Netgear Arlo Pro Review – Best Wireless Security Camera System?

Netgear Arlo Pro Review – Best Wireless Security Camera System?


What’s up guys. It’s Chris Majestic here with Majestechs and today we’re going to reviewing the Arlo Pro. so as you know traditional security camera systems require you to run wires throughout your house to wire up the cameras and even the wireless outdoor ones still require you to run power to your house which means you have to drill holes into your house to run wires inside well this is the are Arlo Pro and it’s a 100-percent wireless camera solution so each camera is battery-operated and weather-resistant so you can pretty much put these cameras wherever you want. They can easily mount to a wall or ceiling using the magnetic mount that they have and that mounts going to allow you to position it in pretty much any angle you want now these cameras are 100-percent wireless but they do come with the base station and the base station has to be wired to your router and each camera comes with a rechargeable 2400mah hour removable battery and you can charge the battery while it’s in the camera if you want using the included micro USB charger. You just plug that into the back of the camera and it’s going to charge it. You can also buy additional batteries for fifty bucks and you can buy standalone battery charger that allow you to charge up to two batteries for about 50 bucks as well. And they claim that you can get four to six months of use out of these batteries now that’s going to be affected by how often you have motion on that camera Each camera also comes with a built-in microphone and speaker which means that you can actually talk to the person on the other end of the camera and you can hear them so that’s really nice you can get two-way audio going. So these cameras are HD they do 720p they have built-in motion detection, night vision, and a 130 degree field of view so you can get a lot in the view of this camera. alright so onto the base station. The base station has two USB ports and you can actually use those ports to connect an external hard drive and you can actually store your recordings directly on a hard drive instead of relying 100% on the cloud. It has an ethernet port which are going to use to connect that to your router. The base station also has a 100db siren built into it which gets really really loud and really really enjoying. And that siren i can actually be triggered manually using the app or you can have it go off if there’s motion on one of the cameras or something like that. Setting these cameras up its really really easy all you’re going to do is hit the sync button on top of the hub then you’re going to hit the sync button on the camera and within a few seconds it’s going to pair with the hub and the Arlo pro and the Arlo are backward compatible this means that the Arlo Pro Cameras will work with the original Arlo Hub and the original Arlo cameras will work with the Arlo Pro Hub. The Arlo app is also really nice so the cameras are triggered by what are called “Modes” and you’ll see four modes in there by default when you first open up the app and you can add more if you want but the modes are going to tell the cameras what to do so if you put in “Armed Mode” that means that the cameras are going to be ready when they sense motion to start recording and push that recording out to the cloud and you can add a lot of different settings that each one of these modes to tell the cameras how you want them to react whether you wanted to be triggered by audio which is really cool so you don’t have to rely 100% on motion if it gets sound it will actually push the video as well. They also have a mode here for geofencing which is really nice and it looks like it’s in beta right now but that’s going to do is allow your cameras to be armed whenever your phone leaves a certain designated area. So like if you leave your house is going to turn into Armed Mode or can turn it off when you get back or something like that so that’s really nice as well. Under the devices section of your app this is where you’ll see all your cameras and you can actually tap on it to view a live video feed it does take a few seconds for the video to come up and you can only view one of the time but it does have that option for you to do you live video. You can tap the Settings button that’s on each camera that’s going to allow you to change the device settings. You can look at the battery life, the signal strength, audio/video settings, and sensitivity settings as well. But the very first thing that I recommend for you to do is to actually adjust the video quality of the cameras to higher quality now this is going to affect your battery life but this is going to make your videos true 720p and the library section of the app is where you can actually view your recordings and you can choose to delete them or share them or download them if you want and the Arlo does come with 7 free days of cloud recording so you can get up to 7 days here for free and they do have different packages you can pay $100 a year for 30 days of recording or you can pay $150 a year for 60 days of recording. And they also have the option for 24/7 recording if you want obviously this is going to be a little bit more expensive but it will be a good option if you’re really paranoid or you just needed to be recording all the time and they do give you discounts if you have more than one plan and they have a lot of different plan options i will post the link in the description to their website for you to check out their plans another thing i really really like about these cameras is that they natively work directly with SmartThings and IFTTT so you can do things like link the modes so if you’re SmartThings mode changes it will change the mode on the camera so it will Arm the cameras or you can have recordings be triggered by some other sensor on SmartThing so that’s really nice. And IFTTT is just going to open up the door for a whole lot of different automation if you want. Now this is the Arlo Pro. They do still have the original Arlo and there are a few differences between the two. The main thing is that these are faster and they better motion sensitivity so one major problem that the original Arlo cameras had was that it would start the recording a little bit too late well with the Arlo Pro they’ve definitely fixed that issue. Within I’d say a split second in most of my videos it started recording as soon as it saw me. It did work really well for inanimate objects when I opened up my garage door really didn’t pick that up but it did pick me up as soon as I came into the frame so i don’t know if it’s using a heat signature or what Another difference from the old Arlo is that he’s actually come with rechargeable batteries. So the old Arlo came with a CR123 battery the other difference is that the base station actually comes with that 100db siren that didn’t exist on the whole base station. So there’s a lot to love about this Arlo security camera system but there are a few things I don’t like. The very first thing is kinda obvious and that’s that these are battery-operated that means you’re going to have to replace the battery every few months if you get a lot of motion and you’re doing 720p recording that can definitely dwindle that 4-6 months down a little bit so that could definitely stuck if you’ve got like 4 or 5 cameras and you find yourself out there every 3-4 months or so replacing the batteries constantly swapping them out that can definitely be a pain. Now as I said, you can buy the charging station and additional batteries but if you want to do that you’re pretty much looking at an additional $100. That brings me to my next thing which is the price now these things are not cheap now you definitely paying for convenience here so you’ve got the cheapest option for the Arlo Pro, which is about $250 for a 1-Camera system all the way up to the 4-Camera system which is what i have here and this cost $650 so once you start adding things like the charging station extra batteries it can definitely get really pricey. Another concern that I have is that these are only 720p now some people might think I’m nitpicking with that but I do wish they had a 1080p option and only reason why I say that is when you’re talking about these recordings being highly compressed and they’re 720p, when you’re trying to do something like pick up a license plate or face off in the distance that’s going to be kind of hard to do with 720p video so I definitely wish they had a 1080p option they do have the Arlo Q which is an indoor wired camera and that is 1080p but i do wish they had some outdoor cameras that were 1080p another thing to keep in mind is that you can’t record more than two minutes at a time so by default your recordings are going to be 10 seconds. You can take that all the way up to two minutes but you’re not going to be able to go beyond that and that’s going to be whether you trigger the recording manually or if it does it automatically with motion and the last concern I have about this is that you can only do 5 cameras. That may be plenty for some people but i would like to see like an 8 camera system but overall i really like these cameras i think they’re really good for somebody who is either not handy or not really technical since they make it really simple for you to set these things up. You can even buy some really cool accessories for the cameras like you can buy different mounts if you want you can get some camo skins and different colored skins so you can like hide the camera a tree or something like that if you want to. Now Arlo isn’t the only 100% percent wireless camera system out there. There are a few other ones out there but i do think Netgear got it right with the Arlo cameras. Alright guys that’s going to be it for this video if you found it helpful go ahead and mash that Like button for me and i’ll see you guys in the next video.

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100 Replies to “Netgear Arlo Pro Review – Best Wireless Security Camera System?”

  1. I like your reviews. However these cameras, like most, have one major fault. They need local storage. If a burglar shuts off the house power the Arlo system is worthless. In California most power panels are mounted outside the home. Flip one switch and the burglar has camera free access to the house.

  2. I got this system last winter. I like it. But the app is pissing me off. I could have swore for the first 3 or4 mons, I didn't have to log in. May have done it initially. But now if I get on to check videos, then get off for more than 10 min, It says my session has exspired and I need to log in. This is getting tone a pain in the ass. I have a lot of activity around my house and am constantly checking it. Do you know if there is any way I can adjust, or just plain forego this feature of the app?

  3. Does the system "have to" be plugged into the main house router or can u run it off a range extender in basement so guests don't know you have it

  4. DO NOT use arlo. The feed from your arlo camera goes to arlo's servers then to you. They're storing every second that passes through. In the year that I had a 2 cam setup outside my house their "database" went down. Proof is in the pudding https://imgur.com/a/kaQ5rQR . Got ahold of arlo and asked them if they store end user data from devices and the lady said "I don't know". You would think customer service would know something as serious as this. I'm not trying to scare you off but just be warned. If someone breaks into your house while their database is down then there's no way to see what is going on. Get yourself a closed system and use a raspberryPi to sling it to your cellphone or tablet while your outside of your network. More and more companies are violating customer privacy and it's sickening.

  5. Can I plug in the camera base to a WiFi extender? I live in an apartment complex and the router is in the office downstairs.

  6. Hi, is it possible to watch from two phones at the same time? (maybe a stupid question , im condiering to buy this with my neighbour (we have the same parking area).

  7. Im not happy with this system. Hard to aim. These work better close range. Watching my whole yard not so good, the trigger spot is tough to find. My only complaint

  8. I bought this camera last September. I mounted it by the front door of my place and under a roof so there's not rain water falling over it. Everything was working perfectly until today. The battery got exhausted but now the camera doesn't get charged at all. At the moment I connect it to the charger as routine, an orange light flashes a few times. I'm the only one who operates the camera and I live by myself. Before there used to be a blue light flashing when the camera was getting charged but not aumore. No matter how many hours I leave it connected the camera just doesn't get charged a single digit. Please help me to figure it out what's happening. I feel so frustrated because the camera was expensive. Thank you.

  9. can I have 2 different smartphone work with the arlo? can I have both mobile devices sync the geofencing?

  10. our cameras wont show video for crap, always showing busy signal circle thing…live.video takes like 10 mins or longer….arlo is crap

  11. Your video was flawless. You helped me make a tough decision on which wireless camera would be a good choice. Thank you.

  12. Just got a quote for 3 1080P Wired cameras and 4tb server with install they want $7,000.00.

    Is there a similar system to the Arlo pro, but with longer record times, better batteries, etc…??

    I am cool with spending 3500-4000, but ideally would want at least 4 cameras, no monthly subscription plan and be able to withstand cold North Dakota winters…

    Thanks in advance…

  13. Guys, do you know if it's possible to schedule surveillance only if mouvement is detected (and not sound) ? I can't find these configuration in the app :/

  14. The only thing I don’t like about these battery operated cameras is the fact that you have to change the batteries every couple of months. I had to return my Arlo Pro and I ended up getting the Armorax camera, the outdoor one, it’s not battery operated, but it has a better picture quality and does everything I need from a security camera.

  15. They are shit, with every firmware update the battery life is reduced . even with putting the settings back to normal once they update again they revert to original settings. i had the first arlo what i returned when the pro came out, what went from 4 week battery life is now down to 1 week. buy some what come with power cables for all cameras provided, ive ad to fork out $70 for 2 more power cables to keep using the cameras

  16. Useless if everything is on cloud. Not to mention you can disable or capture any wireless camera with a netbook or tablet except 2.

  17. Definitely getting this for a project I'm doing. It's just has to be able to move or when my project drives and doesn't fall off.

  18. I'm about ready to smash my Arlo camera into the dumpster. Apparently when the website is having trouble your camera isn't going to work as a local stand alone system either. Been having trouble with it all day. It's also a battery sucking whore!

  19. My biggest issue with Arlo was the distance between the camera and base u couldn’t be further away than 350 ft or so from the base in other words I had the router on one side of the house I couldn’t put any of the cameras on the other side of the house

  20. The Arlo Classic cameras are perfect for doorstep cameras, so if someone walks up to your door, it will catch them, but if you want a more house wide survailance system, get these. The sensing technology is better and the video quality. We will be buying an arlo pro add on for our driveway and using the classic ones on our front and back doors.

  21. Love your vedios ? I have power outlets in my soffits so plugging in cameras and being protected from the weather arnt a issue what would u recommend arlo pro 2 nest or nest iq I need one for the front of house and one for back front one would be the one I would want best I can get so overall vedio and app wise what would u recommend thx

  22. This product is 100% wireless but its efficiency is very low. I will suggest to not buy this product for security purpose. This just for show off and concept. It does not provide security at all. I purchased 6 camera pack and i need to to change battery every 4 day. So think before purchasing this.

  23. Wouldn't recommend… My cameras record less than 2 min of video a day.. but the battery dies in less than a month… It did catch the neighborhood thief.. but a wire camera is the way to go

  24. Hello Chris. I'm kind of disappointed on my Lorex security cameras. I bought wire free camera, and constantly changing batteries allll the time. Can you tell me what I can do? Can I get a solar panel charger? Can you also talk about Lorex on your videos. I love the way you make it understand for us!!

  25. Thank you for making these video, I was having an incredibly hard time figuring out how to install outdoor cameras around my house. Thank you for teaching me!

  26. personally i truly appreciate the nightvision quality of another one on amazon…cheaper too, heres the link https://amzn.to/2DhtypD

  27. Hi Chris, I bought this security camera system based on your review, my question is, is there a doorbell camera that can connect to this system or does a different doorbell system have to be purchased?

  28. If you are enthusiastic to take more information about Arlo security camera. Then Arlo Support Phone Number is the best option so, make a call @ 1-877-984-6848, you will get solution of your quires.

  29. Thanks for the great mini-overview for the ARLO Pro for a complete dummy on electronics! We want a camera system that is easy and compliments our brinks security alarm system.

  30. Hey, theres better and cheaper cameras out there then Arlo and its Anenda: https://elitetradinghkg.com/?wpam_id=1

    I really hope you do a review on them would be nice! Its the ones i personally bought cause its cheaper than Arlo and better in my opinion

  31. So am I mistaken or do you need to pay them for record time? You get 7 days free but I’m new so I don’t exactly know what that means. After 7 day free trial I need to pay?

  32. After weeks of research I decided to purchase the Arlo Pro for the convince of not having to hire someone to wire a system in and the 7 days of free cloud storage. I am very happy with the system. It was a snap to set up and install. The best features are the picture and sound. Both are much better then I expected.
    The only advice i would give is to buy the adjustable camera mounts for cameras installed outside. The ones that are included are fine for inside, but I am not comfortable with those on my outside cameras and the adjustable mounts are easier to use to get the right angle outside.
    The app is great and easy to use. I am so happy with the cameras that I am planning on buying more cameras to add to my system. I highly recommend it https://amzn.to/2ThYVUQ

  33. It is my great pleasure to visit your video and to enjoy your excellent post here. I like them very much. I can feel that you paid much attention to that video, as all of them make sense and are very useful. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Learn more about Arlo Cameras Visit our official website: https://bit.ly/2QALP72 or Call 18779846848

  34. Thanks for sharing this informative Video on youtube! If you are facing any problem from Arlo Security Camera, Contact our Customer Support Number.+1877-984-6848 Toll-Free 24X7.

    To more information: http://bit.ly/2H1tOdt

  35. Thanks for your review. I was debating between this and the Google nest security system. Nest seems to be highly recommended by most

  36. Arlo security cameras are very easy to hack, I hate I brought them.  They giving out code that they put in their cell phone so I can not see the recording or the cameras will not record them.

  37. cant connect to netgear alro 4 wire free HD security cameras, any recomendations I have use compurter direct from arlo and the app on my cellphone but it didnt recognize any camera or base starion. the base station is arlo the cameras are nergear

  38. I need cctv for some land but it 2 miles away from my house and no electricity on the site does the box what needs plugging into the router need to be near the camera or could this work for me

  39. Great video! Helped out a ton! I do have a question hopefully someone can help me with! I do no see any rules on my app to adjust cameras!

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