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Does Arlo 2 or Arlo Ultra work with the Arlo Pro Base Station?

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SigSci Initiate
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I bought the Ultra with the assumption that it would be compatible with the prior base stations.  The Ultra is my 8th Arlo camera--I'm VERY disappointed that my assumption was not correct.  There's nothing on the box that indicates the Ultra is not compatible.  BAD MOVE ARLO!

4kview Aspirant
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If you have a current subscription you can cancel it (and get a pro-rated refund) and when you add your ultra hub you will get the 1 year free subscription on your plan. No need to change emails to do it.
JamesC Community Manager
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Muddy168, SigSci

 

Arlo is working on introducing backwards compatibility to be released at a future update.

 

JamesC

JeffSD Aspirant
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Thank you, seems kind of silly I can't add the updgraded camera to my existing system.

Guru jguerdat Guru
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Ultra is new. Ya gotta let the rest of the system catch up. Bugs to fix first.

Master st_shaw Master
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@JeffSD wrote:

Thank you, seems kind of silly I can't add the updgraded camera to my existing system.


While the plan is for the old bases to support the Ultra, there is no plan for the old bases to support the key new features of the Ultra: 4k resolution, Auto Track and Zoom, local live streaming, and a simplified onboarding experience.

 

Considering that, there's little reason to want to add an Ultra to an old system.

jackw007 Star
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Is anyone having trouble adding an Ultra to their base station?  I tried to follow the instructions on the pamphlet and in the video to use my Android phone app - won't work.  I tried to add it just like my Pro and Pro 2 cameras, but the only wirefree selection I have is for the Arlo, Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 - won't work.  I went to the web and tried to add it there - aha!  There's a selection for the Ultra in wirefree cameras that does not appear in my Android app - but no base station is detected.  I tried to see if there is an app update available - nope.

 

Any suggestions?

Master st_shaw Master
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You really need the new "smart hub" Ultra basestation.  A future firmware will allow the Ultra to connect to an old Pro basestation, but you will need the new hub to support the key features of the Ultra: 4k resolution, Auto Track and Zoom, local live streaming, and a simplified onboarding experience.

jackw007 Star
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So this camera does not work without a smart hub?   

JeffSD Aspirant
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Thanks for the explanation, I'll just stick with my current system as it works fine and just get a motion light by the camera I wanted to replace with an Ultra.

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jchapman12 Aspirant
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I have the Arlo Pro with 3 cameras and am looking forward to the new security system coming out that was showcased at CES.  My question is does anyone know if you can get add an Arlo Pro 2 or Arlo Ultra camera to work with the Arlo Pro base station or do you have to purchase a completely new base station making us stuck with the Arlo Pro cameras? 

 

Thanks for the help 

Guru jguerdat Guru
Guru

You're trying to read things into what's happening. The Ultar system is new and in flux. It's already been announced that a future firmware update for older bases will make them compatible with the Ultra cameras. The Ultra base is already compatible with the older cameras.

 

No one is stuck with anything but it may take a while to make everything work together.

Sensei michaelkenward Sensei
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@jackw007 wrote:

So this camera does not work without a smart hub?   


 

Not sure where does the "smart" comes from. It needs an Ultra hub. 


My Arlo hardware: Q Plus, Pro 2 (X2), Security Light, Ultra, Doorbell, Chime
Master st_shaw Master
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@michaelkenward wrote:


 

Not sure where does the "smart" comes from. It needs an Ultra hub. 


Arlo's name for it is the "Ultra SmartHub"

enigmaphoenix Tutor
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Same here.  I did my research when pre-orders became available (CES).  Arlo was happy to tell everyone covering CES that they would be backwards compatible with the pro base stations.  I'd link articles, but prob frowned on here.  Just check out Cnets coverage of the ultra for example.  Have a pretty expensive paperweight that is sitting at the house today.  Not happy.

 

Nothing anywhere to this day on the fact that it is not compatible.  Argh!!

enigmaphoenix Tutor
Tutor

This is perfectly acceptable if it was clearly communicated on the product page or box.  It is not.

Sensei michaelkenward Sensei
Sensei

@enigmaphoenix wrote:

Same here.  I did my research when pre-orders became available (CES).  Arlo was happy to tell everyone covering CES that they would be backwards compatible with the pro base stations.  I'd link articles, but prob frowned on here. 

 


Not at all. There have been plenty of links to articles about Arlo stuff here. The competition is another matter.

 

A lot depends on what you understood by, and what those articles said about, compatibility.

 

The Utra and Pro systems are compatible. But at the moment you do need an Ultra hub to use Ultra cameras.

 

You can attach Pro 2 cameras to an Ultra hub. Maybe also other devices.

 

You cannot, yet, attach Ultra cameras to a Pro hub – that is said to be in the works – but why would anyone want to? It is the Ultra hub that provides many of the features that the Ultra cameras are supposed to deliver.


My Arlo hardware: Q Plus, Pro 2 (X2), Security Light, Ultra, Doorbell, Chime
GWhitehouse Aspirant
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This wAs advertised as backwards compatible on amazon.com. And now learning that it is not? Terrible Custer service
Model: VMC3030 | Arlo Wire-Free Camera
Guru jguerdat Guru
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I'd rather that Arlo fix the major issues and worry about backwards compatibility last. Give it time but, as has beens suggested elsewhere here, the advantages of using an Ultra base may be worth the switch from the older bases.

Sensei michaelkenward Sensei
Sensei

@GWhitehouse wrote:
This wAs advertised as backwards compatible on amazon.com. And now learning that it is not?


To make this more than rumour, here is what it still says on Amazon.com:

 

Amazon.com : Arlo Technologies VMS5240-100NAS - 4K UHD Wire-Free Security 2 Camera System, White : C...

 

Is Ultra backwards compatible with my existing Arlo System?

Yes. Ultra can connect to an existing Arlo Base Station as well as existing outdoor security mounts. It is not backwards compatible with previous generation Arlo batteries.

 

Then again, the wording is less than crystal clear. It is for the two-camera system that comes with its own Ultra Hub. But it says the same thing for the standalone camera.


My Arlo hardware: Q Plus, Pro 2 (X2), Security Light, Ultra, Doorbell, Chime
pjsisk01 Star
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"Considering that, there's little reason to want to add an Ultra to an old system."

 

Except for those of us who purchased new Pro2 cameras with its base less than a year ago and are now being asked to just throw that base aside and buy the new "Ultra" base. Arlo is getting alot of people angry here with their double-speak about compatibility. I'm done, frankly. I plan to sell this Pro2 system on CS and get an entirely new system that does not have "Arlo" on it. To everyone else, enjoy your frustration with this company.

Sensei michaelkenward Sensei
Sensei

@pjsisk01 wrote:

"Considering that, there's little reason to want to add an Ultra to an old system."

 

Except for those of us who purchased new Pro2 cameras with its base less than a year ago and are now being asked to just throw that base aside and buy the new "Ultra" base.

 


Two points, no one is asking anyone to "throw away" the old base. It has its advantages over the new ones. (Think alarm.)

 

Then there is the possibility that Ultra cameras will be compatible with the old hub when the official release happens.

 

That Arlo, and Best Buy, jumped the gun and put these things out three months early must be frustrating.

 

I wonder what Amazon knew that Best Buy didn't. Maybe its claims about compatibility will turn out to be correct. If not, there's a good chance that it will shout long and loud at Arlo.

 

 


My Arlo hardware: Q Plus, Pro 2 (X2), Security Light, Ultra, Doorbell, Chime
fastbird78 Aspirant
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Model: VMC5040 | Arlo Ultra Add-On Camera
Guru TomMac Guru
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Don't believe th Ultra is compatable at this time to the 3500 base... maybe in future

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Garys10 Aspirant
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