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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Arlo.

Overall Score: 8.4/10

Arlo and Lorex are both camera-based home security systems. While both are rather simplistic, Lorex is more technologically advanced offering a Skype feature and various types of settings in terms of recording video. Both offer cloud storage options and are easy to use. Arlo is much easier to set up however and is much more affordable depending on the level of security you are trying to achieve.

Overview: Arlo vs Lorex

Arlo and Lorex cameras offer a wide variety of features that include motion detection, continues recording, and cloud storage. Both can be easily installed by the homeowner and provide excellent picture quality even with the most basic of camera choices. There are several cloud storage options to choose from that will allow you to store videos for as long little or as long as you want.

  • Lorex offers a Skype feature
  • Both have a baby monitor feature
  • Neither require contracts
  • Lorex has a more complex set up process
  • Arlo is easy to install

Similarities: Lorex vs Arlo

Arlo and Lorex offer motion detection sensors that are built into their cameras. Both systems can be customizes as to when recording takes place, be it continuous, scheduled or when triggered by the motion detection sensor. Cloud storage options are available that allow for both short and long-term options.

  • Both systems offer effective night vision options
  • Cloud storage can be purchased on a month-to-month basis
  • Two-talk capabilities are offered by both
  • High-quality video for both indoor and outdoor cameras
  • Both systems are set up to handle multiple cameras at one time

Differences: Lorex vs Arlo

Even though both Arlo and Lorex systems use cameras as their main device, Lorex includes a 7-inch monitor that can be used for Skyping. While Arlo's apps can be used for both iOS and Android smartphones and devices, Lorex is not compatible with the Apple platform. Arlo is also capable of pairing with smart home devices while Lorex does have limitations.

  • Lorex offers two-way communication
  • Arlo is compatible with Alexa and other smart home platforms
  • Lorex's more advanced cameras are not fully wireless
  • Lorex offers local storage to a desktop computer
  • Arlo allows for third-party integration

Features

Arlo offers a fully wireless home security system that includes night vision, baby monitor coverage, and support of as many as 60 cameras. Motion sensors are built into the cameras and will send notifications if an alert is triggered. Arlo's system is compatible with multiple platforms including iOS and Android.

Lorex camera features include night vision, temperature control, Skype capabilities, and two-way communication. Lorex's platform pairs well with Android operating systems, not so much with iOS. They offer several cloud storage options.

Contracts

Neither company requires a contract or service agreement of any kind.

Pricing

Arlo's cameras range in price from $250 to $480, depending on where you purchase them from. You can possibly find them cheaper if you purchase from outlets like Amazon or Best Buy. There are two basic plans starting at $9.99 a month of $100 per year for the Basic plan and $14.99 per month or $149 per year for the Elite.

Lorex cameras range in price from $99 to $3000 depending on the type and number you buy. There are no shipping fees and you can receive a full refund if everything is returned in 60 days. Storage fees are approximately $6.99 a month or $70 for a year.

Equipment

Arlo offers the Arlo Pro and the Arlo Pro 2. Both offer high-resolution video and images in addition to two-way communication. The Arlo Pro 2 gives you the option to set up zones in high traffic areas. They also offer the Arlo security light.

Lorex offers many different cameras that start at 1080p and increase in terms of resolution and quality. Lorex also includes a 7-inch monitor which can be used for Skyping. Lorex is well-known for having some of the most technologically advanced cameras in the industry.

Installation

Arlo is easy to install and use. Installation can be completed in just a few minutes.

Lorex is a more complex system to install but is easy to use once it is up and running.

Emergency Connections

Arlo can be paired with devices for partial home automation. Third-party integration allows for notifications to both the subscriber's contact lists as well as emergency responders.

Lorex is more of a self-monitoring system and will allow you to monitor your system from almost anywhere. It's up to you to notify emergency responders, however.

Summary: Arlo vs Lorex

Arlo is the best choice out of the two for homeowners who want a simple system that is affordable and customizable.

Lorex is a good choice if you want top of the line cameras and the ability to Skype. It's costly, but worth the money if you want the best.

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