22 thoughts on “Netgear's Arlo nails versatile DIY home security

  • February 3, 2015 at 12:27 am

    What happens when the internet is down, or the servers or down, or they decide to kill the servers, or stop supporting the first gen devices? When you use a device that relies 100% of servers that are out of your control, then you are at the mercy of the company running those servers. Your $350 investment can quickly go down the drain at the whim of an business person.
    One issue not mentioned is that the batteries are not rechargeable, and battery life estimates are based on less than 5 minutes of usage per day. thus you are stuck finding areas where there is 5 minutes or less worth of motion per day, but are still worth monitoring, or you place it in a high traffic area, or use it in the advertised use cases of monitoring pets or other activity around the house, and kill the batteries within a week.

    While netgear has significantly improved their quality over the years, as well as innovated in a number of areas, this product is less than desirable when you think critically about how it functions.

  • February 3, 2015 at 2:17 am

    15 days battery life, i have this kit and its great but i have changed the battery twice in a month

  • February 6, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Can you save the video? Can you add your own hard drive to save video???

  • July 12, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Mounted using a magnetic base? Too easy to knock off. I'm sure thieves will like this one.

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  • June 23, 2016 at 9:26 am

    She slagged of blink one saying it has no features .. And this one doesn't have sound recording .. And blink does have it .. What a slimy cow

  • June 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I just bought another base station and camera as it appeared that my other base station was faulty so I replaced it – what a big change that was, now neither the cameras or the new base appear – everything is blank – but the base station now has a green internet light sometimes – I even signed for a new subscription trying get around the problems – all to no avail.

    I spent considerable time retrieving the many cameras and pulling batteries and then resyncing each camera with the new base station – it all looked good until I logged out and back in again only to fnd everything has disappeared – now I am back to step 1.

    The new base station was connected to another router using a different ISP – it is not the router or the ISP it is ARLO that is the problem you guys have changed something at your end. This is just like the red eye problem where you do nothing for months saying it is a setup issue and finally it became a hardware problem with the camera.

    If you want to fill in time try sending an email to support it says the web page is down you click on support it goes to a page you then click on support it goes to another and the support on that page goes back the original page.

    This product is totally unfit for the purpose for which it is being sold and in this country there laws about this sort of thing (Trade Practices Act). I have totally had it with you guys.

    I am initially reporting these ongoing product issues to the Telecommunication Industry Ombudsman – you guys need to offer support in a reasonable timeframe.

    Very unhappy customer
    who is now heading down the legal path

  • July 29, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I read the reviews and read the YouTube comments and still decided to purchase the 1 camera system and I personally love it. It does what I need it to do and that's to monitor my residence when I'm away…..Thanks Netgear!!

  • August 24, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    For an outdoor camera, "unobtrusive" is hardly the word I would choose to describe its physiognomy. This physical format sticks out farther than the proverbial sore thumb. And. I was more interested until I became aware of the woefully inadequate battery life.

  • January 23, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Camera recording has a 3-5 seconds lag/delay in recording. You've already passed the camera and it would just start recording. And the batteries doesn't last long.

  • June 22, 2017 at 1:52 am

    I bought Blink and am ecstatic.  I don't worry about battery life and they work like a charm.  And I hear what is going on and can place them anywhere I want on a whim.   I'm sure Arlo is good too.  Battery life is key, 1-2 years with normal use, apparently.  I've had mine 7 months and AA lithiums are going strong, still.   I can't ask for more with my Blink.  But I do recommend getting a smart watch with good vibration notification-such as Martian notifier that can adjust the vibration intensity-it's the only watch I tried that I got alert notification that I feel and even wakes me up when it vibrates.  Just an Fyi.  I couldn't keep eyes and ears on my phone all the time and that solved the problem.  I'm sure it works with Arlo push notifications too.

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