ONVIF Wire Free Camera Tested (Netgear FlexPower)

Author: John Scanlan, Published on Oct 31, 2017

Totally wire-free cameras are a hot growth market.

But they have had one major problem: Proprietary.

IPVM has tested Netgear's Arlo and Arlo Go, Blink/Blink XT, and EZVIZ's Mini Trooper, none of which work with VMS systems.

There is clearly a need for an open wire free camera that can work with one's choice of VMS or NVR.

Netgear's new FlexPower aims to solve this, with an ONVIF conformant wire free camera system. We bought one and tested it.

Inside the report, we share our results on:

  • How well or poorly VMS integration with Avigilon, Exacq, Genetec, Milestone and NxWitness
  • How motion detection performed and what issued it had
  • Setup / Installation
  • Image Quality vs commonplace IP Cameras
  • Battery life / consumption
  • Cybersecurity issue

Below is a sample image from the test:

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