Netgears sub-company Arlo produces leading security cameras in the smart home market. The brand's impressive software and hardware ensure you are getting the best features, design, and reliability.
This article will break down the features of the original outdoor Arlo, Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 to inform you what you get from each new generation.
From the snappiness of triggered recording to the cloud storage subscriptions available, we will guide you through the ins and outs of these three security cameras and clear your mind.
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You will understand the key features, how they work and most importantly which one is best for you.
This article will look at every relevant aspect of all three Arlo cameras which can be summarized in the following areas:
- Camera recording features
- Camera detection features
- Smart siren
- User interface and playback
- Video storage options
- Battery and other features
- Price & buying options
We will state the importance of each category in our comparison. Many of these features are shared with other smart security devices such as HD video doorbells.
- 1 Comparison Table
- 2 Arlo vs Arlo Pro
- 3 Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2
- 4 Setup
- 5 Design & Components
- 6 Camera Recording Features
- 7 Camera Detection Features
- 8 Smart Siren
- 9 User Interface
- 10 Storage Options
- 11 Other Features
- 12 Price and Buying Options
- 13 The similarities: Arlo vs Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2
- 14 The differences: Arlo vsArlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2
- 15 Final Word
- 16 FAQ
- 16.1 Can the Arlo Pro be plugged in?
- 16.2 Can you add Arlo Pro to Arlo system?
- 16.3 How long do Arlo batteries last?
- 16.4 Does Arlo camera record audio?
- 16.5 Can Arlo cameras work with Arlo pro?
- 16.6 Are Arlo wireless cameras waterproof?
- 16.7 How far can Arlo camera be from base station?
- 16.8 How many Arlo cameras can run on one?
- 16.9 Do you need Arlo base station?
- 16.10 How much does Arlo cost per month?
- 16.11 How do you speak with Arlo camera?
- 16.12 How long does Arlo record for?
- 16.13 Can Arlo work without Internet?
- 16.14 How far away can Arlo pro detect motion?
- 16.15 Can Arlo detect motion through a window?
- 16.16 How do you change the sensitivity on Arlo motion?
- 16.17 What is Arlo geofencing?
- 16.18 Can Arlo cameras record 24 7?
- 16.19 Can Arlo record to a hard drive?
- 16.20 Can Arlo record more than 10 seconds?
- 16.21 How do you sync Arlo camera to the Home Base?
- 16.22 How do you reset Arlo base station?
- 16.23 What does the name Arlo mean?
- 17 Comparison Table
Arlo vs Arlo Pro
As you will discover from reading this article, the original Arlo is simply not up to scratch compared to the new models.
The Arlo will do a decent job at improving home security but realistically it is worth spending a little bit more for the newer models.
It lacks a few important features that come with the newer models, such as :
- A smart siren
- 2-Way Audio
- Audio detection
It also has a long lag time between a triggered event and recording of 5-10 seconds.
To put it into perspective, the Arlo Pro has a couple of seconds lag time and the Pro 2 has an option for zero lag time when plugged in.
There are many features that are at the same standard as the Arlo Pro though, such as:
- Night Vision
- Cloud Storage
We recommend buying the Arlo Pro or Pro 2 over the original Arlo
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Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2
The Arlo Pro and Pro 2 are fantastic cameras relative to the rest of the market.
These two devices will tick all the boxes in regards to making your home more secure.
Overall, the comparison of Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 is marginally won by the newest version.
It is currently one of the best smart security system and camera you can get, although it admittedly isn't too much better than the Pro.
The Arlo Pro 2 has a few better featured over the Arlo Pro:
- Wider FOV
- Zone Recording
- Zero Lag time
- Continuous Recording
The Arlo Pro 2 is the best but the Pro is not far behind
The process of setting up the Arlo, Pro and Pro 2 is practically the same, although the newer versions have a few more components and a few extra steps.
All models are straightforward from start to finish and just take a couple of minutes.
How to Setup your Arlo device
Sync Module and the setup is mediated by the Arlo app. It can be summed up as:
- Download the Arlo app and launch then launch it
- Run the setup wizard
- Connect the Arlo Base Station hub to your router via an ethernet cable
- Crate a Netgear account
- Sync your cameras to the Arlo Base Station hub via the app instructions
- Update the Base Station and camera firmware via the app
Design & Components
The designs of the Arlo, Pro and Pro 2 are all very similar.
Arlo cameras are designed in an unoffensive simplistic and sleek white look. For any reader familiar, they remind me of the security cameras in the game Portal!
Security cameras work best when they are noticed, their role is to not only record unwanted visitors but also deter them from taking any unlawful action.
Given that they are designed to be placed in various places around the outside of your property, you want to be sure to purchase a style, color, and finishing that complements your home.
Arlo's cameras come in a neutral white with a subtle shiny finish. This means that they will bend in well to most styles of housing. In fact, they have even won awards for their style!
- Slick white and shiny look
- A security camera is a deterrence as well as surveillance – they need to be noticed
A typical 3 camera Arlo starter kit will come with the following equipment:
Arlo Pro Design
A typical four camera Arlo Pro starter kit comes with:
Arlo Pro 2 Design
A typical four camera Arlo Pro 2 starter kit comes with:
Camera Recording Features
Field of Vision (FOV)
The field of vision of a camera is the size of the visible area it can record. The Arlo and Arlo Pro field of vision is exactly the same at 110° which is a solid amount for a security camera. The Arlo Pro 2 gains an extra 20° which is certainly a plus but not absolutely essential. As smart security systems are sold as multiple cameras, and it is possible to buy and add more into the system, you should have enough to cover all blind spots. This feature is useful but camera placing is more important than the field of vision!
- FOV is the visible area that a camera can record measured in degrees
- Camera placing is more important
Live view is the ability to watch your smart cameras footage in real time, typically via an app on your smartphone or pc. In smart security cameras, it is a pretty essential and common feature found in the older models of smart camera. This feature is a given for all cameras in our Arlo comparison.
Using this technology with a smart lock from Kwikset or Schlage would allow you open the door remotely.
- View your smart camera live feed through Arlo app
- All Arlo cameras have a live feed
This is one of the most significant changes that you will notice when comparing these Arlo cameras. The ability to have a two-way conversation with individuals through the camera is a newer feature that came with the Arlo Pro and its kept with the Arlo Pro 2.
These models with this feature have built-in microphones and speakers to enable this communication between the property owner and anyone within the vicinity of the property. You can communicate to anyone on your porch whether you are welcoming or instructing guests upon arrival, telling delivery men were to leave the package or send a warning any unwelcome intruders onto your property.
- 2- way communication through microphone and speaker on the Arlo Pro & Arlo Pro 2
- Not in original Arlo
All three Arlo cameras have infrared cameras to pick up footage when the sun goes down. The night vision of these cameras is of a similar quality. They tick the boxes with all that you require and can expect from a night vision camera by being able to identify activity and people.
With each model, you get a minor improvement in terms of the brightness of the image but nothing major. This should not be a deciding factor in your purchase. If night vision is the most important need from your security camera then I recommend the Blink XT as the images it picks up in the dark are a little brighter and crisper.
- Similiar between models
- Blink XT is a better option for night time
Camera Detection Features
All three of these Arlo models use infrared technology to detect when an object is warmer than its surrounding and therefore when it should be triggered to record. On your camera, you set the sensitivity level at a number from one to 100.
You may choose your sensitivity level based on factors such as how busy or remote your neighborhood is and how to open the area if you are monitoring. Some users complain of the cameras being set off by branches moving in the wind, which is why you may want to reduce the sensitivity in some scenarios.
- Detects motion at many ranges
- You set the sensitivity level
The Arlo Pro and Pro 2 has the capability to trigger capturing footage and sending notifications through an audio sensor. This is one of the key upgrades from the Arlo as it adds a new dimension of surveillance and monitoring, and may get the camera triggered in situations where the motion detector is not enough. This is one of the most significant differences in our comparison.
- Audio detection might pick up what motion detectors might miss
- Another element you can record
The Arlo Pro 2 can be set to focus on zones in their field of vision and only be triggered by motion in those areas, as opposed to the whole field of vision. The idea of this is to focus on an area such as a door which may be opened and prevent unnecessary notifications. Not a biggie but possibly useful.
- Focus your sensors
- Accurate event triggering
Trigger lag time
When comparing these cameras, the lag time is one critical issue that has been improved and resolved by the newer generation Arlos. A real flaw with the original Arlo is a large delay between motion detection and the initiating of recording. Anecdotally, this was said to be often over 5 seconds and sometimes towards 10 seconds.
This is a real issue for the camera as you can't afford to miss any key moments, a particular problem if the area being recorded is small. This would not be such a big problem in a larger area of recording as anyone setting it off would likely still be in the shot if in an open surrounding.
Each progressing model of Arlo camera has stepped up its game in this area. The Arlo Pro dramatically reduced this lag time to 2-3 seconds, which is much more acceptable although not perfect. The Arlo Pro 2 arguably solved this issue by introducing a “Look Back Feature”, which records the 3 seconds before a triggered event. This does require the camera to be plugged in, which may not be ideal for some users.
- Original Arlo has significant lag time – 5 -10 seconds
- Arlo Pro has a lag time of 2-3 seconds
- Arlo Pro 2 has an option for no lag “Look back feature”
- “Look back feature” requires the camera to be plugged in
The addition of a 105-decibel smart siren to the Arlo pro has perhaps been the most significant feature change that has happened in the Arlo camera series. This can be found in the base station of both the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2. These systems are as much about deterrence as monitoring, if not more.
You would much rather have a burglar enter your premises and run rather than steal something and identify them on camera. The smart siren works in two ways; set to be triggered by motion or manually via the Arlo app. The smart siren is potentially the most important factor in comparing these three Arlo cameras, as the later models are security systems rather than just cameras.
- Only in Arlo Pro & Arlo Pro 2
- Deters intruders when detected
- Manual activation through Arlo app
The Arlo app available on Android and IOS is the main interface for you to connect with your Arlo security system. This is where you control most aspects of your cameras and access the features available. This wide range of uses includes:
- Easy live monitoring through settings and layout
- Library view of daily cloud recordings
- Scheduling recording
- Manage the mode the Arlo us using
- Timeline features
The app is feature reach and lets you really customize the way your cameras work to suit your unique home and security concerns.
All Arlo cameras are widely compatible with many other devices and systems. This includes voice recognition and control assistants like Alexa and Google Assitant. This works simply by connecting the Arlo camera to the cloud and then asking Alexa to enable Arlo Skills or enabling skills in the app. Alexa Arlo commands include:
- “Alexa, show me <camera name>”
- “Alexa, stop.”
- “Alexa, hide <camera name>”
- “Alexa, go home” (return to homepage)
Video Resolution & Playback
A minor difference in the Arlo, Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 is the video quality of the footage recorded. The Arlo and Arlo Pro record in 720p which is high definition and the Arlo Pro 2 records in 1080p which is a slightly higher resolution. Given that security cameras record to identify individuals in triggered events, the additional definition is not important.
These aren't the sort of films you want to watch with your family on movie night! They are there to deter and protect you in the face of unwanted individuals intruding on your property.
- Arlo & Arlo Pro are 720p
- Arlo Pro 2 is 1080p
Free Cloud Storage
Most brands of smart camera tend to offer some free package of cloud storage for the triggered footage you record. Arlo's free cloud storage works on a weekly refreshing basis. This effectively means that it will hold triggered recorded events for a week before they are automatically deleted.
Given that theft or trespassing is detected quickly after it happens, it is likely that this will be a long enough timeframe to withdraw the footage you need to investigate what has been recorded. You can easily download any of these events from the cloud by simply tapping the download button.
- Triggered footage recorded kept for 7 days after
Extended Cloud Options
Arlo has a few paid options for extra cloud storage duration and the ability to connect more cameras. There are several packages available from $2.99 a month up to $14.99 a month. The most expensive package provides cloud storage for triggered events up to 60 days after and allows up to twenty cameras to be used for cloud storage.
The free option just allows six cameras, so if you want to add some new cameras to your smart camera system and keep your storage on the cloud, you must be prepared for this subscription cost.
- Pay for more cloud storage
- Up to 60 days
- Subscription required for additional cameras
The reliability of the Arlo, Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 is clearly won by the two newest Arlo models. They come with the ability to store your smart camera's files through local storage. This is intended to primarily be a backup for when the internet is down and the cloud storage doesn't work.
It should be noted that manual recordings can't be saved to a local storage device. This is set up by plugging a USB storage device in the Arlo Pro base station and configuring the My Devices settings on the Arlo app.
- USB storage acts as back up when the internet is down
The Arlo Pro 2 has an option to continuously record 24/7. This requires the camera to be plugged in, which may not be feasible for outdoor cameras. This feature may offer additional comfort to those who want to protect a particular room in their home.
You can expect to get 4-6 months of use from the Arlo or Arlo Pro depending on how sensitive the motion detector is and how many triggered events are captured. The original Arlo uses four non-rechargeable CR123 batteries whilst the Arl Pro has rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which only takes a couple of hours to charge.
This is far more convenient and price efficient to the Arlo which required purchasing a new set several times a year. One step further, the Arlo Pro can be hooked up to an Arlo Pro Solar Panel to work indefinitely. This is green but expensive and quite unsightly unless you're a fan of solar panels. The Arlo Pro 2 rechargeable batteries work in the same fashion as the Arlo Pro batteries, except they last for slightly less time on one charge.
- Arlo battery 4-6 month, not rechargeable
- Arlo Pro 4-6 month rechargeable
- Arlo Pro 2 3 month rechargeable
- Solar option for Pro models
All Arlo cameras are 100% wire free which makes their setup and maintenance much easier. It also means there will be no unsightly wires around your property.
Outdoor security cameras need to be able to endure a range of weather fronts if they are too appeal to a wide market.
Both the original Arlo and the Pro models are suitable for many types of weather, although the Pro models can work at a lower temperature to the original Arlo, at -4 Fahrenheit as opposed to 14 Fahrenheit. They have an IP65 waterproof rating which is suitable for rain.
- All Arlos can endure different types of weather
Price and Buying Options
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Arlo's starter kits come at many sizes and prices. This can be anything from a one off camera to a pack of six with the home base station. The price of options can range from $150 to over $1,000, although on online retailers like Amazon they can vary a lot. We have created a quick table to show you the different starter kits available now for the Arlo, Pro and Pro 2.
Please note that there are some other options available not listed below. These other options are add-on cameras in combinations which have some of Arlo's other products such as the Arlo Q in.
The similarities: Arlo vs Arlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2
This is an overview of the main similarities and differences in this Arlo comparison:
- Live view
- Night Vision
- Motion detection
- HD playback
- Arlo App
- Alexa control
- Free cloud storage
- Extended cloud storage option
- Wire Free
- Weatherproof for outdoor use
The differences: Arlo vsArlo Pro vs Arlo Pro 2
The original Arlo camera is relatively decent but lacks a couple of new effective features seen in the Pro and Pro 2. The features and points below highlight what the original Arlo misses compared to the newer models:
- No 2-Way Audio
- No smart siren
- No audio detection
- Has a delay between trigger and record
- No local storage option
The Arlo Pro is one of the best security cameras on the market. It has everything the original Arlo has, and a few more top features that make it a much better home security system. Differences between the Arlo Pro and original Arlo are that it has:
- 2-Way Audio
- Audio detection
- 3 second trigger lag time vs 5-10 seconds
- Local storage option for increased reliability
- Smart Siren
Arlo Pro 2
This is the best smart security camera available now and has all the features that the previous models with some extra benefits:
- Field of vision is 130° instead of 110°
- Focused zone detection and recording
- Option for no lag time for starting recording
- 1080p resolution instead of 720p
- 24/7 continuous recording option
- Slightly smaller battery life of 3 months
Feature Comparison Table
|Arlo Features||Arlo Pro Features||Arlo Pro 2 Features|
Free cloud storage
5-10 seconds lag
4-6 months battery life
Free cloud storage
2-3 seconds lag time
4-6 months battery life
Free cloud storage
No lag time option
3 months battery life
Focused zone detection
24/7 recording option
This comparison shows obvious upgrade and the addition of new essential features that you shouldn't miss. Many secondary generation products don't offer much of an advantage other their predecessors as companies hold back features and rely on brand loyalty.
In the case of the Arlo series, the Pro & Pro 2 are significantly better and purchasing one of them over the Arlo is highly recommended. You do pay for better features, but this is well worth it in the case of smart security cameras as they do an important job.
This is one of the smart home devices that you should not skimp out on because it protects your family and your home. These smart home security cameras are as much about deterrence as they are monitoring. One of the most important features in our comparison which sets the Pro and Pro 2 out from the original Arlo is the smart siren. To conclude in the summary below:
- Arlo Pro 2 is the best
- Arlo pro is not far behind
- Original Arlo misses key useful features so the above two are recommended
We hope you enjoyed reading! Below we have some Amazon buttons for each model if you are set on purchasing! If not we wish you the best of luck in your search for home security!
Can you add Arlo Pro to Arlo system?
How long do Arlo batteries last?
Does Arlo camera record audio?
The Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 can record audio whilst the original can't.
Can Arlo cameras work with Arlo pro?
Yes, all these cameras are compatible with each other.