Having cameras is good, but you’re not going to spend your life in front of the screen watching what’s going on. The goal is, on the one hand, being able to be notified as soon as something happens, and on the other hand keep track of it to check what happened afterward, all this while continuing to live as serenely as possible. So the recordings Ring vs Arlo have to be stored somewhere. Here again, two solutions are possible for the video surveillance system
Storage of records locally
- Video recordings can be done locally, ie at home. It is ideal not to let his data dragging on the Internet, the “Cloud”. Several possibilities exist.
- Very simply, some cameras accept micro SD cards, to store the recording themselves. Each camera, therefore, stores its recordings. On the other hand, it is rather compelling, since it will connect to each camera to check the videos.
The idea is to have a DVR (or NVR), which will centralize all the recordings.
- often more advanced features than cameras, to determine monitoring schedules, more specific monitoring areas, video adjustments, and the means of communicating with the owner ( notifications email, MMS, push, etc …)
- A large storage area, allowing to keep several days of videos, ideally to have a history of one month when possible
- a centralized interface to check cameras and recordings in one place. Local storage is in my opinion preferred. However, it has a major flaw: if the perpetrators destroy or ship the registration system, you no longer have any evidence.
Storing Records in the Cloud
Most “consumer” video surveillance solutions now offer a system for sending videos to a remote server, on the Internet, in the “Cloud” , therefore. Here, impossible for the evildoers to remove the evidence, they are safe to several hundred kilometers from your home. Also, the system is here very simple to set up, since you will have nothing to do, if not create an account at the manufacturer of your cameras. The cameras then load themselves to send the videos to the manufacturer’s servers.
Simple and efficient. But not perfect yet, since:
- You are not the master of your data, they are somewhere in the cloud
- In general, this storage is charged a certain amount each month by the manufacturer. Most solutions offer free 24-hour storage. The idea Ring vs Arlo is to use a mixed system, which makes both records locally, and remote recordings. Some solutions are beginning to offer, like the new Arlo Pro which I will talk about very soon: the videos are stored on the secure servers of the manufacturer, but you can connect an external hard drive to the Arlo power plant to keep videos local.