I have ordered the Arlo wireless security system with 4 ultra hd cameras from best buy. The system comes with the 4 Arlo Ultra cameras and a base. It is on back order, so I do not have it yet. I have a question regarding recording. I'm rural with limited download/upload speed and volume. I do not want to use the cloud to record videos in any way. Am I able to ONLY record videos locally to the base? Or perhaps to an external drive? I do not want to use the cloud in anyway. Is this possible? If not it is definitely a deal breaker and I will cancel/return my order.
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Yes, it's possible to just record to the base and not use the cloud. Keep in mind that you can't view the videos from a mobile device. You'll need to pull out the SD card and put it in a PC to view.
And you won't be able to control the system. It's like the other cameras/bases.
That’s too bad, I couldn’t careless about cloud storage (happy with local storage) but need to be able to access camera and recordings remotely. Apparently can’t do one without the other. After paying top $ for any camera, one should be able to use it as intended, cloud storage service should be optional.
Even the included “free” one year subscription is built into the purchase (already high) price.
I did some digging, Arlo Ultra will record in 1080p for free.
Yes that’s correct, but you won’t be able to view your recordings from your mobile device. You will have to pull out the sd card and plug it in a computer for viewing.
Arlo has always been cloud-based - not sure why this would surprise you.
That’s no surprise, cloud was part of the system, liking it or not wasn’t an issue as it was free (at least for seven days). To many of us it was ok as long as we were able to use the cams as intended, view your recordings from your mobile device and from anywhere. That was a very meaningful selling feature, I would guess for a lot of customers. It’s now gone. That is the unpleasant surprise, only time will tell its impact on their future sales.
I can only speak for myself when I say: “I’m out”.