Geofencing Multiple Arlo Pro and Pro 2 Cameras Using Different ModesBy - 05/18/2018
If you have multiple Arlo Wire-Free cameras attached to the same Base Station, geofencing can become a confusing topic. After all, you might not want them all to behave the same way but manually arming and disarming them individually is a pain.
Fortunately, Arlo’s geofencing feature allows your cameras to behave differently even when they are attached to the same base station. For example, you might want your indoor Arlo Pro cameras to disarm when you’re home, but you don’t necessarily want your outdoor cameras to stop monitoring when you’re home. And today, we’re going to learn to do just that: Create a rule that keeps your outdoor cameras armed while geofencing your indoor cameras.
Geofencing For Multiple Cameras, Same Base Station
To get started, head to the Arlo app and then click on the “Mode” tab. From the Mode screen, select the Base Station the cameras are attached to and then click “Add a Mode.”
Outdoor Camera Rule Creation
From here, you can create a custom mode. The custom mode we want to create will set the behavior for your outdoor cameras. We want to create a mode that makes sure that your outdoor cameras remain on guard all the time, regardless of your location.
To do this, you will click the + sign next to “Add Rule.” You will then select your first outdoor camera. Next, you can decide what triggers you want the camera to monitor for (e.g., motion or sound) and you can adjust camera settings, actions, notifications, and recording settings.
If you have more than one outdoor camera, simply repeat the steps above for each of them. The desired outcome is a rule that includes all of your outdoor cameras and tells them to monitor for activity 24/7.
Indoor Camera Rule Creation
The second step is to create a rule that arms all of your cameras.
I decided to edit my existing Armed Mode, and I suggest the same for you. To do so, click on the pencil next to Armed Mode. Under this mode, you can set your desired behavior for each of your cameras. For example, I have my indoor cameras monitoring for motion and sound while my outdoor cameras monitor for motion only.
With that done, head back to the Mode screen of the mobile app. Click on the pencil next to Geofencing. From here, scroll down to the “Select Mode” section of this screen. You will see that Arlo allows you to set one behavior for Away Mode and one for Home Mode. In this case, I have Away Mode set to the Armed Mode we created above, which means that all of my Arlo Wire-Free cameras will monitor for activity when I’m away from home. I have Home Mode set to the “Outdoor Only Armed” mode we created for the outdoor cameras. This rule tells my indoor cameras to stop monitoring when I’m home but allows my outdoor cameras to continue monitoring.