Please Note: The first-time Tablo set up will need to be completed using either the Android/iOS app on a smartphone/tablet, or using the Tablo web app on your computer using the Google Chrome browser.
Beginning the Trial
The first time you power up and connect to your new Tablo Dual Lite, you will be greeted by a screen welcoming you and asking you to begin your first-time setup.
Clicking the "Begin Setup" button will start the setup process, which will walk you through connecting your antenna, running your first channel scan, and (optionally) beginning your Tablo Cloud trial.
To enable Tablo Cloud recording, simply click "Start Cloud DVR Trial". You will be asked to confirm that you want to begin the trial period and, upon doing so, your trial is active. You can now finish your first time set up.
If you'd like to confirm whether or not your Cloud DVR trial period is active, just head to your Tablo's settings page. If active, the "Subscription" section of your settings will look like this:
Recording to the Tablo Cloud
Sending your recordings to the cloud is simple. If you have started your Cloud DVR trial and do not have an external hard drive connected, your recordings will, by default, be stored in the Tablo Cloud.
Recording to an External Hard Drive
The Tablo Dual Lite provides optional access to the Tablo Cloud while still providing the option to choose your own storage method. If you would rather use external storage, just connect using the Android, iOS, or web-based application and plug your hard drive into the Tablo's USB port. Within 10-15 seconds, you should receive an on-screen format prompt to get your hard drive ready for use.
While an external hard drive is connected to your Dual Lite, it will default to using that drive as its primary storage device; all future recordings will be saved to disk. Any recordings which were previously saved to the Tablo Cloud will remain there but will still be fully accessible by the Tablo.