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Netgear Arlo HD Camera review: Stylish, smart, and currently proprietary

Jon L. Jacobi | Jan. 21, 2015
Netgear's Arlo security-camera system could be a great Wi-Fi security system if Netgear makes the right decisions with regard to positioning it.

Netgear is participating in AllSeen, the video splinter of the smart-home AllJoyn movement. To that end, you should be able to eventually use the hub to open gates, feed the cat, walk the dog... Seriously, the company is already working with LiFX so the unit can turn on that company's lights. Of course there are dumb systems that do that already, but what the heck. You can see the alert and turn the lights off if it's a false alarm.

Are you gonna buy one?
The Arlo HD Camera Security System is a breeze to set up and it worked superbly during my hands-on. The promised smart home integration using AllSeen is a boon for the future. But until Netgear drop's the free plan's 30-day termination of scheduling and provides the ability to store video locally, I'd hesitate on pulling trigger on this one.


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