Netgear Arlo: Wireless IP Camera
Netgear has released a camera with the Arlo, which works completely without cable and thanks to batteries can be freely positioned. We were already able to test the system.
When talking about wireless surveillance cameras in the consumer segment, manufacturers mostly refer to Wi-Fi devices that stream their videos wirelessly to the router and from there, for example, to their smartphones. However, these solutions are not completely wireless, they always need a power outlet within reach.
Netgear has now brought with Arlo a new camera concept on the market that actually gets along without cables, the compact cameras are each equipped with four CR123 batteries, which many owners of a SLR camera should know. They are supposed to get along for four to six months, promises the manufacturer.
The Base Station Is Quite Large
Our test package included two of the small cameras as well as the base station. The latter is mandatory, according to Netgear, to enable the most energy-efficient communication with the cameras. This is not possible via a direct connection between the camera and the router. And so you have to find a seat near the router for the reasonably sized base station. It is to be hoped that Netgear will make the separate base redundant for future routers.
The equipment of the cameras is very easy. After downloading the app (iOS and Android) and completing the short registration, all you need to do is press the sync button on each camera and base station – done. The range is Netgear with up to 90 meters, in our test was at a maximum of 60 meters end, but with several walls in between. For domestic use, but that is still enough.