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Arlo VMC2230 Essential Spotlight Camera User Guide

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Arlo VMC2230 Essential Spotlight Camera

Arlo VMC2230 Essential Spotlight Camera

Get to Know Your Essential Series Camera

There are three Arlo Essential wire-free cameras: the Essential Camera, the Essential Spotlight Camera, and the Essential XL Spotlight Camera.

  • Arlo Essential Camera (VMC2020). Mount your camera indoors or outdoors with flexibility and ease of use.
  • Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera (VMC2030). Capture clear details in full high definition, and see in color at night with the integrated spotlight.
  • Arlo Essential XL Spotlight Camera (VMC2032). Take advantage of extra battery length, along with all the same features as the VMC2030 Essential Spotlight Camera.

Get the Arlo app

Download the Arlo app. The Arlo app lets you create an Arlo account in the cloud and set up and manage all your Arlo devices.

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Note:
If you already use the Arlo app, make sure that you’re using the latest version. To find out if an update is available, go to the app store and search for Arlo.

Features

  • Capture clear details in full high-definition. Record video in 1080p for a clear picture.
  • Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain, or sun. The camera can be used indoors or out.
  • Receive alerts when motion is detected. Notifications are sent directly to your phone.
  • See visitors at night. All three camera models have infrared night vision. The Essential Spotlight Camera and the Essential XL Spotlight Camera include an integrated spotlight that lets you see color night vision.
  • Hear and speak with visitors. Tap a button in the app to use 2-Way Audio.
  • Easily recharge your camera. Connect the included power cable to the camera.
  • Use the built-in siren to deter unwanted guests. Siren can be triggered remotely or automatically during an event.
  • Keep an eye on what matters with a wide field of view. 130° viewing angle lets you see more.
  • Security in the palm of your hand. Watch live streams or recorded videos from your smartphone or tablet using the Arlo app.
  • Take action faster. Get notifications when your camera spots people, packages, vehicles, or animals with Arlo Secure1.

Do more with Arlo

You can add these options, which are sold separately:

  • Add more Arlo cameras and devices. Cover more areas in and around your home by adding cameras, security lights, and more.
  • Pair your camera to an optional Arlo SmartHub or base station (VMB5000, VMB4540, VMB4500, or VMB4000, sold separately). An Arlo SmartHub securely connects your camera  o the internet via your home router, provides long-range connectivity, and adds battery life
  • Add the Arlo Essential Solar Panel (VM3600). Connect a solar panel to your camera and harvest power from the sun to keep your camera battery charged. See Connect an optional Essential Solar Panel (sold separately) on page 13.
  • Upgrade your Arlo subscription. For more information, visit What are the available Arlo subscription plans and how much cloud recording is available?

Get Started

Use the Arlo app for installation and setup

The free Arlo app helps you complete the setup and guides you through the installation process.

  1. Open the Arlo app and connect to your WiFi network. If you don’t have the app, you can download it and create your Arlo account. Once you set up your Arlo account, you can access it from the Arlo app on a smartphone or tablet, or from a computer using a web browser.
  2. If you’re using a computer, enter https://my.arlo.com/#/login in the address bar of the browser.
  3. Open the Arlo app and connect to your WiFi network. Then select Add Device and add your camera.

Charge your camera indoors

A micro USB charging cable came in the box with your camera. This cable is for indoor use only. The camera includes an integrated battery that can’t be removed.

To charge your camera:

  1. Open the cover for the micro USB charging port on your camera.Arlo VMC2230 Essential Spotlight Camera 5
  2. Connect the micro USB charging cable to your camera.Arlo VMC2230 Essential Spotlight Camera 6
  3. Connect the other end of the charging cable to a USB charging source such as a USB charging port or an AC power adapter. The battery charges automatically. The camera LED lights solid blue when the camera is fully charged.

Use the sync button to wake the camera

The button on the bottom of your camera is the sync button. You can use the sync button for different purposes, depending on whether your camera is shut down or in normal operating mode.

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When you unbox your camera, it is shut down to reduce battery usage before installation. We recommend that you follow the instructions in the Arlo app to wake up and install the camera. When the camera is shut down, pressing the sync button does the following:

  • Press and hold the sync button for 1–2 seconds. The camera wakes and the LED flashes blue for two minutes. Follow the instructions in the Arlo app to add your camera to your Arlo account.
  • Quick press. No change. The camera remains shut down.

Wall mount your camera

Your camera comes with a mount and a screw kit.

  1. Place the mount and secure it with screws. If you’re mounting the camera on drywall, use the drywall anchors we provide.Arlo VMC2230 Essential Spotlight Camera 8
  2. Attach the camera to the mount.Arlo VMC2230 Essential Spotlight Camera 9

Position your camera to detect motion in specific areas

You can mount and aim your camera in different ways to optimize the camera’s ability to detect motion in specific areas. The lower two-thirds of the camera’s field of view is the motion-sensitive part of the image. Aim the camera so that any motion you wish to detect appears within this part of the image. If you want to monitor motion closer to the camera, such as visitors to your front door, mount the camera at least 6.5 feet (1.9 meters) high and aim it so that visitors appear in the lower two-thirds of the image.

This angle works well to avoid motion alerts for movement in the top third of the image, such as vehicles driving by. To monitor motion occurring farther away, such as children playing on a lawn, aim the camera higher to frame the area within the lower two-thirds of the image. It’s best to position the camera so that motion is moving from side to side across its field of view rather than directly toward or away from the camera. Also, though the camera can detect motion up to 23 feet (7 meters) away, the best area for motion detection is 5 to 20 feet (1.5 to 6 meters) from the camera position.

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Use camera positioning to aim your camera
Camera positioning is available only when the camera is not streaming, recording motion, or using the Motion Detection test. During camera positioning, the camera streams video as fast as possible, without buffering. You can aim your camera while watching on your smartphone and make near real-time adjustments to the camera position. This means that you might  see lower-quality video while you are positioning your camera

To position your camera:

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Settings > My Devices.
  3. Select the camera.
  4. Tap Device Utilities > Camera Positioning. The camera starts streaming video. The signal strength bar indicates the WiFi signal that your camera is receiving at its current location.

WiFi Setup and Connections

When you install and set up your camera, the Arlo app guides you through the process of connecting the camera to your router’s 2.4 GHz WiFi network or an optional Arlo SmartHub or base station.

WiFi connection options
When you install your camera you can connect it directly to your router’s 2.4 GHz WiFi band, or you can connect the camera with WiFi to an Arlo SmartHub VMB5000 or VMB4540, or an Arlo base station VMB4500 or VMB4000. An Arlo SmartHub or base station isn’t included in the package with your camera. They are sold separately. Using your camera with a SmartHub or base station gives you access to these additional features:

  • Use local storage on an SD card in a VMB5000 SmartHub or on a USB storage device connected to the SmartHub VMB4540 or base station VMB4500 or VMB4000.
  • Use direct storage access for SmartHubs VMB5000 and VMB4540.

After you install and set up your camera, you can move its WiFi connection from your router to a SmartHub or base station. You can also move your camera’s WiFi connection from a SmartHub or base station and connect it directly to your router’s 2.4 GHz WiFi band. To do this, you must remove the device from your account and reinstall it through the Arlo app, selecting the appropriate option to move back and forth.

These materials can reduce WiFi signal strength if they are located between WiFi devices:

  • Unusually thick walls and ceilings
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Stone
  • Ceramic
  • Glass, especially mirrors
  • Metal
  • Large quantities of water, such as the water in a fish tank or water heater

Connect your mobile device to a 2.4 GHz WiFi network during setup

If you’re connecting your camera directly to your router’s WiFi network, it’s important to understand that your mobile device must connect to the same WiFi network as the camera during setup. Your camera can only connect to a 2.4 GHz WiFi network. Many routers broadcast WiFi networks in both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, so your phone might connect to the 5 GHz WiFi band. During setup, connect your phone to your 2.4 GHz WiFi network, then connect your camera to that same 2.4 GHz WiFi network.

Find your 2.4 GHz WiFi network name and password

Your phone might connect to your 5 GHz WiFi network most of the time. If you’re not sure about how to find the 2.4 GHz WiFi network:

  • Look on your WiFi router label. Many routers have a label that shows the WiFi network name, which is also called an SSID. Your 2.4 GHz network name might have a 2, 2.4, or 2G at the end. Your 5 GHz network name might have a 5 or 5G at the end. If you changed your WiFi settings, then check the place where you saved your custom settings.
  • If your WiFi network name or SSID doesn’t indicate whether it’s 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz, ask your Internet service provider (ISP) or the person who set up your WiFi router.
  • If you have a mesh WiFi network, it uses only one WiFi network name for both WiFi bands. The camera finds and connects to the 2.4 GHz WiFi band. As long as you connect your phone to the same mesh network, Arlo can discover the camera.

Connect your iOS (Apple) device to a 2.4 GHz network

  1. Unlock your device and tap Settings.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi, near the top of the list of Settings options.
  3. Turn on WiFi by tapping the switch next to Wi-Fi at the top.
    Note:
    WiFi is activated when the switch is green.
  4. Select a 2.4 GHz WiFi network. This is commonly indicated by a 2, 2.4, or 2G at the end of the network name.
  5. If prompted, enter the password for the network.  When you’re connected to the WiFi network, a blue checkmark appears to the left of the network name.

Connect your Android device to a 2.4 GHz network

  1. Unlock your device and tap Settings.
  2. Tap Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.
  3. Turn on WiFi by tapping Use WiFi at the top.
  4. Select a 2.4 GHz WiFi network. This is commonly indicated by a 2, 2.4, or 2G at the end of the network name.
  5. If prompted, enter the password for the network. When you’re connected to the WiFi network, the word Connected appears under the network name.

Move your camera’s WiFi connection to a SmartHub or base station

You can change your camera’s WiFi connection from your router to an Arlo SmartHub VMB5000 or VMB4540, or an Arlo base station VMB4500 or VMB4000.

To add a SmartHub or base station and connect your camera:

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Add the SmartHub or base station to the same Arlo account that your camera was originally connected to. If you’re using a trial Arlo subscription associated with this account, doing this keeps the trial subscription active so you don’t lose it.
  3. Follow the Arlo app instructions to set up your SmartHub or base station and connect it to
    the Internet.
  4. Tap Settings > My Devices.
  5. Select your camera.
  6. Scroll down and tap Remove Device.
  7. Your device is reset and removed from your account.
  8. From My Devices, tap Add New Device > Cameras > Essential.
  9. Follow the Arlo app instructions to add the camera.
  10. When the Arlo app detects your SmartHub or base station, follow the instructions to connect your camera to your SmartHub or base station.

View your camera feeds

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Play on the camera feed.
  3. The camera feed updates and camera feed icons display.
  4. To stop viewing and listening to the live feed, tap Stop.

Pan and zoom video You can pan and zoom your video feed.

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Play on the camera feed.
  3. On a mobile device, use the pinch gesture to zoom, and touch and drag to move around  the zoomed-in frame
  4. On a computer, double-click to zoom. Left-click hold and drag to move around the zoomed-in frame.
  5. After zooming in, the image stops and buffers for about five seconds to improve the quality of the video. When the buffering stops, your zoomed-in video renders in high quality.

Record clips from live video

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap the camera feed image.
  3. Tap Record to begin recording.
  4. This icon turns red to indicate that you are recording the live feed.
  5. To stop recording, tap Record again.

Take a snapshot from a live video

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap the camera feed image.
  3. Tap Snapshot.
  4. The snapshot is saved in your library.

Turn the camera spotlight on and off manually

The Essential Spotlight Camera and Essential XL Spotlight Camera include an integrated spotlight. When your camera is armed and detects motion at night the spotlight turns on automatically. You can also adjust the spotlight behavior and turn it on and off.

To turn the spotlight on and off from the camera feed:

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap the camera feed.
  3. Tap Spotlight.
  4. To adjust the brightness, tap and hold the icon and adjust the slider.
  5. To turn off the spotlight, tap Spotlight.

Motion detection activity zones

You can designate zones within the camera view where you want the camera to detect and record motion. An Arlo Secure subscription is required.

Add an activity zone

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Settings > My Devices.
  3. Select the camera.
  4. Under VIDEO, tap Activity Zones.
  5. Tap +.
  6. An activity zone box is displayed in the camera feed image.
  7. Move the zone to the desired position in the camera feed image.
  8. To reposition or resize the zone, tap and hold the zone and move it.
  9. To customize the zone name, tap Edit and enter a name.
  10. If you’re using a web browser, click > next to the zone name.
  11. Tap Save.

Change an activity zone

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Settings > My Devices.
  3. Select the camera.
  4. Under VIDEO, tap Activity Zones.
  5. Tap a zone to select it.
  6. Move the zone to the desired position in the camera feed image.
  7. To reposition or resize the zone, tap and hold the zone and move it.
  8. To customize the zone name, tap Edit and enter a name.
  9. If you’re using a web browser, click > next to the zone name.
  10. Tap Save.

Delete an activity zone

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Settings > My Devices.
  3. Select the camera.
  4. Under VIDEO, tap Activity Zones.
  5. Tap a zone to select it.
  6. Delete the device.
  7. On an iOS device, slide the motion detection zone to the left and tap Delete.
  8. On an Android device, slide the motion detection zone to the left.

2-Way Audio

The camera includes a microphone that supports 2-Way Audio.

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap the camera feed image.
  3. Tap the microphone icon.
  4. The first time you use 2-Way Audio, allow Arlo to use your phone’s microphone.
  5. Tap the microphone button.
  6. 2-Way Audio is activated.
  7. A Tap to mute the microphone button is displayed below the camera feed. This button toggles mute on and off.
  8. To turn off 2-Way Audio, tap the x on the upper-left corner of the page.

To turn the siren on and off manually:

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Siren on the upper right.
  3. Tap Activate Siren.
  4. If you have multiple cameras, you are prompted to select one.
  5. Swipe the siren icon to the right.
  6. The camera siren turns on.
  7. To turn off the siren, tap the slider at the top of the Devices page.

Access cloud recordings
cameras record when they are in an armed mode and they detect motion or sound. Your Arlo recordings are sent to your Arlo account in the cloud and stored in your library. Recordings are encrypted with your username and password. You can access your recordings from the Arlo app on your mobile device or by using a web browser to visit https://my.arlo.com/#/login. You can download recordings from the cloud and save them.

Use the filter

You can use the filter to find and view recordings based on the criteria that you select.

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap Filter in the upper left corner of the page.
  4. Tap the filtering criteria that you want to use.
  5. Tap Done.

Turn off the filter

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap Filter in the upper left corner of the page.
  4. Tap Reset.
  5. Tap Done.

Download recordings

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap a recording.
  4. Tap Download.
  5. Tap OK to confirm

Make a recording of a favorite

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap a recording.
  4. Tap Favorite

Share recordings

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap a recording.
  4. Tap Share.
  5. Share the file.

Donate recordings for research

You can donate video or snapshot files to Arlo to use for research and development of Arlo products.

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap a recording.
  4. Tap Donate.
  5. Tap OK to confirm.

Delete recordings

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap a recording.
  4. Tap Delete.
  5. Tap OK to confirm.

Modes, Rules, and Alerts

You can arm or disarm your Arlo cameras and devices, and you can set up a schedule to automatically arm each device. When your camera is armed, it detects motion. Modes and rules let you tell your Arlo system what to do automatically in different situations. For example, you can set your Arlo system to record a video when it detects motion and send you an email alert.

To arm or disarm all your Arlo devices:

  1. Open the Arlo app.
  2. Tap Modes.
  3. Tap Arm All Devices or Disarm All Devices

Modes
Arlo modes give you control over how your Arlo cameras respond to motion. For example, you probably don’t want to receive an alert about motion in your yard in the daytime when you’re gardening. You might want to turn on a different mode when you’re away on vacation. Modes let you tell your cameras to respond differently at different times.

Troubleshooting

Scan a QR code during setup
During setup, the camera must scan a QR code from the Arlo app when you’re adding the camera to your 2.4 GHz WiFi network. If your camera doesn’t emit a chime sound after scanning the QR code, then the QR code wasn’t successfully scanned.

If your camera didn’t scan the QR code:

  • Move your mobile device farther from or closer to the camera lens. Position your mobile device about 6 in. (15 cm) from the camera lens, and slowly move it closer. If that doesn’t work, try moving your mobile device farther away. You can also try different angles.
  • Decrease or increase the brightness on your mobile device. Your mobile device’s brightness might be too high or low for your camera to scan the QR code. If it’s dark outside, try setting the brightness on your mobile device to the 50% level. If it’s bright outside, try raising the brightness on your mobile device to the highest level.
  • Disable Dark Mode if you’re using an iOS device. In your iOS Settings, scroll down to find and select Display & Brightness. Choose Light mode under the Appearance options.
  • Scan the QR code in an evenly lit area. Avoid scanning the QR code in the dark or direct sunlight. If you are installing at night, turn on porch lights. If your camera is exposed to direct sunlight during installation, provide some shade.
  • Try using a mobile device with a larger screen such as a tablet or iPad, if available.
  • Clean the camera lens. The camera lens might have debris or a smudge on it, hindering its ability to scan the QR  code. Try using a lint-free cloth to remove anything that might prevent the camera from scanning the QR code.

Troubleshoot Arlo Geofencing

Each Arlo user has a unique setup environment. These are the most common geofencing issues.

  • Your mobile device isn’t sharing its location information with Arlo. See Prepare your mobile device for geofencing on page 34.
  • Away mode isn’t triggered when you leave because an extra mobile device that’s enabled for geofencing is still in the Device Location. See Geofencing with multiple mobile devices on page 35.
  • Geofencing stopped working because the location-sharing settings for a mobile device changed. See Prepare your mobile device for geofencing on page 34.
  • A task-killing app is interfering with Arlo Geofencing. A task-killing app, such as Shutapp or Doze, can disable Arlo Geofencing. To use Arlo Geofencing, disable any apps that suppress the Arlo app.
  • Geofencing for your mobile device on your friend’s Arlo account isn’t working. If you’re a friend on someone else’s Arlo account, your mobile device can only change Home/Away modes if the Arlo account owner does the following:
  • Turn on the Allow Access Rights setting. See Grant access to friends on page 43.
  • Set your device as an Enabled Device in Geofencing settings. See Enable or Disable geofencing for friends’ mobile devices on page 36.

WiFi signal interference
Environments with multiple WiFi networks, WiFi devices, or frequencies can cause signal interference. If possible, minimize the number of networks, WiFi devices, and transmitted frequencies in the area where you place your camera. For help with adjustingWiFisettings such as the channel for your router, check the instructions that came with your router or contact your internet service provider (ISP) if they installed your router.

We recommend that you place your camera at least 1 to 3 feet (30 to 100 centimeters) from your router or Arlo SmartHub or base station if you use one. Allow at least 6½ feet (2 meters) between each camera to prevent WiFi signals between the devices from interfering with each other.

Out of range
Make sure that your camera is close enough to receive a strong WiFi signal. The range of your router’s WiFi signal can vary depending on the router model and conditions in your local environment. Make sure that your camera displays three or four bars of signal strength in the area where you intend to install it. The camera can work when signal strength is at one or two bars but might go out of range intermittently due to fluctuations in the environment.

Low battery
A low battery can cause the camera to stream intermittently. If the battery’s charge level is 25%, the Arlo app displays a notification message. At 15%, the app sends you an email and a push notification.

If you said no to push notifications at installation

When you install the Arlo app for the first time, to receive alerts, you must select Allow when asked if you want Arlo to send you push notifications. For iOS apps, after you respond to this alert, it isn’t presented again unless the device is restored to factory settings or the app is uninstalled for at least a day. If you said no on an iOS device, uninstall the app, wait for a day, and then reinstall it, and allow notifications.

If you don’t want to wait a day before you reinstall the app, you can use the system clock on your device to simulate a day. Set the system clock forward a day or more, turn your device off, and then turn the device back on. After you reinstall the app, return the system clock to the correct setting.

Federal Communication Commission Interference Statement:

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, under part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used by the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.

However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
  • Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void your authority to operate the equipment.

RF exposure statements
This Transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter. This equipment complies with FCC RF radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20 centimeters between the radiator and your body or nearby persons.

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FAQS About Arlo VMC2230 Essential Spotlight Camera

What is the Arlo VMC2230 Essential Spotlight Camera?

The Arlo VMC2230 Essential Spotlight Camera is a wireless security camera designed for both indoor and outdoor use. It features 1080p HD video quality, motion detection, built-in spotlight, and two-way audio.

Is the camera weatherproof?

Yes, the Arlo VMC2230 is weatherproof, making it suitable for outdoor use in various weather conditions.

Does it require a subscription for cloud storage?

Yes, to access advanced features like cloud storage for video recordings, you’ll need a subscription to one of Arlo’s service plans. However, basic features like live streaming and motion detection are available without a subscription.

How does the motion detection work?

The camera uses passive infrared (PIR) motion sensors to detect movement. When motion is detected, it can trigger recording, send alerts to your smartphone, and activate the spotlight.

Can I control the spotlight remotely?

Yes, you can control the spotlight remotely through the Arlo app. This allows you to turn the spotlight on or off as needed.

Does it have night vision?

Yes, the camera has built-in night vision, allowing it to capture clear footage even in low-light or nighttime conditions.

How is the video quality?

The Arlo VMC2230 records video in 1080p HD quality, providing crisp and clear footage for both live viewing and recorded clips.

Does it support two-way audio?

Yes, the camera features two-way audio, allowing you to listen in and speak through the camera using the Arlo app on your smartphone.

Can I integrate it with other smart home devices?

Yes, the Arlo VMC2230 is compatible with various smart home platforms, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit.

How is the installation process?

Installation is relatively easy and requires only a few steps. The camera is wireless, so you don’t need to worry about running cables. Simply mount it in your desired location, connect it to your Wi-Fi network, and set it up using the Arlo app.

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