Netgear's Arlo nails versatile DIY home securityThis indoor- and outdoor-rated camera two-pack makes good on its connected claims.
Hey there folks. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET appliances. Here with the Netgear Arlo. This is a $350 home security camera kit. That comes with this Netgear hub and two cameras. Each additional camera cost 160 bucks. Right off the bat you'll notice something the interesting about these cameras. There not tethered to a power cord. That means that you can put these things pretty much anywhere. Including outside. Up to 300 feet. Now Netgear says 300 feet, but I started to see some lag time around a. A hundred and fifty, so it'll maybe depend based on your WiFi connection. But overall, I have nothing but good things to say about this system. It has 720p, it has night vision, you can set schedules. It has motion-related alerts, you can get push and email notification. And it works really well, it's responsive, and it's so versatile. It actually has this magnetic backing so you can stick it to something that's magnetic or you can use the magnetic mounts that come with it to adjust the angles as you like. Setup was also really easy with this thing. I don't really fancy a big square plastic box next to my router, especially because my router is centrally located in my living room. But it's kind of a necessity because this is what provides the constant connection that allows these things to be several feet away, up to several hundred feet away. One thing I'd also be looking for with this kind of hub setup is third party connectivity. And while that isn't an option right now, Netgear did says that ZigBee and Z-wave integrations could be a thing that's happening happening in the future, so stay tuned for that. One thing these don't have, which I kind of wish they did, is audio. So, there's no audio trigger. If it hears sound it won't start to record and there's no two-way talk functionality, but these are really, really good sort of unobtrusive cameras that you can place pretty much anywhere in and around how to optimize your security. Thanks for watching this review guys, of the Netgear Arlo. Be sure to check out the rest of our home security coverage on cnet.com. I'm Megan Mullerton for cnet.com