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bkbrawler 149 24 August 8, 2016 at 05:23 AM in Security Cameras (5) More Best Buy Deals
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Bestbuy has a sale on Arlo Smart Home Indoor/Outdoor Wireless High-Definition Security Cameras (4-Pack) for $449.99

Deal could be sweeter with $10 off $100 from VisaCheckout (I saw this discount after I pulled the trigger, so hopefully it would work for you guys.)
http://slickdeals.net/f/8989891-10-off-100-purchases-when-you-pay-using-visa-checkout-bestbuy-com-expires-8-21-16?src=SiteSearch



About Arlo System:
4 wireless cameras
Each feature a CMOS image sensor to capture high-resolution video footage up to 720p (1280 x 720).
12 IR LEDs
Provide night vision up to 25', so you can record videos in dimly lit environments.
130? field of view
Allows you to capture a wide area.
Motion-activated design
Automatically records once motion is detected, then sends you e-mail or app notifications.
Weatherproof construction
Lets you use the cameras both indoors and outdoors in temperatures from 14? to 122?.
4 magnetic camera mounts and 7 mounting screws
Make it easy to install the cameras on a wall or other flat surface.
Downloadable apps
Enable you to view live video from your compatible Android, Apple(R) iOS, Amazon Kindle, Windows or Mac device.
Cloud storage
Lets you save recent activity to view at a later time.
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#2
these cameras are horrible. They look cool and install easily with magnets but that's where the good times end. I've replaced 4 out of 5 cameras that I own. Constant false positives sensing Motion. About 10 second delay recording when the motion actually works. Terribly distorted video makes people look like the monster in predator (the movie) only showing a blurred image moving. Read the reviews of the Android app because there are plenty of other complaints on there which aren't exactly related to the app itself but the entire system. This is a total beta product. I demanded arlo give me a second base station - which you can't buy without another camera - because their base stations can only handle 2 cameras. Any more than that and you get unusable video. I have about 10 - not exaggerating - trouble tickets open with arlo and they are non responsive or tell you stupid "solutions" like reboot your system. Also something they don't tell you is that you need at least 10mb upload speed so the video can be saved to the server. Avoid at all costs. If I could return this crapware I would in a second.
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Only powered via battery? I need to go around my house once in a while to replace the batteries in all camera? No thanks.
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This is not a deal. This is... garbage
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Last Thanks giving, it was sold for 349 ish...
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I have 3 of these (just installed the 3rd one yesterday) connected to one router, seems to work fine. The false positives were an issue until I repositioned them to not point to any shadows that move (such as the edge of my house through the day as the sun rose) and any trees/shrubs that move a lot in the wind. That part was painful.
However, I haven't found a better solution for wireless (power and network) cameras so I'm sticking to these. The picture is adequate for my needs, you can bump it up to high res but I've heard that causes the batteries to drain faster.
I'm about two months into two of the cameras and the batteries on one is at 90% and the other is 75%. I have extra batteries waiting so when it's time to change I can quickly swap them out.

TlDr: Yes changing batteries is a pain but IMHO best (only?) outdoor wirefree camera I know of.
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Dont be confused by some of the bad comments. this are not meant for you to be watching them 24/7. They trigger the alarm once they sense movement via the pir sensor and start recording for some time, so if you point them to a busy street, your battery will go fast.

The convenience is that NO WIRES so you dont have to be crawling into the attic to run wires all over your house.
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Quote from jorgej5196 View Post :
Dont be confused by some of the bad comments. this are not meant for you to be watching them 24/7. They trigger the alarm once they sense movement via the pir sensor and start recording for some time, so if you point them to a busy street, your battery will go fast.

The convenience is that NO WIRES so you dont have to be crawling into the attic to run wires all over your house.
Well, to gain the convenience of no wires, you need to check and replace batteries regularly. That to me is far more hassle than spend one-time effort running the wires.
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Thank you for all your comments (good and bad), I'm picking these up today from the store, I had a 10% off coupon that made this deal a little sweeter. I will judge for myself, the worst would be for me to return them and get me money back. I am in need of wireless cameras and these have the highest rating around.
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Well, to gain the convenience of no wires, you need to check and replace batteries regularly. That to me is far more hassle than spend one-time effort running the wires.
I know what you mean, there is a forum for arlo owners and they have some really good tips and also rechargeable batteries.

My previous house was a 1 story house, running wires is easy if that was my case i would have one wired system.

2 story house it gets complicated so wireless easier...and if you move is easy to take the cameras with you to another house.
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No complaints here. Bought the 4-cam set recently when BB had it for a similar price. Setup took literally minutes. The only thing which required any effort was installing one camera outside on the underside of our deck so we could monitor our walkout basement doors. That just meant drilling a few holes while standing on a ladder.

We used the provided non-rechargeable batteries. They were already in the cameras for about 2 weeks when we left for a 10-day trip overseas. The cameras turned on continuously while we were gone; none of the cameras ran out of battery power during our absence.

Motion sensing worked well--- the cameras were tripped twice a day by our hired cat-sitter, who dropped by every morning and evening to feed our pets. It was simultaneously cool and a little creepy to be in Europe on some hiking trail and receive a message on our phone that someone had tripped the cameras. From across the ocean, we were then able to watch in real-time as the cat-sitter went about her business. There were occasional moments when she walked by a camera but it didn't start recording quickly enough to capture her on video, but that was the exception rather than the rule. And (thanks to careful positioning of the cameras) we got no false alarms from any of our three cats when they were in the house by themselves. And we had no issues with the Arlo app on any of our devices.

IMHO the picture quality is perfectly acceptable for a wireless camera. In the event you have a real intruder break in, I'm not sure you'll be able to generate a highly detailed, recognizable mugshot from the video, but it's certainly not bad either.
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I bought the four-pack for the same price from BB about six months ago. In my opinion, they are fantastic. I placed two of them outside (one is even mounted to a tree!) and two inside. They always alert for motion, and one time even for a curious squirrel (see video here [youtu.be]. I have them tied to my SmartThings hub, so the modes will change when I leave (ie: inside cameras begin recording when I leave, stop recording when I come home). The batteries are down maybe one bar on two of them, but that's it. I also like that I can check in anytime I want and view a live stream.

I have to say that I am very impressed by these. I guess they're not for everyone, but as far as a set it and forget it device, I think they're top notch.
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Don't do it, you'll regret it. The most important part of the battery powered cameras is the motion detection, since you want to run them as little as possible. These cameras completely fail in this regard. If you have a street even barely in the very corner of the camera's view, it will trigger every time a car drives by. The battery life rating is calculated with only 4 mins of recording a day. Also, the included mounts won't work if you have to point the camera at a steep angle and the real camera mounts that they sell separately, but should include like a real camera, are $20 a piece. That could add $80 to your 4 camera system.

I have one pointed at my driveway. So, today, the camera goes off a couple times early in the morning while it is still dark. It then misses my wife getting in her car and pulling out of the driveway. Not only did it miss that insanely glaring error (which happens on a regular basis), but someone apparently got into my car and tossed all my stuff in full view of the camera and it never triggered. I have the camera sensitivity at 80% and get dozens of false positives a day, with random several hour gaps of no recording.

I wish I never bought this camera because all it did was give me a false sense of security. I'm now looking for a system that records 24/7 so I won't have the chance of missing anything. Again, these cameras are a total waste of time and money.
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Don't do it, you'll regret it. The most important part of the battery powered cameras is the motion detection, since you want to run them as little as possible. These cameras completely fail in this regard. If you have a street even barely in the very corner of the camera's view, it will trigger every time a car drives by. The battery life rating is calculated with only 4 mins of recording a day. Also, the included mounts won't work if you have to point the camera at a steep angle and the real camera mounts that they sell separately, but should include like a real camera, are $20 a piece. That could add $80 to your 4 camera system.

I have one pointed at my driveway. So, today, the camera goes off a couple times early in the morning while it is still dark. It then misses my wife getting in her car and pulling out of the driveway. Not only did it miss that insanely glaring error (which happens on a regular basis), but someone apparently got into my car and tossed all my stuff in full view of the camera and it never triggered. I have the camera sensitivity at 80% and get dozens of false positives a day, with random several hour gaps of no recording.

I wish I never bought this camera because all it did was give me a false sense of security. I'm now looking for a system that records 24/7 so I won't have the chance of missing anything. Again, these cameras are a total waste of time and money.
Yea, you pretty much need a dedicated DVR system for your needs, it sounds like. One that's at least hardwired for power like one of those Lorex systems or one that you can get from Costco. I think the tech on these fully wireless (both connectivity and power wise) is still a bit too new so it's tough. I've been considering the Blink camera system as it looks to be more efficient on power/battery usage - it takes 2 AA batteries which supposedly can last up to a year in many conditions. Drawbacks are that it's limited to recording 10 second clips currently and there's also a delay between recordings too (I think the lower end is a 10 second delay). This is good for basic motion detection and recording capabilities but it's not thorough enough. As a plus though, they do offer free cloud storage. I bet their model is eventually going to be to make you pay for clips longer than 10 seconds though. Rumor has it they're working on extending recording time but only when it's on AC power (there's a mini-usb port you can plug in for optional hardwired power which is nice). Also, they're working on local storage (plug a usb stick in on the Blink hub for local recording). The big catch with this is the pricing - it's a bit more affordable than the Arlo system and many others for what you get - currently you can get a 5-camera system + hub for $340ish from their site (there's a 10% coupon floating around). I'm really tempted... the other big drawback for me though is lack of true nightvision - currently it's a glaring white light that comes on at night to illuminate the area to record. And there's also an annoying blue blinking light that comes on when the unit starts recording after motion detection. All recording is initiated from detecting motion as well... so lots of room for improvement but it does look like a promising product and competitor to Arlo.
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These bad reviews are concerning. I have an unopened 4 pack of these. The vast majority of the reviews seem positive. Hmmm...
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