Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera Review

Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera Review

100% wire-free, weatherproof, HD security camera system

My Wife and I positively love our Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera. I think the biggest reason is she likes it so much is so she can spy on our dogs while we are away from the house. Join me for this Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera Review to find out if it can make a name for itself in the very saturated market of Security Cameras.

Netgear Arlo is a unique security camera. It is a stand-alone wireless surveillance camera removing the need for a power supply. The device runs off a battery that needs replacement every 4-6 months.

This standalone gadget can be placed anywhere ranging from your room to backyard due to its weatherproof design, and wireless nature, with the wireless range of around 300ft.

The device records content in 720p HD with an excellent night vision system. All of these functions are engineered in a sleek, attractive body. The device works via a well thought out application that can provide push notifications for motion alerts along with many other nifty features.

The Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera is price starts out around $179 for the VMS3130 base model and can go up to $800 for the top of the line VMK3500. Let's take a deeper look at this incredible Security Camera.

Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera Review / Overview:​

An easy to setup wireless camera with a ton of features packed into a compact, attractive body.


  • Easy to setup and use.​
  • Weatherproof design.
  • Full Wireless nature.
  • High-quality recording and good Night vision quality.
  • Easy to maneuver/reposition.


  • Lack of the ability to record sound in base variants.​
  • Batteries require replacement after a while of usage.
  • Sometimes slow to start the recordings.

Installation and Usage:

The process of setting up and using the system is a breeze. It just requires following three steps:

  1. Dropping the Batteries in the Camera.
  2. Powering on the base and connecting it to a wireless router via included Ethernet cord.
  3. Downloading the App for Android or IOS device to start the pairing process.

The App will walk you through the pairing process. The whole setup requires less than 15-20 minutes of your precious time.

In-Depth Analysis of the Camera:​


This gadget packs a ton of features in a compact design. The most important feature of the device is its wireless design, thanks to the cordless nature of this camera, it is very easy to reposition when required.

With the weatherproof design, it can be setup anywhere in or around the house within the wireless range of 300ft. The system comes with a base stand that weighs 320g. The camera can be mount to any surface by making use of magnetic camera mount.

Camera Hardware:

The camera has an 110-degree field of view and requires a minimum of 1Mbps of upstream for optimal performance. The camera streams crisp 720p HD video. At night, the night vision system kicks in and illuminates up to 25feet thanks to its 850nmLEDs. The camera also supports eight times zoom. The night vision system provides a high-quality stream with a good range.

Control Application:

The Companion Application for the Arlo Smart Home Security Camera makes it a joy to use the system. The application provides easy to follow instructions on how to pair your phone with the camera. The App’s home screen display all the paired Cameras.

You will also receive 7-day for free of their recording package that lets you sync up to 5 cameras. After the free 7-days. Their other options are 30-days supports up to ten devices, or 15 devices you for 60-days.

You can control most features by making use of the application such as viewing and recording live streams. The camera also sends push notifications for Motion alerts to your device.

Another nifty feature of the app is the ability to brighten and darken live feed. This feature can help increase visibility in harsh lighting conditions. You can also view the battery life and change power management settings from the application.


Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera Review Wrap-Up: The Netgear Arlo smart home security system stands true to its promise of a full wireless security camera with very few compromises. This review proves that instead of playing follow the leader by doing exactly what other security Cameras companies are doing. Instead, Netgear started a category of its own where it stands as the benchmark for other security products to come in the future.

For the base price of $179, you cannot get a better-equipped wireless security camera. If you want to try the latest sensation in the world of security cameras, the Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security System should be on top of your buying list. Hopefully, my Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera review has answered some of your questions about the product and helped you decide if it is a good purchase for you.

About the Author Fred Meek

Fred Meek is Security Consulting Engineer for a Cyber Security Company. Fred holds several industry certifications including Cisco CCNP, Palo Alto Networks PCNSE, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker and has over 20 years in the high-tech industry

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