Replaced a system that was cameras from "Foscam" (Wireless IP cameras) connected to a Synology NAS and its Surveillance Station (built-in app / program for recording / managing IP cameras).
The purpose was / is to:
* It would be more user-friendly so my parents could review the recordings themselves
* It would be more reliable so the cameras were not disconnected and required reboot, etc. and require as little maintenance as possible when it was up and running
* It would be part of an "ecosystem" of products to upgrade and expand (Arlo has, for example, a doorbell that is not launched in Sweden 18-11-08 and wireless lamps that can be connected to the camera system)
* Easy to set up; Via the app: one might even have the most non-technical make it work. Easy step by step procedure that automatically upgrades firmware in the installation process.
* Simple overview of signal strength and battery level for each individual camera
* Good video quality in both daylight and darkness via IR
* Free 7-day recording free of charge included
* Records audio in addition to video
* You can "talk" with the cameras ie use the phone's microphone and the sound will then come out through the camera you have chosen, quite smoothly to talk with bids that leave packages or if loopbreakers seem to move around the house, however, the audio is delayed slightly
* Built-in alarm (about 100dB?) On the base station you can get started if you see suspicious activity (the sound comes from the base station, not the cameras themselves)
* Only a user can be logged in at the same time; logging in via the computer and logged in to the mobile, you will be logged out on the other device even if you create separate accounts and vice versa, please write here if you own the system and want to see a change:
* Login via the browser / computer requires Flash and not a word about when HTML 5 support that allows you to release Flash is available. Flash is a big security hole that basically NO uses longer and it started phasing out several years ago. That a security product like Arlo uses Flash is really bad and as an end user, you need to "click in lots of dialogs" to view the cameras on your computer that can be annoying and hard for a non-technical end user, please write here if you own the system and want to see a change:
* The two-camera system includes 1x AC adapter and 1x USB cable; do you want to have eg that the cameras record 3sec before they discover motion, you need to connect the cameras to a power source. Thus, it does not include enough accessories for the cameras in the kit which are quite tight.
I / we put the following on extra accessories as the façade of the house is black:
2 * Outdoor brackets (black) [VMA1000B-10000S] = approx. 400kr (200kr / pc)
1 * Silicone cover (3 pieces in a kit) to get the cameras black [VMA4200C-10000S] = approx. 300kr
2 * Power Adapter Outdoor Black [VMA4900-100PES] = Approx. 800kr (400kr / st)
Total: 1500kr on accessories in addition to the camera system for 5000kr then 6500kr.
It comes with 2 pcs but nothing I would mount on the outside of the façade as they are magnetic fasteners and just shake down the cameras;
* In order to "identify" eg People / animals requires an upgrade of the recording plan:
* Many suggestions for enhancing Arlo (eg, flipping Flash for HTML 5, being able to log in with multiple users at the same time) are "features" that are logged in for several (read 2015) years ago without the Arlo / Netgear implementing it ....
Netatmo Presence has, for example, built-in lighting but without cloud storage (via SD card or FTP or the like) for around 2500kr / pc (per camera) and there is an outdoor mount but requires power.
Power failure, but cameras jumped on again when power returned without action.
Had been nice to get an alarm when the base station loses contact with the internet or when the cameras lose contact with the base station to make sure that the cameras and the base station are always in touch with each other and the cloud / internet but, of course, there is no such function.
It would be nice to be able to lock the cameras to their base station, which would make a theft completely useless as they would not be able to use but, of course, I do not find it either.
Maybe sounds negative, but they are good compared to my previous setup, wishing that "simple" things had been addressed especially when they were mentioned several years ago.