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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Arlo.

Overall Score: 8.4/10

Guardzilla and Arlo are camera-based home security systems that allow you to monitor your home from your smartphone or tablet. Both offer effective home security without all of the hassles often associated with a contract. They both offer similar features and services. The main differences are in how the systems store video and their monitoring capabilities.

Overview: Guardzilla vs Arlo

As camera-based systems, both Guardzilla and Arlo offer indoor/outdoor video surveillance, as well as many other features that are designed to allow the homeowner or renter effective and affordable home security. The systems are simple and easy to use and can be customized for the level of security required.

  • No contracts or service agreements
  • Arlo offers cloud storage
  • Simple installation without the need for a service tech
  • Indoor/outdoor cameras available
  • Guardzilla can store video on an SD card

Similarities: Arlo vs Guardzilla

Guardzilla and Arlo offer many of the same features, including built-in motion sensors and at least 130-degree image range. Both systems allow for video storage in the cloud. Each system is capable of integrating with smart home systems like Alexa and Google Home. Two-way communication is also available.

  • Wi-fi and cellular connectivity for full-service protection
  • Do-it-yourself installation and setup
  • Cloud storage with subscriptions available (no contracts)
  • Indoor/outdoor video surveillance
  • Built-in motion sensors

Differences: Arlo vs Guardzilla

The biggest differences between Guardzilla and Arlo have to do with the prices of the cameras themselves and the capabilities of the cameras. Guardzilla indoor/outdoor cameras offer 360-degree range, while the Arlo cameras only offer 130-degree range. In terms of price, Guardzilla is the more affordable option with their cameras costing about half that of the Arlo system.

  • Arlo offers a security light feature
  • Guardzilla offers 360-degree panning capabilities
  • Arlo offers a baby monitor
  • Guardzilla allows for storage on an SD card
  • Guardzilla offers environmental alerts

Features

Guardzillas many features include indoor/outdoor video surveillance, wireless equipment, remote control via a mobile app, home automation, intrusion protection, and environmental protection. The system uses both Wi-fi and 3G cellular service for reliable connectivity. The cameras also have the capability to record 30-second video clips and still images to an SD card.

Arlo also has a wide variety of features that allow it to offer effective home security protection to its users. Its features include support for over 50 cameras, night vision, motion alerts, partial home automation, wireless systems, and the option for professional monitoring. The system is very easy to use and also offers two-way communication.

Contracts

Neither system requires a contract or service agreement but both have subscription options for cloud storage for video and still images.

Pricing

Guardzilla offers 5 different cameras ranging in price from $99.99 to $229.99. The system offers three cloud storage plans. The 2-day video storage is free with the purchase of the system. The 7-day cloud storage option starts at $4.99 a month. If you prefer the 30-day cloud storage plan it will cost you approximately $8.99 a month. Professional monitoring costs $9.99 per month for each package if you choose to subscribe.

The base station for the Arlo costs approximately $80 while the cameras range in price from $120 to almost $400 depending on where you buy them. Arlo offers cloud storage subscriptions ranging in price from $9.99 a month ($99 a year) to $14.99 ($149 a year) offering varying degrees of storage and 24/7 constant video monitoring.

Equipment

Guardzilla offers five cameras that are designed for either indoor or outdoor use. Each one offers high-definition videos and has the capability of either 180-degree or 360-degree view. Each camera has built-in motion sensors. The indoor cameras also offer environmental hazard protection. Guardzillas cameras are also equipped with a 100-decibel siren.

Arlo and the Arlo Pro are the two main pieces of equipment produced by NetGear. The system also comes with a hub or base station that allows the cameras to connect to Wi-fi or a cellular network.

Installation

Both Guardzilla and Arlo systems offer do-it-yourself installation which makes it ideal for both homeowners and renters alike. The systems can be easily moved from one location to another without disrupting your service.

Emergency Connections

Guardzilla offers both cellular and Wi-fi connectivity that allows you to monitor your system on your own or you can opt for a professional monitoring service. If you monitor the system yourself, you are responsible for notifying the authorities if an alert is triggered.

Arlo also offers both cellular and Wi-fi connections. You have the option of monitoring your own system or subscribing to a third-party, professional monitoring service. If you monitor your system, the responsibility of notifying the authorities is on you, but if you hire a monitoring service, they will take care of the details and notify both you and the local authorities.

Summary: Guardzilla vs Arlo

Guardzilla is both a safe and effective home security option for individuals who want a basic service with a variety of features. It works well for renters and homeowners alike.

Arlo is effective and provides multi-level security options for being a camera-based system. It's a good choice if you don't mind paying a little extra.

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