How to Connect Arlo Camera to a Hidden WiFi Network?

An Arlo camera needs an internet connection to work properly. Therefore, you need to connect it to either a Base Station or a router for the internet. But, things seem difficult when the router’s network is hidden.Here is a detailed guide on how to connect your Arlo camera to a hidden WiFi network.

Steps to Connect Arlo Camera to a Hidden WiFi Network

Prepare Your Network Information

Before beginning the setup process, gather all necessary network details:

  • SSID: The hidden network’s name.
  • Security Type: Common types are WPA2, WPA3, etc.
  • Password: The network’s password.

Ensure your network is stable and your router is within a good range for the camera to connect successfully.

Set Up the Arlo Camera

  • Charge Your Camera: Make sure your Arlo camera is fully charged or connected to a power source.
  • Reset the Camera: If the camera was previously connected to another network, perform a factory reset. This can usually be done by pressing and holding the reset button on the camera until you see Arlo blinking orange.

Access Arlo App

  • Download and Install: If you haven’t already, download the Arlo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and install it on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Log In or Create an Account: Open the app and log in with your credentials or create a new account if you’re a new user.

Begin the Setup Process

  • Add New Device: In the Arlo app, navigate to “Devices” and select “Add New Device.”
  • Select Camera Model: Choose your specific Arlo camera model from the list.

Connect to Hidden WiFi Network

Since the SSID is hidden, follow these additional steps:

  • Skip Network Scan: The app will usually start by scanning for available networks. Since your network is hidden, select the option to connect to a hidden network (often presented as “Enter SSID manually” or a similar option).
  • Enter Network Details: Input the hidden network’s SSID, security type, and password manually.
  • SSID: Type the exact name of your hidden network.
  • Security Type: Select the correct security protocol (e.g., WPA2, WPA3).
  • Password: Enter the network password carefully to avoid any typos.

Sync Your Camera

  • Sync Button: Press the sync button on your Arlo camera. The LED should blink, indicating that it is ready to pair.
  • Wait for Connection: The camera will attempt to connect to the hidden network. This may take a few moments. The LED will turn solid green once connected successfully.

Finalize Setup

  • Name Your Camera: Once connected, the app will prompt you to name your camera for easy identification.
  • Positioning: Place the camera at your desired location. Ensure it remains within range of your WiFi network for stable connectivity.
  • Test Connection: Verify the connection by viewing the camera’s live feed through the Arlo app. Ensure the video feed is stable and the camera responds to commands.

Troubleshooting: Can’t Connect Camera to Hidden Network

  • Double-check Network Details: If the camera fails to connect, recheck the SSID, password, and security type entered.
  • Router Settings: Ensure your router is set to broadcast on a frequency supported by your Arlo camera (2.4 GHz for most models).
  • Firmware Update: Make sure both the Arlo camera and your router have the latest firmware updates. Arlo firmware can be updated via login URL.
  • Signal Strength: If the camera is too far from the router, consider moving it closer or using a WiFi extender.

The Final Words

That’s all about how to connect an Arlo security camera to a hidden WiFi network. We hope that you will be able to do that successfully. However, before we sign off, know that some routers have a setting that isolates devices connected to the network. Ensure this setting is disabled for the camera to communicate with other devices.


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