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Our smart home quest continues with the addition of the Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera System.
2015 is shaping up to be the year of travel and home improvement, which is exactly how we hoped it would be. These both go hand in hand because when we are traveling we want to know that our home is fairing just as well as our travels. When we are off on an adventure we have family stay at our home to watch our dog and cats, but I still like the added benefit of having video monitors so that we can check in too!
Arlo Smart Home Security Camera System is the world’s ONLY 100% wire-free, HD, Indoor/Outdoor video cameras for home monitoring. Motion activated cameras initiate automatic recording and alert you via email or app notifications. Free apps enable remote monitoring from anywhere and with the built-in night vision you’ll even see in the dark.
We use video monitors for more than home security though.
We also use them to make life easier. My favorite way is to have one in the cat's bathroom… yes, my cats have their own bathroom. We have an automatic cat litter box, that occasionally gets clogged (don't think about that one too much, yuck) and their food and water in that room too. We have one of the Arlo monitors in the cat bathroom and we can then check in and make sure they have enough food and water and that the litter box is working properly.
Looks matter right? Especially if they are going to be out for all to see in your home. The design of the Arlo seamlessly fits in with the rest of our decor.
Ease of set up and usage
We found set-up to be very easy. There was just a new firmware update and that took a bit longer to download due to our internet speed. Once we were past that it took seconds to get going. We mounted the cameras and downloaded the apps and we were good to go. Pete set it up on his computer to get it customized to how we wanted to use it and then I opened the app on my iPad and we were done.
We noticed a slight delay, again because of our internet speed at the time. But the actual quality of the video was awesome. There is no audio which is something I might have liked to have, but because of the functionality in what we are using it for, it's not really needed.
It grows with you.
We were sent the Arlo with two cameras and for our needs that was enough, but if you need more views of your home you can add more cameras. When the girls were younger I would have loved to have had one in each of their rooms!
The Arlo is a great option for those who do not want or need a security service with a monthly fee or for those that like the option of moving the cameras. Y