I do want to say that I agree, two hours of video is not a lot.
I come from a Y-Cam world where you get 7 days of online video storage. I recently went to buy a couple more cameras from them and saw that they just recently changed it so that you only get the free 7 days for the first three years on new cameras added to your account. The reason? In the near future, they will start selling a security system. They’ll include the ‘free’ 7 days with a monitoring plan. I looked at it. It doesn’t have a keypad. Only app or remote. So, someone knocks my wife on the head and grabs her purse … they have her driver’s license and her remote. Really? Not happening.
So, I started looking at other camera options. I already have a SimpliSafe security system. They just added cameras. First, I ordered two to test. They wouldn’t connect to my WiFi. And, $5 per camera per month for online viewing. I don’t think so.
Looking at the SimpliSafe forums and many people there have Blink cameras. So, I came here.
So, back to the subject at hand. Here is what I think would be a ‘best of both worlds’:
- Recordings go to the cloud. This immediately gives me the comfort that someone walking in and stealing my computer does not limit my ability to identify them.
- A program or agent I can run on my computer to download my recordings from the cloud to my computer. This gives me two things. First, is full access to my recordings for as long as I want or have disk space to keep them. And second, I don’t have to log in every day or multiple times a day to download them manually.
For people like me and you that have plenty of disk space and always on computers, this would be great. It also would not require Blink to change anything in their cameras to be able to save to local disks.
But, it does pose a problem for people that do not always have a computer on.
Also, if Blink does implement local storage, they might utilize the USB port on the Sync Module. If that is the only option they offer, that means we have to plug in a portable USB drive to get the local storage, then at certain intervals, move it to a computer to copy the files. That will become a huge PITA (for me at least).
If Blink actually implements it in a way to store directly to our computers, they have to allow for SMB, CIFS (not used much anymore), NFS, etc. And, will they also store it on the cloud? Who knows at this point.