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Costco Wholesale [costco.com] has Netgear Arlo 2 HD Security Camera Kit - $70 Off

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Costco's price is $269.99 making this $199.99. I'm waiting and hoping for a deal on the Arlo Pro. It adds some features in 2 way audio and smart siren is a nice add that I probably won't use.
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Is this NOT the Arlo Pro?
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Battery life is a joke. If set to continual record, batteries only last about 4 days. To get the 4 months that Netgear advertises, you have to set it to record less than 4 minutes per day.
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Battery life is a joke. If set to continual record, batteries only last about 4 days. To get the 4 months that Netgear advertises, you have to set it to record less than 4 minutes per day.
I think most people set it to record only when motion is detected.
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I think most people set it to record only when motion is detected.
I have my current system set to motion detection, usually get around 3 hrs of footage a day. Unless you have no neighbors, street, wind, or anything near you... you will get more than 4 minutes of footage per day.
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Battery life is a joke. If set to continual record, batteries only last about 4 days. To get the 4 months that Netgear advertises, you have to set it to record less than 4 minutes per day.
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I have my current system set to motion detection, usually get around 3 hrs of footage a day. Unless you have no neighbors, street, wind, or anything near you... you will get more than 4 minutes of footage per day.
So since you only need 3 hrs of footage per day if set on motion detect, and according to you, you get 96 hours of recording per battery, then it lasts for about a month.

If having to change the battery once a month is too much, then you might as well give up on life. There's way harder responsibilities than that.
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So since you only need 3 hrs of footage per day if set on motion detect, and according to you, you get 96 hours of recording per battery, then it lasts for about a month.

If having to change the battery once a month is too much, then you might as well give up on life. There's way harder responsibilities than that.
First, the 96 hrs is BEST case if you set the cameras to lowest quality setting. My cameras are set to 30fps (1920×1080 frame rate) ~4mp. Even if the Arlo was capable of that quality (which its not) it would deplete the batteries in less than half that time. The Arlo maxes at 24fps (1280 × 720 frame rate) <1mp. But lower if you want to extend battery life.

Second, the arlo lithium batteries that come with it are not rechargeable. You want to know the cost of replacing 8 CR123 batteries every month (@ $2-5 each)? You could purchase 16 rechargeable batteries and swap them out every time. But people often have very hit and miss success with rechargeable batteries as rechargeable always have a lower cell voltage, do not have a steady drain rate, and drop off quickly at end of life. A CR123 lithium battery is rated at 1500mahr. Most rechargeable batteries for the Arlo are around 750-1000mahr. The Tenergy are the most popular by users and are 750mahr. This gives you about 40-50% battery life if you choose rechargeable route instead of the lithiums. Meaning you would be swapping out batteries every other week or every single week if you choose a high quality image.

Third, cameras dont exactly go in easy to reach locations, often requiring ladders to access. Only one of my cameras can be reached without a ladder currently.

So before I "give up on life" you may want to stop with ignorant replies. These might work for in-home baby or nanny cameras, but are a horrible replacement for high quality outdoor POE cameras.

If you want real security cameras, I suggest Wrightwood. They are highly recommended on CCTV forums and give great prices on the 4mp HIKVision cameras. http://wrightwoodsurveillance.com/
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I have 2 of these cameras and I'm going to snag this pack unless something better comes along in the next few days. What you have to realize is there's no magic here - there are compromises to get a fully wireless camera. They are bound by the laws of physics.

If you can run wires, PoE IP cameras running back to Blue Iris or a Synology NAS are a great solution. You can record 24/7, and once they're installed you pretty much never need to mess with them.

If you need fully wireless outdoor cameras, however, these are the only game in town and are actually pretty nice. I have both of mine triggered by the one on the front door since the other one had too many false alarms. They are also triggered by any of my Smartthings sensors. I got a charger and EagleTac batteries from lightjunction.com, and I'm getting several months out of them (admittedly with only a few alarms a week). Netgear stores the videos for a week for free which is enough for me. I'm happy with the system, although they could make their app a bit better.
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If having to change the battery once a month is too much, then you might as well give up on life. There's way harder responsibilities than that.
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You could purchase 16 rechargeable batteries and swap them out every time. But people often have very hit and miss success with rechargeable batteries as rechargeable always have a lower cell voltage, do not have a steady drain rate, and drop off quickly at end of life. A CR123 lithium battery is rated at 1500mahr. Most rechargeable batteries for the Arlo are around 750-1000mahr. The Tenergy are the most popular by users and are 750mahr. This gives you about 40-50% battery life if you choose rechargeable route instead of the lithiums. Meaning you would be swapping out batteries every other week or every single week if you choose a high quality image. http://wrightwoodsurveillance.com/
This was one of my major concerns too. With constant clips, I think it's perfectly reasonable for someone to give significant pause before buying an Arlo system--the cost of batteries is going to be tremendous.

I wouldn't want to spend an unreasonable amount on a monthly basis simply to replace batteries because there are no truly good rechargeable options out there.

Now I'm reconsidering whether to buy this Costco deal...
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I have a 2 battery set from January set to record on motion and have changed them only once for the 10 months. For its ease of installation, you cannot beat it. Looking for two additional cameras this Black Friday.
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Is this brick & mortar only or also available online?
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First, the 96 hrs is BEST case if you set the cameras to lowest quality setting. My cameras are set to 30fps (1920×1080 frame rate) ~4mp. Even if the Arlo was capable of that quality (which its not) it would deplete the batteries in less than half that time. The Arlo maxes at 24fps (1280 × 720 frame rate) <1mp. But lower if you want to extend battery life.

Second, the arlo lithium batteries that come with it are not rechargeable. You want to know the cost of replacing 8 CR123 batteries every month (@ $2-5 each)? You could purchase 16 rechargeable batteries and swap them out every time. But people often have very hit and miss success with rechargeable batteries as rechargeable always have a lower cell voltage, do not have a steady drain rate, and drop off quickly at end of life. A CR123 lithium battery is rated at 1500mahr. Most rechargeable batteries for the Arlo are around 750-1000mahr. The Tenergy are the most popular by users and are 750mahr. This gives you about 40-50% battery life if you choose rechargeable route instead of the lithiums. Meaning you would be swapping out batteries every other week or every single week if you choose a high quality image.

Third, cameras dont exactly go in easy to reach locations, often requiring ladders to access. Only one of my cameras can be reached without a ladder currently.

So before I "give up on life" you may want to stop with ignorant replies. These might work for in-home baby or nanny cameras, but are a horrible replacement for high quality outdoor POE cameras.

If you want real security cameras, I suggest Wrightwood. They are highly recommended on CCTV forums and give great prices on the 4mp HIKVision cameras. http://wrightwoodsurveillance.com/
Issue is reliance on being wired for me. My house got broken into recently and the power was cut before they went in. That knocked out my inside cameras. Am looking for an 'off the grid' version for outdoor but these cameras do seem like a pain with battery changes and <1080 resolution. Any suggestions? I'm putting my router/modem on an APC backup so recording won't be an issue. Just don't know what wireless outdoor cameras will be best.
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Issue is reliance on being wired for me. My house got broken into recently and the power was cut before they went in. That knocked out my inside cameras. Am looking for an 'off the grid' version for outdoor but these cameras do seem like a pain with battery changes and <1080 resolution. Any suggestions? I'm putting my router/modem on an APC backup so recording won't be an issue. Just don't know what wireless outdoor cameras will be best.
How could they possibly cut the power to your house? The only way is if they removed your meter.

But seriously get a UPS. You should have a UPS anyways for power conditioning and accidental power outages, so the system doesnt cycle. I have a 1000VA UPS that I picked up for $50 on sale from newegg. It provides enough battery for my NVR and 4 cameras for about 5 hours. (My cameras are all POE, so I only need to plug in the NVR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6842117005
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How could they possibly cut the power to your house?
Flip the service breaker - which is outside the house in many areas of the US. Very easy to do.

Please limit your posts to topics you know something about.
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