I pre-ordered and got my Arlo Pro system in yesterday. I spent a while installing it. I’m already noticing a few things with the system. I don’t feel robbed for what I got. I know some of my issues are because of the new pro and updates are needed.
It was very easy to setup, I had no problems with signal strength. I have one camera mounted in the garage on one end of the house and the base station in the other. I plan on trying to place one in a tree looking at the house in the next few days because of how well the signal seems to be.
No motion sensor issues. I got more motion triggers with it set at 80% than the motion sensor I had already hooked to the system. I will need to turn it down some the cat triggered it this morning.
I didn’t bother with trying to turn off cloud uploading, its one of the reasons why I got an arlo system. I did purchase a usb drive and it is saving file to the drive just fine. Bandwidth doesn’t seem to be an issue. I live where I can only get 5mbs down/1mbs up. My wife was watching netflix and I was triggering cameras with no issues in bandwidth.
Smarthub Stuff (With some issues)
Sound works! When I try to view video feeds live I had no problem with the sound working. I can’t use the two-way feature. I can at least hear what is going on. The microphone picks up sound very well. Sadly there is a ‘clicking’ sound seems like some kind of feedback. It’s on all of my cameras I am hoping an update will improve this.
Again, motion seems to work just fine. I didn’t notice any delays with the system right now. To me seems about the same as the other motion sensor I have been using. I have already created a few events to trigger by motion. I noticed that motion reset itself rather quickly. I would stand still for a minute tweaking settings on my tablet only to take a step and set off the motion again.
Issue: When I do try to arm my system and it records a video. I can’t view it through the smartthings app. It says I recorded something, but I can’t ever view it. I have to use the arlo app to pull up the video.
Issue: Siren doesn’t detect as a device. I am hoping that in a later update I can add it as a device. Right now I can’t use it through smartthings.
Issue (for me): I wish that the camera would display the motion state and not its active state. I find it odd that I can turn on and off the device (I assume to save battery). I would rather see the state of the motion in the things list.
I will try to keep posted on my battery life. So far even with the issues I am happy with my system setup. Time will tell if I will continue to be happy with everything.