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Netgear launches Arlo Pro, a wireless, weatherproof security camera with two-way audio

By Shawn Knight
Oct 11, 2016
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  1. Shopping for a home security camera affords far more options these days than it did just a handful of years ago, the result of technological innovation driven by competition. The latest entrant in this ever-expanding market comes from a familiar name in the networking industry – Netgear.

    The company on Tuesday launched the Arlo Pro, the successor to its original Arlo camera that arrived two years ago. The name may be a bit unusual but if you’re looking for a well-rounded security solution, Arlo Pro is loaded with useful features.

    Arlo Pro is a wireless security camera (it can also be plugged in) sporting an ultra-wide 130-degree viewing angle with a battery life of up to six months. Weatherproofing means you can use it indoors or out while its night vision and infrared motion sensor makes it ideal even in the dark.

    Netgear’s latest also features two-way audio, allowing users to communicate without having to put themselves in danger (or you could simply tell the courier where to leave your package). As Engadget notes, Netgear is planning a machine language update later this year that’ll help the camera discern between humans and things like swaying branches or pets.

    The Arlo Pro system is available as of writing priced at $249.99 which includes a single camera and a base station with built-in siren. Each additional camera will set you back $189.99 or you can purchase a larger bundle up front that includes more cameras at a discounted price. That’s not exactly cheap but then again, it’s hard to put a tangible price on the peace of mind that a security-minded device like this affords.

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    6 months battery life, that's impressive!
     
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +774

    Hmmmm ..... perhaps parked with little to no activity, but if this camera is used daily I have to doubt a full six months ... but I certainly would be happy to be wrong!
     
  4. Squuiid

    Squuiid TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +13

    I personally wouldn't buy anything Netgear makes. Their software QA team is a disaster and they like end users beta testing for them.
    Add this to an internet facing 'security device' and you're just asking for trouble.
     
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  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    Ok let's say a full month or maybe stretch it to 2, that's awesome nevertheless depending on where you set them for maintenance, still, 6 charges a year, sounds good to me.
     
  6. EClyde

    EClyde TS Guru Posts: 706   +180

    I have used, reviewed and evaluated their JUNK
     
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  7. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 TS Booster Posts: 166   +41

    The reviews on the battery life for the original arlo are abysmal... non standard battery that is hard to get, barely a month or 2 battery life if that is what all the reviews have been saying....
     
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  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +774

    Thanks to all that brought up those facts! Back in the beginning NetGear was a pretty good company for those of us just experimenting with our first routers, hubs, etc. but as I have seen and heard, they lost their edge to the competition and are just a shadow of their former greatness. RIP
     
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