Amazon/Ring has finally heard the complaints of many users and has pushed the new Alarm Pro base station to process local video storage. The increase in cost for the monthly plan is expected and is not something that users are complaining about for this feature (I do see complaints of those who do not care about local video storage). Hell, even the cost of a new base station is fine by me because the internal batteries of the old base station wear over time. I know that the details for RIng Edge are still being worked out, but from all the research I have seen, it does not appear that videos will also be backed up into the cloud on the cameras that opt for local storage.
Can someone at Ring confirm if a camera opts in for local storage that those videos will NOT be stored in the cloud at a later time? It makes no sense since the highest capacity card allowed is 512 gb which at best would equate to about 15 days of video storage compared to Ring’s 30/60 day cloud storage. This is under the assumption of 1 camera. If a user like me has 10+ cameras, we would not even have 7 days of local videos.
Assuming that a camera that opts for local storage will not have videos stored in the cloud as well…Why can’t the base station just process the videos and temporarily store it on the SD card to be offloaded into the cloud in the middle of the night or when there is an internet connection? I do not believe that the cries for having local storage is really just to ONLY have local storage… the idea behind local storage for some users is the ability for cameras to continue recording events during an internet outage. Something that has been very common during this stay-at-home COVID era…
I have already preordered the new Alarm Pro Base Station because I am willing to try the local storage by buying a 512 gb card. However, I really hope that Ring irons out this issue where users can only choose either storing and processing videos in the cloud or locally. Ring Edge should be a supplement to the existing method of video recording, not a replacement.