Arlo Review

Camera-based home security systems with top-of-the-line equipment

Editor's Rating

  • 100% wireless home security cams
  • Wide-range of high-quality camera options
  • Third-party smart home integration
Last Updated on Jan 13, 2020

Arlo is a home security and home automation company that seeks to create comprehensive solutions for protecting the people and places you love and connecting with them. This innovative company looks for ways to make life easier through home automation and create home security products that provide better visibility into what’s happening, with the latest safety features that stop intruders and alert you when emergencies occur.

Equipment & Tech

Arlo has a wide range of home security and home automation tools that you can use to put together the perfect connected home experience.

Arlo Ultra

This is the top of the line security camera offered by Arlo. It’s one of the few 4K cameras available for home security, providing you with some of the clearest views available. Enhanced night vision allows you to go beyond black and white at night – you can see colors. The integrated spotlight supplies another way of brightening up the scene. The 180-degree view covers a large part of your yard so you can use fewer cameras to cover your perimeter. The camera uses dewarping technology to give you a wide-angle view without the distortion.

Whenever it detects motion, it can automatically zoom in closer and track the person or animal that set it off. It’s weather resistant so you can use it outdoors, but this high-quality home security camera can also be used as an indoor option.

The built-in siren can go off automatically or you can set it off manually once you receive an alert.

Arlo Security Light

This smart security light can work on its own, or it can connect with the Arlo video cameras to improve the angles that you can monitor. It’s fully wireless and has several light configurations, such as flashing, color changing and various beam width. This weather-resistant light functions in plenty of weather patterns. The smart features of this light include scheduling it turning off and on, and setting up modes for home, work and vacation.

You have a full color selection of millions, so it also functions well for creating ambience lighting. It gets up to 400 lumens to cover your entire yard. A dusk to dawn mode puts your light in battery saving mode so it doesn’t quickly go through your battery.

Arlo Pro 2 Smart Security System

This 1080p HD indoor/outdoor security camera and smart base station has advanced motion detection to ensure that you’re only getting alerts that are relevant and timely. You can set up activity zones when you’re using this camera indoors so you can exclude areas that may cause false positives with the motion detection.

When an event gets triggered on the camera, you get a three-second look back to see the lead up to the situation. This feature is only available if you are using the camera indoors and it’s plugged into power, not when it’s on the rechargeable battery.

The two-way audio allows you to communicate through the video camera, as well as listening to what’s going on. The night vision kicks in automatically once the light level drops. A smart security siren can be controlled via the app or set off by motion and sound. It has over 100 decibels designed to alerts everyone in your neighborhood and deter criminals from entering your property.

This camera comes with the Arlo Basic 7-Day Cloud Recording plan, which covers seven days of recordings that were created based off motion and sound triggers. Up to five cameras can be included on this free plan.

You also have the option of local backup via a USB port on the Arlo Pro 2 base station. You can use an external hard drive to store your recordings. You also have the possibility of using a 24/7 continuous video recording device to keep full record of your security cameras.

Arlo Pro

This wireless indoor and outdoor HD security system and camera offers live streaming and recorded video to keep your home protected. The rechargeable battery makes it easy to install this camera anywhere you want to. Two-way audio technology lets you listen to the audio feed at the camera, as well as talking to whoever is at the other end.

When the light levels fall, the security camera activates night vision, so you don’t miss anything going on. This camera comes with the Arlo Basic service, so you can have seven days of recordings from five cameras for free. Whenever it needs to set off an alarm, it has 100 decibels to accomplish this task.

Much like the Pro 2, the Arlo Pro supports local backup storage via a USB drive.


If you want a basic indoor/outdoor security camera, Arlo’s base model has a lot to offer at a reasonable price. It’s fully wireless, records video in HD, has infrared night vision, and includes the Arlo Basic plan.

Arlo Go

This model of wireless video camera uses an LTE cellular connection rather than using your home network. This camera can operate indoors and outdoors. It has the same features as the regular Arlo camera, just backed by the powerful LTE connection. It also includes an SD card slot if you want local storage for your recordings. If you need a security camera outside of your Wi-Fi range, this is an excellent choice. Since it needs a mobile plan, you purchase the Arlo Go through a wireless carrier. Prices vary based on the carrier and any applicable promotions.

Arlo Q

If you want a commercial grade security system that supports 24/7 security monitoring, this is the model for you. It connects to AC power and records in 1080p HD. The two-way audio is similar to other Arlo security system models. Night vision keeps your recordings going strong at night. This device comes with the Arlo Basic free plan. The lens is 130-degrees, allowing you to take in more from a single camera. It supports upgrades to continuous video recording.

Arlo Q Plus

This business-grade security system adds Power Over Ethernet connectivity options along with the standard features included on all Arlo security cameras.

Arlo Audio Doorbell

This smart doorbell gives you two-way communication with people at your door, and instant alerts whenever something of note is going on in front of your home. It works with your current chime setup. You can set up quick-response replies or switch over to silent mode if you don’t want to be disturbed.

Monitoring & Features

Arlo App

You control all your Arlo devices through the easy to use app. You get a lot of features for customizing your experience and creating complex connections between all your devices.

Great Accessories

You get magnetic mounts for easily putting your cameras in the best possible locations, long-running batteries and enclosures that stand up to the worst Mother Nature has to offer.

Cloud-Based Recordings

Most Arlo products include the basic plan, which stores 7 days of recordings to the cloud. You can expand this up to 60 days through the paid plan options.

Local Storage

The professional grade Arlo systems support USB storage.

Customizable Motion Detection

You have a lot of flexibility with motion detection zones, which helps you isolate the trouble spots that would otherwise send out a lot of false alarms.

Advanced Object Detection

Your Arlo smart cameras can tell the difference between people, vehicles, and animals, to make it more likely that it will not give you extraneous alerts. One of the latest types of alerts is package detection.

IFTTT and Stringify Support

All the Arlo devices work together, so you can set them up to trigger off of one another or create a schedule for different times of the day.

Mobile Notifications

You get push notifications whenever there’s something going on that you need to know about.

Supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Set up voice commands and more integration with home automation solutions by leveraging Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

4K Camera Quality

The top end security camera at Arlo has 4K quality, which allows you to zoom in for more detail than most security cameras have.

Installation & Usability

All the Arlo equipment is designed for DIY installation. In a lot of cases, you don’t need to worry about any wires when you’re getting everything set up. The usability of the app and the device features has a user-friendly approach, although it doesn’t shy away from offering powerful features that help the devices form a comprehensive smart home ecosystem.

Customer Support

The support center includes comprehensive FAQs, video guides, and articles that detail all the functionality of your new Arlo home security devices. You can browse by the overall topic or go via the product. There’s a community support forum that allows you to get peer to peer help, or you can contact Arlo directly via the phone or with a support ticket.

You get free phone support for the first three months. If you don’t buy a paid service plan after that, you’ll need to pay on a per basis call for support.

Cost & Pricing

The equipment that Arlo offers is somewhat pricey, but you can offset that cost by ordering multiple cameras at the same time.

The premium service plans don’t offer you professional monitoring, but they are interesting for people who want to get more out of their cameras.

Arlo Smart $2.99 per month per camera

This service gives you a 30-day video history, advanced AI detection, custom activity zones and lock screen notifications.

Arlo Smart Premier $9.99 per month up to 10 cameras

When you have a lot of cameras, and you’d like to add e911 emergency call service, you should opt for this plan.

Arlo Smart Elite $14.99 per month up to 20 cameras

You expand your video history to 60 days.

Premium Video Recording $1.99 per month per camera

If you have a 4K camera, you can upgrade your plan to support cloud-based recording for the full quality videos.

Our Conclusion

Arlo has a lot of powerful equipment and a focus on delivering innovative experiences. If you want to have a primarily security camera home system set up or you want to get 4K quality videos, this is the option to choose.