Arlo GO 2: the smart camera that also uses the cellular network


Arlo GO 2 is the new surveillance camera from Arlo that can connect potentially anywhere, both where there is a Wi-Fi network and through the 3G / 4G cellular network thanks to the presence of the slot for a sim card. Our test at home lasted about two months, here is our review.

The installation

Arlo GO 2 is a very versatile security camera: it can be installed practically anywhere, hidden inside a bookcase, on a piece of furniture or on the wall, thanks to its wall mount with screws and bracket included in the package. The installation and connection to the internet in our test were a bit cumbersome: the camera, in fact, does not support 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks which, however, are starting to be more and more widespread and activated by default in home modems, and so to be able to configure it we had to change the modem settings by deactivating the 5 GHz network and connecting our smartphone to the 2.4 GHz network. It was not a particularly complicated operation but we believe that for those who are not enough expert in these issues could be difficult.

The characteristics of the camera

Through the Arlo app it is possible to control audio and video of the camera remotely, with light and in complete darkness, with a Full HD quality (1080p). In our test we connected from different places in Italy and around the world through more or less reliable connections and we almost always managed to get a good view of what was happening inside the house. Through the Arlo Secure app you can activate the integrated alarm and decide what should happen if the camera detects movement, such as sending a push or email notification or sounding an alarm. Through the bi-directional microphone it is then possible to listen to the sounds coming from the camera and also to speak; there is also a powerful spotlight. An interesting feature of the new GO 2 is the possibility of using a sim card in order to take advantage of the 3G / 4G cellular connection both where there is no Wi-Fi (for example to monitor a cellar, a garage, a second home and so on). away), or as a backup in case it goes away or the light is turned off at home. The internal battery life is very good: in our test in two months we never recharged it.

Apart from, starting from 2.99 euros per month, with the Arlo Secure subscription (90 days of trial are free) you can also get an advanced detection that allows the camera to distinguish between people, animals or vehicles, so to send notifications only when necessary; moreover, with the subscription it is possible to have up to 60 days of cloud recordings to review the videos recorded by the cameras.

Verdict, availability and pricing

Arlo GO 2 is therefore an excellent home smart camera that allows you to monitor your home or your pets when you are out and can act as a smart alarm capable of sending a notification in the event of the presence of strangers. Excellent battery life, options and features of the app, which also allows you to create a security system by coupling multiple cameras. The Arlo GO 2 is compatible with the Google Home and Alexa ecosystems while, unlike other Arlo models, we were unable to connect it with Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem. The list price is 330 euros.

Pros and cons

PRO

  • Convenient and practical to use
  • It can take advantage of the cellular network in addition to the Wi-Fi network

VERSUS

  • A bit cumbersome Wi-Fi setup
  • It is not compatible with the Apple HomeKit ecosystem, unlike other Arlo models



Source-tg24.sky.it