Netgear Arlo Totally Wireless Camera Tested

Author: John Scanlan, Published on Feb 22, 2016

Wireless cameras almost always still need a wire for power. Given that, many argue to just used wired cameras anyway.

Recently, IPVM bought and tested Blink, a new entrant offering a totally wireless camera system.

Now, we bought and tested Netgear's Arlo, a product that has been around for many years (previously under Avaak), to see if it would beat Blink. One area Blink had problems with was low light, where it flashed a jarring bright white LED anytime it needed low light video. By contrast, Arlo has integrated IR.

Arlo

We tested Blink against Arlo for:

  • App/Mobile features
  • Day time recording
  • Night time/IR performance
  • Motion Detection
  • Battery Performance
  • Storage Capabilities

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Arlo

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Summary **********

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Key ********

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  • *** ********* ** ******** ** ******:******* ******** * *** ********* *** **** ** ******** ** the ****** ****. ***** *** ****** **** *****, *****, *** setup **** ******. ***** ****** **** ****** ****.
  • ****** *********:**** ****** ***** ** ******** ****** ***** **** **** ****. Blink ****** ****** ********* ****, **** ****** ******* ***** **** view ** ****.

*******, ***** *** *** ************* ** ****:

  • ********** ***** *******:****'* ***** ******* *** ********** ****** *** *****, **** ******* clips, ****** **** * ***** ***** *** ***** ********, *** the ******** ********* ** **** **** *****. *****, **** ******* acknowledged ***** ****** **** ***** *** ****** **** **** **** working ** ********** ****** ********, **** ** ***.
  • ******* ********* *****:**** *********** ******** ****** ** ** ******* ******* ** ****, Arlo *** **** ** ****** ****** ** **' ***** ***** was **** ** ****** ****, ********* ****** ** *** ** 50'.
  • ****** *****:* * ****** **** ** ~**% **** ********* **** * 1 ****** ***** (~$*** ** ~$***).

*******

*** **** ******* ******* ***** ***~$*** - $*** *** ********* ******** *** ****** *** *** **** *******. ** ** 15 ******* *** ** ***** ** **** **** *******. ********** cameras **** ***~$*** ****, **** ********* (** ** $**/**) **** ********* ** *****-*****. By ********, *** ***** ******* ************* *** *** *** *** ****** ***** *** $** ******. ********** ******* (** ** ** *** ***) **** $**. Both ***** *** ********* ** ** ******* ****** ****** ** well ** ******** *********.

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*** ***** *** **** **** ******* ********** **** ******** ************:

**** ** ******* * ******** ******** ** *** **** **** free ****** ** **** ** *** ********** **** *******:

Cloud ******/*******

****'* **** **** ****** ** ** * *******, **** * days ** *******. **** ***** ($**/$**) ***** *** **** ******* (up ** **) *** ** ** ** **** ** *******.

  • ***** (****): * *******/* ****
  • ******* ($*.**/**): ** *******/** ****
  • ***** ($**.**/**): ** *******/** ****

******** ** **** ***** *********, ***** ********* ******, ****'* ********* ** ******** ******* *** *** ***** ** much *****. *** *******, *** **** **** *******, ***** ***** pay $**/***** *** ** **** ** ******* ($** ******* + $5 *** **** ********** ******).

Cloud ********* ******

****** *** *****, ** ********** ******** *** ******* *****: "***** was * ******* ************ * ********** ** *** ***** ******."

************, ***** ***** **** ******* *** **-** *******, *** ******* receiving ******** ****** ******, ***** **** ***** ***** **** *** saved ** *** *******. **** ******** ******** ***** (********* **** the **** ****) **** ******* ** *****. ****** **** ********** were **** ****, **** **** ******** *** ***** ***** *** event *** ******* ********.

** ********* **** ******* ***** ***** ****** *** **** ****** said ***** ******* **** ********** *** **** **** ******* ** adding ****, *** **** **** ** *** *** **** **** may **** *****.

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*** **** ******** ****** ****** "*-* ******" ** ******* ****, shipping **** **** ** ******* *********. ***** * **** ** motion ********* ** *** ****** *** ******* ********* ************ ***** shows **** ******. ***** ** ** *** ** **** *** battery ****** ********** ******* *** ****** *** *** *** *** interface.

Nighttime *******

** ***** ****'* **' ** ************ ***** ** ** ********. In *** ***** *****, *** ****** *********** *** **** **** of *** ****, ***** **' **** *** ******. *** *******, at ***** **', ** **** ******* ***********.

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******* ********* ** **** *** ***** *** ****, **** ***** details ** *** ******* *** *** ***** ******* ** *** same *****.

Detection ***********

****'* *** ****** ********* ******** ******** ******** ** ***** **' from *** ******, **** ** ***** ****** ****** *** ****** of *** *******. **** ** ************* ******* **** *****, ***** reliably ******** ******** *** ** ~**' ** *** ***********.

App/Web ********* ********

**** ****** * *** ********* ** ******** ** ****** ****, with **** *********** *********** *** ****. ***** *** ** ************ live ****** *** ****** *********, ****** **** **** ******* ***** the *******' *********.

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Comments (17)

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