Arlo focuses on simplicity. They don't have a lot of options to brag about; however, what they do have is high-quality equipment that's easy to install, easy to use, and can be mounted just about anywhere without much fuss within 10 minutes or less.
Additionally, the Arlo Basic plan is free, so all you have to pay for is the equipment. And, they don't require you to sign any long-term contracts either. However, with that being said, they don't offer any professional monitoring services. So if you want professional monitoring, you might want to look for another brand.
As far as Arlo's home automation features go, they don't have many at all. However, what they do have can be easily integrated with a wide variety of other third-party solutions such as Alexa and Google Assistant. With these, you will be able to control your entire system hands-free using just your voice. Arlo is also compatible with additional systems as well, such as SmartThings and others.
Arlo and Google Home
Arlo has extremely popular home security cameras because of their unique design and because they are easy to install. Additionally, Arlo now works with Google Assistant. All you have to do to get started is to install the Google Assistant app on your mobile device. Next, you go to the Google Assistant settings and tap Home Control. Then you will add your Arlo cameras and that's it, your Google Assistant and Arlo systems are ready to go.
With Arlo and Google Home, you can ask questions, tell it to do things for you, live stream your Arlo cameras on your Chromecast-enabled TV or other compatible devices. And, the more you use your Arlo and Google Home pairing, the more useful it becomes.
Here are the Arlo products that are compatible with Google Assistant: Arlo Pro, Arlo Pro 2, Arlo Go, Arlo Baby, Arlo Q, and the Arlo Q Plus.
Arlo and Google Home are a great pairing because together they help you keep an eye on your home, family, and pets remotely. The Google Assistant can be used on your mobile device, your speaker, in your car, on your TV, laptop, watch, and more.
Arlo and Alexa
Are Arlo and Alexa compatible? Yes, they are. In fact, there are a variety of things you can do with Arlo Skill and Alexa. You can access your Arlo cameras and security lights using the Alexa voice commands. You can easily enable your system by asking Alexa to enable Arlo Skill, which will then give you instructions via the Alexa app so you can link your Arlo and Alexa accounts. Alternatively, you can use the Alexa app to search for Arlo Skill. Then you will tap the “Enable Skill” button to link your accounts—that's it.
Once you have everything installed and linked, you can ask Alexa any number of commands. You can say “Alexa, please show me the front door camera.” Or you could say “Alexa show me the backyard,” etc.
Additionally, once you've enabled your Arlo Skill, you can use the Alexa voice commands to pull up a live feed of any of your Arlo cameras; however, you will need the Amazon Alexa Spot or the Amazon Alexa Show if you want to see the video feed.
Arlo cameras are capable of connecting to any Amazon Echo device with a screen. And Arlo is great when you want cameras that are inconspicuous and blend in well with your home decor.
Arlo and Apple HomeKit
Arlo recently released some of their home security equipment that was supposed to be compatible with Apple HomeKit; however, there were many reports of problems. Arlo then announced that HomeKit would be able to support the Arlo Ultra 4K HDR Wire-Free and the Arlo Pro 2 security cameras using a firmware update. But again, there were problems with that as well. Unfortunately, the last failed update was in April of this year and no other updates have been announced to date. So if you want to pair Arlo and Apple HomeKit, you are going to have to wait.
Until then, it might be wise to find an alternative to the Arlo and Apple HomeKit pairing.
Arlo and SmartThings
Fortunately, Arlo and SmartThings work well together. The Arlo cameras have motion sensor capabilities and are compatible with a variety of the Arlo equipment. The only drawback is that you can only connect your Arlo cameras to a single SmartThings location.
To install the Arlo camera to the SmartThings app you will need to download and install the app, create an Arlo account, follow the Arlo instructions to install the camera and connect it to your Wi-Fi. Just remember the base station is needed if you want to connect either the Arlo Wire-free or the Arlo Wire-free Pro cameras with SmartThings.
After that, you simply follow the prompts in the SmartThings mobile app to connect the cameras through the app.
Arlo and IFTTT
Arlo and IFTTT are compatible. IFTTT stands for If This Than That and is a free cloud service that creates strings of simple conditional statements that are called applets. This is a great way to get your apps and other devices to work together, so they interact the way you want them to.
If you want to pair Arlo and IFTTT, you will need to create an IFTTT account, implement or create an Arlo recipe (either shared or new) and follow the prompts. Then you can move on to exploring what you can do with an Arlo and IFTTT pairing.
You can tell Alexa to arm your Arlo, or tell Google Assistant to arm or disarm your Arlo, have your system begin recording when motion is detected, receive low battery notifications, and receive an Arlo disarm and arm button widget. You can also tell Arlo to call your phone if motion is detected, turn on Hue Lights when motion is detected, and so much more.
The Arlo triggers are motion, low battery, and audio. And the Arlo actions are lights off, lights on, arm, disarm, start recording, and siren.