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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Arlo.

SecureScore™: 8.4/10

Arlo and Reolink offer two of the best, camera-based home security systems in the industry that are both affordable and extremely reliable. Although you may have to watch the motion sensor setting with the Reolink, both cameras tend to provide quality images and offer features that make them well work their cost. Both systems offer multiple devices that will fit most price ranges and provide reliable coverage that is sure to offer peace of mind.

Overview: Arlo vs Reolink

Arlo and Reolink offer quality cameras that provide high-resolution images and video. Both systems are wireless and include motion sensors. Each system offers both push notifications and emails to the owner whenever an alert is triggered. Each company offers multiple cameras that allow you to choose how technologically advanced you want to be.

  • Both offer night vision
  • Two-way communication allows you to interact with those in range of the camera
  • Both offer wireless cameras
  • Reolink offers solar powered options
  • Arlo offers a baby monitor capabilities

Similarities: Reolink vs Arlo

Both Arlo and Reolink offer quality video footage with two-way communication. Cameras are equipped with motion detection sensors that will trigger the video to turn as needed. Both systems offer wireless options that use Wi-fi connectivity. Reolink's newest cameras are capable of using 3G and 4G cellular networks.

  • Each has video storage capabilities (Arlo uses cloud storage and Reolink uses SD cards)
  • Both systems are easy to install
  • Easy to operate, many of the cameras are wireless
  • Night vision is available with both systems
  • Able to view what is happening remotely

Differences: Reolink vs Arlo

Arlo wireless cameras use cellular service where Reolink has not yet include cellular as part of their system. Reolink's system runs on ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity that allows cameras to send notifications and emails if an alert is triggered. At this time, Reolink allows for two-way communication but does not record sound when recording videos.

  • Reolink claims to be both weatherproof and vandalism proof
  • Arlo offers cloud storage and doesn't require an SD card
  • Reolink's next gen cameras will allow for cloud storage but they don't offer the option yet
  • Reolink offers solar power as an option to backup batteries
  • Arlo's motion detection sensors are more stable and reliable

Features

Arlo's system is 100% wireless and is capable of supporting as many as 60 cameras. Cameras have built-in motion sensors, infrared night vision and smart home compatibility with third-party platforms. The Arlo cameras pair seamlessly with Alexa and allow you to remote connectivity with their iOS and Android apps. They also offer a baby monitor feature.

Reolink's Argus cameras extremely durable and weatherproof. Each camera offers motion detection sensors and night vision capabilities as well as two-way communication with individuals in view of the camera. While the cameras currently use Wi-Fi or ethernet for connectivity, cellular service will be available soon. Solar power is also an alternative to backup batteries.

Contracts

Neither company requires contracts. Cloud storage is an option with Arlo but it is a month-to-month offering with no service agreements.

Pricing

The Arlo Pro camera can be purchased for $250 while the Arlo Pro 2 can be found for $300. Prices may differ depending on where you choose to shop. If you choose the premier plan, you will pay $10 a month or $100 a year for 10 cameras. You will receive 30 days of storage for your videos. If you choose the elite plan, you will pay $15 per month for 15 cameras or $150 for the entire year. With this plan, you get 60 days of cloud storage.

Reolink offers several different cameras to choose from with the cheapest being the RLC-420 for $60. The RLN16-410 is the most extensive and comes with both a solar panel and 3T of storage. The other cameras fall in between those two price ranges, each providing a multitude of features with some offering at least some degree of internal storage without the use of an SD card.

Equipment

Arlo's two main offerings include the Arlo Pro and the Arlo Pro 2. Both offer motion sensors and two-way video communication.

Reolink offers multiple cameras aside from the two listed in the Pricing section. A few of them include the Reolink Argus 2 ($129.99), Reolink Argus Pro ($99.99), Reolink Go ($249.99). C1 Pro ($76.99), and the C2 Pro ($96.99), just to name a few of the more popular ones.

Installation

Both systems are easy to install and set up with no professional assistance.

Emergency Connections

While neither company is set up to notify local authorities on their own, they do send alerts either through texts, push notifications, or emails to the homeowner. This allows the homeowner to make the choice as to whether or not the authorities need to be called. If so, it is up to them to make the call.

Summary: Arlo vs Reolink

The Arlo system works well for both homeowners and renters who want the benefit of cloud storage and more advanced features.

Reolink is ideal for the homeowner or renter who wants a wide variety of cameras to choose from, especially those with internal storage capabilities.

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