If you have an Arlo home security camera set up, one of the top features you can take advantage of is activity zones. This enables you to specify areas of your cameras‚Äô field of view to include, or exclude, from your notifications.
Why would you use activity zones you ask? Well, there are plenty of reasons. You may have a bush that triggers motion alerts by swaying in the wind, or you may want to stop your dog triggering a motion alert by walking past.
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Another practical use could be a camera that covers your garden path, but also catches the outside pavement. You can trigger the camera by anyone entering your property, but not harmlessly wandering past.
(Left) You need AC power for activity zones. (Right) Just drag your desired area out
To use activity zones your camera will need to be connected to AC power ‚Äď and as yet there‚Äôs no way around that. That‚Äôs because Arlo deems the logic required to make activity zones work is too battery intensive ‚Äď though it would be nice for users to make up their own minds. But to set them up, follow the below:
- Launch the Arlo app
- Tap Settings > My Devices.
- Tap or the camera that you want to edit
- Tap Activity Zones.
- Tap the + icon to add a zone.
- Resize the zone by dragging the corners
- Enter a name for the zone.
- Tap or click Save to save your settings.