I believe that the Arlo topoly consists of a dedicated Wi-Fi network, distinct from the main home or office Wi-Fi network, in order to enhance security. That is great. But if that is the case, why does the Arlo SSID show up in the list of Wi-Fi networks? That is inviting hackers. This is advertising a vector for attack to skilled thiefs, who can sit in a van away, take the time to remotely hack the Arlo Wi-Fi and once that has been compromised or disabled (as easily as through packet flooding), then then can go easily do their robbery, locate the Arlo hub and grab the SD card to ensure nothing was left. The concept of advertising the SSID sounds absurd, especially given it is meant to be a dedicated Wi-Fi network, which implies the user does not even need to use it, configure it and access it, as it is merely used internally by the proprietary Arlo topology. Or, is there a way to keep that SSID hidden (which we well know will still allow it to operate, but with significantly reduced visibility)?
If you can hack in, we'd all love to know.
Having the SSID visible for a security system is the dumbest idea ever, letting people in wifi range know you've got an Arlo system, be it thieves or your neighbors is ridiculous.
Please sort this out Arlo!
Amen to hiding it. They don't need to be a hacker or wannabe, anybody with a cell phone knows a Arlo is there, you might as well hang a sign up. Just on a news story in fact how if they know you have a system they look for a way to disable it, as easy as cutting your internet cable. Sure a pro will find it anyway but most local crimes aren't pros.
The ability to hide the SSID is a must and needs to happen.
A "hidden" SSID isn't really hidden - the network itself (and the "hidden" SSID) is still easily found if you know how to look. This is a long-obsolete wifi security mechanism, that no longer has security benefit
The cost of hiding the SSID is that the camera will take longer to connect to the base - which could have an impact on battery life, and will create additional delay on recordings and the start of live streaming.
Another possibility (without the downsides of SSID hiding) is for Arlo to simply change the SSID name so it doesn't obviously identify that the network is arlo. A meaningless name string (for instance a numeric string) would do that.
Yes I agree SSID must be hidden or changed from ARLO_VM. I have had Arlo Gen 1 for years and recently bought a Pro 2 set not too long ago and as of this past weekend I just started noticing the SSID for both units pop up? Did a firmware upgrade do this? I dont like the fact that his shows. Yes you all (Arlo reps) repeatedly says "Arlo does not hide the Arlo base station SSID because it provides very little security. Tools are commonly available to discover hidden SSIDs." but the point is that we don't want anyone knowing we have a camera system. A 10 year old can easily look at what SSID"s popup on their smartphone and easily see ARLO_VM and know that there are cameras around. So if a 10 year old can do that think of what a potential thief can easily know. Point is I am not concerned of getting hacked but more concerned with ANYONE knowing i have a camera system and to the point where they can even then be curios and look around the outside of my house for cameras or even know how to avoid being seen by them. PLEASE change SSID or get rid of it. I am now considering returning this new Pro2 because of this concern. Thanks.
... you all (Arlo reps) repeatedly says
I want to make it clear that I don't represent Arlo in any way. My opinions here are my own - I can not and do not speak for them.
Personally I'd be fine with them changing the SSID to make it less obvious that Arlo is in use. I wouldn't hide it, because I do some see downside in doing that (as I pointed out earlier).
Though my cameras are all visible - so I'm also fine if they leave the SSID as it is.
Hiding the SSID might not enhance security re skilled thieves, but it certainly reduces the clutter when choosing a network from other devices. I have separate wireless networks for specific devices in my home. The visible Arlo SSID does nothing for me except clutter the list. I recognize that hiding and changing it would require re-syncing the cameras, but that would be ok with me. I abhor equipment that I can't control, and this falls into that category. If this had been clearly stated by Arlo before my purchase, I would have found other video solutions. Arlo seems quite unresponsive to many support issues.
i'm agree, it's very important for me tha arlo give us the possibility to change the ssid or at least change the default ssid name with something completeley anonymous (like a series of numbers).
If hiding i is an issue, it still does not have to advertise it's your arlo. People use millions of names to identify their routers, it doesn't have to be your name address and birth date