Arlo Pro Camera Firmware Release Notes Suggest Incoming HomeKit Support

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    Netgear's line of connected smart home cameras, called "Arlo," currently only support HomeKit for the Arlo Baby camera. However, this could be changing in the near future as release notes posted by an Arlo community manager on the company forums suggest that support for HomeKit will be part of a soon-to-launch firmware update for the Arlo Pro camera.

    There are a variety of wire-free and AC-powered Arlo devices, including the base Arlo camera, Arlo Pro, Arlo Pro 2, Arlo Go, Arlo Q, and Arlo Q Plus. According to the release notes in the forums, HomeKit would only be coming to the wire-free Arlo Pro camera. Recent release notes for the Arlo Pro 2 lack a mention of HomeKit support, but it's unclear why the company would limit HomeKit to just the first generation of the Arlo Pro line.

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    For the Arlo Pro, the update also includes a fix for high pixelation of images, support for new Wi-Fi codes, and more.
    Netgear introduced HomeKit into the Arlo Baby camera in February through an update to the Arlo iOS app. When smart home devices support HomeKit, users can then add them into Apple's Home app, where it's much easier to connect a variety of products into scenes for a home that can then be controlled with a tap of a button or through Siri.

    Yesterday, Netgear launched the Arlo Security Light as a companion product to its cameras. The wire-free LED light illuminates outdoor areas, can detect motion, and mainly touts Amazon Alexa support on its web page.

    Apple sells the Arlo Baby camera on Apple.com for $189.95, along with other HomeKit-compatible security cameras like the Logitech Circle 2 ($179.95) and D-Link Omna Cam ($149.95). Arlo Pro cameras are comparatively more expensive because they require a base station. Arlo Pro starts at $249.99 for one camera and a station, and the Arlo Pro 2 starts at $479.99 for two cameras and a station.

    (Thanks, Ryan!)

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  3. DrJohnnyN macrumors 6502a

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    Love my Arlos!
    Have it for my home and businesses.
     
  4. Sethal macrumors member

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    I really hope HomeKit support comes to the Arlo Pro. I would make such a difference in controlling the cameras with Siri. Just arming and disarming them with voice would be a huge improvement.
     
  5. w00master macrumors 65816

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    This firmware came yesterday which I updated, but I don't see Homekit support? Are we sure this isn't about the 2-way audio issues that Arlo has been having with iOS devices? I'm wondering if this is what that refers to.
     
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    I have an Arlo Q - it works well enough, but I can't really recommend it anymore. Software issues come up and they take months to be addressed, if addressed at all. Geofencing just stopped working for like 5 weeks, and then it was fixed. Two-way audio still doesn't work on iOS11.3 or later. Lots on the Arlo forum are pissed off that they yanked the promised baby monitor tablet and direct streaming features. The free 7-days or stored recording and motion zones is nice, but it doesn't make up for the other shortcomings.

    I would get a Logitech Circle 2 if I was buying another camera today.
     
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    Been waiting for this, had the arlo Pro system for about a year and it would be great if it worked with HomeKit. No need to bring up a second app to access the cameras.
     
  8. CrzyP macrumors 6502

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    I’ve been eyeballing the Arlo Pro 2 for a while now. It’s my number one pick. I think this news has sealed the deal.
     
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    That's a cool design. They sure got inspired by the EarPods.

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  12. liberte1776 macrumors regular

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    Canary promised HomeKit over a year ago and it still has yet to materialize. *rolls eyes*
     
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    Sorry - grammar police - in the article headline you want “upcoming” not “incoming”
     
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    I’ve spent a lot of money on 8 Arlo first generation cameras, and 2 Arlo Q cameras. I love them, and I love HomeKit, so I am very disappointed that HomeKit may skip first generation Arlo and only support Arlo Pro. It would cost me literally thousands of dollars to upgrade my Arlo system to Arlo Pro, so that I could use them with HomeKit
     
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    Pro is far superior. Do yourself a favor and upgrade.
     

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