How do I position my Arlo Pro 2 camera?

It's important to keep distance in mind when positioning your Arlo Pro 2 cameras:

  • Maximum. You can place your Arlo camera a maximum of 300 feet (90 meters) from the base station. The maximum line-of-sight range of 300 feet is reduced by each wall, ceiling, or other major obstruction between the camera and base station. The following materials reduce signal strength the most:
  • Unusually thick walls and ceilings
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Stone
  • Ceramic
  • Glass, especially mirrors
  • Metal
  • Large quantities of water, such as the water in a fish tank or water heater

Note: Check the Camera LED on the base station; if it's blinking amber, the base station detects a low data rate, a sign that a camera is too far from the base station.

  • Minimum. Place your Arlo cameras at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the base station, and allow at least 6.5 feet (2 meters) between cameras. Follow these guidelines to prevent WiFi signals between the devices from interfering with each other.

When positioning your Arlo camera, keep these tips in mind:

  • Keep active locations in the camera's field of view. Your Arlo camera has a 130-degree viewing angle. Position your camera so that the space that you want to monitor is within the camera's field of view.
  • Make sure that no walls, tables, or other objects are too close to your camera. If any objects are within 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) of the sides or front of your camera, they can reflect IR back into the camera lens and cause glare or hazy video, especially at night. The following images show how far your Arlo Pro 2’s field of view extends, both horizontally and vertically:
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    Make sure that the space within 2.5 inches of your camera and inside the green area shown above is free of all obstructions, including walls and tabletops. The following images show common positioning errors that can cause glare and foggy night vision:
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  • Aim with the cloud. Use Arlo's position mode to send video to the cloud as quickly as possible. This allows you to aim the camera while watching the video feed on your Arlo smartphone app to make near real-time adjustments to the camera's position. For more information about position mode, visit How do I use position mode to aim my Arlo camera?.
     
  • Elevate your camera. Mount your Arlo motion-detection camera at least 7 feet (2.1 meters) above the floor and aim it slightly downward for the best sensor performance.
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  • Ensure that side-to-side traffic crosses Arlo's field of view. Arlo's motion sensor is much more sensitive to side-to-side movement across its field of view than to movement directly toward or away from the camera. The best area for motion detection is 5 feet to 20 feet (1.5 to 6 meters) from the camera position.
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