Arlo Pro 3 Security Camera System REVIEW | Mac Sources

Arlo Pro 3 Security Camera System


An ideal security option for many uses.

Security is vital in this day and age. I don’t think a week goes by where I don’t see a story on the national news about someone who was helped by a video doorbell. I’ve had a video doorbell as a part of my security system for many years now and as nice as it is, it’s helpful to also have a few strategically placed WiFi cameras throughout my home. I find that Arlo’s system is the most user-friendly robust option in the market and their newest system — the Arlo Pro 3 is a nice step up from their previous generation of cameras.


The Arlo Pro 3 cameras provide an easy-to-install video security system that allows you to view video directly from your phone. The cameras have integrated spotlights, color night vision, 2K HDR video quality, and a 160º viewing angle. The system works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The cameras a 100% wireless and come complete with installation hardware. They are weather resistant, so they can be installed indoors or outdoors and you can recharge them easily with a the aid of the magnetic charging cable (included). The cameras have a built-in smart siren that can be remotely triggered, and 2-way audio. There is a 3-month Arlo Smart trial included with the purchase of a camera set-up, which provides personalized notifications to keep you informed of events that matter. The Arlo app keeps up to 30 days of recording history.


Max Video Resolution: 2560×1440 resolution
Image Sensor: 4 megapixels
Video Modes: 2k, 1080p, 720p
Video Features: Auto Track and Zoom, HDR, H.264 and H.265 Encoding
Lens Field of View: 160 degree diagonal
Sensor Size: 1/3″
Spotlight: 6500K, 42Lux @1M
Motion Detection: Single Motion Detector, 130 degree horizontal
Night Vision: high powered Infrared LEDs (850nm) with IR Cut Filter
AC Adapter Output: 5V/2A
AC Adapter Input: 100–240V AC, 50/60Hz
Indoor/Outdoor: Both — outdoor UV and weather-resistant
Digital Zoom: 12x
Microphone: Single Microphone with noise and echo cancellation
Audio: Full Duplex 2 way Audio
Status Lights: 2x LEDs (blue and amber)
Networking: 802.11 b/g/n
Compliant Standards: 128-bit SSL, AES-128, TSL, 2-factor authentication
Battery Life: 3–6 months
Charge Time to Full (via camera): 3.5 hrs
Charge time to Full (via charger accessory): 2.9 hrs
Operating Temperature: -20 to 45 degree Celsius
Connectivity: Wi-Fi Connection. Working broadband connection with at least 2Mbps upload speed
USB requirements: USB 2.0 compliant devices
Min home upload speed: 2–4Mbps; optimized for 2 simultaneous 2k streams


Arlo provides a lot in the box including the Arlo SmartHub, Pro 3 Wire-free Cameras, their rechargeable batteries, the SmartHub power adapter, ethernet cable, mounts, the camera charging cable, and camera power adapter. Even though all the pieces in the box can seem intimidating, it’s a relatively simple system to set up. You first connect the SmartHub to power and your internet source using the provided ethernet cable. Then you download the Arlo app and follow set-up instructions for the system. You will also have to insert the batteries into the cameras and ensure they are charged.

You can place the mounts wherever you would like. Arlo also includes the mounting hardware for the mounts. The one thing that strikes me as odd with the mounts is that Arlo only provides one of each style of mount. Since I got a system with 2 cameras, I found it odd that I wouldn’t be allowed to mount them both the same way. The cameras attach to the mounts using either the magnets or by being screwed into them. With my Arlo Pro 2 system, I actually just found places to mount the cameras using the magnets, which is another option. The only downside to this is that the camera can be easily removed from its mount — and even stolen.

The app does walk you through set-up of the SmartHub quite simply. Once you connect it to power and the internet, it will likely have a firmware update to complete. I had to do this step and it took approximately 5–7 minutes. Once the hub is set-up, you can start adding cameras. One of the things I was most excited about with this hub is that I was able to add the Arlo Pro 2 cameras to it as well. This was a great benefit to my household since it meant that we wouldn’t have to keep both hubs connected. I didn’t have any issues with connecting the old and new cameras. The hub automatically recognized the new ones and I only had to press the ‘sync’ buttons on the older cameras in order for the hub to connect to them. All in all, it took about 30 minutes to have the entire system set-up — that includes firmware updates.

Another change that Arlo made with this system is how the cameras charge. The Arlo Pro 2 cameras used Micro USB, which I typically feel is outdated technology these days, but Arlo changed it to be a proprietary magnetic charging cable that is unique to this system. I would much rather see the cameras charge using something more universal like USB-C. I don’t like unique charging cables because if they get lost you have no way to charge your device.

Video quality is amazing. I used one of the cameras to monitor our puppy while he was in his playpen. He’s a crafty little guy and knows how to get out of tight places so we keep a close eye on him when we are in a separate room from him. The Arlo Pro 3 camera was an ideal option since it gave us a perfectly clear image of him. These cameras work great not only for monitoring entryways and spaces but also places like nurseries.


I love these cameras because of its easy set-up and the quality video it provides. They are incredibly flexible in how you decide to use them and that makes them an ideal choice for many different uses. Arlo is my choice for home security cameras and when friends and family ask what they should use I always suggest Arlo. This new kit is a wonderful upgrade and still a perfect option to keep your home or office safe.

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Originally published at on October 31, 2019.



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