In case you are using cameras such as Arlo and Arlo Pro, you will require an internet connection and a good base station. It will give you complete control over your smart cameras. The cameras connect to the base station through WiFi, and the Base station can connect to the router. But the question is, which Base station will be best suited. After having Arlo and Arlo Pro Base station reviewed and tested, we have come up with a small guide to help you out. This is a side by side comparison between Arlo & Arlo Pro base station will help decide which one will fit your home.
As per our testing, Arlo Pro is a clear winner with many more features and versatile nature. Its top-notch specifications, like a smart siren, capability, USB storage, and better technical flexibility, has surpassed the Arlo base station specifications. Nevertheless, there is a slight increase in the Pro one model price, but it is worth it. The added price and its features would definitely aid in providing better security, safety, and convenience to your home.
Comparison Chart: Arlo Vs Arlo Pro Base Station
|Specifications||Arlo base station||Arlo Pro base station|
|Interface port||Fast Ethernet||Fast Ethernet|
|Indicator LEDs||Power, Internet, Camera, Smart Home, USB||Power, Internet, Camera|
|Wireless range||More than 300 feet line of sight||More than 300 feet line of sight|
|Wireless||2.4 GHz 802.11n||2.4 GHz 802.11n|
|Local storage, Siren||NA||Available|
|Processor and memory||500 Mhz MIPS 74 K processor 128 MB Flash, 128 MB RAM||900MHz ARM Cortex A7 128MB Flash, 128MB RAM|
|Operating Temperature||0 degrees to 50 degrees Celcius||0 degrees to 50 degrees Celcius|
|Size||8.5 x 2.25 x 6.5 inches||6.9 x 2.3 x 5.0 inches|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
1. Local StorageArlo Base station supports local storage. It allows you to connect your USB to the station. All your recordings can be stored locally. Apart from this, you can also use your cloud storage as the default. But in case the internet is not available, you will always have local storage as a secondary backup.
Arlo app will notify you in case your device is low on storage. It will automatically overwrite the older recordings to ensure that the new ones get recorded. Arlo Base station doesn’t support local storage.
Arlo Pro base station comes with a siren. It is a 100 plus decibel siren. It can be controlled through the app or get triggered by motion as well as audio. Now, this is a great advantage as you will be immediately notified of any suspicious activity taking place. Arlo Base station doesn’t have this functionality.
3. Processor And MemoryArlo Pro station has a superior processor as compared to Arlo Base station. This indicates that the camera base will function at a higher speed. The performance of the base station will also be more optimized.
4. Size And Weight
There is a significant difference in the size and weight of each device. The Arlo base station is compact and has a better appearance than the Arlo Base station. However, it weighs more than the Arlo Base station. But the compact design makes up for this drawback.
When it comes to compatibility, both the products are compatible with all the Arlo wire-free cameras. This way, the Arlo Pro cameras can be synced with your existing base station. Just in case you wish to extend your security, you can opt for Arlo Pro add on cameras.
Features Of Arlo Base Station
- Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately); Audio not supported
- Patented 100 percent Wire Free design for easy placement anywhere and field of view 110 degree
- Night vision cameras work even in the dark
Arlo base station is compatible with Arlo wire-free HD security cameras. You can live stream or record the videos on your computer, smartphone, or tablet using the app. In case you are using Night vision cameras, you will be able to get HD clarity even in the dark. Items in the box- Covers Base station only. The accessories, as well as the cameras, are sold separately.
Features Of Arlo Pro Base Station
- Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
- 100 Wire free : Free of power cords and wiring hassles, easily place Arlo Pro cameras wherever you want and monitor your...
- Night vision: 850 nm LEDs illuminates up to 25 feet, IR cut off filter. Field of view: 130 degree, Focus range (ST)...
It ensures long-range connectivity as well as excellent battery life for the cameras. Items in the box- Base station, Power adapter, Ethernet Cable, Quick Start Guide, Arlo logo Decal.
As mentioned previously, yes. The Arlo Base station can be used with the Pro cameras. You can simply purchase the Arlo Pro cameras and sync them with your existing Base station.
Absolutely. You can purchase the Arlo Pro Base station separately. The compatibility is not an issue and you will be able to enjoy all the benefits Arlo Pro has to offer. Your cameras will work well with the station without any hassle.
In case you wish to replace your current base station with the Arlo Pro base station model, you will need to complete the setup process. You will have to remove the old base station from your account. All the synced cameras will get disconnected. In short, all the settings linked to your previous cameras will be erased.Once you have erased the old setup, the new Pro base station can be installed. This can be paired with all your cameras. We found the process to be quite easy actually.
The primary function of Arlo Pro base station is to connect Arlo and Arlo Pro cameras to the internet via the router. So basically it provides long-range connectivity and increases the battery life of your cameras. Apart from this, it has features such as local backup, smart siren and upgrade options.
In case you are using two base stations on two separate accounts, you can use settings to grant access. This way you can view all the cameras through a single login.
To start the sixth camera, one of the active streams must be paused. In case you have an Elite plan with multiple base stations, then you can stream 5 cameras from individual base stations. So theoretically that is a maximum of 15 cameras.
Instead of connecting the base station directly to the route, you can have it connected to an ethernet port on a wifi range extender. This way you can have your Arlo Q kept farther away from the router.
Is it worth spending more on Arlo Base station? Yes, it is. It has many features such as a smart siren, USB storage and advanced technical specifications. The added features ensure safety and convenience. So we can say with confidence that the Arlo Pro base station is without a doubt, the best choice.