Arlo Launches Smart HDR Video Doorbell

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Smart camera brand Arlo has launched a new internet connected Video Doorbell that's "designed to capture what traditional video doorbells can't."


Arlo says the Video Doorbell manages this thanks to an "industry-leading" vertical field-of-view that allows users to get a bigger, more precise picture of their front porch.

Along with the optimized 1:1 aspect ratio front entry view, the HDR video doorbell features motion detection alerts, smartphone video call and quick-reply pre-recorded messages for interacting with visitors, night vision, live zoom, and a silent mode that disables push notifications and mutes the chime.

In addition, the doorbell has a weather-resistant design that enables it to withstand heat, cold, rain, and sun, while built-in tamper detection triggers a siren if someone attempts to remove the doorbell.

The Video Doorbell works with Arlo Smart Plans, the company's subscription services that start with the Arlo Smart plan offering 30-day video history, advanced AI detection, custom activity zones, and lock screen notifications, priced at $2.99 per month per camera. For $9.99 per month, the Arlo Smart Premier plan adds e911 emergency call service and covers up to ten cameras for one price, while the Arlo Smart Elite plan at $14.99 per month covers up to 20 cameras and extends video history to 60 days.

We asked Arlo whether the company plans to support HomeKit on the Video Doorbell, and Arlo said only that while it's aiming to make as many of its cameras as possible compatible with HomeKit, there's nothing to announce with regard to the Video Doorbell and HomeKit at this time.

With a retail price of $149.99, the Video Doorbell is available now for pre-order at Best Buy and other authorized Arlo resellers.

Article Link: Arlo Launches Smart HDR Video Doorbell
 

cknibbs

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The only way I will move away from Nest is if some of these companies start delivering HomeKit support.
 
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Red Oak

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Arlo is incompetent when it comes to HomeKit. And, they are always vague about when/if they will support it

I waited years for them to bring it to the Arlo Pro line. All without any specific updates of when
 
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Arlo says the Video Doorbell manages this thanks to an "industry-leading" vertical field-of-view that allows users to get a bigger, more precise picture of their front porch.

Along with the optimized 1:1 aspect ratio front entry view, the HDR video doorbell features motion detection alerts, smartphone video call and quick-reply pre-recorded messages for interacting with visitors, night vision, live zoom, and a silent mode that disables push notifications and mutes the chime.
Industry leading vertical FOV?? Nest Hello has had that for over a year. This looks and sounds (the features) an AWFUL lot like the Nest Hello camera......
 

cardfan

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Paying a subscription for your door bell .... Who does that?
Not sure. But as I’ve been saying more hardware from Apple means more potential services. It’s what Apple should be doing. Stuff like this is simply one example.

Instead of trying to be a Hollywood producer in a doomed streaming service.
 

Ateam043

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I’m still under the 7 day free video storage, but the day they force me to pay, I’m out.
 

oneMadRssn

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Paying a subscription for your door bell .... Who does that?
This is disappointing. Arlo used to offer a free plan on all their cameras that let you have 7 days of motion recording for free. But the last several products they released are excluded from this free tier.
 

jakecdemp

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Arlo is great... if you love 30-60 second load times on every. single. video. and being charged for every "new feature" that your camera "supports". :rolleyes:
 

dallastigers

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DAMNIT APPLE JUST MAKE HOMEKIT HARDWARE FOR HOMEKIT! This shouldn’t be so difficult to do right? Doorbell, camera, thermostat, and a display(or just give the iPad a mode in iPadOS that will turn it into a smart display?)
It’s hard to believe Apple hasn’t done anything home security camera related themselves to use HomeKit along with incorporating iCloud storage plans & even something like Presence did initially using older iPhones and iPods as indoor monitoring cameras to set up temporary & mobile cameras around house. Reuse name iSight for them or repurpose unused camera supplies or something, but if like usual they are unwilling to spend like Amazon to buy higher priced companies already out in market (outside of Beats which seems high in comparison) at least repurpose what they already have. HomeKit has been out too long to not have more out of the box support by companies than it does.
 
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does this require Adobe Flash to access via desktop computer like all of the other Arlo products? In the year 2019.
 

Unity451

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Paying a subscription for your door bell .... Who does that?
I'm paying a subscription for my SkyDrop irrigation controller... not because I want to, but because the company was failing and decided to change their business model to keep the revenue flowing.

Sadly, that's the reality with a lot of tech companies that sell something that you only need 1 of. For each product sold, that's one less customer on the market, so over time, the customer pool slowly shrinks. Unless a company innovates by creating either other products or a reason to upgrade, the only way to keep the cash flowing is by locking you into a subscription.

That's what happened to SkyDrop. My options are to either pay $250 up front for a new controller made by another company or opt for the slow bleed at the tune of $1.99 per month.
 

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Buy your house and rent a bell.
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does this require Adobe Flash to access via desktop computer like all of the other Arlo products? In the year 2019.
Do they? That would be ridiculous!
Technically from the day before yesterday. From marketing they are from yesterday.
 

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That's what happened to SkyDrop. My options are to either pay $250 up front for a new controller made by another company or opt for the slow bleed at the tune of $1.99 per month.
Same here with Skydrop.

However, with video and an extended history I am willing to pay for a subscription and I do today with my Nest cameras. I haven't added a Nest Hello thanks to my uncertainty that it will actually work with my odd doorbell system but if I knew it did, I would pay for it. The cameras serve their purpose but a camera at doorbell height with a nice field of view would do nicely.

For those who don't want a video doorbell or are unwilling to pay a subscription for the service, so be it, but lot's of us are and do.
 

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Same here with Skydrop.

However, with video and an extended history I am willing to pay for a subscription and I do today with my Nest cameras. I haven't added a Nest Hello thanks to my uncertainty that it will actually work with my odd doorbell system but if I knew it did, I would pay for it. The cameras serve their purpose but a camera at doorbell height with a nice field of view would do nicely.

For those who don't want a video doorbell or are unwilling to pay a subscription for the service, so be it, but lot's of us are and do.
'For those who don't want a video doorbell or are unwilling to pay a subscription for the service, so be it, but lot's of us are and do.'
You are definitively a member of Arlo marketing...
Sounds really lame, though.
 

Laird Knox

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Paying a subscription for your door bell .... Who does that?
I do.

Ring's model is actually pretty good right now. For $100 a year I have cloud storage for unlimited cameras, free replacement if a camera gets stolen, 24/7 monitoring of the alarm system, and cellular backup for the alarm.

I also have wired cameras going to a local DVR so no cloud and no subscriptions. Having both works well. If the DVR gets stolen in a robbery I still have the cloud based cameras and if the network goes down I still have the local system.

The Ring system actually saved my smoker. Some dirt bag tried to steal it while I was at work. I was able to yell at him over the doorbell speaker and he ran off.
 

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'For those who don't want a video doorbell or are unwilling to pay a subscription for the service, so be it, but lot's of us are and do.'
You are definitively a member of Arlo marketing...
Sounds really lame, though.
ring does a good job. 1080 (I or p, I forget) resolutions, Good cameras, one price for seemingly any number of cameras cloud storage. If you get 20 cameras and 3 locations, it’s all on one $100 yearly plan. You can’t do that with any other service, and it all actually works! Can’t beat it, and it works decently.
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I do.

Ring's model is actually pretty good right now. For $100 a year I have cloud storage for unlimited cameras, free replacement if a camera gets stolen, 24/7 monitoring of the alarm system, and cellular backup for the alarm.

I also have wired cameras going to a local DVR so no cloud and no subscriptions. Having both works well. If the DVR gets stolen in a robbery I still have the cloud based cameras and if the network goes down I still have the local system.

The Ring system actually saved my smoker. Some dirt bag tried to steal it while I was at work. I was able to yell at him over the doorbell speaker and he ran off.
Great minds think alike haha
 

JosephAW

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At our home all security cameras run on the intranet. No internet is available at our location. Is there a doorbell that runs without internet access?
 
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