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I would like to record and save video from my Pro3 Floodlight and my Arlo Q cameras without subscribing to a plan. I understand if I connect to a base station this could be achieved. Which unit would be better for this function, the VMB 5000, 4540 smart hubs or the VMB 4500, 4000 base station? I know the VMB 5000 uses the micro SD card while the others are a USB port, but will they all work with both types of cameras? Is the SD card included with the VMB 5000 and what is its capacity? Can I access recordings remotely from any of these units?
I have the VMB4540 and is a good option and uses a USB. I don't believe the Q can connect to a Hub but someone correct me if I'm wrong. The 4540 and 5000 can view local storage in the app but is not as Ideal the Cloud. The 4540 needs a 16GB or greater USB storage. Not sure if the 5000 SD has the same requirement or if it comes with an SD card.
The Q comes with the free 7 day plan which you'll have to use since it's not connected to a base and therefore can't be recorded locally. The Q+ can use a microSD card, IIRC, for local storage. For the any camera newer than the Pro 2 a subscription is needed for cloud recordings but use of the 4540 or 5000 allows local recordings with viewing directly from the app. The 4540 uses a USB drive (a 32-64GB thumb drive is recommended) while the 5000 uses a microSD card. Both must be at least 16GB to work.
Local recordings must have port forwarding or a VPN set up if you need to view the recordings while away from your home network.
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