Arlo Pro Security Camera – Add-on Rechargeable Wire-Free HD Camera with Audio (Base Station not included), Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMC4030)

Arlo Pro Security Camera – Add-on Rechargeable Wire-Free HD Camera with Audio (Base Station not included), Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMC4030)
From NETGEAR

List Price: $189.99
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Average customer review:
(4.5 stars, based on 8149 reviews)

Product Details

  • Sales Rank: #21 in Camera & Photo
  • Color: White
  • Brand: NETGEAR
  • Model: VMC4030-100NAS
  • Released on: 2016-11-21
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Dimensions: 2.80" h x 1.90" w x 3.10" l, .30 pounds
  • Memory: 0unknown-units
  • Battery type: Lithium Ion

Features

  • Works with Amazon Alexa/Echo Show/(Fire TV coming soon!) - View your live video with a simple voice command.
  • Add on Camera only - Base Station Required
  • 100% Wire-free - Free of power cords and wiring hassles, allowing you to easily place Arlo Pro cameras wherever you want and monitor your home from every angle.
  • 100% Wire-free - Free of power cords and wiring hassles, allowing you to easily place Arlo Pro cameras wherever you want and monitor your home from every angle.
  • Rechargeable Batteries - Arlo Pro cameras include rechargeable batteries that support fast charging. Easily swap out batteries and power up in seconds without having your cameras offline.
  • 2-Way Audio - Built-in mic and speaker enable push-to-talk capability, so you can listen in and talk back.

Arlo Pro is a 100% wire-free indoor/outdoor security camera with rechargeable batteries and audio and can be added to any Arlo base station system. Arlo Pro includes rechargeable batteries, motion and sound-activated alerts, 2-way audio, a 100+ decibel siren, and 7 days of free cloud HD video recordings. Arlo covers every angle to help keep you safe and protected.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

2083 of 2132 people found the following review helpful.
2Arlo Pro vs. Nest vs. Smartcam
By M L
I'm a longtime Dropcam/Nest and Samsung Smartcam user. I had some locations outside far from power outlets where I wanted surveillance, purchased and Arlo Pro system for this coverage. I have to say, after a few weeks of use I prefer the Arlo Pro to my Nest and Samsung camera systems. The image quality is slightly poorer, but the functionality is easier, there is free cloud recording, the app interface is cleaner, and the wireless feature means I can place these in spots the others can't go.

** Ease of Use **
Nest: 9.0/10. Works out of the box, recent app update lets you scroll through video feed in time-lapse fashion. It's like the Apple-version of camera systems, even your grandparents can set it up and use it.
Samsung: 7.5/10. If Nest is the Apple version, Samsung is the Android. It's a little bit better of a camera, but it's not as easy to setup and the app requires multiple logins to access the video feed, and doesn't have single Touch ID access like Nest or Arlo. So even though my phone saves the first password, I always have to manually type another password to view the feed. Otherwise the app is straightforward, and setup is about average on the easy scale.
Arlo Pro: 9.0/10. Like the Nest, this works out of the box and your grandparents could set it up. The app is self-explanatory and easy to navigate. A small hiccup in that a recent app update seemed to wipe camera settings, but afterward everything else has been fine.

** Cloud Recording **
Nest: 2/10. $100 per year for 1 camera for 7 days of stored video; each add'l camera is $50/year. (4 cameras = $250/year for cloud). Because Nest cams run 24/7, they will constantly use your home's internet connection bandwidth; the more cameras you have, the more of your bandwidth they chew up. From personal experience I will say the cost doesn't sound so bad at first, but after 3 years of paying it I'm realizing using Nest cameras has become a multiple thousand dollar system for us. We are stuck paying for this as long as we want to keep using the Nest cams. Great marketing by them, but terrible long-term option for surveillance system. I wish I would have considered long-term costs before I bought Nest cameras.
Samsung: 0/10. No cloud option; SD card stores video locally, app on phone allows you to view feed in real time. If you don't need a camera for anything other than real-time viewing, can't go wrong with the Samsung. But it's not a cloud cam, if you need cloud storage/access look elsewhere.
Arlo Pro: 9/10. Free cloud storage of video clips for 7 days for up to 5 cameras; $100/year for up to 10 cameras and 30 days; $150/year for up to 15 cameras and 60 day of clip storage. For comparison, Arlo Pro lets you have 10 cameras and offers 30 days of storage for what Nest charges for 1 camera and 7 days.

** Video Quality **
Nest: 8.5/10, very good, but if you zoom in it gets exponentially poor. Night vision also good.
Samsung: 9.0/10, ever so slightly better than Nest. In my experience, Samsung's zoom is crisper and its night vision is superior than Nest.
Arlo Pro: 6.0/10, acceptable daytime color feed, but overall Arlo Pro is poorer than the others (Note: this might be due to farther distance from router). Night vision is on par with Nest, but if you buy the Arlo Pro skins (sold separately), they actually reflect off the IR in the corners of the screen and wash out the image. So don't use the skins.

** Audio Quality **
Nest: 6.0/10. The Nest cam's audio is the most frustrating feature of this camera for me. It's two-way, but only one-way at a time (like a walkie talkie). If you use it to monitor & talk to a baby or pet, the lag is considerable and you cannot hear yourself on the other end. My wife & I tested this, she stayed home I left and tried talking to the dogs through the app. My voice came through choppy & was not clear. Some of what I said wasn't sent at all. When listening through the app, audio is quieter even on highest setting. This is the Nest cam's weakest feature, and frankly, it doesn't work well at all.
Samsung: 9.0/10. Fantastic audio quality, and it's true two-way so both sides can speak and hear each other at the same time (like a cell phone). When you speak you can hear yourself speaking on the other end on your smartphone while watching the feed. Nest does not do this. Samsung Smartcam can also double as a baby monitor by playing lullaby music and a few other songs. Bonus.
Arlo Pro: 9.0/10. Excellent audio quality, clips stored to cloud playback with crisp audio. The camera overlooking my driveway clearly transmits the crisp snaps of dried twigs being crushed as cars goes down my driveway.

**Wireless Connectivity**
Nest: 7.0/10. Inside my house, connections are mostly good. Cameras at far edges of my house drop signal constantly. I know because I get notifications daily when a Nestcam drops offline. I used to have a Nest cam in my detached garage but I had to bring it back in the house as it was dropping signal multiple times per day.
Samsung: 8.0/10. Does not constantly record to cloud, so only "pulls" video when you call it via the app. But it has worked every time I've called on it, connects fast, doesn't drop video for me, and is currently located farther from my router than my Nest cams.
Arlo Pro: 9.5/10. The Arlo Pro has far better range than either Nest or Samsung. I actually moved my cameras around to use Arlo Pros to replace the Nest cameras on the far edges of my house and also have the Arlo Pro cameras also outside at the far reaches of my property. Video signal drops a bit when you go 100+ feet away, but it still works. The cameras are always available when I try to connect real time. And in this winter's 30 degree weather, my Arlo Pro cameras had no problems recording clips while my outdoor Nest cam fell offline several times.

** Ease of Installation **
Nest: 8.5/10. Comes with mounting plate which can be screwed into wall or ledge. Camera can rotate in mount for sideways mounting. Must be near power source.
Samsung: 8.0/10. Wall mount easily screws onto back of camera, only has one cable (power) but it is not as nice as the Nest cam's clean USB cable.
Arlo Pro: 9.0/10. Comes with a magnetic ball mount which can be screw-mounted onto any surface. Camera itself has a magnetic backing; traditional camera screw mount is on very back of camera, (different from regular Arlo with screw mount on bottom).

Arlo Pro-specific Frustrations: Camera settings I set from web portal were erased when I updated the app on my phone. I waited a day to do the app update on my smartphone, and for that day until I did the update, my cameras stopped recording clips. I don't understand why the phone app seems to override settings from account/web interface, and I don't understand why the cameras stopped working until I did an app update on my phone. Recording sometimes takes too long to start (i.e. 2-3 seconds after motion first detected), which means I get a lot of clips where I see the tail end of something moving across the screen. I have the cameras perpendicular to the area they are monitoring so objects go across the screen, if you use them head-on the motion sensing is poor.

For me, the positives easily outweigh the negatives: Ease of use, everything working out of the box, and the wireless capability is a combination of features the other systems don't have. Each system has it's place for use, and all of them do work. They just each excel at different things.

If you're still on the fence, the one thing I'd circle back to are Nest cam's long term costs for cloud storage. It essentially adds to the cost of the system for as long as you plan to use it.

UPDATE: Less than a month into ownership, some of the shine has come off the Netgear Arlo Pro. I am having problems with clips not being recorded to the cloud when the cameras detect motion. I'll get notifications there was motion, but the cameras do not record clips. I'll get about one clip recorded for every 10-15 notifications of motion detection. For a security system this isn't really acceptable considering you cannot go back and review feed with Arlo. If they don't save the clip to the cloud, the camera is useless. I've been working with tech support on this (which is fair to poor - 2+ days response time and very general responses) and the last response indicated there is an issue with the iOs app and they are working on an update. But I have these issues on my Android as well, and when I log in via PC I cannot see clips either. Also the clips quality are sub par - I get green blotches across the screen , images will freeze frame for the duration of the clip, etc. None of these issues started until after a week or two after deployment, the cameras worked well out of the box but began to show warts soon after.

Update 2 (2/3/17): Some of the issues from my last update have improved, but I'm still not getting every motion trigger recorded to the cloud. I'm knocking it down another star because now I am unable to connect to two of my cameras at all. They record clips, I get notifications of this, but there is nothing in the cloud and I cannot connect to them real-time. The other frustrating thing I'm experiencing in use is how often I have to go outside and wipe all the lenses down. At least once a week I have to go out to each camera and wipe off the lenses with a cloth as they get fogged up and cloudy. For some reason I don't have to do this for my other exterior cameras, just the Arlo Pros. The biggest disappoint has been Netgear tech support, they never did help me and left my trouble ticket with the answer that a new app will be coming out soon and that should resolve things. But they could give me no ETA and no other guidance. Each response took 2-3 days. Zero stars for Netgear tech support, it was a terrible experience.

Update 3 (3/29/2017): I'm four months into ownership and the cameras aren't doing well. I have 3 cameras (purchased an add-on as well) and have issues with each. Two will not display a live feed when I summon it on the app and the 3rd does not detect motion nor record video at all, I can walk past it all day and it won't record. The Netgear app shows all three cameras have full WiFi signal, and two are at 75% battery while the other is at 100%. When the cameras record video clips, I get large green stripes blocking the field of view. I've deleted and re-installed latest version of Arlo app but I have the same problems. This system has been very frustrating because I love the packaging, but the functionality has been poor for me. These are not reliable for either motion detection or surveillance.

238 of 242 people found the following review helpful.
32 month review...
By Kawidood
I've had these cameras for 2 months now, so I feel I can write a fair review. I bought this system because I wanted to hang cameras outside of my house so that I can see what's going on when I'm not home and so my wife can feel safer. I also didn't want to drill holes and run wire through the house. After doing lots of research, I decided on this system. I have 4 cameras all together, and 3 of them are attached to trees outside, the 4th is outside, but attached to the house. I didn't want to get a wired system and run wires to the trees. I put black sleeves on the cameras so that they blend in with the tree better. After reading many reviews on home security systems, I realized that even the wired systems rarely got good reviews, so why not just get a wireless system. I have some positive and negative feelings about this system.

The camera sends you an alert, almost immediately (which I love) when it detects motion. A few weeks ago I got an alert and checked it out, to find out that somehow my cats had gotten out of my house and were in the backyard!! I called my wife who wasn't home at the time, and she ran home. I was looking at the camera image in real time and when I saw one of my cats in the backyard I was able to tell her where he was and she was able to retrieve him. For that reason alone, I am eternally grateful to Netgear and their very sensitive motion detection. I never would've known that the cats had escaped if it wasn't for the cameras. That being said, I have lots of trees near my house, and even with pruning branches, I still get so many alerts when it's windy that I tend to turn off the cameras until it gets less windy. It would be nice if Netgear can work on an algorithm that allows the camera to "learn" when it's just branches moving from the wind. Also, I had to work on placement of the cameras so that I don't get an alert every time a car drove by my house. I've since arranged my 4 cameras in a way that I get mostly relevant alerts (except when it's windy).

Battery life: I've had the cameras for about 8 weeks now, and I haven't had to change the batteries yet. One of my camera's is running low because it used to be triggered by every car that drove by, but I bought a spare battery and the battery charger (which took a month to arrive) so that i always have a fully charged battery on hand. If you don't do that, then you'd have to remove the camera and bring it inside to plug into a USB plug to charge. That would be annoying for me since I don't use the included magnetic mounts because I found that they didn't allow me to aim the cameras well. I bought the mounts which extend outwards (amazon sells a double pack which is ok) so that I can aim the cameras better. For me to get on a ladder, unscrew the camera from the mount on the tree, bring it in to charge via USB, then go back out and get on my ladder and try to re-aim the cameras is a pain the butt. With the spare battery I'd just open up the camera , swap batteries, and be good for another few months.

Image: This is why I took off a star (I'd prefer to take off a star and half). The camera is supposed to be an HD camera, but the image during the day is really pixelated, especially if it's windy. I actually think the night images are better in sharpness then the daytime ones! The cameras internal IR light is puny, but I have security lights outside to light up my yard, so I don't rely on the cameras own IR light. I don't understand why the daytime image is less sharp then the night time ones, it's almost like the sensor is overwhelmed by any movement, and this is even when setting the cameras to maximum sharpness levels (as well as the recommended medium level). The camera would never be adequate to read a plate or even see a face very clear, but it's good enough to get a broad idea of what's going on. I can see when UPS drops off packages, but I wouldn't be able to identify the driver from a line up. I can see if someone is peeping through my window, but again, I wouldn't be able to identify his/her face. Nevertheless, it serves it's purpose because I just want to know if someone is in my backyard.

Range: I have 4 cameras set up, 3 on outside trees. The furthest cameras are about 100 feet away from the base station. I get 2 of 3 WiFi bars on the camera, so that's ok. I tried getting a WiFi extender in hopes that the WiFi signal would be boosted to the camera, but you'd have to plug the base station into the WiFi extender, which for me defeats the purpose because then I'd have to move the base station away from my wireless router! Nevertheless, I'm always able to get a live feed from the cameras, with minimal buffering, so I have no complaints about range.

Software: The software is easy to use. I get an alert almost immediately when there's motion and I get an email with a 10 second movie clip. When I get an alert I usually go onto their software (I have it on my Galaxy phone and my iPad) and check the video clip. That way, if I see something suspicious, I can immediate switch to a live view, which usually only takes seconds to initiate.

The second biggest negetive (which caused me to take off 1/2 a star) is that there's a 1 or 2 second delay from when the camera senses motion, and from when it starts to record. Why? I don't understand why they can't figure out an algorithm to allow the recording to begin from the second it picks up motion. It's a digital camera, so why the delay? It's frustrating because sometimes you get an alert, but it passed so quickly that the video is empty. I have two cameras overlapping over the front door so that i can pick up early and late detections, but really they should just do a better job of starting the recording immediately.

To summarize, a few weeks ago I had to decided whether I'd keep this system or change to a wired system, and I ultimately decided to stick with this and hope that overtime there will firmware updates to improve image quality and speed of recording initiation. I couldn't find another system that was significantly better then this one, so I just stayed with it. I would recommend this if you want a general idea of what's happening around your house, just don't expect crisp, sharp images (but really, how often do you see security cameras footage on the news that's clear? I think most security cameras aren't that sharp anyway. )

374 of 402 people found the following review helpful.
3It has all the right parts, but it's not quite there - yet.
By Really!?!
So close but yet so far from being the right choice. I bought this unit because we didn't want wires running down our tree where we could set it up. Finally we found Arlo. It seems like the right solution and it is but not without its own issues. I wish I could have given this a 2.5 star rating.

Hooking up the unit to the existing wifi turned out to be a giant issue which took me hours. I couldn't get the camera to work even though it was hooked up to the base station. In comes Netgear support. By the time I was done with them, they had "joined" my computer, went through my internet settings and told me that I had unwanted users on my network which is the reason why the secure camera won't work. Then they wanted close to $400 to fix the issue. Ah... No. There were no unwanted users on my network. But just in case and considering Netgear was on my computer, I decided to reset my router and change the password. Once I did that here's what I did:

Syncing to Wifi:
Reset Router and only connected my personal Macbook Pro laptop.
Reset and synced the Arlo Base Station and Camera - VIOLA!! It worked.
Proceeded to reconnect all other devices one by one and Arlo stayed connected.

Installing the camera:
Installation was a breeze. I have it hanging from a tree in the front of my house. The downside is access, which I need a ladder to get to. It comes with a half round metal adapter that the Arlo Pro camera connects to either on top of the camera for ceiling mount or on the back for wall mount. The camera has a very strong magnetic for the mount which is great.

Picture quality:
There are 3 settings. Even on the "lowest quality" setting that's suppose to save battery life, it's not bad.

Battery Life:*UPDATE
Here's the downside. Arlo Pro has its own battery, meaning this unit is not powered by off the shelf batteries. I live in a high traffic area, which is a HUGE issue with Arlo's battery. The battery comes fully charged and after installing it lasted about 5 days. Now, I have to recharge it daily. It takes 1 hour to charge, but that isn't enough to adequately charge it. Netgear offers individual batteries, but here's the catch - a battery charger is not available as of this posting. This means that I must climb a ladder daily to recharge.
*UPDATE - I have a "workaround" for the battery life. Since my camera is up in a tree which I need a ladder to access it, I hooked up the USB cord and let it rest on the limb. When I need to charge, I hook up the plug and run an extension cord to it. I let it charge for a few hours and now my camera has power for about 3 to 4 days.

Software Interface:
Everything is cloud base, which I like for the most part. Getting to the camera settings to adjust length of recording and picture quality is a bit confusing the first few times simply because it doesn't feel intuitive. But once you figure it out, it's fine.

Recording:
Here's another issue. Length of recording and sensitivity of the camera to start recording. The default length is :10 seconds. You can change this up to 2 minutes. Once that time length is reached, the recording stops, even if there's still movement going on. I've had a few times where I wanted to see what was happening past the end. I need to do a little more trial and error for best results.

Recording Storage:
Netgear has a free, 1gb, 7 day storage. You can view your library online and download the videos you want to keep. There are other option to keep the storage longer and more storage space. There is an USB option, which I haven't tried yet which allows me to backup my videos in real time as they're being recorded on Netgears cloud servers. Reviewing the videos is easy on your Arlo interface.

Infrared at night:
Works great with a clear picture.

Will I keep it? Yes. Could it be better? Yes.

Pros:
Nice look.
Good picture and decent sound quality
Storage of videos and review process
USB backup of videos in real time.
Get's the job done

Cons:
Not completely plug and play
Cloud based interface of camera settings not intuitive
Battery life for high traffic area is 1 day
Battery replacement is horrendous
No external battery charger for extra battery available yet.
*UPDATE - The way it records is an issue. You can only choose blocks of time to record from :05 seconds to 2:00 minutes. Because the camera is motion or sound sensitive it chooses when something is moving. But it won't start recording again immediately after it stops recording even if something is moving. Also there's no way of recording constantly such as a few frames every :05 seconds.

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