If you could only install one smart home device, then a video doorbell would be one of your best picks. Part security camera and part doorbell, smart doorbells are designed to relay real-time notifications to your smartphone and give you a live video feed of the person at your door.
These smart devices are also equipped with a speaker and microphone to enable two-way communication with your guest. Some are also designed to work with smart locks, allowing you to unlock the door remotely so you can let the person in without going to the door yourself. These smart doorbells are WiFi-enabled to provide you with a lot more functionality than the traditional doorbell button.
Your doorbell is strategically positioned at your entry door, facing everyone who’s approaching your home. It acts as a surveillance camera by bringing the outside of your home in clear view through your smartphone or tablet. The video doorbell notices when someone is in front of your door and notifies you so that you can check the live video feed. If the person proceeds to ring the doorbell, then you can communicate with them through the device, like an intercom.
You don’t even have to be home to see or chat with someone who’s outside your front door. Whether you’re at home, in your office, or on the go, you can receive push notifications and see people approaching your door before they ring the doorbell, communicate with them, and let them in if you have an integrated smart lock.
Here are a few other reasons why Smart doorbells are an excellent investment:
A video doorbell alerts you every time someone is approaching your home, so you can keep track of people popping by or entering your house, including your children, cleaning staff and other workers, neighbours, salespeople, and so on.
It’s not only a great choice for people who don’t want to keep going to the door every time the doorbell rings, but also perfect for avoiding sales representatives and other unwanted guests. Some smart doorbells use smart analytics technology to detect when a person is approaching your home instead of solely relying on motion detection which tends to send false notifications when there is bad weather (ex. Heavy rain or snow).
With its high-quality camera, night vision, motion detection, and two-way communication, smart doorbells provide an all-rounded security experience that’s just as good as your outdoor security cameras.
The doorbell not only sends push notifications to your phone when people walk by, when they sense motion, or when the doorbell rings, but also allows you to interact with them. This greatly enhances the security of your home, especially when monitoring late-night activity, whether you’re home or away.
Smart doorbells are designed for outdoor use. They don’t require additional cabling beyond your house’s doorbell wiring and can provide around-the-clock cloud based video clips with a subscription. With two-way talk, you don’t have to answer the door if you don’t want to. Simply communicate with the person from the safety of your home.
Some smart doorbells only record video when motion is detected or someone rings the doorbell, while others are smarter and can specifically only record and/or send notifications when an actual person is detected. Hence, you have a complete record of important events instead of having hundreds of clips of nothing but heavy rain, snow, or strong winds.
Many devices also store video footage for review later, often for an optional monthly subscription fee for cloud video storage.
Many people hardly notice when packages are delivered to their front porch if the delivery man fails to ring the doorbell — even when they’ve been home all day. That’s how easily people can come close to invading your privacy without ever being aware of it.
Smart doorbells solve this problem because you’re alerted whenever the camera detects movement towards your front door. Moreover, you will know when deliveries are made while you’re away from home so you can ask a friend or neighbour to keep it for you until you get back.
Smart doorbells are designed with app compatibility for different devices, allowing you to access your account on your iOS or Android smart devices.
Each app has push notification capabilities, so you know when it detects motion on your front door or when someone rings the doorbell, allowing you to instantly check the live feed or initiate a conversation with the person.
A smart doorbell will easily integrate with your other smart home devices. For instance, you can program the porch lights to turn on every time the doorbell detects motion; or security cameras to start recording when motion is detected. You can also grant or limit access remotely with a smart lock after confirming who’s at your doorstep with the video doorbell. Smart doorbells that integrate with your smart home security system work best as you can have your security, doorbell, and home automation devices integrate seamlessly in the same app.
In many homes if you are far away from your front door you may not hear the doorbell chime when someone rings your doorbell. A smart doorbell’s notification capabilities allow you to get a notification on any smart device so that you know someone is at your door even if you don’t hear your doorbell chime. This can be especially useful when you are in your backyard, in the basement, or even just listening to music or watching a movie.
The growing popularity of smart doorbells is both because of their competitive pricing and the convenience they add to your lifestyle. Many users love them because they’re able to see people approaching their front door, regardless of whether they’re able to answer it or not, giving you better service than even some external security cameras. Thanks to their assortment of features, they give you a sense of safety and security, especially when you move into a new neighbourhood, whether you’re home or away.