What are the benefits of using an Arlo SmartHub or Base Station?

This article applies to:

VMB3000  VMB3010  VMB3500  VMB4000  VMB4500  VMB4540  VMB5000  VMC4040P  AVD1001  FB1001  VMC2030  VMC2020  AVD2001  VMC2032  VMC4041P  VMC4050P  AAD1001  VMC5040  VML2030  VMC4060P  VMC3030  VMC4030  VML4030  VMC4030P 

Allows for a separate secure network for your cameras

Having your cameras connected to a Arlo SmartHub or Base Station means they are using a separate frequency to communicate with each other. This could be helpful if you are using a shared Wi-Fi network.

Local Storage options

All Arlo video recordings can be stored to the cloud, but you can setup local storage on your Arlo Smarthub or Base Station and use it as a second location to store recordings. You can also use it as primary storage if you’re are not subscribed to Arlo Secure. For more information about Local Storage, visit: How do I view videos saved on local storage? – Arlo Secure 4.0

HomeKit compatiblity

With Apple HomeKit and a compatible Arlo device, you can use voice commands to access and control multiple Arlo devices from one place. To take full advantage of these features, you need a supported and connected Arlo system. For more information, visit: How do I connect my Arlo device to Apple HomeKit?

Local 2K/4K livestreaming

Stream higher quality videos real time when connected to the same network as your SmartHub or Base Station. For more information, visit: How do I stream in 2K with my Arlo Pro 3, Pro 4, Pro 5S, or Pro 3 Floodlight Camera?

Continuous Video Recording for select models.

Continuous video recording (CVR) is an optional feature available on certain cameras. With CVR activated on one of your cameras, you can record all the action 24/7. CVR captures everything in the background, and you can rewind to catch anything you missed. For more information, visit: What is continuous video recording (CVR) and how do I use it? – Arlo Secure 4.0

To know if your camera is compatible with a SmartHub or Base Station, visit: Arlo SmartHub and Base Station Compatibility