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EbenFowler
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I am able to connect with my camera through the iPhone app, but when I try to look at a real time feed from the web portal (Windos 7 computer) when I click the arrow, it comes back with "connection failed." Any idea why one works and the other doesn't?

 

Thanks.

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TomMac
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does your Win 7 computer fill the requirements?

 

If you are using a PC, you also need a supported Internet browser. The following browsers are qualified to work with the Arlo web application:

  • Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • Firefox 3.5 or higher
  • Safari 3 or higher (Except on Windows and Linux)
  • Chrome
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EbenFowler
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I'm using Chrome. It appears to be intermittent. It worked this evening on my home computer. However, when I try to log in from my office computer, it still fails.

jguerdat
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That definitely sounds like the work network is set to block certain activity.  If you can, try asking your IT folks for a workaround.

RobertRosal
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While at work, if you can disable your Antivirus/Endpoint Solution, see if that works.  At work I cannot view live as well.

-Robert
Showguy
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Yep this is an issue for me as well. The weird thing is I can view my cameras on my phone that is connected to my company wifi but I can't view at my desk on my windows 7 computer. And yes I am using a supported browser.
jguerdat
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As a retired Unix/Linux and Windows sys admin for a medium-size company, I can tell you that Windows workstations can be set up through group policies to limit various things.  Could be a lot of things...

RobertRosal
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jguerdat wrote:

As a retired Unix/Linux and Windows sys admin for a medium-size company, I can tell you that Windows workstations can be set up through group policies to limit various things.  Could be a lot of things...


jguerdat is correct, it could be a lot of things.  I am an Exchange and Windows admin for a good size company, we are not blocking via group policies but using a hardware based web filter.

 

Though I have the ability to let my PC through, it would be unethical of me to do so.  While at work, I just use my cell phone.

-Robert
TheBigGExpress
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Hello.

 

Do we have any support from NETGEAR on this issue?

Checking your cameras from a browser at work has to be a common usage scenario.

 

It sounds like it could be proxy related.

Exactly what ports are being used when trying to stream from a browser?

Is the traffic only between the browser &  arlo.netgear.com  ?

 

Thanks.

 

DeannS
Arlo Employee Retired

Good afternoon TheBigGExpress and fellow Community members,

 

Thank you everyone for your feedback, as it is valuable to the Community. Please reference this article What does Error 201 mean? as it pertains to the issue in which most are experiencing. You may want to consider contacting your Network Admin to see if these proposed changes can be made. 

Please let me know if this helps!

 

Thanks,

DeannS

Arlo Team

TheBigGExpress
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Hello.

Thanks for the response.

 

The issue here is clearly NOT between the cameras & base station.

 

Many workplaces proxy/firewall port 80, & for good reason(s).

Why would this be in place if we can just ask them to turn it off ?!?

 

I can access any other site on port 80.

I'm guessing that Arlo is using a non-standard port for video streaming.

 

So:

Exactly what ports are being used when trying to stream from a browser?

Is the traffic only between the browser &  arlo.netgear.com  ?

 

TomMac
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Exactly what ports are being used when trying to stream from a browser?

Is the traffic only between the browser &  arlo.netgear.com  ?

 


Have you checked port 443?  You must keep it open along with 80.

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TheBigGExpress
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Hello. I must be missing something, as these responses seem to make little sense. In what world is outgoing port 443 not open ? How would I access this forum ?!?
jguerdat
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Companies and even individuals may block it for whatever reason. It's only a thought for folks to check on.

cj
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I have similar issues and cannot view from work. This is a critical problem with Netgear's Arlo product. Don't get me wrong, out of the box, I loved the Arlo system: cameras are wireless allowing versatile placement, the system components take 5 minutes to put into operation, and most of all it is all simple and user friendly for those of us who lack computer skills.

 

The major critique, that I wish I had known before buying, is that the point to the entire system is to be able to view from another location--people want to know what is going on in the home while they are at work for the day.

 

So, why did Netgear overlook this critical aspect--that their system has to be compatible with firewalls and internet protection used by most businesses? It seems like a huge failure to have overlooked this compatibility issue.

 

I have read this thread about asking your company to shut off it's internet protection for you and looking at "ports' whatever those are, but obviously if I have to do that to view what's going on at home from work, then this system is no longer user-friendly. 

 

Netgear, please find solutions. This product will fail if word gets out that the system is supposed to allow you to veiw your home cameras from work, but in fact does not.

RobertRosal
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There are reasons why companies will not allow certain ports open and that's due to company policy and security.

 

The Arlo not accessible from work is NOT NETGEARS PROBLEM.  The company you work for has put those blocks in place for a reason! 

 

As I said in a previous post, I can allow myself access through, since I do take care of our systems but again it would ethically be wrong to do so when the company policy has specifically written what ports or access needs to be in place.

 

The Arlo has problems, but this one is not one of them!

 

-Robert
RobertRosal
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Also I would like to add, if you work for most large businesses, they offer a guest network.  In most cases that guest network is left wide open.  As in the case with my company, we offer that.

 

Ask if there is one at your company and then you will be able to view your home.

-Robert
Lgoldsmi
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My camera's I use from the IRIS system work fine at work.  The Arlo camera's seemed to stop working after my google and/or Adobe flash player was upgraded.  I found this article that states:  To make browsing with Chrome safer, faster, and more stable, we stopped allowing NPAPI plugins on September 1, 2015.

I'm wondering if that is what ARLO uses as a plugin?

 

 

 

JamesC
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Lgoldsmi,

 

Do you run into the same issue when trying to access Arlo using a different browser (FireFox, IE11)?

 

JamesC

TheBigGExpress
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I want to use the capital letters too!

 

This probably IS NETGEARS FAULT.

 

If only ports 80 & 443 are required, like with some other security cameras, Arlo streams would be accessible from behind a firewall.

 

jguerdat
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How is that Netgear's fault?  It's http and https that's required (and, apparently, ntp which may be to keep the whole system on the same time since not all computers are well-time synced). Businesses and some home systems that have been set up to prevent certain access which leads to issues.  Proper setup, if allowed, works fine.

TheBigGExpress
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Please read thread.

 

juanqui
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I have this same exact issue at my job and also in a lab environment where I have a UTM configured. The issue is simple. The problem is the fact that Arlo is using HTTPS protocol (i.e. TLS/SSL) over port 80 rather than 443. Most UTMs (which are used at many workplaces) "transparently" filter/scan all web traffic over port 80. Since Arlo is using TLS/SSL over port 80, the UTM, or other network security devices, cannot inspect the traffic over port 80 and will DROP the connection.

 

Arlo can mediate this by using port 443 for TLS/SSL, rather than port 80. This would make UTMs very happy (and me).

jguerdat
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Great description!  That can explain a lot (I'm no network guru by any stretch).

kraZos
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The UTM/firewall issue juanqui describes is almost certainly the cause of my inability to stream Arlo video from my work computer:

 

POST https://vzwow136-z2-prod.vz.netgear.com:80/open/1 net::ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR

 

Would someone from Netgear please comment on whether it would be feasible to shift TLS/SSL streaming traffic from port 80 to port 443 to alleviate this issue, which I expect impacts a significant number of users?  Many thanks in advance.