Arlo is known for producing a wide range of home security products with flexible options and outstanding video quality. The company, spun out of Netgear, offers indoor and outdoor cameras as well as video storage bundles and accessories. They do not offer any monitoring or installation services.
Most of Arlo’s cameras are wireless, but Arlo Q – their indoor camera – is wired and must be connected to the wall. They also offer Arlo Q Plus, which is designed for business monitoring.
In general, Arlo Q is best for homeowners who want continuous, high-quality video surveillance of their home, but do not want to pay for professional surveillance and are comfortable monitoring it themselves. While it offers a good set of basic features, it is best for those who want a simple, straightforward camera without all the bells and whistles that other cameras offer.
- Free cloud storage Arlo Q comes with seven days of free storage for motion and sound-triggered recordings, where you can view, share and download the recordings. No contract is required, but they offer paid plans that include longer storage space as well as extra smart features.
- Easy installation and use Setting up the Arlo Q is simple. It can either be placed on a flat surface (it has a magnetic base) or mounted on a wall (mounting brackets are included). To use, simply plug in an electrical outlet, download the Arlo app on your smartphone, and connect it to your home Wi-Fi.
- Two-way audio With a built-in speaker and microphone, you can listen to and talk to people in the room from your mobile phone.
- Requires an electrical outlet You must have an electrical outlet to operate the Arlo Q, which means that it is not as flexible as some wireless cameras. On the back, though, that means you do not need batteries.
- Limited field of view Arlo Q provides a 130 degree field of view, which may be sufficient, but it is not enough to cover some spaces.
- Errors and Freezing Some users report camera issues that repeatedly freeze and disconnect. Others get frustrated with the camera’s delay time.
Arlo Q Features
Arlo Q does not offer as many bells and whistles as some security cameras, but it is equipped with a good selection of basic features to suit the needs of most families, including the following:
High quality images: Arlo cameras are known for producing high quality clear images. Arlo Q boats 1080p HD quality, which means you can get a nice and sharp look at what is happening in your home 24/7.
Two-way audio: Do you want to talk to your children or pets while you are away? The Arlo Q has a built-in speaker and microphone, so you can do just that anytime, anywhere with your phone.
Integration with smart home products: Arlo Q works with a range of smart home devices including Amazon Alexa, Stringify, IFTTT and Google Assistant.
Night vision: When the light is off, you can still see what is happening, as the Arlo Q has infrared lights to illuminate what is going on, even when it is dark.
Warnings: When the camera detects sound or motion, you receive an alarm on your phone immediately. If something is wrong, it is up to you to notify the authorities as Arlo Q does not offer any professional monitoring services.
Limited free cloud capture: Want to review what happened in a particular room while you were away? Arlo Q holds seven days’ worth of all audio and motion-triggered recordings that you can watch for free.
Arlo Q Smart plans: If you want to see more footage and have access to additional features, including advanced object detection and more advanced alarms, pay for one of Arlo’s smart plans.
- Premier Plan The Premier Plan offers up to 2K resolution and a 30-day video history. It runs $ 2.99 a month for one camera and $ 9.99 for up to five cameras. If you have more than five cameras, each additional camera is 50 percent off.
- Elite Plan Arlo Elite Plan provides a 30-day video history with up to 4K resolution. It runs $ 4.99 per. Month for one camera and $ 14.99 for up to five cameras. Additional cameras are 50 percent off.
- Continuous Video Recording (CVR) Do you never want to miss a second? You can watch up to 14 days of CVR footage for $ 9.99 per. Month or up to 30 days for $ 19.99.
Last nerd word about Arlo Q
The Arlo Q is a solid choice for people who want to keep an eye on their home while they are away and who are comfortable monitoring the cameras themselves. The cameras provide excellent video quality, a host of useful features such as night vision and bidirectional sound, and are easy to set up as long as you have access to an electrical outlet and your home has Wi-Fi. Their price is also relatively affordable – $ 149.99 per. Full camera, though often priced below it on Amazon.
Seven days of free cloud storage for audio and motion-enabled recordings is a great bonus for those who do not want to pay a monthly fee, but there are also paid premium plans for those who want more storage options and other enhanced features. While there are some reports of errors, a time delay and the cameras being interrupted, the cameras generally get high marks from customers and other industry reviewers who say that Arlo Q cameras are good, basic and reliable cameras that give peace of mind when it comes to keep their homes and families safer.
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