When it comes to the video doorbell, there is a lot of choice today. You can go for a product from Ring, choose for the variant that Google has put on the market, but you also have the option to go for the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free. As the name suggests, this is a variant that works without you having to connect wires to it.
In addition, we were able to test it in conjunction with the Chime 2, which you can plug directly into a wall outlet and acts as a speaker of sorts. You can set it to play when someone presses the bell. But it is also possible to have it play every time it detects movement. That might be a bit too much. You can still receive these messages on your iPhone, though.
Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free
The installation of the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free is very easy. That’s something that’s the case with most Arlo products anyway. Because it runs on a battery, you only have to hang the plate where you attach it to the wall. That is done pretty quickly. Then you take your iPhone and connect it to your app. When that is all done, you hang it up and you can start using it.
The doorbell (Image: Arlo)
From the app, you can then see what’s going on outside your door. When there’s movement and you’ve set that up, you’ll get a notification of it. However, it’s more interesting if someone really wants something from you and presses the bell. Instead of a notification in the app, you will then be called directly. That way you have faster contact and you can communicate more directly. If you are at home and you use the Chime 2, you will hear the bell in a traditional way and you can walk to the door. This way you can be just a little bit faster.
Should you be away from home and thus connect to the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free via your iPhone, the picture is very good. It uses an HD resolution with a 180 degree diagonal viewing angle. That way, you’d be able to clearly see if there’s a package on the ground and you need to react to it.
You will be called immediately (Image: Arlo)
Finally, it’s still possible to make adjustments to the activity zones via the app. That way, you don’t get notified when a car drives down the street or you decide whether or not you want notification when an animal walks through the garden. The battery of the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free really lasts a long time and recharging it is a matter of a few hours and then you can go on for months.
Now available at a discount
The Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free is available now and can be scored here, among other places. Want to read more about the other Arlo products we recently tested? Then visit our overview page here.