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Arlo Pro 2-Cam kit, rechargeable battery powered wire-free security camera system $219.99 + FS

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I have the BlinkXT v2. How is this one better than the Blink from a feature/functionality perspective?
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Thanks!
On the same page is the 3 camera kit for $269.99, works to be $90 per camera.
https://www.newegg.com/arlo-vms43...6881149042
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Looks to be the same model that many Lowes stores have on clearance for $149...... YMMV.

https://brickseek.com/lowes-inven...1000322471

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Arlo-Pro...1000322471
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I have the BlinkXT v2. How is this one better than the Blink from a feature/functionality perspective?
Ditto

Having followed Arlo and Blink threads, Blink replaceable batteries last much longer (so long as the cameras are not constantly triggered).
Again, the Blink are replaceable batteries - not rechargeable.

An associate of mine installed the Arlo system after a divorce. Amazing what an ex will do....anyway, the associate really likes it, but admits they need charging often. The threads also reveal that the Blink may be plugged in instead of relying on battery power - don't know about Arlo.
Lowes all around me have this Arlo package for $149.99 (48124)
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I have the BlinkXT v2. How is this one better than the Blink from a feature/functionality perspective?
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Ditto

Having followed Arlo and Blink threads..The threads also reveal that the Blink may be plugged in instead of relying on battery power - don't know about Arlo.
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Hi qqsubs, patj

fyi - the Arlo Pro 2 you have an option to wire to power. ( would still use the Arlo base wifi for data ). This option allows the camera to continuously record and provide a few seconds out of the buffer for any motion detection triggered video clips.

Arlo, Arlo pro do not have the wired to power option for continuous recording. ( they do have solar panel options to charge the battery )

If you need to use the Arlo system for evidence purposes - do note that so far they do not have embedded time stamps, thus it has been an issue with regards to being successfully challenged by defense on being acceptable for evidence.
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Thanks!
On the same page is the 3 camera kit for $269.99, works to be $90 per camera.
https://www.newegg.com/arlo-vms43...6881149042
That's not the Pro 2 version
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That's not the Pro 2 version
Either is this deal 🤣
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Have 2 sets of Arlo cams at 2 locations for a little over 2 years.

Now the cameras are all going bad & will not get on-line

Kind of bown on the brand now, & no support.
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I can't really speak to this deal, but here to provide my input on the Arlo Pro 2 camera system for those contemplating buying in. Personally, I've not been satisfied and would recommend continuing to look elsewhere.

I recently purchased a 4 camera unit and I've honestly not been particularly happy with it. When deciding to buy into Arlo, I somewhat assumed that a 'polished consumer product' would blow my hodge-podge wifi camera system (backed by a local IVideon server) out of the water - and so I was disappointed when it not only didn't blow my system out of the water but when it was subpar in some ways.

While the dedicated base station sounds nice on paper, what this means, in reality, is that regardless of how powerful of a wifi setup that you may have, you're limited by the signal between the base and your cameras. The base also only connects to your existing network via a wired ethernet connection - and so the officially recommended way to place your base optimally in your home is to use a 3rd party network extender to provide the required connection if that optimal location happens to be anywhere aside from where your existing router is. So not only can you not leverage the high powered wifi network you've already paid for, but you're likely to have to buy additional equipment to get things optimally setup for your home's layout.

Something that they don't exactly make clear is that if you want to use all of the camera's features, then you will be required to upgrade from the included 'free' plan to a pay plan. One such feature is the ability to configure activity zones, which is how you configure activation areas to trigger motion detection - the inability to use this feature means a much shorter battery life if you're monitoring someplace like the front of your home and the street happens to be in view. A note about this - you can technically configure zones for free, but this will require that you have a wired power source for your cameras, which arguably defeats part of the purpose of a wireless camera system (and will require you to buy additional 3rd party equipment, such as weatherproof plugs or very expensive solar panels). Never in a million years did I think this was something that I'd have to worry about, as it's something I can do for free with my 20 wifi cams via IVideon (for free).

Mine frequently fail to trigger for legit motion - something frequently reported in the forum. Mine also frequently lose connection with the base, despite being only a short distance from the base and having reported full signal before the signal loss. The app is buggy at times - with notifications of activity being pushed to my phone, yet the reported activity's video not being available (also reported a lot in the forums).

I will stop with what I've shared, though I could go on with what I perceive to be other deficiencies... Definitely go read through their forums to get an idea of what to expect - some folks definitely like them, but there are a whole lot of unhappy customers with no satisfactory resolutions out there as well.
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