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Best Arlo Cameras

Updated December 2018
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    Shopping guide for best Arlo cameras

    Last Updated December 2018

    Consumers and small businesses no longer have to sign up for a remote monitoring service to set up a security system. Instead, they can take advantage of today’s technology and create their own security system using Arlo Technologies security cameras.

    These DIY security camera systems don’t have constant 24-hour off-site monitoring like that offered by the large subscription services, but you can set up your Arlo system to notify you when something moves in front of the camera. Or you can use the system to speak to someone at your door to make it seem as though you’re home.

    Arlo cameras are available in a variety of configurations, which means finding just the right one can be a little confusing. We at BestReviews have collected the key information about these cameras to help you understand all the features. Whether you need one camera or an extensive system of several, Arlo has a product to fit your requirements.

    Some Arlo camera systems include a base station that has a loud siren to scare off intruders.

    What are Arlo cameras?

    People trust security cameras with the Arlo Technologies name because behind the brand is Netgear, which has been manufacturing Internet routers and other WiFi technology for many years.

    Arlo cameras are easy to install and set up, so you can create a DIY security system in very little time. Some of the cameras are waterproof, so you can use them anywhere on your property. Others are made to be used indoors as pet or nanny cameras.

    You can make use of a single camera or connect multiple cameras together to cover a larger area. You can wirelessly connect multiple cameras to an Arlo base station that’s connected to the Internet, enabling you to see a live feed.

    Keep your property safe 24/7

    If you need to cover a large area with multiple security cameras, this kit gives you plenty of layout options at a reasonable price. The 100 dB siren can issue a loud warning whenever needed. And the night-vision capabilities and HD video resolution make it easy to identify objects on the screen day or night.

    Finding the right Arlo camera system

    Before you select the type of Arlo camera kit you need for your property, it helps to think about why you want a security camera system. Some people can live with a simple, inexpensive camera setup, while others need multiple cameras with the latest technologies. Ask yourself the following questions to determine the best kit for your needs.

    Do you want to keep an eye on a pet or your whole property? Are you just looking to keep an eye on a pet in one room while you’re at work? If so, one camera with a live view option on a smartphone would be adequate. But if you want to keep an eye on a large property, a multiple-camera system would be a good investment.

    How clear do you need the camera images to be? If you don’t need the clearest image from your security camera, you can save some money with a standard-definition (SD) resolution kit. If you need a clearer image, choose a high-definition (HD) camera kit.

    Do you need one-way or two-way audio? Perhaps you just want to hear what’s going on near the camera. A one-way audio system records audio, but it doesn’t allow you to speak to anyone in front of the camera. If you want to be able to speak to people who are near the camera, a two-way audio system records audio and carries your voice through a speaker on the camera.

    Do you want live feed, storage, or both? There are Arlo systems that enable you to view the live feed from the cameras through a smartphone app and systems that allow you to store your video for multiple days for later review. You might even want both options.

    How do you want to store the video and images? Some Arlo cameras give you the option of storing all the video on a memory card or hard drive at your location. Others upload the video to cloud storage, which means you can access it from anywhere. The cloud storage solution is more convenient, but you might not want your security video stored at an off-site location.

    What kind of coverage area do you need? Many Arlo cameras provide a 130° viewing angle, giving you more coverage area per camera. However, a camera with a narrower viewing angle gives you a less distorted video image.

    EXPERT TIP

    Don’t mount your Arlo camera outdoors unless it is specifically rated as waterproof and weatherproof.


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    EXPERT TIP

    Although it requires more storage space, most people opt for the clearer HD video resolution rather than SD resolution.


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    EXPERT TIP

    Having motion alert in a security camera is a smart idea because you’ll only need to check the feed when something in the area changes.


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    Arlo camera wireless features

    When selecting Arlo security cameras, you have quite a few different wireless connectivity options and lots of versatility in the layout of your system components.

    Wireless cameras: Arlo has multiple models of cameras that don’t require any wires. These cameras transmit data over your local WiFi network to a base station, which connects to the Internet. This method of connection conserves battery power in the cameras.

    Cordless cameras: You have quite a few options for Arlo cameras that run either from a battery or a solar panel. Since you don’t need power cords, you can install the cameras anywhere. Arlo Pro is the company’s leading wireless camera.

    Mobile cameras: Some Arlo cameras, including the Arlo Go models, don’t require a constant WiFi connection to send data. Instead, they run over a cellular network, meaning they can be installed in remote locations on your property.

    Simple security setup for inside

    You’ll love the features of this camera considering the low price point. Delivers full HD resolution and a 130° view, great for keeping an eye on a room, and it operates without the need for a separate base station. Two-way audio speaker lets you communicate with people or pets as you watch the video feed.

    Arlo camera prices

    Wired

    For a single wired camera, you can expect to pay in the $100 to $150 range. If you want Power over Ethernet (PoE) for the camera, which carries power as well as the Internet signal in one wire, you’ll pay $150 to $200 per camera.

    Wireless

    For wireless cameras, you can expect to pay $100 to $150 per camera. An Arlo base station costs $50 to $75, but buying the wireless camera with the base station will save you $10 to $20.

    You’ll also save some money, roughly $10 to $20 per camera, by purchasing a kit with multiple Arlo cameras versus buying each camera individually.

    Should you need more coverage from your existing Arlo kit, you can add more cameras in the future.

    FAQ

    Q. Do I really need two-way audio in my security camera?

    A. Some people like the two-way audio option found in many Arlo cameras. If someone comes to your door when you aren’t home, you can speak to them through the camera, making it seem as though you’re home. Or if a pet or child is home alone, you can keep an eye on them through the camera when viewing the live feed and speak to them when necessary.

    Q. Should I look for a battery-powered Arlo camera system?

    A. If you’ll be installing the cameras in a remote location away from power outlets, a battery-operated camera is a smart choice. However, you will have to change or recharge the batteries occasionally, which can be a hassle. If the camera is mounted in a location with an AC outlet available, this will be easier for you to install and require less ongoing work.

    Q. What are my options for viewing the live stream from the Arlo cameras?

    A. Because some camera models can connect to the Internet using your local WiFi or cellular connection, you can view the video signal almost anywhere. Many people choose to download the Arlo app and watch their camera feed on a smartphone. You also can access your Arlo cameras through a web browser on your computer.

    Q. Do I need an Arlo base station for my security camera system?

    A. For a multiple camera setup, having a base station can be a significant benefit. Rather than having each camera individually connected to WiFi, which could drain the battery, each is wirelessly connected to the base station. The base station then provides Internet access to each camera for the live feed. A base station simplifies the installation process for multiple cameras.

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