Netgear has left thousands of consumers stuck with malfunctioning Arlo cameras that can't be plugged in safely outdoors, while it moves on to a new model.
A couple of years ago, I installed one of those pricey, $400 Arlo camera systems with remote monitoring to keep an eye on my urban property. It came with a hub and four cameras, and a charger or two.
Arlos, in case you're unfamiliar, run on batteries, potentially for several weeks, if they're not triggered a lot. But my preference has been to leave them plugged in to their usb chargers. I don't see the value in any device that requires regular maintenance and babysitting. I'm busy enough without changing batteries in a bunch of gadgets that die at different intervals.
Sometimes the cameras work great. But too often, they remind me of that poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: ... When she was good, She was very, very good, But when she was bad, she was horrid."
Well, the horrid moments seem to come more frequently with each passing month. I've had two or three cameras fail, one battery go dead, and replaced most of the power cables, with various after-market products. Now another camera has unexplainably failed. I've tried covering the cameras with little silicon condom-type jackets, with no noticeable improvement.
The company keeps upgrading the firmware for the devices, but I've seen no noticeable improvement in reliability from these "improvements."