Question about new Arlo integration

I have a question regarding the new Arlo integration with SmartThings. I’ve figured out how to link my Arlo to SmartThings, and to set up the cameras to be integrated into the Smart Home Monitor modes. There’s still one thing I can’t figure out though. When my hub is in away mode I’d like for all of my Arlo cameras to be armed to detect motion and record a video. I’m fine with the indoor cameras being linked to Smart Home Monitor and also trigger an intrusion, since I obviously wouldn’t want interior cameras to detect motion if I’m not home.

The problem is the camera I have pointed at the front door. I’d like it to be armed to detect motion and record a video through the Arlo app, however I don’t want it to trigger an intrusion in SmartThings. I will occasionally have people come to the door when I’m not home, and I like being notified, but that doesn’t mean there’s a full blown intrusion.


Create “custom” instances of SHM for your Arlo. You get all of the benefits of the integration, less the intrusion alerts…

Hi, have you noticed that the cameras are flagged as active and consistent poll while on arm (stay) or (away)?
I had to disable them as they would cause the alarm to chirp


Can you elaborate?

sure, in the my home > things menu i have a list of all devices. All arlo cameras are flagged as active in status even if no motion.

Then if i set the alarm, i get notifications via app and alarm chirping

Oh, got you. Yes, “active” means camera is on. Turn the switch off and it will say inactive, and you will get no alerts…

understood that part, but then it isn’t working as motion sensor, correct?

correct, active/inactive is the state of the switch (as in surveillance state)

is there a way to make it so that when i arm the SMH it wil activate the sensors?

No, you need an app to turn the switches on, I use CoRE.

I think the answer to your question is to include your inside camera into SHM, so if it’s breached the alarm goes off, but don’t include the outside camera facing the door into SHM, but just leave it active on it’s own within the SmartThings app, I think that’s it.

Yes you can, in the Routines for Goodbye, set the Arlo cameras you want to turn on under the "Turn on these light or switches"
Then set the “Turn off these lights or switches” in the I’m back routine.

Then under SHM define which you want to be used as motion detectors that trigger alarms.

Step by Step instructions for setting up.

  1. In smartthings link to your Arlo account by adding Arlo cameras and entering your ARlo account and password
  2. You will be given a list of camera you wish to add, select all of the cameras you want and then add.
  3. By default the cameras are set to active, this means they will detect motion and record video even when smartthings is disarmed. Go to Things and set each Arlo camera to inactive.
  4. Configure SHM to use whichever Arlo motion sensors you want to trigger an alarm. For me I have 3 that are internal that I want to trigger but I also have 2 external that I dont want to trugger the alarm. So I have added the 3 I want to trigger to SHM and left out the 2 I dont want to.
  5. Configure the routine for Goodbye and select the switches you want to turn ON when away is selected, select all the Arlo cameras (including the ones you didnt include in SHM)
  6. Configure the routine for I’m back and select the switches you want to turn OFF when you are back. Select all the Arlo cameras.
  7. Go into Arlo through the ARLO app and go into Mode, there is now a new Smartthings mode, click edit mode and configure all the cameras as you want them when they are armed, so if you want motion detection and what to do with regards to video recording and duration and also notification.
  8. Make sure that Smartthings mode is selected and active in the Arlo application.
  9. Test it

That should be it, works for me. This should activate all your Arlo cameras when you arm your smartthings, only the cameras configured in SHM will trigger an alarm, the ones not in SHM will still alert (if you set them to alert in Arlo app) and record video but they wont set off the alarm. For the ones set up in SHM they will trigger the alarm, notify and record.
When you disarm smartthings the arlo cameras should be set to inactive to conserve battery.


Great explanation.

All I’m missing is a future update that allows an Arlo to record when the garden gate opens.

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I believe that you should be able to link a sensor so whenever it gets triggered…the camera starts recording


@hirsti great explanation. One point is a little unclear to me. You describe under #4 to configure SHM to use which Arlo motion sensor you want to use. Did you setup it up in “SHM Security” settings or in “SHM Custom”. What I saw is it possible to check the Arlo in the security Camera settings or as a Motion Sensor in the SHM Custom rules.

And a second question, is my understanding correct, if I set it up like described above, I will get only notified by Arlo app or both Arlo and Smartthings?


@Joern You can configure in SHM security or as a SHM custom as both have the ability to configure Arlo cameras as motion sensors and configure what to do when they are triggered. By default.I believe you will be alerted by both if you have both configured.
If you don’t want Arlo to record or notify, then log in to the Arlo app and edit the smartthings mode and turn off recordings and notifications for each camera. If you don’t want smartthings to record or notify then go into the SHM mode you are using and configure to not record or notify. Be careful though as the notification is for all Security or custom events and not just the motion detected. There is a thread on this forum that talks about this in depth and allows more granularity to the smartthings configuration using rooms. Please note also there is a major bug with the smartthings/arlo integration. Even though the cameras are inactive in smartthings the motion detectors and infra red are still turned on thus depleting battery. The only way to completely turn them off is to change the mode in the Arlo app to disarmed, however they then won’t work with smartthings

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This is incorrect. If you turn the cameras “off” in SmartThings, it turns it off in the Arlo app too. The battery consumption will be the same. Also, it is suggested that you don’t edit the SmartThings mode in the Arlo app. If you do not want recordings or notifications, just turn the camera off from within SmartThings.

Since the Camera’s SmartThings definition contains the capability “Switch”, you can automate the turning on/off like any light switch or outlet. This can be done with mode changes, routines and or the many, many apps that ere available.


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Sorry this isn’t incorrect, this is confirmed by arlo support. They report as being off in Smartthings and arlo but they are still on. Try it, you will see them light up on motion

I don’t. When you look at cameras in Arlo app, do you see the black screen with the message saying that cam is off?