Does Arlo Wide Angle Video Doorbell Have To Be Wired? | Review

Arlo Wide-Angle Video Doorbell


Does Arlo Wide-Angle Video Doorbell have to be Wired? In which way the wired doorbell improves its performance?

Yes,  Arlo wide-angle Video Doorbell requires existing wiring; a connection to a wired mechanical or digital chime with a voltage between 16V AC and 24V AC, and a 10VA transformer. This is necessary for continuous power, reduced latency, and to capture and transmit videos in real-time so you won’t miss a moment. Probably you will like how the doorbell is hardwired and that it doesn’t require batteries and thus eliminate the burden of recharging.

Arlo Video Doorbell comes with HD video quality, 2-way audio, package detection or motion detection and alerts, weather-resistant casing, built-in siren, and night vision. 

Arlo video doorbell front and backside

One of its major attractions is the 180° diagonal viewing angle, with a 1:1 aspect ratio optimized for the front door. This allows you to see a person from head to toe or a package on the ground. This is a far cry from the usual 16:9 aspect ratio of most other brands that limit the viewing angle.  And it justifies the claim that the Arlo video doorbell can capture the blind spots that other video doorbells miss.

The video is clear in high definition (HD) with High Dynamic Range (HDR) which adds up to the enhanced visual details even in low light or bright conditions.

When someone rings the doorbell it calls your phone even if it is locked, and you can talk to the visitor directly or you can shoot a pre-recorded quick reply message. The bottom line is you will always know when a package is at your door and secure it on time.

Always Know What is Happening Outside Your Front Door

So if you are expecting a guest or a delivery man, relax;  you will get a notification when motion is detected for people, packages, vehicles, and animals. However, the downside often heard about the Arlo doorbell is the delay in starting a live stream.

Perhaps a poor WiFi signal or internet speed can be the real culprit behind this issue. The distance between WiFi devices can impact the WiFi signal. Here, the recommended distance of your WiFi router from the doorbell is between 2 and 90 meters. Another reason could be the physical obstructions between your router and your doorbell or too many devices using the network. So, better check that as well.

The stylishly built and aesthetically pleasing video doorbell has a built-in siren which Arlo video doorbell can be triggered manually or automatically during an event.

It is a great tool to turn away unwanted visitors or deter intruders.

Also, you can secure your videos directly to your Arlo base-station or Smarthub and view them anytime and anywhere.

However, the use of Arlo SmartHub or base station is optional as the Doorbell is designed as a standalone product.

Please note that most of these functionalities form part of a paid monthly plan that begins after a 3-months trial period.

Features and Tech Specs

TypeWired Video Doorbell
Connectivity2.4 GHz WiFi
Resolution1536 x 1536 HD 
Storage Cloud- Subscription with 3-Months Trial
Communication2-Way Audio- (full-duplex audio)
Night VisionNight Vision- & Built-in Alarm
Privacy AES-128 Bit Encryption
Image ClarityHDR imaging
Image Aspect Ratio1:1 Aspect Ratio
IntegrationAmazon Alexa 
Interaction Pre-Recorded Messages
1.8 x 1 x 1.5 inches
Item Weight4 Ounces
 Manufacturer Arlo

What comes with the Arlo Video Doorbell?

The pack includes an Arlo Video Doorbell;  a mounting plate;  a power kit, a release pin; an angled mounting plate; wall screws and anchors; and optional wire extension; wire fasteners; and extra screws.

How to install Arlo Wide Angle Video Doorbell

To install your Arlo Video Doorbell, simply download the Arlo app and follow the setup instructions for the Arlo video doorbell. It will guide you throughout the installation process.

First of all, you need to connect the Arlo Power Kit and doorbell to existing wiring. As already mentioned, to install an Arlo Video Doorbell, you must have an existing wired doorbell and chime with electrical wiring to a chime box. The voltage of the doorbell transformer must be between 16-24V AC. Use a multimeter to check the voltage of a transformer

Your Internet connectivity and mobile device must also meet the minimum requirements to use an Arlo system. You may need the following if you plan to install yourself. Else you can seek the assistance of a qualified electrician

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • (Optional) power drill

After installing the Power Kit in your chime box, follow the steps in the Arlo app to install your doorbell.

The Arlo app guides you through installation in this order:

First, turn off your power at the breaker. Then remove and disconnect your existing doorbell. In the pack, you have an angled mounting plate to adjust the field of view for your doorbell. With it, you can set the direction of the cameras towards left or right.

The option to use the angled mounting plate will depend on the position of the doorbell and the walkway to your home. 

Arlo doorbell installation- connect the wires and install your doorbell.

Following the instructions in the Arlo app, you can connect the wires and install your doorbell. Once finished, turn on the power at the breaker.

Check the LED on the front of your Arlo Video Doorbell. See LED during setup on Connect your Arlo Video Doorbell to your home network’s 2.4 GHz WiFi.

Arlo doorbell, wedge, mount- installation

  • Crisp Clear Video Quality

  • Excellent Night Vision

  • Built-in Siren to Trigger Manually or Automatically During an Event.

  • Wider Diagonal Viewing Angle

  • Video Calls to Your Phone When Alerted

  • 3-Month Trial Cloud Storage

  • Lag in Live Video and Audio

  • No Option to Hear Ring Sound Instead of Phone Call 

  • Work to its Full Potential only Under a Subscription



The Arlo wide-angle video doorbell is, without doubt, one of the best consumer security devices in the market. It has excellent features and works great. Smaller and better designed than some of its peers, the Arlo video doorbell provides excellent audio and video in all types of lighting conditions. At the current price with $3 a month subscription, it is a good buy.


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