Am I better off going with a Arlo (costco/best buy) and then just using their app?
I can get 2 Arlo Wirelss 1080p cameras for $269 which includes free access to the cam’s for live view. If I get an alarm.com camera like the 721W, it’s only 720p and they’re expensive!
Is there a benefit to having it all managed throug the alarm.com app?
I’m trying to increase my footprint, but if I’m buying hardware (that to me looks dated) i wonder if it makes sense to stay in the alarm.com ecosystem or branch out to just having a 2nd app on my phone.
Is there a compelling reason to use the alarm.com cam’s?
A large part of the draw is integration with the security system - sensor triggered recordings, alarm recordings, instant notification and access via the same app you use for security. Individual clip recordings can be easily downloaded and managed online. No advanced networking required, and unless you are going to watch extended lengths of live streaming video, no need to manage port-forwarding.
You are also looking at support from your Alarm.com dealer and Alarm.com. Whereas with the option you’ve mentioned above, the free option offers 3 months of support and much less storage.
Also keep in mind: the numbers don’t always add up. You would need to ask your dealer about pricing and support, but I’ll mention that through suretyDIY, four cameras and an SVR for 24/7 recording is a total of $10/month added to an interactive service plan through us.
The option you are referencing, according to their own website, would be $40/month for 14 days of 24/7 recording, (much less than the storage-customizable ADC SVR) and $80/month for the more reasonable but still not comparable 30 days for 4 cameras.