• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, getting better, but some drawbacks

    • Written by Henry B from Whitchurch

    Arlo Baby is basically two things: a HomeKit camera, and a baby monitor.

    Firstly the HomeKit camera is fine. Works as expected!

    Secondly as a baby monitor there is a lot to like. The app and camera offer a powerful combination. There are alerts for crying, movement and general audio. These are push notifications. It’s possible to listen to audio when the screen is locked or another app is in the fore. There is quite a bit of white noise, so volume has to be lower to keep track of baby, but this does work well. Recent firmware and app updates have made this rock solid. The battery gives the option of some portability too, which is priceless if little ones nap somewhere other than their bed. All in all, it does what it promises to do.

    There are some buts, however.

    Notifications will drive you crazy. All users receive them, so if one is dealing with crying, others still get notifications. That’s fine, but you don’t get just one, every cry will trigger a notification so you’ll get several a minute. This is really unhelpful in a possibly stressful situation. The camera needs a very strong WiFi signal, more than what you’d expect. I had to buy another WiFi base station to get a good signal, although my house is 400 years old and there are lots of dead spots. Very occasionally the camera drops out and doesn’t reconnect. Hopefully this will improve, but it can be jarring waking up to loud screams when the camera should have let you catch cries much earlier.

    All in all, I think this is a good buy. Once your little ones are grown it can be repurposed to a simple camera so good value for money.

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