One of my cameras is set up at the front gate of my property looking toward the road. Its a county road so probably only one car per every few minutes. The road is 60ft from my gate so i need to utilize the activity zone to capture only gate movement and movement on my land. I have tried different size zones down to about a 2ft by 2ft box 100ft away from the road. I have also adjusted the sensitivity down to 5%. With both of these settings its still going off with cars driving by.
I read on the Arlo website you have to either have a Smart Subscription or the camera must be wired to power for activity zones to work. Since this camera system is only 1mo old, I show to still have the free Smart 12mo Subscription. I meet one of the requriements for Activity Zones to work yet they dont.
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I have 4 arlo ultra cameras around the world and an arlo subscription. Since last week the activity zones of the cameras have stopped working, loggin every single movement, resulting in hundreds of notifications and daily flat batteries.
It looks like this co incited with an issue that was going around earlier, where cameras needed to be added to the subscription via the Arlo portal (ridiculous this can't be done via the app.)
I have already removed the battery from each camera
reset the cameras
reset the base base station.
It is driving me bunkers, whist I am paying for this service. Are there any solutions out there for it or does have anyone have the same issue?
Same here. The activity zones don't work anymore. Crap.
Also, the cameras stop recognizing movements/stop recording several times a day. I have to reboot the smart hub to get all cameras recognizing movements again. A couple of hours later one (or sometimes two) camera stops recording, then I have to reboot again. The system has so many flaws.
Add me to the list of customers with this issue. I recently purchased this camera, after making my decision based on reviews a few months back. Obviously, had I revisited immediately beforehand I would have been discouraged with some of the issues I am seeing now in relation last firmware upgrade.
All of that being said, yes, I too have a zone setup that is not working. I'm getting recordings on passing traffic outlining the zone (my yard, driveway). I'm on a corner lot, so there's cars coming and going. Recordings out the rear-end.
Thankfully from the SMART alerts, most of those are silenced since I've enabled on alerting on people. However, even with that, the motion detection is too late. Anywho, another issue for a different thread. Thanks in advance for making this a priority that will certainly benefit all of us. Old and new.
This is just another Activity Zone thread because Arlo hasn't seen fit to solve the problem with the previous kazillion complaints.
Over a 10 hour period today I had 199 videos saved to my library because of an American flag that is out of the activity zone (the activity zone has been set and reset numerous times). I know that it's the flag causing the recordings because over several weeks I've run tests where I take the flag down and the spurious recordings stop. Below are a few images to demonstrate the issue. I have had a similar issue with another camera capturing vehicles driving by that are way out of the activity zone and in theory out of range of the camera.
Mods - please don't suggest I contact customer service because I've long since given up on getting a meaningful response from Arlo. This is clearly a known problem and has been going on for me and many others for many, many months. I'm surprised that I'm even posting this because I haven't found it worthwhile to post on numerous other issues (thankfully many others do a great job of outlining a lot of Arlo issues).
Why does Arlo not want me to fly a flag without the frustration of their useless recordings?
I've recreated and changed the activity zone numerous times but it doesn't help. The flag does NOT reach into the activity zone when the wind blows.
This is a screen shot of the library. It's not legible it just demonstrates the volume of recordings.
Can someone assist in looking at the following video and tell me what I might be missing. I have a rule for our front camera to ONLY "Detect Motion" sensitivity is set to 80%. Yesterday I went to my phone around 5pm and found that I had 151 motion alerts for our front camera. I can't understand why this is happening, I don't get as many alerts on our back camera. The only thing I can think of is that the front camera is catching motion outside of my activity zone like our Flag.
Any help will be greatly appreciated..
You can watch the video here:
My situation is very similar to yours and we have the flag in common as I posted here - https://community.arlo.com/t5/Arlo-Ultra/Activity-zone-not-acting-as-expected-or-ignored/m-p/1761452... . Perhaps the flags will give Arlo a clue to work with. With the street being so close do you also get false alerts when a truck goes by?
You can eliminate a lot of miscellaneous notifications by going to
- Smart Notifications
- (choose a camera)
Then for each camera uncheck 'All Other Motion'. That should leave notifications for People, Vehicles, and Animals assuming you have those checked. The recordings will still be in your library but the notifications should stop.
I have the same issue. I two Arlo Ultra cameras that detect and alert on motion that is well outside of the activity zones I've setup. This is very annoying. Basically at this point I just have to turn the cameras off most of the time because there are hundreds of spurious motion alerts. This is an expensive system and it doesn't work as advertised by Arlo. I'm disappointed. Someone in Arlo support please look at this issue.
I have the same problem. I’ve had it before a few months back but it “magically” fixed itself. Now the problem is back. What’s the point of setting up activity zones if you still get notified of all activity in the entire cameras field of view?
And wouldn’t it be more user friendly to have the smart notification settings in the device settings and not in the general settings?
I’ve been highly frustrated with the Arlo system. It’s not cheap and I expect it to simply work, but it’s not stable.
I'm also experiencing the same issue, all my activity zones are no longer being honored. Is there any updates on the issue? Receiving quite a few push notifications.
For the past few weeks my cameras have not been honoring my Activity Zones. I see there are a number of posts about this and was wondering when a fix will be deployed?
I have the elite subscription plan, have tried deleting and re-adding my cameras, restarting the base station.. nothing works! Keep receiving unnecessary push notifications.
... I was up a ladder again yesterday
Do you have your camera plugged into AC ?
According to the Arlo Ultra User Manual (page 70): Connecting your camera to the Arlo Solar Panel (sold separately) to charge the battery does n’t provide AC power. To use activity zones and CVR, you must plug the camera into an AC power outlet.