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Twelve years ago we had a home invasion occur when my then 18 year old son was home alone. Fortunately, my son was not hurt. When the intruders realized that someone was in the home, they booked it out the front door. We decided at that time to get a home security alarm system. Having a home security alarm system is great…but it is just not quite enough.
Over the years since that has happened, we have had items stolen from our front yard while we were in our home watching TV. It seems like the “bad guys” just seem to get bolder and more reckless. I am also home alone most of the time during the week while my husband is at work. Although we have locked gates on each side of our home, I am well aware that if someone wants to break in, they can easily find a way to climb over them. If they did come over the gates, I would have no idea until I would come face to face with them in our backyard. Scary stuff!
Thanks to Best Buy and this awesome new technology from Netgear, we now have a 100% wire-free, motion-activated, indoor/outdoor 4 camera security system. Along with this, we received a Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter with Geek Squad service included. I was really impressed that these cameras were wireless and we would be able to mount these just about anywhere inside or outside of our house. My husband quickly got busy setting them up and mentioned to me several times how easy they were to set up. We have tried cameras in the past but they were wired. There were issues as to where you could actually place them because they needed to be wired. If you didn’t bury the wires, (which can be a pain and costly) they really can be quite unattractive.
Other features that really impressed my husband:
- There is a downloadable app that enables us to view live video from our Android or Apple phones, Amazon Kindle or Window/Mac laptops.
- They enable you to capture 720p video footage whether it is day or night and there is a 130 degree view.
- The cameras are motion-activated and they record motion once detected AND send an e-mail or app notification.
- They came with 6 magnetic camera mounts for easy installation on a wall or flat surface
The Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter is equally impressive:
This brand new router was exclusively developed between Netgear and Best Buy to help homeowners with an all-in-one solution to support a home like ours with many connected devices. Did you know that the average US household has 7, yes count them, 7 “connected” devices! Between our smart phones, tablets, computers, laptops, printers and our smart thermostat, there is a lot of strain on our home router. Because of this, our household experiences slow Wi-Fi, dead zones and dropped calls.
The Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter along with the Geek Squad service via phone and web is here to help us and to help you! This router comes with one DST, or “Dead Spot Terminator” adapter – to eliminate your Wi-Fi dead zones. Just place it in an area where your reception is poor to improve Wi-Fi access. You can also purchase additional adapters. The router itself was built to support 10+ connected devices…and we need every one of them. The best part about it is that this package includes Geek Squad set up and support via phone and web for one full year for those that need extra help setting it up ( my husband swears you will not)!
Feeling more secure at home alone:
We now have the cameras set up so that I can see our side-yards. Even if I am not watching the cameras, I can have the cameras email me or notify me via my phone app and quickly check it out to see what is going on. That really does give me a more secure feeling when I am home alone.
To Catch a Thief:
The one thing that my husband was really excited about when he heard we were getting this package was the ability to possibly find out who is stealing his Sunday newspaper! He really enjoys his Sunday paper and at least twice a month, our newspaper goes missing. Our delivery guy assures us he is delivering it early in the morning. So we have one camera set up and pointed at the driveway and ready to go. We will have to let you know if we are able to catch our newspaper thief.
We are in love with this Netgear Arlo Smart Home System from Best Buy and would highly recommend it! The whole system is easy to set up and the cameras and router are excellent quality. This system really does safeguard are home and give us peace of mind whether we are home or on a trip since you can monitor your home from your phone, iPad or laptop.
The 4 camera set is only available at Best Buy. You can buy Arlo cameras at other retailers, but can only purchase this exclusive set(a great value at $499.99) at Best Buy. The Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter is sold separately at Best Buy.
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free