The Netgear Arlo Pro 2 Smart Camera VMC4030P is part of the Home Security Camera
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Home Security Camera
models like the Arlo Pro 2 Smart Camera VMC4030P are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Video quality: Video quality includes image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast in bright, dim, and no light situations. It's based mainly on the judgments of a panel who viewed images captured by smartphones from each device.
Response time: The response time score is based on the elapsed time between motion occurring within the device's field of view and a notification being received.
Data privacy: A measure of how the device and its service provider collect, share, and use your data, and the user’s ability to control the flow of their data. Analysis is based on evaluation of user interfaces and publicly-available material.
GeofencingThe users' location, as determined by their smartphone's GPS, can be used to enable or disable the device.
Person alertsRecognizes the presence of a person.
Requires Arlo Smart Plan
Facial recognitionCamera can be set to scan and recognize faces of visitors.
SchedulesNotifications can be turned on and off automatically based on time of day.
Monitoring zonesMotion in parts of the field of view can be ignored or prioritized.
2-way audioThe camera has a microphone and speaker so you can speak with someone near the device.
Internet browserThe camera and settings can be accessed from a web browser as well as a smartphone.
Voice controlDigital assistants that can be used to control the device with your voice.
Alexa, Google Home
e911e911 use through the camera's app allows emergency responders to be sent to the camera's location.
Claimed resolutionThe resolution of the camera as claimed by the manufacturer.
Field of view
Field of viewThe effective coverage of the camera.
SirenDevice includes a siren that can be triggered by motion or by the app.
Magnetic mountAn included magnetic mount for easy placement and removal of the device.
Indoor/outdoorThe device is weatherproof and so can be used outdoors as well as indoors.
Base station requires Ethernet connection to router
Base station requires Ethernet connection to routerIf the camera comes with a required base station (for wireless connection to the camera), it must be connected by Ethernet cable to your router.
Rechargeable batteriesIf the camera runs off battery power, the batteries can be recharged for continued use.
Works with other security sensors
Works with other security sensorsSupports Z-Wave or Zigbee connection to other devices, such as door open, temperature, or water sensors, and the app includes the status of those other devices.