Arlo Security System by NETGEAR - 2 Wire-Free HD Cameras, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMS3230) - Old Version
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Arlo Smart Home Security Cameras are the world’s ONLY 100% wire-free, HD, Indoor/Outdoor video cameras for home monitoring. Motion activated cameras initiate automatic recording and alert you via email or app notifications. Free apps enable remote monitoring from anywhere and with the built-in night vision you’ll even see in the dark.
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231 of 243 people found the following review helpful.
Thank you, Arlo.
By Al Parramore
I bought this exact set up because in 12/2015 I had the tops on my two convertibles sliced and things taken from the cars. My cars sit close enough to my home that I can place a camera on the dash of the car and it will record if anyone enters my car. I live on the edge of a good area and we get people that are not so good coming into the area at night to steal. I have now recorded 2 different break ins to my car. The latest one was last night. Argo woke me, I called 911, and the two men were arrested yards from my home. The police are armed with a video of the crime! Thank You Arlo.
1206 of 1282 people found the following review helpful.
Initial impressions after 1 day
I was very excited to receive my 2 camera Arlo system when it finally was released. Previously I've had a four camera wired system with DVR and a two camera Logitech Alert system. We just bought a new house and I didn't want to run camera wires in the attic and I was never really happy with the Logitech system which has now been discontinued.
I had the system up and running in five minutes. Super easy, you simply connect the base station to your router using the supplied cat5e cable. I had a shorter cat6 cable so I actually used this instead. After it is plugged into the router you go to the Arlo website and create your account. The final step was to put batteries into the cameras and pair them to the base station. Both cameras were paired almost instantly! Compared to running camera wires or dealing with powerline networking (Alert) this was a breeze.
Nice looking little cameras and they have a bit of weight to them. They aren't heavy by any means but feel like quality little units. They can sit on any flat surface or you may use the supplied magnetic mounts to install on a wall. They also have a tripod type adapter on the bottom which may open up some additional mounting possibilities.
There are three options for video quality:
High quality (reduced battery life)
Balanced (compromise of image & battery life)
Best life (reduced image quality)
I used the suggested balance mode and found the image quality to be comparable to my old non-HD wired system and a bit lower in quality than my old Alert cameras. I changed the mode to high quality and the image improved to be comparable to the Alert cameras. For my purposes the balanced mode is fine. I've attached some pictures of my patio to compare the two.
The cameras automatically switch to night vision mode when it gets dark. I found the image to be clear and sharp. I attached an image of my garage so you can see the clarity. This was taken during the day with only a small amount of light coming in through the door to the garage.
The website is easy to navigate but there are not as many options available as my Logitech Alert site had. You may schedule when your cameras will record on motion or just have them record on motion at all times or never at all. There are some rules and modes that you may create but I haven't explored those options yet. One missing feature seems to be being able to define the motion detection zone for each camera. You can adjust the image itself using pan & zoom controls (which may in itself adjust the detection zone) but with my old Alert cameras I could zoom the image all the way out but set specific areas that would trigger recording. You can setup the cameras to email specific addresses when they detect motion. In testing these seem to be sent within 10-30 seconds after movement occurs, pretty good in my opinion! The email contains a snapshot from the camera and you can click a link to play it without having to log into the Arlo site. This is much improved over the Alert emails that I used to receive.
I used the site successfully on my Windows 8.1 PC, a Windows 8.1 tablet & a Windows RT tablet. My biggest complaint with the website is that when accessing from my Windows 8.1 phone it defaults to a mobile page directing you to download the IOS or Android app. Of course neither of these works with a Windows phone so you are out of luck if you were hoping to monitor your cameras from a Windows phone. To be fair, I already knew there was no Windows phone app when I bought the system but I hoped there would be a mobile optimized site that would work with my phone. When will manufacturers stop ignoring Windows phone users? Fortunately the email that is sent when motion is detected does allow (even on a Windows phone) you to play the video that was captured. So from a Windows phone you can play videos after they are triggered (when they are emailed to you) but you cannot stream your cameras in real time.
Video playback (from website)
You may view your videos from the website and they are categorized by the date and time they were recorded. It's easy to delete both single videos and multiple videos at once. You may also choose to download a video, share it and mark favorites. I have not tested these three functions yet though.
Live streaming (from website)
The site basically gives you static images of each camera's view with a play button. Once you click the play button it connects to the cameras and within a few seconds live playback occurs. This is comparable to what I experienced with my Alert cameras and being 100% wireless totally acceptable to me. When you are live streaming you can adjust the image to play in small windows, a medium sized window or full screen. You may also take a snapshot of the image as well using a camera button.
As I have recently decided to move to a 100% Microsoft (PCs, tablets & phones) environment I have not tested the Android and IOS apps so I cannot speak to their functionality. I hope that Netgear decides to release a Windows phone app so I have live streaming functionality from my phone someday. I'm sure all of you Android & IOS folks are well supported though!
The free subscription enables you to manage up to five cameras. There are different subscription levels that provide more cloud-based storage and the ability to manage more cameras. I have not explored these as I only need five cameras.
I've had my system up and running for about 16 hours and haven't experienced any dropped cameras. The ease of setup and excellent video quality (for a completely wireless system) have left me impressed. The biggest disappointment is the lack of support for Windows phone but I'm definitely in the minority with that concern. I would like to see Windows phone support (either an app or a mobile optimized site) and the ability to specify detection zones. I want to expand my system to five cameras but the add on cameras are not available until the end of the month. Even with the few disappointments I'm giving it five stars because it is the best that I've used to date.
Anyway, this is the first review that I've ever posted on Amazon so I hope you find it helpful! I'll update if I have any issues, challenges with more than two cameras or discover any new features!
468 of 503 people found the following review helpful.
they just work. but eventually I did return it
Great security cameras, setup was a breeze, they simply work. Motion detection is excellent night vision is very good. Highly recommended. Do your research before you buy. These are meant for security not surveillance. If you don't know the difference then you should look into that first. Basically They do not record 24/7. Rather only when motion is detected. That means this is probably not the best if you want to use it as a nanny camera. Yes you can log in and view what's going on but it will only record with motion is detected or you physically push the record button. Ideally this system is meant for when you do not expect motion in our around your home.
Some cons. You will have to replace batteries so if they are mounted high you probably have to get a ladder out every 4 to 6 months. There is a delay from the time it detects motion to when it records the delay is approximately 1 to 2 seconds.
I decided to return the Arlo. I did get a few recordings of nothing (maybe my sensitivity was to high) but also battery went from 3 bars to two bars in less than a week. I'll admit I had the recording length set to 30 secs instead of the default 10 sec so that may be a big contributing factor.
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