Arlo and Blink are two of the more simplistic of the do-it-yourself home security systems. Both are camera-based and offer a wide range of features that allows homeowners and renters visual access to their homes from almost anywhere. There are no contracts to worry about since the system is designed to be monitored by the homeowner. Systems are purchased upfront. No financing is required and you can purchase additional devices to fully customize your system.
Arlo cameras use your Wi-Fi to connect to your system. The Arlo Go can connect through cellular service. The SmartThings hub can also be paired to the system for at least partial home automation. By downloading the mobile app, you can monitor your system whenever you feel the need. When the system is fully functional, you will be able to receive notifications via email or text if an alert is triggered. Arlo Smart plans allow you to choose the right option for your needs. Arlo’s Smart plan costs $2.99 per camera (30-day video history and custom activity zones), the Arlo Smart Premier is $9.99 a month for up to 10 cameras (30-day video history, custom activity zones, and e911 emergency call service) and the Arlo Smart Elite costs $14.99 a month and covers up to 20 cameras (60-day video history, custom activity zones, and e911 emergency call service).
In order for Blink to function effectively, it needs to have a Wi-Fi connection. If you download the app, the system will alert you if any of the sensors are triggered in any way. This gives you the option when it comes to notifying the authorities.
You can pair Arlo’s indoor/outdoor cameras with a variety of devices. Arlo cameras require either an Ethernet connection or Wi-Fi for connectivity and include motion sensors that are built into the cameras. The devices include two-way voice communication and high-definition image quality. Cameras are also equipped with night vision.
Blink cameras also have built-in motion sensors and night vision capabilities. Blink comes with a hub that can accommodate up to 10 cameras with each camera having a 100-foot range. Cameras are designed to offer homeowners and renters maximum convenience by allowing them to monitor the systems on their own with a downloadable app.
Arlo doesn’t have contracts or service agreements. Indoor and outdoor cameras with motion sensors built-in to the camera are some of their popular options. Cloud storage allows you to store 1000 hours of video. Arlo packages range in price from $200 to $400, depending on where you purchase them. Additional cameras are available for around $200 each. The hub that comes with the system can support multiple cameras making it easier to keep an eye on every corner of your home or property. Camera options include baby monitors, the Arlo Go, the Arlo Pro, and the Arlo Q.
There are no contracts or long-term service agreements with Blink. Blink offers the basic Blink camera and the Blink XT have motion sensors built into them. All devices are 100% wireless. Cameras record for less than one minute at a time. Blink cameras cost less than $80 apiece. The Blink hub can accommodate up to 10 cameras allowing you to add more cameras if you feel it’s necessary.
Both Arlo and Blink come with everything needed for the homeowner or renter to install the system. Each company offers detailed directions but the Blink system may be a little more difficult to install. Once everything is in place, the systems can be fully functional in just a few minutes.
Our Take: Arlo vs Blink
Arlo is one of the better systems if you want cameras with extra range as well as two-way voice communication and night vision. With Arlo’s wide selection of cameras and high-resolution video quality, it makes it one of the better choices in terms of do-it-yourself systems.
Blink is another popular system for homeowners and renters who are interested in a quality do-it-yourself system. The cameras are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use and also have night vision capabilities. For the price, Blink offers a wireless system that is both effective and reliable.