Arlo has a new Pro 5S 2K wireless camera coming soon that can be paired with the company’s new security system to add more features.
On the surface, the Pro 5S is almost identical to the Last year’s pro 4 and we’re not just talking about looks. The new camera can record 2K resolution video (2048×1080 pixels) at a 160 degree angle, HDR (high dynamic range) support, plus the same floodlight and siren combination 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 difference in terms of hardware is the battery life, which is now 30% longer, according to the ad (opens in new tab).
What sets the Pro 5S apart is its compatibility with Arlo’s new home security system. With this support, the camera gains the SecureLink feature, which offers stronger data encryption, even longer battery life, and “connectivity during [both] internet and lack of energy.”
It all looks 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 homeowners to have two things: a Cell Phone and Battery Backup Accessory ($79.99) (opens in new tab) plus the Professional Monitoring plan you get when you purchase the Home Security System at no additional cost. The security system offers a keyboard hub to control your home security network and multi-function sensors that can tell you if there’s a water leak in your home or open windows, among other things.
But that’s still a $200 investment for security system (opens in new tab) in addition to the price of US$ 249.99 for the Pro 5S (opens in new tab). You can control the camera with Google Assistant and eventually Amazon Alexa, but you would miss out on the other security features. Both the camera and system are available for pre-order and will be released on November 27th.
There are plans to release version 4.0 of the Arlo Secure App, which you can use to monitor your security network. The new version will revamp the Emergency Response section to provide real-time status updates and add programmable automations for select features. It is scheduled to be released in late November.
Missing Matter Support
One of the biggest glaring omissions of the Arlo Pro 5S camera is the lack of support for the Matter protocol.
Matter is a new standard for smart home connectivity supported by some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Google, Amazon and Apple. Its aim is to fill the interoperability gaps between smart home devices from different companies. Version 1.0 released early last month, and given the broad industry support, you’d think the camera would take advantage of Matter. We reached out to Arlo to ask if there are plans to expand support for Matter or other smart home platforms. Other reports claim Apple HomeKit support will roll out sometime in early 2023 (opens in new tab). This story will be updated if we receive a response.
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