Arlo|Smart Home Security|Wireless HD Security Cameras

Enable/Disable Cameras or Arm/Disarm Base Station through HomeKit?

I'm super happy that we've now finally got the HomeKit integration for the cameras, it's really rounding-out my HomeKit configuration, but what I'm surprised to discover, is that there's no actual way to either enable/disable the cameras, or to Arm the security via the base station.


There are a couple of programmatic ways that this could be done.

1. The Camera devices already have the device types Camera, and Motion, but adding a switch type would allow users to enable/disable cameras within HomeKit routines.

2. Alternatively, the Base Station could be presented as a HomeKit Security device type, which would allow routines to Arm/Disarm the Arlo mode. (This would be more convenient for HomeKit, as you'd still be able to preview the camera, even if it's not armed for recordings)


Arlo Moderator



We recently had a "Chat about HomeKit with Greg Falgiano, Director of Product Management, 8/09 10 a.m. PST." Take a look at Greg's statement regarding arming/disarming here:


"For arming/disarming, we looked into this with the Apple team and the option isn't available for camera "device types." This applies to all cameras on the HomeKit ecosystem, not just Arlo. We passed the feedback on to Apple as we have heard this request from a few customers. We have to wait until it is officially supported before we can implement the feature though."



It will be useful to include the arm/disarm basestation to HomeKit (for example bu registering basestation as a homekit security system).

This could allow to disarm when cleaning robot starts it cycle and rearm when it finish for example.



How can I set up Arlo cameras in HomeKit in a way that I can arm disarm there vs in the Arlo app?. I cannot figure out a way to do this. Any help would be much appreciated
brh Master


I believe that Apple does not support this feature at the present time.




Is it possible to ask Siri via Homekit to arm or disarm Arlo? If so how to do it or what order to use?