The Arlo Ultra Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 4K HDR Security Camera System is an outdoor security camera that features 4K HDR image quality, enhanced night vision, a built-in spotlight, and a 180° panoramic field of view. The Arlo Ultra also features an advanced auto-zoom and tracking function.
1 Camera Kit
2 Camera Kit
3 Camera Kit
Pros: 100% wire-free. Advanced dewarping technology to remove fisheye distortion. Includes built-in, motion-activated spotlight.
Cons: The cameras are more expensive than other security options. The Smart Security app requires a subscription after 12 months.
Bottomline: The Arlo Smart is a smart and advanced security option for businesses with a higher budget.
Max Video Resolution
4k, 1080p, 720p
Auto Track and Zoom, HDR, H.264 and H.265 Encoding
Lens Field of View
6500K, 42Lux @1M
Dual Motion Detectors, 150° horizontal
high powered Infrared LEDs (850nm) with IR Cut Filter
AC Adapter Output
AC Adapter Input
100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
Both - outdoor UV and weather-resistant
Dual Microphone Array with noise and wind cancellation
Full Duplex 2 way Audio
2x LEDs (blue and amber)
802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2
128-bit SSL, AES-128, TSL, 2 factor authentication
-20° to 60° C
Wi-Fi Connection. Working broadband connection with at least 2Mbps upload speed
MicroSD Card Requirements
Speed class 10, UHS1, V10
Min Home Upload Speed
2-4Mbps; optimized for 2 simultaneous 4k streams
The Arlo Ultra is the ultimate security camera. There are countless smart features that use AI and machine learning to pull off. HomeKit is imminent to tie it perfectly into the Apple ecosystem. Features like e911 are unique and not seen with other smart home cameras. In our experience, the only deterrents to picking up the Arlo Ultra is the slight delay in launching the live feed as well as the price. The delay isn't substantial but is slower than we like. We're sporting gigabit fiber at our location so we know it isn't the network that is slowing this down. The price is also high but that is what we'd expect for the most feature-complete out-of-the-box smart home security camera. We are excited for the future of the Arlo Ultra when HomeKit is finally added and the "Works with Arlo" program rolls out to take advantage of the Zigbee and Z-Wave support in the Smart Hub.
Arlo does a fine job making cameras which are as easy to use as they are attractive to look at. The Ultra 4K kits are expensive, and there are plenty of cheaper options including older Arlo models, but for many the combination of features and its aesthetic will justify the price.
Love mine!!!!! The video quality is outstanding compared to the Pro 2’s
I’m happy with my Arlo Ultra, the video quality is great, and the speed is better than other wireless solutions. I also like the inclusion of a spotlight on the camera. I have read an article, check it so you’ll be more interested in the Arlo Ultra cam.
Is the Arlo Ultra really a 4K camera?
Yes. The Arlo Ultra Camera and SmartHub deliver 4K HDR to ensure a top quality image.
See our list of features for the Arlo Ultra.
Does the Arlo Ultra require a subscription?
Yes, after the first 12 months. The Arlo Ultra is paired with Arlo Smart so you can view your camera's video and audio recordings. Arlo Smart is $2.99 /mo. per camera, Arlo Smart Premier is $9.99 /mo. for up to 10 cameras, and Arlo Smart Elite is $14.99 /mo. for up to 20 cameras. You can view more details on Arlo Smart here.
Can you hardwire the Arlo Ultra?
Yes. The Arlo Ultra does come with a charging cable to recharge your battery. However, if you would like to keep your Arlo Ultra plugged in to a power source, you can hardwire it but you will need to buy additional cables.
Check out our guide to the Arlo Ultra.
Does Ring work with Arlo?
Yes. Both Ring and Arlo work with IFTTT recipes, so it is possible to connect Ring to Arlo and use them together.
How long do Arlo Ultra batteries last?
Arlo Ultra batteries can last 3 to 6 months with normal usage. Your Arlo Ultra camera will come with a cable to recharge your battery.
Take a look at the Arlo Ultra's features.
Is Arlo a good security camera?
The Arlo Ultra features a lot of smart technology options that enhance the image quality and security of this product. It is an expensive camera to buy, but it works well for businesses that don't need many home automation features and want a 100% wire-free option.
How do you sync the Arlo Ultra?
- Pull the camera out of the camera housing (there is a button on the charging port under the Arlo Ultra).
- Press the Sync button underneath the camera so that the LED on the front of the camera flashes blue.
- Press the Sync button on the Arlo SmartHub so that the LED flashes blue.
- Wait for the Arlo Ultra and SmartHub to Sync (the LEDs will rapidly flash blue during syncing).
- Check the camera's live stream in the Arlo app to ensure that the syncing was successful.
What is an Arlo SmartHub?
The Arlo SmartHub is a base station that adds a secure personal network to your router, regulates Wi-Fi traffic, improves battery life, and includes local SD storage.
How do I set up my Arlo Ultra camera?
- Place and fasten the outdoor mount with screws or drywall anchors.
- Attach the camera to the mount.
- Adjust the camera angle.
- Use the app to position your camera, change the field of view, and test the motion detection.
What are some alternatives to the Arlo Ultra Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 4K HDR Security Camera System?
- Amcrest Ultra HD 4K Dome Security Camera.
- Nest Cam Outdoor 1080P Wi-Fi Network Surveillance Camera.
- Ring Spotlight Cam Wire-Free.
- Swann SWPRO-1080MSB 1080P Bullet Camera.
- Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera.
- Lorex 8MP 4K IP Bullet Security Camera LNB8921BW.
See our full list of top outdoor cameras.