Arlo Security System Review

Arlo Security System Review

If you’re in the market for a new IP camera, or if you’re just looking to upgrade, then the Arlo Security System from Netgear should be something you have on your potential-purchase radar. This camera has some awesome features that’ll make it enticing to almost any consumer, but the basic 720P video and shaky battery life might turn others away from this camera.

Features

Netgear’s Arlo Security System base package comes with one camera and connects directly to your smartphone via an app. This camera system is also upgradable, allowing 4+ cameras to be connected at once.

The IP camera itself is completely wireless and also comes equipped with the ability to use night vision, motion alerts, cloud storage, and it’s assured to be completely water/weatherproof. You do also have the ability to connect these cameras to USB though, so you don’t need to rely totally on batteries if you don’t want to.

This camera can also connect to your smartphone via Arlo’s application. Here’s a list of the features from Arlo:

  • See in stunning clarity and sharper details with HD cameras and watch live streamed or recorded videos from your computer, smartphone or tablet using Arlo’s free App
  • Patented 100% wire-free design and magnetic mounts let you discreetly place cameras where you want and monitor your home from every possible angle
  • Night vision cameras with HD clarity even in the dark
  • Motion activated cameras and customizable activity alerts provide real-time email or app notifications while home or away
  • Indoor/Outdoor weatherproof cameras install easily for DIY security so you can even monitor the exterior of your home

Pros

There’s quite a few pros associated with this camera. Firstly, comes with built-in night-vision and motion sensor technology, it’s easy to install, has great software and application support, and is weather-resistant.

Additionally, this camera system is extremely expandable. When you buy this starter kit, you’re later able to upgrade it by installing other cameras at a cost of $130 per camera.

However, if you plan on initially needing more than just one camera, I’d suggest purchasing either the 2,3,4, or 5 camera pack, depending on what exactly you need.

There’s a total of 6 base options with 2 add-on options, so be sure to look carefully and weigh your options during your purchase. Another nice thing about this camera is that there are three different power consumption options: there’s “high quality”, “balanced”, and “best life”. As you move down the tier, you lose image quality in place of an extended battery life.

However, from what I understand, the “best life” image quality is pretty horrendous, and I would recommend using the other two if possible. This camera also has reliable magnetic mounts that allow you to place your new camera in discreet locations, and it’s especially easy because of its ability to be 100% wireless.

Cons

There are a few notable cons associated with the Arlo security system. For instance, while this system might be “100% wireless”, it obviously sacrifices quality in the area of power consumption.

These little cameras can burn through batteries pretty fast when compared to other IP cameras, but there are some users who’ve reported that, after five months of use, they are still using the original batteries; apparently, it’s a coin toss, so buyer beware.

Additionally, this system lacks the ability to record audio, which might be a straight-up deal breaker for quite a few people. I personally think having audio is an important part of an IP camera system, but there are some that simply can’t afford to have this feature added in, and the Arlo is one of them.

Another big con that was noted by quite a few users was the video lag. All IP cameras will have a bit of video lag, but many users reported that the lag for this camera was 10+ seconds, which is a startlingly high number for an IP camera.

Verdict

The Arlo Security System is a great option in a market flooded by low-quality IP cameras, even if it might have some shaky battery life problems and only a 720P HD display. The night-vision and motion-sensor capabilities, coupled with its waterproof technology, are enticing for many consumers, but they are weighed down by the awful battery life, lack of audio, and poor video lag.

Almost all IP cameras have their fair-share of faults and drawbacks, and the Arlo Camera System is no exception to this, but I feel as though there are enough great features and benefits about this system to warrant a purchase.

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