You really cannot go wrong with an Arlo camera. Netgear make the Arlo security camera. This firm has a reputation for making great home electronics and, as you will see from our Arlo review, they have excelled themselves once again with their home security kit.
Netgear’s wireless outdoor security camera is relatively inexpensive, easy to set up, flexible and effective. If you need an affordable home security system Arlo cameras are a great option.
Read our full Arlo security camera review below to get the information you need.
What is included with each camera?
What you get depends on which Arlo security system you decide to buy. You can between one and five camera kits. It is also possible to buy an Arlo add-on camera, and incorporate it into the system. Whichever system you choose, they are also fully compatible with the recently released Arlo Q camera.
Each kit includes the following:
An Arlo HD security camera (how many cameras you get depends on which kit you buy). Each Arlo wireless security camera includes the following features:
- Built-in motion activation
- Capable of recording HD quality footage
- Night vision
- Battery powered
- Watch live option
- A choice of recording mediums
- Pre programmable record length
The following services are included with the security system:
Free cloud storage for your footage – if you have chosen to record the action, it can be kept on the Arlo home security servers, for 7 days. Amazingly, you pay nothing for this service.
Access to the Arlo App – using the Arlo App you can control as many Arlo security cameras as you want. The App is included in the deal. It allows you to watch the recorded footage on any compatible device. The Arlo security App works on most Apple and Android devices.
Built in activity alert system – the App notifies you every time the camera is triggered, so you can go on to your smartphone, or other device, to see what is going on.
What other Arlo security camera reviews tell us
Across the web, there are already more than a thousand reviews for his product, so it has been very easy to find out what works and what does not. First, here is an overview of the things people like about Arlo surveillance cameras.
Super fast to set up – most users said they got their kit up and running within 5 or 10 minutes. To see how easy the camera is to set up watch the youtube video below:
Choice of picture quality – the fact that you can choose between picture qualities is important. Not everyone has a super fast internet connection, so some do not have enough spare bandwidth to record HD quality video. Therefore, having the option to choose a lower resolution instead is an important feature. It is also vital for those who have a capped internet service.
Free cloud storage – with the Arlo system there is the option to record footage of what your camera picks up and store it in The Cloud. Your recordings are stored for 7 days. If you need more storage then you can opt for a paid plan.
For the 7 day option however, you pay nothing. Many other security camera companies offer a similar service to their clients, but they tend to charge a fee for doing so. Typically, they charge at least $100 per year if you pay annually or $10 a month. Often that is per camera, so if you have three cameras you can easily end up paying $300+ every year, for a service Arlo provides at no cost! How good is that?
Install the camera practically anywhere – the fact the cameras run on batteries means they can be installed more or less anywhere. With other systems, you need to power the camera. Therefore, they have to be installed close to a power point, or you have to pay to have the necessary cables installed.
However, you do need to make sure it has a good Wi-Fi signal. Wi-Fi extenders can potentially be used to extend coverage.
A great mounting system – the Arlo camera mount design is clever. People loved the magnetic mounts, which helped them to hang them in all sorts of nocks and crannies to capture images from areas other systems could not reach.
Battery powered – we have already touched on the fact the cameras are battery powered, which means that they can be installed anywhere. However, it also means that a thief who cuts the power to your property before breaking in will still be captured on camera.
Good customer support – Netgear are a firm with a good reputation. It is clear, from the reviews, that they take customer feedback seriously and are using it to improve their product. They sort out problems quickly and provide answers to customer queries.
Price – you get great value for money with the Arlo camera system.
Flexibility – Arlo provides this system in a range of configurations. They also sell add on cameras. Regardless of the size of the property you are trying to protect, Arlo has a kit that is right for you.
If you want to, you can set the camera to record for a prescribed period. For example, install one in the home of an elderly relative and have it set up so that events are recorded for x number of minutes when they open the front door. This is a good way to catch scammers. Some target the elderly and try to sell them services they do not need, by spending ages talking to them and wearing them down.
Accurate motion sensor – the motion sensor works really well right out of the box, no need to configure them. They work in any light, including pitch black.
As you can see, most people loved this security system. However, as with all things in life not everyone was entirely happy. A few people raised some issues, the worst of which we have outlined below.
Arlo camera battery life – some reviewers said their Arlo batteries only lasted around six days. Changing the batteries so often on a camera that you have probably mounted quite high on the wall is a pain to say the least.
However, it is important to point out not everyone had this issue. How fast the batteries drain depends on several factors. This issue seems to affect only cameras that are mounted outside, especially in very cold conditions. Those who decided to use the cameras inside did not appear to have any battery life issues. This suggests that the sensors and night vision could be zapping battery power.
It is important to note that this issue was only mentioned by a handful of people across the literally hundreds of reviews we read. You also need to bear in mind that the cost of your Arlo camera batteries will be largely covered by the fact you do not have to pay monthly fees with this system.
Instructions could be clearer – a few people said in their Arlo security system review that they felt the instructions could be simplified. The basic set up and functions are intuitive. But, setting up something like timed monitoring is a bit more of a challenge.
Too many updates – the fact the firm is always trying to improve things is generally a good thing, but some customers got frustrated by this. Unfortunately, each update means the system is down for a short period. These updates lead some users to think that something had gone wrong with their Arlo wireless camera, when in fact it was just down for the update.
How the Arlo system rates
Across the various review sites, the Arlo system scored around 4.5 out of 5.
Practically every Arlo camera review we read was overwhelmingly positive. Therefore, it is clear to us this is the best option available right now.