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Arlo Q + Arlo Q Plus Offer 7 Days Free Cloud Storage

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With Nest Cam, Piper, and other big names setting the bar high, it's hard for newly released cameras to stand out. Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus, two of Netgear’s Smart Home Security cameras, don't have that problem. For starters, both cameras can ride the curtails of their popular, wire-free big brother. Two, they offer something that Nest Cam doesn’t: free cloud storage.

If you have a need for a connected camera with Nest Cam level specs and free cloud storage, brace yourself because Arlo Q or perhaps the Arlo Q Plus might be what you’re looking for.


  • Free Cloud
  • HD Video
  • Highly Rated Mobile App


  • No Battery
  • Expensive Compared to Comparable Cameras

Arlo Q Video Quality

Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus are essentially the same except for minor differences, which we will discuss later on. They both have an impressive 1080p resolution with a 130⁰ wide-angle field of view, making them worthy Nest Cam competitors. They deliver crisp images using their 4MP CMOS sensor during the day. At night, and when it's dark, they use their powerful IR LEDs to illuminate a distance up to 25 feet, and they can zoom digitally up to 8x. All of these features translate to connected cameras that capture high-quality images day and night.

Motion And Sound Sensors

Most connected cameras today do more than capture images and record videos. They are now used as sensors to monitor activity around the clock. More sensors = better security.

Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus use a pair of sensors to detect activity including a sensor that detects motion and another that detects sound. Both of these sensors send an email and push notification to your smartphone when triggered. Also, events triggered by either of the sensors can automatically start a video and audio recording.

The motion sensor is powerful enough to monitor a range of 15 feet. Though you can adjust it, to make it less sensitive for monitoring a smaller area. Besides its sensitivity, you can also set up to 3 activity zones. Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus will only detect movement from the pre-defined zones; the rest are ignored. Both the sensitivity settings and the activity zones reduce the possibility of false alarms or unnecessary motion alerts that can be caused by your furry friends.

If you want to further reduce false alarms or simply improve the quality of notifications, you can opt into Arlo Smart for $3.99/month per camera. Arlo Smart enables any Arlo Camera to distinguish motion events based on what caused them: vehicles, animals, humans, or other. Using this feature, you can set your cameras to only notify you of events that include things that are important to you. For example, if it sees people or people and cars.

Aside from motion sensors, a sound sensor is a common feature among connected cameras. Nest Cam has it, Piper has it, almost all well-known cameras have a sound sensor. This sensor helps detect an intrusion even when the burglar is out of the camera’s sight. It listens for loud sounds like breaking glass, objects falling, or the bark of your dog. This feature is made possible by the built-in microphone and algorithms.

Video Storage Options

As mentioned above, Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus offer free 7-day cloud storage. But don’t be confused, this offer doesn’t store 7 days of continuous video to the cloud. It stores only motion and sound activated recordings to the cloud (up to 1GB) for 7 days. After 7 days, the videos are gone and replaced by newer recordings. That’s not a total bummer, though. While it is not the first camera to offer free cloud storage, I can only name a few cameras with the same agenda. Some of which are Piper, Piper NV, and Flir FX. So if you’re looking for a self-monitored camera system that doesn’t require a monthly subscription, Arlo Q or Arlo Q Plus are viable options.

If 7-days of free cloud storage isn’t enough for you, Arlo can provide more. However, this means monthly subscription fees.

  • $9.99/month or $99/year- Event clips from up to 10 cameras. (Videos stay in the cloud for 30 days.)
  • $14.99/month or $149/year- Event clips from up to 10 cameras. (Videos stay in the cloud for 60 days.)
  • $9.99/month or $99.00/year for 1 camera + $5/month for every additional camera- 14 Days Continuous Video Recording.
  • $19.99/month or $199.00/year for 1 camera + $10/month for every additional camera- 30 Days Continuous Video Recording.
  • $29.99/month or $299/year for 1 camera + $15/month for every additional camera- 60 Days Continuous Video Recording

Arlo Q Plus Cloud Subscription Plans and Video Storage Options

Another difference between Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus is that Arlo Q Plus is designed for businesses and has its own set of subscription plans for cameras used in commercial applications. Arlo Q Plus does work with the plans mentioned above, but it also works with the plans mentioned below.

  • $12.99/month or $129/year- Event clips from up to 16 cameras. (Videos stay in the cloud for 14 days.)
  • $24.99/month or $249/year- Event clips from up to 24 cameras. (Videos stay in the cloud for 30 days.)
  • $49.99/month or $499/year- Event clips from up to 40 cameras. (Videos stay in the cloud for 60 days.)
  • $9.99/month for 1 camera + $5/month for every additional camera- 14 Days Continuous Video Recording.
  • $19.99/month for 1 camera + $5/month for every additional camera- 30 Days Continuous Video Recording.
  • $29.99/month or $299/year for 1 camera + $15/month for every additional camera- 60 Days Continuous Video Recording

Unlike Arlo Q, Arlo Q Plus can also store clips locally. Q Plus comes with a built-in microSD slot that supports up to 128GB. With this option, you can record continuously without having to pay a monthly fee.

Software Behavior

Arlo’s app is streamlined to give you convenience and invaluable peace of mind. It lets you connect with up to 15 Arlo Q and Plus's and monitor them using one smartphone.

Using the app, you can watch live video feed, go back in time and watch recorded videos, and receive alerts.

You can also use the app to start a conversation with someone near the camera using the two-way voice feature, something that sets it apart from Arlo Wire Free.

The app also serves as your control center. You can arm/disarm each of your camera's sensors or set schedules for automatic arming/disarming. You can add ‘Modes’ using the app as well. ‘Modes’ are a set of rules that tell your cameras what to do and when to do it. For example, you can create a ‘Weekday’ mode which turns on all cameras, arms motion and sound sensors, and automatically records videos when an event occurs.

There are two modes by default: all motion on and all motion off. The former activates the motion sensor of all your Arlo Q and Plus's and automatically stores event videos to the cloud. The latter turns off all motion sensor functions.

If scheduling is too confusing for you, you can try out their new geofencing feature. This feature uses the presence of your smartphone to determine if the camera should be armed or disarmed.

How Is It Different From Arlo Wire-Free?

Arlo Wire-Free was first. It is a sturdy 720p camera with motion sensors. The camera can be used inside or outside and is 100% wireless and runs on batteries, thanks to a base station that must remain plugged in. The base station helps to lengthen its battery life as it ensures that the camera doesn’t have to connect directly to Wi-Fi.

Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus are different. First, they have a higher resolution at 1080p. They also don’t work outdoors. Instead of batteries, Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus run on AC power. Arlo Q Plus has the added option of PoE (Power over Ethernet). By plugging an Ethernet cable to Q Plus, you can get rid of the power cord.

Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus also have microphones and speakers, adding audio features (sound sensor, audio talkback, video + audio recording) that Arlo Wire-Free does not offer. And last, Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus connect directly to your home Wi-Fi, eliminating the need for a base station.

Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus aren't replacements for Arlo Wire-Free. In fact, they can work together to make your home and business safer — Arlo Wire-Free keeping an eye on things outside and Arlo Q or Arlo Q Plus watching and listening inside.

Connecting to IFTTT and Stringify

Arlo Wire Free isn't the only potential companion to the Arlo Q and Arlo Q Plus. You can connect the cameras to several different devices and services through IFTTT and Stringify. For example, you can have Arlo Q set to record if your SmartThings system detects motion or you can have your lights automatically turn on if Arlo Q Plus detects motion. Lots of things are possible through this integration. Also, you can connect the camera to Echo Show via an Alexa Skill. Using your voice, you can command Echo Show to stream a live feed from your camera.

Arlo Q sells for $159.58 while Arlo Q Plus sells for $199.99. Q Plus comes with added features such as PoE and local storage. Are they worth it? You decide.

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