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Netgear Arlo Go review – onboard 4G SIM allows you to use it anywhere

Netgear’s Arlo range of wire free cameras already provide excellent coverage on your home network but now the new Arlo Go can provide the same monitoring anywhere because it has its own SIM card.

It is the world’s first wire-free weather resistant 4G LTE high definition security camera that can be positioned anywhere.

Suddenly the options open up for users who want to keep an eye on their boat, their car, their caravan or just about anything anywhere.

Because you’re using the 4G cellular network for your connection you can now take this camera outside the reach of the your wi-fi network in your home or office.

You might have a holiday house where there’s no wi-fi network, your boat docked at a marina or a caravan in a camping ground.

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In all of these scenarios you can use the Arlo Go to keep an eye and ear out for you.

And, just like the other Arlo wire free cameras, users can monitor the cameras through the app and also receive motion notifications.

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There’s also two-way audio onboard so you can hear what’s going and talk to whoever is in front of the camera.

Users can also view up to seven days of recordings for free in the cloud and can pay a monthly fee if they want their recordings retained for a longer period.

The set up took just minutes through the Arlo app. It was simply a matter of turning it on, aiming the camera at a QR code on your phone and we were done. That’s it.

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For our review, we even left the camera in our car while we were parked at a shopping centre to monitor what was going on around our vehicle. Car park accidents increase by 20 per cent in the Christmas period so now we would be able to see if any incident occurs.

And because of the high-resolution video we were able to see number plates and faces of anyone coming near the car.

This isn’t what Arlo Go is specifically designed to do but it illustrates just how easily it can connect anywhere and how portable it can be.

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There is no wi-fi onboard Arlo Go – if you need a wi-fi camera then the Arlo Pro is available for that.

The Arlo Go has a SIM card slot and a slot for a microSD card so you can store your recordings locally.

You do need a SIM card and an attached data plan to provide the connection for the camera.

Data wise, you’re probably looking at about up to 2GB a month.

Options here would be a monthly plan on its own or including the data component to share your existing mobile phone plan’s data allowance.

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The Arlo Go is powered by a rechargeable battery that will run for up to 4 months before it needs recharging.

If the camera is placed in a hard to reach location, it would be an idea to invest in an Arlo solar panel so it can constantly charge the device and you’ll never have to worry about the battery again.

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The Arlo Go comes with a power cable and adapter, a mounting post and all the screws and plugs you will need.

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The Arlo Go is priced at $599 with limited stock in JB Hi-Fi stores now with more stock due early in the New Year.

And if you wanted to pair it up with the Arlo solar panel that will be an additional $149.

VERDICT

With the Arlo Go, Netgear has created a security camera that can literally be placed anywhere and monitor anything to give you peace of mind at all the time.

Netgear’s Arlo range of wire free cameras already provide excellent coverage on your home network but now the new Arlo Go can provide the same monitoring anywhere because it has its own SIM card. It is the world’s first wire-free weather resistant 4G LTE high definition security camera that can be positioned anywhere. Suddenly the options open up for users who want to keep an eye on their boat, their car, their caravan or just about anything anywhere. Because you’re using the 4G cellular network for your connection you can now take this camera outside the reach of the your…

Arlo Go

Rating - 90%

90%

PROS: Can be placed anywhere, has a SIM card slot, easy to set-up, rechargable battery.

CONS: Expensive, extra cost for SIM card data plan.

VERDICT: With the Arlo Go, Netgear has created a security camera that can literally be placed anywhere and monitor anything to give you peace of mind at all the time.

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About Stephen Fenech

Stephen is the Tech Guide editor and one of Australia's most respected tech journalists. He is a regular on radio and TV talking about the latest tech news, products and trends.

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