Netgear's Arlo Brand Gains New Wire-Free Smart Audio Doorbell


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Netgear's Arlo brand today announced the launch of the new Arlo Audio Doorbell and Arlo Chime, a new smart doorbell solution that's designed to pair with wire-free cameras in the Arlo lineup.

The Arlo Audio Doorbell doesn't include its own camera, as it's meant to be used with existing Arlo home security camera options. It pairs up with an Arlo camera installed in a home's entryway and adds doorbell functionality, but it can also be used on a standalone audio-only basis.

Able to work via batteries or as a replacement for a home's existing doorbell setup, when the Arlo Audio Doorbell is pressed, it activates your iPhone with an incoming VoIP call interface so you can speak with whoever is at your door. If you're not home, the person can leave an audio message.

"When a guest rings the Arlo Audio Doorbell, users immediately receive a phone call on their smartphone via the Arlo app, prompting them to either answer the call or send a prerecorded message for a quick reply. Couple this standout feature with the simple, wire-free setup and users have a seamless way to modernize the traditional doorstep greeting."
A connected camera provides an image of the entryway so you can see who is at the door through the accompanying Arlo app, and with the addition of the Arlo Smart Chime speaker, you can hear the doorbell ring anywhere in the house if you've replaced your existing chime.

When paired with a camera that includes the Arlo Smart subscription service, intelligent people detection is included and there's an option to call emergency services closest to the camera's location.

The Arlo Audio Doorbell is resistant to weather conditions that include snow, rain, and heat, and your incoming audio calls are recorded and can be played back for 7 days with included 7-day rolling audio cloud storage.

The Arlo Audio Doorbell and Chime are an interesting alternative to other smart doorbell setups for those who are already in the Arlo ecosystem. As Arlo home security cameras don't include HomeKit, the new doorbell also will not be HomeKit-compatible.

Arlo plans to share more information on the Arlo Audio Doorbell and Chime, including pricing, later this year.

Update: Arlo recently unveiled Arlo Smart service plans that offer features like person detection, cloud activity zones for monitoring specific areas, rich notifications for previews of what's captured on the iPhone's lock screen, and support for e911 emergency call services to send emergency responders to your camera's location. The Arlo Smart service plans start at $2.99 per month.

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macrumors regular
Apr 22, 2014
Adelaide, Australia
How about some sort of notification on your Apple TV like "picture in picture" of a live view of your front door. Seems like it's too much to ask for from Apple.
what has that to do with Apple? Netgear is the one dragging its feet with Homekit integration. No Homekit no way, got 3 Arlo cams I wish I did not have


macrumors 6502
Jul 17, 2013
Does it come with anti-tamper screws and a replacement guarantee if anyone steals it? As much a I despise the folks at Ring (formally of the failed Doorbot), at least Ring offers some sort of replacement guarantee.


If your Ring camera or doorbell product is stolen at any time after your purchase, Ring will replace the stolen device at no charge to you. This theft protection is not transferrable and applies only to the original consumer purchaser. Coverage of this theft protection is limited to one (1) replacement only for each Ring camera or doorbell product that you have purchased. Theft protection does not apply to any products purchased from third party sellers on Amazon, eBay, and other online marketplaces. Any claim based on theft of your Ring camera or doorbell product must be submitted within fifteen (15) days of the theft and include the original sales receipt, and a copy of a police report evidencing that you reported the theft to the police. Failure to report the theft to police voids this theft protection.
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macrumors regular
Jun 5, 2014
I have 4 Arlo cameras and I will not be buying anymore Arlo products. It’s bad enough that they still don’t support HomeKit, but their reliability has nosedived as well. Constant issues with the apps, random battery drains, notifications not coming through, etc.

Then there’s HomeKit, they add support to the Arlo Baby camera, but not to these or products released after Arlo Baby. That tells me they’re inconsistent with what they want to do.

Then they add a subscription smart service. Fix your current issues before trying to milk us for more money.

Then I read that Arlo is branching off from Netgear. How will they continue if they can’t even get the ball together with Netgears help.

I loved them when I bought them last November, but it seems their service is destined to continue to decline. All these things have lead me to the decision to no longer support them and move on to a new brand.
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