Managing Arlo Alert Notifications

I recently read that the average American checks their phone 80 times a day.  I’m probably one of those average Americans.  Amazingly, despite the extreme frequency, every time I check, there are new alerts.  A lot of them come from the large number of home security cameras that are installed.  So let’s dive into how to manage Arlo alert notifications.  We’ll look at what’s important and how to ensure you only receive alerts that are vital. We are big fans of Arlo.  We loved the Arlo Pro and Arlo Q.  Everything discussed within applies to all three with the exception of … Read more

Arlo Smart Adds Some Nice Features and Enhancements

Following the direction set by Nest Aware and a few others, Arlo has introduced a refresh of their paid cloud plans.  Like Nest, Arlo will now be including exclusive features and enhancements into Arlo Smart which is the new name of their cloud plans. We are big fans of the Arlo Pro HD Security Camera System and Arlo Pro 2 Camera Security System.  Besides being well made cameras with a long battery life, Arlo throws in one of the most generous free cloud plans of any of the large manufacturers. Arlo Smart pricing and capabilities are a little confusing so we’ll look … Read more

Is it Worth Paying for an Arlo Cloud Subscription Plan?

Arlo is our favorite line of wire-free cameras.  We are big fans of the Arlo Pro HD Security Camera System and Arlo Pro 2 Camera Security System.  Besides being well made cameras with a long battery life, Arlo throws in one of the most generous free cloud plans of any of the large manufacturers.  They also have a few plans that aren’t free.  Today, we discuss the Arlo cloud subscription plans in detail. Effective July, 2018, Arlo renamed their cloud services to Arlo Smart and added functionality.  A very detailed explanation of the options available with this new plan are outlined in … Read more

The Importance of High Definition Video on a Security Camera

Ever watch the news where they have video of a bad guy and you can’t make out what the guy looks like?  That’s what happens when poor video quality is used on a security camera.  If only they used high definition, the video would actually be useful.  A hundred people would recognize the bad guy and he would already be in custody. The author of this article recently fell victim to bad video quality.  The accompanying photo to this article shows someone taking off with my patio furniture.  This video, courtesy of my Yi Home Camera at night was using … Read more

How to Solve Home Security Camera Installation Problems

This article is written for those that purchased their home security cameras and are running into some installation problems.  Most of the tips provided in this article apply to the popular cameras like Nest Cam, Samsung SmartCam and Flir FX, as well as many other brands.  There are all sorts of issues that can be encountered when hooking up a new home security camera. This article will attempt to address some of the most common installation problems.  Most suggestions apply to all wireless home security cameras regardless of model. We previously wrote detailed reviews on these cameras if you would … Read more

Arlo Q HD Home Security Camera Review

The Arlo Q HD Home Security Camera was introduced by Netgear’s Arlo division in late 2015.  They already had a very successful line of wireless cameras that we discussed in a prior article.  The Arlo Q is a more traditional camera – it’s wired in terms of power.  There are limits to truly wireless cameras.  Most notable of which is the batteries run out.  As a result, you’re always careful in not using it too long.  Not an issue with the Arlo Q.  Use it all day and night.  Lots of enhanced features. Let’s take a closer look at the Arlo … Read more