Re: Arlo Base Station Appearing Offline
I have the same issue. After apparently resolving the "base station offline" problem, the notifications continue to be a major
headache. It is a daily lack of alert notifications of motion detection to my phone. Sometimes I"m able to toggle on and off
the alert notification on the "mode" screen and it fixes it for the day, but then the alerts stop arriving again. Other times I am
able to restart my phone (iPhone X) running iOS 11, and it fixes it for the day. There is no pattern to this.
Base Station firmware: unknown ... ABOUT on the web shows : 126.96.36.1995_21333
Device type showing offline: Arlo
Internet Service Provider: Deutsche Telekom
Exact error message: Ihre Basisstation ist offline - Vergewissern Sie sich, dass das Gerät eingeschaltet und mit dem Internet verbunden ist.
The application used iOS and Web
If I refresh the Web site from a browser I can get a live feed as long as I do not connect to the mode page. It is not detecting motion and storing my videos or maybe it is and the station can't tell me.
When will somebody from ARLO / NETGEAR step up and claim responsibility that issue is on your end and stop saying it’s on user end making them delete all devices , delete apps and restart load and even suggesting to do full reset ( which I have find all of the above numerous times ) .
SYSTEM HAS WORKED PERFECTLY FROM THE TIME I INSTALLED ON THE27th of December 2017 at my holiday home and now since the 15th of May complete failure !!!!!
I have emailed and opened tickets withsupport , had to repeat myself repeatedly to your online support and act like they have never heard any issue with this FW update .
Can somebody email me with details of when fix will occur or fess up you have ruined the system and are ARLO units are useless so we can go back to where we got them from and get a full refund and move onto another supplier of security systems .
Can somebody please contact ASAP firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in Australia
I have provided you and Customer support all my details , serial numbers , email etc and no response and no fix yet as at Saturday 26th of May .
Please somebody let us know what’s happening and email info as to what further we can do !!??
Internet working perfectly fine with numerous speed tests showing 10-15 mbs down load and all devises in home working perfectly .
Any updates? I can see the live streams from the arlo.netgear.com but the base status is offline and hence I cannot change the mode to "motion detection" for example.
I have the same issue and it is not resolved despite multiple calls and escalating to L2 support. Is there a fix for this issue? I can stream from the web but when I check device status, base goes offline and I cannot change the status of the cameras. Thank you for your help
A valid troubleshooting step, although a PITA, is to reset the system and start fresh. Takes some time/effort but can clear up weidnesses. Remove all devices from Settings, My Devices. Press the reset button on the base until the LEDs flash amber. Use the Add Device button on the Devices tab to claim the base. Sync the cameras. Verify firmware is up to date.
jguerdat suggests the following to be a "valid troubleshooting step". It is not.
"A valid troubleshooting step, although a PITA, is to reset the system and start fresh. Takes some time/effort but can clear up weidnesses. Remove all devices from Settings, My Devices. Press the reset button on the base until the LEDs flash amber. Use the Add Device button on the Devices tab to claim the base. Sync the cameras. Verify firmware is up to date."
It is unclear to me what many of you mean when you describe your systems as being "offline". Is that what the software indicates or is that simply a term you are using to describe an inability to access and use your system? If the latter, your base station, like mine, could be bricked. To determine the latter, consider the following story.
My system displayed the cameras cameras as offline around two weeks ago, due to a need to update the firmware. Being capable of doing so remotely, I initiated this process through the web interface. Monitoring the progress, I noted messages indicating the firmware update was in progress; the system was rebooting; and, finally, that the base station was offline.
Arriving at home, I found that the power LED was flashing at one second intervals. Reviewing what this indicates revealed that a firmware update was in progress...still...after six hours. Knowing that to be impossible, I contacted technical support and was instructed to power cycle the base station. No difference. I was then told to remove the base station from my account and add it back. No difference. I was then instructed to reset the base station (ala jguerdat). No difference. Finally, I was told I was eligible for an RMA replacement.
I will not rehash the egregious Netgear practice of requiring customers to pay for an RMA caused by incompetence on the part of the vendor; I covered that earlier and via Twitter. Two days later the replacement base station arrived. After swapping the hardware and booting the device, guess what? The first thing it did was download and install a firmware update, which resulted in the base station being unresponsive and not available for pairing. A power cycle did not work, either. I had to do a HARDWARE RESET on a new (to me) device in order to get the base station to appear and pair.
My suggestion to anyone reading this who continues to have an unresponsive base station is to check the LEDs. If the power LED is flashing green at one second intervals and you are unable to perform a hardware reset, the unit is bricked. DEMAND that Netgear send you an RMA replacement. Be forewarned, you be required to pay $17 for the priviledge of resolving their mistake. Also be prepared to do a hardware reset on the replacement base station, as it will perform a firmware update upon initial power-on and that may render the unit unresponsive, as well.
This has been a massive cluster **bleep** to say the least. Netgear should be ashamed of themselves for this fiasco and should be bending over backwards to resolve ANY and ALL issues experienced by Arlo users. Instead, they are shirking responsibility and encouraging obsequient sycophants, like jguerdat, to come on the forums and repeat the same flawed and ineffective advice.
I fully agree with the post by velociped at 2018-05-28 12:14 AM.
We are not being treated by Netgear as real users can expect in 2018. The gaping chasm between Netgear technical and their user base is reminiscent of the 1990s. You cannot expect any loyalty and support for your products if you bat back the complaints of real problems with silence or "reset, rinse, repeat" solutions that do not work.
At the very least the company and the expert level need to be more forthcoming.
A long history in IT tells me poor technical support and silence from management leads to the demise of technical companies.
I can no longer recommend Arlo to those currentl this solutuion.
Here's hoping it will be done better!!
Glad I didn't draw as short a straw as velociped and others, but that could be me next time, and this incident has given me the extra push needed to start testing the waters with another (wired) product and diversify my setup after being exclusively Arlo for two years. One of the unfortunate pitfalls of becoming used to having surveillance cameras is that feeling of vulnerability or anxiety when the system goes down or becomes unreliable, and disempowerment when you're dependent on the vendor to fix it.
I still think Arlo is pretty impressive in many respects, and you can do a lot worse, but those who have the means would be wise not to put all their video surveillance eggs in the one basket. Just feel sorry for people with more limited means who invested their time and money into Arlo and feel stuck with it despite having significant issues.
Yes, I think many of us are in the same boat, having recommended Arlo Pro and seeing friends suffer the problems. Most feel they need a tech representing them, then a lawyer!
PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT
Prior to Arlo their was Vuezone
I had 2 systems one in Utah and one in California both with 15 cameras each
because Netgear released Arlo they made Vuezone obsolete
and would not support it any more after only 4 years but still worked.
then Apple came out with a new IOS version which made the App quit working on the Iphone
and Netrgear blamed it on Apple.
so I bought an Arlo and replaced the California unit 15 cameras (loved it)
so 4 weeks ago I bought another Arlo system for the Utah unit to replace Vuezone
then the Firmware update effeted the California Unit
fortunatly mine was fixed quickly about 30 hours after Firmware problem.
just 3 days ago was installing a brand new Unit in Utah and during installation it looks for the serail number
so you dont have to input it (I should have checked the number it used)
low and behold after setup and the cameras
I was seeing in someone elses House !!!! and all their cameras were now on my system
so apparently if you have someones serial number you now have their Unit as yours
I COULD NOT BELIEVE THIS
I feel for all those who have not had their systems fixed, it is shameful
and I cannot recommend this to anyone, its unfortunate it is a great product
but that means nothing without support, and if just one customer is effected and not fixed
I cannot support Arlo (Netgear) ever
STAND UP FIX THIS