Arlo Pro 3 and 4 Local Storage: How to do it?

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

Arlo Pro 3 and 4 devices have two options to choose from to store the recorded files. Either you go with the paid cloud storage plan that comes with the monthly subscription or use the local storage facility to keep all the files on the local computer device or the USB storage device. 

Arlo gives you complete freedom for a storage facility.

Does Arlo support local storage?

Yes. Arlo has a local storage facility. You can store the video files locally using a USB drive or a microSD card. 

How do I store Arlo videos locally?

Arlo local storage requires the initial setup to allow the device to store the videos locally. Direct storage is useful when you have a privacy concern or want complete control over the Arlo camera device video. 

The recorded videos will be available on SmartHub. 

The storage files will be accessible from the SmartHub. 

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Instead of removing a USB or MicroSD card every time to check the videos, the direct storage access views the file using the Arlo App in full resolution. 

You do not have to plug the storage car into the computer device to read the files. The device uses point-to-point access for a seamless video viewing experience.

Before you start using the local storage, you have to make changes to the storage setting.

Setting up direct storage access

1) Get the Arlo app downloaded to your device.

2) Access to the Arlo SmartHub

3) Router

4) A USB or MicroSD device. Check the compatibility before buying the USB or MicroSD device.

Step by Step guide to setup Direct Storage Access

Use the following step-by-step guide to set up and start using the direct storage access on the local device. 

1) Insert the microSD card or the USB device into your Arlo SmartHub. 

2) In next, you have to enable the local storage recording using the Arlo App. 

To enable Direct Storage Access:

  • Open the Arlo app on your IOS or Android smartphone.
  • Go to Settings > My Devices.
  • Choose SmartHub.
  • Tap Storage Settings.
  • Tap on the Record Locally.
  • Now you have activated the Arlo local storage on your device.
  • Tap Direct Storage Access

Once Direct Storage Access is enabled, you will access the recording on your smartphone when your device is connected to the same LAN connection. 

If you want to access the files stored locally from outside the LAN Connection, you should set up a VPN on your router. VPN will allow you to establish a secure connection on the SmartHub. 

Now all your recorded files will be stored on your local storage device. You can access them on your smartphone. 

Remember that you have to be on the same WIFI connection to access the file. If you try to access SmartHub from a different network, you will not view the file.

Does Arlo Pro 3 have local storage?

Yes. Arlo Pro 3 supports the local storage of video files. Set up external storage on your device, and it will start saving the files locally.

What is the Arlo local storage hack?

Arlo now supports local storage as well. You do not need to use the paid cloud storage subscription to store the video files. The USB or the MicroSD card would be sufficient to store the files. 

However, the local storage may limit the files’ live access if you are traveling and trying to access the files. 

You were not able to directly access the local storage files with the default setting. 

VPS service would be needed on the device to enable network access. Storing your files locally would save a good amount of money that you may have to pay for cloud storage.

Does Arlo pro 4 local storage is available?

Yes. Arlo Pro 4 also supports local storage of video files. Setting the local storage using the Arlo app would be easy and convenient. Set the local storage device, and the Arlo smart hub will start recording files locally.

How to know Arlo pro 3 local storage capacity?

The Arlo Pro 3 has up to 2TB of local storage capacity. Now you do not have to rely entirely on the cloud storage facility. All your video files can be stored without needing external storage. In the earlier version, the storage was enabled on the MicroSD slot and USB port. 

Does video recording on Arlo’s local storage continuous?

The Continue video recording or CVR is available on the Arlo Ultra, Pro 2 version, and Baby Cameras. With CVR-activated technology, one can record seamless video on the device. 

Record the video 24×7 without stopping the video recording. Everything in front of the camera is recorded. You can use the rewind features to identify any part of the video whenever you want.

You can even set different rules to record the video. Modes enable the users to remove the unwanted section of the video clip. So you can save the storage space of the device.

What is Arlo’s local storage size?

Arlo now supports 2TB of storage capacity on the device. You will never miss any video clip, and your device would work seamlessly without needing to compromise on the video quality.

Can I use Arlo local storage without a subscription?

Yes. Arlo gives you flexibility in choosing your local storage facility as per your need. You can have external storage such as a USB device, microSD card, etc., to store all your local storage files. 

Disconnect your device from the cloud storage and set up the local storage using the Arlo App. 

The device automatically gets connected to the local storage facility, and you will be able to store all your video files on the local storage.

Pair your device with the base station, and it will work without needing any support. 

The cloud storage has many additional facilities such as AI-Powered motion detection options, cloud storage, and fully customization motion zones. 

How does direct storage access Arlo works?

Direct storage access provides local storage facilities to the owner of the device. You do not need cloud storage when you have a local storage setup. Local storage would help you to save money on the cloud storage subscription plan. 

Also, you get complete control over the recorded files. Your privacy is in your hand and never be shared with others. 

Direct storage access gives instant access to locally stored files. 

You can set how the device should record the file, frequency, and other settings to store the video file locally. 

Direct access files are stored using the LAN connection on the SmartHub device. Therefore, you do not have to remove or connect the MicroSD card or the USB device to the local computer. 

The files will be directly stored in the SmartHub, which is easily accessible on the mobile app.

How does Arlo’s ultra-local storage work?

Arlo’s ultra-smart device enables users to store HD quality 4K Videos in three different ways. Local live streaming of the video, motion cloud recording, and recording to a local storage facility. 

You can use the external storage device to store the video recording files on the SmartHub with the LAN connection.

Choose different options to set the recording type, frequency, and video quality. 

To take the full benefits of 4K Video quality with Arlo Ultra, you may have to use the Arlo Smart Elite subscription plan.

What are the benefits of Arlo pro-local storage?

Local storage is a cheaper option compared to cloud storage. The recorded video files are stored locally, so you do not have to rely on cloud storage facilities. Local storage works similarly to cloud storage. You get to enjoy automatic motion detection and audio detection services. 

Local storage gives you lifetime access to the stored file. The video files stored on the cloud are deleted after a specific date. 

Cloud storage has a limitation in the recorded file. In the case of an internet outage, the video will be stored locally. 

The file will be later uploaded when the internet service is resumed. Note that you eject the drive using the Arlo app to prevent the file from getting corrupted before you use the drive.

One of the biggest concerns that people will have is the privacy of their homes. The indoor or outdoor camera may record private footage, which will be stored in the cloud storage. 

Administrators of the Arlo cloud storage would have access to these files. In some sense, cloud storage is vulnerable to hacking. 

Whereas local storage gives you complete freedom to store the new video files securely in your home. 

Store the video files in a password-protected computer device so that no one can access these files without your permission. 

You get full control over your files. Delete unwanted files periodically to make more space available for future recording. You can move these files with the help of a USB device. 

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