of your motion sensor cameras. The monition sensor cameras are very sensitive so i find that setting it up to activate for motion is not a good idea unless you live way out in the country or mountains with neighbors that are a mile away. The Siren is very loud and will wake up everyone in the house for sure. Now the cameras are wireless and run on a rechargeable battery and its really hard to say how much battery life you can expect to get out of them for the simple fact that the cameras will not run continuously and are set up to only run when motion is captured. I've used them for two whole days with average motion outside and im at about 75% battery life still. Id say this is very good considering that i should expect to get about a week out of a full charge at this pace. Everyones battery life is going to vary so keep that in mind. The cameras come with a built in two way mic. You can hear people outside and you can talk to them via the cameras. Now i own security cameras that have this function and the audio is usually distorted and horrible. The arlo pro audio is perfect, you can easily hear the outside and they can hear you clearly if you chose to talk through the mic. This function is a big plus if you have kids. For example lets say you leave your teenage kids home alone so you can have a date night and someone comes knocking on the door. Not only will you get an alert on your phone so can you can see who it is but your kids can pull up the camera see who it is and talk to them via the cameras all without ever having to open the door. Now lets say that's not a concern of yours but rather you want to watch them inside your house to make sure they are not getting in to anything they should. Since the cameras sit on a magnetic base you can then remove them and place them anywhere you want in your house and you can check up on them whenever you like and talk to them all via the cameras mic. The possibilities of what you can do and placement of these cameras is endless due to the fact that they can detach so easily and can be placed anywhere. Now the app also allows you to set up different motion sensor modes and you can also create a few different set ups. I provided a couple pictures showing different mode set ups and video quality. The cameras do come with night vision but i will say this, night vision is something you cant ever expect to be high quality so keep that in mind. Now as i said earlier the cameras will only run if something activates the sound or motion sensors or if you go to your Arlo app you can command them on to see whats going outside. Now lets say you own a business or for whatever reason you wish to have them run continuously. The cameras can be set up to accomplish this a few different ways. You can hardwire the cameras in to a direct power source such as an outlet or you can buy solar panel add ons which will keep the batteries charged if they are outside. Both set ups require the purchase of additional parts. Now the one thing i did not expect was that in order to have your cameras run continuously you also need to pay for Arlo's subscription plan in order for this to take affect. This means that even if you have the cameras all set up accordingly they will not run all the time unless you pay a fee. Kind of dumb right? Well to be honest with you there really is no need to run the cameras all the time unless you do own a business of some sort. As far as residential homes go, your not going to receive enough traffic to really need this feature plus that also provides alot of back logs for you to have to over and review. Now Arlo is going to give you free 7 day cloud storage. This is actually very good, some of my other security cameras only give me one day of cloud storage which almost forces you to pay for their subscription plans. Now lets say this is not good enough for you, Arlo does offer a huge variety of different plans. There's a category for home use and one category for business. I don't really want to go in to detail about the plans cause the list is long but if your curious about the pricing they can be found on Arlo's website without having to purchase the product. Here's my final thoughts about Arlo's set up. These cameras are very easy to set up and are probably the most user friendly i have ever seen. The simple fact that there are no wires to run means that you can place these cameras at any location inside or outside your house. The magnetic base allows for you to easily remove the cameras to set them up in a different temporary location and then place them back to where you originally had them all with ease. These cameras are weather proof and come equipped with night vision making them an ideal outdoor set up. If you have children and have been thinking about getting a security set up for a while then the Arlo is almost a must. The camera audio/mic set up allows for you to stay in contact with your family rather your out on the town or at the office. The base with built in siren is loud enough to wake up everyone in the home and is almost guaranteed to scare of any intruder who was thinking of breaking in. All in all this is a good buy that allows for additional cameras to be hooked up to this system making it a smart choice if you wish to expand later on. Pros: -wireless -base with built in siren -Two way speaker -Rechargeable batteries -Free seven day trial -Subscription plan with multiple choices to choose from -Magnetic base that easily detaches Cons: -Grainy night vision -Subscription plan required for continuous recording

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice upgrade to the Pro system.

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    If you are familiar with the Arlo Pro system then everything in the Pro 2 works pretty much the same way. The main differences between the two are the Pro 2 supports full HD 1080 recording and the ability to program “Zones” for the motion detection. Other than that it’s pretty much exact same thing as the Pro system “which we also had”. Setup is really easy, just plug in the power adapter to the base unit, plug in the Ethernet cable and the other end into your router, plug in the power adapter and then press the power button. It does take a little bit for the lights on the front to turn green, the far right camera light will stay orange till you sync your cameras. You also need to go online and set up your Arlo account, connect to the base and then follow the instructions on syncing your cameras, it’s really simple. I did try to charge the cameras before syncing but found that the batteries were full and didn’t need charging. You may want to do this before mounting them the first time. I like that you can set up different programs and scheduling to fit your needs and can even have one cameras motion detector trigger a different cameras video recording, or you could set them so that if one camera detects motion all cameras record video. And as with the Pro system the Pro 2 cameras record audio which is pretty clear. You can also set the cameras to record on detecting audio, “although I don’t do this”. The battery life so far seems to be the same as the Pro system, but I’ll know more a couple months down the road. Our busiest camera which is set to record pretty much anything that passes the road in front of our house records a lot, at good 20 clips a day, and the battery on the Pro system usually lasted 3 months or more. I’m really impressed by that, and it’s really easy to bring it in, charge it up and put it back. Charging only takes about an hour and a half which is pretty quick for the size of the battery. The other thing I really like about the Pro and Pro 2 systems is the ability to add a thumb drive for local recording, so that all the videos are recorded there in case you need to retrieve them. I added a 32gb thumb drive but haven’t checked to see how many recording it can hold but with the full HD video clips being around 1.6k MB the thumb drive should hold a lot. Unfortunately you can’t access the thumb drive remotely and have to remove it to view the videos. Remote viewing seems pretty much the same as the Pro system but the video is a little clearer on the Pro 2 system with the settings set to maximum. I like this was anything further away look sharper and it’s easier to identify who or what was just captured. This is a nice upgrade over the Pro system, having the ability to set up motion detection zones is nice, but you must have the camera attached to the power adapter all the time for this to work. The clearer image is also a pretty nice boost the system and I can definitely give this a “Buy” rating if you are in the market for a simple to set up security camera system that works. It's not absolutely perfect, "nothing is", and wish the local videos could be viewed even if it's only on the internal network the base unit is attached, but we are very pleased with our Arlo system.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this Security Camera System!

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    This system is by far the easiest installation i have done in a long time. I had this system ready to go in under 10 mins and installed the magnetic wall mounts in 7 minutes. To be honest i didn't even read the instructions i just plugged everything together, installed the batteries to the cameras which came fully charged btw (saved a lot of time), hooked up the base to my mesh linksys router, plugged the adapter and i was done! I did read the book to sync up both cameras to the base which was easy too, just pressed and hold the sync base button for 2 seconds and pressed the sync button on the cameras as well for 2 seconds (one at a time or course) and i was done. I was really impressed with the Arlo App (i have an iphone), its very easy to use, the dashboard interface is easy to navigate, and the two cameras are on the home screen of the app for easy navigation. Arlo has 3 service options or "view plans" that you can use with this camera system, the first one is the basic option which is free, provides up to 7 days of recording through Arlos cloud service (up to 1 gb), up to 5 cameras, and support limited to 3 months, the other option is the "premier" includes 30 days of video recording in cloud (up to 10 gb), up to 10 cameras, and unlimited support. The fee is 100/year. Last but not least is the "Elite" option which has up to 60 days of video recordings in cloud(up to 100 gb's), up to 15 cameras, and unlimited support. The fee is 149/year. They also have packages for business, but these options are for home. If you are interested in the difference you can go straight to their web site. I decided on the basic package to try it out first. I did all my customization through the app, i set up the cameras to automatically recording with motion, there is also an option for audio detection recording (you can also use the cameras speaker to speak), or scheduling recording. I turned off the push notification because i was getting notified as i was walking through the room it was getting kind of annoying, but i can see how this would be a good option if you are out of the household. The library (recordings bank) is really easy to use and offers a calendar type lay out so you can view your recordings by date. Since i had my recordings to start with motion i only got recordings in 8 sec to 1 min videos lapses which is fine. I ended up installing a camera inside my studio apartment and one outside. I don't recommend to use the screws that came with the wall mount if you are planning to install it outside. I would use a bigger screw for installation just make sure it will fit through the wall bracket in the back of the wall mount. The picture quality is really great, it's 1080hd so its very clear, the app has options to change the clarity, you can lower it to save battery. I also don't remember reading about how long the batteries last, but i will eventually buy a solar panel for my outdoor camera so i won't have worry about a low battery (it cost roughly $80). The cameras are weather proof, i installed my outdoor camera right under a fascia so it won't be too expose to the elements. I really like this camera and i would recommend to anyone! My mother loves it too that she is thinking of buying one for her home. Good product.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple set up, ease of use and great quality

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    We absolutely love this Arlo security camera system. From it's easy set up, great picture/video quality, to convenience to move, add, charge and adjust within the smartphone/tablet app, I really feel like this system is one of the best on the market. Free cloud storage is an added benefit however I also opted to plug in a USB drive to the base to record and save videos on. One issue I've found is if you are planning on putting a camera behind a glass window, say trying to monitor/record outside video while mounting the camera inside behind glass, it does not seem to pick up motion outside to record. I assume this is due to the glass interfering with the motion sensor. On a funny side note, the first night we had it set up we discovered that we have frogs in our garage and they were recorded crawling up our window, looking for flies I'm sure. The other concern I have is if you are considering using this as a baby monitor, you have to rely on the alerts within the app and your wifi. If your wifi stops working, you can't access your camera and you better ensure your settings are correct if you want to receive prompt alerts to monitor a sleeping baby. We still opted to have a separate, non wifi, baby monitor because we just couldn't trust the app notifications and our wifi. There is a few second delay within the app so that also may be an issue for a variety of reasons. We have to charge the batteries approximately once a month and that depends on how sensitive you have the motion and recording settings or how often you access the cameras. They are also convenient to use as intercoms. We chose to add additional cameras to the system which were also very easy to add, simply press a button on the base and a button on the new cameras and you're good to go. Just make sure if you're using them as a security video recording system to set them up within the the "Mode" settings within the smartphone app to record. My favorite part of this system is the ease of being able to move the cameras wherever you want with the included half dome magnetic mounts, two included in the package. The cameras are light enough to double side tape to the walls instead of having to drill/mount, at least for inside mounting purposes. If we were going to put them outside, I feel screwing them in would be the best option. I would suggest mounting them somewhere that is easy to access because of having to dismount the cameras, simply pulling them off the magnetic mounts, to charge the batteries.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Oh no, Netgear – what did you do to Arlo?

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    Ugh, this is not good. Let me start off by saying that I own several home security camera systems - D–Link, Samsung and the prior version of this product – the Arlo Pro. The prior version is easy to install, the software is mostly good and the battery life is excellent. Arlo cameras are weather resistant, wireless and have magnet built in for easy mounting. The Arlo 2 is of the same build and uses the same software, the same base station and the battery life is at ,minimum, equal to the prior version of the product. That is good thing and I was excited to see that the Arlo 2 has video that is 1080P and it now has activity zones. However, the excitement ended there. When it came video quality, there are vast differences between the prior version and the updated Arlo Pro 2. The newest Arlo Pro 2 has terrible nightvision. Just awful. It is grey, hazy and grainy. I cannot tell whether it is not illuminating as well as the original Arlo Pro or it is something with the sensor but there is definitely a problem. Take a look at the attached pictures of my living room, one with the Arlo Pro 2 and one with the Arlo Pro. You can immediately tell the quality difference. The Arlo Pro 2 is washed out in a sea grey. Blah. When trying it outdoors, it was even worse. In my opinion , almost unusable ( for outdoors.) I did some research online and one user said Netgear suggested removing the battery and reinserting. It did seem to make a difference but it still was not good . To make matters worse, the colors in the picture were way off when not in nightvision mode. Blues appeared green and lighting appeared very yellow. The color reproduction was just much worse than the Arlo Pro. To pour salt on the wound, something is wrong with the audio. It is muddied and less powerful. The mic just seems to pick up less sound. This turned out to be one big dissappointment. I loved the Arlo Pro and this seemed to be a nice upgrade. I am so hoping that this is one of those issues that can be corrected with a firmware update. Sadly, I am not so confident that will be the case. Color issues usually can be resolved with software calibrations. So can sound issues if the hardware is proper. The tough one is if the cameras do not illuminate enough in nightvision mode and if the sensor is not good . It is very concerning that some users are experiencing these issues and others are not, I hope that is not an indication that it is a hardware issue. At this point, I cannot recommend this product until Netgear resolves these issues. I am giving Arlo Pro 2 stars because the foundation is there for a great product and I will keep my fingers crossed for quick firmware update.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent cameras!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Was looking for a replacement camera for the logi circles that could go outside and were motion activated. A best buy rep suggested the Arlos, after a but of research decided to get the 6 pack these are mostly getting installed outside for filming hummingbirds. The motion detection is top notch, the colors are amazing and we purchased these on sale for 799. We have has them up for a little over a month and they are awesome. The best camera we have used so far and we have had the logi circle 1, 2, and Nest. The pack came with free 7 days of storage, we ended up adding an additional camera and upgraded the plan to 30 days for a very reasonable 100 per year, well worth. Do not hesitate buy these cameras you will not be disappointed.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Misleading packaging lists features that cost!?!

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    I wish I could give it more stars because it was very easy to setup and use. Only one firmware update and not several like other things I have bought. However, it is down right misleading to list activity zones as a feature on this site and on the box, with nothing saying I have to spend $14.99 to activate this feature. This feature should either be listed as part of a subscription service only or worded to say that it has the potential for activity zones with a paid subscription. THE ONLY FEATURE ON THE BOX THAT SAYS "REQUIRES A PAID PLAN" is the "Optional 24/7 CVR." I'm fine with that as it was part of the agreement, and clearly written on the box. Charging for me for the pleasure of using my $1000 camera system I paid for to "set specific areas to monitor motion" when your packaging leads one to think it is free and included is a joke. Best Buy should update their website, and the packaging is 100% a lie anyway you read it. To make matters worse, they only include two micro USB cables and two chargers with the 6 cameras, and they made sure to recess the port, so if you think you can use your old cell phone cable, think again! They made the insulation at the connector extra extra small to fit, and even designed the circuit so that their charger outputs 9V instead of the standard 5V!?! I get not including 6 chargers, but making the USB cord abnormal like that on purpose is salt on the wound after the misleading packaging. Would the extra $4 really have made this not profitable for Netgear? Then you find out after reading their site it isn't any ordinary USB, but requires 9V?!? It is trivial to design a circuit that would operate on 5V (or should be). I don't get it. This has the potential to be a great product in my opinion, but I can't condone the misleading packaging and charging me extra for USB cables and chargers that should be included (after you purposely made them proprietary). I totally get it is a cloud based service and Netgear wants a continuing revenue stream to cover costs, but if you are going to resort to lying to the customer and gouging for things that should be included, why bother.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Finally A 1080p Wireless Security Camera By Arlo

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    There are quite a few good things about this Arlo wireless security system. These Arlo wireless security cameras are really convenient, they can be fixed to the magnetic mounts pointing in any direction, and the cameras do have a plenty strong magnetic hold onto the mounts, which keeps the cameras firmly in the desired placement. At the moment I have my Arlo cameras sitting on desks and countertops pointing towards my front and back doors, and also pointing at expensive belongings. The rechargeable lithium batteries are well designed and have a quality feel. The siren built into the Arlo base is plenty loud, the Arlo camera’s can be viewed anywhere that you have an internet connection to your Smartphone or computer, and if an intruder is seen, then the siren can be activated remotely. It is possible to view the recorded video and adjust the camera’s settings from a desktop browser, and also from a smart phone. The original selling price for this Arlo Pro security system is a bit much in my opinion, but so is having to replace expensive belongings if someone were to break in and steals your stuff. The overall build quality of the Arlo cameras and base is good, but could be better. The power supply to the base station is an average 12 volt power adapter, considering the original selling price, I was expecting a nicer power supply with a round cord. The micro USB cable that charges the batteries, has a smaller than normal grabbing area on the micro USB connector side, which is not that easy to grab a hold of when trying to unplug the charging cable. These newer Arlo Pro 2 cameras can now be charged by a USB 5 volt lithium battery pack that is 1.1 amps, this was not possible with the older Arlo Pro cameras. When the micro USB cable is plugged into the camera, the rubber boot that covers the electrical connection, sticks out just far enough to prevent the cameras from sitting flat on a table, the cameras have to be sitting with the cable end hanging over the countertop, otherwise the rubber boot will be hitting the countertop. There is no 1-800 phone number for technical support, it is necessary to call a phone number that could be long distance if you have a home phone with local access calling only. (These Arlo Pro 2 cameras only have 90 days of 24 hour phone tech support, so it is best to thoroughly test the Arlo security system as soon as possible, so that if you have any technical questions, then you can call and get the answers you need, before the 90 days runs out.) I also own the older Arlo Pro cameras, and the packaging of the Arlo Pro 2 cameras is better than the packaging on the Arlo Pro cameras. The Arlo wireless base is a bit smaller than I had expected, it kind of lacks a premium feel, it feels really light in the hand, I am sure it has sufficient components on the inside to handle the wireless signal transferring tasks, but the overall build of the Arlo base seems bit lacking. I would recommend this product to a friend, as having a security camera guarding your belongings, is better than getting robbed and wishing you had a way of knowing who had done it. Overall, the Arlo wireless security cameras are convenient and reasonably easy to setup, and the video quality is 1080p on these Arlo Pro 2 cameras, the older Arlo Pro cameras only had 720p. I am rating this Arlo Pro 2 security camera’s at 3.8 out of 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy HD wireless surveillance

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    I have been wanting a security camera for my house for a while now and have been debating on what to get. I currently rent my house, so there is no way that I would be drilling holes through walls to install a wired system. The original Arlo system was enticing, but replacing batteries often was a concern. The Arlo Pro was a better option with longer lasting rechargeable batteries, but the max resolution is 720p. Now the Arlo Pro 2 is available with 1080p HD resolution and it is amazing. It still has the rechargeable batteries and still fully wireless. The installation is super easy. Download the app, connect the base station to power and your local network, press a button on top of the base station and the camera and you’re up and running. You only need one screw to mount the little metal dome to a wall and the camera magnetically holds tight. The magnet is strong enough just to stick it to any metal surface, if you just wanted a quick cam on the fridge or something. There is also a standard tripod screw hole if you want to get some separate mounts, which would help with some sharper angles that can’t be achieved on the half dome plate. The app allows you to view a quick live stream to get the perfect angle and then make all the settings that you need. With the app you can set how your cameras will react, such as record and notify with motion or audio detection. You can set the sensitivity level, which I found the audio capture can be real sensitive to wind on an outdoor camera. You can add geofencing so that when you leave home you don’t have to remember to arm your cameras for detection, or disarm them when you get home. If you have the camera plugged up, using the included power adapter and USB cable you can use additional features, such as limiting activity zones and take advantage of a feature that allows you to see a recording 3 seconds before a motion or audio even triggered it. The app allows you to view the cameras live from anywhere you have an internet connection, as well as communicate with two way audio. You can manually record and take screen captures as well. You can also grant access to other users, such as a family member or friend, so that they can view the cameras that you give them permissions to, or even edit settings if you allow it. Arlo provides three levels of cloud storage for videos, with the basic plan being free. This allows for up to 5 cameras, 1 GB of storage and retains the videos for 7 days. These videos can be downloaded, shared, or directly shared to Facebook and Youtube. The other plans allow for longer and more storage, as well and more cameras and unlimited support. You can also subscribe for continuous video recording. My current set up is one external camera on the porch and one internal covering most of the main floor. The outside one sends notifications on motion whether I am home or not. I usually receive the motion detected notification on my phone before the knock on the door. The quality is amazing and it picks up sound really well. It has 8x digital zoom, but of course how much detail you will see is dependent on the placement of the camera. Here is a capture of a package being delivered the other day as an example of what the quality looks like: https://youtu.be/9JGmxULYwhI. Be sure to have the YouTube setting at 1080. The batteries come fully charged from the factory and in the past 5 days of usage it has used about 10% on my most active camera. Of course I have played live video a good bit just playing around with it and showing it off as well. But, at this rate it should last almost 2 months without a charge. If you only use 2 cameras like I have, one can remain plugged up indoors and the battery can easily be swapped with the other when in need of a charge. I now feel more comfortable around my house knowing that I have a way to see what’s going on when I’m not there.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Cameras, Needs Offline Recording

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    As far as I can tell, the Arlo cameras are the best wireless security cameras bar none. They work inside and outside. Set up is easy and the included mounts are magnetic which makes it easy to positions cameras as you want. The batteries for the cameras come precharged and when the batteries do wear down, you can charge them with the included micro usb cable. The cameras truly are the highlight and the picture during nighttime usage is great. You can set up motion tracking zones, however to use that feature, your cameras need to be plugged into a power outlet. But even without the preset zones, the motion tracking does a great job picking up movement. The system isn’t quite as “wireless” as I would like. The base station requires an internet connection. There is no WiFi built into the base station. So that means you have to either plug the Arlo base directly into your router with the included Ethernet cable, or you have to buy a WiFi extender separately to link the Arlo base to your router. There are two USB ports on the back of the base station. You can add a USB stick for local backup, but the station has to back up to the cloud. The usb storage isn’t a substitute for online recording and can’t be used in lieu of the online storage. You have to have an internet connection for the Arlo system to work. There are three online storage options. The free option has recording for “seven days of memories”, 1gb of storage, and 3 months of support. The paid plans expand the length and size of storage and provide unlimited support. Each camera and the base station required a firmware update upon activation, but the software was very easy to set up and the app support on the iPhone and appletv was great and easy to use. I think the Arlo system is the best wireless security system currently available. I could add three more cameras, the range has been great, and the entire thing has been very easy to setup and use. I wish the base had WiFi built in and allowed for local recording without internet, but I can easily recommend Arlo for the quality of the cameras alone.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Minor Improvements Over Arlo Pro

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    I already own the Arlo Pro and am very happy with it. I found upgrading to the Arlo Pro2 very easy and am pleased with the improvements, with a few exceptions. Setup is pretty straightforward, and it was very easy to remove the old Arlo Pro base and set up the new Arlo Pro 2 base. Adding both the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 cameras to the base was done quickly and easily. The three main improvements I noticed from upgrading to the Arlo Pro 2 cameras was better picture and video quality during the daytime, 3 second look-back function if connected to a power source, and addition of activity zones. It is obvious why you would want better picture and video quality, so I included a photo comparing the two cameras during the day and at night. The quality is much improved during the day, with the colors being more accurate. I did not see a huge difference in the nighttime picture, but thought the image was a little harder to see than the Arlo Pro. I hope Arlo comes out with an update to fix this, because I was expecting better quality for the Arlo Pro 2. In addition, I have noticed the batteries draining a little faster than the original Arlo Pro. I assume this is because of 1080p on the Arlo Pro 2. The 3 second look-back function is a great feature to have if you are using the camera to record fast-acting porch pirates. I noticed if an object moves quickly enough, it takes a little time for the recording to start. This feature allows you to see critical images you would have not captured otherwise. The addition of the activity zones was a nice touch. The Arlo Pro did not have this feature, and I would receive notices due to cars driving by. It is nice to be able to get the camera angle you want without activating an alert unnecessarily. I would recommend the Arlo Pro 2 over the Arlo Pro because of the 3 second look-back function and the activity zones. These two functions, in my mind, make it worth the upgrade, but I would consider purchasing older Arlo cameras to use in other areas, where these features are unimportant, to save money.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Good cameras, poor implementation

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    The Arlo Pro 2 is probably the best wire-free camera currently on the market. Where as most wireless cameras sold today require power (typically over USB), the Arlo Pro 2 is completely wire-free allowing you to place the camera virtually anywhere. There is a trade off to this freedom, when operating wire-free the cameras have a reduce feature set that is standard among wireless cameras (activity zones, 24x7 video recording). I found that despite missing these features, being able to install the cameras in places I don’t have an outlet provides better visibility and coverage. The initial setup was easy, taking around 15 minutes to sync the cameras to the basestation and mount them with the provided magnetic wall mounts. The cameras include rechargeable batteries that can be charged with the included charger, an optional solar panel, or even removed for quick replacement. Battery life is fair. After using the cameras for over 2 weeks, the less active camera has 80% charge remaining and the very active one (facing street) has 70% left. I expect to get 1-2 months of battery life on a charge, though you could keep it topped off with the optional solar panel. Motion detection on battery power is good, though a person may be halfway through the frame by the time the camera wakes up. Unfortunately, this were things start to fall apart due to lack of overall product refinement. To start, I am not a fan of having to use a basestation considering the cameras operate over wifi (802.11n). I would have preferred the option to connect them to my existing wifi, reducing the number of things I need to connect to my router (basestation requires ethernet). There is only one USB cable and charger provided for the two camera system, meaning if you would like to wire these to be able to utilize most of the features advertised (3-sec look back, 24x7 CVR, activity zones) you will have to purchase another cable and charger. The included magnetic mounts are great for a flat vertical surface but are limited when mounting under an awning or similar horizontal surface. Again, you can purchase the optional ceiling mount but including the ceiling mount or better designed surface mount would eliminate this inconvenience. Person alerts or detection is missing from the product, meaning you have to view numerous 10-15 second clips to see which were triggered by the neighbors cats and which were triggered by the mail man. Even the number of clips could be reduced if the setting for record until motion stops worked properly. I also had an issue with one of the cameras going offline periodically, though this may have been resolved after the recent firmware update. This brings me to my biggest gripe, the software. The Arlo web app still uses flash while the mobile app (iOS) burns through my battery. Viewing the cameras and reviewing the clips for 10-15 minutes will drain my battery 30-50% (iPhone 7, 11.1.2). Again, these things could be fixed but currently sour the overall experience. For now, it is hard to recommend these cameras but they fit a niche of true wire-free cameras and I am hopeful Netgear will refine the product overtime.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Lights, Action, Camera!

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    Rolling out this review only days after receiving my Arlo Pro 2, it is such a Brilliant System I had to post my first impressions! What first impressed me was the absolute simplicity in setting up the system and getting it on-line and running. Arlo arrived on Thursday afternoon just after a couple of men had driven down my very long driveway, which is highly unusual for us as we are far from the road and the house is not visible to traffic. Noticed them looking into my garage and my equipment. Issue, we were leaving the next day for the weekend. Decided to get Arlo on-line before we left. Astonishingly within less than hour I had setup the system, mounting cameras in my home as well as in our detached garage. App was in my phone, Arlo was running, and I had a good grip on the system operation. One thing I loved was I first added the Arlo base to my main network, but then switched the connection to my Mesh network on a different sub-net. Cannot recall the last time any network device was so easy in changing networks. No issues, smooth sailing. After so many new devices coming to market that can only be accessed and managed by mobile apps only, it is refreshing to see a company do their job and include computer internet access. Kudos for going the distance in programming. Managing the system and monitoring by either mobile, tablet or computer is excellent. Arlo is amazingly flexible and meets many, many needs and requirements. Home, business, child, etc. monitoring and security are what Arlo is all about, it delivers. Will not go deep into all the spec’s or into the Wide Range of Capabilities of this Brilliant System, it is the best I have seen, it is the most well thought-out and implemented system. NetGear put quality into Arlo and it shows. Customarily I do not get enthusiastic over tech equipment (IT guy for decades), but Arlo rings the bell. If you want a solid system for your security take a good close look at Arlo. Would like to mention the audio, for it was fun when my friend came over to feed the fish. Got an alert that there was motion in my home so popped up the camera and saw my friend. They were Very Alarmed when I spoke to them through the camera. “This is the police, stand still!” On a closing note, it was “Peace of Mind” the first morning when I turned on my computer, called up Arlo and saw all my stuff was where it belongs. Thanks Arlo.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Daytime is great, night vision needs improved

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    Design The Arlo camera system saves you the headache of needing to run wires through your home in order to install a security camera system. These cameras are completely wireless thanks to a built-in battery. The unit consists of the cameras and a base station that plugs into your router. The base station can store the recordings locally by plugging an external USB storage device into it. Unfortunately, the base station doesn't have any built-in storage of its own, but you do get 7 days of motion recordings to the cloud for free. The base station also has a loud 100 decibel siren, that you can control with the app when you see something suspicious going on or you can have it automatically go off based on motion or sound detection. Features The main allure of the Arlo system is that the cameras are completely wireless and can even be mounted outside without a power cable. Depending on how often motion passes in front of them, they can last 1 to 3 months on a single charge. However, when plugged into power, the Pro 2 cameras offer some additional functionality. For example, when plugged into power, the recording will automatically include 3 seconds prior to the actual motion event. And you can also specify motion detection zones in the image when plugged into power If you're familiar with the previous generations of the Arlo cameras, you're probably wondering what's new in Pro 2 version. Well, this is just a minor update: the new model supports 1080p video capture (instead of 720p). Also, the motion zones feature is new for the Pro 2. That's about it. The Arlo Pro 2 cameras play nice with other services, such as SmartThings, Alexa and IFTTT. The app also allows you to schedule times when you want to be alerted and then automatically disable the alerts when you come home by using the location services on your phone. If you want to save some money, the system also works with refurbished 1st generation cameras that you can pick up on Amazon for $100 or less. Picture Quality As noted earlier, the picture quality of the Pro 2 cameras is increased to 1080p. See the attached picture samples. The picture quality looks really good, but I've noticed that night vision is not quite as good as the 1st version of the Pro cameras. However, you can still see if someone comes close to the camera at night. Value With the free cloud plan, you get 7 days of motion recordings and support up to 5 cameras. The next step up is one hundred dollars a year for 30 days of motion recordings and support for up to 10 cameras. And last, you can pay one hundred fifty dollars a year for 60 days of motion recordings and up to 15 cameras. Pricing seems better than the Logitech Circle 2 camera I reviewed earlier this year, plus the ability to have local storage with the Arlo is definitely a plus. The 5 camera limit on the free plan can be problematic if you have a large home you want to cover. Given the high price of the individual cameras, one would assume you could add as many as you want. Summary Overall, the Arlo Pro 2 gives you 1080p recordings and hassle-free wireless camera placement. The option for local storage is much appreciated in a day when everything has become very "cloud-dependent". Daytime picture quality is excellent, while night vision could use some tweaks to match the previous generation. For that reason, if you already have the Pro 1 cameras, you probably will not want to upgrade to the Pro 2.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Starter Home Security System

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    NETGEAR Arlo Pro 2 2-Camera Wire-Free Security System Model #VMS4230P Unboxing: This was my 1st foray into private wireless home security; so, I can’t compare it to other systems. This system includes a base station + 2 wireless cameras (& 1 wired option), which is adequate for a starter security system. If you rent an apt. or home, you can easily take this system w/you when you move. Setup: Very simple & straightforward. The Quick Start Guide gave clear-cut instructions for the entire setup process. You just plug the Base Station to power & Ethernet to your router. Log in to or create an Arlo acct. online via computer or smartphone, & the screens guide you perfectly thru each step. This process was flawless (as opposed to many other tech products that seem to omit a step here or there). Hardware setup time: approx. 20 min. Software setup time: still ongoing, as you can play w/the App endlessly. Cameras: Easy setup instructions here also. Simply insert the rechargeable battery (or included camera power adapter cable) & sync w/the Base Station. Each camera has a microphone & a speaker, & they’re weather resistant. The microphone is adequate & plenty sensitive, but the speaker is tinny (not unexpected due to the compact size of the camera). The picture/color quality (1080p HD) is impressive & the night vision is very good. The 130° viewing angle is better than I’d expected. I mounted 1 camera near our mailbox since there has been some recent vandalism in our neighborhood, & the other near the front door. It’s wonderful to know instantly when someone is at the door or when the mail has been delivered. Mounting: This system comes w/2 magnetic half-moon-shaped wall mounts & screws/screw anchors. The magnets are very strong which allows for lots of flexibility. The downside to this type of mount is the inability to hang a camera from the ceiling. Also, because it dangles from 1 screw, the weight of the camera causes the mount to slide or tilt & not remain stationary. I had to break out the double-stick & duct tape to secure the mounts. Arlo has some better adjustable mounts available for separate purchase if needed. Arlo App: 5-star App! The App is an absolute necessity & allows for very detailed customization of each camera. The mobile alert feature is fantastic. I tested both cameras & received a notification on my phone w/in 2-3 seconds after the camera activated. You can then immediately view the video of the activity. It also allows for live viewing, although there is about a 15-sec delay on the video. The delay can cause a bit of confusion if you’re attempting to talk to someone via the microphone/speaker. Overall, the App is able to make just about every conceivable adjustment. I also received an email from Arlo w/some very good tips & solutions as well as a helpful pointer to their online community.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Should’ve done my homework

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    I am a fan of Nest products because the quality & functions it uses. Purchased Arlo because of the good reviews AND 7 days free cloud storage. #1 - depending on where you place the camera, you will constantly get notifications in which there is no way to turn them off or at least adjust the motion. It is having a hard time identifying between the curtain blowing & our dog roaming the house. So notifications constantly goes off. #2 - the Live feed does have 3-5 second delay. I like it within a second like my Nest camera. #3 - the base station had to go thru some sort of update so I could not figure out where does it update from. Turning it on, turning it off. Had to set up the app on the phone and thats where it tells you theres an update for the base. So it is not as simple as pressing “sync”.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Starter Kit

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    The Arlo Pro 2 by NetGear: ( with 2 Wire-Free HD Security Cameras ) is a cool and simple security camera setup that you can be monitored via your mobile device. It works on IOS and Android as of this review. The specs read out like : 1080p HD , the cameras can be wireless or plugged in. They can be used outside or inside your home or office building. There are rechargeable batteries in the cameras, but only for inside use. Plug them into an outlet if you want to use them outside. The cameras are motion sensitive and there is also 2-way audio to talk to your subject on the other end of the view finder. There's a neat little alarm dubbed Smart Siren, that will scream at a 100+ decibels ( It's loud. Believe me. And quite annoying. Exactly what you want.) There's night vision and it's weather resistant. Optional 24 hr 7 day CVR {requires a payment plan} and it's all cloud based storage. It also can be integrated into Amazon Alexa allowing you to view your footage on Amazon Fire TV or Echo TV. Alright, now that's said, we can get to what I think. The Arlo 2 is the perfect starter kit to get your video surveillance up and running to feel and to be overall safer in your space. I like that it's simple to hook up and get going. It took me all of 20 minutes to set mine, mainly because i kept moving the cameras around. ( It's so easy.) The motion sensitive cameras pick up on just about anything that moves. This can be a little annoying as the notifications just keep coming. I recommend setting a schedule for when you are away. If there is movement, you'll want to know then, right? The batteries come charged, so I just got started immediately. I love it, to be honest. I can even add many more camera to the system in the future when I'm ready. The only problem I have with it is that the outside cameras need a longer cord if you want to hang the camera high. I want it high to capture as much as possible, but that's just me. If you're gonna use it outside, it's preferred that you take out the battery, I'm gonna assume that's because the battery won't do well in the outside climate and will need charging at some point. Again, the notifications got to me the 1st night, as I didn't have the motion sensor turned off while I was home. I fixed that and we're good now. I really can't see any reason to not recommend this setup to anyone. I would've given it a 5 star rating had it come with a longer set of cords for outside use. But all in all, this camera is great for offices and any indoor surveillance purposes. Do I recommend this, if you've been counting the bullet points , you already know the answer. Yes. Go get one. Get a couple , if the need is warranted. Thank you Netgear.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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