Arlo Go 2 – a truly wireless security camera (review)

The Arlo Go 2 is a specialized security camera. While you can connect it to your Wi-Fi network, it has its own LTE (4G) connection as well. This means that you can use it in places where you might not have a Wi-Fi signal, such as on a far corner of your property, farmland, in boats and RVs, construction sites or even campsites. How you use it is up to you, and as it’s weather proof, you don’t need to keep it under cover. While it has a rechargeable battery, you can add an Arlo solar panel so you never need to recharge it or connect power cables. It will also keep working during a power outage. With all this in mind, we tested out the Go 2 to see how it worked on the, well, ‘go’.

First looks

First thing you’ll notice is that the Go 2 is fairly large compared to other Arlo cameras, such as the Ultimate, Pro or Essential models. This is likely because of its large battery rather than to make room for a 4G SIM card or LTE antennas. And it’s a good thing too, as you’ll want the battery to last as long as possible considering it might be far away or out of reach.

Getting the Go 2 up and running was fairly straight forward, provided that your 4G SIM is already working. We used one from Amaysim but first needed to plug it into our phone to get it registered on the network. Once that was done and inserted into the Go 2’s SIM slot, we ran the Arlo Secure app to add it to the camera dashboard. Here, you’ll be given a choice of connecting it to a Wi-Fi network or using a 4G / LTE signal. We chose 4G and were then shown a QR code to point the camera at. If it successfully ‘sees’ the QR code, which it did in our case, it connects to the app and finishes the process.

The Go 2 is quite a bit larger than the Arlo Ultra (on right)

Arlo Go 2 – Price and Features

  • RRP: $429
  • Warranty: 12 months
  • 1080P (full HD) resolution
  • Weatherproof case and seals
  • Color night vision
  • Spotlight (illuminates up to 7.6 meters)
  • 2-way talk (full duplex)
  • Long battery life (13,000mAh)
  • Wi-Fi & 4G (LTE) network compatibility
  • Mounting bracket
  • GPS location tracking
  • Built in siren
  • MicroSD memory card for local storage

The Go 2 is packed with features. The key differences that separate it from other Arlo security cameras, such as the Ultra, Pro and Essential models are its 4G connectivity, large battery and GPS location tracking. The 4G provides the ubiquity to use it anywhere there’s coverage, while the huge 13,0000mAh battery maximizes time between charges. This is especially handy if you place the Go 2 in a remote location.

The GPS tracking is a great way to locate your camera if it’s stolen or you have multiple units on your property, such as a farm, and need to see where each is situated. You check the Go 2’s location by visiting a map in the Arlo Secure app.

Other than these features, the Go 2 has a spotlight that can illuminate up to 7.5 meters and motion tracking can be set to 7 meters away.

And like the top of the range Ultra, the Go 2 has its own MicroSD card, so you can store videos in the unit itself instead of in the cloud.

For images and videos, there’s a 1080p / full HD sensor. This is lower than the Pro and Ultra’s 2K and 4K respectively. The resolution choice is likely to keep image sizes small, so they require less bandwidth to send to the cloud via the 4G network. Otherwise, there’s a similar 12x digital zoom, night vision and two-way talk as found in the Essential and Pro models.

Subscribe for more features

While you can buy security cameras for less, the more premium brands such as Arlo offer a lot of advanced capabilities as part of a subscription service called Arlo Secure. This includes object detection, which uses AI to analyze what your camera is ‘seeing’. It can detect pets, people, packages and vehicles, so you can choose what events you want to be notified about. You can also assign activity zones in your image and exclude areas that you don’t want the camera to notice. This helps cut down simple ‘movement’ notifications where things like a tree blowing in the wind might trigger an alert. See too many of these and you’ll stop paying attention to the important ones.

The Arlo secure plan gives you 30 days worth of storage for your videos, along with interactive notifications that embed the video clip into the message. There’s even continuous video recording for an additional fee.

Arlo Secure costs $4.49 per month for one camera or $14.99 for unlimited cameras. Without the subscription you still get access to live video streaming through the app and motion notifications. More Arlo Secure plan pricing.

In action

Using the Arlo Go 2 is quite straightforward. You can mount the camera on the included bracket, which allows for a wide range of motion, or it can be placed on a shelf, desk or some other unobtrusive place.

The camera’s settings can be configured in the Arlo Secure app. This includes doing a motion test to decide how sensitive it should be, along with tweaks to camera brightness, low light settings, enabling the floodlight and more.

We added the Go 2 to our other Arlo cameras, and can manage all of them in the Arlo Secure dashboard. As with the other cameras, there’s a 5 or so second delay for enabling the live feed or switching on the spotlight, etc., however, this is fairly standard for all security cameras.

While it does support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistants, we were not able to add the Go 2 to Apple’s HomeKit smart home ecosystem. While most Arlo cameras are compatible, this feature may be added later with a software update.

Performance

Given that the Go 2 has a 1080p resolution, images aren’t quite as sharp as some of Arlo’s other cameras, and can’t zoom in to reveal quite as much detail, such as a car license plate number. However, for most purposes, the resolution is completely adequate. We tested the camera’s performance in direct sunlight, as well as in the dark. We did notice that when pointed into direct sun, the camera does struggle to show detail in darker parts of the scene, and it doesn’t support High Dynamic Range like other Arlo models. This isn’t a major problem as it only happens when the camera is pointing towards the sun.

With night motion detection and recording, the Go 2 can either rely on its IR vision or use the spotlight for night color vision. We found both to work quite well, and the spotlight’s intensity and range is impressive at over 7 meters.

You can also listen in to the camera’s surroundings via the built-in microphone, which picks up a reasonable amount of ambient noise. The 2-way-talk feature is full duplex meaning you can speak and hear at the same time, rather than a walkie-talkie like experience where you press a button to speak and then listen for a response.

Battery life should be quite long, even a month’s worth, however this is highly dependent on how it’s used. For example, how sensitive the camera’s motion detection is along with how often and how long it records. We didn’t test the camera long enough to drain the battery, however, as mentioned earlier, it can connect to an Arlo solar panel accessory if you don’t want to ever worry about charging.

GadgetGuy’s take

The Arlo Go 2 is a smart option for those who need to add security to wide open spaces or are not in range of a Wi-Fi network. Its $429 price is higher than a standard ‘premium’ Wi-Fi camera, however, its 4G capability, larger battery, GPS and other features are what you’re getting for the extra money. Depending on if you want to pay for a subscription to Arlo Secure, there are plenty of advanced motion detection features on offer as well. If not, there’s still plenty of quality features included for the price to help you keep watch over your valued items, property or even just to watch the apples in the orchard grow.

What’s in the box?

  • Arlo Go 2 Camera
  • Wall mount screw kit
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Mounting screws
  • Magnetic charging cable
  • Quick start guide

Arlo Go 2 – Specifications

Video resolution 1080p
Video format H.264
Night vision 850 nm LEDs: illuminates up to 25 feet
Imaging 12x digital zoom
Audio Speaker, Microphone
Exercise Adjustable up to 23 feet, instant email alerts and push notifications
Audio 2-way audio. Instant email alerts and push notifications
Battery 13,000mAh rechargeable battery. Battery life varies based on settings, usage, and temperature
Operating temperature -4° to 113° F (-20° C to 45° C)
Certification Weather resistant IP65
Dimensions 3.38″ x 2.53″ x 4.72″in (86 x 64.2 x120mm)
Weight 1.08lbs (490g) w/battery
App support iOS, Android, FireOS, web browser

More Arlo news and reviews on GadgetGuy

The Arlo Go 2 is your go-to camera if you want to secure your outdoor space and don’t have a Wi-Fi connection. It’s built to survive the weather and has a long battery life and lots of features on tap.

Positives

4G/LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity so you can choose which to use

Large battery for long battery life

Easy to use Arlo Secure app

Option to connect a solar panel to eliminate charging anxiety

Easy to set up and get running

Advanced object, people, pet and vehicle detection if you want it

Negatives

Advanced image detection available as part of an additional cost / subscription plan

HD resolution is OK, nice to have a higher resolution to see more detail

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.