The Netgear Arlo Pro Home security camera system has been designed to provide a standard solution that is easy to install in the home and office. It is associated with a smartphone, a tablet or a computer. The Netgear Arlo Pro Camera Base Station and camera send real-time alerts to inform the user of any movement or suspicion. Our test model was the Netgear Arlo Pro VMS4130 base station camera, associated with the Netgear Arlo Pro VMA 4600 solar panel and the appearances of the Netgear Arlo Pro VMA 4200 Camouflage camera.
Netgear Arlo Pro: easy to install
Who knows how to use a smartphone can install this application Arlo camera. Netgear has designed its Arlo Pro ecosystem so that the base station and cameras offer wireless functionality. The Netgear Arlo Pro home security camera system runs on battery power, and the battery lasts for several months on a single charge, depending on the manufacturer. Meanwhile, in the camera can be powered continuously via its micro-USB port when installed inside / outside. For outdoor use (the camera is waterproof), the battery needs to be recharged periodically (its magnetic base station can be removed in seconds), unless you use the Netgear option as a solar panel camera. Arlo VMA 4600 security. It recharges the battery of the camera continuously.
Netgear Arlo Pro: accessories included
The Netgear Arlo Pro VMS4130 base station camera package includes the Netgear Arlo base station, a Netgear Arlo Pro camera, an AC adapter, and an Ethernet cable for the base station (to connect to a set-top box or router. , battery for the camera and a magnetic holder repositionable for the camera.
Netgear Arlo Pro: Where to install the Arlo Pro Camera
As the camera is waterproof, it can be installed outdoors. In addition, its infrared night vision system allows it to detect motion and record video in total darkness. As practical outside as in a child’s room.
Netgear Arlo Pro: installation
The process to follow when installing the Arlo Pro security system begins with the Arlo security camera base station. This takes the form of a box with an Ethernet port and a USB port, which must be connected to the Ethernet port of a set-top box or router. Once this is done, the Netgear Arlo app (Android or iOS) can be installed on a smartphone or tablet. The application then detects the Arlo Pro base station and guides the user when pairing with one or more cameras.
Netgear Arlo Pro: wide angle of view
The Netgear Arlo Pro camera is equipped with a very wide-angle lens and can therefore be installed in a small room to monitor it completely. The compromise of this wide-angle lens is that the camera must be installed very close to the area to be monitored. That’s why it’s important to camouflage it with Netgear’s optional camouflage skin.
For our test, we decided to find who had crossed our lawn. We originally installed the camera on a window sill located on the second floor of our house and found that his field of vision covered the sidewalk and the roadside. Aside from the fact that this caused activation of the recording as soon as a car or a cat crossed the street (without looking), it was difficult to identify who was really approaching our house.
Netgear Arlo Pro: video storage
The Netgear Arlo Pro camera transmits real-time video recordings to the base station via its wireless connection. Note that the RF connection (up to 90 m) is separated from the local WiFi network, which allows the security camera to function normally in all circumstances and of the base station available bandwidth. Videos are always stored online (cloud), in a private account accessible only to the user. However, it is possible to connect a flash drive to the Netgear Arlo base station, which can be useful when Internet connections are cut off.
Important: Video storage is completely free, but it is limited to 1 GB and a period of 7 days. Connecting a flash drive to the base station does not change anything. To benefit from more storage, a paid subscription is required for Arlo Camera
Netgear Arlo Pro: what is the quality of the image?
The Netgear Arlo Pro camera records in 720p at 15 frames / second in high quality mode (AVC codec, as for Blu-ray movies and HDTV). The image is of good quality even in complex lighting conditions (direct sunlight for part of the afternoon) and all that has been recorded was clearly recorded