Arlo Camera- But Are These Netgear Cameras Smart Enough?

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In this review, I focus on three cameras from the Arlo Camera range.

And those cameras are; the Arlo Pro, the Arlo Q and the Arlo Q Plus.

Arlo’s are a fairly new company who launched their first product (a smart camera) in 2014.

Although you may not have heard much about Arlo, they are connected to a very well known company.

Netgear who for the past few decades have been making good quality and reliable routers for our home Internet, created Arlo to develop smart devices.

Click on the photos below to find out more about the Arlo Pro, the Arlo Q and the Arlo Q Plus.

 

Arlo Pro

The Arlo Pro Connects to a Base Unit

 

 

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No Wires!
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Customer Service
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Notifications
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Lose of Connectivity
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2 Way Audio
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Video Quality
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Easy to Install
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Doesn't Work Through a Window
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Great Value

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Motion Detection
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Siren
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Free Cloud Storage

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Introduction

The Arlo Pro is a wireless smart video camera that can help to keep your house safe.

It is a “smart” camera for many reasons.

The Arlo Pro does not have any wires to connect to provide it with the Internet or to power it.

It connects wirelessly to a base station and it is powered by a built in rechargeable battery.

If you are buying your first Arlo Pro camera, you will need to buy a base station- which you can see is the “router” like box in the photo above.

Once you have bought your base station you can add as many cameras as you like.

You can connect an unlimited amount of cameras to one base station as long as you are on the right subscription plan- an issue that you can about in the “design” section below.

Contents

Please use the different “jumps” to move to different sections of this review.

(1)Basic Specifications
(2) Remote Access
(3)Home Automation
(4) Security Features
(5)Video & Audio
(6) Design Features

Basic Specifications

In the following chart, I look at some of the basic specifications of the Arlo Pro.

Manufacturer
Netgear
First Sold
October 2016
Weight
4.8 oz
Dimensions
3.1 x 1.9 x 2.8 inches
Warranty
1 Year
Price

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Manufacturer

Arlo is the smart home division of Netgear.

Recognizing what a huge market smart home technology was going to be, Netgear created Arlo in 2014 by launching a smart camera, called “Arlo”.

First Sold

The Arlo Pro camera was launched in October 2016.

Weight

The Arlo Pro weighs just 4. 8 oz.

Dimensions

This device measures just 3.1 x 1.9 x 2.8 inches. 

Warranty

It has a warranty of 1 year.

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The Arlo Pro has no wires

Remote Access

In the following chart, I look at remote access. Can the Arlo Pro be managed with a smart device or a laptop?

Firefox
iOS 8 or Later
Android 4.1 or Later
Version 10 or Later
Version 3.5 or Later
Any Version?
Version 3 or Later

 

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iOS

In order for the Arlo app to work on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch it needs to be running iOS 8 or later.

iOS 8 was released in September 2014 and it will work on the iPhone 4S and any newer model.

It will work on an iPad 2 and any newer model of iPad.

This app will also work on Apple TV.

This app has a current rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on the App Store.

The app is regularly being updated. The last update at the time of writing (March 2017) was this month which is a very positive sign about the effectiveness of the app.

Android

In order for the Arlo app to work on your Android smartphone or tablet your device needs to be running Android 4.1 or later.

Android 4.1 (codenamed Jelly Bean) was released in the Summer of 2012 and so the good news is that there are plenty of devices out there that are compatible with this app.

At the time of writing in March 2017, the app has a rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars which is very good.

It was last updated in February 2017, which again, is a good sign as it shows that the app is being developed.

As well as using smart devices to manage and control your Arlo Pro camera, you can also use your “more traditional” laptop or desktops, Macbooks or Macs to do the same thing.

Instead of accessing your camera via an app, you access it via a browser.

Let’s have a look at the compatible browsers and their versions

Fire OS

Very unusually, this Arlo smart camera has an app to work on some of your Amazon devices.

Internet Explorer (Microsoft Edge)

If you use Internet Explorer to access the Internet, just make sure that you are using version 10 or above.

Version 10 was released in 2012.

Any version of Microsoft Edge is compatible.

Mozilla Firefox

If Firefox is your favorite browser, just make sure that you are using version 3.5 or later.

The good news is that version 3.5 was released in 2009 which is very good news if you want to manage your Arlo camera on an older machine.

Google Chrome

I cannot find any information on what version of Chrome that you need to be using in order to be able to access your camera.

Chrome was first released in 2008 and so perhaps it can be used on the very first version of the browser.

Safari

Safari is the browser of choice for many people on their Macs or MacBooks.

You need to use version 3 or above. Version 3 was released in 2007 and so there are many Apple computers that will still be able to access your Arlo device.

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The Front View of the Arlo Pro Smart Camera

Home Automation

Any device for our homes in this day and age needs to be able to be remotely accessed (as we discovered above) but ideally it needs to be able to work with other devices in a smart home.

In the table below, I highlight the different home automation system that the Arlo Pro works with.

Is this device compatible with Echo?
Is this device compatible with Siri?
Is this device compatible with Nest?
Is this device compatible with Wink?
No
No
No
No
Is this device compatible with IFTTT?
Is this camera compatible with Vera?
Is this device compatible with Smart Things?
Yes
No
Yes

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Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo system, also known as “Alexa Ready” is not quite a home automation system but a means of controlling a device using your voice.

It is being integrated with a vast number of smart devices.

However, this system is not a compatible with the Arlo Pro device at the moment, although there must be plans to make the camera “Alexa Ready”.

Apple HomeKit/ Siri

Apple HomeKit is a home automation system that enables a user to control smart devices from their iOS devices (iPhones or iPads.)

As part of this system, devices can be controlled using Siri.

Unfortunately, the Arlo Pro camera is not compatible with Homekit at the moment.

Nest

Nest is the Google owned company behind the smart thermostat and a growing number of smart devices.

As part of this growth and vision, the company have created a system (called Nest) that can manage multiple devices.

At the time of writing, there are not many devices made by other companies that will work with the Nest System.

The Arlo Pro camera does not work with the system.

Wink

Wink are a company that make very popular hubs or controllers for smart homes.

The bad news is that the Arlo Pro is not compatible with Wink.

However other Arlo cameras are- such as the Arlo Q.

IFTTT (If This Then That)

IFTTT can be used to control your Arlo camera.

IFTTT is a bit like Amazon Echo in that is not a proper home automation system.

It is a system that enables an almost limitless range of smart devices to interact and communicate with different “services” and each other.

These services include email accounts such as Gmail and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts.

IFTTT allows these accounts to link with a smart device or  each other by using “recipes”.

A recipe is a set of instructions that a service or smart device needs to communicate.

Don’t panic, most of these recipes you can copy from other people or brands

IFTTT is free to register and free to use and you can find the official Arlo channel here.

It looks to contain about 9 recipes created by Netgear.

Vera

Just like Wink, Vera make smart hubs that smart devices can connect to and be controlled by one app.

However, the Arlo Pro cannot be used with a Vera smart home hub.

Smart Things

Your Arlo camera can be used with a Smart Things system.

Smart Things is Samsung’s home automation system.

You will need to have a Smart Things hub or be willing to buy one.

Once connected to a Smart Things controller, your camera will interact with other smart devices and can be controlled via the Smart Things app.

Amazon Fire OS

 

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The Arlo Pro Uses Cloud Storage

Security

My next chart outlines the main security features that the Arlo Pro has.

Does this device have night vision?
Does this device use facial recognition?
Does this device have motion detection?
Does this device have an alarm?
Does this camera pan and tilt?
Does the camera have live view?
Yes
No
Yes
Yes in the base system
Yes. Pan & Zoom
Yes

 

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Night Vision

If you want me to be brief, the Arlo Pro has night vision.

If you want to have a quick look at what this looks like and the quality of video it can produce in an unlit area, then watch this 40 second video clip.

If you like details and specifications, then here goes.

The camera uses one of the most commonly used forms of infrared used in CCTVs.

It is measured in nanometers (nm) and the Arlo uses a 850nm frequency.

From what I have read, 850nm provides a decent amount of illumination in order to make a photo or video clear, sharp and focused.

Facial Recognition

The Arlo Pro does not have facial recognition capabilities but it is something that it users desperately would like it to have.

Motion Detection

The simple and quick stuff is that this camera has motion detection.

You can turn motion detection on and off and change the sensitivity of the detection.

It works on a scale of 1- 100.

You can also decide what should happen if motion is detected.

The camera can be set to do nothing or to start recording a video- from 10 seconds to 120 seconds (2 minutes.)

The more detailed information is that this camera uses its infrared sensors to detect motion.

This mean that the camera detects motion by measuring temperature.

It compares the temperature of an object to the temperature of the surroundings and if there is a difference, the motion detection will be triggered.

This facility is better at tracking side to side movement than movement which moves towards the camera.

And so place your camera to the side of the area that you want monitored.

Also your camera will work better if it is about 7 feet off the ground and if it focusing on a plain background.

Siren

The camera has a one hundred decibel siren on the base unit.

The siren can be triggered remotely via the Arlo app or by motion or sound detection.

Pan, Tilt and Zoom

The Arlo Pro offers a Pan and Zoom function.

This is a digital function of the camera, not a mechanical function.

Once installed, the camera does not physically move right and left (pan) or move up and down (tilt.) The camera is secured in one position and the camera lens doesn’t move

The pan and zoom features can be accessed via the app or your account at Arlo.com.

When you view a recorded piece of video or a “live feed” you can “pan” with an image by dragging it up and down or right or left or zoom into an image by pinching the screen.

Live View

The Arlo Pro has live view. This means that you can watch what your camera is “seeing” now at any time of day or night whether you are at home or on the other side of the world.

You can access this features via the app or your account at Arlo.com.

The more you use “live view” the quicker your batteries will run out of power.

You can find more about this in the “Design” section of this page.

One of the questions that people ask about “live” view is about “lag” when watching the video.

Lag is the delay between the what is happening and what is being watched.

For some people the lag is experienced by a “slow motion” video or even worse by the video stopping or buffering.

The best answer to the question about “lag” is that it is not caused by a fault within the Arlo Pro.

Lag is effected by such things as

  • The speed of your Internet connection (that the camera is connecting to)
  • How many devices are connecting to the Internet (that the camera is connecting to)
  • How powerful the device is that you are watching “live view” on
  • The speed of the Internet connection (that your viewing device is connected to) and
  • How many other devices are connecting to the Internet (that your viewing device is connected to)

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The Arlo Pro Can Be Placed Outdoors

Video & Audio

In this next chart I focus on the most important video and audio features of the Arlo Pro camera.

What is the viewing angle?
What is the video resolution?
Does this camera have 2 way chat?
130 °
720P
Yes

 

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Viewing Angle The Perfect Viewing Angle of a camera is 180°

The Arlo Pro has a viewing angle of 130°.

Viewing angle is a measurement along an imaginary horizontal line.

A perfect viewing angle would be 180°, meaning that everything can be seen from left to right.

And so looking at the diagram to the right- the grey shapes are the camera and the green area is the viewing angle.

From furthest left to furthest right that angle is 180°.

130° is the angle from the bottom left of the green area to the dotted line.

That is the approximate area that the Arlo camera can “see”.

Video Resolution

This camera has a video resolution of 720p.

The full resolution is 1280 x 720 and it is called “HD Ready”.

Looking at the ratings and reviews for this camera, people were impressed by the resolution of the camera.

2 Way Audio

This camera comes with two way audio. It has a microphone built in.

This allows you to listen to what is happening in the room or talk to a person in the room via the Arlo app.

You can set the camera up so that if the microphone detects any sound (not just a voice) it can notify you.

Looking at some of the reviews and questions about the audio feature-

  • The Arlo Pro can record any audio it detects,
  • That you can turn the audio function off,
  • You can hear audio through the base station and
  • That the audio is great during video playback

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The Arlo Pro Can Be Placed Anywhere

Design

How Is the Device Powered?
What Storage Does This Device Use?
Is the camera weatherproof?
Does the camera come in different colours?
Does the Camera Measure Air Quality
Rechargeable Battery
AC Power
Cloud or Local
IP65
Just White
No

 

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Rechargeable Battery

The Arlo Pro comes with a built in Lithium Ion battery and a charging adapter and cable.

And so, most likely you will want to charge the battery and then run the camera from the batteries.

But if there is a socket close by, you might want to power the camera using the adapter.

The rechargeable batteries are advertised as lasting between 4- 6 months.

This figure is based upon the cameras recording video or being viewed “live” for 4 minutes a day.

And so if you are using your camera for longer periods than this, the expected charge on your batteries will be considerably less.

Other issues or questions that are being asked about the battery are

  • Tips on how to save battery life can be read on here  and
  • Perhaps the battery life is a little too short if you are using the camera at a business premises.

Storage

Like most smart devices that have a video function, the Arlo Pro stores content in the cloud- an online account.

Arlo has three different subscription plans for you to choose from and they can be seen in the table below.

Basic
Premier
Elite
Feature #1
7 Days of Cloud Recording
30 Days of Cloud Recording
60 Days of Cloud Recording
Feature #2
Up To 5 Cameras
Up To 10 Cameras
Up To 15 Cameras
Feature #3
3 Months Support
Unlimited Support
Unlimited Support
Pay Annually
$0
$99 (=$8.25 per month)
$148.92 (=$12.41 per month)
Pay Monthly
$0
$9.99 (=$119.88 year)
$14.99 (=$179.88 year)

The Basic Plan costs $0 and is fine as long as you don’t have more than 5 cameras and don’t want to store your recordings for more than 7 days- although you only get 3 months of “troubleshooting” support from Arlo

The Premier Plan allows you to use 10 cameras, to store the recordings for 30 days at a time and will provide you with unlimited technical support.

This plan will cost you one annual payment of $99.

Or if you want to pay monthly, it is $9.99 per month which will cost you $119.88 over the year.

The Elite Plan allows you to store recordings from 15 cameras for 60 days at a time and like the premier plan, you will have unlimited technical support.

The plan will cost you one annual payment of $148.92.

Or, if you want to pay monthly, it is $14.99 which will cost you $179.88 over the year.

USB Storage

You can make a backup of these recordings by attaching a USB external storage drive to the base station.

However, the USB storage is not an alternative method to the cloud storage as it will only make a back up of the data that is stored in the Cloud.

Looking at some questions that potential buyers have about storage, there seems to be a lot of confusion about cloud storage or USB storage.

Weatherproof

The Arlo Pro is weatherproof and it has been rated to prove it.

The quick answer is that this camera is very, very weatherproof and will continue to function in almost all weathers.

It has an “IP” rating of 65.

IP means Ingress Protection which is a rating that tells us how dust proof and water proof a product is.

The first number (6) is a rating of how secure a product is against dust and the scale ranges from 1- 6.

A rating of 1 indicates that a product is not dust proof and a rating of 6 indicates that a product is totally dust proof.

The Arlo Pro is totally dust proof.

The second number (5) indicates how waterproof a product is and the scale ranges from 1- 9.

A rating of 1 indicate that a product is only waterproof if it has water dripping onto it.

A rating of 5 indicates that a product remains dry even when water from a 6mm nozzle is sprayed onto it.

And so the Arlo is highly waterproof.

Many people want to know if the Arlo Pro is truly weatherproof and a few buyers have responded that the camera handles cold weather well.

It was also noted that if the camera is placed outside in very cold weather, the battery life will be shortened.

Another person wrote that their cameras worked perfectly in very heavy rain.

Colors

The Arlo Pro only comes in white.

However you can buy silicone skins for your camera.

These skins are designed for cameras placed outside and in need of camouflage.

These skins come in different colors, including camouflage.

Air Quality

Some smart cameras measure and report on the air quality surrounding the camera but the Arlo doesn’t have this feature.

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You Can Even Place the Arlo Pro Up Anywhere

 

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Arlo Q

The Arlo Q is an elegant looking smart camera

 

Features Overview

Let’s dive straight in and look at the “smartest ” features of the Arlo Q.

1080p HD QualityWhat is the video resolution?

Keep a watchful eye over your house with perfect clarity.

The video quality will be very sharp and clear.

2 Way Audio 

With the camera’ built in speaker and microphone you can talk to a person or just “listen in” using the app on your smartphone.

Does this device have night vision?  Night Vision

The camera has built in infrared LEDs which means that you won’t miss a thing even at night.

The Arlo Q Offers Free Cloud Storage  Free Cloud Storage

Not ready to pay for storage? Up to 7 days of video storage for free.

Pros & Cons

What do the people that have bought this camera think of it? What do they think it’s strengths and weaknesses are?

With well over 2000 people having left feedback and with a rating of 4.3 out of 5 this is a camera that impresses!

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Distance Vision Poor
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Contents

(1)Basic Specifications
(2) Remote Access
(3)Home Automation
(4) Security Features
(5)Video & Audio
(6) Design Features

The Arlo Q can be wall mounted

Basic Specifications

The following chart contains some basic information about the Arlo Q.

Manufacturer
Netgear
First Sold
November 2015
Weight
5.9 oz
Dimensions
4.5 x 6 x 4.9 inches
Warranty
1 Year + 90 Days Technical Support
Price

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Manufacturer

Arlo is the smart home division of Netgear.

Recognizing what a huge market smart home technology was going to be, Netgear created Arlo in 2014 by launching a smart camera, called “Arlo”.

First Sold

The Arlo Q camera was launched in November 2015.

Weight

The Arlo Q weighs just 5.9 oz.

Dimensions

This device measures 4.5 x 6 x 4.9 inches.

Warranty

It has a warranty of 1 year and 90 days of technical support

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The Arlo Q Easily Blends in on a Shelf

Remote Access

The ability to control your camera via a smart device is a very popular feature with buyers.

Most remote access is provided by free apps that work on your phone or your tablet.

But lots of devices can be controlled via a browser.

These specifications are the same as the camera, the Arlo Pro.

iOS 8 or Later
Android 4.1 or Later
Firefox
Version 10 or Later
Version 3.5 or Later
Any Version?
Version 3 or Later

 

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iOS

In order for the Arlo app to work on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch it needs to be running iOS 8 or later.

iOS 8 was released in September 2014 and it will work on the iPhone 4S and any newer model.

It will work on an iPad 2 and any newer model of iPad.

This app will also work on Apple TV.

This app has a current rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on the App Store.

The app is regularly being updated. The last update at the time of writing (March 2017) was this month which is a very positive sign about the effectiveness of the app.

Android

In order for the Arlo app to work on your Android smartphone or tablet your device needs to be running Android 4.1 or later.

Android 4.1 (codenamed Jelly Bean) was released in the Summer of 2012 and so the good news is that there are plenty of devices out there that are compatible with this app.

At the time of writing in March 2017, the app has a rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars which is very good.

It was last updated in February 2017, which again, is a good sign as it shows that the app is being developed.

As well as using smart devices to manage and control your Arlo Pro camera, you can also use your “more traditional” laptop or desktops, Macbooks or Macs to do the same thing.

Instead of accessing your camera via an app, you access it via a browser.

Let’s have a look at the compatible browsers and their versions

Internet Explorer (Microsoft Edge)

If you use Internet Explorer to access the Internet, just make sure that you are using version 10 or above.

Version 10 was released in 2012.

Any version of Microsoft Edge is compatible.

Mozilla Firefox

If Firefox is your favorite browser, just make sure that you are using version 3.5 or later.

The good news is that version 3.5 was released in 2009 which is very good news if you want to manage your Arlo camera on an older machine.

Google Chrome

I cannot find any information on what version of Chrome that you need to be using in order to be able to access your camera.

Chrome was first released in 2008 and so perhaps it can be used on the very first version of the browser.

Safari

Safari is the browser of choice for many people on their Macs or MacBooks.

You need to use version 3 or above. Version 3 was released in 2007 and so there are many Apple computers that will still be able to access your Arlo device.

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Home Automation

Whereas Remote Access provides software to manage one device, home automation provides software that controls lots of devices together.

And there are lots of different systems.

Is this device compatible with Echo?
Is this device compatible with Siri?
Is this device compatible with Nest?
Is this device compatible with Wink?
No
No
No
Yes
Is this device compatible with IFTTT?
Is this camera compatible with Vera?
Is this device compatible with Smart Things?
Yes
No
Yes

I explained a bit about each of these systems earlier when I was reviewing the Arlo Pro and it is the same for the Arlo Q.

However, I have copied them below to make it easier for you to read.

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Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo system, also known as “Alexa Ready” is not quite a home automation system but a means of controlling a device using your voice.

It is being integrated with a vast number of smart devices.

However, this system is not a compatible with the Arlo Pro device at the moment, although there must be plans to make the camera “Alexa Ready”.

Apple HomeKit/ Siri

Apple HomeKit is a home automation system that enables a user to control smart devices from their iOS devices (iPhones or iPads.)

As part of this system, devices can be controlled using Siri.

Unfortunately, the Arlo Q camera is not compatible with Homekit at the moment.

Nest

Nest is the Google owned company behind the smart thermostat and a growing number of smart devices.

As part of this growth and vision, the company have created a system (called Nest) that can manage multiple devices.

At the time of writing, there are not many devices made by other companies that will work with the Nest System.

The Arlo Q camera does not work with the system.

Wink

Wink are a company that make very popular hubs or controllers for smart homes.

The good news is that the Arlo Q is compatible with a Wink system.

IFTTT (If This Then That)

IFTTT can be used to control your Arlo camera.

IFTTT is a bit like Amazon Echo in that is not a proper home automation system.

It is a system that enables an almost limitless range of smart devices to interact and communicate with different “services” and each other.

These services include email accounts such as Gmail and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts.

IFTTT allows these accounts to link with a smart device or  each other by using “recipes”.

A recipe is a set of instructions that a service or smart device needs to communicate.

Don’t panic, most of these recipes you can copy from other people or brands

IFTTT is free to register and free to use and you can find the official Arlo channel here.

It looks to contain about 9 recipes created by Netgear for the Arlo.

Vera

Just like Wink, Vera make smart hubs that smart devices can connect to and be controlled by one app.

However, the Arlo Pro cannot be used with a Vera smart home hub.

Smart Things

Your Arlo camera can be used with a Smart Things system.

Smart Things is Samsung’s home automation system.

You will need to have a Smart Things hub or be willing to buy one.

Once connected to a Smart Things controller, your camera will interact with other smart devices and can be controlled via the Smart Things app.

Amazon Fire OS

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The Arlo Q Keeps a Watchful Eye Over Your Loved Ones

Security

One of the main reasons to buy a smart camera is because people want to improve their security.

But what security features has the Arlo Q got?

Does this device have night vision?
Does this device use facial recognition?
Does this device have motion detection?
Does this device have an alarm?
Does this camera pan and tilt?
Does the camera have live view?
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes. Pan & Zoom
Yes

 

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Simply put the Arlo Q has the same security features as the Arlo Pro, bar one.

Night Vision

If you want me to be brief, the Arlo Q has night vision.

If you want to have a quick look at what this looks like and the quality of video it can produce in an unlit area, then watch this 40 second video clip.

If you like details and specifications, then here goes.

The camera uses one of the most commonly used forms of infrared used in CCTVs.

It is measured in nanometers (nm) and the Arlo uses a 850nm frequency.

The infrared LEDs illuminate up to 25 feet.

From what I have read, 850nm provides a decent amount of illumination in order to make a photo or video clear, sharp and focused.

What The Buyers Say…

One of the biggest concerns about the night vision on the Arlo Q is its ability to take clear video through a window.

The Arlo Q is an indoor camera but some people want to focus it outside in the front or backyards.

Unfortunately, most people who have tried this just find that the infrared LEDs create lots of glare which ruins any clarity with the video.

Some buyers have found a solution by turning the infrared LEDs off. This stops any glare and the clarity of the video isn’t too bad either.

Facial Recognition

The Arlo Q does not have facial recognition capabilities but it is something that it users desperately would like it to have.

Motion Detection

The simple and quick stuff is that this camera has motion detection.

You can turn motion detection on and off and change the sensitivity of the detection.

This is done by changing the sliding scale in the app and the scale starts at 0 and ends at 100.

You can also decide what should happen if motion is detected.

The camera can be set to do nothing or to start recording a video- from 10 seconds to 120 seconds (2 minutes.)

The more detailed information is that this camera uses its infrared sensors to detect motion.

This means that the camera detects motion by measuring temperature.

It compares the temperature of an object to the temperature of the surroundings and if there is a difference, the motion detection will be triggered.

This facility is better at tracking side to side movement than movement which moves towards the camera.

And so place your camera to the side of the area that you want monitored.

Also your camera will work better if it is about 7 feet off the ground and if it focusing on a plain background.

What The Buyers Say…

The Arlo Q will detect motion whilst a person is viewing a live feed.

A bit confusingly, the camera will pick up motion detection through glass (if it is pointing outside) but it might also detect motion in reflected glass!

One person’s Arlo Q camera can detect motion up to 25 yards away.

Siren

 

Unlike the Arlo Pro, the Arlo Q does not have a siren built into it

Pan, Tilt and Zoom

The Arlo Q offers a Pan and Zoom function.

This is a digital function of the camera, not a mechanical function.

What I mean by this is that once installed, the camera does not physically move right and left (pan) or move up and down (tilt.) The camera is secured in one position and the camera lens doesn’t move

The pan and zoom features can be accessed via the app or your account at Arlo.com.

When you view a recorded piece of video or a “live feed” you can “pan” with an image by dragging it up and down or right or left or zoom into an image by pinching the screen.

The Arlo Q has an x8 digital zoom.

What The Buyers Say…

Lots of people are asking if the camera physically moves, which is doesn’t.

Owners of the Q are noting that there is no panning facility on this camera, only the ability to zoom.

Live View

The Arlo Pro has live view. This means that you can watch what your camera is “seeing” now at any time of day or night whether you are at home or on the other side of the world.

You can access this features via the app or your account at Arlo.com.

The more you use “live view” the quicker your batteries will run out of power.

You can find more about this in the “Design” section of this page.

One of the questions that people ask about “live” view is about “lag” when watching the video.

Lag is the delay between the what is happening and what is being watched.

For some people the lag is experienced by a “slow motion” video or even worse by the video stopping or buffering.

The best answer to the question about “lag” is that it is not caused by a fault within the Arlo Pro.

Lag is effected by such things as

  • The speed of your Internet connection (that the camera is connecting to)
  • How many devices are connecting to the Internet (that the camera is connecting to)
  • How powerful the device is that you are watching “live view” on
  • The speed of the Internet connection (that your viewing device is connected to) and
  • How many other devices are connecting to the Internet (that your viewing device is connected to)

What the Buyers Say…

The Live feed can only be viewed by one person at a time.

Some people think that the quality of the video is very good but others are have found the video to be too slow.

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The Arlo Q is powered by an AC adapter

Video and Audio

What is the viewing angle?
What is the video resolution?
Does this camera have 2 way chat?
130 °
1080p
Yes

 

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Viewing Angle 

The Arlo Q has a viewing angle of 130°.

The viewing angle is a measurement of the area or a field of vision that a camera can focus on.

A perfect viewing angle would be 180°, meaning that everything can be seen from left to right.

And so looking at the diagram to the right- the grey shapes are the camera and the orange lines mark out 130°.

The Arlo Q will video everything between the two orange lines.

What the Buyers Say…

Reviewers really like the wide field of vision on this camera.

 

Video Resolution

This camera has a video resolution of 1080p which is “full HD” and is a very good spec for a smart camera to have.

The camera works at a frame rate of 30 frames per second and the video format is H.264.

What the Buyers Say…

People are very impressed by the resolution although having such a high resolution on a Wi-Fi camera might cause some issues with lower Internet speeds.

2 Way Audio

This camera comes with two way audio. It has a microphone built in.

This allows you to listen to what is happening in the room or talk to a person in the room via the Arlo app.

You can set the camera up so that if the microphone detects any sound (not just a voice) it can notify you.

What the Buyers Say…

Some people want to know if the camera records sound (it does.)

Another question was whether you can download the recorded sounds from your cloud storage.

The answer is that audio clips are attached to notification emails that the camera sends out.

A couple of people rated the quality of the audio on these cameras as oustanding.

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Design

How Is the Device Powered?
What Storage Does This Device Use?
Is the camera weatherproof?
Does the camera come in different colours?
Does the Camera Measure Air Quality
AC Power
Cloud or Local
Indoor Only
Just White
No

 

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AC Power

Unlike the Arlo Pro which can be powered via AC power or a battery, the Arlo Q is powered by an AC adapter.

This means that you need to position the camera close to an electrical socket.

This is more restrictive than the Arlo Pro, which is battery powered and can be placed anywhere.

What the Buyers Say…

  • Some people are asking if the Arlo Q is battery powered (which it isn’t.) There is no space in it for any batteries.
  • Someone else asked how long the power cable is for the camera. It is about 8ft long. It is a micro USB cable and so a longer or shorter can be bought very cheaply.
  • Does the camera use 110V power? Yes, the USB cable attaches to a a standard plug.

Storage

Like most smart devices that have a video function, the Arlo Q stores content in the cloud- an online account.

The Arlo Q has the same 3 subscription plans that are available for the Arlo Pro and they can be seen in the table below.

Basic
Premier
Elite
Feature #1
7 Days of Cloud Recording
30 Days of Cloud Recording
60 Days of Cloud Recording
Feature #2
Up To 5 Cameras
Up To 10 Cameras
Up To 15 Cameras
Feature #3
3 Months Support
Unlimited Support
Unlimited Support
Pay Annually
$0
$99 (=$8.25 per month)
$148.92 (=$12.41 per month)
Pay Monthly
$0
$9.99 (=$119.88 year)
$14.99 (=$179.88 year)

The Basic Plan costs $0 and is fine as long as you don’t have more than 5 cameras and don’t want to store your recordings for more than 7 days- although you only get 3 months of “troubleshooting” support from Arlo

The Premier Plan allows you to use 10 cameras, to store the recordings for 30 days at a time and will provide you with unlimited technical support.

This plan will cost you one annual payment of $99.

Or if you want to pay monthly, it is $9.99 per month which will cost you $119.88 over the year.

The Elite Plan allows you to store recordings from 15 cameras for 60 days at a time and like the premier plan, you will have unlimited technical support.

The plan will cost you one annual payment of $148.92.

Or, if you want to pay monthly, it is $14.99 which will cost you $179.88 over the year.

CVR Plan

However, as an Arlo Q owner you can also sign up to another plan which is called Continuous Video Recording (CVR).

This plan allows you to leave your camera on for 24 hours a day and a back up will be created of all of the recordings for you to view online.

The CVR plan has two options which are displayed in the table below.

14 Days of 24/7 CVR
Monthly $9.99 per Camera
Annually $99 per Camera
30 Days of 24/7 CVR
Monthly $19.99 per Camera
Annually $199 per Camera

Whereas the Basic, Premier and Elite plans explained above include multiple cameras, a CVR plan is needed for each camera.

There is a 14 day and a 30 day CVR plan.

The 14 day plan allows you to view video footage from your camera from any point in the last 14 days.

If you pay monthly, it will cost $9.99 per camera or if you pay annually it will cost $99 per camera.

The 30 day plan allows you to view video footage from your camera from any point in the last 30 days.

If you pay monthly, it will cost $19.99 per camera or if you pay annually it will cost $199 per camera.

There are discounts if you want to buy multiple CVR plans.

You can only view the footage online. This footage cannot be downloaded and viewed.

Unlike the Arlo Pro, the Arlo Q doesn’t have the option of USB back up.

What the Buyers Say..

Somebody asked if you can turn the cloud storage option on or off and the answer is “yes you can.”

Other potential buyers asked if you could use your own storage system such as NAS (Network Attached Storage) and the answer to this is “no”.

Weatherproof

Unlike the Arlo Pro which can be used indoors or outdoors, the Arlo Q can only be used indoors.

Colors

The Arlo Q only comes in white and you cannot buy any “skins” or gel covers in order to change its color or to camouflage it.

Air Quality

Some smart cameras measure and report on the air quality surrounding the camera but like the Arlo Pro, the Arlo Q doesn’t have this feature.

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The Arlo Q can be controlled via an app

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Arlo Q Plus- The Business Version of the Arlo Q

The Q Plus Is The Business Version of the Q Camera

Features Overview

Let’s get straight to the point! What are the best features on this camera?

1080p HD QualityWhat is the video resolution?

Keep a watchful eye over your house with perfect clarity.

The video quality will be very sharp and clear.

2 Way Audio 

With the camera’ built in speaker and microphone you can talk to a person or just “listen in” using the app on your smartphone.

Does this device have night vision?  Night Vision

The camera has built in infrared LEDs which means that you won’t miss a thing even at night.

The Arlo Q Offers Free Cloud Storage  Free Cloud Storage

Not ready to pay for storage? Up to 7 days of video storage for free.

 

Convenient & Portable Storage 

You can back up your video and audio files with a micro USB card. The maximum capacity is 128 GB.

Power & Connect 

 

Use an ethernet cable to link your camera to your network whilst powering it at the same time.

 

 The Q Plus Is Powered By An Ethernet Cable

Pros & Cons

In the chart below I highlight the main strengths and weaknesses of the Arlo Q Plus.

I have spent lots of time reading reviews and the pros and cons listed below are written by the real experts- people who have bought the product!

Pros
Cons
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Motion Detector Too Sensitive
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Notifications
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Frequent Loss of Connectivity
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Night Vision
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Distance Vision Poor
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Great For Pet Watching

The Q Plus Can Be Wall Mounted

Contents

To make things easier for you, I have included a list of all the main sections in this review and so just click on the one that you want.

(1)Basic Specifications
(2) Remote Access
(3)Home Automation
(4) Security Features
(5)Video & Audio
(6) Design Features

How It Works

I think that very often it is hard to understand some of the basics about how a smart camera works.

So, looking at the picture above, let me explain a bit about how the Q Plus works.

The Q Plus is powered by an ethernet cable and this cable also links it to your network.

What this means is that it does not need a standard power cable and plug.

You do not need to place it near an electrical socket but it does need to be near an ethernet socket or have an ethernet cable that is long enough.

Obviously connecting to your network via ethernet offers more stability and faster speeds than most wi-fi connections.

Any videos or audio files can be stored in the cloud and can be backed up using a micro SD card.

The card can have a maximum capacity of 128 GB.

Basic Specifications

In the following chart I have highlighted some of the most important “basic” specifications.

In most of the details, the Arlo Q and the Q Plus are identical.

Where the two cameras differ, I have added an explanation

Manufacturer
Netgear
First Sold
April 2016
Weight
11.2 ounces
Dimensions
4.5 x 6 x 4.9 inches
Warranty
1 Year + 90 Days Technical Support
Price

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Manufacturer

Arlo is the smart home division of Netgear.

Recognizing what a huge market smart home technology was going to be, Netgear created Arlo in 2014 by launching a smart camera, called “Arlo”.

First Sold

The Arlo Q Plus camera was launched in April 2016.

The Q was launched in November 2015.

Weight

The Q Plus weighs 11.2 oz which is almost double the weight of the “Q” camera.

The Q weighs 5.9 oz.

Dimensions

This device measures 4.5 x 6 x 4.9 inches.

Warranty

It has a warranty of 1 year and 90 days of technical support

 

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The Q Plus Is Positioned On Some Industrial Shelving

Remote Access

Remote Access is the ability to control the camera via a smart device when we are not at home.

It is a very attractive feature to buyers.

The chart below highlights all of the options.

All of these options are exactly the same as the Arlo Q.

iOS 8 or Later
Android 4.1 or Later
Firefox
Version 10 or Later
Version 3.5 or Later
Any Version?
Version 3 or Later

 

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iOS

In order for the Arlo app to work on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch it needs to be running iOS 8 or later.

iOS 8 was released in September 2014 and it will work on the iPhone 4S and any newer model.

It will work on an iPad 2 and any newer model of iPad.

This app will also work on Apple TV.

This app has a current rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on the App Store.

The app is regularly being updated. The last update at the time of writing (March 2017) was this month which is a very positive sign about the effectiveness of the app.

Android

In order for the Arlo app to work on your Android smartphone or tablet your device needs to be running Android 4.1 or later.

Android 4.1 (codenamed Jelly Bean) was released in the Summer of 2012 and so the good news is that there are plenty of devices out there that are compatible with this app.

At the time of writing in March 2017, the app has a rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars which is very good.

It was last updated in February 2017, which again, is a good sign as it shows that the app is being developed.

As well as using smart devices to manage and control your Arlo Pro camera, you can also use your “more traditional” laptop or desktops, Macbooks or Macs to do the same thing.

Instead of accessing your camera via an app, you access it via a browser.

Let’s have a look at the compatible browsers and their versions

Internet Explorer (Microsoft Edge)

If you use Internet Explorer to access the Internet, just make sure that you are using version 10 or above.

Version 10 was released in 2012.

Any version of Microsoft Edge is compatible.

Mozilla Firefox

If Firefox is your favorite browser, just make sure that you are using version 3.5 or later.

The good news is that version 3.5 was released in 2009 which is very good news if you want to manage your Arlo camera on an older machine.

Google Chrome

I cannot find any information on what version of Chrome that you need to be using in order to be able to access your camera.

Chrome was first released in 2008 and so perhaps it can be used on the very first version of the browser.

Safari

Safari is the browser of choice for many people on their Macs or MacBooks.

You need to use version 3 or above. Version 3 was released in 2007 and so there are many Apple computers that will still be able to access your Arlo device.

 

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Home Automation

Home automation is the ability of various smart devices to be controlled via a single app or online account.

The chart below highlights which home automation systems the Arlo Q Plus works with.

Is this device compatible with Echo?
Is this device compatible with Siri?
Is this device compatible with Nest?
Is this device compatible with Wink?
No
No
No
Yes
Is this device compatible with IFTTT?
Is this camera compatible with Vera?
Is this device compatible with Smart Things?
Yes
No
Yes

 

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Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo system, also known as “Alexa Ready” is not quite a home automation system but a means of controlling a device using your voice.

It is being integrated with a vast number of smart devices.

However, this system is not a compatible with the Arlo Q Plus at the moment, although there must be plans to make the camera “Alexa Ready”.

Apple HomeKit/ Siri

Apple HomeKit is a home automation system that enables a user to control smart devices from their iOS devices (iPhones or iPads.)

As part of this system, devices can be controlled using Siri.

Unfortunately, the Arlo Q Plus camera is not compatible with Homekit at the moment.

Nest

Nest is a company that makes one of the leading smart thermostats and a growing number of other smart devices.

As part of this growth and vision, the company have created a system (called Nest) that can manage multiple devices.

At the time of writing, there are not many devices made by other companies that will work with the Nest System.

The Arlo Q Plus camera does not work with the system.

Wink

Wink are a huge home automation company.

As a company they make “smart hubs” and the software to control them

Hubs or “network controllers” are at the heart of a smart home because smart devices connect to the hub, which makes them all controllable via one app.

A huge number of smart devices are compatible with the Wink system including the Arlo Q Plus.

IFTTT (If This Then That)

IFTTT can be used to control your Arlo camera.

IFTTT is a bit like Amazon Echo in that is not a proper home automation system.

It is a system that enables an almost limitless range of smart devices to interact and communicate with different “services” and each other.

These services include email accounts such as Gmail and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts.

IFTTT allows these accounts to link with a smart device or  each other by using “recipes”.

A recipe is a set of instructions that a service or smart device needs to communicate.

Don’t panic, most of these recipes you can copy from other people or brands

IFTTT is free to register and free to use and you can find the official Arlo channel here.

It looks to contain about 9 recipes created by Netgear for the Arlo.

Vera

Just like Wink, Vera make smart hubs that smart devices can connect to and be controlled by one app.

However, the Arlo Pro cannot be used with a Vera smart home hub.

Smart Things

Your Arlo camera can be used with a Smart Things system.

Smart Things is Samsung’s home automation system.

You will need to have a Smart Things hub or be willing to buy one.

Once connected to a Smart Things controller, your camera will interact with other smart devices and can be controlled via the Smart Things app.

Amazon Fire OS

 

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Security

In this chart, all of the security features of the camera are displayed.

Does this device have night vision?
Does this device use facial recognition?
Does this device have motion detection?
Does this device have an alarm?
Does this camera pan and tilt?
Does the camera have live view?
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes. Pan & Zoom
Yes

 

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Simply put the Arlo Q Plus has the same security features as the Arlo Q.

Night Vision

If you want me to be brief, the Arlo Q Plus has night vision.

If you want to have a quick look at what this looks like and the quality of video it can produce in an unlit area, then watch this 40 second video clip.

If you like details and specifications, then here goes.

The camera uses one of the most commonly used forms of infrared used in CCTVs.

It is measured in nanometers (nm) and the Arlo uses a 850nm frequency.

The infrared LEDs illuminate up to 25 feet.

From what I have read, 850nm provides a decent amount of illumination in order to make a photo or video clear, sharp and focused.

What The Buyers Say…

Not many of the comments made in the reviews or questions that are being asked are about the Arlo Q Plus.

Most of the comments or questions are about the “Q”.

However, since the “Q Plus” has identical security features as the “Q”, I have included them here.

One of the biggest concerns about the night vision on the Arlo Q Plus is its ability to take clear video through a window.

The Arlo Q Plus is an indoor camera but some people want to focus it outside in the front or backyards.

Unfortunately, most people who have tried this just find that the infrared LEDs create lots of glare which ruins any clarity with the video.

Some buyers have found a solution by turning the infrared LEDs off. This stops any glare and the clarity of the video isn’t too bad either.

Facial Recognition

The Arlo Q does not have facial recognition capabilities but it is something that it users desperately would like it to have.

Motion Detection

The simple and quick stuff is that this camera has motion detection.

You can turn motion detection on and off and change the sensitivity of the detection.

This is done by changing the sliding scale in the app and the scale starts at 0 and ends at 100.

You can also decide what should happen if motion is detected.

The camera can be set to do nothing or to start recording a video- from 10 seconds to 120 seconds (2 minutes.)

The more detailed information is that this camera uses its infrared sensors to detect motion.

This means that the camera detects motion by measuring temperature.

It compares the temperature of an object to the temperature of the surroundings and if there is a difference, the motion detection will be triggered.

This facility is better at tracking side to side movement than movement which moves towards the camera.

And so place your camera to the side of the area that you want monitored.

Also your camera will work better if it is about 7 feet off the ground and if it focusing on a plain background.

What The Buyers Say…

The Arlo Q will detect motion whilst a person is viewing a live feed.

A bit confusingly, the camera will pick up motion detection through glass (if it is pointing outside) but it might also detect motion in reflected glass!

One person’s Arlo Q camera can detect motion up to 25 yards away.

Siren

Unlike the Arlo Pro, the Arlo Q Plus does not have a siren built into it

Pan, Tilt and Zoom

The Arlo Q Plus offers a Pan and Zoom function.

This is a digital function of the camera, not a mechanical function.

What I mean by this is that once installed, the camera does not physically move right and left (pan) or move up and down (tilt.) The camera is secured in one position and the camera lens doesn’t move

The pan and zoom features can be accessed via the app or your account at Arlo.com.

When you view a recorded piece of video or a “live feed” you can “pan” with an image by dragging it up and down or right or left or zoom into an image by pinching the screen.

The Arlo Q Plus has an x8 digital zoom.

What The Buyers Say…

Lots of people are asking if the camera physically moves, which is doesn’t.

Owners of the Q are noting that there is no panning facility on this camera, only the ability to zoom.

Live View

The Arlo Pro has live view. This means that you can watch what your camera is “seeing” now at any time of day or night whether you are at home or on the other side of the world.

You can access this features via the app or your account at Arlo.com.

The more you use “live view” the quicker your batteries will run out of power.

You can find more about this in the “Design” section of this page.

One of the questions that people ask about “live” view is about “lag” when watching the video.

Lag is the delay between the what is happening and what is being watched.

For some people the lag is experienced by a “slow motion” video or even worse by the video stopping or buffering.

The best answer to the question about “lag” is that it is not caused by a fault within the Arlo Pro.

Lag is effected by such things as

  • The speed of your Internet connection (that the camera is connecting to)
  • How many devices are connecting to the Internet (that the camera is connecting to)
  • How powerful the device is that you are watching “live view” on
  • The speed of the Internet connection (that your viewing device is connected to) and
  • How many other devices are connecting to the Internet (that your viewing device is connected to)

What the Buyers Say…

The Live feed can only be viewed by one person at a time.

Some people think that the quality of the video is very good but others are have found the video to be too slow.

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The Q Plus Can Be Discreetly Placed On the Ceiling

Video & Audio

The chart below shows the essential features of the Q Plus’ video and audio capabilities.

These are exactly the same features as the Arlo Q has.

What is the viewing angle?
What is the video resolution?
Does this camera have 2 way chat?
130 °
1080p
Yes

 

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Viewing Angle 

The Arlo Q Plus has a viewing angle of 130°.

The viewing angle is a measurement of the area or a field of vision that a camera can focus on.

A perfect viewing angle would be 180°, meaning that everything can be seen from left to right.

And so looking at the diagram to the right- the grey shapes are the camera and the orange lines mark out 130°.

The Arlo Q Plus will video everything between the two orange lines.

What the Buyers Say…

Reviewers really like the wide field of vision on this camera.

Video Resolution

This camera has a video resolution of 1080p which is “full HD” and is a very good spec for a smart camera to have.

The camera works at a frame rate of 30 frames per second and the video format is H.264.

What the Buyers Say…

People are very impressed by the resolution although having such a high resolution on a Wi-Fi camera might cause some issues with lower Internet speeds.

2 Way Audio

This camera comes with two way audio. It has a microphone built in.

This allows you to listen to what is happening in the room or talk to a person in the room via the Arlo app.

You can set the camera up so that if the microphone detects any sound (not just a voice) it can notify you.

What the Buyers Say…

Some people want to know if the camera records sound (it does.)

Another question was whether you can download the recorded sounds from your cloud storage.

The answer is that audio clips are attached to notification emails that the camera sends out.

A couple of people rated the quality of the audio on these cameras as oustanding.

 

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Design

And, in this final chart, the most important aspects of the design are looked at.

In some aspects the features are exactly the same as the Arlo Q’s design features.

But, there are a couple of very important differences that will be explained below.

How Is the Device Powered?
What Storage Does This Device Use?
Is the camera weatherproof?
Does the camera come in different colours?
Does the Camera Measure Air Quality
AC Power
Cloud or Local
Indoor Only
Just White
No

 

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Power

The Arlo Q Plus is powered by an ethernet cable, a technology that is called “Power over Ethernet” (PoE.)

This means that your Q Plus does not need to be placed near an electrical socket but it does need to be near an ethernet port.

I think that this power method is ideal for lots of businesses that have lots of ethernet ports spread around their offices.

Using PoE, makes the Q Plus very different from the Arlo Q (which is powered by an AC adapter) and from the Arlo Pro which can be powered via AC power or a battery.

 

Storage

Like most smart devices that have a video function, the Arlo Q Plus stores content in the cloud- an online account.

The Arlo Q Plus has the same 3 subscription plans that are available for the Arlo Q and the Arlo Pro and they can be seen in the table below.

Basic
Premier
Elite
Feature #1
7 Days of Cloud Recording
30 Days of Cloud Recording
60 Days of Cloud Recording
Feature #2
Up To 5 Cameras
Up To 10 Cameras
Up To 15 Cameras
Feature #3
3 Months Support
Unlimited Support
Unlimited Support
Pay Annually
$0
$99 (=$8.25 per month)
$148.92 (=$12.41 per month)
Pay Monthly
$0
$9.99 (=$119.88 year)
$14.99 (=$179.88 year)

The Basic Plan costs $0 and is fine as long as you don’t have more than 5 cameras and don’t want to store your recordings for more than 7 days- although you only get 3 months of “troubleshooting” support from Arlo

The Premier Plan allows you to use 10 cameras, to store the recordings for 30 days at a time and will provide you with unlimited technical support.

This plan will cost you one annual payment of $99.

Or if you want to pay monthly, it is $9.99 per month which will cost you $119.88 over the year.

The Elite Plan allows you to store recordings from 15 cameras for 60 days at a time and like the premier plan, you will have unlimited technical support.

The plan will cost you one annual payment of $148.92.

Or, if you want to pay monthly, it is $14.99 which will cost you $179.88 over the year.

CVR Plan

However, as an Arlo Q Plus owner you can also sign up to another plan which is called Continuous Video Recording (CVR).

This plan allows you to leave your camera on for 24 hours a day and a back up will be created of all of the recordings for you to view online.

The CVR plan has two options which are displayed in the table below.

14 Days of 24/7 CVR
Monthly $9.99 per Camera
Annually $99 per Camera
30 Days of 24/7 CVR
Monthly $19.99 per Camera
Annually $199 per Camera

Whereas the Basic, Premier and Elite plans explained above include multiple cameras, a CVR plan is needed for each camera.

There is a 14 day and a 30 day CVR plan.

The 14 day plan allows you to view video footage from your camera from any point in the last 14 days.

If you pay monthly, it will cost $9.99 per camera or if you pay annually it will cost $99 per camera.

The 30 day plan allows you to view video footage from your camera from any point in the last 30 days.

If you pay monthly, it will cost $19.99 per camera or if you pay annually it will cost $199 per camera.

There are discounts if you want to buy multiple CVR plans.

You can only view the footage online. This footage cannot be downloaded and viewed.

Local Backup

Unlike the Arlo Q, the Arlo Q Plus allows you to back up any audio or video files that are taken  on a micro SD card, which must be purchased separately. You can use any capacity of micro SD card up to 128 GB.

The Arlo Q only allows you to store files in “The Cloud” and the Arlo Pro allows you to make a back up by connecting an external hard drive to the base.

But the Arlo Q Plus allows you to make a separate

What the Buyers Say..

Somebody asked if you can turn the cloud storage option on or off and the answer is “yes you can.”

Other potential buyers asked if you could use your own storage system such as NAS (Network Attached Storage) and the answer to this is “no”.

Weatherproof

Unlike the Arlo Pro which can be used indoors or outdoors, the Arlo Q Plus can only be used indoors.

Colors

The Arlo Q Plus only comes in white and you cannot buy any “skins” or gel covers in order to change its color or to camouflage it.

Air Quality

Some smart cameras measure and report on the air quality surrounding the camera but like the Arlo Pro, the Arlo Q doesn’t have this feature.

 

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