Touted as the world’s first 100% wireless and weatherproof HD security camera, the Netgear Arlo has “no limit” on where it can be used. As a DIY home security option, the Arlo appears to climb the ranks as one of the best options for homeowners. It takes less than ten minutes to setup, and its design won a Red Dot Design Award, so you’ll surely be pleased by its sleek, convenient, and compact look. 

But in the modern age where DIY home security options are competing with traditional monitored systems, are the bucks you’ll spend for the Arlo worth the bang?


Simple to Use

The convenience of the Arlo is its biggest selling point. It can be placed anywhere you need and it’s rather discrete. Accompanied with night vision capabilities and 2-way audio, it seems like a reasonable home security option.

Up to 15 cameras can be connected, and five can be live-streamed from anywhere across the globe at a given time via smartphone, tablet, or computer. (As long as you have internet connection.) But you will need to setup an Arlo smart home base station, which looks like a flat, square internet modem.

The Arlo’s smartphone technology sends push alerts and email notifications when motion is detected, and cloud storing records up to seven days for free. Its 720p HD, 2-way audio, and night vision will continue being your eyes and ears at any hour.

Model Options

In this review we’re covering the Model 1, but the Model Q and Q+ are available as wired options. They are suggested for businesses are intended for indoor use only, however, they may be a step up, from the wireless options. They’re equipped with 1080p HD cameras, 24/7 recording capability, and local storage. They also support sound detection, unlike the wireless Arlo that only supports motion.


The Takeaway

The Arlo appears to be an intriguing option for home security, but it isn’t without its problems. Common complaints from users include:

  • Low battery life
  • Motion detection problems
  • Support isn’t very good
  • Problems with app software and cloud service
  • Any device that stores data, video, and audio recordings via the cloud and IoT can be subject to hack, or potentially viewed by others

It’s also notably pricey. Though there are different package options, there isn’t exactly a package option that’s reasonably priced. The lowest begins at $179.99 but only includes one camera. Two cameras bumps the price up to $329.99 and anything more is upwards of $400. 

As far as DIY home security goes, the Arlo is a great option. But it’s drawback is it’s price, and the fact that DIY options aren’t as assured as traditional home security models. If you’re going to shell out the dollars to keep your home safe, we suggest sticking with traditional systems that are all encompassing and assures a response from the police or fire department in the event of an emergency. 

Check back with Protect America in the coming weeks when we give you a comprehensive breakdown of DIY home security vs. monitored systems.