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Home security doesn’t have to be complicated, although it can be tempting to think the more features the better sometimes these can get in the way, a watchful eye and a bright light can be enough to deter the bad folks.

We already have an Arlo Video Doorbell so it was incredibly easy to set up the Arlo Essential, simply pair it to the app, however if you don’t have any Arlo products already it’s still a straightforward set up. When trying to find the right location to install the camera the app will show you where you have a strong WiFi signal, and you can live stream as you go to ensure you have the perfect angle for your property. As this is a wire free camera, installation is a breeze as it can be mounted virtually anywhere, the rechargeable battery can last up to 6months depending on the settings.

The Essential camera records 1080p full colour videos, with a 130° viewing angle, the Night Vision feature uses dual 850nm LEDs to illuminate up to 25 feet with an IR cut filter. Although this is an Essential camera it doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with some useful features, including Motion Alerts that will be sent to your phone, you can then set off the built-in siren or call for help if needed, the siren can also be set to sound automatically during an event. There is also two-way audio that lets you hear and speak to visitors (or intruders when you really want to freak them out) over the app, there is a 110° horizontal motion detection sensor and 12x digital zoom.

The strong outer casing is fully weather resistant and can withstand the heat, cold, rain and sun, you can also take advantage of the sun with the optional Solar Panel3 that can be used to power the camera. This camera comes with a three-month free trial to the Arlo secure subscription, this gives you even more features including 30days cloud storage, package, animal and vehicle detection and more. The Essential camera is a simple but highly effective security camera, suitable to add to your Arlo set up or use as a stand-alone device for that extra peace of mind. RRP £130

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A straightforward security camera with defined colour images.
  • Wire free installation
  • Easy to set up
  • Reliable connection
  • Clear, colour recordings
  • 3 month free Arlo service plan
  • Bright flood light
  • 2 way audio and built in siren