Arlo Q Plus
Smart security cam gets upgraded
£200 FROM Netgear, arlo.com/uk FEATURES 135° wide-angle 1080p camera with night vision, seven-day free cloud storage
Smart cameras have so many bells and whistles, it can be
easy to get seduced. At the end of the day, most people want smart cameras for one thing, and one thing only: security. Strip away all the extras, and many cameras seem to come up short in one way or another. The Arlo Q family is the exception. The Arlo Q Plus is basically the Arlo Q (which we liked back in MF299) with two extras: a Power over Ethernet cable, which provides you with the option of connecting your camera directly to your router or switch (and drawing power from it too), and a MicroSD card slot, which enables it to record locally even when your internet connection is down.
Otherwise it’s the same deal as the Arlo Q: multiple detection zones, motion and sound detection, two-way audio, generous free cloud storage, and integration with ifttt.com. The cherry on the cake is the selection of customisable modes. These allow you to tweak existing modes, which you then set to a schedule for night-time surveillance and link to with the geofencing mode.
We're big fans of all these features, but there’s a hefty premium to pay for them. If the Arlo Q Plus is too rich for your blood, the Arlo Q costs a more reasonable £140, which makes it a great choice for smart home security.
This model can draw power from its Ethernet connection to your router.