I just bought an Arlo Pro 2 system with 4 cameras. One of the reasons I chose this over other competitors was because I’m supposed to na able to used without a subscription plan.
You can imagine how frustrated I’ve been after being presented with the message “This device is inactive. A paid Arlo Smart subscription is required to activate the device.” when setting up the cameras. I’m forced to choose a plan to activate the camera and there is no free or no-plan option.
I tried removing the system from my account and resetting the base without success. I only bought 4 cameras, under the limit for paid plans. This message appear with one and now two cameras configured only,
I also tried to contact support, and after waiting for a while I accepted the offer to be called back. Understandable in times of Covid19. When I received the call the support person simply hung up, I called immediately back and was informed the support hours were over for the day. I open a case with no response, yet.
How do I activate the cameras without paying for a subscription?
Is the only solution to return it? Product and support first impression are not helping.
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I purchased the Arlo Pro 2 camera system from Amazon and received the same message. I did Amazon Chat, they pushed it off on Arlo Support. Arlo support went through the same trouble shooting steps, rebooting, making a new account and setting up the system via laptop instead of mobile with no success. Ultimately, Arlo recommended I return the system to Amazon. How will I know the replacement will not be the same version (4RC) that is the problem? This is not an acceptable solution. Arlo needs to step up and acknowledge there is a problem and generate a solution. If it truly can’t be fixed on their end, Arlo needs to offer an exchange program where we can exchange just the base for the proper model. It is unacceptable to think the consumer should have to remove mounts, pack up the system and return it to the point of purchase. In addition we need to make sure we are purchasing the correct model next time? This is not a great in introduction to the Arlo family of products.
I spent 2 hours on the phone with Amazon support and Arlo support together! Basically the Arlo rep blamed the "3rd party sellers" Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy..... He went "up the chain" to try to just get the base replaced since its not a problem with the cameras, but it was denied. Bottom line is there is no solution at this time. I returned my purchase to Amazon and will buy a different product. 😪
ok well they told me the same thing about the serial number but that is not the issue i returned the first system i bought that had 3 cameras and the base station with the so called bad serial numbers starting with 4rc and got a new 3 camera system kit with base serial number starts with 51r and guess what same problem tells me i need a paid subscription due to too many cameras even after i add the first one and whats really ridiculous is im still waiting for my 24 to 48 hour response i was told i would get and its now been 96 hours on hold currently waiting for support been 30 minuets im seriously about done this is the third time i have bought and exchanged my system
ME TOO. brand new system - cannot connect any cameras. it does not sound like the company has come up with a real plan to make this right - pretty shoddy of them not fixing something they knew was wrong - and still selling units. i'm going to try to connect 1 more time - then send it back.
F&#^ this company im having the same issues when trying to connect. Shows "this device is inactive woopty woo
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT
this afternoon (friday) i talked with 1st line of tech support - gave them my case number - that person talked to the next person up (?) and relayed back the information that their engineers are working on the 0-camera setup problem. they do not have a timeline for the fix, but said emails would be sent out. it did not sound very reassuring. going to send it back for now
So, I ordered the 2 camera pro 2 kit from Home Depot based on your post and the good price... SAME ISSUE. “A paid subscription is required” why am I not surprised. Arlo, there will be no third try in our household.
I think I can tell you what is wrong with them. We have the Arlo Pro 2 Wireless and in April this year Arlo made a firmware update to them that crippled the camera images. They changed the bit rate on the cameras and have admitted to doing so. All of the videos now show heavily pixelated images which make them useless for home security. There is a thread here on this forum about it.
We think that Arlo crippled our cameras beause these earlier models came with a free cloud storage service which means Arlo does not make money from them, unlike the new models for which you have to pay a monthly subscription fee to get the storage service.
It seems to me that while you have bought your models as 'new' from wherever you got them from, they are still actually the old early models. This is why all the tech support they provide won't help you.
Arlo knows what is happening to these cameras and they SHOULD have stopped any resellers from selling them, but as they are quite expensive, they probably don't want to.
We went through the same thing where we were told to contact support to get help, but support can't help you because Arlo are stuffing up the cameras from their end.
Arlo no longer want to provide support or storage for these cameras and you should take them back to whereever you bought them from and get a refund.
Go to the thread with the title, 'Video Pixelation after firmware update Pro/VMB4000r3 (188.8.131.52_3348_facf74c)' to see what I'm talking about.
Just to add, we tried asking Arlo if we could pay for a subscription for these cameras, and get our camera images back to normal. They said no, there is no subscription available for the Arlo Pro or Arlo Pro 2. Its not possible.
So why do they say in the package that you must get a subscription when they themselves say you can't???
Having the same issue. Warranty period has just ended, so do the subscription. I have two stations. One Smart hub for 2 Ultra cameras and one base station 4 Arlo Pro2 cameras.
Smart hub subscription ended a few weeks ago and only today I realized that it does not record anything in cloud. However, I can see the recordings in the Smart Hub micro SD.
Also the the arlo base station cameras are not working at all. They are showing inactive message.
I was having the impression recordings will keep only for 14 days after the subscription. It's unbelievable that it stopped working silently but still keep sending mobile app notifications.
I am thinking of returning this to the retailer and going the the fair trade Australia. Too many issues with these products.
Three years ago I purchased the Arlo Pro system at CostCo, and the plan that was included was "FREE" web access. In other words, as part of the purchase, I didn't have to also purchase a monthly plan, which included up to 5 cameras. The system originally came with 3 cameras, and I purchased two more Arlo Pro 2 cameras for a total of 5 cameras. I've reduced that number that are activated to just 3, and decided to re-activate one of them for a total of 4 cameras. But now I'm getting harassed to purchase a "plan" before I can activate a camera that I used to have online before. I don't really need any security cameras where I live, and the main reason I purchased them to begin with was because of the "FREE" web access. But now I'm being told that before I can re-activate one of my former cameras, I've got to come up with one of their monthly plans. This is pure bull**bleep**. What gives with these people? This isn't the first time I've been harassed to purchase one of their plans. Where do I go to lodge a formal complaint.