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Update Snapshots at regular intervals

Status: New Ideas
by NCKpu86 Guide on ‎2017-02-24 06:24 AM

I've seen suggestions for an "emergency record" mode, where one click would begin recording all cams.  I have suggestions for a couple things:


  1. Allow for an updated snapshot at regular intervals, not just at the last motion detected.  For example, even if no motion has been detected for days, updating the snapshots displayed in the Arlo dashboard every hour, two hours, or whatever would be great.  I wouldnt have to click "LIVE" and then "PAUSE" on each camera separately just to get an idea of how things are looking currently.
  2. A button to make all cameras live simultaneously as well as a "pause all" would be great also.  Or, related to above, just a button to refresh snapshots on demand.

Add Motion detection zones (s) in Arlo Pro

Status: New Ideas
by chung30 Follower on ‎2017-02-14 06:14 AM

Currently, Arlo and Arlo Pro does NOT have a motion dectection zones. I can only zoom in/out of an area.


I would like to have a motion dectection zones, so it will trigger video reconding of the whole area when object enter the zone.


Right now, if I don't zoone out. camera trigger by street traffic, but when I zoom out I have a very limit area in the recording, so I cannot tell what car the person stop by my door drove away with.


This feature is already availabe in Arlo Q, why not put it in Arlo Pro?

icon for viewed or not viewed

Status: New Ideas
by patrik_swe Guide on ‎2017-02-24 02:11 AM

In a family situation it would be nice if there was an icon (or something) that showed that the film has already been watched by someone else.


Maybe also if you could enable a notificaion saying "Film att am 09.53 watched by Steven".

Then you would first get an notification about movements from a camera and then a notification that it already is checked and you can continue with what ever you were doing, without any interuption for checking the arlo app.



Patrik P

Push Notification sends snapshot

Status: New Ideas
by reynoldswrap0 Star on ‎2017-01-06 08:59 AM
When there is motion at my front door, I'm setup to be notified. Would love if the system also sent out the same frame used as thumbnail image within the library. That way I would get notified but be able to see right away that it was UPS, a neighbor, a salesman, etc. This would keep from needing to open the app and view unnecessarily. Also, as an Apple Watch user, I could leave my phone in my pocket and just see the delivered image on my wrist. Can be setup through a text msg if needed.

Live view from USB local storage?

Status: New Ideas
by KenHull Apprentice on ‎2017-02-21 01:23 AM

I would like to see the option of either using the cloud or local USB drive for storage and also a software application to run on a desktop computer for viewing local storage and live view. There are three things that would enhance the performance of the Arlo Pro cameras by using local storage.


  1. Using local storage would eliminate the time lag.
  2. Using local storage would allow 24/7 live viewing when powered directly from mains without an Internet connection.
  3. A software application to run on Desktop would also eliminate the Internet connection and allow live or recorded video to be viewed at anytime.

I have had a DVR for many years and have found local storage a much better option for 24/7 viewing and recording. The cloud is fine for backup recording but due to time lag delay not good for motion detection.

I am hoping the NETGEAR Arlo Pro could help us users that require 24/7 viewing. If that were available without timing out there would be a lot more customers buying the system.

Given alot of Arlos are installed within the home which we all know is quite a private space - it would be good to know when the arlo is armed or disarmed just by looking at it (rather than having to open the Ap on your phone all the time).


Instead of the Blue dot being constant( which only indicates its on and connected)--- Green for Armed, Red for Disarmed. Surley this could be programed into the device?





Specify Motion Detection Region

Status: New Ideas
by Max8088 Initiate on ‎2016-10-08 03:59 PM
It would be great if in each camera setting, you could drag out a box area to determine the region within a camera view to use for motion detection. Areas outside this region. It still within the frame would still record,but not be considered for motion detection.

Other posts indicate it may be challenging to "zone" the area of motion detection due to camera's PIR sensor performs the motion detection not the camera video capture. 


To provide controled zone detection and allow wide view camera capture; provide option of lower cost PIR sensor(s) that can be placed seperately from cameras. Also add the feature to Group cameras by placing in a capture group and option to disable individual motion detection on selected cameras. This would allow Cameras to be placed in ideal postion to capture the desired full view without concern of motion within view, and place 1-N PIR sensors aiming away from undesired motion with selectable range/sensitivity. Expample: Driveway & walkway. Place PIR Sensors toward driveway entrace aiming up toward home so background / street motion is not detected and place cameras on home aimed to capture wide view. When car / person / perp enters driveway or other location using alternate sensor locations it triggers motion and any camera within the Group begins recording. Recording length could be until "no motion" or maximum period (2-10 minutes) of time with auto stop if no motion detected. That would allow for delivery truck to trigger and the full multi-camera capture of movement through coverage area. Camera groups could be multiple groups and cameras could reside in multiple groups. Example: Ft Door camera could be in side yard sensor group and in Driveway sensor group. Inside could be PIR sensors placed near entrace corridors and cameras (multi room group) could be positioned in wide angle viewpoints to capture movement transversed from room to room. 


The zone of dectection remains a desired option in addition to options for seperate PIR sensors & Camera Groups. 


Emergency record

Status: New Ideas
by BansheeRider Apprentice ‎2017-01-14 08:35 AM - edited ‎2017-01-14 08:37 AM



It would be nice if there was a manual option to trigger all cameras to record until the user stops recording or the battery dies. Maybe add a button next to siren button to trigger all cameras. If I am away from home, and there is an intruder on my property, I would like to have the option to have all cameras rolling at once rather than waiting to detect motion. Thanks

Hello Everyone,

I have some ideas that might improve the experience of using Arlo cameras.

I would appreciate it if someone from the developers section would read this post and give it a serious attention.


1. Offline Mode:

One of the Arlo's disadvantages is that it doesn't work offline. It would be nice if the app would send the user a push notification when the Arlo is offline. Maybe something happens in the house. Beside that, if the Internet connection lost and there is still power available, the Arlo would still be able to record video and save it on the hard drive (and maybe upload it afterwards when the unit gets connected back to the Internet).


2. Seamless Recordings:

This is really annoying to have tons of recordings from the same period of time. It would be nice if the cameras would have an option (just an option, not by default) for a "seamless recording" feature, so the cameras will start recording from the time it detects motion until the time this motion stops (or 10 seconds later e.g.). This way, you will be able to see one recording of 3 minutes and not 18 different videos from the same event. BTW, you might lose some important "movements" between each individual recordings...


3. Expanded Options:

Let's say I'd want to turn on the siren when the Arlo camera detects motion, but only on daytime. I don't have this option... In addition, let's say I have couple of cameras and I want to use a different mode or a different schedule on each one of them. I don't have this option, either...


4. Apple HomeKit:

From an iPhone and iPad user's point of view, it would be nice if Arlo kit would be integrated in Apple Homekit. When this feature is enabled, iPhone and iPad users would have an option to ask Siri to switch between modes or even turn on/off the siren, and everything with just using their voice. This is only the beginning. You've bunch of opportunities.


I would like to hear what do you think about the aforementioned ideas.

If you have something to say or anything else to add, please leave a comment below.




Status: New Ideas

ArloPro Siren DING!

Status: New Ideas
by sblasiol Follower on ‎2017-01-09 11:37 AM

It looks as if there are limited options for the alarm being triggered by movement on the camera.  It would be nice if movement could simply trigger an audible "DING" ( or "DONG").  For instance, if there is a camera at the front door you and you are in the house you could hear that someone is walking up. 

2nd factor Authenication added to the login process

Status: New Ideas
by _Christopher_ Follower ‎2016-12-23 08:10 PM - edited ‎2016-12-23 08:11 PM



I tried to search for this idea, but didn't see anything.


I would like to see 2nd factor authenication options added to the login process.



IFTTT Activation of Arlo Pro Siren

Status: New Ideas
by claydog Follower on ‎2017-01-31 08:22 AM

 With IFTTT already compatible with the Arlo Pro, this should be a no brains feature.  It would be great to be able to trigger the siren with IFTTT (not just by detected movement or sound).


This could work with any variety of home security sensors, and would allow the siren to be activated.   

An at-home Display Monitor

Status: New Ideas
by RBabeeBre Follower on ‎2017-01-25 09:54 PM

My husband and I currently have 5 Arlo cameras set up around the perimeter of our home. And it's great, we love getting notified of movement from anywhere, especially if we're not home. 


However, if we are home, and we are detected of motion - the only way to see the live feed is by logging into the app on our phone, clicking on that individual camera, and waiting for the live view mode to load... by the time it's loaded, whatever set the camera in motion, is now long gone!


It would be amazing if Arlo created an at-home Display Monitor that displayed up to, say ten camera feeds, in LIVE mode, that is always available and on (perhaps plugged in?). Like many other home security camera systems, they usually ONLY have this at-home display monitor - and do not offer the online viewing capabilities. However, when one is at home and worried who or what could be outside or ringing the door at 1am, it would be extremely helpful if the home owner could simply walk over to their at-home Display Monitor to see who or what is setting that camera off, before deciding what to do! It would be quicker, more efficient, and give that immediate sense of security to the Arlo user.


I hope my description made sense, and that this is a product we could all use and assist us Arlo users in having the best camera security on the market!


Thank you so much!


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Activity zones - arbitrary shape

Status: Future Consideration
by jazzfog Tutor ‎2016-04-01 08:22 PM - edited ‎2016-04-01 08:26 PM

In short:


It is absolutely necessary to be able to draw activity zones of arbitrary shape




I just got my Arlo Q, first impression - it is great.

But there is a room for improvements. For instance Activity Zones.


After installation of Arlo Q and activationg zones like this I got a motion alert... reacting on grass moved by a wind.






Reacting on plants moving by wind it is whole another story, but in my case it would be easy to solve if I just could draw the zones of arbitary shape, like this:




Thank you for reading.


Arlo users, Please support this request with your vote! (green arrow up on the left top of this post)





Minimize lag by saving to USB drive first

Status: New Ideas
by bmattox79 Apprentice on ‎2016-07-08 11:41 AM

I know I've seen a lot of complaints about lag.  From what I see most of the lag is caused by the camera waiting for the network to be able to upload to the cloud.  The mechanical part of the sensor being tripped and the lens opening is a second or less but if there is any network congestion or hiccup of any kind you camera can't record to the cloud.  

Make it so I can buy a USB drive put it in the back of the base when a camera activates it records directly to the flash drive, once the recording is complete then it uploads to the cloud, but the actual recording is immediate, no waiting for the Internet.  This simple solution would change how fast our cameras record

Windows 10 Phone App

Status: Future Consideration
by Maerlyn13 Follower on ‎2016-02-19 10:17 AM
Yes. Please make a Windows 10 phone app. The web portal is not supported for live viewing since it requires flash and it is not supported in Windows 10 Phone. Or change the web portal to HTML instead of flash.

camera starts recording on and only stops when Motion stops

Status: Implemented
by NerdGlasses Star on ‎2015-02-17 11:42 AM - last edited on ‎2016-05-04 10:51 AM by ChristineT Administrator

First of all, Arlo is great in theory. A wireless camera that is accessible from anywhere in the world with an internet connection? Wonderful!


But in reality, it's a system that is more gadget gimmick, than a useful, usable security option.


However, if you could make this one change in the system, I'll deal with the usability issues on the app; I'll deal with the limitations of the camera settings; the lag in response to motion; etc., etc... If you could just make it so that the camera starts recording on motion and doesn't stop until the motion stops (with a user setting for max mins), then I'd finally be satisfied.


Otherwise, here's how it works now, and an example of what I actually get: A UPS truck pulls up, and Arlo kicks in (late) and starts recording after the truck is already parked (very annoying), but then I get 30 seconds (my setting is 30 secs) of the truck sitting there as the driver gets the package from the back. Then Arlo shuts down, the driver gets out with my package and walks up my driveway (about a 20 second walk) at which point Arlo is starting up again for another 30 second clip. Arlo starts up again and then records 30 seconds of the driver already walking away after dropping the package at my front door.


If this were an intruder or someone "casing the joint" I'd never get an image of his face. Is that a real security system?? Now, if I could set Arlo to stay on and record until the motion stops or my setting (I would choose 5 minutes) I would get all the footage I need. Battery life wouldn't matter to me because 1) if the motion stopped at 15 seconds, the recording would stop or; 2) if I could capture real "show-to-the-cops-footage" I wouldn't care if I had to replace the batteries more frequently.


That said:



Anyone agree or experiencing the same? Please chime in and hopefully the folks at Arlo make it happen!

Status: Implemented

This is now available for Arlo Q and is under development for Arlo Wire-Free cameras. For more information see Arlo Q release notes here: Release Notes - Arlo Q FW 1.8.0_5551 - 9th June 2016

Temperature Display

Status: New Ideas
by AncientGeekVT Apprentice on ‎2017-01-08 06:04 AM

Since the Arlo Pro obviously has an embedded thermal sensor, could you display the temperature on the various images and videos or at least on the Live View?  That would be handy information especially if we are remotely monitoring the site and the cameras are off due to cold temperatures.  If we could see the current temperature and we know roughly the temperature at which the cameras normally shut off, we would have some idea about how close we might be to seeing the image again.

Apple Home Kit

Status: Future Consideration
by Elmar2001 Follower on ‎2016-01-31 01:29 AM

To integrate arlo into the Apple Home Kit would be a great improvement.


Now I have a great camera system with an app, a weather station with an app and some other sensors in the Apple home kit and they do not work together. 


E.g. an alarm could be triggered by the motion sensor of the camera or the camera could be switched on by a door or windows sensor even if the motion sensor is not activated because the object is too far away and so on. There are a lot of possibilities with connecting the systems. 


Is this planned to do?