Rare for me to buy something on 'day 1' but I've been waiting for these Ultra cameras for a while.
Anyway, I picked up today and want this to be a success - but I can't seem to get the cameras to stay connected, even when they are within a few feet of the base station. Both the 'regular' live view and view to position the camera time out all the time... constantly. The message I get is "The request timed out" or more often, "This Arlo device is offline
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The nest was about a second delayed to the home hub, and the arlo ultra was a solid 20 second count delayed! It's sad to say, but I just think we may be hoping to get something that the tech isn't ready for here. I wanted a wireless camera that I could see who was at the door by saying "ok google, show me the front door" I guess I will be depending on the dog to let me know someone is there still haha.
I learned a few things though, I live in an older house, and i wanted to see if it was worth it to drill holes, or hire an electrician to add outlets so I could mount wired cameras. It's not, at least not yet. The image quality is mediocre at best, even on 1080p or arlo ultra 4k. The lag is substantial for wireless cams, but not so much so that going through the effort and expense to use wired cameras is obvious. This leaves me in a hollow limbo of sorts. I have the arlo 1.0 system, and it's always been "fine" even if I have to buy those stupid batteries every 3 months. Is it worth $1000 to upgrade to the ultra where image is just ok, delay is very long, and sometimes even after their fix the camera is pixelated and wont connect? Nope. Is it worth it to drill holes and set up a wired system? Nope. Especially with the expensive subscription services for both.
Maybe I'll check out the pro 2's. People seem to say that the image on them is the same if not better than the ultra, and I think I can keep my 7 day free recording account. Plus they have rechargeable batteries, and lots of accessories like the solar panel now, and it's on sale for $650, that's 350 less than the ultra.
Anyways just wanted to share what I've learned. I guess I'll keep the ultras through the weekend and see if anything new develops firmware wise, but it looks like they are going back.
If anyone has any questions about the systems I mentioned, feel free to ask. I tested them pretty thoroughly.
I returned mine today to Best Buy - as soon as the employee saw what I was returning, you could see the mood change. It's clear many are asking for their money back.
There are also now reviews showing up online, both text and video (youtube) reviews, including one with several thousand views, that actually shows this thead in the video. And it's not just about the connectivity issue.
Sorry Arlo, but this product just isn't ready for primetime.
As I just posted in a different thread, don't forget that the compression used as well as the extreme FOV makes details less likely to show up. Making sure that the video is 4k, set to Best Video and trying the Wide or Full settings may make a difference for you or not.
I have to push back on the video quality. Even tho the arlo 4K live stream doesn’t really look good the actual 4K clips are about 3x better than my nest outdoor camera that is right next to it. All the other issues are spot on tho. Arlo has a lot of work to do.
Is the Nest Outdoor cam 1080p? I would expect more than 3x better! But I might be overly critical as I am highly frustrated today after making this terrible purchase.
Well... I spoke a bit too soon. After removing all cross camera triggering, and removing and re-adding a suspect camera, and changing my wifi channel (per support) I am still missing events. When I got home today I walked from the garage to the house which has a camera perfectly centered over the walkway. That camera captured no video(!) of me walking into my house, but the camera much farther away (and with the lowest signal at of all my cameras) did. When I walked back to the garage 5 minutes later, that same walkway camera did capture, so it just seems to be quite unpredictable. I also see a few videos where you can tell things didn't go quite right... the video starts with an event that clearly has been happening for a while, and then ends while there is still motion.
After calling support a few times I don't get the sense everyone at Arlo is on the same page. Support called me back about disconnects, but had no idea a firmware release had happened. So many of us have clear examples of issues (and timestamps for those issues), but for whatever reason I am not totally confident that info is making its way to those who are fixing this. When I brought up having examples and timestamps, it wasn't really received with any interest from support. I am starting to realize this might have to go back, which sucks. If anyone has a suggestion beyond giving up, let me know!
Amen brother. I’m so frustrated after messing with these cameras for several days that I want to run them over with my car, except, I want my money back so have to resist the frustration fueled desire to destroy the product. Seriously, IM ANGRY.
I paid for 4k upgrade yesterday, lost the functionality today, customer support cannot fix, and I can’t cancel upgrade to get a refund because my account has some sort of error preventing any changes. You can’t make this crap up. Customer support is as useful as piece of lint stuck to my pants.
Their customer support takes this to the next level. They are the most counterproductive support team EVER with the exception of James monitoring these threads. They literally will have you do the most nosensical troubleshooting steps like delinking all your cameras, removing batteries, unlinking account, etc. which is a huge PITA when you have 8 cameras all over your house. They must know when there is a widespread issue yet they instruct you to do things that are pointless - I am convinced they are messing with people intentionally. I know that sounds like hyperbole but anyone who has dealt with their phone support knows what I'm talking about. I feel like I'm in a new series of Punk'd and Ashton Kutcher is gone to jump out of my closet and explain this was all just a prank.
I am rolling and laughing because you are dead on in your description of the customer support experience. Sadly, that experience only serves to further frustrate and irritate Arlo customers.
I'm working with the development team on these reports. As soon as I have more information, i'll provide an update here. I understand the frustration everyone is experiencing at the moment and appreciate your patience while we work to resolve these issues.
I bought these day one &was as let down as anyone here by the multitude of issues with the system. At this point, are they ready for prime time? Clearly, not.
That said, I am encouraged by the quick progress that has been made.. The team is clearly putting the work in to fix issues & more importantly actually making progress. My cameras are online & available the overwhelming majority of the time now. The sensitivity to movement is definitely improved as well. It went from being few recordings & 0 notifications to getting most recordings & notifications (I compare the Ultra's to what's captured on Pros similarly placed) the local 4k streaming remains an issue as I still usually get the Black screen with audio on the Android app. I turned it off for now & randomly turn it on to verify that it's still not right.
I have been holding off on the 4k recording upgrade for now. The loss off 7 days free sucks but I get it; servers, bandwidth & electricity etc. cost money. To me, the eventual cost of +/- $180/year for 30 day 4k cloud recording for four cameras isn't really that bad. It's on par with my Netflix subscription while potentially far more valuable (hoping I never need it to be).
As for the telephone "tech support"... if you're here you probably know more than them. Disclaimer, I haven't called them & I likely never will. I don't intend this to be disrespectful but most companies 800 tech support are people who work in a call center/at home &; read preset statements/responses off/out of a manual that is written to the most basic levels of trouble shooting. They aren't necessarily familiar with the products or even technologically inclined. They need a job to eat & can be polite/professional/patient on the phone with your parent/other person who is not technologically savvy. At this point they are in a tough spot & I actually feel bad for them as trouble shooting at their level assumes things are working properly to begin with.
JamesC is clearly a functional conduit between us & the engineers & I'm grateful for that as many/most companies fail in that regard.
The farthest away camera is about 70 feet away.
Impressive. Can anyone beat that?
Just another user
Arlo hardware: Q Plus, Pro 2 (X2), Pro 3 (X3), Pro 3 Floodlight, Security Light (X2), Ultra (X2), Doorbell, Chime
Another at around 50ft, past a couple of double brick walls. Still 3 bars.
Pro2 at same distance 2 bars.
So, for me, Ultra is showing a little better signal (on the indicator).
Of course, with more resolution, the cameras will need better signal/bandwidth to run sucessfully..
Hello all, I have been reading through this form and wanted to express my gratitude to all of you for the information you have posted. I am new to Arlo but know a few people with the pro 2. They have spoken highly of the system so, being in the market for a system I was considering the Arlo pro 2 or a Reolink (hard wired version). Not wanting to fool with wires I decided on Arlo. However, after visiting best buy a sales associate informed me of the New 4K Arlo Ultra so, I purchased the 4 Camera Ultra system, doorbell, chime, security lights and also a 256GB SanDisk Extrema Plus because I was told I could store 4K content on it rather than paying a yearly/monthly fee. $1,400 later home I go. Prior to unboxing anything I decided look up the Ultra. I am a person who have always taken reviews with a grain of salt but its apparent that there is a problem with the Ultra and the problems with this system/cameras are not limited to a few as I could not find one person to praise the Ultra (referring to people who have actually purchase the system) in this room nor youtube. (Credit to lifehackster
To JamesC and Arlo’s credit I have noticed that there has been a firmware update that have corrected some connection issues. With that being said. I am considering returning the Ultra and going with the Pro2 to avoid the headache the Ultra seem to be giving you all. However, I was hoping to get a few questions answered first.
- I understanding that video quality is limited while streaming but, Is the locally stored 4K video Quality and/or the payed 4K video quality better than that of the Pro2? (hope I fares that right)
- Do the notifications/alerts inform you in a timely manner?
- Has anyone been able to actually make out a license plate? (Recording Quality is key for me)
- Is the Ultra presently worth keeping or should it be returned?
I know these questions are loaded but thanks in advance for your answers.
-The notification are slower than the Pro
-You are never going to make out a license plate especially at motion at more than 10 feet away
-You should return it for the Pro 2 or the NestCam IQ outdoor if you can run power
I Bought the 4 pack Arlo Ultra for $1100. This product is a total disaster and embarrassment.
After reading all the feedback in the forums we are all in agreement that this Product was prematurely released. Interacting with your customer support is frustrating and hopeless because they can’t trouble shoot anything until your platform and software runs correctly.
Out of the box The camera had issues with video lagging , delayed videos, no videos, no motion detection, pixelated live videos. What’s the use of having a security camera when it can’t even catch the subject live. Unless this update or firmware update comes soon, I am returning the product to Best Buy. I Have a ring doorbell and a ring spotlight cam and they work perfectly.
Extremely disappointed with the Arlo Ultra.
After a week of travel, came home and loaded up the base station and cameras with all the latest firmware. Result...marginal improvement. I returned to Best Buy this afternoon. Will monitor this group and perhaps give another try if issues are resolved.