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All Cameras Disconnected

Yesterday all of our cameras disconnected from the base station at the same time.  They wouldn't re-sync on their own, even after restarting the base unit and reinserting the batteries (we did this one camera at a time, per the troublshooting instructions). The base unit was showing as "armed", as it always does.

The only way I was able to get them to re-establish communication was to remove all three cameras from the account and re-add them. They worked as expected for about 7 hours, and then they all disconnected again. 

The base station is connected to a solid Internet connection and shows as "armed". When we re-synced the cameras yesterday, we kept them all within 2-3 feet of the base unit (where they still are as I type this), so I know it's not a signal issue.

 

Did we just get a lemon? We have restarted the base station but that didn't improve things. Any thoughts?

P.S. - The hardware version listed online isn't available as an option above, but for what it's worth it is VMB3500r4.

 

Model: VMB4500 | Arlo Pro/Pro2 Base Station
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Arlo Moderator

Re: All Cameras Disconnected

Hi @STMIT

 

Are you still experiencing this issue with the cameras?

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Yes, we are. I just returned from vacation and learned that the remote office where they are installed has given up on them and is shipping them back to me. I should receive them on Wednesday, July 31. Once I have them in my possession I will follow up here.

See this Reddit post about the problem, it seems like a recent update has caused these issues:
https://www.reddit.com/r/arlo/comments/cfca37/all_cameras_disconnected/

If this isn't resolved soon, I'm afraid they will be returned and we will have to look at another solution.

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@STMIT

 

When you receive the system, will you be planning to perform a factory reset and test again? I will be happy to help assist you.

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This was already done, but I will be doing it again personally. I will follow-up once I've done so.


@ShayneS wrote:

@STMIT

 

When you receive the system, will you be planning to perform a factory reset and test again? I will be happy to help assist you.


 

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@STMIT

 

I will be here whenever you are ready.

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Hi Shayne,

 

I received all of the equipment, plugged everything in and all of the cameras connected without issue.

 

I suspect that the remote office's Internet connection may be the issue. Will the cameras be shown as offline over a slow Internet connection even if the base station is online? I thought that if the base station was communicating (showing as "armed" at all times), it was working. Basically: Cameras >>>>>> Base Station >>>>>> LAN >>>>>> Internet >>>>>> Arlo Servers.

Any thoughts on this?

 

Mike

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@STMIT

 

Having a slow Internet connection shouldn't affect the cameras disconnecting, but bad signal, interference very well can (routers close to base station as well).

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I'm at a loss then. At the remote location they were within 1-2 feet and would not connect. Their WAP is in a room 20-30 feet away. Maybe it's some kind of EMF interfering, although their WiFi works well.

 

 

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Re: All Cameras Disconnected

I would suggest contacting customer support regarding this issue. I have attached the link here for you - Arlo Tech Support

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