Arlo Smart Adds Some Nice Features and Enhancements

Following the direction set by Nest Aware and a few others, Arlo has introduced a refresh of their paid cloud plans.  Like Nest, Arlo will now be including exclusive features and enhancements into Arlo Smart which is the new name of their cloud plans. We are big fans of the Arlo Pro HD Security Camera System and Arlo Pro 2 Camera Security System.  Besides being well made cameras with a long battery life, Arlo throws in one of the most generous free cloud plans of any of the large manufacturers. Arlo Smart pricing and capabilities are a little confusing so we’ll look … Read more

Is it Worth Paying for an Arlo Cloud Subscription Plan?

Arlo is our favorite line of wire-free cameras.  We are big fans of the Arlo Pro HD Security Camera System and Arlo Pro 2 Camera Security System.  Besides being well made cameras with a long battery life, Arlo throws in one of the most generous free cloud plans of any of the large manufacturers.  They also have a few plans that aren’t free.  Today, we discuss the Arlo cloud subscription plans in detail. Effective July, 2018, Arlo renamed their cloud services to Arlo Smart and added functionality.  A very detailed explanation of the options available with this new plan are outlined in … Read more

How to Save on Batteries for a Wireless Camera

We have seen several manufacturers introduce some nice products in the wireless home camera arena.  For this article, wireless means no A/C power cable and no Ethernet cable.  Most home security cameras handle wireless connectivity these days but only a handful do wireless power.  Those that do wireless power depend upon batteries and you can blow through these quickly.  We’re going to discuss how to save on batteries for a wireless camera. Save on batteries takes on two avenues of attack.  First is the subject of reducing consumption.  Second is the subject of lowering the cost of getting more batteries. … Read more

How to Extend the Range of an Arlo Pro HD Home Security System

We are big fans of the Arlo Pro HD Home Security System,  It’s our favorite wireless home security camera.  Like any wireless home security camera, you might be challenged by the distance of wireless connectivity.  Today, we are discussing how to extend the range of an Arlo Pro. Everything we discuss within this article applies equally to the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2.  So if you have the Arlo Pro 2, follow along because everything listed here applies to your camera as well. For those unfamiliar with the Arlo Pro, there are two connectivity components.  First is the wireless camera. … Read more

How to Replace the Batteries in an Arlo Smart Home Security Camera

The Arlo Smart Home Security Camera is one of my favorite camera models.  Today, we’re discussing how to change the batteries in an Arlo Smart Home Security Camera. Unlike competitors, this Arlo model has no power cables.  They are battery operated.  Batteries need to be changed.  This article will show how to change the batteries and give a recommendation for what you need. The batteries in an Arlo camera should last 4-6 months, that’s according to the manufacturer.  The 4-6 months is based upon 5 minutes of active use daily.  More frequent use and the batteries in an Arlo camera will need to be changed … Read more

How to Add Local Storage to an Arlo Pro HD Home Security System

The Arlo Pro HD Home Security System is one of my new favorites in home security cameras.  This checks off practically every must-have box that I can think of.  One of those must-have check boxes is to simultaneously support local and cloud storage.  We will show you how to add local storage to an Arlo Pro This is a nice backup in case the internet goes out at your home or office.  Keeping in mind the individual cameras are attached directly to the Arlo Pro HD base, they will keep working even if the internet isn’t and will record locally to the … Read more