Re: Arlo Video Doorbell without Smart plan?
Does the Arlo Video Doorbell still work without the monthly Smart subscription plan? Do you get any storage at all or can you only watch the doorbell live?
until full release, here you go ... does say 3 months include, so I would guess you need subscription
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This question still isn't clearly answered. Does anyone have experience with the doorbell and what it is like to use it without a paid subscription?
Everyone now has the trial subscription, so it would be rather difficult to find someone with that experience.
Arlo Ultra, Pro 3, and Video Doorbell come with a free Arlo Smart trial. When the trial expires, you have the option to purchase an Arlo Smart subscription. Without an Arlo Smart subscription, you can still add up to 5 cameras to your Arlo account, live stream, and receive motion and audio notifications.
@JamesC: it sounds like the doorbell won't call your phone w/o a paid subscription. Can you confirm that?
Any chance y'all could add a few days (or even 1 day) of free rolling storage to the non-subscription plan? That would make me switch from my Skybell to the Arlo. Skybell currently gives me 7 days of rolling storage for free.
What are the notifications like without the Smart plan? The Nest Hello is currently a worthless snapshot that lasts for 3 hours. Is there any kind of video recording or pictures with Arlo?
Without a subscription to Arlo Smart, you will still receive notifications and have access to live stream your Arlo Video Doorbell, but no snapshots or recordings will be saved to the cloud.
Does the app allow local downloads (i.e. saving to my phone)?
Yes, assuming you have a subscription. Since the video doorbell doesn't have a base station, there is no local storage (hopefully something that will change at some point).
So I found out that the base station and the Video door bell operate independently from of each other. You can save your camera videos onto an external drive by hooking it up to your router, but that doesn't work for the video doorbell. There doesn't seem to be a way around subscribing to a Smart plan in order to view recordings. The very lowest level plan for a single device is about $3/mo with a 2K quality video - I don't know how good a recording that would be.