arlo vs piperIn this comparison two of the most popular home monitoring security systems go head to head – the Arlo Home Security Camera System and the Piper nv Smart Home Security System.

They do have a number of similarities but the big question is whether the difference in price is justified by better performance, functionality and use-ability.

These are both 2 modern and sleek devices that take advantage of the internet and wireless technology to offer you home monitoring from anywhere you can access the internet with a smartphone and other mobile devices such as a tablet.

However, there are some differences that could be important to you depending on what areas you want to secure, monitor and record.

Before getting into the comparison and explaining the differences here is a quick overview of the two:

Piper nv Smart Home Security System

piper nv priceOne of the big benefits of the Piper nv camera is its ability to see 180 degrees giving a panoramic view of any area it is set to monitor although there is a fish eye effect of the view.

Within that view you can digitally pan, tilt and zoom. The lens doesn’t move you can just move around the image electronically. It has a HD 1080p resolution.

As well as the camera you can control entry sensors, dimmers, smart plugs, smart switches and an extender.

A 35 second video is recorded when motion is detected and stored on the company’s cloud servers. It does record 5 seconds before the event and 30 seconds after to ensure you capture what triggered the camera. There are up to 1000 clips stored on the cloud before it starts to record over them.

When it detects an incident the system can notify you by push notification, email, text or phone call. As well as watching recordings you can watch live stream. It is possible to set up as many people as you want to view and control the camera.

There are no monthly fees or charges for the notifications and recording or for optional services.

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Arlo Home Security Camera System

Arlo Smart Home Security Camera SystemThe cameras for the Arlo Home Security System are completely wireless – they communicate with a base station wirelessly and are powered by batteries. This enables you to put them anywhere you want without having to be concerned about how you get power to them.

The cameras are designed to be used indoors or outdoors. They have a 130 degree view and with a resolution of up to 1280 by 720 HD. There is a fish eye view affecting the edges of the view. You are able to digitally pan and zoom on the image to focus on area but the lens doesn’t move.

When it detects motion it records a 10 seconds to 120 seconds (depending on your settings) video clip on to cloud storage. There can be a delay of up to 1/2 second after the motion has been detected before it starts recording.

There are 3 levels of storage available with up to 7 days recordings stored for free, next you can store up to 30 days for $9.99 or for 60 days video you pay $14.99.

When motion is detected it sends a notification to you by way of push notification, text or email. You can set up as many people as you want to receive notifications and monitor the camera (this can be done on camera by camera basis). The owner sets themselves up as the Administrator and they can then determine the access rights of others and can delete them as required.

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How Do They Differ

The overall basis of the systems is similar with the cameras communicating wirelessly, and you are able to be notified of incidents and monitor from anywhere in the world you can connect to the internet with your phone or tablet. But they do go about this differently in a number of areas

Number of Cameras. To the Arlo you can add up to 3 base stations and 15 cameras, with Piper you can have 5 Pipers on one account.

Sound/Talk. The Piper allows you to listen to and talk with people in the room being monitored. It also can send you alerts when loud noises are detected.

Power/Batteries. The Piper needs to be plugged in to the power supply. The Arlo base unit must be plugged into power and the router. The cameras for Arlo are powered by battery and are completely wireless

Back Up If Power or Internet is Down.
The Piper system will continue to work for up to 6 hours if there is a power outage. Both systems can’t notify you when the internet is down.

Home Automation. The Piper is compatible with other z-wave devices and each Piper can control up to 232 devices such as dimmers and smart switches. The range of devices is likely to improve over the time.

Home Security. Piper has a 105 db siren that is triggered when motion is detected and you can add entry sensors for covering the entry points.

Indoors/ Outdoors. The Arlo camera can be used indoors and outdoors where as Piper can only be used indoors.

Coverage. The Arlo can be up to 300 ft away from the base unit whereas the Piper devices can only be 50 – 65 ft away from the router (but this can be extended with extender).

Camera. The Piper has a wide view at 180 degrees and better resolution at 1080p vs Arlo at 130 degrees with 720 p. Both work best at covering defined areas up to 20 to 30 feet away.

Notifications. The Piper gives you an additional option of a phone call to be notified as well as push notification, email and text.

Remote Control. The Arlo in addition to working with Android and IOS devices you can view the video and monitor using a PC.

Video Storage. Both systems store video clips on the cloud. But they do have different limits on what can be stored. The Piper nv allows you to store up to 1000 clips for free, Arlo is up to 7 days for free (see fees below for other options

User Control. The control of users is more secure with Arlo as you have one Administrator that controls the access of other users, with Piper all users have the same level of access.

Scheduling/Programming. Both systems are programmed using the App with you able to say what happens when motion is detected (and sound in case of Piper) and who gets notified or not. The Arlo also allows you to set schedules as to when the system is live or not.

Motion Detection. The Arlo has a wider range of sensing movement with it covering 130 degrees whereas the Piper is only up to 120 degrees.

Fees. The Piper NV does not have any fees or add on services. The Arlo has 3 levels of service depending on how much video you want to store and the numbers of cameras – ranging from free (7 days for 1 Arlo base unit) to $9.99 (1 base station and 10 cameras Up to30 days) to $14.99 ( 3 base stations and 15 cameras and up to 60 days) per account

Recording Start.
The Piper nv records 5 seconds before an event where as Arlo has a delay of up to 1/2 second before it starts to record.

Remote Monitoring. With Arlo you can view up 4 cameras at one time on the one screen wheras with Piper nv you need to toggle between cameras

Environmental Sensors. The Piper nv allows you to monitor the temperature and humidity.

Price

If we just look at the cameras and ignore the add-ons that you can add to Piper nv for the comparison to siimplify it a little. Then the price for one camera the Piper nv is $100 more than Arlo. If you went to 5 cameras then the difference is $770.

But you do need to factor in the monthly cost to this. With Arlo you need to $9.99 a month or $99 if you pay by the year for camera – so it would take about 7 years or so to bring the costs together.

The difference in price is that each time you buy a Piper nv you are getting a z-wave home automation controller that can control up 232 devices (including entry sensors), comes with an alarm, and saves a recording that starts 5 seconds before the event. It is going to provide you with a lot more flexibility and be better at multiple locations that you want to protect rather than one location from a pricing position and you don’t require multiple cameras at each location.

Which One Is The Right One To Buy

If you want an outdoor camera or have a difficult to get to place you want to mount a camera then the choice is that the Arlo is the way to go.

If you want a camera with home automation and security system then Piper nv is the better choice (or you plan on using home automation in the future).

If you just want to home monitoring system with mutiple cameras and don’t want 2 way communication then I feel the Arlo comes out on top for price although there is the delay in recording to be aware of up to 1/2 second after motion is detected.

Side by Side Comparison – Accessories, and Features

This chart provides a side by side omparison so you can compare the features, devices, capabilities and accessories.

FeatureArloPiper
TypeWirelessWireless
CommunicationInternetInternet
Contract for MonitoringNoNo
Ongoing FeesYes
Basic - Free
Premium - $9.99 pm
Exteneded - $14.99 pm
No
Environmental SensorsNoYes
Remote monitoringSmartphone
PC
Smartphone
Smartphone AppYesYes
Smartphones SupportediOs, AndroidiOs, Android
Max Sensors/Devices Can be
Added
10 Cameras232 Devices per Piper
5 Pipers
Home AutomationNoYes
Z-wave/ZigBee Compatible
(Wireless standard for home automation)
NoYes Z Wave
Wireless Coverage300 ft65 ft
Installation Method/
Set up
DIY - 30 minute
DIY - 30 minutes
SchedulingYesNo
Camera Resolution720 p1080 p
Camera View130 degrees180 degrees
Video StorageIn cloudIn cloud
Power BackupNoUp to 6 hours
Motion SensorsOn CameraOn Camera
Can Sensitivity
Be Adjusted
YesYes
AudioNone2 way audio
Administrator Control
over
YesNo - All have access
Siren - Loudness/Type
NoneInternal
105 db
Price$100 - 200$200 - 300
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After looking at all the facts and side by side comparison, is there one that you’ve decided is the better one for you? Hopefully this comparison has helped you to decide between the two and are now in a place to buy your home security monitoring system. Please let me know what you think below.

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