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Arlo’s lineup of stand-alone security cameras is one of the best we’ve seen. And we know because we’ve used nearly all of them!
But, there are many to choose from to fit your home or business needs. Read about our firsthand experience, sharing the perks (and shortcomings) of Arlo and the different camera options that are currently available.
- Pros & Cons
- Key Features
- Comparison Table & Terms
- Cloud Subscription Plans
- Author’s Personal Experience & Review
- Capturing Intruders (Video)
- Arlo Alternatives
- Excellent customer service
- Wire-free cameras
- Motion-activated recording
- Store 7 days of footage in the cloud for free
- Battery level is displayed on the app and batteries are rechargeable
- Easy to install
- Sturdy equipment
- Great, clear footage
- Requires a base station for some models
- Two-way audio can be delayed
- 1-year warranty
- Variety of accessories available, including mounts, charging supplies, silicone skins and more
- Rechargeable batteries
- Free cloud recording of 7 days for up to 5 cameras
- Each camera includes a magnetic mount
- Set a schedule for when you want the cameras to be armed
- Long battery life before the cameras need recharging (unless the area experiences a high volume of activity or extreme temperatures)
- Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT and SmartThings
- Solar panel chargers available for the Arlo Ultra and Arlo Pro 3
Arlo (formerly owned by Netgear) has released a handful of cameras over the years. With each new camera comes improvements to their technology. Their continual innovation is why we consider Arlo to be among the leaders in home security cameras.
Arlo Pro 3 Arlo Ultra Arlo Pro 2 Arlo Pro Arlo Arlo Go Arlo Q Plus Arlo Q Arlo Baby
Price For 1 Camera (Unless Otherwise Noted) 2 Cameras + 1 Base Station:
2 Cameras + 1 Base Station:
2 Cameras + 1 Base Station:
Discontinued Outdoor Video Resolution 2K, 1080p, 720p 4K 1080p 720p 720p 720p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Mobile Baby Monitor Field Of View 160° 180° 130° 110° 110° 130° 130° 130° 110°
Night Vision Color Color Black & White Black & White Black & White Black & White Black & White Black & White Black & White
Zoom 12x 12x 12x 8x 8x 8x 8x 8x 8x
2-Way Audio Wire-Free Or Wired Wire-Free Both Both Both Both Wire-Free Wired Wired Both
Siren Built-In To Camera Built-In To Camera In Base Station In Base Station In Base Station Built-In To Camera Water Resistant Operating Temperature -4 to 113°F -4 to 140°F -4 to 113°F -4 to 113°F 14 to 122°F -4 to 113°F Local Storage USB microSD Card USB USB SD Card microSD Card WiFi, LTE Or Ethernet Connection WiFi WiFi WiFi WiFi WiFi LTE WiFi & Ethernet WiFi WiFi
Base Station Required Activity Zones Solar Panel Charger Available Integrated Spotlight Noise Canceling Audio Noise & Echo Cancellation Wind & Noise Reduction Smart Music Player Multi-Colored Nightlight Air Sensors Baby Crying Alert Arlo Pro 3 Arlo Ultra Arlo Pro 2 Arlo Pro Arlo Arlo Go Arlo Q Plus Arlo Q Arlo Baby
Smart Music Player – Plays lullabies, white noise or a voice recording to help send your baby to sleep. You can manage the music from the app.
Air Sensors – Monitor the nursery’s temperature, humidity and VOC (volatile organic compound) levels. Get alerts if something is not within your desired range.
Arlo Wire-Free, Pro, Pro 2, Go, Q, Q Plus and Baby cameras include 7 days of free cloud recording. Arlo Ultra includes a 1-year Arlo Smart Premier trial, and Arlo Pro 3 includes a 3-month trial. After the trial ends, you can purchase the Arlo Smart Premier or Elite plan or opt for no service plan. Without a service plan, your Arlo camera will be limited to these features:
- Remote and local live streaming
- Push notifications
- Auto zoom and tracking
- Two-way audio
- Local storage recording
Arlo Pro 2, Pro, Wire-Free, Go, Q Plus, Q and Baby cameras will revert back to include rolling 7-day cloud recording since they are legacy cameras. You can learn more about Arlo’s cloud subscription plans here.
Arlo Smart Premier
- $2.99/month for 1 camera or $9.99/month for up to 5 cameras
- 30-day video history
- Up to 2K resolution
Arlo Smart Elite
- $4.99/month for 1 camera or $14.99/month for up to 5 cameras
- 30-day video history
- Up to 4K resolution
Continuous Video Recording (CVR)
- $9.99/month for 14 days of CVR history
- $19.99/month for 30 days of CVR history
Arlo sent me equipment to review in exchange for an unbiased review. Our review process is strict, so no favors are given in exchange for the free product. We believe first-hand experiences give us a better understanding of the product to provide a more accurate review.
I received the equipment on the following dates:
- 1 Arlo Camera: May 2016
- 2 Arlo Pro Cameras: March 2017
- 2 Arlo Security Lights: June 2018
I initially had the Arlo camera mounted near my front door. However, Iowa winters can get extremely cold, and the 14 to 122°F operating temperature wasn’t enough to handle the temperatures below 0°F. The batteries were draining quickly, so I had to bring the camera inside during the winter, leaving the front door unmonitored.
This camera isn’t as advanced as the Pro and Ultra versions, but it does an adequate job documenting any activity that occurs within view.
The Arlo Pro cameras do a much better job outside with an operating temperature of -4 to 113°F. There have been times where the temperature drops below -4°F, and the camera still operates, which is always a pleasant surprise.
I used outdoor security mounts to secure my cameras where I wanted them. The battery life on these cameras is excellent too, and I love that they are rechargeable.
Arlo Security Lights
The lights have 400 lumens and are a nice way to add additional lighting to the exterior of a home in an attempt to scare off intruders. The lights aren’t terribly bright, but they do help illuminate your path.
I love that these are wireless and rechargeable. It’s also cool that I can adjust the color of the light to be whatever I want, so if I want to be festive for a holiday or celebration, I can adjust them.
Arlo Pro 2
Sadie, a contributor to Safe Smart Living, purchased two Arlo Pro 2 cameras to monitor activity near her condo building. This is her experience with the cameras:
The Arlo was simple to plug and play right out of the box. We experienced some trouble at first with the sensitivity and it recording everything, but after setting up the zones, it now only records when there is activity in those specific areas.
The battery life lasts about a month between charges, and there have been no issues with extreme weather. There is a slight delay for notifications, but it does a good job of helping us monitor the front and back doors.
This person set up an Arlo Pro 2 to try and discover who was sneaking under the fence.
Is Arlo home security enough to protect your home? If you simply want to video monitor your entry points and some areas of your home, we think Arlo is a great option.
However, if you want to know when doors open and close, or when motion is detected throughout your home, you may want a more traditional home security system with door/window sensors and motion detectors.
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