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Arlo Pro 2 by NETGEAR Home Security Camera System (2 pack) with Siren, Wireless, Rechargeable, 1080p HD, Audio, Indoor or Outdoor, Night Vision, VMS4230P, Works with Alexa
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- 100% Wireless Camera - Free of power cords and wiring hassles. Operating temperature 32 degree to 122 degree Fahrenheit
- 1080p HD Wireless security camera system with night vision - High quality video with sharper and brighter details. Night Vision turns on automatically in low light so you can see clearly, even in the dark
- Flexible Powering Options – Use wire-free, plugged in. Rechargeable battery. Night vision : 850 nm LEDs: illuminates up to 25 feet. IR cut-off filter
- Weather-resistant - Arlo Pro cameras are weather-resistant so you can place them indoor or outdoor
- 7 Days of Free Cloud Recordings - Arlo Pro comes with recurring 7-day free cloud recordings. Live stream or view recorded video and audio for up to 7 days
- Works with Amazon Alexa/Echo Show/Fire TV/Google Assistant - View your live video with a simple voice command. Works with IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings, and more
- Arlo Smart adds powerful intelligence to your Arlo cameras. Customize alerts to detect people, specific zones, and contact emergency responders right from your smartphone’s lock screen (optional service, includes 1-month trial)
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Free and Secure Cloud Storage
The free Arlo Basic subscription plan lets you add up to 5 Arlo cameras and gives you access to recordings from the past 7 days*.
For more information on 7 days Free Cloud Recordings, please visit the official website.
Arlo Pro 2 | Security Camera System with Siren
2 Camera Kit
- 100% Wire-Free
- 1080p HD
- Wire-Free or Plugged In
- 2-Way Audio
- Night Vision
- Free Cloud Recordings
- Local Backup Storage
- Works with Amazon Alexa
Unique Features of Arlo Pro 2
1080p HD Resolution and Advanced Motion Detection
Watch and record crisp HD video in more detail than ever before. Wide-angle PIR motion sensors make sure no movement goes unnoticed.
Capture activity 3 seconds before a triggered event so you’ll always know what happened, from start to finish. Available when plugged in and used indoors.
Highlight areas in your camera’s view where you want to receive motion and sound alerts. Available when plugged in and used indoors.
Optional 24/7 CVR
Upgrade to keep nonstop recordings in the cloud when the camera is plugged in and used indoors.
Wire-Free or Plugged In. Weather-Resistant
Keep your camera charged by using the rechargeable battery, plugging it into a power outlet when indoors, or connecting it to the Arlo Solar Panel (sold separately). The choice is yours. Rain or shine, hot or cold, the IP65-certified Arlo Pro camera will brave it all.
Stop crime before it happens with over 100 decibel siren that can be controlled remotely, or when motion or sound is detected.
Listen in and talk back through the built-in speaker and mic straight from your smartphone.
Local Storage and Free Cloud Recordings
Don't pay for cloud storage that you don't need. Keep the past 7 days of motion and audio triggered recordings for free. Secure your recordings with an USB drive local backup storage option.
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Arlo Pro 2 keeps an eye on your home while you’re away, in brilliant 1080p HD quality. Put the 100% wire-free, weather-resistant camera anywhere, indoors or out. Then, power it with the included rechargeable battery or plugged it in (when indoors) to access activity zones and 24/7 Continuous Video Recording upgrades. Use 2-way audio or remotely sound a 100+ device siren while catching every moment with night vision and advanced motion detection. You’ll even get motion and sound-activated alerts and 7 days of free cloud video recordings. Arlo Pro 2 works with Amazon Alexa to make your smart home security even more simple and effective.
1080p HD quality
Wire-free or plugged in
Advanced motion detection
Optional CVR recording upgrade
Works with Amazon Alexa
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███ UPDATE 1/21/2018 - It has been a month now that the cameras have been operating in very cold conditions as low as -10 degrees while only being above the freezing point a couple of days during this month and the batteries are holding up better than I thought they would be. The front camera that records around 40 clips a day is at 29% of remaining battery and the rear camera that rarely records anything is at 80%. The stated operating temperature for these cameras is -4 to 113 F but this month they have been working for many hours below -4. One very cold night I got a message from the rear camera that said "Your camera needs to warm up" not allowing live view. The front camera was operating normally. If I get that message again, I will take a temperature reading on the camera body. What remains to be seen is if the batteries will keep performing as well over time. ███
███ UPDATE 4/16/2018 - It has been almost 4 months now that I have had these cameras installed and they have been working flawlessly. They have never had any connection issues and the batteries have been performing as advertised. The rear camera battery has not been charged since installation and after 4 months it is at 24%. This is a camera that is not used often during the winter but some days the squirrels have been triggering up to 60 recordings. I charged the front camera once and today it is at 5% needing a charge (at 15% I get an email). The front camera records at least 40 clips per day and some days over 70. ███
This camera security system is the simplest that I ever had to set up and operate. I received the package on a Thursday and since most of my camera locations are closer to the garage area and I have a CAT5 network connection in the garage, I figured I can plug the main unit in and then install the cameras the next day. The configuration of the device did not take more than 5 minutes before I was able to view both of the cameras feed on my phone and the default settings worked great so I did not have to tweak them other than letting the cameras send me notifications on my phone and stopping them from sending me notifications via email. Here are the steps needed:
-Download the application to your phone.
-Plug the main unit with the included wire to your modem/router. The main unit needs to be plugged in and you cannot use your WiFi to connect it.
-Plug the main unit to the power outlet and power it on.
-Follow the steps on your phone to create a username and password by providing an email address and add the device to your account (takes about 2 minutes)
-Put the batteries in the cameras.
-Sync the cameras to the main unit by pressing and holding the sync button for about 3 seconds.
-You are done! You can now see the cameras on your phone or can go to arlo.netgear.com and access everything there.
-I used 2 mounts (Wall Mount Outdoor Indoor For Arlo)) for the cameras and if you have a screw gun or screw driver, it will not take more than 5 minutes per camera because they are magnetic and you can adjust them easily.
-I had a portable 250GB hard drive that I was not using and plugged it in one of the USB ports. It recognized it immediately, asked me to format it and that was it. Now recordings are saved at Netgear's website but also locally if the Internet service is out. But that is not so user friendly (see Cons below)
- Mounting - You can mount these cameras on a metal ball mount magnetically or using a 1/4" screw mount same like you would use for a camera. The cameras come with a metallic hemisphere that you can hang on the wall and then mount the cameras magnetically on it but that is meant for indoor use. I purchased the Skylety 3 Pack Table Ceiling Metal Magnetic Mount for Arlo that works well and the Adjustable Mount Outdoor Indoor For Arlo (2 Pack White and Black) which is better because you can unscrew the ball from it and mount the camera using the 1/4 inch screw. The second one also has a 1/4 inch screw tether that you can use when you mount the camera magnetically so it takes more time for someone to take the camera off the mount and protects the camera from accidentally falling off. The magnets on the cameras work well and strong wind will not move the cameras at all.
- Skins - You can purchase skins to protect the finish of the camera and to make them blend with the background but you should avoid skins that have a "lip" around the lens. I purchased the Silicone Skins for Arlo Pro (4 pcs Gray) (See attached photos) and I came to find out that the "lip" will create a haze effect during night vision because the IR light reflects on it and the recordings are useless because they look like there is thick fog. So if you buy skins that have this "lip" be prepared to cut it off with siscors.
- Solar Panel - Netgear offers the Arlo by NETGEAR Solar Panel - Arlo Pro & Arlo Go Compatible but be aware that this panel will not operate in temperatures under 32 degrees and it needs direct sunlight to be effective which is difficult to do because the mount that comes with it is not long enough to allow this solar panel to see the sky when you mount it under the extension of your roof. I purchased a 7 inch Adjustable Photographic Friction Articulating Arm Mount (See attached photos) and was able to bring it out enough to see more sun but mine died after 2 days and I am currently waiting for a replacement from Netgear. When it was operational, it would charge the battery about 7 percent per day while it had direct sunlight for 6 hours a day. ███ Update 5/19/2018: The replacement panel has been working for a couple of weeks now. When I plugged in the camera it had 88 percent charge and although the weather has been cloudy and rainy with only a few hours of sunshine in total for the last week, the camera is at 94 percent today. At some point last week it was at 97%. ███
I went through warranty procedures for the solar panel unit and assuming the same procedure would apply for the cameras and the main unit, here is how it worked. I called Netgear support at 408 638 3750 and explained that my solar panel worked only for a couple of days and it died. The support representative was easy to work with, she asked me for my Arlo account email address, the serial number of the device and registered the product under my name for which I got an email. I explained that I can charge the camera without a problem with the regular charger and she did not ask for further troubleshooting steps. The phone call lasted about 10 minutes where she created an RMA and gave me the following three options to send me a replacement.
1) Standard Swap Exchange: I pay to ship back the solar panel and they send me a new one when they receive my old one.
2) Advanced Ground: I pay them $16.50 and they ship a new one with a label for the old one that they have to receive within 10 days otherwise they charge me for the new one.
3) Advanced Next Business Day: I pay $29.99 to have it shipped with the same terms of option 2 but faster.
I selected option 2 and I received the replacement solar panel 3 business days later while I was getting shipment notifications via email and was aware that it was on its way. I am not sure if they sent me a new or refurbished solar panel. It looks new but the wire was already plugged in and the one I originally purchased did not have the wire plugged in but other than that it came in a sealed box with all the parts.
-They are wireless and depending on the traffic that you are recording, you may not need to charge the batteries more than once a month.
-Cameras have both a magnetic and a 1/4 screw mount option which makes them easy to mount almost anywhere.
-Recordings are saved on Netgear's website so you do not worry that a thief will also take your DVR with the recordings.
-You get a notification on your phone as soon as motion is detected.
-Cameras record sound and you can also talk through the camera build in speaker by using your phone or computer.
-Cameras can be set up for motion detection on a specific region of the viewing area but you have to have the camera plugged in 24/7 or you can use the default setting. I found that the default setting works well because it does not get triggered by street traffic that is caught at the upper 5% of the viewing frame on mine. Yet if someone enters the driveway, I get a notification.
-You can add multiple users by just inviting them and after they download the app and create a Netgear account, they can see the cameras you have allowed them to see. You can also add multiple camera security systems from various locations to your Netgear account and be able to manage them all from the app.
-The app is very well made and maintained and you can do everything from it. If you prefer to use a browser, you can do so but it needs Flash so you will be better off using Internet Explorer
-They have a very wide viewing angle (130 degrees) and that is borderline to a fish-eye lens which makes detail hard to view even though they are 1080P. If Netgear offered versions of the cameras with 60 or 80 degree lenses, I would love to have a couple of those cameras too in order to easily identify license plates and faces at greater distance. Also the 130 degree angle gives a curved image at the edges and that means that you may not have useful footage unless you overlap 2 cameras by about 15% and a less wide angle may have been more useful anyway.
-They only record a short clip when motion is detected. This means that if you come in and out of the frame within a few seconds, it creates 2 recordings instead of one. For example, If I get in my car in the morning put on my seat belt and then realized I forgot something take of my seat belt immediately and get out of the car, the cameras will record 2 separate clips. One of me getting to the car and one getting out of the car.
-Because the recordings stop immediately after motion has stopped, also means that you get many notifications on your phone or email for the same event and that is annoying.
-The fact that you need to charge them every month means that you will want to install them low so you don't have to get a ladder every time you need to charge them. Installing them low means that anyone wearing a mask can steal these expensive cameras.
-You can download the clips from the website or in your phone but there is no video time stamp so handing them over to the police like I had to do many times with my old cameras, will not be very helpful for their case if timing is critical. The only time stamp you get is when you are viewing the clips directly from their website or in the app. Once downloaded, that information is nowhere to be found.
-Although you can easily install a USB hard drive and set it up to keep recording by deleting old recordings when full, the recordings in the hard drive will not be synchronized with Netgear's website if there is an Internet Service interruption. This is a pain because the app does not give you the means to view footage from the hard drive and you will have to disconnect it and connect it to a computer to see what is recorded. All the app can tell you is how much space is remaining.
-There is a siren feature that is fairly useless because it only generates an alarm sound from the main unit and not from the camera's speakers. A thief will be more amused than scared when he/she hears the faint alarm sound coming from a locked house. If the thief has already entered your home or business, you would call the police and not want to warn him/her that they are coming by sounding off an alarm.
In conclusion, this may be a four or five star item for people that have never had cameras before but I give it 3 stars for the fact that it is recording very short clips and most importantly it does not have the time and date stamp in the video frame which is very important especially if you need to "stitch" some of these clips together to present a sequence of events to law enforcement. I do understand that it records very short clips to preserve battery but I think that there should be an option to select how many seconds it should keep recording after motion is no longer detected.
███ Note: Some features like setting specific regions in the viewing area to trigger motion detection, require the camera to be plugged in. Some other features, like 24/7 recordings require that you have the camera plugged in and a paid subscription. Features that require the camera to be plugged in will not work with the solar panel. This review is based on the free subscription. In my case the non paid (basic) subscription has adequate features and recording retention time (7 days of unlimited recordings). Some people gave feedback (Thank you!!!) in the comments saying that they can adjust the recording length from the "Mode" menu settings but the setting they are referring to is not to extend the recording time after motion has ended but rather to set a predefined length of time of the recording when motion is detected. In that mode, the recording will be the time you set even if motion is being detected continuously and multiple files will be created of the same length until motion stops. This also means that you will be getting the same amount of notifications as the number of files created. I tried to use this setting but it makes matters worse as far as generating multiple notifications and multiple video files for the same event. ███
I have had an Arlo Pro 1 with five cameras for a long time without issue. But the Arlo Pro 2 has a fault and it is fundamental. A lot of people are discussing this on the Netgear community. Please be aware of the before you buy.
Setup was very easy. If you know how to install an app on your phone, you can set up these cameras. I was up and running with two cameras in less than 10 minutes. I’ve read that other camera systems have complex setup procedures. This is not the case with the Arlo.
Ease of Use (9.0)
I love the fact that within minutes of opening the box, I had a cloud based security camera system up and running. I was able to put the cameras anywhere in my house, connect AC power, and view streaming video on my phone and on my computer.
Video quality (8.5)
One of the reasons why I didn’t buy the original Arlo Pro is that people complained about the video quality. With the Arlo Pro 2, I believe the 1080p video quality is pretty good. I do wish, however, that a higher resolution Arlo camera was available, even if the higher resolution required local storage.
The mobile app and the website are both very easy to use and navigate. With other camera systems, I’ve read that the companion apps were subpar. I don’t think people will have any complaints with the Arlo app.
Cloud Recording (9.0):
The free 7-day cloud recording plan is awesome. I think the $99/year 30-day plan is reasonable. I’m even ok with the cost of the continuous recording plan. No long term contract is required which is also awesome.
# Things I didn’t like ##########
Expensive. While I accept that a quality security camera system won’t cost under $100 (like many systems on Amazon), I can’t help but feel that this unit costs too much. Perhaps the counter argument would be that the free 7-day cloud recording mitigates the cost over time.
I wish there was a button on the main page of the app and website that allowed you to toggle all cameras on and off. An even better option would be to define camera groups that can be toggled on and off.
You will still experience delayed recording unless your cameras are plugged into a power outlet.
I wish the Arlo had better support for local recording. I’d like the ability to couple the free 7-day cloud recording plan with a local, continuous recording solution. I’d also like NAS support and the ability to host my own app locally.
Branded accessories are overpriced.
# Other Stuff ##########
Night vision works, although I seem to get a better picture on one of the two cameras. I’ll post an update after doing some more tests.
I haven’t tested the audio yet. I’ll post an update soon.
# Bottom Line ##########
I really like the Arlo Pro 2 system so far. I like the free cloud recording, easy setup, easy to use app, and video quality. It’s expensive, but if you can make do with the free cloud recording and USB storage backup, perhaps the cost is mitigated over time. The cloud storage will come in handy should a burglar attempt to steal or destroy your locally stored video.
The increased video quality and the elimination of the delayed recording (when AC powered) makes the Arlo Pro 2 a better option than the original Arlo Pro.
I think this is one of the best wireless consumer camera systems available. However, I still deducted one star. I want to see the local storage options improved upon. For instance, I’d like to see NAS support, an app I can host on a local server, continuous local recording, etc. I also want a higher resolution camera, even if the high-res videos can only be saved locally.
I’ll post an update to the review after I’ve tested the system a little more. So far so good.
# Tips ##########
If the power cord is getting in the way of your mount, consider using the camera upside down, then correct the image by rotating it in your camera’s video settings.
If you only need one camera, consider buying an Arlo Pro 2 camera and the old base unit separately.