Arlo|Smart Home Security|Wireless HD Security Cameras

Stake for hiding Arlo camera and also infrared sensor to outside for recording motion from inside

First suggestion:  it would be nice for Arlo to develop a stake to attach the Arlo units to for use for hiding the Arlo camera within bushes or trees.  This stake could be extended to select the height of the camera.  This way the camera would be hidden and also easier to reach whenever it is time for re-charging.  This would provide easier access to camera for changing camera locations and also charging camera.  Second idea:  a infrared  cable or unit to attach to camera so camera can be placed in house for motion detection.  This would provide better security for potential loss of camera as camera can be placed inside and motion can be picked up (example: camera can be placed inside in used from a window which now can not be used because infrared detection cannot be recognized)


I believe that there would have to be a very strong demand for these to be mass produced and profitable. I do make my own mounts as I can't find anything that prevents very easy theft or just knocking the camera down with a long stick. You could make your own quite easily, though. For example a fake birdhouse on a pole, a 6x6 with an area hollowed out for the camera and then disquise the purpose of the pole, etc.



If you have a smart hub like smartthings or something like that, you can connect a zigbee or zwave connected motion sensor and activate the camera via smartthings hub after being triggered outside by the motion sensor. That's how I solved the problem. Your motion sensor is IR-based and cant see thru glass. It takes one or two extra seconds for the trigger signal to make it through the system, but it's better than the camera no working at all. Another thing to remember is to disable the night vision function. The reason is because the IR LEDs on the camera will reflect off the glass in your window and obfuscate the view if the camera does activate. So to summarize your workaround: 1. Use a home automation hub 2. Get a separate motion sensor on the hub network 3. Use the smart home hub to activate the camera if the sensor triggers 4. Remember to disable the IR 'night vision' function on the camera. 5. Consider using motion triggered IR lights and put electric tape over the IR lights on the camera and leave the 'night vision' function, but I'd just recommend regular motion sensing light with a nice white light... then you can provide better descriptions of a 'purp' to the police.