Arlo VMS3130 Indoor/Outdoor Night Vision Security System with 1 Wire-Free HD Camera
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Arlo Smart Home Security Cameras are the world’s FIRST 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 dark.
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174 of 187 people found the following review helpful.
Nice design, but useless motion sensor
By J Chan
Arlo Smart Home - 1 HD Camera Security System, 100% Wire-Free, Indoor/Outdoor with Night Vision (VMS3130-100NAS)
I have been bombarded by false alarm alerts that are triggered by cars passing since I installed this camera 5 days ago. The distance between the camera and the road is at least 50ft and only top left corner of the camera FOV sees the road. However, it is the PIR sensor that trigger the recording and there is no way to figure out if the PIR sensor's coverage is same as the camera FOV. I can understand why the PIR sensor can detect the car (big warm moving object) at 50ft away, even spec claims it detects UP TO 20ft only. But, there is this little bird on the front step also triggered the camera. False alarms are generally expected from this type of sensor. But the biggest disappointment is when a postman walked from left FOV to right FOV to my front door (point A to point B in the attached pic), Arlo starts recording only when he turns away. Only his back was recorded. This is unacceptable because it is exactly the scenario I wanted Arlo to record. It failed miserably.
Attached screenshot are from the same day and same settings.
I have changed different angles, different settings but none works for me so far.
I give it one more weekend before returning it.
I have tried everything I can. This camera doesn't work for me. Too many false alarms (>10 videos of nothing per day) and missed detection made this camera useless. This is very unfortunate because I really like the packaging, but I am returning it.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful.
Caught a guy trying to break in, but...
By Amazon Customer
This review is for the Arlo Smart Home - 1 HD Camera Security System + 4 add-on cameras bundle: Arlo Smart Home Security Camera System - Five-Camera Bundle: One Camera with Base Station and Four Add-on Cameras.
I just bought this system because we had some trouble with vandalism at our house that we are in the process of selling. I was interested in the completely wireless aspect of these cameras and the fast install. I installed the system a few days ago, and literally 7am the next morning my phone goes crazy with motion alerts. I grabbed the phone and saw a guy trying to break into the shed. As I am watching the videos, I see 2 of my 3 installed cameras go offline after capturing 4 or 5 ten second videos.
Turns out the guy grabbed the cameras and threw them in the pool, but not before one of the cameras got a clear shot of his face. Called 911, and the police came out to the house. I was able to download the videos to a cd, which I gave to the police. They found the guy later that day and arrested him.
The cameras are wireless and super easy to install.
The app has a nice UI and a good look and feel.
The video is good quality.
The motion detection is pretty solid as long as you spend some time tweaking the settings for your situation (Playing around with the sensitivity is key).
The night vision works great.
7 days free cloud storage is great.
The cameras are super easy to steal.
The app has some bugs (for example I found that sometimes if you just change 1 setting, it won't be saved), but so far I've found workarounds for most of the bugs.
Can't say much about battery life since I've had the system less than a week.
I'm giving this 4 stars because I caught the guy, but now I'm out like $300+ because of the two disabled cameras the guy grabbed and tossed in the pool. What would be nice is if there was some sort of screw in cage accessory. I'm sure this would have deterred the guy from grabbing the cameras because he didn't have a screw driver on him, but I suppose a cage would probably kill the night vision...
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
line of sight distance between the base station and the camera only supported about 40 feet
By California Frank
The line of sight distance between the base station and the camera only supported about 40 feet, which is far lower than what they claim to support. They claim to support up to 300 feet. There is a chance that it is because I live in a densely populated area, and so maybe there is some wireless interference from all of the wireless routers in this area.
My camera blinked yellow when it was about 50 feet away from the base station. I positioned the base station in a window. Think of placing the base station on a first story window ledge, and then walking 50 feet across your lawn or street and then the camera does not work. At about 40 feet, it blinked green (worked). I needed it to work for at least 100 feet, and so I returned it. That was a blocker for me.
I was disappointed with the picture quality. I was expecting better.
Also, almost every time I logged into the Arlo web site to view my pictures/video, I would first get the error "We are sorry, the database service is currently down. Please try again.", or "We are sorry, Arlo is currently not available.". They should add a more accurate message saying, "We are sorry, we do not know how to run an online service, and so please forgive us for our lack of respect for your time and money".
For the arlo web site, when you login, the "login" button is not automatically selected when you hit enter.
If you want to quickly delete any pictures taken with your camera, you cannot do so. As of November 2015, their 1990s-like web site does not support deleting pictures from the recycle bin. Apparently they automatically delete pictures after they have been in the recycle bin for 7 days. I can see that being a pro and con. It is a pro because then nobody can delete pictures to try and cover their tracks. For example, if they find your camera while robbing your home.
Overall, it is a great idea. Given it is "Netgear", I'll try again in a few years to see if they have the issues resolved.