Arlo adds HomeKit support to its Arlo Pro 3 smart camera system
What you need to know
- Arlo has added HomeKit support to another of its smart camera systems.
- Arlo Pro 3 is the latest to get in on the act.
- You'll need to install a firmware update first.
Arlo released the Arlo Pro 3 smart camera system towards the end of 2019 and it's now added support for HomeKit as spotted by Apple Insider. You'll need to install a new firmware update in order to get access to HomeKit features, though.
It's well worth your time doing exactly that, too. Once you install the new firmware update you'll be able to add all of your Arlo Pro 3 cameras to Apple's Home App. That then makes them available on any device that is signed into your Home – including those owned by other people who have been invited.
Unfortunately, the current update doesn't add support for HomeKit Secure Video, but this is definitely a start.
The update is now steadily rolling out to users of the VMB4540 SmartHub but you can speed things up by checking for a firmware update manually via the Arlo app.
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The Arlo Pro 3 system comes with two cameras and SmartHub for $500. The new Pro 3 cameras feature all kinds of upgrades including a built-in spotlight, video recording in 2K HDR, 160-degree field of view, and color night vision. With these installed you'll always be able to keep an eye on your home or office in any weather.
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