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Arlo Baby - HD Baby Monitor and Camera, Two-Way Audio, Night Vision, Temperature & Air Sensors and Music Player (ABC1000-100AUS)
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- Compatible with Alexa. Use voice commands to view your cameras on Echo Spot/Show screen. (Alexa device sold separately)
- 1080p HD Quality – View live or recorded videos in excellent detail and rich colour
- 2-Way Talk – Comfort and talk to your baby from anywhere, whether you're at the office or in the living room
- Advanced Night Vision – Near-invisible infrared LEDs lets you see your baby clearly, even in the dark
- Instant Smart Alerts – Get motion, sound, and air quality notifications sent to your smartphone
- Control remotely: Multi-coloured night light, music player, temperature, humidity and VOCs air sensors
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Arlo Baby – 1080p HD Monitoring Camera is an all-in-one smart baby monitoring camera. It provides live monitoring and smart alerts on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Key features include high definition video, night vision, motion & sounds alerts, 2-way talk, music player, air sensor, rechargeable battery and multi-colored night light.
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|New! Arlo Baby|
|HD Video Quality||1080p|
|2-Way Wireless Talk||✓|
|View Anywhere||Mobile phone, desktop, tablet, and more mobile devices|
|Powered by:||Rechargeable battery and power adapter|
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The unit also shuts down every few hours and takes a while to reset.
Other than these, it's functional, with nice features such as temperature and humidity gauges.
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Bottom line: if you're looking for a baby monitor that is wifi enabled, Want multiple users hooked up to it and Excellent video quality with night mode just as good as well as an assortment of useful features then look no further than the Arlo baby Camera !
Malheureusement, l'application est truffé de bugs; 2 feeds audio peuvent démarrer simultanément si on vérouille le cellulaire et le débloque. Aussi, l'application ne peut rester allumée toute la nuit sans crasher au moins une fois (impossible alors de s'en servir comme moniteur audio durant la nuit).
Also me and my husban both can use it .
I liked my Arlo Pros, so decided to give Arlo Baby a shot. I pre-ordered it, but after reading the first few reviews, I almost returned it, as many people hate it.
I finally unpacked it and tested. And, to my pleasant surprise, it's not bad at all!
- excellent picture quality, especially at night
- delay on the same wifi is ~1 seconds for me (using 1080p), which is really good, and much better than other Arlo cameras (note: I'm using an Android app and a 5GHz wifi)
- sensors are more fun than I expected, especially as they keep the history - nice to see how the temperature changed over time
- adjustable viewing angle, not present in Arlo Pro cameras - nice, even if manual
- free cloud video storage, with decent paid options
- ability to play music, with surprisingly decent music quality
- the light turns out to be quite useful, as one can configure the temperature/brightness of it, so it's a decent night light
- good, simple installation and long cables
- battery support
- great manual
SO-SO / MINOR stuff:
- in "always listen" mode, clicking the notification should take me directly to the camera, but it doesn't
- the alerts are not customized to a baby monitor, they are just like regular security camera alerts. E.g. there's no cry detection or any form of additional visual/sound cue on movement/sound
- very little memory for music - 20MB in 2017, really?
- while "Continuous Recording" is a paid option (which I can uderstand), it would be nice to be able to have a periodic snapshot/photo option, to quickly see what's the reasonably recent state. E.g. if one expects a package, going into the live mode is an overkill - if I could see the state within the last hour, that would be enough.
- takes waaay too long to see the picture: ~5-15 seconds from starting the app to seeing the picture, partially because one needs to click. Would be nice if one could configure it to go the video immediately
- no ability to add time indicator on the recordings / UI (it's not a big problem for Arlo Baby, but a terrible omission for any security camera)
- no ability to save to local storage, unlike other Arlo cameras (!)
- no ability to integrate with Arlo Pro system - e.g. using Arlo Pro's base station for recording
- no ability to play your own music
- the "modes" you set up are separate for this camera and other Arlo cameras. Why oh why can't I have one mode for all my cameras?
- not being able to record infinitely long movies
- opening an app on one device logs you out on another, if you're using the same account. Super annoying. A workaround is to create another account and grant access to it.
- very significant delay if NOT on the same network (~10 seconds for me)
Overall, it seems to be very much like Arlo Q with a few add-ons. Is it worth extra $100? That depends. You get a few things, you lose some (mostly local storage).
I couldn't decide between 3 and 4 stars. But today I received an email from Netgear explaining what they are doing to improve the situation, which was a very nice, customer-friendly approach. And it suggests things should get better.
For that, giving 4 stars.
UPDATE 1 - since the original review, thanks to Netgear's improvements
- FIXED: the "always listen" mode was very flaky, an update fixed that
- IMPROVED: delay on same wifi was ~2 seconds, now it's usually ~1 second!
UPDATE 2 - Aug 19, 2017
★★★ It's been a while, and I have to drop it from 4 to 3 stars:
- I'm not sure if it was always there, but I recently noticed the camera keeps disconnecting after some time. It's super annoying, esp. since if someone's not looking at the screen, there's no audible indication this is happening. Perhaps it's related to the "HOME" connectivity (I see "home" icon), but it doesn't matter.
- I realized that in fact it is NOT possible to upload your own music to Arlo Baby (my original review assumed it's possible)
- I realized it's not possible to see the time indicator in the recordings, which is a terrible omission for any security camera
UPDATE 3 - Oct 02, 2017
The disconnects are driving us crazy. I have to reduce the score from 3 to 2 stars.
- pretty much on the clock, every 30 minutes the camera disconnects. Actually, all Arlo cameras disconnect. This happens both on on my mobile and tablet (Android) as well as in a Chrome web browser.
- restarting the app fixes it - so it's not a camera issue
- there are many users complaining about it, and Netgear is pretty quiet. I even saw someone mentioning a class action lawsuit!
- I went to the lengths of collecting my network logs and sharing with Netgear, pointing out how some network traffic directly correlated to the disconnect. Very little response so far.
★★ As such, I have to reduce my score to 2 stars.
UPDATE 4 - Nov 7, 2017
Netgear recently updated the software, and disconnects are mostly gone. I occassionaly get some disconnect, but it's super rare now.
We also started using it as a night light, and it proved itself quite useful there.
★★★ Some other major issues are still not fixed, but it now definitely deserves the 3 stars back.
That is about the best thing I can say about it overall. At this price point I expected a lot more. This camera is absolutely not something you want to trust to watch your babies or even older children.
Before I go any further, yes this camera had the latest firmware on it and yes the camera read 100% WiFi signal in the app on a 5Ghz connection.
* WiFi connectivity is absolutely terrible. I had an enterprise grade 3x3 MIMO Wave 2 AC wireless AP less than 10' and in clear line of site from this camera on a symmetrical gigabit fiber connection. I am a bit of a networking junkie and I did everything I could think of to get this camera to stay on the network reliably including several resets, dedicating that entire AP to it, locking it to 5Ghz etc. In 2 weeks of testing about 75% of the time it disconnected overnight, including the first night the wife and I left the house and actually wanted to use it to remote view.
* The Arlo app constantly crashes. I ran it on an iPad a Pixel C and a Pixel 2 XL and almost every night it would stop it's audio and or crash.
* When the camera isn't connected (for whatever reason) the app simply stops... there is no alarm or notification. You can only restart the app once you have noticed that you are no longer connected.
* The "local" Stream mode indicator disappears if you ever background the app, never to be seen again so you aren't sure... are you still streaming locally?
* The Arlo web site requires flash to work... flash... in 2018... nope.
* The dedicated tablet / viewing device that was promised for Fall 2017 is still missing in action and there is no indication that it is coming anytime soon.
* Cute camera, kids loved that.
* Night light function is cool.
* Camera seems well constructed.
* Video quality is nice when you change it to 1080p.
* Arlo web interface is well designed.
* Love that it has a battery built into it.
The Arlo baby forums are absolutely flooded with unhappy customers having similar issues. This is a great idea (WiFi baby camera) and I -really- wanted this to work but it simply does not. Perhaps a future version of this product may work better. Ours has been returned to Amazon. :(
Do not trust your children to this product.
The biggest and most glaring fault, which is been brought up a multitude of times on netgear forums, is that if the app or camera have a wifi hiccup, or potentially just a glitch in the device, the connection is lost with no alert and no attempt of reconnection.
What does this mean? It means as a "baby monitor", one you might use to monitor a baby in the next room while sleeping, it is has become VERY common to wake up and realize the app is disconnected and no audio or video is being played to your device. Essentially making it worthless as a baby monitor. Netgear repeatedly likes to blame this on network issue or device compatibility. However I am running all enterprise grade network devices with no logged downtime to blame this on. This camera should be put on hold from sales until further development and testing can be done to resolve this and other problems listed commonly in other's reviews.
Was waiting for a response from the support but looks like they closed my ticket so guess they can't sort out these issues.
There was another big issue though and that was trying to return it. It gave me 2 options and and was Amazon technical help and Arlo technical help and I had already attempted the Arlo technical help so there was no way to return the product. It took me multiple calls to Anazon to get to a department that could help as they kept saying it was past my return window. They finally after about an hour of getting passed around and cut off numerous times was allowed to return so be aware that you may be stuck with this item.
Last but not least the camera is not staying connected to the wall mount base which could be a serious strangling issue but luck for me the cable was put into the wall by an electrician so it saved the camera from falling into the crib. It's no where near as positive in its locking than the standard feet it comes with. For this issue alone I would not risk this device.
Contacted support as the camera was so bug ridden that it was impossible to use it. Have been dealing with responses of it's my signal strength, packet loss, wrong naming of wi-fi etc etc
The camera is the biggest POS and we have had to resort to using the microphone set that cost us $40 and has been 100% reliable.
Here's some new updates to the issues
Camera will not let dual log in anymore. Didn't used to have this issue.
Have added 3 wifi boosters and signal stretches so far out of my home now it's ridiculous and every other wi-fi devices says excellent and stretching out way further than where the camera is which is about 30ft from the main router and 10ft from a booster.
Runs no longer than a few mins and crashes
sometimes does not load at all
delay can be as long as 30 seconds when it does load
has artifacts all across the screen constantly
does a weird thing were it will replay part of a audio sound over and over again like iot's on repeat
night light will not work reliable either
there are so many issues with this device it should not be for sale. It's dangerous to rely on this thing to monitor your baby.
I will return this one and see if it's a hardware issue and then give another review.
Also i have zero other items including cameras on this same network which have zero issues including other baby cams.
I would highly NOT recommended this product
I have owned a few baby cams from baby ping, Ibaby and a couple of off the shelf models from toys R us and out of all of them this one was the most expensive but has currently been the worst.
Let me explain my issues
First off the software takes anything from 30-40seconds to boot up and you finally see a picture on your phone if you're lucky. You will more than likely get a frozen screen.
If and when the video does load the delay has been anything from 4seconds to 10seconds. Not a massive deal breaker but unsure of why such a different range in delays.
Here's my biggest issues
The camera either won't connect or just crashes in the middle of the night. I notice there's quite a few people online having these same issues but this camera needs to be 100% reliable out of the box for this price. Even a $100 should be as they are designed to monitor your baby when you can't be right next to them. Even my baby ping that cost me $150 and is over 6 years old is still functioning great even after never getting an update!
The software is also very inconsistent between phones of the same exact models and firmware. One phone a picture may show and on another it may show but be frozen!
If it does somehow work frame rates are poor too. It's almost like stop motion filming and someone can walk in the room and out and you won't even catch them. It's like the baby magically disappeared.
I was seriously considering replacing my Samsung security cams with Arlo's but after this experience I will def not. There's just no excuse to have issues like this on a product in this price range
If you are considering a baby can the Ibaby has been extremely reliable and has a much better camera system and hardware. It's also $100 less
As a wireless camera this might be rated 'ok', but it's way too unreliable to function as a baby monitor. Unfortunately our return window has passed and now we're stuck with a couple of very expensive paperweights. We've gone back to our cheap monitors - not nearly as many features but at least they're reliable.
After actually buying and trying out 9 of the best seller, highest rated, and/or most feature packed monitor solutions out there, the Arlo Baby is currently the closest option to being the holy grail/complete package. However, despite all of these very important features and benefits of the system, there are a couple of absolutely critical needs where the unit fundamentally fails and makes it unsuitable and downright dangerous as a baby monitor. Furthermore, these issues coupled with the units market topping price of $249.99 for just the cameras is appalling.
Before getting into the details on the deal killing issues, there are some great things that are fair to mention about the unit. The most mentionable ones are; setup is dead simple and quick; video and audio quality are superb; viewing angle is wide enough to get by without needing remote panning/tilting; the ability to use battery power is great; echo cancellation when in the same room as the cameras is unique among IP cameras; monitoring multiple audio feeds while the app is in the background or the screen is off is an awesome feature; room temp monitoring and historical graph works great; the soon to be released dedicated tablet screen with the ability to connect with the monitors sans wifi could be incredible for both at home as well as when traveling; and, last but not least, the fact that the system and app allows for the simultaneous monitoring of multiple video and audio streams is nearly unmatched by ANY baby monitor today. This last feature is a fundamental a necessity with multiple kids, especially toddlers who run all over the house yet still need constant supervision.
First, the camera units and app do not work to reconnect if the connection is lost. The fact is wifi connectivity and internet reliability are the inherent weak link in a wifi based monitoring system like this, and this is not a direct fault of the system. However, in order to be responsibly considered a baby monitoring system, the software MUST be setup to continuously try to reconnect ASAP whenever the connection is lost, which it does not currently. I am not the first person to being this up as I have already seen other customers mention this to Netgear in the past. The most critical example where this fails is during the night when monitoring a newborn, the connection drops, and the app does not reconnect. In this case, active monitoring is lost until you wake up and manually check it, and you will likely never know what is going on unless your baby is crying loud enough that you can hear it and it wakes you up. If you have ever worried about an infant chocking on spit up, this issue should FREAK YOU OUT!
Second, literally every time I have attempted to monitor my infant with the Arlo Baby, the video and audio stream has frozen for who knows how long (could have been for 20 seconds or 2+ minutes). There is no indication of any issue in these cases. The screen just shows a quiet and happily sleeping baby, and the only way I was able to figure out that was not the case was either a) I could hear my baby screaming from down the hallway, b) my wife went running by because she knew the baby was crying given that she was still using our crappy yet reliable Summer Infant video monitor, or c) the stream finally started working again (without any manual intervention) and I was then able to see and hear the crying baby.
I have no way of telling if these freezing moments are because of a connection issue at the cameras/monitors themselves or the phone. Either way, this issue needs to be identified somehow and there needs to be a very clear notification from the app that the connection is lost, whether totally disconnected or temporarily inhibited. Also, this particular notification should be either a) setup as something unique so that a different and more noticeable notification tone can be tied to it or b) an even better solution might be for an option to have an automated call come in to bring attention to the dropped connection.
Third, it is mind-bogglingly annoying that after the app is closed (doing something else on your phone or turning the screen off) and it is then reopened, none of the video feeds will be working. You instead have to go through the manual process of clicking the individual Live buttons and letting each of the feeds reload every time the app is closed. Additionally, if you were zooming in on anything in particular (e.g. into the baby’s crib), then you have to go through that setup again too. The app should have the option to maintain the last live feed setting whenever the app is closed then reopened. I am surprised it does not given the audio monitoring is maintained and options from other manufactures, like from iBaby and Yi, do this with ease.
I truly hope these three critical issues can be completely rectified with a software update quickly as this system is the closest thing to perfection compared to anything else out on the market at the moment. I have now completely given up on trying to find a good enough solution. I am in the process of returning everything, and I am just going to have to patiently wait for the ideal solution to finally evolve while we rely on our crappy and barely useable but reliable Summer Infant system.
For the record, the other options that I have tried include the Arlo Baby as well as the iBaby M6S (no split screen and dual audio monitoring but great in all other facets), Yi Dome 1080p (no split screen and dual audio monitoring but great in all other facets), Sotion 1080P (unusable multiple camera monitoring mode in app; otherwise decent enough in all other facets), Amcrest UltraHD 2K with both Amcrest app and TinyCam app (unusable audio from camera unit when both listening or talking back), Summer Infant Side by Side 2.0 (only 1 audio feed at a time in split screen mode; very crappy video), Infant Optics DXR-8 (crappy video; no split screen), Samsung SEW-3057W (no split screen), and finally the two year old Summer Infant system with multiple crappy cameras and auto panning back among them every 8 seconds that we are keeping for now.
TL:DR: the first night with this camera it was really not working right, but now it is working as I hoped it would and I think it is a good product.
The primary issue I've encountered is being occasionally unable to view the camera through either the app or the website. This generally persists until I do a hard reboot (unplug, pop the feet off, toggle the hidden switch) or wait a long time (hours). It has nothing to do with my wifi because rebooting it will immediately fix the problem. Going into the baby's room once or twice a night in order to reboot the baby monitor, is a complete deal breaker. I would throw all the fancy features out if I could just get the monitor to consistently work throughout the night.
There are other more minor issues as well. The video feed has a somewhat significant delay -- about 5-15 seconds. Also, the app itself is poorly designed. It takes a long time to load and then even longer to get a live feed after you tap the play button, and if you switch out of the app to use another app, you have to repeat the entire process. Since most users are switching apps all the time, this becomes very annoying. However, these problems are minor compared to the thing just not working at all until you reboot it.
I really wanted to like this device. In a device like a TV, these issues would be minor annoyances. But in a baby monitor, they become critical failures. The point is to allow me to monitor my baby. If the monitor requires me to enter my baby's room once or twice a night to reboot the device, then it has completely failed. Maybe one day they will fix this with a firmware update, but right now I'm on the latest firmware and will be looking for another solution.
I guess the features may be kind of cool to alert you in the air temp changes too much. But honestly, I don't anticipate this being a useful feature.
We already happened to have this Owl thing that was a night light, noise maker, so those features (for us) were just redundant.
My biggest complaint is the delay. Just like the other cameras, it is significantly delayed, I've seen it anywhere between 3-5 seconds.
The $250 price, without an actual dedicated screen (which will release this summer for another $99), makes this package came in at a nice $350 for a 'complete package'.
You could just get your arlo pro, and one of these
In the end, I feel this is overpriced, and not quite there yet. They just repackaged and jammed a few cheap features into a camera, threw some ears on it.
Live streaming worked for us for a while, then we'd receive a notification, check the video to see what was recorded. That worked! But then, let's try to view the live feed? Many many times, it would spin, acting like it was loading the live video feed, but it would never load. The only way to restore the live feed was going to the camera and turning it on and off again. Additionally, I read many reviews and many Arlo support pages about Arlo Baby, and they all say the same thing. Arlo will ask about updated firmware (did that), updated iOS App (done), Wifi strength (full strength for the camera (router is only 10 feet away), and all other devices are working without issue), etc.
When looking for a camera specifically for baby monitoring, I need the live audio/video feed to be nearly flawless. With the amount of times we've tried to simply pull the camera feed up and for it to not work and/or need resetting? It's just not worth the stress.
We wanted to like the Arlo Baby very much. There are just too many inconsistencies for it to be a good baby monitor.