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Arlo Pro 2: The Best 100% Wire-Free Security Camera Solution (Full HD 1080p)

Finally, a Wire-Free Security Camera Solution that Really Works!

With traditional security cameras, you’re limited to installation sites where you’re able to run Ethernet cables and power cords. Not only is this hard, tedious work, but it can also be destructive to your install site, or just not very pretty. The thought of ditching your cables for a wire-free alternative may sound enticing, but it’s not as easy as you might think.

A wireless security camera system has to be reliable enough to stream and record video over a Wi-Fi network. It has to be powerful enough to hold a charge for months at a time. It has to be easy enough to install and take down for recharging. For these reasons and more, it’s actually really hard to find a good, solid wireless security camera.

And since we prioritize quality at Nelly’s Security, we didn’t want to settle for a subpar system just to be able to sell totally wireless cameras. That’s why we haven’t been able to carry any.

That is, until today.

Introducing the Arlo Pro 2.

Sleek, modern, wireless. The Arlo Pro 2 is the only reliable solution for a completely wire-free security camera system.

It’s attractive enough to contribute to the style of your home’s interior, but it’s durable enough to withstand the elements of the outdoors.

 

With the Arlo Pro, you can stream and record Full HD 1080p video to the cloud or to a flash drive.

Long-lasting rechargeable battery. 25ft IR distance. PIR true motion detection. 2-way audio. Mobile alerts. Geofencing. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility. And so much more.

It’s everything you could ever want in a security system, just without the wires.

Unboxing

The Arlo Pro 2 single-camera security system includes everything you need to get set up.

Inside the box, you’ll find your base station, which sends the wireless network signals to the Arlo camera and receives the video, and one Arlo Pro 2 Full HD security camera,

Also included, you’ll find…

  1. A micro-USB battery charger
  2. A long-lasting and rechargeable camera battery
  3. A quick start guide
  4. Mounting hardware
  5. A fancy window decal to warn burglars that you’re watching them
  6. A simple magnetic mount
  7. An ac adapter to power your hub
  8. An Ethernet cable for connecting your hub to the network

The full system only comes with one camera, but you can purchase additional cameras here (you can add up to five total cameras to one hub) and extra batteries.

Install

To get started, simply open up your phone and download the Arlo application. It’ll walk you through everything from powering your hub to connecting your cameras to the network. It will even automatically update all the firmware for you, which is the only part that takes longer than just a few seconds.

Once your cameras are set up, they’re ready to install. I promise, it’s the easiest installation of any security camera you’ve ever installed. First, drill a screw into the wall. And that’s it! The mount just snaps onto that screw and the camera magnetically attaches to the mount. If the mount feels loose and wobbly, you just need to drill the screw a little further into the wall. You’ll know it’s right when the mount stays in one place when you tug on it.

 

As for the magnetic mount itself, I was a bit concerned at first. But it has proven sturdy enough to hold my cameras in place, yet easy enough to pull my cameras down for easy adjustments and for charging batteries.

Arlo Pro 2 Power Cord vs. Wire-Free

The Arlo camera is 100% wire-free, but you can also leave it plugged in to have access to some additional features. For this demonstration, I installed two cameras: one inside my office, which I plugged in; and one outside in our back parking lot, which I left 100% wire-free.

Keep in mind that the micro USB charger that comes with the Arlo system is not weatherproof. So if you want to plug in your outside cameras, you’ll need to find another micro USB power cord.

Let’s look at some of the differences between the two cameras.


Resolution

Both my indoor and outdoor cameras can produce the same resolution, full HD 1080p, but there are some caveats to consider.

Arlo Pro 2 Indoors / plugged in

Below you’ll find some indoor footage from my office camera. As you can see, it’s very steady 1080p video, especially when you take into consideration that it’s connected over a wireless network.

Keep in mind that the max distance the Hub’s network can travel with no obstruction is 300ft, but walls and other obstacles quickly reduce that range. The camera above is about 30 feet away from the Hub, with three interior walls blocking the signal.

Arlo Pro 2 Outdoors / wire-free

Here is some footage from my outdoor camera, which is 100% wire-free.

This camera is about 50 feet away from the HUB. There are 6 interior walls and one exterior wall blocking the signal. Now, if you can’t tell, this camera doesn’t give as crisp and clear video as the camera in my office. The difference is not so much in the resolution as it is in the power management settings.

Power Management Settings: Best Bang for Your Battery

According to Arlo, a fully charged battery should last between 3 and 6 months with regular usage. It really all depends on how often you’re going to be checking your cameras, how much motion the camera detects throughout the day, and which power management setting you choose.

There are three settings for you to choose from: Best Video, Optimized, Best Battery.

Since my office camera was plugged in, I didn’t have to worry about wasting battery. So I left this camera on the “Best Video” setting, which is how you get the full 1080p resolution out of these cameras.

For my parking lot camera, I went back and forth between “optimized” and “best battery,” ultimately settling on “optimized.”

Just to give you an idea of the differences between these settings, below you’ll find three clips taken at the three different video settings.

As a general rule of thumb…

  • “Best Video” produces full HD 1080p resolution.
  • “Optimized” produces HD 720p resolution.
  • “Best Battery” produces 420p resolution.

I chose “optimized” for my outdoor camera because, even though it’s not full 1080p, it’s still HD and doesn’t look too bad. Plus, it’s saving me some battery.

If you’d rather have full HD 1080 video all the time, feel free to leave this setting on “Best Video.” Just understand that you’ll probably have to recharge your batteries sooner than three months.


Motion Detection

When the camera is plugged in, it uses video pixel-based motion detection; when the camera is wire-free, it uses its PIR true motion detection sensor.

Pixel-based Motion Detection

With pixel-based motion detection, anytime the camera detects change in the pixels of its image, the motion detection will trigger.

Pros: Distance isn’t an issue. As long as the camera can see it, it can detect its motion.

Cons: The camera is unable to distinguish between significant and insignificant movement. As a result, you may end up with a ton of false alarms, such as leaves blowing or dust flying past the lens.

The pixel-based motion detection is adjustable through the use of activity fields. For instance, I can add activity fields here to make sure that my camera only detects motion when someone walks into my office, not past the door.

PIR Motion Detection

Since this camera isn’t plugged into power, it’s not using pixel-based motion detection. It’s using its PIR sensor, which stands for Passive Infra Red. Instead of triggering the alarm when pixels move around on the screen, this sensor detects changes in the infrared radiation.

Pros: The PIR sensor will only detect true motion, which means it will have far fewer false alarms. It will only trigger when there’s actually something moving.

Cons: it’s pretty short-range. The PIR detector only detects movement within 25 feet. So my outdoor camera won’t be able to detect motion across the parking lot.

This setting is also adjustable. If, for instance, the camera was in my office, I could reduce the PIR sensor to where it only detects motion within 10 or 15 feet so that, again, I’m not recording people as they walk past my office.


Power Cord or No Power Cord, the Choice is Yours

Other than those differences, this camera works just as well as the camera in my office. The video is clear and uninterrupted. The PIR detector works excellently if a person, animal, or car gets within 25 feet of that camera. As long as you understand the differences and the reasons for those differences, I’m confident that you’ll be happy with your Arlo Pro 2, whether you plug it into power or take advantage of its excellent wire-free capabilities.

Recording Video with the Arlo Pro

The Arlo Pro 2 records video to the cloud automatically anytime it detects motion. If the camera is plugged into power, it will record three seconds before the motion begins and three seconds after it ends. When the camera is wire-free, the video starts right when the motion starts, otherwise the batteries would drain much faster. So when your camera is wire-free, you do lose a little bit of that context.

Video Recording

Not only does this camera record automatically whenever it detects motion, but you can also manually record video right from the app or the interface. But where does it record the video to? And how can you manage your recordings to get the most out of your battery? Good questions.

Storing to the Cloud

There are two ways to record video from your Arlo cameras. You can record video to the Arlo cloud or you can record on an external hard-drive.

The Arlo Pro 2 was designed primarily to store video on the cloud, so that’s probably what you’re going to use most often. This does require a subscription, which has four different tiers. The first tier is free. It’s an unending basic plan that is already included with each Arlo camera. With the basic plan, you can view all video for the past seven days.

If you want more than that, you can upgrade to their paid plans to get 30, or even up to 60 days of viewing history. There are also additional features, such as 24/7 recording. Click here to view all the Arlo Smart Plans.

Aside from the cloud, there are two USB ports on the back of your Arlo Hub. Here you can also install a USB drive and record locally. Again, most of the time you’re going to just want to use the cloud. But you can always use the USB drive to capture anything you might want to keep longer than your plan allows, or even as a backup.

Getting the Most Out of Your Battery

Since your cameras record every time they detect movement, the first thing you’ll want to check is your PIR sensitivity. Again, it can detect motion up to 25 feet. But sometimes you only want it to detect motion within five or ten feet of the camera.

To adjust the PIR sensitivity, head over to “Device Utilities” in the settings menu and click on “Motion Detection Test.” While you’re using the “Motion Detection Test” utility, a yellow light will flash on your camera when it detects movement, so you can fine-tune the sensor to the exact distance you need.

You can also manage when your camera records, so that during times of high traffic your cameras can shut themselves down and save on some battery power. When you click on the “Mode” menu, you can manually arm and disarm your camera. But you can automate this process two based on time or location.

Time-Based Automation: Scheduling

You can set up a schedule for your cameras so that they only detect and record motion during certain times throughout the week.

For instance, since I placed one of these cameras in my office, I don’t really want to get a notification every time I move around. To fix this, I could set up a schedule so that the camera is disarmed Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. That way I can get a notification and a recording only if someone walks into my office when I’m not there.

Location-Based Automation: Geofencing

The scheduling feature is great, but sometimes I show up to my office early and sometimes I stay late. So the best way for me to really make sure my cameras are only recording when I’m away is to set up geofencing.

Arlo Pro’s geofencing uses your phone’s GPS to arm and disarm the alarm system based on your location. I can set this up to disarm when I show up to work and to arm when I leave.

If you take a little time up front to optimize your camera’s settings and set up an arming automation, you will save yourself a ton of battery-charging time down the road.

Conclusion

Are you ready to ditch your wires and cables in favor of the Arlo 100% Wire-Free Security Camera System? Click here to purchase yours today. Do you still have some questions about the Arlo? Still unsure if a wireless solution is for you? Our experts are standing by, waiting for your phone calls and emails.

 


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