Arlo Video Doorbell Outdoor security camera review.

 verdict

The Arlo Video Doorbell is a more affordable version of the Arlo Pro Series cameras – and I love it. At $ 5 you get a solid hardwood doorbell that, yes, is a bit larger, but very effective. It has many advanced features and its essential features – such as live streaming, speed alert, two-way audio and cloud storage – work as expected.

The square ratio is one of my favorite features of this device overall because it clearly addresses how people nowadays often use their front doors – to monitor how packages are delivered. And with that 1: 1 ratio, you can easily see everything delivered.

I still want Arlo to provide a basic, free cloud storage option (only a few hours worth of clips, Arlo Video Doorbell).

PROS

  • Sharp high-res HDR video.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Works with Alexa voice commands and other Arlo devices.
  • No hub required.
  • Easy to install.

CONS

  • Requires wiring.
  • Somewhat bulky.
  • Doesn’t support IFTTT or Google Assistant.
  • Recorded video and smart notifications require subscription.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Aero Video Doorbell lets you watch wholesome HD video from your phone to your door, but it lacks some of the features available with competing devices.

Full Story

Best known for its wireless outdoor home security cameras, the Arlo Video Doorbell ($ 149.99) is the company’s first smart doorbell. It lets you see who is at your door using your phone or Alexa smart display and it will alert you when the bell is pressed or when there is a live HDR video stream and who has the ability to talk to it.

It also offers some great premium features, including smart motion detection, 30 days of rolling video storage, and custom motion activity zones, but you have to pay them extra. It also lacks some of the features we found with Remobel S, the choice of some of our less expensive editors

Design and Features

With its black faceplate and white trim, the Arlo video doorbell is certainly attractive, but 5.0 by 1.7 by 1.0 inch (HWD), a bit larger than the corresponding Nest Hello (4.6 by 1.7 by 1.0 inch). That said, you should have no problem placing it in a common door frame.

The front of the Arlo Doorbell features an HDR (high dynamic range) camera that captures 1,536 by 1,536 pixels of video with a 1: 1 ratio and 12x digital zoom. It has a 4-degree viewing area and uses up to 20 feet of infrared LED on night vision video.

There is a round button with a ring of embedded LED indicators on the bottom of the doorbell, and a speaker on the bottom edge. The front of the device also has a microphone for two-way audio and light sensor, and the rear panel has two cable terminals. Underneath the hood is a built-in siren and a 2.5 GHz Wi-Fi radio, which means you don’t need a hub to connect to your home network like Arlo cameras.

The doorbell comes in place to install a flat mounting plate and a wooden mounting plate where the camera needs to be angled, a chim kit that attaches to your existing electric chim box, extension wire and cable nuts, mounting screws and anchors, and a release pin mounting plate. To remove the doorbell. You get a basic setup sheet, but Arlo offers a more detailed guide online.

Just like Ring Video Pro, Nest Hello and Remobel S, pressing the button will start recording video doorbell video which will trigger a pinch and send an email and press alert. You can use your phone to see who’s at the door by tapping the Alert tab, and you can use the two-way audio feature to communicate with visitors or start a pre-recorded message. If you want to scare off unwanted visitors, tap the siren button on the app. The doorbell contains a b

In the case of Arlo cameras such as Arrow Pro 3, you will need to subscribe to an Arlo Smart Plan (starting at $ 2.99 per month) with rich alerts for people, animals and vehicles to watch recorded video (up to 30 days) and take advantage of premium features, including intelligent detection. Keeps the difference between package identification, custom activity zones and an E911 call button as well First responders will be sent to your home ruri conditions.

Doorbell supports Amazon Alexa voice commands that allow you to watch videos on a compatible smart display, but as of this writing, it does not support IFTTT applets that allow it to work with third-party devices, nor does it support Google Assistant Voice Commands or Apple HomeKit. You can, however, make rules for recording doorbell triggers from any installed Arlo camera.

The Arlo Video uses the same mobile app (for Android and iOS) as the Durbel Home Security Camera’s Arlo Pro series and appears on the devices screen with any installed camera. To watch the live video, tap the play arrow on the Doorbell tab and tap the two arrows in the top right to see it in full-screen landscape mode. Below the video feed, there are buttons for muting the speaker, initiating bilateral communication with the door, a manual video recording, and a snapshot.

Tap the gear icon in the lower right corner to access the settings screen, where you can turn doorbell on and off, change Wi-Fi settings, choose a pin, enable silent mode (which disables incoming call alerts and chimes) and Can edit speed detection tests and risk sensitivity settings. Here you can adjust video settings, create an activity area, mute the microphone, and adjust the speaker volume.

At the bottom of the device’s screen is the Library, Mode, and Settings buttons. The Library button takes you to a screen listing the time, date and thumbnail events (doorbell ring, motion detection) for each event, including a video clip. Tap the thumbnail to play, share, download or delete the clip. The Mode button takes you to the screen where you are armed (with motion and audio detection turned on), unarmed (motion and audio are off), scheduling (creating schedule when motion and audio are enabled).

You can also create your own mode for recording doorbell triggers on other Arlo cameras. The Settings button lets you view and change your account information, subscribe to a smart plan, give friends and family members access, enable smart notifications and package detection, and configure the e911 feature.

Installation and Performance

Arlo video doorbells are easy to install, but if you are not comfortable working with electrical wiring, or even low-voltage wiring used in doorbell installations, you should find someone who is a professional or a tenant. I started by turning off the power of the circuit which supplied the doorbell with the juice and removed the existing doorbell.

I attached the Arlo mounting plate to my doorframe, then pulled the doorbell cables and attached them to the back terminal of the doorbell. I then put the doorbell in place, attached the power sheet to my chim box, and proceeded to the application installation.

If this is your first Arlo device you will need to download the mobile app and create an account. I opened the app, select Add New Device and selected Video Doorbell in the Doorbells and Chimes section selected Here you can see a list of what is included with the Doorbell and what tools you will need, and there is a video to assist you with the installation (if you If you haven’t already installed it).

I had to scroll through numerous installation screens to reach the actual application setup screen where I was prompted to select my Wi-Fi SSID and enter my Wi-Fi password. When the LEDs started flashing white, I held my phone to the camera to allow QR code to be read on the screen. Once I heard the pinch I gave Doorbell a name, waited a few minutes for the firmware update and the installation was complete

Arlo Video Doorbell provided great HD video in my tests. The daytime video was brilliant with colorful and sharp image details, and great contrast and precision were shown in the black and white night video. Motion detection did very little work, due to very few foggy objects with erroneous warnings, and it worked great for distinguishing between people, cars and animals. The package detection feature also served as an advertisement.

I made a rule for the doorbell trigger recording from the Arlo Pro3 camera ignoring my driveway and it worked perfectly. Additionally, I had no problem watching the video from the camera at the Amazon Echo Show. Motion alerts, like recorded video clips, quickly appeared.

Conclusions

Arrow video doorbell is a difficult choice for anyone looking for a smart doorbell, especially if you already have one or more Arlo security cameras in your home, and are designed to be stylish even though they are large. The camera provided crisp high-resolution HDR video in the test and did a great job of differentiating between people, animals and vehicles, and there was no difficulty triggering other Arlo cameras.

That said, it lost a few features, including our Editors’ Picks, interaction with third-party smart devices through IFTTT applets, Google Assistant voice command support and free cloud storage.

Arlo Video Doorbell Specs

Connectivity Wi-Fi
Integration Amazon Alexa
Notifications Call, Push
Field of View 180 degrees
Resolution 1,536 by 1,536
Storage Cloud
Two-Way Audio Yes
Mechanical Pan/Tilt No
Night Vision Yes
Alarm Yes