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Netgear's Arlo wireless security cameras to be the foundation of a new smart-home platform

Michael Brown | Nov. 6, 2014
Weatherized, battery-powered cameras will eventually tie into other connected-home systems.

An Arlo Smart Home Security Camera Kit ($350) includes the base station and two weatherized cameras with motion sensors ad infrared LED night vision. Netgear also provides 200MB of free cloud storage for videos (when you hit the maximum, the oldest clips are deleted first). Netgear will have free apps for managing the cameras and viewing their video feeds on Android or iOS smartphones or tablets. You can also access the cameras and storage from a web browser. Each base station can support up to four cameras, and Netgear will sell stand-alone cameras for $170 each. The cameras will not function in the absence of a base station.

New and established companies alike are seeing a spike in consumer interest in the smart home. That's why we're seeing so many crowd-funding campaigns and new product announcements far ahead of the products' availability. If you can't ship a product today, your best strategy is to convince consumers to put off buying decisions until you can. Is Arlo worth waiting for? I like the features Netgear promises, but I just can't answer that question based on a presentation and a phone call. Stay tuned for a hands-on review.

 

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