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Arlo's smart doorbell doesn't have a security camera

This connected buzzer has two-way audio, but you'll need a separate Arlo cam to actually see who's at your door.

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The Arlo Audio Doorbell costs $80 but also requires an $80 Arlo Base Station to operate -- for a $160 total cost. 

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This is the Arlo Base Station. It plugs into your Wi-Fi router. 

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The Audio Doorbell sends push alerts to your phone whenever it detects motion -- or whenever someone rings the buzzer.

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This doorbell runs on two AA batteries. 

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It can also be hardwired to work with an existing doorbell chime.

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The Arlo Chime, sold separately for $50, acts as your doorbell chime if you don't hardwire the Audio Doorbell.

Several Chimes can be purchased for larger homes to make sure you hear your doorbell wherever you are.

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The Audio Doorbell works with Arlo security cameras, too. The idea is that you'd use the doorbell for two-way audio conversations and the camera to see who's at the door.

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The Arlo Audio Doorbell is a bit of a departure from its main competitors like Ring, Nest, August and SkyBell, due to its audio-only design. 

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