Arlo Essential Indoor Security Camera Review


Arlo Technologies is a home automation company, which makes wireless surveillance cameras. Arlo was considered a brand by Netgear, prior to its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in August 2018.

We recently got hold of the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera for review and see if it is any good as an indoor security camera. The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera is ideal for protecting any room inside your home without sacrificing privacy. Arlo Essential Indoor Camera works over Wi-Fi to deliver 1080P HD video, two-way audio, a built-in siren and an automated camera privacy shield to safeguard your private moments.

The award-winning Essential Indoor Camera is an all-new addition to the Arlo Essential Series, providing superior in-home surveillance and smart home security so users can protect their homes and families. The Essential Indoor Camera allows users to easily monitor babies, pets, elderly family members and more, all while preserving their privacy.


The main feature we feel is the unique privacy shield. The contrasting design differentiates the shield from the camera face so users can easily distinguish at-a-glance whether the privacy mode is activated, or the camera is monitoring and recording video. To ensure private moments remain private, recording, as well as motion and audio detection, can’t begin unless the shield is opened by the user via the Arlo app, set to open and begin recording with the start of a live stream, or once the camera is placed in arm mode. In other words, if hackers somehow get access to the camera, it will still be blocked by the privacy shield. Users can see the white shield is covering the camera when they do not want it to record any video.

The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera boasts a wired design and direct connection to home WiFi router for simple setup. Available in white, the indoor camera features an integrated swivel mount, enabling users to manipulate the camera angle before mounting on a wall or placing on any flat surface.
Ideal for those who wish to stay connected to what’s going on at home, even while they’re away, Arlo’s AI subscription-based service, Arlo Smart, provides Essential Indoor Camera users with a robust suite of smart features and alerts. Users will receive a complimentary three-month trial of Arlo Smart for a more personalised, intelligent in-home surveillance experience, complete with customized notifications surrounding animal and people detection. We feel that this online Arlo Smart platform is another unique selling point for this device and the ease of use will attract users who do not want to setup their own online monitoring platform.

Each Essential Indoor Camera includes a complimentary three-month Arlo Smart subscription to provide users with a more personalised, intelligent smart home security experience. The subscription service utilises powerful AI and computer vision technology to deliver customised notifications, including detecting people and animals inside the home. These deeper insights about detected activity enable Arlo subscribers to not only monitor but take swift action in urgent situations. The Arlo Smart trial subscription also includes cloud recordings of video clips for up to 30 days.

At the end of the three-month trial subscription, users can purchase an Arlo Smart plan that best fits their needs for continued cloud storage and AI capabilities. Those who do not wish to continue with Arlo Smart can still live stream from their Essential Indoor Camera or view locally stored clips on an Arlo SmartHub with an external USB drive (sold separately).

The Essential Indoor Camera is meant for indoor use only and will replace the Arlo Q in Arlo’s smart home security collection.

Automated Privacy Shield Ensure your moments are private when needed by closing the automated privacy shield.
Full High-Definition Camera Capture clear details in full high definition with the ability to record video in 1080p.
Two-Way Audio Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio quality.
Night Vision See at night, even without a light thanks to black and white night vision that turns on automatically once it’s dark.
Built-in Siren Trigger the 80db speaker-based siren automatically or manually from the Arlo app.
Motion Detection and Alerts Receive alerts directly to your phone when motion is detected.
Wired Design w/ Integrated Swivel Mount Features a versatile, integrated swivel mount for easy angling and mounting on walls or placement on a counter or table.
Platform Compatibility Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT and SmartThings for easy interaction, automation and control.
Arlo Smart Receive a three-month trial to Arlo’s AI subscription-based service, Arlo Smart, with the   purchase of the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera. Users will have access to rolling 30-days of 1080p video recordings to store and view video clips and be able to customise their experience by adjusting notification settings to spot people and animals inside their homes.

The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera enables monitoring inside the home for added peace of mind. Whether watching over the new baby during naptime, seeing what the kids are up to after school, checking on an elderly parent or even making sure the dog isn’t getting into the trash, the Essential Indoor Camera provides users complete surveillance.

While at work, running errands or on vacation, the Essential Indoor Camera helps users ensure their home is protected. Receive notifications when motion or audio is detected and take action directly through the notification or live view in the Arlo app. Once home, easily activate the automated privacy shield to cover the camera lens and disable video and audio recordings for ultimate reassurance.

Simple In-Home Surveillance
• Get instant alerts and act quickly when your camera senses motion
• Trigger built-in siren automatically or manually from the Arlo app

Ensure Private Moments Remain Private
• Know at-a-glance if your camera is capable of recording
• Easily toggle the automated privacy shield open or closed

Intuitive Setup
• Easy, DIY indoor install and direct connection to home WiFi router
• Simply plug in for power and adjust via the integrated swivel mount

• Arlo Essential Indoor Camera (1)
• 5V, 2A Power Adapter (1)
• Wall mounts and screw kit (1)
• Micro-USB Cable (1)
• Quick Start Guide

Retail at SGD$ 199 at major online stores.

In summary, this indoor security camera is easy to use, packed with features, affordable, come with security shield and build by reputable company.

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