It's also the only model we tested that has a truly weatherproof cord.

If you're looking to add the Arlo Pro to a smart-home system, the camera currently works with Stringify, Wink, and IFTTT ("If This Then That").

Smart Things certification was approved and will be included in a future app update.

The two exceptions were cameras integrated into outdoor lighting fixtures, both of which were installed on the porch by my husband, a licensed electrician.

All nine cameras were connected to the same Verizon Fi OS network via a Wi-Fi router indoors.

The Arlo Pro is also compatible with ADT Canopy for a fee. It records continuous 1080p video, captures to the cloud 24/7, and can actually distinguish between people and other types of motion.

Like the Nest thermostat, the Outdoor Cam is part of the Works With Nest program, which means it can integrate with hundreds of smart-home products.

Most others required an AC connection, which means you won't be able to place them just anywhere.

We downloaded each camera's app to an i Phone 5, an i Pad, and a Samsung Galaxy S6.

During initial research, we compiled a huge list of outdoor security cameras recommended by professional review sites like PCMag, Safewise, and Safety.com, as well as those available on popular online retailers.