Arlo|Smart Home Security|Wireless HD Security Cameras

Alerting Mechanism for Base Station / Camera Offline

Our installation will be very remote beach house. There is a need for mains failure detection in case intruder has deliberately switched of the power. This would be a nice sofware update feature.


Pinging again to see if that helps prioritize.  Moving my 2nd of 3 cameras this weekend to a non- alerting area while I test another brand.  

I integrated arlo to my smart home and alarm as a motion sensor as well but don't feel comfortable anymore if I don't know it is offline and this feature is not on the horizon. 

Oh well. 


So this happens now and again - my base station goes offline. I assume it's when a firmware update is pushed out and crashes my base station. 


(There's no notification from the app. That's a whole other thread here. Hopefully that will get fixed soon.)


My issue is that when the base station goes offline, the cameras drain their batteries trying to reconnect.


This last time, the base station went offline around 10:30am pacific time on the 6th May. Perhaps someone from Arlo can confirm if that was a firmware update? Or tell me how I can check that myself?


I didn't realise until late on the 7th. (Thankfully I have other cameras, because I know I can't rely on this system yet.) (Also thankfully I'm at home. When this happens while I'm away, there's nothing I can do... Big fail for a security system.) Power cycling the base station only served to show me the cameras all offline. Sometimes rebooting the base station a few times brings some cameras back online, but not this time. Clearly the batteries were all drained. It was too late at night to be getting ladders out and swapping batteries, so that's what I'm doing today. Thankfully I have rechargeable batteries, otherwise Arlo would be getting a big bill for new ones! And I have confirmed that the batteries are all dead - power cycling the cameras does nothing.


Here are suggestions. I hope Arlo are listening. They are pretty basic requirements of a security system.


  • When a camera detects the base station is offline, it goes into a low power mode. Instead of draining its batteries by continuously trying to reconnect, have it try once every minute for the first 10 minutes, then once every 10 minutes for the next hour, then once every 30 minutes. That way, when the base station can be physically power cycled when the owner returns home (note that this usually can't be done remotely as the base station is offline), the cameras will hopefully still have some battery power left.
  • When the base station goes offline:
    1. SEND ME A NOTIFICATION. Pretty please. The cloud knows. If I open the app, it knows. If a security system goes completely offline, it should trigger a panic mode 😱 where it sends not only repeated push notifications, but also texts and emails.
    2. Have the base station AUTOMATICALLY power cycle itself say every 20 minutes until it reconnects. That way if I can't get to the base station for a week, it doesn't render the entire system USELESS!
  • When a camera goes offline:
    1. See #1 above


p.s. thank you for finally ditching flash...





Great Idea to be notified when either the base station or a specific camera goes offline.


Otherwise you have to manually check in the app. I keep an eye on the base station lights and its all running on a ups and USB storage, however none of that helps if a camera goes offline... 




Is Arlo introducing this? It' been 5 years since it was raised/