Video doorbells are one of the best smart home appliances you can buy. But many require connection to your home doorbell wires, which can be difficult if you even have working wires at all. Arlo̵7;s new $ 199.99 Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell circumvents the problem in favor of batteries.
If you are already familiar with the previous Arlo Video doorbell, this update should seem familiar. It has the same 180 degree viewing angle and the same square aspect ratio of 1: 1. You still get HDR recording, night vision and the ability to talk to the person at your door via the Arlo app.
Like many doorbells, it comes with an angle bracket, the ability to pre-record messages that you can send when you do not have time to talk, and it is weatherproof. You also do not need a hub in the house, it connects directly to Wi-Fi.
The main difference between the new doorbell and the old doorbell is the rechargeable battery. Since you do not need to connect it to your home, installation can be easier. And if you do not have a working doorbell (or any cord), the wireless doorbell is an option for you.
If you do not want to deal with charging a battery every few months, you can choose to connect the new doorbell to your home; it supports it too. Anyone who buys the doorbell gets Arlo Smart for three months for free. It’s a subscription that provides 30 days of rolling cloud recordings and smart object detection, which automatically detects packets, people, animals and then sends alerts about them to your phone. After the first 30 days, the service starts at $ 2.99 per month.
You can pre-order the Arlo Essential Wire-Free Doorbell through Best Buy later today, and it will be released “this holiday season.”