Protection for every home and family. Capture the details in full 1080p HD video for a clearer picture, day or night. Spend less time recharging with 6 months of battery life*. Connects directly to Wi-Fi without the clutter of extra gear. The Arlo Essential is wire-free and weather-resistant to deliver fast, easy installation and flexibility to get the perfect camera view. With the integrated spotlight, see important features like faces and licenses plates in full color, at night with color night vision. Ward off unwanted guests by triggering the siren or integrated spotlight automictically or manually from the Arlo App. Receive smarter alerts for people, vehicles and packages and take quicker action like sound the siren, call a friend or dial emergency services with the included trial of Arlo Secure**. Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit*** and Samsung SmartThings.
Spend less time recharging.
6 months of battery life on one charge.¹
No hub required
Connects directly to Wi-Fi.
Coverage for every corner
Fast, wire-free set up (no wiring required), delivers increased installation flexibility to get the perfect camera view.
Capture clear details in full high definition
Record video in 1080p for a clear picture, day or night.
See more at night
See important features like faces or license plates in full color, at night, with color night vision.
Smarter alerts, quicker action
With an Arlo Secure plan, receive smarter notifications for people, vehicles, packages, and animals so you can react quickly, right from your phone’s lock screen.²
Hear and speak to visitors at your door with clear, two-way audio.
Ward off unwanted guests
Set the built-in siren to trigger manually or automatically from the Arlo App.
Light up the night
Ward off unwelcome guests using the integrated spotlight.
Plays well with others
Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit³ and Samsung SmartThings.
Built to withstand the heat, cold, rain or sun.
¹6 month battery life will vary with device settings, use, activity captured and environmental factors.
²Arlo Secure includes cloud recordings of video clips at 2K or lower resolution for 30 days. Renewal of an Arlo Secure plan is required to maintain Arlo Secure features, including cloud storage. Arlo Secure service not available in certain counties.
³Apple HomeKit compatibility for Arlo Essential requires connection to a compatible SmartHub or Base Station, sold separately.
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The cameras are easy to connect with the Arlo App and the clarity is really good! Got the 4 cameras charged and then installed them and I am so happy and feel much safer. I like that you can set the notifications to just notify you of people and not all movement. This has been a wonderful purchase and has added much safety to my home.
Needs subscription after the free 3 months trial. Or you can use the arlo hub with usb if you dont want a subscription plan with arlo. But every time you review the videos, you need to eject the usb from the hub and insert it in a loptop. I just put it on side of the house were minimal activity is. The light is not that great if your after for it instead get the arlo pro floodlight 3 which also needs subscription after the free trial period. Unlike the old model of arlo which comes with free cloud storage.
For more information on how to see saved videos via direct storage access without a paid subscription, please read the following article: https://kb.arlo.com/000062337
For further assistance, please reach out to our support team by navigating to Settings > Support within the Arlo app to explore the support options available to you.
We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Best regards, Arlo Team
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Long delay good picture
Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
I've had it about a weeks now and so far it's okay. When you get a notification about motion the app has a 2 to 5 minute delay before you can see the video sometimes. It synced up with my Google home app but it buffers for a new seconds to a minute before it shows you the live stream. The picture quality is good and so far the battery life is decent but not going to last 6 months on 1 charge. I got it, charged it, and installed it Dec 3rd and today Dec 10th and the battery is at 67% and thats with most of the notifications turned off but I do have dogs that run around my backyard so it detects them a lot
This camera is a great addition to our home. We wanted something to monitor activity in our backyard and it's doing a great job for that. One thing I didn't realize was when it's too cold outside, the camera won't function. It operates with battery power not direct wiring so that is why. Something I can live with as the number of times that happens is limited.
Works great through the summer -- but these "outdoor cameras" stop working if it gets too far below freezing, which is just "winter" for the northern part of the US. This is apparently a limitation of batteries in general; however this camera does not have any battery bypass, i.e. plugging it in to USB doesn't prevent the problem from happening. My screenshot is of a camera that has a weatherproof USB cable plugged directly into an AC adapter. The USB cable was added because once the temps got below 50 the battery drained super fast.
Thanks for your review. If you're having problems where your camera is not operating properly in cold weather, read this article: https://kb.arlo.com/000051490. For further help, navigate to Settings > Support in the Arlo App for available service options.
We appreciate your understanding.
Best regards, Arlo Team
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Safety first !
Posted . Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
Easy to link up.
Love the night vision/light option.
Small and easy to charge .
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PCMagRating, 4 out of 54.0John R. Delaney on October 2, 2020
Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera ReviewThe Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera is a 1080p outdoor security camera that features color night vision, a built-in siren, a spotlight, and embedded Wi-Fi. The camera doesn't require a hub, it's a cinch to install, and it delivers sharp video
A:AnswerIf you don’t continue the subscription after the free trial your cameras will not record when triggered. You will only receive a notification that there was motion on a particular camera. Had I known this I would not have purchased these cameras.
A:AnswerThe hub is the escape goat to not have to buy the arlo monthly package for storage
If you Ever record data and it Has to go to the police, it needs to be on a Sim card which goes in the back of the hub and stores the data longer than 1 week.
A:AnswerThe Arlo Essential Spotlight camera can connect directly to your router's wifi network. Its range limitation depends on the wireless range of the router and the obstructions between their connection. If connected to an Arlo base station/SmartHub, you can place the camera maximum of 300 feet (90 meters) from the SmartHub or base station. The maximum line-of-sight range of 300 feet is reduced by each wall, ceiling, or other major obstruction between the camera and base station. ^RM
A:AnswerNo, my 3 month trial just ended. I’ve learned that my options are either sign up for cloud service (for I believe $3/mo for one camera or $10/mo for up to four) or use a usb memory stick for local storage in my Arlo hub. Local storage only records, but to view I have to eject & plug into my computer. No remote viewing of a recording. However I will still get alerts and can view live.