Arlo Pro 2 Review – Is It Better Than The Original Arlo Pro?

Arlo Pro 2 Review – Is It Better Than The Original Arlo Pro?

Last year, Netgear released the Arlo Pro cameras,
which has actually been the world’s top selling consumer security camera system. And if you’re unfamiliar with Arlo, it’s a
smart security camera system that features 100% wire free HD weatherproof cameras. These cameras have been really popular with
people who either can’t or don’t want to run wires around their house for a traditional
security camera system. A couple of months ago, Netgear actually released
the Arlo Pro 2, which is an updated version of the Arlo Pro cameras that adds more features
and addresses some of the concerns that people had about the original Arlo Pro. Just like the Pro, the Pro 2 comes with the
same base station, which appears to be unchanged. The cameras are still completely wireless
even though the base station does require a wired connection to your router. The base station still has the 100 decibel
siren and USB ports so you can connect a hard drive for local storage if you want. The overall design of the cameras has remained
pretty much the same as well. Physically they look nearly identical with
the only real difference being a slight change to the face of the camera and metallic lettering
for the logo. They still take the same 2,400 milliamp hour
battery, the same mounts, skins, and they’re fully backward compatible with the Arlo Pro
base station, so if you already have the Pro system, you can keep the base station and
just buy the cameras separately if you want. Here with me today I have the two camera system. In the box you’re gonna get the base station,
power adapter for the base station, Ethernet cable that connects to your router, two cameras,
USB cables and adapters for each camera, the magnetic camera mount, and the mounting screws. These cameras are really easy to set up and
install. You simply open the camera, insert the battery,
press the sync button on the camera, then press the sync button on top of the base station. Then you can just take the included metal
wall mount, screw it wherever you want, and the camera has a really strong magnet that
connects directly to the mount and allows you to position it however you want. You can also purchase the fixed mount that
works really well outdoors if you need something more secure than a magnet. So, what are the differences between the Arlo
Pro 2 and the original Arlo Pro? Aside from a few extra features that I’ll
get to a little bit later, the major different between these cameras is the resolution. If you saw my Arlo Pro review, I was a bit
underwhelmed by the video quality of the cameras. They claim to be 720p, but the heavy video
compression crushed the detail and the video looked pretty blurry in some cases. The Arlo Pro 2 cameras are 1080p, so they’re
noticeably sharper and retain more detail than the Arlo Pro cameras. Considering they still have to stream the
video back to the base station then out to the cloud, the video quality isn’t gonna compare
to something like 1080p POE cameras, but considering the benefits of not having to run cables everywhere
the quality is pretty good. As far as frame rate goes, the cameras record
up to about 24 frames per second when there’s enough light, and they drop down to around
15 frames per second in a dark environment. Even thought Netgear claims that both the
Pro and the Pro 2 cameras have 130 degree field of view, the Pro 2 does seem to have
a slightly wider angle than the pro. As far as recording speed goes, the Pro 2
appears to have the same recording speed as the Pro. Within about a second or two of an object
coming into the frame the recording starts. Now, it could be a little bit faster, but
it does work well in most cases. To address people’s concerns about recording
speed, Netgear added a new feature called lookback. Whenever the camera is plugged into external
power, you can enable the lookback feature. The lookback feature allows the cameras to
record a few seconds prior to when the motion was sensed. This means you don’t have anymore issues with
missing the first second or two before the recording started. This is definitely a nice feature and directly
addresses some of the concerns that consumers had about recording speed. Another feature that’s available when the
camera is plugged into external power is motion activity zones. This allows you to get an instant alert whenever
motion is sensed in a specific area of the video frame. My only gripe with this is that it can only
be enabled when the camera is plugged in. I’m not sure exactly why it would require
external power, but it definitely would have been nice to use on battery power. Another feature that’s enabled when you’re
plugged in is continuous video recording or CVR. This allows your cameras to record video 24×7. Now, it does require you to purchase one of
their paid plans, but it’s nice to have the option. As I said earlier, the Arlo Pro and Pro 2
camera systems come with free seven day cloud storage. This means that you get free access to a full
week of all of the recordings from up to five cameras, so as long as the video you want
to watch was within the past seven days, you can go back and view or download it without
paying any additional fees. This is definitely a great deal and something
that’s hard to find from any other smart cameras out there. The base station can actually handle up to
15 cameras, do if you want more than 5, you’ll need to choose one of the corresponding service
plans that can handle more cameras. Now, on to one of the most controversial topics
when it comes to wire free cameras, which is battery life. If you’re unfamiliar with how these cameras
work, they sit in standby mode waiting to be triggered by motion or an event. Once it’s triggered it streams the video to
the base station via WiFi, then the bast station pushes the video to the cloud. This means that the more motion you have the
more battery power you’re gonna use, and considering the small size of the camera and the battery,
the battery life is going to be limited. Netgear does claim that you can get several
months out of a single charge, but with the camera mounted over my driveway, it did seem
to lose about two to three percent per day. I would expect maybe a little over a month
out of the battery before it needs to be recharged. To address customers’ concerns about battery
life, Arlo did release a solar panel. It is a bit pricey at $80, but if you want
to put your camera outdoors and you don’t want to be forced to go outside to recharge
the batteries on a regular basis, then the solar panel is definitely the way to go. It actually looks like pretty good quality,
and it does come with a sturdy fixed mount and a USB cable that’s made specifically for
the Arlo Pro and Pro 2 that looks to be weather resistant. The solar panel pretty much makes the camera
worry free since in theory you’d never have to take it down to charge it. Now, on to the app, which is one of my favorite
things about the Arlo system. The cameras are driven by modes, and the modes
can be changed manually or they can arm automatically whenever you leave the house using geofencing,
they can be set by a schedule, or by a smart home device like Smart Things of the IFTTT
app. I personally think the app is what sets the
Arlo system apart from other security cameras. It’s really simple to navigate, and even though
there are a lot of options, it doesn’t seem to overwhelming. You can use the app to view a live feed of
up to five cameras simultaneously, and you can change a ton of camera settings including
motion sensitivity, notifications, audio/video settings, and you’re triggering methods. Now, by default the cameras will record as
long as it senses motion for a maximum of five minutes, and you can change the video
quality settings as well. My cameras were set to the highest quality
by default, which I do recommend, but you can lower the video quality if you need to
squeeze a bit more battery life out of them. One of the things that sets the Arlo cameras
apart from other security cameras is the ability to link with several smart home devices and
apps like Smart things, IFTTT, and Amazon devices. This allows you to do really cool things like
automate the cameras using smart home sensors with Smart Things, or you can do cool stuff
like this. Alexa, show the driveway camera on Fire TV. Okay. The Amazon voice feature works on most Amazon
Fire TV devices as well as the Echo Show. If you saw my Arlo Pro review, you might remember
that one of my biggest concerns was the price. Now, it seems that the pricing structure has
pretty much remained the same with these cameras. At $480 for a two camera kit or $800 for a
four camera kit, these cameras are definitely not cheap. Again, you’re paying for convenience, and
where you save money on professional installation you end up putting it out on the system itself. That being said, with the added features and
the better video resolution, I do think it’s a better deal now, especially if you can’t
run wires. But it will certainly benefit from a lower
price. Of course, they did address the video quality
issues since the Arlo Pro 2 cameras are now 1080p. Now, some people have reported issues with
the Arlo Pro 2 cameras randomly going offline, but I personally haven’t had this issue, so
it may have been addressed in a recent firmware update. Overall, I have to say that I’m impressed
with the Arlo Pro 2 cameras. I personally love the app, and I think they
did a great job making the setup and the functionality as simple as possible while still retaining
a bunch of options within the app. And I expect that with even more future over
the air updates, the system is only gonna get better and remain one of the top selling
security camera systems. All right guys. That’s gonna do it for this video. I would like to hear your thoughts about these
cameras. Tell me what you think. Go ahead and post your comments and questions
in the comments section. If you’re not subscribed to the channel, be
sure to subscribe. Hit that like button if you liked the video,
and I’ll see you guys sin the next video.


  • Banjoman Dotnet

    January 8, 2019

    Tell me why it records for only ten seconds at a time.and cuts off. Every video is 10 sec. long. that sucks big time

  • Carolyn Pet Trainer

    January 9, 2019

    I usually don't have much patience to videos but listening to you compare the two types of cameras was amazingly painless and effortless!! Thank you so much

  • Henrik Westin

    January 13, 2019

    This was a very helpful video. Thanks for sharing your review.

  • Martin S

    January 21, 2019

    Hi guys. Does anyone know if the Arlo to his HomeKit compatible?

  • Krzysztof Cynarski

    January 21, 2019

    You guys probably using iOS devices as your daily drivers, but for the Android users Arlo started doing really shady things with the permissions. It started to lie to the users to trick them into giving the app "Phone" permission. This permission allows the app to make calls, receive calls and access call history without user's permission. App shows an popup sayin that in order to receive notifications you NEED to give app the permission. With the latest App version they stopped sending notifications until user gives them the permission. See demonstration here: @dDqE

  • Gary Cline

    January 22, 2019

    Very good, thorough review. I'll look to this reviewer again.

  • Omar Cheevers

    January 22, 2019

    Need local NAS storage.

  • Mira

    January 25, 2019

    Great Review! Thank you, but how do we charge the battery? Does it come with an adapter for charging? Because I am confused on amazon, it says without rechargeable battery or something. I do not get it!

  • leokimvideo

    January 25, 2019

    excellent review, basically double the price is you live in Australia

  • Zook Inthe6ix

    January 26, 2019

    I have a local dog shitting all over my grass. Is this good enough to catch the hooker in the act ?

  • Life on Mars

    February 4, 2019

    Great video!

  • MsAponte69

    February 4, 2019

    The cameras are expensive, the paid plans are expensive too, and the battery life sucks; not to mention the cost of the batteries and the battery charger. This is a waste a money.

  • Andy Rowlands

    February 5, 2019

    Great video.. question can the cameras be connected to mains power?

  • Viking Excavating

    February 5, 2019

    These aren't good if you live in cold areas like Canada. Around -25c they shut down. "Your camera needs to warm up before you can use it" They do work great when it's not cold.

  • Ro Ve

    February 5, 2019

    Hi, how do I synchronize the cameras to the TV?

  • Troy McLean

    February 10, 2019

    Thanks for the video. I was able to get my TV to show all my camera’s. Have a little hiccup with one camera going in and out. Thanks for the video!

  • Life is short

    February 11, 2019

    Great review thank you! Subscribed!

  • Donna S Harr

    February 15, 2019

    Very informative/good review. Questions:
    #1: You can apparently plug in the indoor cameras to avoid having to recharge them but the outdoor ones should not be plugged in?
    #2: You can connect an external hard drive or USB drive to the back of the base unit to automatically save videos inhouse, in addition to Cloud-based?
    #3: On one of the sites where they sell these (Amazon?), it said that the temp range for outdoor use was 32-122. At 122, we'll have more problems than being able to use the camera…HOWEVER at 32, since I live in Colorado, THAT is a problem from October through April each year. Is this range correct?
    #4: If you already own a Arlo Pro, Pro 2 cameras can be purchased & used with the existing base?

    I'll definitely check out your other videos. Thanks so much for your info & (hopefully) answers to these questions.

  • DarkZenonia

    February 17, 2019

    Dont buy this product arlo 6month battery life its not true its take only 3 days on indoors or outdoor on busy road.

  • Bill Cobb

    February 18, 2019

    You have the best review of ANY camera devices I have ever seen ! I'm in. Heading to Costco !

  • Steve Hubbard

    February 21, 2019

    Great video. I am in the legal business. Three or four cameras installed in a courtroom would stream three to four angles of live action of a jury trial or used in a deposition.

  • MidwinterEclipse

    February 24, 2019

    Thanks for the review cuh, btw you look like Stephen from django unchained.

  • Sammy Tolomeo

    February 25, 2019

    Thank you

  • Ken Harter

    February 26, 2019

    One of the best reviews I have ever seen, Thanks!

  • Randy Warren

    February 28, 2019

    Just purchased the pro2 "plus audio doorbell ( wont be using doorbell) I'm 65 yrs old and tho I know enuff to install he system and have a smart phone, I know nothing about computers, apps etc. so as I watch several videos on the pro 2 I get really lost/confused when you guys start "rattling off" all the adjustments and settings that are done using the phone. I know how to make calls and send texts, that's it. I can't believe the kit does not come with a more comprehensive user manual (pro 2 for Dummies) that explains all that stuff. I was just wanting an easy wireless (outdoor) security camera system to keep an eye on the front of my property. I'll probably have to call Best Buys "geek squad" to come and teach me how to use this system after I install it or just return it. Thanks for th video.

  • d b

    February 28, 2019

    You always have really helpful – ie informative reviews. It’s nice to get actual information rather then a review that reads a company’s summary.

    My sister in law is moving into assisted living and I have concerns about a networked camera relying on the WiFi for the community. Eg if they decide to update the network, will I have to fly down to help my in-laws reinstall the camera to the network. The arlo seems to be the best bet since the cameras are tethered to the base station and not reliant upon the network. Is this the best option for me?

  • Fawad list.

    March 1, 2019

    The only question i have which i searced on Arlo website and everywhere and i didn't get any answer. Your video was help full u might know the answer. The question is " can we monitor our cameras from out side the home like if I'm at work i can see and check on house via App or No i have to be contacted to aame wifi where the camera is concatenated. " please anyone can help me with this cause i am about to purchase the Arlo pro 2 .

  • Mode Kinte

    March 3, 2019

    Majestech the background music is very distracting

  • Joanise Hughes

    March 5, 2019

    Loved your review, very clearly explained. My son just purchased me a Arlo home security camera for my apartment as a bday gift, seems I had some unexpected guest stopping in and helping themselves to some of my things. Thanks to the Arlo pro I am feeling secure again, the video takes are very clear and I love the idea that I cab download a app to my phone that alerts me in someone enters and I can save it to my 📱. No more stressful sleepless nights!! Thanks to Arlo home security and my son's for purchasing and helping me get it set up..

  • Jose Montenegro

    March 5, 2019

    you dropped paint in your driveway

  • tellurye

    March 5, 2019

    UPDATE: Ok I found the answer (see, told ya it was a dumb question) I didnt realize these types of batteries come two ways – rechargeable and non-rechargeable. The ones that come from Arlo are non-rechargeable; one-time use. The ones on their website they recommend are rechargeable. So either get Arlo's or if you are going to get Arlo's certified from another vendor (Amazon, etc) and read whether they are rechargeable or not. And ONLY ones that say "Works with Arlo" if you arent getting them from Arlo.

    Now allegedly, the rechargeable ones dont last as long as the one time deal ones, so really its a personal call.

    OLD Post –> Um, so dumb question. On Arlo's website "NEVER try to recharge the C123A batteries that came with your Arlo camera as they are non-rechargeable." What do they mean dont recharge them, I thought you had to?

  • MyHerpes Itch

    March 7, 2019

    Just returned my Arlo pro i bought from Costco. Yes great system but video does suck salty balls. I bought the Arlo pro 2 from Best Buy (Costco only had 5 camera option. I only need 2) getting it shipped n will receive in 2 days. Can't wait

  • pm0501 B

    March 8, 2019

    Great video! Your assessment convinced me that this is the system I'm going with. My daughter has Arlo on her house and swears by it. The 5 cam system is available in-store at Costco with tech support. Thanks!

  • Rudy Singh

    March 10, 2019

    Night vision could be much bt

  • F3d

    March 13, 2019

    White dude stealing packages. Classic!!!

  • chuck eldridge

    March 16, 2019

    Subscribed. Great review

  • J Garrett

    March 18, 2019

    Very nicely put-together review, thanks. I just bought some Pro2s, and I'm looking forward to getting them put up.

  • Nomad Xplorer

    March 20, 2019

    How far can the cameras be placed away from the hub?

  • Ronny Wharton

    March 21, 2019

    How far does the camera reach from the Base station?

  • Wexley Yarway

    March 22, 2019

    subscribed. definitely can get on board with your diligence and honesty. didn’t feel like you were being paid for the review or anything.

  • Lupita Arellano

    March 23, 2019

    Worst cameras ever! I literally had to charge them every week. So I bought the solar panel and it killed the batteries!! Definitely don't recommend them to anyone!

  • Mr. Natural

    March 24, 2019

    Good review and a big step above the Blink cameras but a huge jump in cost. IMO these are not a good value for what these can do.
    Also too many add on expenses for any type of upgrade. Bait and switch? 👌
    Those with deep pockets may like these but working people will be disappointed.

  • reinaldo romero

    March 28, 2019

    Great work . Just grabbed the 2 cam set for 377 at best buy. Was going to go for just the pro but they ran out. For the price the upgrade seems fair

  • Phil Randall

    April 8, 2019

    I agree that this review is very well made and the information was all I needed to make the purchase. keep it up

  • qwaneasia

    April 8, 2019

    Mines won't read motion

  • qwaneasia

    April 8, 2019

    Now they have another upgrade

  • M K

    April 11, 2019

    Great video! Very informative

  • Stephen Morrison

    April 11, 2019

    Can a pro 2 camera connect to a pro 1 base station?

  • Elio Esqueda

    April 13, 2019

    Does the app alert you when the camera battery is low?

  • Felix Weelix

    April 15, 2019

    looks like ASSS!

  • Mike Keller

    April 24, 2019

    Great review, you definitely had forethought in producing the video. Will continue to watch your other videos.

  • wayne harris

    April 26, 2019

    Good job
    Very clear Review
    Well done

  • Sean N.

    April 30, 2019

    Awesome review. If I use my own external HDD can I connect up to 15 cameras and avoid the $150 per year fee?

  • Tasiu Ahmad

    May 4, 2019


  • Regenia Mc

    May 11, 2019

    I have seven Arlo cameras and I am not satisfied with them.  They are easy to hack.  The cable company and Arlo monitors hacks my cameras.  The night vision is very bad.

  • Malea Seng

    May 13, 2019

    Can you connect it to android?

  • Karen Daughtry

    May 13, 2019

    Can this cameras video recording be activated by sound only if I choose this from the app. or am I stuck with only IR activated video recording?

  • John Foster

    May 15, 2019

    Good job nice video

  • John Graves

    May 20, 2019

    What the heck is that white stain in the driveway?

    I need to know…

  • phuc ewe

    May 23, 2019

    @ 8:06 I can tell you use tire shine on your car by the dry crescents on the driveway. I've got the same marks on mine. lol
    Great video. Very helpful. Thanks.

  • Mark Howard

    May 26, 2019

    If you use a solar panel does make the camera think it is powered?

  • 3carra

    May 28, 2019

    Is there a monthly fee?

  • kuku bird

    June 1, 2019

    It’s 2019 and we still have shitty cameras. Smh seriously

  • Joe Boxter

    June 2, 2019

    Will this store on your PC or an SD card and not Cloud?

  • Sonia A.

    June 3, 2019

    Thank you. It was very helpful.

  • David McLeod

    June 3, 2019

    Will this still detect through Double glazing

  • Kim Garner

    June 7, 2019

    What happens to the recording or the ability to record if your WiFi or internet service (or electricity) goes down. As mine occasionally does. Will it still work?

  • M 21

    June 12, 2019

    Arlo ultra review?

  • nrahbek

    June 17, 2019

    Please be aware that this system will not notify you if it falls offline (and it does so frequently), so it is basically completely useless as a security system. This should absolutely not be the case with a cloud based system.

  • Valerie Underhill

    June 24, 2019

    I have to charge the batteries every few days! I don't mount them high enough to need a ladder because I have to take them down constantly. They're really the worst rechargeable batteries I have ever used period. It is truly a huge problem. If I want to go on vacation for say 5 days or more, it won't record after a few days.

  • Guitars rcool

    June 30, 2019

    Arlo is a piece of crap, don't buy it!!!!

  • Lewis

    June 30, 2019

    How long does the battery last?

  • Paul Wallace

    June 30, 2019

    ——-An easy to understand video and I learned quite a bit from you, Thanks,…. but did Arlo pick up who who spilled paint on your drive?

  • JD

    July 2, 2019

    I would like to have a camera setup above the front door which which show anyone approaching the house. I like the fact these cameras are wire free and attached by a magnet, but how common is it that they are stolen?

  • Dr. Abe

    July 5, 2019

    Have an amazing 😉 day if you’re reading this !! Am trying to spread positivity.

  • Scott Chau

    July 5, 2019

    does the 2pack arlo pro comes with wall mount outside?

  • BJC Texas

    July 7, 2019

    Great Video dude. Helpful information. I just got my set today.

  • Dorian Greer

    July 8, 2019

    Awesome review. Very good coverage on the differences between the versions.

  • Bedosey Johnson

    July 8, 2019

    Nice video. I just bought the Arlo Pro 2 weeks ago. I wish I had the 1080p, but not that big of a deal. The issue I do have is the 2 way audio. I wished you had talked about that. While the camera does pick up sound…the volume that comes out of the camera when talking, is whisper above mute…'s 99% inaudible! Both Arlo tech support and Arlo community have no fix for this and no solution appears to be in the picture (no pun intended) any time soon. The Arlo Community board has been asking for help since 8/17 and no one has figured out how to fix this issue of low volume.

  • Log Home

    July 14, 2019

    Arlo Pro 2 or Eufy E ?

  • GOLIATH Darce1262

    July 14, 2019

    Junk, junk. Crap and junk

  • Daniel Small

    July 15, 2019

    This is an excellent in depth review..thank you from New Zealand <3

  • Psy-Locked

    July 19, 2019

    Arlo Pro 2 does NOT have the same base station as the Arlo Pro. The Pro 2 does not feature USB ports for external hard drive or USB thumb drive storage.

  • Cincinnati Flem

    July 20, 2019

    Great job thanks!

  • nynty5

    July 23, 2019

    Thank you for your video. You always do a great job. However, you didn't address the lack motion area selection. It is the failure of the system compared to Ring, IMO

  • Pitu Q

    July 29, 2019

    Does it need to connect the base directly to pc in order to view video or it s wifi ?

  • Punjabi Channel

    July 29, 2019

    Thanks Man For this review. This Camera is very helpful for me it have many feautures .due to it's i like and buy it . I want that which want to buy it can buy… From here.

  • Gisele Snider

    August 3, 2019

    NONE of them work when perpetrators ‘NEIGHBOURS’ shine a flashlight into the camera so that it distorts the video!!!

  • David Thompson

    August 7, 2019

    Hi from New Zealand. Just brought the Arlo Pro 2 and this is the best review .Thanks

  • Rodel Ramos

    August 10, 2019

    how long a fully charge battery last

  • Matheus Marchiori

    August 11, 2019

    The continous video recording work only with plugged in to? I want me to take care of my grandma when I'm not around and see what she's doing live

  • ezcondition

    August 15, 2019

    in night mode, does it shine Any type of light? what i'm getting at is, if it is placed in a dark area will it be noticed when recording in night mode?

  • American Wheelchair Bowling Association

    August 17, 2019

    Does snow or hail create motion detection causing the camera to record and using battery power?

  • See Nomore

    August 17, 2019

    …We Upgraded to the WYZE Camera's …and tossed these things.

  • Ahmad AlSalem

    August 21, 2019

    So lets say someone stands infront of the camera for five minutes and triggers the motion capture. Does it only record for 16 seconds or will it keep recording for the five minutes until the motion stops??????


    August 22, 2019

    very specific right to the point. very helpful all details

  • Riccardo

    August 22, 2019

    Il modem non riesce ad arrivare ad una telecamera esterna sulla terrazza. Non esiste la possibilità di aumentare la portata, visto che deve essere collegato ad un preesistente modem della rete. Provare prima di comprare. 🙁 🙁

  • D Designed

    August 22, 2019

    If you pay $9.99 a month you can have zones on battery fyi.

  • Jennifer Appleton

    August 23, 2019

    Can I connect two base stations to one router?

  • Jennifer Appleton

    August 26, 2019

    Can I turn on motion detection for 2 of my Arlo cameras while not having my other 3 on motion detection?


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