Technology Netgear’s Arlo 2 is an expensive, but capable home camera system

05:51  03 december  2017
05:51  03 december  2017 Source:   The Verge

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The newly announced Arlo Pro 2 is a minor update that rounds out the camera with some sorely missing More expensive than Nest, Ring, and Canary. In addition to the updated camera , Netgear is also launching a new subscription plan and some accessories.

Netgear ’ s Arlo Pro 2 is an easy-to-use outdoor Wi-Fi camera that’s If you’re looking to add the Arlo Pro 2 to a smart- home system , the camera currently works with Amazon Alexa, Stringify, and IFTTT; Wink and SmartThings support will follow soon. It’s also the most expensive camera on our list.

  Netgear’s Arlo 2 is an expensive, but capable home camera system © Provided by The Verge

Here’s the thing about home security systems: they are expensive, usually require experts to install them, and for the good ones you’ll need to pay a monthly fee starting at $30 to have a company monitor them. While they won’t provide the same level of security as a professionally installed system from ADT or Slomin, the current wave of smart home cameras released by companies such as Nest, Logitech, and even Amazon have made security systems cheaper and easier to install and monitor from your smartphone. And the camera that still leads the pack in terms of ease of use is Netgear’s Arlo.

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Netgear Arlo Final Thoughts and Conclusions: Setting up a home camera system is no easy task as it is unique to your particular situation, time consuming, expensive and relatively tough to do. The Netgear Arlo Home Security Camera Kit helps solve a number of these issues!

I have a security system which has a fair amount of connected home features built-in. The system came with 2 cameras , however I needed a easy, expensive way to add more. I was excited to try out the Netgear Arlo Security Camera System .

The newest addition to the lineup is the Arlo 2, its latest wireless camera that works both indoors and outdoors. Before we even get into the details, the Arlo 2 already checks the three main boxes — no wires, 1080p HD stream, and weatherproof — that you’d be hard-pressed to find in any other security camera. It also features free cloud storage for a week, two-way audio, a rechargeable battery that lasts six months, and a 130-degree field of view.

Setting up the Arlo 2 system is simple. The camera system is sold with two cameras and a base station that plugs into your router to manage the connections. (You can plug in an external hard drive to the base station to back up your recordings locally.) Once you sync the camera with the base station, you can easily mount the camera on any wall with a screwdriver and the included magnetized mount in about five minutes. The included mounts keep the camera close to the wall, but you can buy extended mounts (great for mounting it on the side of your house or on a tree outdoors) for $19.

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Arlo Pro 2 Accessories Accessories for Arlo Pro 2 are sold separately and require an existing Arlo Pro or Arlo Pro 2 System . More Information NETGEAR offers several innovative options in its Arlo Smart Home Security Camera product family including the original Arlo , Arlo Pro, Arlo Q, Arlo Q

Arlo Smart Security System with 2 Arlo Cameras (VMS3230C). Buy Now. This product is backed by a NETGEAR limited 1-year Hardware Warranty. 24/7 basic technical support provided for 90 days from purchase date, when purchased from a NETGEAR authorized reseller.

You can manage the camera through Arlo’s app, which allows you to schedule times for the cameras to run, or set it up to activate once you leave your house. If motion or sound is detected, Arlo will send you a push notification to alert you, and you can view the footage within the app.

Video quality is excellent during the day and when night vision is in use, and the audio playback through the camera — while a bit crunchy if you’re trying to scare off intruders or get your dog off the couch — is perfectly decipherable. There is lag during live playback, averaging around three seconds for me with video quality turned all the way up, but it’s nothing too serious.

Arlo Pro II camera and solar charger© Provided by The Verge Arlo Pro II camera and solar charger

Netgear says the battery will last for six months in the Arlo 2 under normal use, and can be quickly recharged when it goes out. After a week of testing and a handful of alerts, both of my cameras are still at 100 percent, which bodes well for that claim. The company also sells a solar charger for $79 that can keep the camera running indefinitely.

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The Arlo Pro 2 is going on sale now, and it' s a bit more expensive than the previous Arlo Pro. The previous Arlo had a sensor capable of 1080p, but Netgear says it' s made sure the new camera has the Arlo Pro 2 can be purchased as an add-on camera for those currently using Arlo systems .

Expanding your Arlo system is a breeze. Connect up to five cameras for free. Why commit to a long-term contract or pay expensive monthly subscription fees? Arlo can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

Arlo will keep your cloud recordings from up to five cameras for free for seven days, but it offers a subscription service to keep footage from 10 cameras for 30 days for $10 a month. You can also set up 24/7 continuous cloud recording starting at $10 a month per camera, but this only works when the cameras are plugged in.

The Arlo 2 has some other features that only work when the camera is indoors and plugged in. There’s a look-back feature that captures activity a few seconds before motion or sound is detected, and Activity Zones allow you to highlight areas in the camera’s field of view to focus on for alerts.

Despite checking nearly every box, there are two notable, and pretty significant downsides to the Arlo 2. If you want it to operate as a full-fledged security system that records everything all the time, it’s going to cost you a lot. The Arlo 2 base kit starts at $479, and extra cameras are $220, which is expensive to say the least. Then you’ll need to add in continuous cloud recording at $120 a camera per year, which puts you at a minimum of $720 in the first year and $240 every subsequent year without any additional cameras.

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Photo: Netgear . Here’ s the thing about home security systems : they are expensive , usually require experts to install them, and for the good Setting up the Arlo 2 system is simple. The camera system is sold with two cameras and a base station that plugs into your router to manage the connections.

Arlo Pro 2 keeps an eye on your home while you’re away, in brilliant 1080p HD quality. Put the 100% wire-free, weather-resistant camera anywhere, indoors or out. Bottom Line The Netgear Arlo Pro is a completely wireless surveillance camera system designed for outdoor use.

The second issue — and undoubtedly more important one if you want to use Arlo as a real security system — is reliability. Last Friday afternoon, customers with Arlo security systems were unable to access the app or any footage for 15 hours until early Saturday morning after the company had a “major service disruption.” In a statement to The Verge, Netgear apologized to its customers for the outage. “We sincerely apologize for this service interruption and it certainly does not reflect our standards of service availability. Our technical teams continue to work diligently to ensure services remain available and we are reviewing our internal processes and systems in order to prevent this from happening in the future.”

This isn’t a smart speaker going down or your lighting system not being able to connect to Wi-Fi for a few hours. Arlo is designed to be a security system for when you’re not home and it went down on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Not to mention Arlo didn’t tweet or email users about it until 6PM on Friday, four hours after the service went down. While there will always be potential and real issues with cloud-based services, Arlo needs to step up its reliability and customer service if they want to be the company you trust to keep your home secure.

So should you buy the Arlo 2? If you plan on using it to keep an eye on your home when you’re away but aren’t overly concerned with having a full-fledged security system, it could be a great option for you, if you don’t mind the price. But if you’re looking for a serious security solution, I’d avoid Arlo for now, at least until some time passes and the company shows it can keep your cameras up and running year-round without major issues.

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