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Review: Netgear Arlo Pro

Review: Netgear Arlo Pro
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Christian Boas

After our test of the “Canary”, we are taking a closer look today, the “Arlo Pro” presented at the end of last year. The Netgear Arlo Pro is a wireless, battery-powered security camera, which is not only easy to install and extend, but also, thanks to its interfaces, to the Canary, even in existing Smart Home infrastructures.

The first impression
At first sight, the new Arlo Pro housing design is a thing of the past. If the predecessors were still angular in design, the new Arlo Pro is timelessly curved and makes a great impression when unpacking. The Arlo Pro camera set comes with a base station, a camera with battery and magnetic ball holder, a LAN cable, and two power supplies. The power adapter is equipped with the Micro USB cable to charge the Arlo Pro camera.

 

Das Arlo Pro Basis nebst der kabellosen Kamera. (Bild: moobilux.com)

installation
The setup of the Arlo Pro is really very simple and depending on dexterity done in about 5-10 minutes. Previously, after unpacking, we plugged the camera into the wall outlet for charging the battery. On the following day we were able to start the commissioning of the camera system.

Das Arlo Pro Basis verfügt auf der Rückseite über zwei USB- und einen RJ45-Port (Bild: moobilux.com)

Assembly
The assembly and positioning of the cameras is very simple thanks to the cable technology. The scope of delivery also includes an appropriate wall bracket, which is a metallic hemisphere on a plastic plate that is glued or screwed to the corresponding surface. The Arlo Pro camera can then be installed very easily via the integrated magnet on the hemisphere. This flexibility allows the camera to be positioned at any angle.

 Durch die Magnetkugel lässt die Arlo Pro sich leicht positionieren. (Bild: moobilux.com)

 Durch die Magnetkugel lässt die Arlo Pro sich leicht positionieren. (Bild: moobilux.com)

Durch den Sync Knopf an Basis und Kamera lässt die Arlo Pro sich leicht paaren. (Bild: moobilux.com)

Facility
To set up the system, we first had to download the Arlo app on the App Store to our smartphone, in this case an iPhone. After the installation, the app prompts us to create a customer account. If this is done, you register in the app with its user data.

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After that, the Arlo Pro base must be placed close to the router so that it can be connected to the LAN via LAN cable. The Arlo App shows in a graphic how the components must be connected correctly. Once the base is registered, the Arlo Pro is ready for use.

Die Basis der Arlo Pro verfügt vorne über drei Status-LEDs (Bild: moobilux.com)

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The control of the Arlo Pro takes place via Android or iOS app and can alternatively also be controlled with the browser from the home computer, via web app (https://arlo.netgear.com). With the web app one has unfortunately to say that this is based on the now obsolete and insecure Flash technology from Adobe to play the videos. If one has Flash z. Eg in the Google Browser “Chrome” deactivated or in the Firefox no corresponding plug-in installed, because this is too uncertain – one can not look at the videos of the surveillance camera in the browser.

There are three modes for controlling the monitoring cameras:

With or without motion detector activated. Using this mode, the camera captures everything in Full HD (1,280 x 720 pixels) along with the sound in its capture area when the built-in motion detector detects movement in the room. In addition, the system sends a message to the smartphone that a recording has been created. So you can look at the app watching the video.

The second option is the schedule-controlled monitoring, as might be useful in offices or production sites for monitoring at night.

Thirdly, the “Geofencing” mode is available. Geofencing (geographic and fence) is used to describe the automated triggering of an action. In our case it means that when you are together with your smartphone in the domestic (WLAN) network, the monitoring is automatically deactivated. If you leave the previously defined area together with your phone, the camera automatically turns on and monitors the room.

If desired, you can also access the Arlo Pro camera via the app or web app, Eg to look at what is happening at the camera village. So you can also manually record videos with sound or photos. Thanks to several infrared LEDs around the lens of the camera, you can see a sharp black-and-white picture or video even in the dark during the night.

Storage
In the app, there is a calendar view called Library. All days are marked on which the cameras have taken photo or video recordings. The Arlo Pro can either upload the images to a “Cloud” or record them locally on a MircoSD card, which can be inserted into the base.

 

The Cloud storage is permanently free of charge for up to five cameras, with the videos being stored online for 7 days. If you are using more than five cameras or need a longer memory, you can also charge additional options, which always have a 30-day runtime.

Conclusion
The Arlo Pro system with its battery-powered, weather-proof HD cameras from Netgear is an interesting product for those who value fast, simple setup and very easy handling. The fact that the cameras are water- and dust-resistant, as well as wirelessly connected, makes the positioning without restriction very easy, if one only by the limitation of the WLAN range. The magnetic mount makes the exchange of batteries and / or its charge necessary at regular intervals much easier.

We were especially pleased with the versatility of the Arlo system, where Netgear has succeeded in balancing its good use with many functions, even for less experienced users. Unfortunately, the Arlo Pro can not record continuously and can record up to 120 seconds.

The Arlo Pro is priced at between 339, – Euro and 960, – Euro in the RRP depending on the set and version. A suitable additional camera costs in the UVP 249, – Euro and is available at Amazon for 234, – Euro. In addition, the manufacturer has a comprehensive range of accessories around the Arlo system, with which the camera can be supplied with energy via a small solar panel. We have found the solution, since it leaves the user freedom in the choice of location (the camera) and memory. Only the recommended retail price (RRP) is a bit high.

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