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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Arlo.

SecureScore™: 8.0/10

Arlo and Piper are home security systems that revolve around one main piece of equipment, the camera. Each system offers multiple cameras that have the ability to perform a wide range of features. The camera units are equipped with two-way voice communication and motion detectors that are able to detect possible break-ins and extreme temperature changes.

Overview: Arlo vs Piper

Arlo and Piper both rely on their camera units to provide maximum benefits in terms of home security. While both have the option to be monitored by a third-party system, they are designed to be self-monitoring. Even though you monitor the system yourself, alerts will be sent to your phone via the cell service each one uses to maintain connectivity. Both Arlo and Piper offer a wide range of service that make them just as competitive as other systems that offer a variety of sensors.

  • Neither company requires a contract
  • No professional installation is needed
  • Piper offers door and window sensors
  • Arlo is supported by NetGear
  • Piper is supported by Comcast

Similarities: Piper vs Arlo

Arlo and Piper offer technologically advanced camera systems that offer multiple features. Cameras have the capability of night vision for low light situations. Systems are easy to use and provide simple instructions for hassle-free installation. Systems record and store videos for several days with additional cloud storage available for a monthly fee.

  • Two-way voice communication so you can speak to whoever is in the area
  • Motion detectors that are built-in to the camera
  • Both are self-monitoring systems
  • 100% wireless for reliable connectivity
  • Indoor and outdoor capabilities for full home security

Differences: Piper vs Arlo

While Arlo offers home automation through the Alexa platform, Piper uses Z-Wave technology to connect to smart home devices. Piper also offers a wide angle camera. Arlo's system can support upward of 60 cameras. Arlo offers plans for both residential and commercial customers.

  • Piper offers door and window sensors
  • Arlo pairs with Alexa and other smart home platforms
  • Piper also includes detectors that monitor temperature changes
  • Piper cameras pan, tilt, and zoom
  • Arlo offers a baby monitor feature


Arlo's features include infrared night vision, integration with the Alexa platform, motion detection, a mobile app that works with both Android and iOS platforms, and two-way voice communication. Cameras can be used either indoors or outdoors and offer high-resolution video.

Piper offers multiple features including night vision, two-way communication, energy management capability, entry sensors for doors and windows, and a wide angle camera that has the capability to pan, zoom, and tilt.


Neither company requires a contract or service agreement.


The Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 are $250 and $480 respectively. Prices for the cameras may vary depending on where you choose to buy them. They offer two main plans, the first being the Premier that costs $10 a month or $100 for the year. The Elite plan costs approximately $15 a month or $150 for the year. The Premier plan supports 10 cameras, while the Elite can support 15.

Piper does not offer a monthly package of any kind. The cost of the cameras will depend on where you purchase them. The Piper Classic costs $199. The Piper NV can be found for $279. The Piper Pro starts at $299.99 and comes with 3 accessories. The Piper Ultimate costs $749.99 and comes with 5 accessories.


Arlo offers two main cameras the Arlo Pro and the Arlo Pro 2.

The Piper also offers two main cameras, the Piper and the Piper NV. In addition to the cameras, they also offer the door/window entry sensors as well.


Both systems are easy to install and come with simple, easy to follow instructions.

Emergency Connections

Both systems are designed to be self-monitoring but Arlo offers monthly cloud storage. Both systems will alert you if there are any triggers that indicate something is wrong. It is up to you, however, to notify the local authorities.

Summary: Arlo vs Piper

Arlo is an excellent choice if you want a simple, hassle-free home security system that is affordable and offers a cloud storage plan.

Piper is a good choice for homeowners and renters who want an additional layer of security without having to worry about any month to month fees.

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