Tuesday, 13 February 2018 11:08

Netgear's Arlo Pro 2 introduces Alexa, 1080P HD video and much, much more


Some amazing features are now included in the third-generation of Netgear's excellent Arlo security cameras, including "HD Video, optional 24/7 continuous video recording, solar power option, and support for Amazon Alexa" and more.

If you thought Netgear's Arlo and Arlo Pro cameras were pretty amazing, then Netgear has taken Arlo to the next level with its Arlo Pro 2.

New features of the new Arlo Pro 2 system include:

  • Captured video now in higher quality 1080p resolution.
  • Look Back pre-recording feature available – video moments are captured before motion activity is even detected.
  • Motion Activity Zones are supported – highlight the specific areas you wish to monitor through the app.
  • Smart arm/disarm scheduling capability – cameras can be active based on schedule or location.
  • Connectivity to smart home devices – compatibility with IFTTT and Samsung SmartThings.
  • Arlo Skill for Amazon Alexa – view live feeds or recorded video from an Arlo camera, on the screen of the Amazon Echo Show or the Amazon Fire TV.
  • A plug-in option with solar power.

As Netgear reminds us, its Arlo Pro 2 weather-resistant cameras can be placed just about anywhere.

Proudly boasting of a "sleek, compact design and inconspicuous profile, the Arlo Pro 2 Wire-Free Security Camera System keeps a discreet yet vigilant eye on your home and business, loved ones, employees, pets, and visitors, both indoors and out – from the front porch to the back garden through rain, snow or sunshine".

"And with the Arlo Solar Panel (sold separately), the rechargeable batteries can be kept fully charged with only a few days of full sunlight.

"With the captured video now in 1080p resolution, Arlo Pro 2 cameras record in crisp HD video that enable the capability to zoom in for even greater detail. Just pinch-to-zoom in the Arlo app to highlight an area to view the video with incredible clarity.

"The 130-degree field of view, night vision and advanced motion detection technology equip the new Arlo Pro 2 to capture every moment with great clarity."

Just as with the Arlo Pro, the new Arlo Pro 2 "also includes a built-in speaker and microphone for 2-way communication, and the base station comes equipped with a siren which can be triggered remotely or by motion or audio detection.

"These audio features allow you to hear everything going on in and around the home or business, and control it remotely via the Arlo app on a smartphone. Whether you’re talking to the delivery person, the kids or pets, checking in on the cleaning crew, or confronting intruders, it has never been easier to put a stop to crime, mischief or neglect – before it happens."

"Arlo Pro 2 provides added benefits when plugged in while indoors. This latest addition to the Arlo family detects motion and can start recording video even faster. With the new Look Back pre-recording feature available while the camera is plugged in, video moments are captured before motion activity is even detected.

"Look Back creates a video recording with three seconds of footage before the triggered event, providing a more complete picture of what occurred. Motion activity zones are also supported with the Arlo Pro 2.

"To create a custom Activity Zone, plug the Arlo Pro 2 into an outlet and highlight the specific areas you wish to monitor through the app. Notifications will be sent via the app on your mobile device when motion is detected within that zone. You can also subscribe to the optional continuous video recording (CVR), a paid plan to capture video continuously, 24/7, ensuring you never miss a moment.

"Included with the purchase of the camera system is the basic Arlo plan, which covers up to five (5) cameras, and provides a rolling seven (7) days of free cloud storage for the life of product.

"All service plans for Arlo Pro 2, as with other Arlo Smart Home Security Cameras, are designed to give control over to the customer as to how long each video will be stored and how many cameras have been connected. Optional subscription-based service plans are available for Arlo systems of more than five cameras.

"You can also upgrade to CVR to keep nonstop recordings in the cloud to review any minute of the day. Arlo Pro 2 includes a new smart arm/disarm scheduling capability so the cameras can be active based on your schedule or location."

To make your smart home security even more intuitive and effective, Arlo Pro 2 can be connected to smart home devices through platforms such as IFTTT and Samsung SmartThings.

Using the Arlo Skill for Amazon Alexa, you can view live feeds or recorded video from an Arlo camera, on the screen of the Amazon Echo Show or the Amazon Fire TV. With a simple voice command, ask Alexa to show the "front door", "the back yard" or "the driveway", and anywhere else the Arlo camera had been placed eliminating the need to navigate the app.

Pat Collins, senior vice-president of Arlo products at Netgear, said: “Arlo Pro 2 reflects our singular focus on delivering the most innovative, flexible and easy to use smart security solutions for homes and businesses.

“With 1080p HD video, combined with our patented wire-free design, Arlo Pro 2 provides customers with an exceptional video experience and an unparalleled capability to monitor every angle of their property, inside and outside, day and night.

"And with more power options, and the ability to optimise motion detection with activity zones, we continue to advance Arlo’s flexibility and intelligence to deliver the most comprehensive set of tools for protection of what matters most.

Pricing and availability

Arlo Pro 2 Add-on Camera is now available for $349 RRP. The Arlo Pro 2 Security Camera System with two cameras and including base station is available now starting at an RRP of $799.

Arlo Pro 2, Arlo Pro and Arlo wire-free cameras are interchangeable. You can add the new Arlo Pro 2 cameras to an installed Arlo Pro or Arlo Wire-Free base station, or can opt to use any existing Arlo wire-free cameras with the new Arlo Pro Base Station.

Arlo Pro 2 accessories

Accessories for Arlo Pro 2 are sold separately and require an existing Arlo Pro or Arlo Pro 2 System.

Arlo Charging Station (VMA4400C)

Use the fast-charging Arlo Charging Station with dual charging bays to charge up to two Arlo Pro or Arlo Pro 2 rechargeable batteries simultaneously, saving on charging time and minimising camera downtime.

Arlo Pro Rechargeable Battery (VMA4400)

Get an add-on 2440mAh Lithium Ion battery and fast-charging power adapter for Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 cameras so you can swap out your batteries and avoid waiting for a charge

Arlo Pro Skins (VMA4200)

A lightweight silicon material protects your Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 camera from natural elements and helps to blend into its surroundings. Available in a set of three in black (VMA4200B)

Arlo Solar Panel (VMA4600)

With only a few hours of direct sunlight, the Arlo Solar Panel harvests power from the sun to keep your Arlo Pro, Arlo Pro 2 and Arlo Go battery charged.

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