Arlo, "can you hear me now"?
When will you have a fix to the volume issue??!!!! This is getting beyond ridiculous with no responses/suggestions to correct this problem.
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UNC, I'm glad you were able to return. Many of us spent too long trying to get this thing to work, and now it's too late to return. First the volume is/was too low even with the "new" version. Then the smartphone call stopped working. And now, even the motion detector seems to be failing. And if the doorbell doesn't detect motion, the button is nonfunctional.
To call this product junk is to be kind to Arlo/Netgear. Netgear thought they'd get out from under a growing bad reputation, but we need to keep it in Netgear's face too. I used to buy and recommend a lot of Netgear stuff in my I.T. consulting business. I no longer have confidence in their R&D or manufacturing. Oh, it hasn't helped that I've also had a high failure rate and general quirkiness with their networking products.
Purchased a doorbell Nov 2018. The audio level was so low it was pretty useless. This forum advised that the original hardware (1.2) was upgraded to 1.3, and this improved the audio. I spoke with Arlo support and because I notified them of this problem within the one year warranty period, they replaced the doorbell for free to one with the 1.3 firmware version. I installed it with no problem, and tested it. The audio is improved and it doesn't appear it's a problem any longer. Thanks Arlo!
@Zircon1 did the new 1.3 version solve your problems? I'm debating whether to get this doorbell or not.
The v 1.3 is better with sound but can’t be used to trigger motion recording on a camera. If you do it falsely registers motion. That said if you don’t use it for that I would suggest calling back, telling them you were disconnected and just tell them the date you got it as a gift. If you’re going to return it you would at least have the store name. I also got mine as a gift and just gave them approximate dates and told them where I assumed they bought it and I had no issue with the exchange.
I followed your advice and gave them an approximate date and they were able to process the replacement request. But what a hassle it was to call and ask where the item was purchased. luckily my daughter remembered the store. I will post an update once I get the 1.3 version
Version 1.3 improved the speaker volume, but in my opinion not enough to call the problem solved. What's more, the erratic motion detection, loss of connection with smartphones, and tech support who can only suggest reinstallation as a possible fix whenever theyr'e called, all combine to make this a "don't bother; save your money" item. I politely and factually pointed out the problems, and I referred to this forum, on my Amazon review, and guess what? Amazon rejected it! I have hundreds of reviews on Amazon, some good some bad some in between. So for whatever reason, Amazon is apparently covering up the problems with this device. They must be overstocked.
Wow! How bad was 1.2 I wonder because it’s October 2019 and the one I just bought is version 1.3 and I think the volume is pure crap!! I need to put my ear almost against the speaker to hear anything. Gonna try a few more tests over the coming few days and then take it right back to Best Buy if I’m not happy. But I can’t see it getting any better.
The doorbell device is a disaster for ARLO in that the speaker in ver 1.3 is poor and the motion detection detects hourly motion that is not there. Poor engineering and corrections are overdue for 6 months.
So has there been an update to the volume issue yet? the only reason I haven't returned my doorbell is because I had to drill 2 holes into the brick next to our door to mount the doorbell. I don't want to remove it and have 2 random holes on the exterior of our house.