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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Arlo.

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The Arlo home security system is one of the most well-known camera-based systems. The company believes that when quality video cameras are strategically placed, both inside and outside the home, homeowners can achieve the level of home security they are looking for.

The Arlo Pro and the Arlo Q are just two of the company’s offerings, but both offer quality video and a number of features that make them some of the company's most popular choices.

Overview: Arlo Pro vs Arlo Q

The Arlo Pro and Arlo Q cameras are designed to both record and stream live video. The Arlo Pro and Pro 2 can be used indoors or outdoors and have a 1080p camera. The Arlo Q and Q Plus are indoor cameras. The Q is able to stream live video as needed and offers two-way voice communication. The Q Plus was designed to meet the needs of businesses that require live streaming. Both are wireless but the Q Plus comes with an Ethernet cord and cloud storage capabilities.

  • There are no contracts
  • All of the cameras are under $300
  • The Arlo Q and Q Plus do not require base units to function
  • The Arlo Pro and Pro 2 can be used inside or outside your home
  • Ideal for both homeowners and renters

Similarities: Arlo Pro vs Arlo Q

All of the cameras offered by Arlo have two-way voice communication and operate over a wireless network. Arlo's devices are designed to be self-monitoring. By pairing with the Alexa platform, at least partial home automation can be achieved. Both the Pro and the Q series of cameras have night vision capabilities. There are no contracts and all of the devices can be purchased a la carte.

  • Equipment is purchased upfront
  • No contracts or lease agreements are required
  • Pro and Q series cameras have built-in motion sensors
  • Night vision is standard
  • All are capable of streaming HD video

Differences: Arlo Pro vs Arlo Q

While both the Arlo Pro and the Arlo Q series are both quality cameras, they serve different purposes. The Arlo Pro is designed to be weather-resistant and can be used indoors or out. The Q series, on the other hand, are designed to be used indoors. The Q camera is completely wireless. Both the Q and Q Plus can operate without the use of a base station. Because the Q Plus was designed to be used by businesses, it comes with an ethernet cord that allows it to be hooked into a laptop or other computer so videos can be stored.

  • No base units for either of the Q units
  • Only the Pro cameras can be used outside
  • The Q units have the option for cloud storage
  • The Pro series allows you to set ‘activity' zones
  • The Q Pro offers cloud storage


The Arlo Pro and Arlo 2 are indoor/outdoor cameras. They offer infrared night vision, two-way voice communication, 1080p camera, large field of view, and motion sensors. The cameras are completely wireless and integrate with the Alexa platform.

The Arlo Q and Q Plus also have night vision, motion sensors, and two-way voice communication. The Arlo Q Plus can be plugged into a computer using an Ethernet cord so that live video can be streamed and stored on the device.


Neither the Arlo Pro or the Arlo Q series require contracts or purchase agreements.


The Arlo Pro costs approximately $250. The Arlo Pro 2 costs around $480, but includes 2 cameras.

The Arlo Q starts out at $200, while the Arlo Q Plus costs approximately $250. No base units are needed.


The Arlo Pro cameras have 1080p lenses with built-in motion sensors. The Pro series does require a base unit to function properly.

The Arlo Q series cameras do not need a base unit to function. The Q Plus comes with an Ethernet cord so it can be used to store videos in the cloud.


All of Arlo's cameras and base units are easily installed by the homeowner or renter.

Emergency Connections

Arlo's cameras are self-monitored so it is up to the homeowner or renter to report any alerts to the authorities.

Summary: Arlo Pro vs Arlo Q

The Arlo Pro and Pro 2 cameras are good choices if you want to place cameras on the outside of your property. They are easy to install and even easier to use.

The Arlo Q and Q Plus are designed for indoor use and make good choices for small businesses or homeowners who want streaming video.