Netgear sent me their Netgear Arlo camera system making me one of their product ambassadors and wanted my honest feedback on the product, so I spent a few months now evaluating Netgear Arlo and here is my thoughts.
For me, technology needs to be simple to setup and configure and Netgear Arlo was rather simple to install. I simply drilled in some screws for the camera mounts and attached the cameras and then setup the base station and synced them. The whole setup process took me no longer than ten minutes. Although, fine tuning the position and sensitivity of the motion detection did take some time to get right.
Web Interface & Mobile App
So during my first few weeks of checking out Arlo, the Android Mobile application had some usability issues and crashed until Netgear released an update which did take another few weeks. This was sort of frustrating but these things do happen. Overall, my experience once the Android app bug was fixed was positive and the app worked well and was easy to use. The web interface worked well too. It seemed I would frequently get an error about the base station not being responsive via the web interface and this error never seemed reproducible in the Android app, so it felt anecdotally like this was an issue in the web app.
While I received the Netgear Arlo for free, I did check out the price of the Netgear Arlo and it seemed very reasonable priced and comparable if not lower priced than other competing systems.
Night Vision and Effectiveness
Surprisingly, while using the Netgear Arlo one night it detected someone on the property and I called the police and later found out the individual was casing homes and was arrested. If it were not for Arlo, I do not know how that would have played out and it makes me feel much more secure knowing I have push notifications whenever Arlo detects motion. The night vision built into the system lets me monitor night and day.
While there are still some optimizations I think Netgear can make to improve how long it takes for a recording to start once motion is sensed, I really found the Arlo to be a good product.
One disappointing aspect of Arlo is that while it’s an internet connected device (and maybe even a IoT device if you will), it so far has no third party integrations like IFTT, WeMo, Phillips Hue or others. This gap left me desiring more in this regard.
For the price point and what you get in this system, Netgear Arlo is a useful tool to help improve security around your home or business. It has helped me in the situation I described above and I have been impressed enough that I have reccomended it to several colleagues who ended up getting the system themselves and also are benefiting from the product.
I think Netgear has a good product here and much potential to continue to improve and optimize it and make it best system out there.
Disclaimer: Netgear provided the product free in exchange for an honest review.