The UniFi Protect Network Video Recorder Pro (UNVR Pro) integrates with the Protect application and is equipped with a hard drive disk (HDD) bay that can support up to 7 compatible units with automated RAID 1 or 5 configurations to ensure reliable video storage regardless of HDD volume.
This article outlines the UNVR Pro's installation requirements and setup process, as well as answers frequently asked questions about the device.
Set up your UniFi Network Video Recorder Pro
Follow the UNVR Pro's Quick Start Guide for step-by-step installation instructions.
The UNVR Pro requires at least one HDD to record camera footage for playback in the UniFi Protect application. When using more than one HDD, they all must have the same storage capacity (e.g., seven 16 TB HDDs).
We recommend using UniFi HDDs (8TB) with the UniFi Protect Network Video Recorder Pro. They can be purchased from the Store after you add your device to the cart.
If you're using third-party hard drives, make sure your HDD(s) are compatible with UNVR Pro, please see UniFi - Hard drive compatibility and management.
To ensure a safe installation, insert your HDD(s) only when the UNVR Pro is fully powered down. For a visual walkthrough of the hard drive installation process, please refer to the UNVR Pro's Quick Installation Guide.
To set up the UNVR Pro once all your hard drives are installed:
- Connect the UNVR Pro to a power outlet using the power cable.
- Connect the UNVR Pro to the internet by inserting one end of an Ethernet cable into its RJ45 port and the other into a UniFi Switch or LAN port.
- Set up the UNVR Pro and UniFi Protect in either the Protect web application or via the UniFi Protect mobile app (available on the App Store and Google Play).
For more information on setting up the UniFi Protect, see UniFi Protect - Getting started.
Frequently asked questions
Does the UNVR Pro provide power over Ethernet (PoE)?
The UNVR does not provide PoE. You'll need to connect a PoE-enabled UniFi Switch to power to PoE-capable cameras.
Does the UNVR Pro need an HDD to run?
The UniFi Protect application and all your adopted cameras will operate normally without an HDD. However, you will need at least one HDD to record and store camera footage.
How many UniFi Protect devices can I connect to the UNVR Pro?
For more information on supported camera limits for UNVR Pro and other UniFi OS Consoles that can host the Protect application, see UniFi Protect - Supported camera limits by host device.
Can the UNVR Pro support seven 16TB HDDs?
Yes, you can use seven 16TB HDDs with UNVR Pro. For additional information about HDDs, see UniFi - Hard drive compatibility and management.
What RAID configuration options does the UNVR Pro offer?
For more information on the RAID configuration and formatting of the HDDs, see UniFi - Hard drive compatibility and management.