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If you need surveillance in a remote location, then you need a cellular security camera and an active data plan. There are only two cameras on the market that fit the bill for this; the Arlo Go 2 and Reolink Go Plus. While they may appear similar on the surface, there are a lot of differences to get into. Let's go!

Arlo Go 2 vs Reolink Go Plus: 4G/LTE Head to Head

Key Differences

To purchase the unit, the Reolink Go Plus comes in a bit cheaper than the Arlo. You also need to consider monthly subscription costs as Arlo Secure is central to the Arlo offering and without it some of the camera features (like smart motion detection) are limited. Reolink offers all cameras features unconditionally, and there is optional cloud storage you can purchase if you like.

The Reolink Go Plus battery has a much larger capacity than Arlo, at 7800mAh vs 3660mAh - So you should get a longer charge out of the Reolink camera.

While both cameras offer 4G/LTE data, the Arlo can also communicate on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi if you want to repurpose it in the future.

Reolink Go has a higher camera resolution at 4MP compared to 2MP while Arlo can provide full-color night vision with its integrated spotlight (However the lumen output of 850 is not massive, as the camera is battery powered).

Both cameras have Android and iOS apps, while the Reolink Go footage can be viewed on Reolink's Windows and Mac desktop apps.

Price
Power Options
BatterySolar Panel
DC PowerBatterySolar Panel
Data Transmission
2.4GHz WiFi4G LTE
4G LTE
Resolution
2MP: 1080P / HD: 1920x1080
4MP: 2560x1440
Night Vision Type
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
Infrared
Spotlight
Yes
No
Smart Motion Detection Features
Person DetectionVehicle DetectionObject DetectionAnimal Detection
Person DetectionVehicle Detection
Smart Integrations
AlexaGoogle AssistantChromecastEcho ShowFire TVGoogle Nest HubIFTTT
Google AssistantChromecastGoogle Nest Hub
Are Camera Features Limited without a Cloud Subscription?
Yes
No
Apps
AndroidiOS
AndroidiOSWindowsMac

Key Features in Common

Both cameras have fixed lenses, two-way audio, infrared night vision, and motion-activated recording.

They each have optional solar panels you can install, to avoid needing to go back to the location to recharge the battery.

Case Type(s)
Bullet
Bullet
Camera Location
IndoorOutdoor
IndoorOutdoor
Data Type
IP
IP
Camera Wire Type
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Integrated Microphone
Yes
Yes
Two Way Audio
Yes
Yes
Integrated Siren / Alarm
Yes
Yes
Lens Type
Fixed Focus
Fixed Focus
Night Vision Functionality
Yes
Yes
Storage Options
microSDCloud
microSDCloud
Motion Activated Recording
Yes
Yes
Continuous Recording
No
No
WDR
Unsure
Unsure
IP Rating
IP65
IP65
Motorized Pan Feature
No
No
Motorized Tilt Feature
No
No
Optical Zoom Feature
No
No
Cloud Subscription
Optional
Optional

Overview

Model Code
Go 2 LTE/Wi-Fi
Go Plus
Case Type(s)
Bullet
Bullet
Price
Color
White
White
Camera Location
IndoorOutdoor
IndoorOutdoor
Camera Wire Type
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Warranty
1 year(s)
2 year(s)
Model Type
Camera
Camera
Include Model Code in Name
No
Yes
Calculated Rating
69
67

Power & Data Feeds

Data Type
IP
IP
Power Options
BatterySolar Panel
DC PowerBatterySolar Panel
Power Information
3660mAh rechargeable battery. Battery life varies based on settings, usage, & temperature
7800mAh rechargeable battery Reolink Solar Panel 5V/2A USB power adapter
Data Transmission
2.4GHz WiFi4G LTE
4G LTE
Data Transmission Information
Wi-Fi or LTE connection
LTE FDD: Max. 10Mbps(DL), Max. 5Mbps(UL) LTE TDD: Max. 8.96Mbps(DL), Max. 3.1Mbps(UL) HSPA+: Max. 42Mbps(DL), Max. 5.76Mbps(UL) UMTS: Max. 384Kbps(DL), Max. 384Kbps(UL)

Camera & Lens

Resolution
2MP: 1080P / HD: 1920x1080
4MP: 2560x1440
Image Sensor
-
CMOS
Image Sensor Size
-
1/3"
Lens Type
Fixed Focus
Fixed Focus
Fixed Focal Length
-
N/A
Max Aperture (Fixed)
-
N/A
Field of View (Horizontal)
130°
95°
Field of View (Vertical)
-
52°

Video

Motion Activated Recording
Yes
Yes
Continuous Recording
No
No
Video Coding Format
H.264
H.265
Max Supported Frame Rate
-
15fps
Video FPS Details
1920 x 1080p
-
WDR
Unsure
Unsure

Night Vision

Night Vision Functionality
Yes
Yes
Night Vision Type
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
Infrared
Infrared Distance (Total Darkness)
Up to 25ft
Up to 33ft
Infrared LED PCS
-
6
Spotlight
Yes
No
Spotlight PCS
4
-
Spotlight Lumens
850 Lumens
-
Night Vision Hardware Details
850 nm LEDs: illuminates up to 25 feet
LED: 6pcs/14mil/850nm

Audio

Integrated Microphone
Yes
Yes
Audio Interface
No
No
Integrated Speaker
Yes
Yes
Two Way Audio
Yes
Yes
Integrated Siren / Alarm
Yes
Yes
Alarm Interface
No
No

Storage & Interoperability

Storage Options
microSDCloud
microSDCloud
Maximum On-Board Storage Capacity
2048gb
128gb

Cloud

Smart Integrations
AlexaGoogle AssistantChromecastEcho ShowFire TVGoogle Nest HubIFTTT
Google AssistantChromecastGoogle Nest Hub
Cloud Subscription
Optional
Optional
Are Camera Features Limited without a Cloud Subscription?
Yes
No

Intelligence

Motion Alerts
Push NotificationsEmail Alerts
Push NotificationsEmail Alerts
Configurable Motion Zones
Yes
Yes
Configurable Motion Sensitivity
Yes
Yes
Smart Motion Detection Features
Person DetectionVehicle DetectionObject DetectionAnimal Detection
Person DetectionVehicle Detection

PTZ

Motorized Pan Feature
No
No
Motorized Tilt Feature
No
No
Optical Zoom Feature
No
No
Digital Zoom Feature
Yes
Yes
Digital Zoom Magnification
12x
16x

Device

Weight
490g
450g
Dimensions
3.38" x 2.53" x 4.72"in (86 x 64.2 x120 mm)
(2.95 x 7.63 in)
IP Rating
IP65
IP65
Operating Temperature Min
-4F
14F
Operating Temperature Max
113F
55F

App

Mobile Apps
AndroidiOS
Multi-Channel ViewingLive FeedVideo PlaybackEvent ListReal Time NotificationsTwo Way Audio

AndroidiOS
Multi-Channel ViewingLive FeedVideo PlaybackEvent ListReal Time NotificationsCapture Video / ImagesControl PTZTime LapseShare Clips

Desktop Apps
WindowsMac
Multi-Channel ViewingLive FeedVideo PlaybackEvent ListReal Time NotificationsCapture Video / ImagesShare Clips

The Arlo Go 2 vs Reolink Go Plus: 4G/LTE Result

Arlo vs Reolink Overview

Year Founded
2014
2009
Customer Focus
Consumer Leaning
Mix of Business & Consumer
Aggregate App Reviews
3.5/5
2.9/5
Cloud Platform Name
Arlo Secure and Arlo Secure Plus
Reolink Cloud
Cloud Subscription Features
Cloud StorageSmart / AI NotificationsRich App PreviewsAdvanced App Features
Cloud Storage
Cloud Subscription Costs
From $2.99/mo of $14.99/mo for 4K Starts at $2.99/Month Single Camera / $9.99/Month Unlimited Cameras
Free Plan Available - Standard Plan starts $3.49 / $6.99 / $10.49 / Month