The Netgear Arlo is the first home security system to provide 100% wireless, high-definition monitoring capabilities. It does it remarkably well and comes with a surprisingly large feature set.
Up until now, battery-powered DIY home security systems have had to sacrifice numerous features to ensure you’re not swapping batteries constantly. For example, no live streaming of video, and low resolution video quality are the norm. The Arlo’s feature list reads like it was designed to be fully wired, but it’s in fact 100% wire free. Depending on your usage, even battery life doesn’t have to be an issue.
Ease of set-up is a major plus for this system. Because cameras are attached to magnetic mounts, it only takes a few minutes to get up and running. Simply connect the base station to your WiFi router, sync the cameras, and open the free Arlo app. Voila! you’re done.
The simple setup and portability of the cameras allows you to change their location at any time. This versatility means its range of uses is far greater than most other home monitoring systems. Whether you need to keep an eye on an elderly parent, a sleeping child, or a pet, repositioning the cameras is literally a snap.
The cameras offer high-quality 720p video resolution that provides crystal-clear images with an impressive 110-degree angle of view. Whether they’re discretely placed in trees hundreds of feet from your router, or just down the hallway, you’ll get crisp, no-lag video results all the time.
The Arlo is ruggedly designed to withstand extremes of weather between 14 – 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The 850nm LEDs also ensures that the cameras provide great night vision capabilities, meaning the system will protect you and your home even in complete darkness.
A security system is only as good as the alerts it provides. This is another area where the Arlo is a winner. Not only can alerts be triggered whenever motion is sensed, but you can customize and schedule what events trigger the system. Real-time alerts are sent to you via email or to the Arlo app. You can then watch live or recorded video streams and see motion event recordings. The app is available for your desktop, tablet and mobile devices. You can even watch up to four cameras simultaneously.
Arlo’s cloud storage capabilities are also a great selling point. Video footage is stored in the cloud, where you can view and share the footage for up to seven days. You can also sync as many as fifteen cameras to a single account. With 200mb of storage capacity, and optional upgrades to even higher capacities, space is never a problem, either.
To sum up: If you’re looking for a wireless DIY home security system, the Netgear Arlo is a compelling choice. With its simple setup, rich feature set, adaptability, and wide range of uses, you owe it to take a close look at the system. It comes highly recommended.