HOMEKIT DELAY CONFIRMED
Question to Arlo -
Q1 HomeKit support still to occur for Pro2 and Ultra?
We continue to work with Apple to release HomeKit functionality on Ultra. We expect to launch this later this year.
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Not no mention of Pro2. Typical of Arlo. You can't run a business via press release without being able to have any consistency on being able to deliver a service to paying customers.
Then about the only thing I can do is notify the ACCC. (I’m Australian).
You can’t make representations about product functionality just before peak sales time at Christmas then no honour that commitment. That is patently false promotion of a product.
The fact that Arlo won’t respond to its community website astounds me.
I hope your right. But the history of making (false) representaitons makes me less optimistic.
- Ultra product release
- Ultra product user performance issues
It is now the 1st of April and they haven't even bothered responding to the community.
I'll never buy another Arlo product again.
I'm off to write a Product Review as well.
Arlo have confirmed via Facebook and Twitter the HomeKit launch was delayed. But we all saw this coming.
We contune to work with Apple to release HomeKit functionality on Ultra. We expect this to launch later this year. - Arlo
So that message only refers to Ultra when they committed to the Pro and Pro 2 as well.
And why won't they respond to their own community? Who behaves like this??
My concern now is that Arlo seems to be only mentioning Ultra with respect to HomeKit, and not Arlo Pro 2.
My bet is they only bring it to Ultra now to try to force sales given how bad the Ultra launch was.
Definitely agree with that. Arlo customer service is shocking.
I've been using HomeBridge on my Mac to add my Arlo Pro 2 system to HomeKit. It works incredibly well.
This doesn't excuse Arlo misleading its customers but if anyone needs info on how to set up HomeBridge, happy to help.
If you have a computer that runs 24/7 then you could look to HomeBridge. I am using it on my Mac Mini media server computer, which runs continuously.
HomeBridge runs through Terminal on the Mac where you can install plugins. I’ve got Arlo and also Wink installed, which allows me to control Z-Wave lights around my house through HomeKit.
Once installed HomeBridge creates the link between HomeKit and these non-HomeKit devices. Arlo shows up in my Home app where I can arm/disarm, view camera streams and add automations, such as arming Arlo when I leave the house and disarm when I return. Amazingly this all works so much better than the Geofencing through the native Arlo app.
Hi illuminous - Thanks so much for mentioning the existence of this! I've already gotten a decent bit of progress but can't seem to stream the video from any of the cameras and can only get snapshots. Any chance you could share how you got everything configured?
When you launch HomeBridge in Terminal (assuming you are using a Mac), do you see your Camera names appear in in the Terminal window once launched?
I actually ended up removing the Camera streams from the Home app and just use the Arlo app for this. I find the Arlo app with all the additional options just works better for viewing the Camera streams and recordings.
In my Home app I am using HomeBridge Arlo for triggering events... arming Arlo when leaving the house, turn outside lights on when motion is detected etc.
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