Merkury Innovations designed jaw-dropping pieces of security camera tech in its Geeni lineup of smart security cameras, no doubt. However, some confusion arises regarding how to use the cameras now and then, which is why many users keep asking: should you use an SD card or cloud storage for a Geeni camera?
Practically, the camera can use either. With a subscription and a strong internet connection, you can upload your security footage to the cloud, and with a cheap SD card, you can store your footage on a cold storage medium. Which of these storage options is for you?
In this article, you’ll learn more about the storage options on the Geeni camera and which one will work best for you. You’ll also see a cost comparison of both storage options to see which will have you spending the least down the line. Without more ado, let’s roll.
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Do You Need an SD Card for Geeni Camera?
The answer to this question depends on what you need from a security camera. Bottom line: the camera doesn’t need an SD card to work, but you may want to install one if you need to view recorded footage without paying for a subscription to the cloud storage service.
If your idea of the ideal security camera records continuous security footage you can access at any time, you’ll need an SD card. The Geeni doesn’t support continuous video recording without an SD card, not even when you buy the optional cloud storage.
However, you’ll want to pay for the optional cloud storage if you lack an external SD card. While that won’t offer continuous video recording, you can have your camera record on request and automatically save it to the cloud. Also, it will start recording once the motion detectors sense movement, which is an excellent security measure.
While you don’t need an SD card for the Geeni camera to function, you’ll need it for optimal functionality. Features like continuous video recording and playback only work when you have an SD card, and considering that the cloud subscription is a monthly fee that costs well above the price of the average SD card, I’ll say buying cold storage is worthwhile.
Does Geeni Have Cloud Storage?
Cloud storage is no longer new or uncommon on security cameras, thanks to the insane demand for devices with the feature. Since older Geeni cameras generally lacked cloud storage, it’s not out of line to ask if newer ones can now directly record footage to the cloud.
The answer is yes, but with a few crucial caveats, most of which you already know if you read the preceding section. While Geeni supports recording footage to the cloud, it rents its cloud storage to you for a couple of bucks per camera per month; you don’t own it forever.
As long as you’re willing to keep paying the monthly subscription, you can keep your footage, and that’s not even the main problem with Geeni’s solution; that’s how cloud storage works. However, the problem is that you cannot continuously record to the cloud, regardless of the amount you’re willing to pay monthly for storage.
That limitation leaves you with one option if you were hoping to store continuous security footage: buying SD cards. However, continuous video recording on a Geeni camera with an SD card requires the device to have available storage space. If you’re planning to be away for a while, you can either find a way to keep replacing the storage device or forget about your security cameras.
Customers have also been complaining about the terrible functionality of the Geeni cloud service, especially when trying to recover footage it should’ve saved. While there are theories that the company’s servers recently ran out of storage space, Geeni hasn’t released a statement to that effect.
In short, Geeni cameras offer cloud storage for less than $3 per month, but you’re better off avoiding it. Buying SD cards and having them save your footage is a more practical alternative if you intend to record continuous security footage with your camera.
Where Does Geeni Save Videos without SD Card?
Anyone familiar with Geeni cameras should know they can work without SD cards. However, there’s a question everyone keeps asking: where does the camera save your security footage when it doesn’t have an SD card?
The answer to that is quite simple: it doesn’t. Your camera will lack any long-term video storage feature unless you subscribe to the unreliable Geeni cloud storage service. Even with cloud storage, the camera has some limitations that will likely drive you to purchase an SD card.
For one, subscribing to cloud storage doesn’t offer continuous video recording from the camera; it will only record and store footage when someone or something triggers the motion sensor. Also, it will only record a few minutes before stopping, as it still lacks continuous recording.
In short, the Geeni camera can save videos without an SD card but with several conditions. Firstly, you’ll need a subscription to the Geeni cloud service, which costs around $3 per month or $20 annually.
Since it still won’t let you record 24/7, even with the monthly subscription, you may want to unlock full functionality by buying an SD card. If you’re planning to go the SD card route, however, you’ll ensure you’re deleting footage regularly to free up space, as the camera stops recording once your SD card is full.
How Do I Get Cloud Storage on My Geeni Camera?
Before entering your credit card details to get cloud storage for your Geeni camera, you should know that most users complain of reliability issues, and you’ll likely face one of them. If you think that’s fine, getting cloud storage on a Geeni camera is pretty simple.
You can only access Geeni cloud storage if you have one of the company’s cameras and an account on the app. Users can only buy cloud storage from the app, and unlike with similar solutions, there are no tiers or levels, just $2.49 monthly for everyone.
However, you should also recognize the limitations of cloud storage on Geeni. Firstly, you can’t have the camera record video on request; only the motion detectors can trigger your Geeni to start saving footage to the cloud, and the footage will only be a few minutes long.
It’s not impressive, but when you consider the almost nonexistent monthly subscription price, you’ll understand you’re only getting your money’s worth. The only complaint here is about Geeni not offering better plans for individuals willing to pay more for them.
Why is Geeni Cloud Storage Not Working?
The preceding section includes a warning: buying the Geeni cloud subscription will likely come with several problems, as customers have nothing but complaints about the service. Thankfully, not all customer complaints are the company’s fault; some only need a quick fix.
Here are some reasons why Geeni cloud storage may not be working and the “quick fixes” to make it work:
- Expired subscription: This problem is straightforward: if the initial setup was successful, but the cloud storage feature stopped working suddenly, it’s likely because you haven’t renewed your subscription. Amonthly subscription to the Geeni cloud service costs a measly $2.49; you may not even notice the charge on your card. If you don’t want to worry about two bucks monthly, you can pay for the annual subscription that comes with a discount. For $20, you get Geeni cloud and all associated features for one year; that’s around twice the price of a 64 GB SD card on Amazon
- Unreliable Wi-Fi connection: As you should know already, Geeni cameras rely heavily on Wi-Fi to work, but they don’t work with just any router. Firstly, the Wi-Fi should be running on 2.4GHz, which is what most routers do today. If you have a superior (5GHz) Wi-Fi router, you should expect issues when connecting your Geeni camera. Most 5GHz routers allow you to downgrade to 2.4GHz, but if you’re unwilling to do that, you can return the camera to purchase an alternative; Arlo, Ring, and Reolink all make impressive Wi-Fi cameras that support 5GHz Wi-Fi networks.
- No movement: The Geeni cloud storage service works strangely, making people unfamiliar with the service think it’s not working when it is. Geeni doesn’t allow you to save continuous video recordings in your cloud account; it only records anything when someone or something triggers its motion sensor. While that’s understandable that cloud storage is expensive and two bucks monthly aren’t enough to save the behemoth of data your security camera will record monthly, the idea to only save footage when someone triggers the motion sensor is simply dumb. Dumb or not, that’s the reality; your camera isn’t faulty, but Geeni designed it to work like that.
You can save security footage on your Geeni camera to the cloud or an SD card. The former requires you to pay a monthly fee, and the service comes with several restrictions and limitations, while the latter requires a sizeable SD card. This article explains the difference between the Geeni camera storage options to help you decide what’s right for you.