Hi - I have installed Arlo Pro 2 cameras on the outside of my house and am happy with the daytime and nighttime picture quality. However, I don't want to have to change batteries, so I want to supply external power to the cameras, and I want to provide that power in a code-compliant fashion so inspectors don't force me to make changes when I make future changes. The 8.2 foot length of the VMA4900 cable is simply too short to provide external power in a code-compliant way in many locations, even on a small 1500 square food single-story wood frame home.
I spoke to my local city planners yesterday. To provide power to an outdoor security camera in a code-compliant way, the (in this case USB) power cord from the camera must run all the way back to a router (or adapter) which is plugged directly into a wall outlet without the use of extension cords. It's not reliably the case that there's a power outlet within 8.2 feet of all desirable camera locations, even when you are willing to drill through walls (which I am).
I will be able to use the VMA4900 to provide code-compliant power in 1-3 locations, but there's another couple of locations where I need to place the camera and there's simply no outlet within 8.2 feet even if I drill through walls, run the USB cord into the crawlspace, etc.
I would be happy to add on a USB extender cable, but the design of the VMA4900 doesn't allow this. (I understand that there are issues with power attenuation over increased cable length.) I would be happy to pay more for a device with a powered USB line and/or a longer cable, but Arlo doesn't sell one at this time.
I would be happy to use a third-party power adapter, but I have read that doing this might invalidate the warranty on the battery and/or camera and that Arlo has taken technical measures to block the use of such third-party adapters.
I am open to using a solar power charger, but I've read that the one Arlo offers doesn't provide enough power to support activity zones and CVR:
Has anyone tried the approach of using a solar panel large enough to provide AC outlet power that you can then plug the MA4900 into with appropriate weather shielding? (This seems like a really inefficient approach vs direct DC-to-DC.)
Does anyone know of a power input adapter for the Arlo Pro 2 charging port that we can use to connect it to standard power chargers of other kinds to open us up to other longer cables, even with possible loss of warranty coverage?
Arlo: Please provide one or more of the following solutions:
1) A power adapter with a MUCH longer cable (at least 20' minimum -- preferably with options for much longer cables e.g. 50-100 feet if desired)
2) A solar charger that enables full use of all the Arlo Pro 2's features
3) The ability to use third-party adapters with longer cables without invalidating the warranty on the battery and/or the camera, and a commitment to support the use of such third-party products long-term
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Why aren't skins sold as singles?? I am not interested in 3 packs or 2 packs.
I do have 3 Arlo Pro cameras but two of them are mounted on eggshell colored siding so the plain white cameras blend in fine without skins.
My 3rd camera on the other hand is mounted in a tree. Therefore I've been looking for a black, brown or camo single skin. Don't wanna spend $20-$30 on a pack of 3 and only use one skin. I've looked on ebay. I've looked on Amazon and anywhere else online I can think of.
The Ghillie skin is sold by itself but I think it would look odd sitting on a tree branch.
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Hello I have the Arlo Baby and I would like to say "Alexa Turn on Montion and Audio Alerts" I tried with IFTTT but it does not appear to be a choice.
Is there something that I am doing wrong?
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