arlo base station lights meaning

Owners of Arlo devices might wonder what are the Arlo Base Station lights meaning. Below you can check a detailed guide about the meanings and what to do when something goes wrong.

The lights on your Arlo Base Station can have plenty of meanings, and some are meant to alert you that something is wrong.

For example, you can expect lights to signal when the device is on, when an update is happening, when a reset is successfully initiated, when the connection is lost, and when cameras are not paired correctly.

Do you still want to know more about each light occurrence? Then keep reading to become an expert on the Arlo Base Station.

Arlo Base Station Lights Meaning

the meaning of arlo base station lights

What are the lights on Arlo Base Station? If you have an Arlo Base Station, you have already noticed that the lights might change color or start blinking.

But have you ever wondered what they mean? Most of the time, there is nothing to worry about, but sometimes the lights will let you know that some action is necessary.

Meaning Of Lights In The Single-LED Model

If you have a Single-LED SmartHub, this part of the article is for you. We will discuss what each light means and what to do when they signal that a problem is happening.

Solid Blue 

This is the color you want to see at all times. It means the device is on and connected to the Internet. All is fine, and no action is necessary.

Slow Blinking Blue 

a slow blinking blue

This type of blinking can indicate two different yet related things: the base station is in pairing mode, ready to sync with a camera, or the connection is going on.

If the connection is happening, you must wait until it finishes.

Suppose the light keeps blinking indefinitely, and the pairing doesn’t happen. In that case, you must restart the base station and the camera. After that, try pairing again.

Fast Blinking Blue

Have you just tried pairing the SmartHub/Base Station with a camera? The fast-blinking blue LED indicates that the pairing has been successful.

Soon after, the LED will return to solid blue.

Solid Amber

When the Base Station’s LED becomes solid amber (might look like orange), an error has occurred. The error could lie in the connection to the Internet or with the cameras.

What To Do?

what should you do

The quickest way of solving the problem is restarting the Base Station.

If that doesn’t work, do the following:

  • Restart the router;
  • Unplug and plug the Ethernet cable back;
  • Restart the connected cameras;
  • Delete the device from the app and add it again.

Slow Blinking Amber

The slow blinking amber light also indicates an error, which is more securely related to the cameras not being found.

That could mean either the cameras are out of range or defective. 

What To Do?

When the slow-blinking amber light shows up, do the following:

  • Restart the BaseStation;
  • If that doesn’t work, bring the Station closer to the cameras;
  • Restart the cameras;
  • Check the app to see each camera’s status;
  • If the signal is weak, install a signal repeater halfway between the router and the farthest cameras.

Alternating Blue-Amber

When the LED on the Base Station switches between blue and amber, that means either a firmware update or a reset is taking place.

No action is needed unless the procedure takes too long. In that case, restart the Base Station, as it might have glitched.


When the LED is gray, with no light showing up, the device has been successfully powered off.

So you might worry only if you try to power it up, but the blue light doesn’t show up.

Meaning Of Lights In The Multi-LED Model

the meaning of lights in multi-led

While the Single-LED model is very simple to check, the Multi-LED Model has three LEDs that indicate different statuses.

Therefore, keeping track of them is important to know if the Base Station is working as intended.

Power LED

The Power LED is light on the left. Its color and status will change to let you know whether everything is fine. 

Solid Green

Greenlight is the standard status of your Base Station’s Power LED. It means that the device is powered on and ready for use.

Blinking Green

the blinking green light

When the Power LED blinks green, a firmware update is going on. Firmware updates are very important, so don’t turn the device off during the period. 

However, if the firmware update takes too long, you might want to restart the device. Firmware updates shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes.


The amber light on the Power LED means that your device is booting up. It should quickly turn to solid green.

If the amber light doesn’t change to solid green soon enough, restart the device and check the app for error alerts.


If the LED becomes gray, it indicates you have successfully turned the device off. If it is gray, even after trying to turn it on, you must check the power supply.

Internet LED

an internet led

The LED in the middle indicates the connection status to the Internet. Let’s check below what each color means:

Solid Green

The solid green light on the Internet LED means that the device successfully connects to the Internet. 

Blinking Green

When the Internet LED blinks green, it means data is being sent over the Internet.

That can indicate that the device is asking for an update from the Arlo servers or something similar. Nothing to worry about.


the amber color

The Internet LED will turn amber when the Base Station is trying to connect to the Internet but doesn’t find a stable connection.

When that happens, you might want to do the following:

  1. Restart the Base Station;
  2. Restart your router;
  3. Put both devices as close to each other as possible.


If the LED doesn’t have any light but is gray instead, it means that it is not connected to the Internet.

If it should be connected, you might want to do the same as advised above for the amber light.

Camera LED

The LED on the right tells you about the status between the Base Station and your cameras, in case any is connected.

Solid Green

A solid green light on the Camera LED indicates that all the cameras you paired to the Base Station are connected

Blinking Green

Whenever you pair a camera to the Base Station, the Camera LED will blink green during the process.

a blinking green light

However, it should turn solid green soon after. If it doesn’t, try restarting both devices. Then, try pairing again.


The amber light on the Camera LED indicates that one of the cameras is too far, so it can’t connect properly. It might also tell that there is not enough strength in the signal. 

When that happens, do the following:

  1. Check the app to see which camera is not connected to the base station;
  2. Restart that camera;
  3. Bring the devices closer together;
  4. Check if there is an update necessary for the camera.
Note: If the signal failure persists, place a signal repeater close to the camera. 


the gray light

When no color is visible on the Camera LED, it means that no cameras are detected.

If they should be detected but are not, you must restart the Base Station. If that doesn’t solve the issue, restart the cameras and router next.

What We Learned

Now you know all about the Arlo Base Station lights meaning. That info will help you identify problems immediately if the cameras are not synced correctly or the Base Station loses connection. 

Read Next: How To Use Arlo Camera Without Base Station?

Nicole B