Smart doorbells are a great way to enhance your smart home and keep you safe from unknown visitors or intruders. It allows you to keep an eye on your property, as well as know who is at your door, even when you are not home. Generally, a smart doorbell consists of a camera and compatibility with your smartphone or other smart devices, allowing you to view live video feed and playback. In this guide, I will go over how to buy a smart doorbell and what features to look for in the best doorbell cameras.
How to Buy a Smart Doorbell and What to Look for?
You may be on the fence whether you need a smart doorbell or not. The truth is, crimes happen every day. A small investment in a video doorbell might save you 1000s of dollars if someone decides to target your home. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen, but it can unfortunately happen, even when you least expect it!
The most important thing for most people is keeping your home and family safe. Smart doorbells offer features to reassure you and keep your property safe, even when you are not home. You want to make sure your investment is going towards the best features possible. A few things to consider when purchasing a smart doorbell are resolution, night vision, field of view, motion detection, audio features, app support, and playback options. I will go into more details about features below.
When looking at how to buy a smart doorbell and where to buy them from, many major companies manufacture smart doorbells. Some of the best brands to look out for are Ring, Nest, and Skybell. You can purchase these doorbells at your local tech stores or from online retailers.
Features of Smart Doorbells
Resolution is important when it comes to your doorbell camera. What is the point of having a doorbell camera when the image is so blurry, you cannot see what is going on? It is important to remember that the higher the resolution of the camera, the better and clearer the image will be. You generally want to choose a camera that has a resolution of 1080p.
Most crimes happen during the night, so it is important to have a doorbell camera that supports night vision and can produce a clear image during the night. Night vision cameras allow you to see through the darkness allowing you security 24/7 throughout the day and night.
Field of View
Having a wide view to your camera means being able to see a larger area of view from the front and the sides of where the camera is placed. If the camera has a 180 degree field of view, then it can see everything in front of it and to the sides. If the camera has a 90 degree field of view, then it can see the front and only a tiny bit of the sides. It is more preferable to get a camera with a 180 degree field of view as it allows you to see more and catch most of what is happening. It would suck to not capture something important off to the side because your field of view is limited.
Motion detection is a very important aspect of smart doorbells as they have sensors that can detect when there is movement, whether someone is walking up to your door or something fishy is going on in your front yard. The sensors will alert you when they sense movement so that you can quickly tune into your live feed and check out what is going on. Some cameras also have a feature where you can set specific zones to monitored for motion. This is great for people who live near busy streets and don’t want to be alerted every time a car passes by. You can set the zone of the street to not alert you when it senses motion there, but only alert when there is motion in your front yard.
Another great aspect of smart doorbells is allowing communication through a microphone and speaker built into the doorbell. This allows for two-way audio. For example, you can tell the delivery guy to leave a package somewhere specific by talking through your doorbell. You can also ask a visitor what they need if you are not home, and they can respond back. This way you never miss the opportunity to greet a visitor.
When buying a smart doorbell, you want to make you that it comes with an app to connect it to that you can download to your tablet or smartphone. You also want to make sure that app comes with great support so that it is there if you ever need to troubleshoot your doorbell. Most apps provide you the ability to connect to your doorbell and see the live feed, playback, settings, and communicate through your doorbell. Without a great app, video camera doorbells can be kind of useless.
You want to make sure your doorbell camera and app supports recording features and video playback. This way you can select a specific time to go back to. Cloud storage is also a great option to have as you will automatically be able to store motion detection for up to 30 days, so if you ever need to have to go back to any recording, you have this option in storage.
Smart Doorbells Currently on the Market
I have compiled a list of some of the best smart doorbells.
Skybell HD WiFi Video
Ring Video Pro
Different Types of Doorbell Cameras and Compatibility
There are so many new smart doorbells hitting the market, so it is important that you choose the right type with all the feature you need and is compatible with your home and other smart devices. It is important to know which brand, features, and options are right for you. I want to make the decision easy for you.
When owning a home, it is important to keep your family and property safe. You can spend loads of money on a grand security system, or you can start simple by investing in a doorbell video camera. You can either purchase a smart doorbell as part of a larger security system, or you can buy a stand-alone smart doorbell. If you want to start small, it is best to first purchase a stand-alone smart doorbell.
The first thing to consider is whether you are a homeowner or a renter. If you are a homeowner, then your options are limitless. You just need to choose the doorbell with the best options that are right for you. Smart doorbell can either come wired or wireless. Since you own your home, it does not matter whether you need to drill holes or move things around. If you are a renter, then you might find yourself limited to only wireless doorbells, unless your landlord lets you install a wired doorbell.
Wireless doorbells usually connect to your router through WiFi and are powered by a battery. So no wires are necessary! This makes your doorbell easy to move or replace.
Hardwired doorbells deal with a few wires for power and connectivity. It allows you to connect to your existing doorbell. If you have a chime that plays through your home then you can connect to this existing system by hard wiring your doorbell. This can become a bit tricky and you may need to follow the guide that your doorbell camera comes with to set it up, but once it is set up, it’s set up for good!
Compatibly is important when it comes to finding the perfect smart doorbell. If you have other smart devices so as cameras or voice assistants, then you might want to look into whether they are compatible or not. For example, if you have an Amazon Alexa Show that can display video, you might want to purchase a doorbell that connects with this device, so all you have to say is “Alexa, show me the doorbell camera” and Alexa will show you the live feed right on your device!
Using Smart Doorbells in Your Smart Home for Home Automation
if home security is important to you and your are looking to improve your smart home, then smart doorbell cameras are definitely the way to go. They are now considered a “must have” for smart homes and home automation. Home automation makes life so much simpler and easier. Most of the smart doorbells have the ability to connect to your other smart home devices and equipment.
I hope this guide helped you make the decision of purchasing a smart doorbell a little easier for you. Leave me a comment below if you have any questions or need any help.