Smart home set up - It's easy to DIY

Your Smart Home Starter Kit contains a SmartThings Wi-Fi hub, two multipurpose sensors, and three motion sensors to get you started. Begin turning your home into a smart home in a few simple steps.

Unboxing your RACV Smart Home Starter Kit

4 steps to a smarter home

1

Download the app and set up a Samsung account

Follow the in-app instructions (also available here) to set up an account.

2

Set up your SmartThings Wi-Fi hub

Detailed instructions are provided in your starter kit or you can use the SmartThings app to guide you through the process step by step. Connect your hub either to your home Wi-Fi or use the Ethernet cable in your starter kit to connect it directly to your home internet. You’ll also need to connect your hub to a nearby power outlet.

Set up will take about 5 - 10 minutes to complete depending on the speed of your internet connection.

3

Connect your SmartThings sensors and other compatible smart devices

Just like your hub, the sensors are easy to set up yourself. In the home screen in the SmartThings app use the '+' icon to add a new device. Search by brand or use the auto detect function to locate the device you want to connect. Follow the on-screen pairing steps or consult the device’s manual for device specific instructions.

Once it's paired, give each device a name so it’s easy to identify!

4

Start enjoying your new smart home!

There’s lots of functionality just waiting to be explored in the SmartThings app. You can:

  • Create rooms and locations to customise experiences between connected devices within a room.
  • Control your devices from the Home page in the SmartThings app. You can interact directly with compatible devices through the app any where, any time.
  • Create scenes like 'Good morning' or 'Leaving Home' to automatically turn on or off compatible connected devices when you trigger the scene to run.
  • Create automations that run when it's a certain time, or if a sensor detects motion, even based on your location. With an automation you can trigger a notification, control a connected smart device or run a scene.

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Make heading out each day easier with a 'Leaving Home' automation

Two School girls leaving home through the front door
Any home can become a smart home and work in sync with your life. Check out our steps to create an automated routine.
 
  1. Click the '+' icon on the home screen in your SmartThings app and select Add Automation.

  2. Select Custom Automation.

  3. Press the '+' icon to choose the condition that will trigger your automation. Follow the menu prompts to set your condition.

  4. Add the action that you want to happen when the condition occurs, such as:
    • Sending a notification when you leave home
    • Automatically turning off smart lights or speakers, setting your smart cameras to turn on or having your smart lock to engage behind you as you leave
    • Or simply run a 'scene' you’ve already set up in your SmartThings app

Frequently asked questions about Samsung SmartThings

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Whether you're setting up a two camera kit or a four camera kit, or just adding to your existing Arlo set up, Arlo Pro 2 is an easy to install security solution with no wires or complicated instructions to follow.

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Five steps to a safer home

1

Download the Arlo app and set up your Arlo account

2

Connect your Arlo base station directly to your modem using an Ethernet cable, then connect it to power and turn it on

3

Wait until the power and internet LED lights turn green on the hub

4

Set up your cameras by pressing the sync button

Tip: Cameras must be synced one at a time. Stay close to your Arlo base station as the camera needs to be within 30 - 100 centimetres of the base station for the initial sync. If the camera LED on the base station is solid green, you've succesfully linked your camera!

5

Mount your cameras around your home

Tip: Choose locations where your cameras will have an unobstructed view and will be most likely to detect motion in your home.

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Where to mount your cameras

Arlo motion camera fixed to a wall in a garden

When choosing where to place your Arlo cameras, keep a couple of things in mind so you see your home in brilliant detail, day or night, no matter where you are.

First, make sure you place them in spots where they're most likely to detect unwanted visitors or notify you of motion in important areas of your home. Your front or back door and the hallway or key living spaces are all great locations.

Your cameras need to be within 100 metres of your Arlo base station and will detect motion up to 7 metres away. The base station has LED lights that will blink amber if your camera is placed too far away.

Arlo Pro 2 cameras use infrared technology to detect objects in their field of view that are warmer than the surrounding environment. A motion sensor is more sensitive to side-to-side movement across it’s field of view than to movement directly toward or away from the camera. So think about positioning your cameras to detect movement from side-to-side rather than directly front on. You can also set the motion sensitivity setting using a range of one (low sensitivity) to 100 (high sensitivity).

Frequently asked questions about Arlo Pro 2

What's in the box of my Arlo Pro 2 camera kit?

Your kit will have slightly different contents depending on if you bought a two camera kit or a four camera kit.

Arlo Pro 2 two camera kit Arlo Pro 2 four camera kit
2 wireless HD cameras with audio 4 wireless HD cameras with audio
2 rechargeable batteries 4 rechargeable batteries
1 base station with a built-in siren 1 base station with a built-in siren
1 power adapter 1 power adapter
1 Ethernet cable 1 Ethernet cable
2 wall mounts 4 wall mounts
1 wall mount screw set 2 wall mount screw sets
1 quick start guide 1 quick start guide
1 window decal 2 window decals

What do the different LED behaviours on my Arlo camera mean?

Your Arlo Pro 2 has an LED indicator on the front of the camera that tells you its status. The different states are:
 
  • Slow blinking blue means your camera is syncing with the Arlo base station.
  • Fast blinking blue means your camera has synced with the Arlo base station.
  • Slow blinking amber means your camera's batteries are low and will need charging soon.
  • Fast blinking amber means your camera did not successfully sync with the base station.
  • Alternating blue and amber means your camera is in the process of updating its firmware, and you should not turn off the camera.
  • If the LED is off, then your camera is powered off or has less than 10% battery remaining.

How do I rename my Arlo camera?

To rename one of your cameras, follow the below steps. 

  1. Open the Arlo app or log into your Arlo account at arlo.netgear.com.
  2. Choose Settings > My Devices.
  3. Choose the camera that you want to rename and select 'Name'.
  4. In the 'Name' field, enter a new name for your camera. There is a limit of 32 characters for camera names.
  5. To save your new camera name, select 'Save' in the upper right-hand corner.

*Terms and conditions: Installation of SmartThings is only offered in the Melbourne metro area (premises in postcodes 3000 – 3210). The RACV Samsung SmartThings Terms and Conditions apply and are available here