Arlo|Smart Home Security|Wireless HD Security Cameras
× Urgent: Activate Two-Step Verification
Arlo requires all users to activate two-step verification to continue to access your recordings, devices, and account.
Please enable this feature now. Learn More.

Extend Range of Cameras (via repeaters)

So far, I love Arlo.  I live in the forest and have a lot of land and distance is what is limiting from creating a security system with Arlo like I truly desire.  If Arlo had a camera/base-station repeater(s) that would extend the range of the cameras and basestation, I feel like it would open up a lot more possibilities.  This would allow you in theory to have many different line of site repeaters between the camera and the base station which would allow you to have cameras over much larger distances.  This would be awesome and really really hope that something like this comes out for Arlo.

 

 

Comments

Arlo's new Essentials camera, and the Floodlight Pro 3, do not need a hub. They can connect to a wifi access point. They can also work alongside other cameras, including "hubbed" devices, when it comes to triggering cross actions. But without a hub you do not have local recordings, just cloud storage.

mgage1906
Fledgling

Yeah I just saw that which is great, but when you have the cameras integrated into Homekit, the Wi-Fi cameras like those do not integrate unless they are connected to a hub. It’s like a catch 22. I think both of those have to be hub connected to work with homekit. NOW, if that’s not the case and I connect directly to Wi-Fi and still use them in homekit I’m buying the floodlight camera TODAY! Does anybody know if that’s the case?

Nonia
Follower

Hi

 

These are some thoughts I've had

 

-DNS over TLS


-VPN to Arlo servers directly from cameras


-AI training for camera. There are thousands of movements with no meaningful added information - particularly from wind and plant movement - you could use these thousands of identical movements to train the camera what is normal so it can detect as soon as something is not. Consistent repeatable content and movement can be used to build up a statistical probability chart (or a desensitiztion chart) which will ignore everything until something occurs outside of those parameters. This should be running on the cameras all of the time. It will save battery and it will save storage costs.


-Periodic tests between camera and router to confirm camera is fully functional and properly attached - if not the power gets cycled on the camera.


-Utility on router and cameras to identify interference and hacking attempts and recording this information for authorities


- adapter which can be connected to Power over Ethernet so the camera doesn't have to be wireless but defaults to wireless if there are problems with the wired connection. Also the camera battery stays charged and prepared in case of a power outage.


- Connection options. I want to be able to install additional cameras just for the motion activated lights. I also want to be able to add extra hubs for the cameras where the wireless signal strength is not strong and to give cameras a point to fail to should one router fail for any reason. I'd like the option to add a 3g/4g account to a router should the home internet drop out for any reason. I would like all devices including routers to have options for internal batteries for power drop outs with options to keep all devices fully charged. With a dual battery system it would be possible to change one battery out while the other is still providing power. Those new batteries Tesla has developed may be a good fit if redesigned. Push up from the bottom of the casing.  I don't want to be charged for all of the devices - just the devices which are active at one time.  I'd like to be  able to shift what the active device is.  I don't want to pay for cameras being used as motion sensor lights and redundant routers to ensure strong signal connection at various points.


- I'm designing a suitable fence mount or pole mount enclosure which waterproofs and windproofs the camera without blocking any functionality, takes into account the wide view angle and also allows for appropriate placement of solar panel above. It would be great if you could buy something like this pre-built and ready for use. One of my locations has the camera fairly low and looking upwards and out and protecting it from weather makes a big difference to the video I get.


- Live viewing of cameras is a problem at the moment because of your software? The requirement is to go through your servers to view rather than direct connection. Direct connections and any sort of local service provision are vulnerable so security wise it is better to go through your servers with an authorized device which is logged. Maybe it is possible to do dual authorization from your servers and from the device to the local router which allows the local router to connect to a hotspot pre-defined in the Arlo app and provide a pre-defined local management interface in that hotspot.


- I've gone through every setting in the app with regards to devices. You've done an excellent job of setting the app with the most secure and optimized default settings. Except for setting up activity zones for cameras, it's probably best no one touches the other settings in my opinion. ; )


-You want storage costs and AI analysis costs covered with regular funds coming in to improve your hardware and software. This makes sense. People want to pay as little as possible and still get great outcomes. Your cameras are amazing. Your form factor for cameras is beautiful. One reason I never wanted cameras before is because how ugly most of the market is. Your wide angle view is incredible and I'm looking forward to a roof mounted or wall mounted 360 degree camera which sees in all directions including backwards out from the camera. Your software zoom feature is also amazing.

 

Well done.