Apple's HomeKit comes to Arlo's flagship Ultra camera

And it's on time too!

HomeKit comes to Arlo Ultra
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Arlo Pro and Arlo 2 have had it since August, but today HomeKit compatibilty finally arrives on the company’s newest smart security camera - the Arlo Ultra.

It was promised in Q4 of this year, and by golly it arrived on time - a rarity in the world of smart home HomeKit promises.

This move makes all of Arlo’s wireless, security camera systems HomeKit compatible, with the use of Arlo's base station. However, the recently announced Arlo Video Doorbell (which is wired) doesn't work with Apple's smart home system.

HomeKit integration, which is being pushed out via a free, automatic firmware update, means Arlo owners can use Apple's HomeKit app Home (iPhone only) to control their cameras, as well as Arlo's own app.

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Through the Home app you’ll get movement notifications that can include video clips, be able to view a live feed from your cameras, and also pull up that feed handsfree by using Siri.

Perhaps more importantly, you'll be able to integrate your camera into HomeKit Automations and do cool stuff like have connected lights turn on when motion is detected and other similar security focused set-ups.

Arming/disarming Arlo cameras through HomeKit won't be enabled any time soon, however. The restriction lies on Apple's end, Arlo explained to The Ambient, which prevents any smart home cameras – not just Arlo's – from having the option.

Also, Arlo doesn't currently plan to support Apple HomeKit Secure Video.

The Arlo Ultra boasts 4K HDR video quality with color night vision, wire-free setup, a 180-degree diagonal field-of-view and an integrated spotlight. Read our full review of the Arlo Ultra here.




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