Netgear Arlo Q HD Camera

Netgear Arlo Q HD Camera
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Costco Price: $329.99 pack of 2


  • Crisp HD video
  • Great night vision
  • Motion & sound detection with prompt alert
  • Generous free 7-day cloud recording
  • Work with IFTTT


  • Few seconds recording delay after motion detected
  • Sound quality is poor when talk far
  • Timeline recording requires paid plan
  • No local storage
Max Frame Rate1080p@30fps
Digital Zoom8X
Night Vision850 nm LEDs, 25ft.
Local StorageNA
Network StorageFree cloud storage
Audio2-Way audio, built in mic &speaker
DetectionMotion & Sound, up to 50 ft.
AlertPrompt email with picture
Dimension2.75 x 2.8 x 4.5 in
Weight5.9 oz

Netgear gained the DIY home surveillance market by introducing the real wire free Arlo camera on 2015 CES. With boasted 6 months battery life and extreme easy setup, it tackled the outdoor surveillance area with creative design since the Nest Cam (previously known as Dropcam) set the new standard in WiFi security camera. Arlo Q is Netgear’s next aggressive movement after the success of Arlo Q.


The appearance is slightly bigger than the SmartCam HD Plus and Nest Cam, but still quite compact. It looks like an Apple product. The web portal carries the same design as the phone App and the workflow is very intuitive. Most people appreciate this consistent design approach. Arlo Q also comes with many fine tune configurations for those really like to customize it for their particular purpose. But it does take some time.


Arlo Q comes with all the security features like others, 1080p video streaming, 2-way audio, motion & sound detection with prompt email alert, flexible mounting options. The 10 IR LEDs provides great video quality at night. The free 7-day of cloud recordings is an attractive offer from Netgear and the web portal allows you to easily share the video clip by link. Since May, 2016, all Arlo cameras now work with IFTTT. You can now connect your Arlo or Arlo Q to many other Internet Things to control your smart home. Check out here to find what you can connect with your Arlo cameras.


Most complaints are about the sound quality and the lag of recording. The simple Arm/Disarm switch make it easy to control the alert activation. The split-screen view provides easy access if you have multiple cameras installed. Unlike its rivals, Netgear promos multiple camera packages and tends to offset the hardware cost with cheaper cloud service. Some think the 15 seconds clip included in the free cloud plan is not sufficient for surveillance purpose.

Expert Reviews


tom's guide
Full review by Sally Wiener Grotta [4.5/5]

Although it's one of the most expensive security cameras, the Arlo Q is nonetheless a great value for the level of video quality, power and flexibility it offers — and because most users won't need to pay anything for cloud storage.


Full review by Megan Wollerton [3.8/5]

If you want a simple, straightforward indoor home security camera with top-of-the-line DIY specs and free cloud storage, Netgear's new Arlo Q is a safe bet.

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