Netgear Arlo Review
After Thinking of Home Security, I started looking at fake and real video surveillance systems on the market. At the same time, my brother learned of my family's encounter with a burglar and decided that video surveillance is necessary. I agreed with him that video surveillance is a great deterrent and useful for the capturing of evidence. He proceeded to order me a set of Netgear Arlo Home Security Camera System.
In this article, I am going to review the Netgear Arlo VMS3330, which includes three video cameras. The Netgear Arlo is marketed as 100% wireless video camera home security system. My family is going to put it through the pace starting with installation. I will update this article over time as we integrate it into our home fortress.
The package I got is the Netgear Arlo VMS3330 with three cameras. You can also get the system with one, two, or four cameras (see "Related Links" below). This review applies to all of these packages.
The photo below shows the content, which includes a base station, network cable, three Arlo VMC3030 HD Security Cameras, four magnetic dome mounts, 12 CR123 alkaline batteries, AC adapter, and mounting screws.
An thin instruction booklet is included to help you set-up the system. It also include printed version of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 and 3, which means the source code for the software is open source. Though it is not clear what software/firmware are open source. An included warning sticker can help you warn off intruders. Photo below shows these items.
Netgear Arlo is not the most inexpensive video surveillance system out there. In fact, looking at the home video surveillance market, there are numerous wired four camera video security system within the $100 to $200 range. A single Arlo add-on camera is $159.99. One camera (VMS3130, two cameras (VMS3230), three cameras (VMS3330), and four cameras (VMS3430) Arlo systems are $199.99, $349.99, $449.99, and $499.99 respectively.
A wired security camera costs about $20 on Amazon. A single Arlo camera add-on (VMC3030) costs $159.99 begs the question on whether the video surveillance equipment itself will tempt a theft situation, which it is used to prevent. My brother's argument is that you'd likely mount it high (outdoors) and the thief will have to bring a ladder. I will mount this system and time will tell if anyone will steal the Arlo cameras.
Plus, the Arlo cameras run on batteries (which we will review in detail in a later section). New batteries are included in the package, but you will incur future battery costs.
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