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Netgear Arlo Q Review: The indoor wireless IP CCTV to get

Written by  Simone Dresler Nov 23, 2016

Netgear released their range of completely wireless weatherproof IP CCTV cameras called the Arlo a couple of years ago to great acclaim.

Netgear is hoping to replicate this success with the Arlo Q. This is an indoor IP CCTV that connects to WiFI but is powered by MicroUSB.

They key features of the Arlo Q include:

  • 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
  • 2-way audio
  • Night vision
  • Motion and audio detection
  • AC powered
  • 24/7 cloud recording

With the new Arlo Q range you don't need a base station, just the camera. Everything works more or less the same as the original Arlo. You rely on an app on your phone, and video recordings triggered by movement are stored for free on Netgear servers for one week.

The device itself is both small and unobtrusive, it can't be completely hidden but it is certainly small enough not to be noticed.

The stand that comes with it is solid and there is no wobble when trying to position it, and it is mounted on a ball joint so you can angle the camera however you like. It comes with a mounting plate, so you can it can be on a wall or ceiling too.

The camera itself has a 170-degree wide-angle lens and can record up to 1080p resolution at 30fps. Around the camera are 10 infrared LEDs that provide enough light to illuminate up to 25ft away. Below the camera is a status LED which gives you feedback on it being powered and connected.

The included charging cable is 3 metres long, which should be more than enough in most cases.

Network connection is handled by built-in Wi-Fi, using both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

Setting up is very straightforward, it took me less than 5 minutes, and requires no technical knowledge. You just plug your camera in, download the app, and go through the set up process. This includes setting up a Netgear account, adding your network settings, hitting the sync button on the camera and scanning a QR code.

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As there is no onboard storage or network storage you are reliant on the cloud storage provided by Netgear. The basic, and free plan includes:

The Free plan includes: 7 Days of Cloud Recordings, up to 1GB Cloud storage and 5 cameras maximum with 3 months limited support.

The Premier plan includes: 30 Days of Cloud Recordings, up to 10GB Cloud storage and 10 cameras maximum with unlimited support at a cost of £6.49 per month.

The Elite plan includes: 60 Days of Cloud Recordings, up to 100GB Cloud storage and a maximum of 15 cameras with unlimited support at a cost of £9.99 per month.

You can also have 24/7 recording which starts at £6.99 pcm per camera.

Also see: Linksys Velop UK Review: Fast, capable mesh Wi-Fi

 

I decided to point the camera out of the window to pick up people coming to my front door. Doing this caused a few issues with the camera in its default settings. The main issue was false alerts from both motion and audio, because of cars triggering it as the camera pointed towards the road.

But learning to select an activity zone, enabled me to to select an area where a person would definitely pass, but no moving cars would be visible.

One of the handy features is being able to set up modes for the camera, there are several options including armed, off, schedule and geofence. You can also set up a custom mode, there are plenty of settings which are not available on other similar devices.

The custom mode can be very handy. During the day, I have the device armed normally with both push notifications and emails. But in the evening when I don’t expect visitors and don’t want to be bothered by false alerts I switch to email only.

The geofence option is a great feature too. It works the same as the schedule, except the different modes activate based on if you are home or away.

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The camera is set to 720p by default and it works fine. I assume this is for bandwidth reasons, but my camera is set to 1080p and offers a noticeable difference in picture quality.

Unfortunately, while the motion detection is good, there can be some lag between notifications. I managed to reduce this to a minimum by cranking up the motion sensitivity, and this seemed to work fine most of the time, but not all the time.

Overall, the Netgear Arlo Q is a great CCTV camera, it is very user-friendly and easy to install. It is also relatively cheap too, as you do not need a DVR/NVR to record your video, and no wires mean no installation or setup costs.

Obviously there are some drawbacks, no local recording is going to be the biggest issue as you are restricted to limited motion detected recording unless you pay a fee. The settings are amazing for this particular system, but dedicated IP CCTV systems will offer you more.

This is a perfect solution for your regular home user. For the price that you pay it is no brainer and offers peace of mind and no major set up headaches.

Also see: Ubiquiti Amplifi HD UK Review: The coolest mesh router

 

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