Arlo Q Plus

Smart se­cu­rity cam gets up­graded

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£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.

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