Arlo Wire-Free Security Camera System: The NETGEAR Arlo Wire-Free Security
(VMS3230) includes an indoor base station with built-in Wi-Fi and two 100% wireless HD
indoor/outdoor cameras with motion detection. You can easily add more cameras for
watching other areas of your home or business. You can wirelessly keep an eye on things while you are away using the Arlo app
on your Apple iOS or Android device.
Applications: You can use the Arlo Wire-Free Security Camera
System to watch over an empty home or business, to monitor your driveway or the
entrance to your home, or to safeguard any space in or around the house.
The Arlo security system can also keep an eye on the kids after school, pets
home alone, sleeping babies, and elderly family members.
System Requirements: You will need the following to
activate your Arlo Wire-Free Security Camera system:
- A Windows PC, Mac computer, Apple iOS 7.0 or later (iPod/iPhone/iPad), Android 4.1
and up (smartphone/tablet), Kindle Fire
- The Arlo app mobile app for your
smartphone or tablet, visit the Apple, Google Play, or Amazon app store and
search for "Arlo".
- If you are using a computer or laptop, you also need a
supported Internet browser - Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox 3.5 or
higher, Safari 3 or higher (Except on Windows and Linux), or Chrome.
- A high-speed internet connection (minimum 1 Mbps upstream
- An available Ethernet port (443 or 80) on your router.
Simple Setup: To set up the Arlo network
camera system, you must connect the base station to your router and the Internet, mount
sync the cameras, and download the free Arlo app on your computer or
mobile device. Once the system is set up, you can change
settings, view content and view camera streams remotely using the app or web
browser client. Arlo can alert you by email notification or through the Arlo app
whenever it records a video.
Service Plans: The Arlo Wire-Free Security Camera System
automatically saves each video recorded in an online cloud storage account. How
much video your cloud account holds and how long it stores each video depends on
your subscription plan:
- Basic (Free): The free Basic subscription plan includes 7 days
of cloud recordings (up to 1 GB of cloud storage). When a video reaches its
7-day expiration date, it is automatically deleted. You have up to 1 GB of
cloud storage to use within this period. If you reach the 1 GB storage limit
within 7 days, then no more videos are stored in your account until you
manually delete older videos. Up to 5 cameras and 1 base station can be
connected. 90 Day technical support is offered for the Basic plan.
- Premier ($9.99/mo. or $99/yr.): The Premier plan includes 30 days
of cloud recordings (up to 10 GB of cloud storage). When a video reaches its
30-day expiration date, it is automatically deleted. You have up to 10 GB of
cloud storage to use within this period. If you reach the 10 GB storage
limit within 30 days, then no more videos are stored in your account until
you manually delete older videos. In addition, Premier plan subscribers can
connect up to 10 cameras to the cloud. Unlimited technical support is
included with this plan.
- Elite ($14.99/mo. or $149/yr.): The Elite plan includes 60
days of cloud recordings (up to 100 GB of cloud storage). When a video
reaches its 60-day expiration date, it is automatically deleted. You have up
to 100 GB of cloud storage to use within this period. If you reach the 100
GB storage limit within 60 days, then no more videos are stored in your
account until you manually delete older videos. Elite plan subscribers can
also connect up to 15 cameras and 3 base stations. Unlimited technical
support is included with this plan.
Note: You can also add friends to your Arlo account.
Friends can view live streams from your cameras, record video clips, view,
share, favorite and delete clips from your library, and take snapshots.
Friends have limited access to some of the settings and features on your
Arlo account. You can select which cameras friends can see and what
administrative rights are available to them.
Cloud Storage and Security: Recorded video from the security cameras is
stored in the Arlo cloud so you can see all the activity the cameras detect at
any time. The Arlo system is designed to maintain the highest level of security
to keep your videos private and secure in the cloud:
- AES Encryption: AES encryption protects your
information. This is the same encryption method that financial institutions
use to safeguard user data. AES-128 bit encryption and Transport Layer
Security (TLS) ensure that your Arlo camera videos are secure to and from
the Arlo camera and base station.
- NETGEAR Security: NETGEAR passed the Safe Harbor
certification and meets strict European Union privacy requirements. In
addition, NETGEAR implements the following security measures.
- strict password requirements are in place to keep
your account safe
- account authentication over a secure HTTPS connection
- Arlo limits login attempts (a maximum of five login
attempts over five minutes) to prevent bots from guessing your password
Base Station: The Arlo HD security camera system's included base station
connects to your existing network router using an Ethernet cable. The base
station then creates its own Wi-Fi (802.11n/2.4GHz) hotspot to communicate with
the system's included wireless network cameras. The base station features a
500mHz MIPS 74K processor with 128MB Flash/128MB RAM memory for fast and
reliable performance. The base station needs to be installed indoors.
Note: You can connect more than one Arlo base station to a network if
open Ethernet ports (443/80) are available on your router. Each Arlo base
station must be connected to an Ethernet port on your router.
Wireless Network Cameras: This Arlo Wire-Free Security Camera System includes
two wireless network cameras, which feature a
full-color CMOS image sensor, a 110°
wide-angle lens, and is capable of capturing up to 720p video. The cameras
have a fixed focus of 2' to infinity, plus automatic balance and exposure
adjustment. The Arlo cameras automatically detect movement, send alerts to the
Arlo app on your mobile smartphone or
device, and record video to your free private cloud storage to review anytime.
You can purchase additional
security cameras for expanding the system.
- Video Quality: You can choose between 3 video
quality modes which will affect picture quality and storage space. Choose
from Best video, Optimized, or Best Battery Life. The following specs
indicate the average and maximum bandwidth and storage values for a 30
second video. Video quality can also change based on the bandwidth available.
- Best Video 600-750kbps of bandwidth and
2.2-2.8MB of storage
- Optimized: 300-550kbps of bandwidth and 1.1-2.1MB of
- Best Battery Life: 200-350kbps of bandwidth and 750KB-1.3MB of storage
- Motion Detection: The Arlo camera has a motion sensor
that detects changes in heat in front of the cameras. This is done with the
use of Infrared (IR) technology. The motion sensor detects an object, such
as a person or motor vehicle, that is warmer than the environment around it,
such as a room, and that is moving in front of the sensor from right to left
or from left to right. The camera's LED flashes amber when motion is
- Night Vision: The camera's LED night vision illuminates
up to 25' away, so you can view live video and record video in the dark.
- Weatherproof: These cameras are weatherproof (IP65). They work in a wide variety of weather
conditions; including sun, wind, rain, or snow. Operating temperature is 14° F
to 122° F (-10° C to 50° C).
Note: Arlo cameras are not meant to stream video 24/7. Arlo
cameras spend most of their time in power-saving stand-by mode. They will
turn on and record video during motion detection and when the Arlo app is
accessed on your mobile device.
Wireless Range: You can place the Arlo cameras a maximum of 300' from
the base station. In indoor installations, the range might be less if metal
objects or thick walls and ceilings are between a camera and the base station.
Be sure to place the Arlo cameras at least 10' from the base station, and allow at least
6.5' between cameras.
Note: If the camera's LED is blinking amber, the camera
is too far away from the base, creating a low data rate.
Optional Range Extenders: You can use the Arlo HD security
camera system with a range extender or a Powerline adapter to
offer you greater flexibility when deciding where to place the Arlo system's
base station and cameras. Instead of connecting the base station directly to
your router, you can connect the base station to an Ethernet port on a Wi-Fi
range extender or Powerline adapter (sold separately). This means you can put
the Arlo base station farther away from the router or in a central location in
your home to get better coverage with the Arlo security cameras.
- Range Extenders: Range extenders work as a Wi-Fi
bridge by connecting wirelessly to routers. You can use the Ethernet port on
the extender to connect the Arlo base station and other devices to your home
- Powerline Adapters: Powerline adapters extend your
network using your existing electrical wiring. Plug two or more Powerline
adapters into electrical outlets to create a wired network connection. You
can connect an Arlo base station to the Powerline adapter using an Ethernet
Note: NETGEAR tested the Arlo camera system with
NETGEAR Wi-Fi range extenders and Powerline adapters (sold separately). If
you are using an extender or an adapter offered by another manufacturer, make
sure the device has an Ethernet port.
Motion Detected Recording: When motion detection is enabled, the
cameras start recording automatically as soon as they detect motion. The Arlo
camera system will also send an alert by email or push notification when motion
is detected to your mobile device. Arlo cameras also turn on whenever you use the Arlo app to see
what's happening at the moment.
Note: The cameras' motion sensors are much more sensitive to
side-to-side movement across its field of view than to movement directly
toward or away from the camera. The best area for motion detection is 5' to
20' from the camera position.
Instant Alerts: Instant alerts make Arlo systems useful for home
monitoring. The Arlo security camera system sends instant alerts so that you
know actions are occurring when they are occurring. Instant alerts are available
when the cameras' motion alert is enabled using either Arlo's Scheduler feature or
Arlo App: Download the free Arlo app onto your
Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or
Android smartphone/tablet to view crystal-clear, live and recorded
HD video on your mobile device from the Arlo HD security camera system. The Arlo
app also lets you configure the system from your mobile device and get push
notifications. Other adjustments you can make include:
- Library and Calendar: The Arlo system stores recordings
and snapshots in its cloud library. In the library you can view recordings
and snapshots by the day or month they were taken using the calendar.
- Modes and Rules: A Mode is a set of rules that tell the
Arlo security system what to do and when to do it. One or more Rules can be
grouped into a Mode. You can create as many
different Modes as you need to fit your unique lifestyle. For example, you
might create a "Weekday" Mode whose Rules tell your system to turn on motion
detection on all indoor cameras, record a video of any action that's
detected, and send you an alert if anything moves. When your family gets
home from work and school, you might switch Arlo to an "Evening" Mode whose
Rules turn off indoor motion detection and alerts, and turn on motion
detection and alerts on all your outdoor cameras. Arlo comes with two
- All Motion On: In this Mode, the motion sensors on all
of your cameras are active. If motion is detected, a video of what's
happening will be automatically recorded to your cloud storage account and
an email alert will be sent to you. This Mode is great for those times when
- All Motion Off: No motion sensors are active, no video
is recorded and no motion alerts are sent. This Mode is generally used when
someone is home.
- Scheduler: Modes can be turned on and off manually. However, you can
use Arlo's Scheduler to automatically switch between Modes according to any
schedule you create. With Scheduler feature, your system can
be set on "auto-pilot" that automatically activates your pre-selected mode
at a pre-defined time. Using Scheduler, you can create a unique daily
schedule of Modes for every day of the week. This weekly schedule will
repeat as long as you keep the Scheduler switch set to on. For example, the
schedule you create for Tuesday will repeat every Tuesday, etc. The
Scheduler feature comes with two pre-set Modes:
- Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.:
All motion sensors are on.
- All Other Times: All motion sensors are
Mounting Options: You can place the wireless network cameras on a shelf or other flat
surface, or you can mount them to the supplied magnetic wall brackets. When positioning your Arlo
camera, keep these tips in mind:
- Position Mode: Use the Arlo app in Position mode to
help aim the camera. Position Mode sends video to the cloud as quickly
as possible. This allows you to aim the camera while watching the video feed
on your Arlo smartphone app to make near real-time adjustments to the
- Field Of View: The Arlo cameras have a 110°
viewing angle. Position the cameras so that the space that you want to
monitor is within the cameras' field of view.
- Elevate Camera: Mount the Arlo motion-detection cameras at least
7' above the floor and aim them slightly down for the best sensor
- Side-To-Side Traffic: For best results, the path of
expected motion should cross the cameras' field-of-view and not head
directly into or away from the camera. For example, if you want to detect
motion near a couch, place the camera to the side of the couch, rather than
above it or opposite it. You can use the Motion Detection Test feature to
verify if motion can be detected in a camera's current placement.
LED Indicators: The Arlo security camera system can tell you what
state it's in simply by observing the LEDs on the front of the cameras and base
Power Requirements: Each Arlo Wire-Free Security Camera is
powered by four CR123 Lithium 3V photo batteries (supplied). Because the cameras
are battery-powered, you can place them wherever
you desire without needing to find a power outlet. Typical battery life is
between 4 and 6 months.
Note: You can use rechargeable batteries with the
Arlo cameras; however, NETGEAR cannot guarantee the performance of
rechargeable batteries. In general, rechargeable batteries do not last as
long as disposable batteries.
Dimensions: Dimensions for the Arlo security system's base station and
- Base Station: 8.5"W x 6.4375"H x 2.125"D
- Wireless Cameras: 1.716"W x 2.58"H x 2.876"D