Arlo cameras are a popular choice for home security systems, and HomeKit is a convenient way to manage smart devices in your home. If you have an Arlo camera and want to integrate it with your HomeKit system, you’re in luck. In this article, we’ll show you how to add Arlo to HomeKit, step-by-step.
Understanding HomeKit and Arlo
Before we dive into the steps to add Arlo to HomeKit, let’s take a moment to understand what these two technologies are and how they work together.
What is HomeKit?
HomeKit is Apple’s framework for home automation. It allows you to control smart home devices like lights, thermostats, and cameras using your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. HomeKit devices are controlled through the Home app, which is pre-installed on iOS devices.
What is Arlo?
Arlo is a brand of wireless security cameras that can be used for indoor or outdoor monitoring. Arlo cameras connect to a base station or directly to your Wi-Fi network and allow you to view live or recorded footage from anywhere using the Arlo app.
Integrating Arlo with HomeKit
Integrating Arlo cameras with HomeKit allows you to view camera feeds and control them using the Home app. You can also create automations that trigger based on Arlo camera events, such as motion detection.
Steps to Add Arlo to HomeKit
Now that we understand what HomeKit and Arlo are, let’s get started with the steps to integrate them.
Step 1: Check Arlo Camera Compatibility
Before you begin, you need to make sure that your Arlo camera is compatible with HomeKit. Arlo Pro, Pro 2, Ultra, and Ultra 2 cameras all support HomeKit. Arlo Baby and Arlo Q cameras do not currently support HomeKit.
Step 2: Update Arlo Firmware
Make sure your Arlo camera is running the latest firmware version. To check for updates, open the Arlo app on your phone, go to Settings > My Devices, and select your camera. If an update is available, follow the prompts to install it.
Step 3: Set Up HomeKit on Your iOS Device
If you haven’t already, set up HomeKit on your iPhone or iPad. To do this, open the Home app and follow the prompts to create a home and add accessories.
Step 4: Add Arlo to HomeKit
To add your Arlo camera to HomeKit, follow these steps:
- Open the Arlo app and go to Settings > My Devices.
- Select the camera you want to add to HomeKit.
- Tap “Add to HomeKit.”
- Follow the prompts to scan the HomeKit code on your camera or enter it manually.
- Name your camera and assign it to a room.
- Tap “Done.”
Step 5: Control Arlo with HomeKit
Once you’ve added your Arlo camera to HomeKit, you can control it using the Home app. You can view the camera feed, control settings like motion detection and night vision, and create automations based on camera events.
Troubleshooting Arlo and HomeKit Integration
If you encounter issues when integrating Arlo with HomeKit, here are a few troubleshooting steps to try:
Make Sure Your iOS Device is Compatible
HomeKit requires an iOS device running iOS 8.1 or later. Make sure your iPhone or iPad is compatible with HomeKit and running a compatible version of iOS.
Make Sure Your Arlo Camera is Compatible
As mentioned earlier, not all Arlo cameras are compatible with HomeKit
Check Your Wi-Fi Connection
Make sure your Arlo camera is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iOS device. If your camera and phone are on different networks, you won’t be able to add the camera to HomeKit.
Reset Your Arlo Camera
If you’re still having trouble, try resetting your Arlo camera and starting the integration process again. To reset your camera, press and hold the reset button on the back of the camera until the LED flashes amber.
Integrating Arlo cameras with HomeKit is a simple process that can help you better manage your home
security system. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can add your Arlo camera to HomeKit and control it using the Home app. If you encounter any issues during the integration process, try the troubleshooting steps listed above.
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