Arlo soon has a new Pro 5S 2K wireless camera that can be paired with the company’s new security system to add more functionality.
On the surface, the Pro 5S is nearly identical to Pro 4 from last year and we’re not just talking about how it looks. The new camera can record videos in 2K resolution (2048×1080 pixels) at an angle of 160 degrees, has HDR (high dynamic range) support, plus the same searchlight and siren combo seen on the older model. It even has dual-band Wi-Fi support so you can switch between a 2.4GHz or 5GHz connection for the strongest connection. The only real hardware difference is the battery life which is now 30% longer, according to the ad (opens in a new tab).
What sets the Pro 5S apart is its compatibility with Arlo’s new home security system. With this support, the camera benefits from the SecureLink function which offers stronger data encryption, even longer battery life and “connectivity during [both] Internet and power outages.
That all sounds pretty good, but to get the most out of the Pro 5S, you have to spend a lot of money. The power outage feature requires owners to have two things: a cellular and battery backup accessory ($79.99) (opens in a new tab) plus the professional monitoring plan you get when you purchase the home security system at no additional cost. The security system gives you a keypad hub to control your home security network and all-in-one sensors that can notify you of water leaks in your home or open windows, among other things.
But it’s still a $200 investment for the security system (opens in a new tab) in addition to the price of $249.99 for the Pro 5S (opens in a new tab). You can control the camera with Google Assistant and, optionally, Amazon Alexa, but you’d miss the other security features. The camera and system are available for pre-order and will launch on November 27.
There are plans to release version 4.0 of the Arlo Secure app that you can use to monitor your security network. The new release will revamp the Emergency Response section to provide real-time status updates and add programmable automations for certain features. Its release is scheduled for the end of November.
Support for missing material
One of the biggest glaring omissions from the Arlo Pro 5S camera is the lack of support for the Matter protocol.
Matter is a new smart home connectivity standard supported by some of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Google, Amazon, and Apple. Its goal is to bridge interoperability gaps between smart home devices from different companies. Version 1.0 was released early last month, and given its broad industry support, you’d think the camera would take advantage of Matter. We reached out to Arlo to ask if there are any plans to expand support for Matter or other smart home platforms. Other reports indicate Apple HomeKit support will roll out in early 2023 (opens in a new tab). This story will be updated if we have any news.
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