This post is sponsored by Arlo Pro 3 but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
It has been YEARS since I have partnered with a brand on this blog, but when Arlo Smart Home reached out to see if I’d be interested in trying out their wire-free cameras newly available at Best Buy, I gave them a big ‘ole yes! We’d been wanting to keep a closer eye on our home beyond our traditional security system and this was a great opportunity to do so. They sent me the Arlo Pro 3 in white via Best Buy, which came with two cameras and all the necessary equipment to keep it up and running.
Our traditional security system has been great, but it didn’t scratch the itch we’d been having: wanting to keep a closer eye (literally!) on our home, from different angles. We have a variety of folks (contractors, repair people, cleaning crew) coming in and out of our home at any given time fairly frequently and ok let’s be real, I’m a little obsessive at tracking packages, so cameras felt like the perfect solution.
So why didn’t we do it sooner? Well, I could not wrap my head around the installation. I did not want to hire anyone and I didn’t want to be on a ladder, attempting to do it myself. And I generally avoid drilling into the brick on my historic home. These seemingly small barriers was enough to keep me avoidant of the whole situation for quite some time (this is very telling of my life in general… ha!)
Before we get to the installation (spoiler alert: it’s easy), I wanted to share what’s inside the box. Here’s me unboxing the Arlo Pro 3 for the first time:
It comes with two type of mounts: a security mount (camera screws in) and a magnetic mount (detaches with just a quick tug). The former is a big theft deterrent but the magnetic mount is so convenient for recharging. I’m not sure how often recharging has to happen, but it’s been up for 4 days now and I’ve seen the battery life barely budge, which is great.
As far as installation goes for both cameras, I prioritized the back yard and front porch, as those seem to be the highest risk/highest curiosity areas for us. Plus, I had wood siding and trim available to me in those spots, which I prefer to drill into vs. our brick. As I mention above, installation is embarrassingly easy. There are no wires to worry about, so installation means drilling a screw into wood, then sliding on the mount. Or for the security mount, attaching it with 3 screws. It took me maybe 5 minutes to do each one.
Here’s a closer look at the security mount, which I’m installing above:
And the magnetic mount, which is what we’re using in the other location.
And look, they have lights! These lights come on at night whenever motion, sound, people or animals are detected.
Everything is controlled via the Arlo Smart Home app, which is where video feeds are viewed (either Live video or video captures). I can also set up activity zones and activity schedules via the app, which temporarily turns off notifications during high traffic times. I don’t plan to do any of that yet, mainly because I’m in the honeymoon phase and want allll the videos and notifications.
Beyond the ease of installation, I have been so impressed by the quality of video and the video storage of the Arlo Pro 3. Unlike some of the video doorbells, I get access to all my videos to view at any time I want, without any additional fees. The footage is crystal clear with little lag time.
Here’s another video, of me navigating through the app. You can see the quality of video as I’m looking through the footage.
The Arlo Pro 3 2-camera system is available in white or black at Best Buy. And as always, I’d love to answer any questions you have. Leave them below!