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Re: Arlo Pro 2: usability with less than 1Mbps upload speed

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FrankSheppard Aspirant
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I am considering purchasing an Arlo Pro 2 2-camera system, but since I live in a rural area, the best upload speed I can get is .65 Mbps. Will the system still work and if so, what issues may I run across?


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AncientGeek Hero
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I don’t know the actual answer for Arlo, but I can say that I have two NestCam cameras on a DSL circuit which provides about 1 Mbps and they work.  NestCams record continuously, so each of those cameras is a pretty heavy load on that uplink.  If you are only using Arlo for motion recording and not for continuous video recording, I would “think” you could get by on .65 Mbps with a small Arlo system.  It would depend on the differences in implementation between Arlo and NestCam, of course.  However, it would seem that Arlo would need to have a ton of overhead traffic or really fat motion recordings with poor buffering, to equal the same bandwidth consumption as a continuous video recording from a NestCam.


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Guru TomMac Guru
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In all honesty, the min upload speed is recommended at 1 Mbs for Pro cameras... I could see issues happening

 

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AncientGeek Hero
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I don’t know the actual answer for Arlo, but I can say that I have two NestCam cameras on a DSL circuit which provides about 1 Mbps and they work.  NestCams record continuously, so each of those cameras is a pretty heavy load on that uplink.  If you are only using Arlo for motion recording and not for continuous video recording, I would “think” you could get by on .65 Mbps with a small Arlo system.  It would depend on the differences in implementation between Arlo and NestCam, of course.  However, it would seem that Arlo would need to have a ton of overhead traffic or really fat motion recordings with poor buffering, to equal the same bandwidth consumption as a continuous video recording from a NestCam.

Guru jguerdat Guru
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You can also change the video resolution to Optimized or Best Battery life to minimize the size of the videos so the upload speed would be less of an issue.

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FrankSheppard Aspirant
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Thank you to all who replied. Since my plan is to only use 1 camera at a time (it's going to be a critter cam), I went ahead and purchased a two-camera system. While the connection isn't perfect smooth all the time, the low upload speed is quite adequate for single-camera use so far. Now, the -24 degree Celsius cold spell, on the other hand, doesn't make the system happy! 😞

 

JessicaP Arlo Moderator
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Hi @FrankSheppard,

 

Do know that the minimum operating temperature for the Arlo Pro 2 is -4°F (-20°C). You can read more about it here: How do I keep my Arlo batteries charged in cold weather?

FrankSheppard Aspirant
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Yes, but thank you for the reminder! I just hadn't performed the F to C conversion.