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LBR
01-12-2018, 01:07 AM
Did a few searches and didn't find any threads regarding the Arlo equipment for security.

Does anyone have input or experience with this family of cameras? Yes, they are a bit costly, but we are pushing to boondock off the grid and think this may be a nice means of security our trailer without the need for Wifi or power supply for the camera. We plan to be within cell tower distance as much as possible tho.....TIA

Lynn1130
01-12-2018, 09:22 AM
Unless they have a new type of camera that I have not seen you do need Wifi. I have several on my house and they operate through your Wifi. That is how you are able to view them on your phone or Ipad. They also work on batteries but those need to be replaced at intervals and usually when you want them the most. I have not tried running them off of their "Wifi" system alone but I think that will limit your viewing, if at all, to within the range of the Wifi around your trailer. The advantage is being able to view from anywhere via the Internet but it needs to be connected to the internet to do that. Mine is connected to my router/modem in the house and thus to my Internet provider.

danemayer
01-12-2018, 09:38 AM
I just glanced at the manuals. The camera(s) communicates to their base station via a private WiFi connection. The base station needs 120V AC to operate, and needs a hardwired ethernet connection to your home network with a minimum of 1 Mb/sec upload bandwidth.

If you need a camera in a location that doesn't have power, this might be an ok choice.

BLR
01-12-2018, 10:03 AM
Arlo Go by Netgear

Found this on Amazon

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Security-Connectivity-Storage-Weatherproof/dp/B06Y24Q3HX&ved=2ahUKEwjNgITO19LYAhUW1GMKHXefA3gQFjAFegQICxAB&usg=AOvVaw3TXo46GVliuJCd7ozNnKTz

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Lynn1130
01-12-2018, 11:09 AM
I like the cameras that I have (Netgear) and they do work well. I can view areas of my house from anywhere (kind of like Ring Doorbell which I love). I do not like having to change batteries in them every 6/8 weeks. In order to keep the cameras from being removed, by persons unknown, they need to be in a position where they are not easily reached. That means a ladder every time I have to change batteries. It looks like with these above you need some sort of month/annual membership and fee.

And just a side note that if you think you might keep them inside, looking out a window. That does not work after dark, at all. You get a big white screen from the reflection of the infa-red back into the lens.

TravelTiger
01-12-2018, 02:39 PM
I looked at the Arlo system, but I think a viable alternative is the Blink system (https://blinkforhome.com/). I purchased a system (indoor only, wireless) before they were released to the public, and I have been very happy with the system for more than a year and a half. They have since come out with an indoor/outdoor camera as well, and I purchased one of them to add to our system.

The sync module uses 120V, but uses a USB connection, so it could be plugged into a USB DC adapter. The system uses Wifi (connected to the internet) to show you the camera live or recorded clips, via smartphone only (not PC).

I have actually used this to view the inside of the trailer as we were driving down the road. I have a Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) I use for my computer equipment. So with my network/hotspot powered via the UPS, I was able to watch what the camera was seeing as we drove, with minimal delay.

The cameras clip easily to their mounting bracket, and can easily be removed to replace batteries as needed. I've replaced batteries in one camera only so far. We have one mounted outside on the side of the rig we remove the camera for travel, replacing it when we arrive. (using a 6' ladder.)

LBR
01-13-2018, 12:31 AM
Thanx for everyone's feedback and will look into that blink system, Travel Tiger.

The Arlo features that we like are the camera is self contained, weatherproof, no wifi/USB/12 volt/120 volt is required, will ping phones when it is triggered for viewing, and I believe it can backup clips to the cloud. It's dependency is cell service with a paid plan.

mlburst1
01-13-2018, 08:39 AM
<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> We use the Blink system at home (both indoors and out) and we also used a separate sync module for a camera in our RV to monitor our dog (temperature data also provided).

Simple setup and the camera batteries easily last a year.

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