If you’re looking to buy the best security camera system that you can set up easily without wiring if you wish, indoors or outdoors and have re-chargeable batteries then check out this Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Security System with Siren. This is a 5 camera system so you can cover rooms indoors, and the front, side and back of your house if appropriate all from one base station and without storage charge. These cameras can also be linked to Alexa so that you can view live from an echo device. We’re going to be looking at what you get and what the customer response to this system has been.
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Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Security System with Siren Review
- 100% Wire-Free – Free of power cords.
- Weatherproof – Place indoors or out.
- HD Video – Enjoy sharp, detailed video.
- Rechargeable – Long lasting batteries.
- Quick Charging – Get fast battery charging.
- 2-way Audio – Listen in or talk back.
- Smart Siren – 100+ decibel siren.
- Wide-Angle – 130-degree angle lens.
- Live Streaming – Watch live or recorded.
- Night Vision – See even in the dark.
- Local Backup – Use USB storage for backup.
- Smart Home – Works with IFTTT, SmartThings, etc.
What’s comes in the box
With this Arlo Pro by NETGEAR set you get 5 cameras with 5 rechargeable batteries, 1 camera power adapter with cable (you can install and run your cameras with cables but you would need to buy extra cables. It’s worth setting one up though as you can use it as a charging station when the batteries run down on other cameras and leave you with one charged battery that you can switch out). You get a base station which has a siren and an ethernet cable so you can attach it to your router. You get 5 magnetic camera mounts with some fixings if you want to attach some on the wall. There is also one outdoor security mount which you would screw onto the wall and the camera is screwed onto it.
Set up the base station of your Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Security System as it directs on the quick start guide which is included. Fit a battery into each camera and decide where you want to place them. Any camera that doesn’t need to be attached to a wall can be set up immediately. If you are going to place a camera outside without an outdoor mount make sure it is high enough to be out of reach without steps to discourage theft or damage. The magnet mounts only require one screw to attach it. The cameras are fully waterproof and can function in all weather conditions. When you’re ready you have a button on each camera which you will use to sync the camera with the base station. You will need to download the Arlo app to your phone or tablet.
Within the app you can identify each security camera by a name that identifies where it is placed then you have the option to setup rules for each camera. If you have a camera that covers your front door you may have much more movement there from strangers so you might want to make sure you have alerts on all the time at the highest level of picture quality. You have the options to choose the length of the clip that the camera will record. Although you may have it active 24/7 it will only start recording if it detects movement or show a view if you decided to watch the live view.
Each security camera in this Arlo Pro Security System has 2 way speaking which can be useful with delivery drivers or even strangers to ask them what they want. Internal cameras can be used to communicate with members of your family even if you’re not there. From the live view screen you have buttons at the bottom of the screen to be able to set it to record, speak to someone, take a picture or set the siren going. If you have all 5 cameras active you can see a thumbnail of all of your cameras on one screen and you can live view any that you want or all of them.
Works with Alexa
You can set up your cameras with the Alexa app and if you have Fire TV, an Echo Spot or Echo Show you can ask Alexa to show you a certain camera and have the live view show on there. This can fit in with all of your other Smart devices keeping your home up to date.
Any alerts to your phone will create a video clip which is then stored on the Arlo cloud storage for up to 7 days free of charge with 5 cameras. If you need more than 5 cameras or want the storage for more than 7 days there are subscription options that you can choose. You also have the option of local storage with this base unit and you can store videos to a memory stick or hard drive as well as the cloud. This gives you double security as you can download anything you want to keep onto a memory stick if it is coming up to 7 days old and keep it somewhere safe as well as the cloud for recent activity.
Many people have set up this system and had no issues with the connection or video quality, it has worked as expected and they have found the rechargeable battery life to be very good. Most people have found the set up easy and have been able to use the 2 way talk capability with no problem and they recommend the system to anyone who wants wire less cameras.
The main issues buyers have had is problems with charging the batteries, either cable issues or charger issues. People have also found problems with certain cameras not working or not staying connected. Not every camera has this issue just certain ones in a set. Buyers have had problems with customers services trying to get resolution on issues or replacements for items not working.
This Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Security System with Siren – 5 Rechargeable Wire-Free HD Cameras with Audio is a great all in one option to cover you home security needs and you can fit it yourself without the cost of getting in contractors. You can have it up and running in no time and set it up so that all the phone users in the house have access to it.