Step-by-Step Guide: How to Setup Arlo Base Station for Home Security

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In the world of home security, the Arlo base station is the gateway to safer, smarter living. Acting as a secure hub that connects your Arlo cameras to the internet, the base station is an indispensable part of Arlo’s camera systems. Without the base station, the excellent features of Arlo’s cutting-edge cameras cannot be fully unleashed. With proper setup, the Arlo base station will act as your home’s guardian angel, coordinating camera activities, ensuring your cameras stay online, and managing the recorded content.

Necessary Equipment for Setting Up an Arlo Base Station

As you embark on the journey to interconnect your home through Arlo, you will need the following:
– Arlo Base Station
– Arlo camera(s)
– Ethernet cable (usually provided with the base station)
– Power adapter (usually provided with the base station)

Ensure that your home’s internet router has available Ethernet ports and is capable of a Wi-Fi connection. For peak performance, your router should support 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi bands.

Step-by-step Guide to Setting Up Arlo Base Station

Unboxing and Familiarizing with the Components

Description of Included Components

When you unbox your Arlo base station package, you should find the base station itself, a power adapter, and an Ethernet cable.

Brief Overview of Their Roles in the Setup Process

The Arlo base station is the central control system, the Ethernet cable is used to connect the base station to your internet router, and the power adapter provides the necessary power supply to your Arlo base station.

Installing the Arlo Base Station

Choosing the Location for Setup

Start by choosing a centralized location for your base station, near your internet router and within range of your Arlo cameras.

Connecting the Base Station to the Internet Router

Next, use the Ethernet cable to connect the base station to your router.

Powering Up the Base Station and Waiting for Light Signals

After connecting, plug in the power adapter and wait for the power LED on the front of the base station to turn green.

Syncing the Base Station with Arlo Cameras

Detailed Steps to Sync

Once the base station is powered and online, it’s time to sync it with your cameras. Press the Sync button on the base station and then on each camera. The LED on the camera will blink blue rapidly to signify a successful sync.

How to Check if Syncing is Successful

A successful sync is indicated by the rapid blue blinking light on the camera and a solid blue light on the base station.

Setting up the Arlo Account on the Arlo App

Instructions to Download and Install the Arlo Mobile App

Now it’s time to download the Arlo mobile app from your device’s app store.

Setting up an Arlo Account

Once the app is installed, open it and create an Arlo account by providing your email and creating a password.

Linking the Base Station to the Account

Lastly, use the app to link your base station to your Arlo account.

Completing the Setup Process in the App

Follow the prompts in the app to complete the setup, adding each camera one by one.

Troubleshooting Common Issues with Arlo Base Station Setup

Even with a comprehensive guide, you may encounter some quirks during the setup process. Below are common issues and potential solutions:

Issue with Connectivity to the Router

Ensure the Ethernet cable is correctly plugged into both the router and base station. If problems persist, try a different Ethernet port or a new cable.

The Base Station is Not Syncing with Cameras

Ensure your cameras are within range of the base station and switch off/on your base station before trying again.

Problems with Creating or Logging into the Arlo Account

Ensure you are using the correct login details and that your internet connection is strong. Reset your password if necessary.

The App isn’t Recognizing the Base Station

Check that the base station is correctly connected to the router and power supply, and that your mobile device is on the same network.

Tips for Maintenance of Arlo Base Station

General Tips for Maintaining

To ensure the longevity of your base station, keep it clean and away from extreme temperatures.

Suggestions for Upgrading the Base Station Hardware/Software as Needed

Regularly check for software updates to keep your base station running smoothly. Hardware upgrades are seldom necessary but can greatly improve performance with more demanding setups.

Importance of Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is crucial to ensure the base station stays in peak condition and maintains constant connectivity with your Arlo cameras.


With the right instructions, setting up your Arlo base station can be simple and stress-free. This guide breaks down each step, ensuring you can take full advantage of the many benefits that come with securing your home with an Arlo camera system.


What do the lights on my Arlo base station mean?

Various colors and patterns on your base station LED indicate different statuses, such as power, internet connection, and camera connectivity.

How can I reset my Arlo base station?

You can reset it by pressing the Reset button on the back of the base station.

Can I use my Arlo camera without a base station?

No, the Arlo camera cannot work without a base station.

How many cameras can I connect to my base station?

There is a maximum limit of 15 cameras for each Arlo base station, but it’s advised to limit each to five for optimum performance.

Why is my Arlo base station offline, and how do I fix it?

Several reasons could cause this, including connection problems with the internet router. Check your cables, router, internet connection, and base station settings.

I forgot my Arlo account password, how can I reset it?

You can reset your password through the Arlo app or website by following the ‘Forgot Password?’ prompts.

Can I connect my Arlo base station to a WiFi extender?

Yes, as long as the extender has an Ethernet port for the base station to connect to.