Recently, we wrote an in-depth written and video review of Netgear's Arlo Q home Wi-Fi camera solution. While the device offers excellent value for the price, there were a few aspects where the Arlo Q might not be suitable for use in a business setting. Netgear realized this and further announced a business-grade solution this morning dubbed the Arlo Q Plus. Looking at the press release, it appears the Arlo Q plus differs in a few small areas.
With the Arlo Q Plus, you have the ability to send the data stream and power the camera unit by a single Ethernet cable. This change is ideal for efficient wiring practices as it allows a single, easy to maneuver cable to be manipulated within the walls, ceilings or floors. With this feature, it also removes the Wi-Fi necessity from the original Arlo Q for businesses that might have a Wi-Fi network running.
The Arlo Q Plus has also added a MicroSD card slot for storing a physical backup of local recordings in the event of Internet interruptions or data failure. No MicroSD card is included with purchase, and this feature is entirely optional, so the Arlo Q Plus will still record to the cloud if this slot is left empty.
Besides these two distinguishing features, the Arlo Q Plus looks and acts much like the original Arlo Q with the same 1080P HD, night vision, free 7-day cloud recordings, smart alerts and 2-way audio capabilities. There was no weatherproofing done so you'll still need to use the Arlo Wire-Free line for monitoring the outside of your business.
Due to these changes, Netgear is charging a more premium price with pre-orders now being taken at $249.99 per camera. Ship date is anticipated for May 23th, 2016.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.