Arlo Go Cellular Cloud Camera Tested

By John Scanlan, Published on May 23, 2017

Totally wireless surveillance cameras are growing but almost all typically depend on a hub and local Internet access.

However, many outdoor scenarios will be too distant or difficult to depend on such requirements. In such scenarios, integrated cellular would increase flexibility and freedom of deployment

Now, Netgear's Arlo has released the Arlo Go, a totally wire free 4G/LTE battery powered camera.

We bought an tested the Arlo Go to see how well it worked, if cellular connectivity had issues, and how its detection/cloud recording compared to the original Arlo.

We also bought two of the "skins" offered by Arlo for making the Go more covert, shown attached below, making it much less obtrusive mounted in a tree:

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Comments (11)

Does the Arlo Go support RTSP?  Is there an API?

No and no, at least not publicly.

They do have some integrations. Smartthings will show streaming video in their app, for example, and allows basic control and integration of motion detection functions. IFTTT also supports Arlo, but not for video.

We will actually ad a section on this for clarity, thanks.

I have a few customers with private driveways secured by a gate with a keypad gate control device, who've asked for some type of camera system at the gate. These gate controls have no wiring back to the home and merely have electrical power at the gate to operate the gate and the keypad access controller. I see this as a possible solution without running additional wiring, or trying to get a Wifi signal through a forest of trees.

 

I love the ghillie suit camo, almost makes me want to order one just for that.

 

Does Arlo support edge recording, i.e. recording on a SD or micro-SD card on board ?

Thanks

It does support Micro SD.  We show the card slot in the physical overview video at the 1 minute mark.

A friend of mine ordered one for streaming his kids sports games while away on business. This has proven to be a valid use for this product. Worth the recurring cost for this use case. 

related: We were at a baseball tournament for one of my sons recently and the facility had HiCast Sports Network setup.  A camera behind home plate:

a mobile app to select your venue and which field at that venue you would like to view:

and access to the video:

I'd watch the battery life on these.  I know that the report showed good remaining power after several days of testing but watch out.  I've tested the other units in their line-up and anywhere with regular motion throughout the day (say a more typical security camera placement) will kill the batteries on these guys within a couple of days to a week.  

I think the big takeaway for me is that these could be used for 'hot spots' or temp usage but don't really fit into commercial use cases.  

Chris - I am not sure we can compare the battery life of other Arlo cameras with this one.  

Their other products use 4 consumable / disposable 3V DC123 lithium batteries. We have the original batteries installed from from the initial test in February of 2016. The camera has not been constant use, but was used in several other tests since then.

The Arlo Go uses 3660 mAh rechargeable battery block.  It's been running for about 2 weeks and have 76% battery life remaining.

 

I should have clarified I was comparing to the pro line which does have a similar internal rechargeable Li-ion battery.  I am sure they have up sized it due to the cell radio but even the best cell radio is going to draw at least a watt or two transmitting.  I'd guess it has a similar life expectancy but we shall just have to wait and see.  Some of this can also be seen in the comments for the pro series on Amazon.

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