Just a day into my new Arlo system, I’ve noticed when you set up an activity zone it says you can ignore or receive motion and sound notifications but I don’t see anyplace to make that choice. It seems the default is that motion alerts and sound notifications are received within any activity zone you set up.
can you clarify?
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Don't forget that Smart activity zones require the camera to record and upload the video for server post-processing to determine if a notification should be sent and storage in the library. Thus, it doesn't decrease battery usage but may actually increase it relative to what you may expect by not getting every video presented to you.
I notice that the camera has to be plugged into the power in order to set up activity zones. Does this mean that the cameras have to be permantly plugged into the mains power in order for the activity zones to work, or is this merely for initial set up?
You can use zones on battery power only if you subscribe to Smart. Normal zones not requiring Smart need the camera to be plugged in since it's essentially constantly streaming. This will also get you the 3 second lookback that battery operation can't provide.
How use is that, it says you can set up an activity zone to ignore activity in the zone, I want to IGNORE the area around my dogs kennel in the garage so that it reduces the number of alerts I get each day, but it seems teh way it works is that it ignores everything outside that zone. I am connected to power. Get your act together Arlo and let me IGNORE activity IN the ZONE