Top Best 33 Doorbell Cameras: Smart Doorbells in November 2021

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Ring
Ring - Video Doorbell (2020 Release) - Venetian Bronze
Description

See, hear and speak with visitors from anywhere with the new and improved Video Doorbell (2020 Release). Customize your motion zone settings to focus only on important areas and receive real-time notifications on your phone, tablet, or select Alexa-enabled device when there’s movement at your door. With infrared night vision and live view capabilities, you can check in on what matters anytime from the free Ring App. Video Doorbell lets you stay conveniently connected to home—no matter where you are.

8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Nikki, 10 out of 10
    Great

    I love it! I’m glad I got this on sale! I bought two of them, one for me and my parents! Couldn’t be happier. I live in an apartment so I couldn’t install it through wires or walls. I purchase a holder from another company to put it in and I’m so pleased! It doesn’t need constant charging. It’s been a month already and it’s only at 81% as of today. So I’d say it takes away about 1% of charge each day, sometimes half of that depending how much motion it detects and how you have it set up. I have it on moderate. It detects all motion and I record about 30seconds after until motion starts! Great buy! I’ve caught a lot of foolishness on my floor.

    Apr 17, 2021 11:23
  • Review by LakersFan, 8 out of 10
    Great smart door bell to isolate sales

    Very good product to monitor front door. My bedroom and office are in the 2nd floor, when some sales ppl came to my house, rang the bell, I needed go to downstairs to open the door and dealing with annoying sales talk. Now, I just turn on my smart phone to see who is outside and tell them to leave if I don’t want to talk to them!

    Oct 29, 2020 01:22
  • Review by RayRay54, 10 out of 10
    It the best investment i did

    I am enjoying the product I bought there at Best Buy it's the best investment I ever did

    Jul 24, 2020 18:43
  • Review by MrLanseer, 10 out of 10
    Now I know who is at my door

    My old door bell is situated upstairs and most of the time I didn’t hear it ring.

    This Ring door bell is WiFi connected and powered by batteries and its easy to recharge,

    but the battery lasts for a long time. The Chime just plugs into a room outlet which is in

    the downstairs kitchen, so I hear it now. The plus side to the Ring doorbell is the security features of

    audio and video which PCs be viewed from] anywhere on your smartphone or tablet. Easy to set up

    Andrew the price is very affordable.

    Apr 23, 2021 16:49
  • Review by Afisher, 10 out of 10
    Amazing!

    Easy to install and works great! Good day and night vision. The ability to select what zones to monitor is really handy. Be sure to buy a masonry drill for brick- if that’s what you plan to drill into.

    Oct 23, 2021 10:12
  • Review by Vrgamer, 10 out of 10
    Simplesecurity

    Got this for my home and family and ive slept so much bettet knowning ive always got eyes watching my home!

    Jan 13, 2021 07:05
  • Review by Ring, 10 out of 10
    Works perfect

    Didn’t have the tool to drill into the stucco, so I had to buy that at another store other then that works great

    May 26, 2021 23:04
  • Review by MSKajun, 10 out of 10
    Great Security doorbell

    Very easy to install, great picture and worth the price. Setup took 15 minutes at the most and the instructions were easy enough to follow. The rechargable battery last very long.

    Sep 04, 2020 16:52
  • 9.4score
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    Ring - Chime - White
    Description

    Chime lets you hear notifications anywhere in your home when someone pushes your doorbell or motion is detected. Plug it into standard wall outlets and connect Ring Chime to Ring doorbells and cameras in minutes. Customize the sound you hear with classic and seasonal tones or designate a quiet time by snoozing your alerts. Add Chimes throughout your home and never miss a visitor or alert. Plus, the sleek design blends right into any room.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Kearie23, 10 out of 10
    Must have

    Great little gadget to go with my ring doorbell since I was not able to connect my ring bell directly to my actual doorbell due to spacing. The ring door bell was too large so I had to purchase the chime. I will say its very small and just plugs right in. Not sure if it was just me but seeing it online I felt it was this huge thing but when I got it was very small and perfect. It’s definitely very loud so don’t think it’s small it won’t sound loud. Would recommend if your not using your existing doorbell.

    Aug 06, 2021 18:32
  • Review by gi22511, 10 out of 10
    Ring Chime

    I recently purchased this Ring Chime for downstairs to accommodate my Ring Chime Pro upstairs they are both synced to my Ring Doorbell and now I just have some sensitivity adjustments to make and add a camera for the backyard, then I can move on to the next project.

    May 15, 2021 11:16
  • Review by Drw74, 10 out of 10
    Doorbell chime

    Great addition to ring doorbell. Allows you to respond faster

    Dec 25, 2020 18:40
  • Review by 40momo4, 10 out of 10
    Nice look!

    Much different from the first gen. This one is wider as well. Nice look for any room or hallway.

    Aug 18, 2021 03:15
  • Review by Ilikeit, 10 out of 10
    I like it! Great buy

    I like it! Loud enough i can hear it upstairs! Definitely recommend

    May 07, 2021 15:36
  • Review by Desmond, 10 out of 10
    Ring

    Works perfect and record efficiently as soon as there’s someone at door

    Oct 24, 2020 06:33
  • Review by DSCCFL, 10 out of 10
    Ring - Chime - White

    Used in conjuction with the Ring Peephole Doorbell.

    Able to here doorbell in house, not just on smartphone.

    Nov 20, 2020 16:05
  • Review by Roger, 10 out of 10
    Ring doorbell chime

    Chime works good, you can adjust the volume from the ring app. Setup and connection was really easy. Blue light lets you know it is connected to your WiFi and ring doorbell

    Jan 29, 2021 13:17
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    Google
    Google - Nest Doorbell (Wired) Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell
    Description

    Nest Doorbell (Wired) lets you know who’s there, so you never miss a thing. It replaces your existing wired doorbell and delivers HD video and bright, crisp images, even at night. It’s designed to show you everything at your doorstep — people head to toe or packages on the ground. And with 24/7 streaming, you can check in anytime. Or go back and look at a 3-hour snapshot history to see what happened.*

    12 Features
  • Manage your doorbell with the Nest mobile app.: Receive alerts, view the live video feed and speak with your visitor all from your smartphone.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity.: Use your home network to easily sync your doorbell to your smartphone or tablet.
  • Add a Nest Aware subscription.: Starting at $6 a month for all your Nest cameras, speakers, and displays. Nest Aware gives you more video history and alerts that matter.
  • HDR video resolution.: 4:3 HD video designed to show people head to toe and HDR video shows sharp details even in bright and dark areas.
  • 24/7 streaming.: Check in anytime and view a 3-hour snapshot history to see what you missed.
  • Familiar faces customized alerts.: Can recognize packages and familiar faces, then send a special alert.**
  • Installation and compatibility.: Nest Doorbell (Wired) requires a wired doorbell (16V AC–24V AC), chime and a 10VA transformer.
  • Your video stays safe in the cloud.: We encrypt our connections. Keep data safe and private. And we work hard to protect your information.
  • Night vision.: Features 850 nm infrared LEDs.
  • What's in the box.: A Chime connector, 15° wedge, release tool, masonry drill bit, window decal, wall plate, extension wires, wall anchors, screws and a Quick Start Guide are all included.
  • Say hello, even when you can’t.: HD Talk and Listen reduces ambient noise so visitors come through loud and clear. And when you can’t answer, quick responses let you reply to visitors with different prerecorded messages.
  • Never miss a visitor or a delivery.: More intelligent alerts. Get an alert when someone’s at the door or when a package is on your doorstep*.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by HarvickFan, 10 out of 10
    Best Video Doorbell on the Market

    If you are looking for a video doorbell, this is the one you need to get. I have used other video doorbells and the NEST HELLO is by far the best one I have ever seen.

    Installation is extremely easy. Nest Hello needs to be wired in order to stay powered on to deliver 24/7 streaming, so if you don’t have a current wired doorbell, you would have to have the wiring installed by an electrician first. If you have a wired doorbell, chances are it would be compatible with Nest Hello, but the first thing you need to do is make sure. On the Nest website, they have a great compatibility checker and instructions to help you find out if the Hello will work for you. Nest Hello needs to be powered by wires delivering 16- 24 VAC, and at least 10 VA. Once you have confirmed that Hello will work with your wiring, they give you everything in the box to get up and running. If you don’t feel comfortable installing yourself, you can hire a Nest Pro through their website, but honestly installation can be done by anyone that can follow step by step instructions and operate a screwdriver and drill. Nest gives you all the instructions you need, in both a YouTube video and the Nest App. So even if you’re not “handy”, trust me you can install this.

    The area where my doorbell is, it sits on a piece of trim that’s very narrow and is right next to brick. Nest includes a 15-degree wedge piece that helps mount the doorbell in tight spots and helps improve the camera angle/view when right next to obstructions. The Hello is much narrower than competing doorbells, so you should have an easy time mounting it just about anywhere. I had the doorbell unboxed and installed in about 45 mins. A lot of that time was spent trying to find the breaker the doorbell wiring was on.

    I also have the Nest Outdoor cam, so I already have the Nest app and account. If you don’t, you need to sign up for a Nest account through the Nest app. It’s super fast and easy. In my app I just needed to click “Add Product” and the app did the rest. Walked me through all the installation instructions, and once it recognized the doorbell, it automatically assigned all my Wi-Fi settings to it. I can’t emphasize how simply it was to install.

    The video quality is amazing. The video is up to 1600 x 1200 @ 30fps (you can set the video quality to Low/Med/High depending on your preference and bandwidth) and is 4:3 aspect. It is H.264 encoded and has HDR, and has 160 degree field of view. The 4:3 aspect was interesting. I’m used to viewing video through my other cameras at 16:9, but having the 4:3 on the doorbell is perfect. You can see everything. This aspect ratio is perfect for a doorbell camera. I was super impressed with the overall quality of the video. Crystal clear and full of color and sharpness. The night vision is the best I’ve seen on any outdoor camera. The audio is also very clear and bright, and the two way talk works incredibly well.

    Notifications are instantaneous when someone pushed the button, and if they don’t and only trigger the motion sensor, the notification still comes to the phone super fast, much faster than I’ve experienced with other doorbells and even some outdoor stand alone wifi cameras. And like with their other cameras, the Hello can be configured with trigger zones of activity in front and around the camera field of view, so you can fine tune when you get notified of activity.

    Familiar faces is a game changer. The doorbell will zoom in on the person’s face ringing your doorbell, and then ask you through the app if you recognize them or not. If you do, you can save that face (the doorbell takes a series of facial images in a burst) and name it, so that the next time that same person comes to the door, the app will let you know who is at the door. It is amazing. And if you have Google smart home products like the Google Home, it will announce who is at the door alongside your doorbell chime.

    I had been waiting for this doorbell since Google and Nest announced it, and it has not disappointed. It is by far the best video doorbell on the market in my opinion.

    Mar 21, 2018 17:05
  • Review by gadgetguy11, 10 out of 10
    Stunning Video with Google Home Support

    I upgraded our home security cameras in 2018 from Drop Cam Pro to Nest Indoor IQ & Outdoor IQ Cameras with Facial Recognition & Familiar Face Alerts. I was thrilled to learn about "Hello", a smart doorbell with the same features when Nest announced it last Fall. It is even better than I had hoped!

    THE GREAT:

    1- Ridiculously SHARP Image! Show this to your friends who own the "other" smart doorbell - and catch their mouth - open disbelief when they see the clear image without the delay! I attached an image captured from my front porch.

    2- Facial Recognition works!

    3- Familiar Face Alert works!

    4- Beautiful integration with Google Home. When anyone presses the doorbell button, all Google Home devices announce "Someone is at the front door!", at the same time their photo appears on your cellphone. Once you enter the guest's name as a Familiar Face on the app, the doorbell will announce them by name at the door! "Hello" even announces the names of multiple guests.

    5- Perfect Nest integration with all Nest Cameras. Even shares the Familiar Faces with the master library that includes all Nest IQ Outdoor & Indoor Cameras & pulls faces from that established library & vice versa.

    6- Optional Aluminum 15 degree angled wedge allows you to point doorbell away from a wall. See my photos showing this in use & showing the resulting image.

    7- Microphone is very sensitive & picks up whispers!

    8- Best looking Smart Doorbell on the market.

    9- Includes push-on quick connects to simplify installation.

    10- Video compression is selectable with 4) settings, 800 to 2,000 Kbps of upload bandwidth. This is a huge benefit: select the highest quality / lowest compression for the best quality image if your WiFi can support the bandwidth. On the other extreme, select the low end (800 Kbps) to use less WiFi bandwidth - or 2 levels in between. Nest IQ Cameras share this great benefit.

    11- Easy installation with YouTube Video & photos make this a fun and quick install, whether you have ever installed a doorbell before.

    12- Masonry drill bit is included if you need to drill into brick or stone.

    13- 1600 X 1200 DPI HD UXGA image, up to 30 Frames / Second, H.264 encoding & HDR.

    14- Ultra wide 160 Degree diagonal field of view. Very wide, very high floor to ceiling to see packages on the porch, all clear with an 8X zoom.

    15- Speaker quality is sharp and clear. It does not sound like a tin horn.

    16- Narrower than most smart doorbells allows placement in tight quarters. Dimensions: 4.6" Tall X 1.7" W X 1.0" Deep. The 1.7" width was a big help for me. See my photos of the installation.

    17- Works with any doorbell transformer measuring 10V to 24 V.

    18- Brightest IR for Night Vision that really lights up a large area without the extreme red IR used by lesser cameras. These are 850nm infrared LED's, same as on Nest IQ Cameras. 850nm LEDs produce a very slight red glow when operating, which is visible to the human eye.

    19- Other Nest products set up "Hello" doorbell for you! They literally do all of the Wi-Fi settings, even the password. It took about 30 seconds for another Nest product to set everything up!

    20- The delay that has been an issue with other doorbells can be greatly reduced or even eliminated on "Hello". See point # 10 "Video Compression" in this review. The 4) selectable quality settings can be used to reduce bandwidth requirement, which greatly reduces the "spinning wheel" & makes the visitor pop up faster after a guest rings the doorbell.

    THE LESS THAN GREAT:

    Absolutely NONE!! Hello is a Great security & convenience appliance.

    CONCLUSION:

    Nest "Hello" raises the bar for Smart Doorbells to a level unattainable by any competitor today & earns my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!

    Mar 19, 2018 20:01
  • Review by Bestcousinever, 8 out of 10
    Good but unsure about how it does in bad weather

    As seen in the photographs the installation location for this doorbell is exposed to outside weather (a row home with an uncovered/unprotected entrance) and I'm not sure how long this item will last as its IPX 4 weather resistance rating isn't very high. I will raise my rating to 5 stars if it survives a full winter when it will be hit with ice and snow.

    Since installation I am being very careful when cleaning the camera after pollen and rain. I did add an aftermarket vinyl protector and it seems to help.

    As far as any negative things so far:

    - The microphone picks up way to much wind noise.

    - I do wish I could angle the camera down a small amount but in all fairness no video doorbell manufacturer makes such an adapter. I know some folks have used a washer on the top screw to achieve this but as my installation is fully exposed to weather I didn't feel comfortable with this approach.

    Apr 25, 2021 14:57
  • Review by xKing, 10 out of 10
    Best Video doorbell system I ever had!

    I tried a couple other doorbell systems before, but Nest Hello just blew my mind! They really fixed a lot of problems other door bells have.

    Let's start with installation:

    Nest web site does have a quick compatibility check tool that you should use to verify your existing door bell is compatible.

    Nest tells you in the manual that you have to install the supplied "power pack" or "chime connector" next to your chime, however if you have 2 indoor chimes - you'll need to find your door bell transformer and install the connector there. Just make sure you have both wires going to your chimes connected to the "chime connector" as Nest recommends - red wires from the chimes to the dark wire on the connector and white wires from the chimes to the white wire on the "connector", then the other two wires on the connector (transformer side with 2 push-in couplings), red wire to the transformer, white wire to the white wire going to the door bell button, red wire from the door bell button to the other tap of the transformer.

    Pay attention to the transformer you have, if it's only a 10VA one - I strongly recommend getting 30VA version, it's inexpensive but will guarantee plenty of power for your door bell system even if you have 2 chimes.

    When it came to the actual physical installation of the door bell - I found that my existing holes I had for the standard NuTone button did actually match Nest Hello's mounting holes perfectly so I did not had to drill into the brick. That was a major install time saving!

    Can you install Nest Hello if you don't currently have a wired chime? Sure - if you can run a wire to it! Just don't hookup anything to the "chime" side of the "chime connector" and make sure to insulate the leads.

    Once physical install is complete - follow directions in the app to setup your account, name the door bell, etc.

    What happens when someone comes to your door?

    First of all - Nest Hello has a white ring around the button that starts glowing - indicating that person's presense has been noticed and prompting them to push the button. Once the button is pressed - chimes sound instantly in the house (unlike the other door bell system I tried that had a second delay), and within 1-2 seconds you'll get a push notification on your phone/watch/tablet - every device you've got setup for that.

    There is where the main difference comes into play - push notification from Nest would actually have a short 2 second clip in it clearly showing you the person! (It's not like you have to open up the app and wait 4-5 seconds for the video to come up and by that time they are gone like with the other door bells I had). You would also be given 3 choices of pre-recorded phrases: "We'll be right there", "You can leave it" and "No one can come to the door right now, but we are notified of your visit".

    If you happen to have a Google Home in your house - it could also announce that "Someone is at the door" or even mention person's name if Nest Hello recognized the person as "familiar face".

    You still get notified if visitor did not push the button and just walked away as well.

    Nest Hello does work with the 3rd party apps but would just show up as a regular Nest camera.

    Overall - it's a very positive experience and I'm finally feel like I have a smart door bell, not something I have to wait 10-15 seconds just to show me my empty porch.

    Nest Hello's picture quality is very nice and night vision works perfect. With plenty of installation options and a very good app response time - this makes Nest Hello the best door bell system on the market at this time!

    Mar 20, 2018 12:17
  • Review by Paul, 8 out of 10
    Awesome Upgrade

    My house has a massive screen door on it that blocks the use of the peep hole, so a doorbell like this was more for security reasons and less for smart home functionality. However, this is a great option for a smart door bell.

    Pros:

    1. Clean audio and crisp HD video. The most important feature of a smart doorbell is the camera and audio, the wide angle of this camera helps pick up the entire entry way to my house as well as the door so you can see as people enter/exit. Great!

    2. Customizability: probably a feature of all smart doorbells, but you can actually turn the chime off and just receive notifications on your phone! huge bonus when we just had a newborn that we don't want to disturb!

    3. Google. i'm a huge google fan and being the largest ecosystem of products just means your future-proofing yourself as the smart home universe evolves

    4. Design: obviously a subjective metric, but i love the style of this. i also paired it with an elago Wall Plate for even cleaner look

    5. Easy-ish install. if you've ever replaced a light switch in your house, this is pretty much as easy as that. Figure out what fuse your bell is on, locate the transformer, and you're good to go. Google also has a great video on the YT

    6. "Plug and Play" Packaging: the system comes with a drill bit, screws, and wall anchors for mounting the doorbell.

    Cons:

    1. Sloppy-ish Install: living in arizona, our homes are textured stucco on the outside. the non-flat surface makes mounting this somewhat difficult. also, the hole pattern for the bell is only slightly larger than the diameter of the standard round doorbell that comes on every house. This meant the wall anchors did not grip well. also the bell was too narrow to cover the hole left behind the original doorbell. i opted for lag bolts and the above mentioned elango Wall Plate. If you already have the bolts, the wall plate is less than $15 and makes for a much more professional install.

    2. Still too soon integration: yes, you're future-proofing yourself by going with google, but the Nest Hello is still not fully integrated with the Google Home app, which seems to be the main hub app for Google going forward. This means there's not too much integration with the rest of your smart home. However, this will probably not be in issue in 5 years. let's face it, this is a set it and forget it type of product

    3. Runs a little hot: can't compare with other bells, because i did not try any, but it will be a little warm to touch. not that it's a risk to you but if you have anything you don't want heating up, keep it a little clear. Also concerned how this will fare in the AZ summer, so we'll see

    4. Responsiveness of alerts: with any doorbell system there is going to be a slight delay between a live action at the front door and the system notifying you. Same goes for you speaking to the visitors if you use that feature from your phone. This can be annoying to some people but comes with the territory

    All in all, great device, well worth it, wouldn't replace it.

    May 25, 2020 09:36
  • Review by chapin2018, 10 out of 10
    better then ring cameras

    I like this brand more the ring because the video recording its continue and you can see everything all the time

    the only problem its the cloud fees

    you have to pay 5 for 5 days and 10 for 10 days and 30 for 30 days of video cloud

    with ring cameras just 10 dollars for all cameras

    Jan 05, 2019 13:20
  • Review by BostonBru, 10 out of 10
    Myriad of reasons why this is the best

    The Nest Hello doorbell is very similar to compete video doorbells on the market. In order to really be a factor for consumers, its going to have to be clearly better than anything else out there.

    This is clearly better than anything out there. First of all, it looks great. I love how much it looks like a doorbell, and not a giant camera mounted where your doorbell should be. The lines are very clean.

    The camera itself produces higher quality video than any of the competitors at more than 1080/FHD. It shows to as the images that it provides are crystal clear. It also performs exceptionally well in low light conditions. I can see 30 - 50 feet away from the door using only the IR lights and all the way to the street with my main door lights on (they're about 20 feet away from the entryway I mounted the doorbell).

    If you haven't used a Nest product before, know that the Nest ecosystem is amazing. Nest is by far the best Android app I've seen as far as design and "just working" I have had issues in the past with the Nest website on a computer but the Android app is amazing, and this product features even greater customization than the Nest cameras if you're familiar with those.

    The Google Assistance integration is nice, I like that every Google Assistance device can be an additional door chime for me.

    Where things get cool is with the integrated facial recognition technology, so you can start your own database of known faces and let your doorbell announce for you who is waiting. I personally didn't opt to use the feature, but I can see how useful it would be. And if you have the Aware account to store video its included as part of that.

    The one relatively minor complaint I had is that the doorbell does not include a mounting bracket adapter for installation against vinyl siding. As a result I have about a 10 degree tilt to the doorbell, which looks a little funny since I do have the 15 degree swivel mounted so the video feed is centered in the portico. I will plan on placing a block cut-out in the siding and remounting in the spring.

    I found the installation pretty straightforward. The additional component that installs to the chime was a little bit of a hindrance, but no big deal overall.

    Mar 19, 2018 11:07
  • Review by Pech, 10 out of 10
    Nest doorbell

    I love it because I can stay in the Google family. Be sure you double check if you need an extender I had to get one but once I got it I love the angles that I am able to capture.

    Apr 30, 2021 17:53
  • 9.4score
    Ring - Video Doorbell 4 - Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell - Wired/Battery Operated - Satin Nickel
    Description

    Video Doorbell 4 is the upgraded doorbell camera with improved video previews that works on any home. Video Doorbell 4 features improved battery life and performance, enhanced dual-band Wi-Fi, a quick-release battery for easy recharging, and Quick Replies. And with improved Pre-Roll - a 4-second color video preview of motion events before they trigger an alert - you'll never miss a moment at your front door.

    10 Features
  • Works with Alexa: You can hear audio announcements when anyone presses the doorbell or triggers the motion sensors.
  • Ring app: Receive alerts, accept live video feed, and talk to your visitor from your smartphone.
  • Pre-Roll function: Features a 4-second color video preview of motion events before they trigger an alert.
  • Night vision with sharp contrast: Lets you monitor what matters most - day or night.
  • Advanced motion detection: Customize your motion zone settings to focus on the areas you need to protect.
  • Wired/battery-operated: Powered by a removable, rechargeable battery pack or connects to existing doorbell wires for constant power.
  • Versatile smartphone compatibility: Supports select Apple iOS and Android devices.
  • HD video and two-way talk: With 1080p HD video and two-way talk, see, hear, and speak to people from your phone, tablet, or select Alexa enabled devices.
  • Easy mounting: Replace your existing doorbell with the included installation tools and screws.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: Use your home network to easily synchronize your doorbell with your smartphone or tablet.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by mcbbg, 10 out of 10
    Super fast, love color pre-roll.

    I'd previously owned the Ring doorbell Pro and it was mediocre at best. I left it when I sold my last home. Wanting the ability to view the front door from my Echo Shows (the best!! "Alexa, show me the side door"-boom! there it is!) I decided to give Ring try. I'm extremely happy with this unit. I get real time alerts--as in I hear the delivery truck and then almost immediately the ring. Images are clear (especially given the tunnel like location- see pics, audio is excellent, and I love the new color- pre roll. Will likely purchase another to replace an older Skybell that I'd far preferred to the Ring- up until now.

    Oct 04, 2021 08:57
  • Review by Zoey2010, 10 out of 10
    Affton Ring Doorbell

    It only came with a corner mounting plate, but I would have liked to have had a flat mounting plate. You could have included both in the package!

    Oct 29, 2021 15:59
  • Review by Honestopinion, 10 out of 10
    Great doorbell

    Very easy to install if you have an existing electric doorbell. ( two wires connected to your old doorbell). Has very clear video and audio. Many different options in settings. Works with Alexa and other Ring cameras. Highly recommended.

    Sep 03, 2021 15:44
  • Review by Jimbo, 10 out of 10
    Love the new Ring door bell version 4, worth it!

    Love the Ring Door Bell 4. Wanted to add a second Ring door bell to my first peep hole model and it did not disappoint. I also got the solar panel to go around the Ring 4 door bell to help keep the battery powered longer without having to recharge it. Works great and now I feel more secure.

    With crime on the increase once again having more security is a must to protect you and your property.

    Aug 09, 2021 09:10
  • Review by Babs, 6 out of 10
    Nice, but not very fast.

    I already had the Blink system, but it doesn't have a doorbell so I got the Ring. It is loud, but it doesn't notify me quickly when someone is standing by my front door and the range of the camera is blurry until the subject is about five or six feet from the doorbell. So without my Blink system, I wouldn't know anyone was walking toward my door. Ring does eventually let me know someone is by my front door. But I have to log on, get to the correct screen, etc., so by that time, someone could burst in and be standing in my living room. I like the Blink system's speed of notification and taping. The Ring doorbell would have a video of what is happening, but more after-the-fact. It also has Neighborhood, which gives a soft sound when something is happening at a neighbor's who has Ring, so I do know what is going on in my neighborhood. I may get the Ring with light and camera later, but for now, I am sticking with Blink with camera for both front and back yards. And Ring for the doorbell function.

    Sep 11, 2021 11:11
  • Review by Eyamach, 10 out of 10
    Ring Doorbell #4 Simply Awesome

    Our very first Ring Doorbell experience has been wonderful thus far! Installation was easy with user friendly instructions walking you through hardwiring with original standard doorbell. The Ring doorbell app easy for those not tech savvy. The ease of use and camera activity exceptional for first time Ring owners. Excellent picture quality and “pre-roll” an added bonus. No regrets on this Best Buy purchase!

    Sep 18, 2021 06:47
  • Review by ChrisC, 10 out of 10
    Love it. Going for the whole ring home system

    Spent some time determining which system I would go with cause if you buy one piece, your going to have to go with the whole brand down the line. Very happy with Ring system and the app isn’t clunky at all.

    As long as your home Wi-Fi is good enough you won’t have any problems. Also take your time setting up the devices settings or else’s the defaults might be triggering to frequently.

    Nov 02, 2021 19:23
  • Review by IRWIN, 10 out of 10
    Upgrade from original ring doorbell.

    I went from the original ring doorbell to this one. So much sharper and at night you can actually see beyond two feet. Glad I decided to upgrade even though I had to drill more holes in our faux rock siding and work around the new holes being so close to the old ones but not close enough that I could use the old holes. Guess with all progress, a little reingerneering must be made. ;-)

    Oct 08, 2021 16:01
  • 9.2score
    Ring - Video Doorbell 3 - Satin Nickel
    Description

    Meet our next-generation doorbell, upgraded with added security features to protect any home. With improved motion detection and enhanced wifi, you can keep an eye on what’s happening anytime, from anywhere. Adjust your motion zones to focus on key areas and send only the notifications you care about most. With Video Doorbell 3, you’ll be closer to home than ever before.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by EverettFamily, 10 out of 10
    We Love Our Ring Video Doorbell

    Tthe Ring Video Doorbell 3 has been a wonderful addition to our home. It allows me to see visitors on my cell phone before they get to our front door. It also allows me to talk to them while they stand there. My husband is a stroke victim and he likes to sit on the porch in his wheelchair. A few days ago I went shopping while he sat outside without his cell phone. My niece also has the Ring app. She spoke with him through the Ring video doorbell and he told her he wanted his phone. But, he couldn't get back in the house without assistance. She was able to contact the neighbor who went into our house and got the phone for him. We love it.

    Jan 22, 2021 18:18
  • Review by Necessary, 10 out of 10
    Keeping an eye on what’s important

    This item was purchased due to my family’s vehicles being vandalized/keyed up so it had helped with identifying the possible suspect. This product works well and it shows you to see what’s happening with in your neighborhood.

    Jan 19, 2021 14:01
  • Review by Kimmy, 10 out of 10
    Awesome!

    Love it! Now I can see who is in my driveway and if I want to talk to them I can and if I don't I don't. That's very very nice to have. And also records so you can have a record of certain things that happen if you need them.

    Dec 05, 2020 17:47
  • Review by BigMac, 10 out of 10
    Loving it

    I really enjoyed the ring doorbell except my mind at ease the best purchase I made all year

    Oct 23, 2020 20:16
  • Review by Shaina, 10 out of 10
    Gift

    Gift for daughter. She loves it.

    Her daughter has been ill. This way first

    Responders can get in to give aud when needed.

    Jan 08, 2021 20:07
  • Review by Ringdoorbell3, 6 out of 10
    Night vision

    Not satisfied very bed night version

    I will upload 2 pictures one is the one I have from ADT and the 2nd one is from ring 3

    Jul 28, 2021 20:11
  • Review by Kiki, 10 out of 10
    Great Camera

    This is my first video camera. It was super ez to connect. Took 5 minutes. The picture quality is AWSOME. I connected the chime pro to it and it's loud. I don't have alot of delays like some stated. It's pretty much accurate and on point. I was able to link it to my Alexa device. I had problems with people stealing packages so hopefully this will deter them from doing so because I made my camera visible.

    Aug 16, 2020 11:29
  • Review by sturner1972, 10 out of 10
    Check the height

    Easy to install and use, however, the directions strongly suggest hanging it 48” above the ground. I did that and when someone comes to the door, it cuts off their head in the video. I should have hung it higher. We drilled holes in the mortar of my bricks, so to move it would leave holes showing.

    Aug 14, 2021 09:03
  • 9.2score
    Ring - Chime Pro - White
    Description

    Chime Pro brings you three-in-one: flexibility, reliability and convenience. Hear notifications anywhere in your home. Extend your WiFi signal to boost the network for all your compatible Ring Video Doorbells and Cams. And enjoy a built-in automatic nightlight for added peace of mind. Customize the sound you hear with classic and seasonal tones or designate a quiet time by snoozing your alerts. Add Chime Pro throughout your home to avoid Wi-Fi dead spots for compatible Ring devices and never miss a visitor or alert. Plus, the sleek design blends right into any room.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Golf4dee, 10 out of 10
    CHIME for RING Doorbell

    I purchased an extra Chime for my bedroom. Great sound! I’m in a wheelchair, it takes me a few extra minutes to get to the door. With RING I can see who is at the door. Great product!!

    Feb 05, 2021 19:37
  • Review by Estarr, 10 out of 10
    Xhime pro review

    The chime pro is loud and notifies you when your bell is rang or there's motion near any cameras its connected to. Works great

    Dec 29, 2020 14:29
  • Review by Ritaboo, 10 out of 10
    It work for me

    I was skeptical about buying, but after moving it to different places in my home to get a better connection I'm sold it does work.

    Jan 01, 2021 17:16
  • Review by NickyT, 10 out of 10
    I love it!!

    I got this increase connectivity to my ring floodlight that’s on my garage. I plugged it in my kitchen and set up was super easy. I also love that it plays alerts from my doorbell as well. I totally recommend.

    Jul 25, 2021 06:36
  • Review by JayWT, 10 out of 10
    My Chime Pro

    I replaced my old chime pro for the newer version. I loved the older one also, but I liked this one because it's slimmer and it has a night light built-in. It was very easy to install and it works great! My ring doorbell is connected to it and the signal shows a better connection than the older version. Love my Ring products!

    Aug 28, 2021 06:36
  • Review by Paul, 10 out of 10
    Amazing plug in doorbell

    Easy plug and play. Set up on the Ring app is effortless. Doorbell volume can be adjusted and is very crisp! The nightlight led is an add bonus.

    Jan 08, 2021 16:08
  • Review by Robert, 10 out of 10
    WiFi extender solution

    Needed to extend my WiFi to a Ring spotlight camera above the garage when it failed to connect because of its remote location. This unit not only extended my WiFi system to this unit but it also added a unique ring tone alert to the Ring Doorbell. It’s was a great add to my surveillance system.

    Dec 18, 2020 19:09
  • Review by gi22511, 10 out of 10
    Ring Chime Pro

    I installed this Chime Pro for upstairs to sync with my ring doorbell, it several sound options, also it's a wifi extender, simply a brilliantly idea.

    May 15, 2021 10:58
  • 9.2score
    Ring - Wi-Fi Video Doorbell - Wired + Chime - Black
    Description

    Answer the door from anywhere with this Ring small wired doorbell camera. It includes all the essentials - HD video and two-way talk, advanced motion detection, real-time alerts sent straight to your phone, Alexa device or Ring Chime, so you'll always know when someone stops by.

    11 Features
  • Works with Alexa: You can hear audio announcements when anyone presses the doorbell or triggers the motion sensors.
  • Ring Chime hard bundle: Connect to the included Ring Chime to hear audio notifications throughout your home. Note: the doorbell will not sound on existing home wired chime.
  • Ring app: Receive alerts, accept live video feed, and talk to your visitor from your smartphone.
  • Night vision with sharp contrast: Lets you monitor what matters most - day or night.
  • Advanced motion detection: Customize your motion zone settings to focus on the areas you need to protect.
  • Wired power: Comes hardwired using existing doorbell wiring for nonstop power.
  • Versatile smartphone compatibility: Supports select Apple iOS and Android devices.
  • HD video and two-way talk: With 1080p HD video and two-way talk, see, hear, and speak to people from your phone, tablet, or select Alexa-enabled devices.
  • Easy mounting: Replace your existing doorbell with the included installation tools and screws.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: Use your home network to easily synchronize your doorbell with your smartphone or tablet.
  • Power: Requires an existing doorbell system, Ring plug-in adapter or transformer for power supply (10-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60Hz,or 24VDC, 0.5A, 12W)
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Jamesmedia, 10 out of 10
    Ring protection worth it.

    Love it. Family wanted one so I got this for them as a gift. They love love it

    Aug 03, 2021 12:28
  • Review by Blastech, 10 out of 10
    Nice security camera

    Works good, haven’t had any issues. Picks up motion nicely and always alerts quickly.

    Jun 12, 2021 01:43
  • Review by rntbot, 10 out of 10
    Easy to install!

    Excellent value! I can’t believe I wanted this long to purchase the ring doorbell. This is an excellent value for both items. I like the wired version, don’t have to worry about batteries. Another excellent feature is the syncing with my Alexa devices. I feel much more secure with these items. If you’re on the fence, take the plunge, you won’t be disappointed!

    Aug 27, 2021 17:40
  • Review by ODINSON, 10 out of 10
    INSTALL HELP

    This cam is great!!! this one is made for out buildings and small apartment’s

    Word to the wise if you look at the bad reviews, dont believe them. do not over torque mounting screws for door bell, it will cause case to break its weather seal, do not install pig tails, direct wire it at door bell and indoor hard wire chime, use jumper that goes to indoor hard wire chime, do not bridge hard wire indoor chime so that it still works, it will cause wireless chime and cam not to work right.

    will not work on wifi6 or wifi6e router or mesh, unless systems have guest wireless accounts that u can set too wpa-wpa2 and guest network’s need to be able to see whole network.

    last after program make sure to set static route for door beel and chime in case of power outage.

    Sep 11, 2021 21:53
  • Review by RINGmountedatmydoor, 10 out of 10
    RING Doorbell

    Great item at an even better price. Once installed, it has performed as advertised. Highly recommended.

    Aug 20, 2021 16:29
  • Review by CoryS, 8 out of 10
    Excellent Angle and Image for Day and Night

    The camera image far exceeds expectations. Hardware installation was pretty straightforward except that I had to use some spare outdoor trim to create an "L" trim piece to cover the wires from the old ringer to the Ring Camera in order to mount it on the edge of the brick wall the door frames attached to -- because the dollar is set back into the brickwork by 2.5 inches. The software took a couple of tries to set up. The UCP code image would not connect to the correct web address so I just typed things in myself and hunted down the APP on the Android Apps tool. The only reason I did not give it a Five Star is that it doesn't appear that I can access the App when I'm outside of the home internet network. It doesn't or won't use my phone's data plan to access the internet and thus my Ring Door camera. That was something I wanted this thing to do -- otherwise --- pretty neat.

    Oct 17, 2021 19:26
  • Review by MirriB, 8 out of 10
    Just a doorbell.

    I have already purchased doorbells previously and I like the doorbells a lot, but I hate the set up process. I really dislike the fact that I have to put in about 12, I’m exaggerating, verification codes before I can even use either the website or the app. I look forward to Ring and Amazon changing this process in the near future. The reason for the four stars I believe there is 100% a place for improvement on all of their doorbells. Pretty much needed this doorbell to see who was coming to and from a secondary property.

    Nov 01, 2021 18:58
  • Review by BZSubmaximal, 8 out of 10
    Hmm, I can see the problem now...

    Once the Ring device is up and properly mounted, its great. Installation? not as simple as it seems. This model requires a specific (2021) wedge kit. It take a bit of searching(on Ring website) to find. Once you find the specific wedge kit(on Ring or other websites) its a breeze.

    This model does not have battery back-up. But hint...If you have a Model with Battery Back-up....the Ring still connects to your home wi-fi network(that is now "down" due to power outage) Once that goes down, the Battery back up is of limited benefit. So this Model is a great value, even with its lack of battery back up.

    Sep 20, 2021 12:52
  • 9.2score
    eufy - Security Smart Wi-Fi Add On Video Doorbell 2K - Black
    Description

    The eufy Security Add On Video Doorbell 2K is a Battery-Powered video doorbell with 2K resolution and no monthly fees. Get instant alerts for anyone who approaches, even if they do not press the doorbell. *Requires Homebase 2 to operate - not included*

    4 Features
  • 2.5x the Clarity: The built-in Sony 2K sensor and professional-grade lens allow you to view activity in picture-perfect resolution. See visitors in sharp detail as they approach your door.
  • No Monthly Fee: Designed to protect your home as well as your wallet, eufy Security products are one-time purchases that combine security with convenience. All your data is stored locally meaning you will never have to pay for cloud storage.
  • Dual Power Options: The increased 4:3 Aspect Ratio ensures you get a head-to-toe view of anyone who approaches and gives you the perfect viewing angle every time.
  • Next-Level Detection: Have total control over what is detected through the use of the motion sensor, smart human detection, and activity zones. Receive real-time alerts when anyone approaches so that you never miss a delivery or keep guests waiting.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Samantha, 8 out of 10
    Battery life is rough if you live in a busy area.

    I did quite a bit of research on doorbells and security cams before deciding to go with Eufy. We mostly went with it because we're not into the cloud and we like the concept of a home base.

    The video quality is great, we like the IR night vision. It's pretty snappy at sending motion alerts, although if you have it set to human detection only, it takes an extra 2-3 seconds. The setup was surprisingly easy, we setup two of their 2C cameras along with this. Overall we love the system and highly recommend it.

    The only downside is that setting up an activity zone and turning on human detection only makes it change when it starts recording and sends you a notification. The motion sensor senses all motion regardless. Unfortunately we live on a super busy street with a ton of cars and lots of people walking up and down the sidewalk. We get barely 2 weeks of use on the battery before it's dead. The cameras in our backyard are still about 85% after a month and that's even with one of them going off constantly when the afternoon sun casts a lot of shadows (we have those set to record all motion).

    We're looking into running wires through a window or getting the Eufy solar panel because it's just not practical to have the doorbell dying that often. Everything else about this entire system is 5-stars for us, but the battery life estimate is SO off that it's hard to rate it that high.

    Sep 07, 2021 12:07
  • Review by SPiV, 8 out of 10
    Decent doorbell for price

    Pretty happy with the eufy doorbell. I would say getting the 2K is definitely worth it. Anything with lower quality would make it less useful as a security device. I also think this is better than the wired version in that in can be installed both ways (wired or battery). Hopefully eufy will start streamlining their product lineup a little, because they have been all over the place with very little consistency.

    Nov 04, 2021 10:28
  • Review by Lamchowder, 8 out of 10
    Great except for one thing...

    The quality is good and all with really nothing to complain except for one thing. The 2-4 seconds delay of the motion sensor is kind of a big bummer. When I watch the video again, the person at my door is already at the door and not approaching the door.

    May 07, 2021 20:09
  • Review by moontheloon, 8 out of 10
    Christmas Shopping

    I expected a plug in ringer with this item. I was mistaken. I also havent used this item yet because its a Christmas gift.

    Oct 29, 2021 18:55
  • Review by OlderDad, 10 out of 10
    Breeze

    I had the cameras first, and this added in nicely. It works well and setup was a breeze.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:44
  • Review by FnF1to8, 10 out of 10
    Much better than Ring!

    I'm glad I chose to go with this doorbell. I initially tried the Ring doorbell, but wasn't happy with how it seemed to miss a lot of motion activities. But the Eufy is significantly better, and picks up all motion.

    Jun 27, 2021 12:55
  • Review by AZSoccerDad, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely love it should have bought years ago!

    Absolutely love it wish I had bought this years ago!

    Sep 13, 2021 12:52
  • Review by Mike17032, 10 out of 10
    Allows local storage

    This is a great alternative to other cloud bases systems when paired with their base station, as it allows local storage.

    May 30, 2021 19:07
  • 9.2score
    Ring - Video Doorbell Pro 2 Smart WiFi Video Doorbell Wired - Satin Nickel
    Description

    Quality wired doorbell camera with advanced security features. Video Doorbell Pro 2 delivers enhanced 1536p HD head-to-toe video, HD two-way talk, 3D motion detection, and built-in Alexa Greetings that answer the door for you.

    12 Features
  • Works with Alexa: Hear Alexa announcements when anyone presses the doorbell or triggers the motion sensors.
  • Built-in Alexa Greetings: Lets your doorbell greet anyone who stops by, gives customizable delivery instructions, and records detailed video messages, all on its own.
  • Ring app: Receive alerts, accept live video feed, and talk to your visitor via your smartphone.
  • 3D motion detection: Customize motion zones up to 30' away to know exactly when and where someone's stepped onto your property.
  • Advanced motion settings: Get more precise motion-activated alerts on your phone, tablet, or PC, and customize your motion zone settings to focus on the areas you need to protect.
  • Bird's Eye View: You can get an aerial look at motion events around your front yard to see where visitors went or if someone's around.
  • Wired power: Comes hardwired using existing doorbell wiring for nonstop power.
  • Versatile smartphone compatibility: Supports select Apple iOS and Android devices.
  • HD Video and Two-Way Talk: Its 1536p HD Video and Head-to-Toe view let you see more of visitors and check in on packages around your doorstep.
  • Easy mounting: Replace your existing doorbell with the included installation tools and screws.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: Use your home network to easily synchronize your doorbell with your smartphone or tablet.
  • Quick Replies: Enables you to answer the door with preset responses, or save time and ask visitors to leave a message with just a few taps.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by kvanwright, 10 out of 10
    Great Buy

    I love my doorbell! Great video quality and even came with a corner kit, which comes in handy because of where my doorbell faces.

    Jul 24, 2021 11:49
  • Review by Nursepoppins, 10 out of 10
    Worth the money

    Definitely an upgrade from Ring 2! Simple to install everything you need is included.

    Oct 08, 2021 17:23
  • Review by ArloM, 8 out of 10
    Great but I want local storage & faster alerts

    The camera on this thing is pretty good and the install was easy enough but I also ended up having to upgrade my transformer to get enough power to my chime. Take that into account if you buy one of these. Also after living with this for a few months I ended up paying the subscription fee for the video recording which is great but I wish I could record locally. Finally I have found that because like other cameras the whole system depend on the alerts first going to the Ring servers then my phone that there is a noticeable lag in the time the person arrives to the door and when I am notified. Not a big deal but some people won't want guests to wait to be acknowledged.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:08
  • Review by Dustin, 10 out of 10
    Good videodoor bell.

    Great picture and video.

    I wish it would load faster, but this may be an app and phone issue.

    I also wish ring was seamless integrated with more door locks.

    Compared with others on the market, this is by far the best.

    Nov 15, 2021 20:30
  • Review by Christy, 10 out of 10
    Great video doorbell as always

    This is my third purchase of a ring doorbell (no fault of ring - I keep moving). It works great and I am very happy with it

    Dont forget to check your transformer before you let anyone hook it up! Had an electrician do it this time around and he failed to check - it became very HOT to the touch!!! Didnt expect that from too little power, but that seems to have been the problem. It was fine as soon as I put the right type of transformer on.

    Aug 07, 2021 17:30
  • Review by Donnito, 10 out of 10
    Works well

    Worked out better than I thought.

    My entryway where my doorbell button is small so the wall is at a 90 degree angle to my front door.I used the corner mount and with the wide angle of the camera I can view the entire entryway. The adjustments for sensitivity are pretty accurate also.

    They gave me a free faceplate by mail.

    Kinda pricey compared to the other Ring buttons but would still recommend

    May 31, 2021 14:23
  • Review by Pierre, 10 out of 10
    Great Ring

    Works great. Straight forward install. Updated transformer for it to work (Older home). Nice features. Make sure you have a fast internet connection/wireless router.

    Nov 23, 2021 22:13
  • Review by Jerry, 10 out of 10
    Provides a sense of security!

    Super easy to install! I found out that i had to change my doorbell transformer. The house i just purchased is 24 years old and the transformer didn't provide the necessary volts required to power the doorbell.

    Oct 30, 2021 14:58
  • 9.2score
    Ring - Video Doorbell Elite - Satin Nickel
    Description

    Choose a professional-grade security doorbell. Use your phone, tablet or PC to answer your front door from anywhere. Even when you’re not home, this video doorbell will alert you, plus let you see, hear and talk to anyone on your property.

    8 Features
  • Optional premium services: Includes live streaming for all cameras. Choose Ring Protect plans starting at $3 per month per camera or Ring Protect Plus to cover unlimited Ring Cameras for a flat rate of $10 per month.
  • Download the free Ring app: See, hear and speak to people or pets. The app gives you instant mobile alerts and lets you answer the door even when you’re not at home. It works with iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices.
  • 1080HD video and 2-way talk: Live View gives you an on-demand look at your property, plus the built-in microphone and speakers let you listen and talk with 2-way audio.
  • Custom motion sensors and infrared night vision: Get instant alerts when motion is detected, day or night. Plus, you can create and customize your own motion zones.
  • Hardwired with power over ethernet: Get non-stop, reliable power. And easily connect the doorbell to standard junction boxes with a flush mount.
  • Lifetime purchase protection: Ring replaces stolen cameras, so you’ll always be covered.
  • Stay on top of local crime: Ring Neighborhoods lets you receive real-time crime alerts from your neighbors, so you can all work together to make your community a safer place.
  • Includes privacy features: such as customizable privacy zones and audio privacy, to focus only on what's relevant to you.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Guilhelin, 8 out of 10
    If you can install, get it.

    The product is amazing, great in every way. The only issue I had was how incredibly difficult it was to install and run wires seamlessly thru my wall.

    Aug 18, 2021 15:04
  • Review by WG26, 10 out of 10
    Expensive, but great solution.

    I installed a wireless, battery powered Ring 3 Plus on a side door with no existing doorbell when they were first released around April 2020. We liked it so much, we wanted another Ring doorbell at our front door, but because of a stone exterior at the front door, there was no flat surface to mount something like the Ring 3. We did have an old intercom speaker mounted in the wall that didn't work that well. I found an electrician who was able to fabricate a PVC plate to cover up the old intercom space and mount the Ring Elite in its place. It turned out great. II had a CAT 5 cable already in place for the intercom, so just had to put the appropriate connector onto the wire and plug it into the Ring Elite. Picture quality is great. No worries about batteries because the Elite gets power over the cable. And no issues with connectivity to the internet as with some of the wireless cameras. This doorbell connects instantly and has been rock solid.

    I wish Ring would come up with some better installation options for wired cameras. If you can get a CAT 5 cable to the camera, it does a great job.

    Sep 12, 2020 11:29
  • Review by Sctt, 2 out of 10
    Won’t last 2 years

    In less than 2 years the button breaks. It is made of very thin brittle plastic. The entire unit must be disassembled in order to replace the button. These are absolute junk.

    Dec 13, 2020 15:29
  • Review by Eric, 10 out of 10
    Ring Elite

    This is a great choice for a video doorbell. It has a wired Ethernet PoE connection, so no batteries or WiFi. Add as many Ring Chimes as you want throughout your house and you’re all set.

    This install may require a pro since you will need to fish wire in a wall and it is a more involved installation.

    Nov 24, 2021 07:39
  • Review by Floseph, 10 out of 10
    There’s a nice ring to it

    Excellent solution for having less things on your WiFi. Love how it can integrate and show up on other things like my fridge.

    My only gripe is that installation in an older home is not very fun. That however is not ring’s fault Very pleased with the purchase I recommend it.

    May 19, 2021 16:36
  • Review by Getbent, 8 out of 10
    buy the right version... names are misleading

    bought like 15 different versions of this and none of them worked properly. It is really important to make sure your electrician knows what they are doing and tells you which version of the doorbell is the correct one for your home.

    Feb 06, 2021 12:26
  • Review by vicmmm, 10 out of 10
    Great doorbell

    I had a skybell and it was slow and went off every time a car drove by. On this one you can set up where you would like it to look for motion and it works almost prefect. It does need a cat five to door location though.

    Dec 01, 2020 12:25
  • Review by Paul, 10 out of 10
    Great

    Great item works very well love how I can keep my family a little safer well I am at work

    Apr 28, 2021 09:07
  • 9.2score
    Ring - Video Doorbell Pro and Chime Pro Bundle - Satin Nickel
    Description

    Answer the door from anywhere and watch over your home in 1080HD video with Ring Video Doorbell Pro. You'll get mobile alerts when anyone comes to your door, so you can see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC. Easily connect it to your existing doorbell wiring for non-stop power and customize to your home with multiple faceplate options. And with Chime Pro you can extend the Wi-Fi signal from your router to your Ring devices, so you can eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones and stay online. It plugs into any standard power outlet and amplifies your alerts, so you can get Ring notifications in any room of your home - even if you're not near your phone.

    12 Features
  • Video Doorbell Pro + Chime Pro: Answer the door from anywhere and watch over your home in 1080HD video with Ring Video Doorbell Pro. With Chime Pro you can extend the Wi-Fi signal to your Ring devices, so you can eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones.
  • 1080HD video with live view: Monitor your property in HD video, and check-in on home at anytime with Live View on-demand video and audio.
  • Motion-activated alerts: Get alerts on your phone, tablet and PC when anyone presses your Doorbell or triggers the built-in motion sensors.
  • Two-way talk: Hear and speak to visitors from your mobile device using the built-in microphone and speakers with noise cancellation.
  • Advanced motion detection: Customize your motion zones to focus on the most important areas of your yard.
  • Non-stop power: Easily connects to existing doorbell wiring so you'll never have to charge a battery.
  • Interchangeable faceplates: Choose one of four complimentary faceplates to match your security to your home.
  • Real-time alerts: Connect Chime Pro to all your Ring devices to extend your Wi-Fi and hear alerts in any room of your home.
  • Versatile smartphone, Mac and Windows 10 compatibility: Works with select iOS, Android, Mac and Windows 10 devices.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz Wi-Fi. Makes it easy to link with your home wireless network.
  • Download the Ring app to view footage and receive alerts on your mobile device: You can keep an eye on your home and speak with visitors, all from a remote location.
  • Night vision: Infrared LEDs allow you to record footage, even in dim lighting.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Loren, 10 out of 10
    Best Doorbell Camera Ever!

    I rarely leave reviews, but this product is SO amazing that I just have to share my happiness with other people. After having the Skybell for over a year, we decided it was finally time to throw in the towel. We were always having constant issues with the Skybell's motion sensor... you could stand right in front of our doorbell camera, do jumping jacks, and it would record absolutely NOTHING! After many troubleshoots and a lot of frustration, we finally decided to exchange the Skybell for the Ring Doorbell and Chime Pro. Thank god for Best Buy's Geek Squad Protection. It allowed us to return the defective doorbell, and exchange it for this new MAGNIFICENT device. The audio and video on the Ring Pro is so clear and crisp. The motion sensor is amazing! It works, almost too good lol. Which I am not complaining about! You can adjust the sensitivity and select certain "zones" that you'd like to have motion picked up and recorded from. It comes with 4 different colored faceplates, that you can choose from to match the color of your home. It comes with 2 different wedge base plates to accommodate different angles for your front door, which we had to purchase separately when we had the Skybell. It comes with a masonry bit for easy installation into brick. The install and set up is so easy that a caveman can do it! Thank you again for making such an AMAZING product Ring! I will most certainly be adding more devices to our Ring family in the near future!

    Jul 11, 2020 12:27
  • Review by FentonLounge, 10 out of 10
    Pro is the way to go!

    I got both the ring doorbell 2 and this pro edition with chime .

    I was originally nervous about WiFi reaching the unit so that is why I got the chime bundle but I am getting great results without needing the chime !

    The camera has a fish eye lense that sees down the entire street even though the camera is facing straight . Night quality is great too!

    I am pleased . Only downfall is needing to subscribe to view recorded video . But I’m content with using the live view and motion settings and have no intention to pay a ridiculous service fee

    Dec 15, 2018 07:12
  • Review by cmouse, 10 out of 10
    Easy Set-Up, Quality Video

    This doorbell is so great! The ease of installation just blew me away. I am a woman in my thirties with very little electrical wiring experience and was able to remove my old doorbell, install the new one and have it all working in about 30 minutes' time. The app and directions walked me step by step through the process and it works perfectly. The performance of this doorbell is highly dependent on having a good wifi connection, so the Chime Pro really comes in handy to boost signal to avoid choppy video and frustration. The chime makes a pleasant sound when Ring senses movement in my designated motion zones. The four colors of faceplates included are an added bonus so you can color coordinate with your house color. I mounted this on a light fixture mounting block (found at Home Depot for $5) to get a nice flush installation. I really cannot say enough great things about this bundle. Don't wait!

    Nov 16, 2018 17:03
  • Review by Kensonct, 10 out of 10
    Love it!

    We have been thinking about adding the video doorbell, and after reading so many reviews online, we decided to go with this bundle when it was on sale for $199. We totally love it everything about it! Can't wait catch whoever letting their dogs poop on our yard/driveway and not cleaning up after them LOL One thing though, make sure your transformer is at least 16v and puts on 20VA. We had to correct that after ours keep losing power. After that, it was all solid with great power source. Great product!

    Dec 17, 2018 12:56
  • Review by ZMBPHD, 10 out of 10
    Ring Ding Dong!

    So, I bought the Ring doorbell because of my Samsung family hub refrigerator purchase. Though the refrigerator hasn't arrived yet, due to backorder, I have enjoyed the ring doorbell, tremendously!

    I didn't realize how much I would like the doorbell and how beneficial it is. 2020 has been difficult for many and its causing people to engage in more sinister acts.

    So, one of the features that I like is the notification I receive when a delivery person drops off a package. They don't always ring the doorbell, alerting me of a package delivery. So, getting a notification and a short motion video of the delivery person arriving and dropping off a package is absolutely great. This way, I can walk to the door and grab my package before a thief does. Its also great for when I'm not at home, as I can head home because something of value has been delivered

    I'm a Google home person, personally, but the RING doorbell came with an Amazon echo, for free. I set it up on my desk, so when I'm woeming from home and someone rings the doorbell, I can see who is at the door without having to get up and if I want I can talk to them from my desk, just incase its a solicitor. I really like that feature!

    This particular model comes with a chime that you can plug into an outlet, to hear the motion detection or hear when someone presses the doorbell button. I placed mine in the garage, as the garage is where I do my laundry. So, just incase I have a package delivered or someone rings the doorbell, ill be notified. If youbhave the app, the notifications will sound on your phone and if you have any alexa product, then you'll be notified on those products.

    Can't wait to pair it with the Samsung 4 door flex family hub!

    Bottom line: I'm really enjoying the ring doorbell!

    Dec 29, 2020 15:02
  • Review by DTusmc, 10 out of 10
    Great Upgrade from our Current system

    After the wife and I discussed options to switch to, to venture away from our current security setup....finally decided on Ring. We purchased 2 Ring Floodlight Cams and 1 Ring Doorbell Pro. We enjoy the motion notifications, the ability to instantly see the surroundings, 2 way talk, and being able to share saved videos of suspicious acivity with anyone.

    Jun 19, 2019 19:22
  • Review by Ghuender, 8 out of 10
    Good video quality

    I went with the pro because I had a wired doorbell I was ready to replace. Wiring the camera outside was so easy. The new connector type for the inside bell was really easy to install too. My older doorbell was only 8 years old. My downside is after a month you're required to pay a monthly fee of $4 to have recordings. Else it's just a live camera you log into when alerts come through. The 3 sensor zones helped me work around an awkward view of having a moving flag and shrubs that were kicking off the motion sensor prior to setting. The video quality was excellent at day and night. I didn't need the Chime pro that came with the unit due to a strong wifi signal.

    Jan 18, 2019 18:52
  • Review by 19NDN, 8 out of 10
    Ring Pro

    Wish I would’ve bought this sooner. The only reason why I waited because my doorbell location is facing toward the side of neighbor home. I bought a angle mount now I can see down my entire walkway and into the street. I like how I can see outside without having to get up. Overall it’s pretty good but not excellent.

    Jul 03, 2019 10:23
  • 9.2score
    Blink - Video Doorbell + Sync Module 2 - Wired or wire free, Two way audio, HD video and Alexa Enabled - Black
    Description

    Smart security that is designed for every home. Set up in minutes, and receive notifications from the app whenever a visitor presses your Video Doorbell or motion is detected. You can also choose to wire it to sound your existing home chime. Blink Video Doorbell lets you answer your door no matter where you are. Receive customizable alerts right from the Blink Home Monitor app, and experience helpful features like HD day and night video and two-way audio. Best part – Blink’s long-battery life technology provides peace of mind for up to two years.

    5 Features
  • Video Doorbell: Answer your door anytime, anywhere from your smartphone with 1080p HD day and infrared night video and two-way audio.
  • Long-Lasting battery: Experience up to two years of powerful battery life, custom alerts, privacy settings, and more.
  • For Every Home: Designed for every home, go wire-free or connect to existing doorbell wiring to also sound in-home chime.
  • Easy Setup: Set up yourself in minutes with the two included AA lithium batteries then connect to wifi in the app.
  • Works with Alexa: access live view, two-way talk, receive motion and chime alerts, arm and disarm your doorbell, and more.
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  • Review by Hmirza, 10 out of 10
    Peace of Mind for the Price!!!

    Amazon has done it again. They have created a Doorbell with all the bells and whistles at an affordable price. The Blink Video Doorbell + Sync Module 2 can be used anywhere. This doorbell can be wired using your existing wiring for your old doorbell or can run on batteries. Now, Blink an Amazon company, claims that depending on your settings the batteries can last up to 2 years, and if that is true that is pretty amazing. The ability to use this doorbell on batteries is a great option and allows you to use this anywhere such as your RV’s, and back doors. The Doorbell features a 1080p HD day and night camera, plus two-way audio, and chime alert. The unit can be linked up with Amazon Alexa, unfortunately I have a google system setup, so I was not able to test out that feature, for in home notifications and Alexa can alert you when someone is at your door.

    If you have read my other doorbell reviews, you know that I hate subscription services for doorbells and I am glad that Blink gave us the option to save the video and notifications locally using the Blink Sync Module 2. You will need a USB storage which is not included, but that can be used to save your videos and notifications for later. You also have the option to sign up for the cloud service if you like but in my opinion that is a waste of money, and I would rather get the sync module combo and use that instead.

    The setup process for the doorbell is very simple. You will need to download the Blink app and create an account. Once you have done that you need to press the “+” button on the top right corner of the app and the setup process will guide you through the rest of the process and the same applies to both the doorbell and the sync module because you will have to add them both separately.

    In the box you will receive everything you will need to setup the doorbell.

    1 Doorbell

    1 Sync Module 2

    2 AA batteries

    1 Corner Mount

    1 USB Cable

    1 Power adapter

    1 Case opening tool

    Overall, I could not find anything that I was not happy with about this doorbell. From the price to the picture quality, no subscription fees, local storage options, battery life, and the local storage option. You can’t beat that. If you are in the market for a doorbell but don’t want to spend a lot of money, give this one a shot. You will not be disappointed.

    Oct 20, 2021 14:06
  • Review by Viabledata, 10 out of 10
    A solid doorbell/video alternative

    I needed a doorbell, so I opted to get this Blink video door bell with the sync module. The sync module is needed to connect the different blink products to. It is essentially a base station. I've been extremely happy with the performance, quality, and ease of installation with this system. With easy diagrams available from Blink and on their app, setup was a total breeze and I had my doorbell installed and working in 15 minutes. I chose to go the battery route, as I don't have a way to hard wire it. It comes with 2 lithium AA batteries.

    It mounts with a couple screws and gives you the option to use an included angle mount if you need it, which I ended up using. It went together very easy and the backing plate of the doorbell does come with a seal so water stays out of the battery compartment.

    Once you have the Blink app installed, it guides you step by step to get your doorbell set up and get the sync module set up to the internet and get your camera linked to it. It was a very easy set up. The only tool you will need is a phillips screwdriver and maybe a power drill with a phillips bit.

    Setting up the camera has many options. The doorbell really doesn't though. You can set up motion detection, or just have the camera record once the doorbell is rung. On batteries, I opted to just have it record when the doorbell is pressed. You can set activity zones and night vision settings. It records 1080p video, and you can also take pictures on the app with an easy button press. You can also select different record times and how frequently it is triggered.

    As far as the doorbell goes, it chimes at the doorbell itself, but only chimes on your phone that your logged into the Blink app on. I wish it would chime at the sync module, but on the phone is fine. It does not chime though if you are on a call or volume is down. It has notification options, but will send you a notification that your doorbell was rang and send you to the blink app where you can review the video. It all works very smoothly and am pretty satisfied with the whole thing, and its nice to finally have a door bell. For the price it is well worth it.

    One of the only other things I don't like is that it won't let you take screenshots of the video for "privacy reasons". I feel I should be able to screenshot my cameras. Regardless, I would still recommend

    Oct 25, 2021 20:42
  • Review by ReviewedByPhil, 10 out of 10
    Clear video/audio, wired or wireless

    The Blink video doorbell is my second camera enabled smart doorbell, but my first from this brand. Since we already use mostly Amazon devices, integrating the Blink video doorbell into our smart home ecosphere was easy and straightforward. The Blink app needs to be downloaded and installed to a mobile device in order to set up both the doorbell and the included Sync module 2. In the app, instructions for physical installation are simple to follow with animated graphics and clear instructions. The doorbell comes with an angled wedge plate if you need to change the direction the camera faces, and you can customize the experience to your exact setup via the prompts that appear. For example, we wanted to use this doorbell with our existing doorbell chime and wiring, which we were able to do by first confirming compatibility of our doorbell transformer, then removing our manual doorbell button and connecting the Blink’s mounting plate to the wires.

    Once we attached the Blink doorbell to the mounting plate, it had permanent power, as well as the two AA 1.5V Lithium batteries (included) in the housing as backup power. Note that it doesn’t have an internal rechargeable battery, and Blink recommends against using any type of rechargeable battery or even Alkaline batteries with the device. However, when used with a Sync module, the batteries are supposed to last up to 2 years (w/avg use 70 seconds per day), even without being permanently wired. When the batteries need changing, the release tool makes it easy to separate the camera from the mounting plate to do so.

    The only part of the setup that didn’t work perfectly for me was setting up the “length of ring” for our electronic chime, which plays a number of different melodies that we select on the chime box. Although we were able to set the length of the chime in 0.5 second intervals, we still got a weird clipped beep after the conclusion of the chime melody every time, no matter what length was set. This likely has to do with the fact that our chime box says that a “diode” is required for installation, which we had installed on the manual doorbell button and is usually what allows the chime to play through exactly once, but installing the diode with the Blink video doorbell is not possible, and the app setting is the equivalent but imperfect workaround.

    In the Blink app, you can access the live view of the camera, change its settings, and review past recordings. I like that you can adjust the camera’s motion sensitivity, define activity/privacy zones, and customize which notifications the app sends you, to reduce nuisance pop-ups. One thing about the motion detection feature is that it is very basic and doesn’t distinguish between a person, package, animal, or car. Also, motion detection recording and announcements are only active if the device is in the “armed” state, but doorbell presses are always recorded regardless if it is armed or not. You can also set the camera to automatically save the footage any time you access ‘Live’ view. With photo capture enabled, the camera takes one photo every hour and saves it as a collection of photos in the Clip Roll.

    Linking the Blink app to Alexa lets you use voice commands to display the camera feed to and play announcements through your Echo devices. However, since you cannot view the Blink camera’s video feed in the Alexa smartphone or PC app, you must have an Echo show or use the Blink app for remote monitoring. Once we had our Blink and Amazon accounts linked, we were able to enable voice announcements and select a chime sound to play through all the Echo speakers in our home when the doorbell button is pressed, in addition to our wired chime and notifications from the Blink app. It also plays a chime through the doorbell's built-in speaker for the person who pressed it, to let them know that it actually did something.

    We signed up for the Blink monthly subscription Plus plan (free for the first 30 days), which gives us unlimited live view recording and photo capture and cloud storage/access to recorded footage from the doorbell camera within the previous 60 days. If you don’t want to have a monthly cloud subscription, the Sync 2 module allows you to store video and photos locally to a USB thumb drive plugged directly into the Sync 2 module (from 1 GB up to 256 GB) and can connect to up to 10 different Blink cameras. Just note that the recordings do not automatically loop and write over the oldest footage, and you must disconnect and download or delete the files when the drive is full. With a monthly subscription, the module backs up the footage from the cloud once per day rather than immediately saving them to the thumb drive.

    The video footage from the camera is 1080p HD (1920x1080) when set to “best quality” and very crisp and clear but somewhat distorted with a fisheye effect, due to the 135° horizontal, 80° vertical, wide-angle field of view. When a person is standing at your door (~6 ft tall), you should be able to see them from the waist up when they are standing about 2 feet away from the camera. At night, the night vision infrared footage is ok for illuminating people in front of the doorbell, but if you have a light source in the background, the IR will wash out that area even when set to low IR Intensity; for example, we have LED string lights in a tree on our patio about 8 feet from the camera that aren’t even that bright but in the nighttime video they look like a floodlight. The sound quality from the doorbell is fine, and I didn’t have any trouble hearing or understanding conversation via the app to the doorbell and vice versa, though the audio picked up in the video recording from the doorbell’s mic tends to have a lot of digital compression noise. The speaker volume on the doorbell is loud and clear and is adjustable as well.

    Overall, I think the video and audio quality of the Blink doorbell camera is decent, and the doorbell integrates easily with other Amazon Alexa smart devices. We get notifications on our phones, smart speakers, and can still use our existing door chime, albeit with a slight quirk. The setup and installation was quick and simple, and it can be used both wired with permanent power or wirelessly with long lasting battery life. The ability to store video files locally with the Sync module 2 is great if you don’t want a monthly subscription or just want to have automatic backups.

    Oct 27, 2021 22:14
  • Review by Dan0Sterling, 8 out of 10
    You're mom's here...he said from the basement

    Overall: It’s quick to install and easy to use. Video is clear. The app integrates nicely with Amazon, but no auto-LiveView.

    The video was very clear in all lighting conditions. It provides a wide 180° view so you can see everyone nearby. Video is available on demand. A short recording will automatically occur when there is motion detected or when the doorbell button is pressed. The motion detection works fairly well. I saw some packages being delivered as well as myself picking them up from the front door. Notifications were very timely, both for motion detection and when someone rings the bell. When live streaming, you can have a conversation with people at the door. Motion detection has been activated when cars pass my house on the street. If desired, the app will let you select sections of the screen which can be ignored. This helps if you’re on a busier streete and only want to see folks as they’re near your door. Since I live on a court, the cars passing aren’t much of an issue.

    The integration with Amazon Alexa is fairly easy to use. I was able to set up a routine where all my Echo devices now announce when someone is waiting at the door. It’s helpful when I’m in the basement or upstairs and don’t necessarily realize the doorbell was pressed. I even set it up to pause the TV! Live view will work with Echo Show devices, but I couldn’t get it to display automatically, only once I’d asked the device to see. The live view came up fairly quickly based on the voice command.

    Out-of-the-box, installation was very straightforward. Since I have a non-digital wired doorbell, all I had to do was unscrew the existing doorbell, disconnect the wires, connect the wires to the Blink mounting plate, screw it down, snap on the Blink doorbell. The app helps you connect the doorbell to your network. I got the kit with the synch module and that helped extend my router connection through the door. The kit comes with AA batteries which help in the set up as well as keep the power level steady. Blink claims the batteries will last ~ 2 years with the camera wired to an existing doorbell.

    The doorbell is only slightly larger than what it replaced, but includes a high-resolution camera and status lights. It’s all black design stands out a little bit, but that adds a little security as folks know they may be recorded. When you press the button it will (optionally) repeat the sound of your interior doorbell to confirm to your visitor that you’ve heard them.

    Like most companies in this area, Blink has a subscription option. There’s no local storage in the doorbell, but you can add a USB drive to the synch module for saved video without paying $3 / month. Compared to cloud storage, Blink delays playing back locally stored clips. I assume this is to encourage subscriptions. Other than this wrinkle, it’s a solid product that can easily earn a spot in your home automation and security set up.

    Nov 01, 2021 22:28
  • Review by 3Tcubed, 10 out of 10
    SImple, Effective Video Doorbell

    I've been trying to find the best Video doorbell for years, probably installed and tried 12-15. I've been a Blink (outdoor) camera user for about 5 years. I like the quality of their products, I've gotten 18-24mo battery life from their cameras. I've never understood why they stayed out of the doorbell market. Their cameras offer a great method to select areas to look for motion, this lack of masking has been the one of the biggest problem with most video doorbells I've tried. Picking up motion well away from the door, causes way too many false alarms. Blink's masking works great, the scheduling works great, their low light camera is excellent. Their software has improved year after year. All told this new camera is supported by a set of well made software applications. Many other video doorbells I've tried fail in there software implementations.

    Well, installation, was a breeze, I added a new sync sync module, to the 4 others I have. I did this so that it could be put on a separate schedule from my my other cameras. I mounted this camera on my back door, I have another camera covering the yard area. I want this primarily for expected quests and yard workers, not really for night time use. I mounted the plastic bracket directly to my door (I wish this were metal). It has small teeth that lock the video doorbell in place, with a "key" to release it. This battery operated doorlbell can also be powered by you door bell power supply, I did not try this, as I did not have doorbell power to my back door. But given my prior experience with Blink cameras I expect to get close to two years of battery life out of the supplied lithium batteries. The video door bell snapped firmly to the mounting bracket, sealed by a silicon seal. So it's waterproof (another problem I've has with other video doorbells). Not a problem on my back door, but just to test it, I sprayed it with my hose for a few seconds, no problems - good to know. When you press the doorbell button the surround illuminates blue and it makes a classic doorbell sound. You know it's working (another thing done right).

    Everything works like it should! I get a notification on my (iPhone) in about 1 second, which is excellent. The two way voice is loud and clear, I have an electronic lock on my back door that I can unlock remotely. So I can not let a friend or worker in my back door easily. Excellent. I set up a mask so only directly in front of the door detects motion. This is an excellent product for the price, or as I call it a keeper. The only feature this doorbell lacks is facial/person/animal recognition, but building AI would certainly add to the cost (and decrease battery life), but I could certainly see them offering and additional high end version with AI in the future.

    The install kit includes a angled mounting bracket, which is frequently necessary if mounting to the side of your door. This is one of the best, most complete, entry level video doorbells on the market. Except for the plastic mounting bracket they got just about everything right!.

    Oct 29, 2021 09:43
  • Review by MnstrMike, 6 out of 10
    Good Enough Quality

    FYI: 1) I do not use Alexa or other in-home Smarthome products, so I cannot comment on the usefulness of syncing with those devices. My review is purely from a Video Doorbell standpoint sending to my mobile device. 2) I do not have a pre existing wired doorbell and therefore used the wireless option.

    The attractive price of the Blink Doorbell + Sync Module 2 is not without its praise. Understand this is not a high-end Wireless/Wired Video Doorbell, but it's also not some cheap holiday season tech either. Blink has been slowly building its reputation for their security cameras and this setup definitely opens up the possibility for easy expansion with “good-enough” quality for your needs.

    Also, you need to know that some of the features are locked behind a pay-wall (ie. subscription). Out-of-the-box, you can hook this up, sans subscription and get a basic home surveillance setup with this Doorbell and Blink’s Outdoor/Indoor cameras. It is a compelling offer, with some limitations, but I cannot deny the cost-to-value is quite high considering the buy in. The biggest limitation is access to the stored clips, while feasible without a subscription, but definitely not a quick operation. However, the subscription plan is stupid cheap and should be a serious consideration depending on your needs.

    As a video doorbell with basic features, it is fine, and will get the job done showing you who is at your door and what they want. Saving clips/images is where it gets down to the differences between the cloud subscription and the local storage via the Sync Module 2. I’m not going to hash that out Blink lays all that out in their FAQ’s.

    So, be an informed consumer and see if works for you.

    I do have some Pro Tips about the device installation I mention and some specs that are not so apparent, but overall I can recommend this setup and I myself am seriously considering expanding the setup.

    -Setup: This is not apparent, but you need to setup the Sync Module 2 first with this setup. IF the Sync Module 2 will not connect to your network, most likely it is because your password has special characters [email protected]$: etc. (READ THIS)The current firmware CANNOT use these characters and it will fail to connect. The newest firmware fixes this, but you cannot update the device until it is connected to a network. A few options you have at this point...1) Change your router password temporarily (who wants to update all their connected devices?) until it is updated 2) Create a Guest Network without those special characters in the password (my choice) or 3) Use your phone's Mobile Hotspot to set up. Once the firmware is updated, you can then change the Wi-Fi Network the Sync Module 2 uses and continue setup of the Video Doorbell.

    -Local Storage is best formatted for exFAT for Windows and is a must for MacOS. 256GB is the max storage size (I would not use an external HDD. Possibly an SSD would be fine, but Flash Drive is in all the literature). 256GB is WAY more than enough for the max 10 devices the Sync Module 2 can handle, so for just a Doorbell, it would take forever to fill up. FAT32 will work, but I did notice that in the Blink App there was not a tab for it in the Clip View, Cloud was the only option. I reformatted to NTFS and when I reinserted the Flash Drive to the Sync Module 2 the Blink App asked to Format Drive...which it defaults to exFAT (no option given in the app). The Local tab in the Clip View was now present.

    -Installation: Attaching the doorbell to the mount...sucks. The waterproofing membrane keeps the device from sliding so it requires some force to slide it into place. The “click” sound also does not offer much confidence in your achievement, so it can make you think it is not attached. However, when it is...it is. There is no stealing this thing without a hammer or similar tool required to dismount it from the mounting bracket.

    -Documentation: it was a little underwhelming how little info there was in the box that was needed to get started. Even the Quick Start Guide was nothing of the sort, rather the “Use and Limitations”. There are some printed instructions on the inside packaging cover for App download instructions, then the rest of the setup process is via the App.

    -Camera/Audio Quality: Specs say 1080P...maybe because that is what all the cool kids are doing these days? Sure doesn’t feel like it though. Downloaded quality the file is 1280x720 at 24 frames per second. Not bad quality, just not sure where the 1080P comes into play there. I did find that the camera is a bit picky on the lighting scene. Too much sun and it washes out too little sun and the face is too dark. Night Vision with a door light on, washes out the face too. Audio for the guest is great quality with no feedback. On my end, it wasn’t the best and the lag is pretty bad. Thankfully you don’t have to hold down the button for two-way audio, just don’t look at the vide when trying to have a conversation. I found this was the same no matter if I was on my network or I was away from home on LTE/5G Cellular. What is hard to get access to though is Camera Snapshots. I still cannot find where they go.

    -Motion Detection: Having Zoning capabilities and even privacy settings are huge for such a value product. There are plenty of settings to dial in your camera for your location and get the alerts you care about.

    -Subscription: In order to use a subscription plan, it is required to link to your Amazon account. You do not have to link to your Amazon for local storage only. You are given this option upon setup.

    In no way is this setup perfect. It has some software glitches and some hoops to jump through. The Blink App is simple and easy to navigate, but at the end of the day it does work. I found the App Alerts to be very quick and the time to access the Live View was pretty quick, so no complaints there.

    I keep going back to the value of this system and have to stress that while the image quality is not the same of higher end products (build quality is excellent) the buy in price and feature set it offers all while giving a local storage option cannot be overlooked.

    I can easily recommend this product for your needs. My 3 Star rating is due to the not quite 1080P claim, hoops to setup out-of-the-box with the password requirements, and the lag in audio on user end, and why is it so hard to find the Photo Snapshots (videos are easy to find) and so included with this last gripe, instruction set could be better.

    Oct 25, 2021 14:29
  • Review by 30stmrox, 8 out of 10
    Not bad for the price

    This is our first video doorbell, I always wanted one but we have such a small space that most doorbells are too large. This is large too but surprisingly it fits in our small space. Installation & set up was super easy. We chose to go wire free & keep our existing doorbell, the only problem is by doing this you can’t hear the Blink doorbell ring. The video quality is good & our home is pretty far from the street but it actually captures cars going by & also movement in our driveway. Night vision is good too & you can switch to recorded videos or live view. Microphone is clear when talking to each other. Batteries are suppose to last up to two years. Notifications are constant on my phone because were in & out a lot so I just turned the sound off & have the banner show because it was driving me crazy. The only thing I don’t like is that a subscription is needed after 30 day trial in order to save the videos & the videos when played back are very small, even when viewed on an iPad I don’t see anywhere to enlarge them. Nice doorbell for the price though.

    Oct 21, 2021 16:22
  • Review by Androidaholic, 10 out of 10
    Quality Video Doorbell at a good price!

    The Blink Video Doorbell with sync module is a quality device at a good price. I am impressed with the features and it has been working very well for me. I have a security camera above my front door and the Blink doorbell motion detection takes better clips than my wireless security camera. It comes with a two-way talk feature to allow you to communicate with people at your door when you are away from home or can not make it to the door. It would be great for anyone with limited mobility. Overall, I am very impressed with this device and think it is a great deal for the price!

    Oct 28, 2021 09:17
  • 9.0score
    Arlo - Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free - White
    Description

    A better way to see the complete picture at your door. Arlo Essential Video Doorbell can be powered by a rechargeable battery or hardwired. Connect directly to WiFi for easy setup. When motion is detected, receive notifications and view live video from your phone. See what’s at the door, from head to toe or a package on the ground during the day or in low light with night vision, without opening your door. Speak to visitors with two-way audio or use pre-recorded quick reply messages when you’re busy. With an included trial of Arlo Secure, personalize notifications when your Video Doorbell spots people, vehicles, animals or packages, and store recorded video clips.* Get added peace of mind knowing that Arlo will replace your doorbell if it gets stolen through the Arlo Theft Replacement program.**

    13 Features
  • See more at your front door: See a person from head to toe or a package on the ground with a 180 diagonal degree viewing angle optimized for the front door.
  • Security in the palm of your hand: Receive notifications when motion is detected and watch live streaming video from your smartphone or tablet.
  • More ways to answer: See and speak to visitors with clear two-way audio, or respond with pre-recorded quick reply messages when you’re busy. Receive a video call when your doorbell is pressed and never miss a visitor.
  • Night Vision: See who’s at your door at night, even without a light on.
  • Brave the elements: Certified to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun.
  • Multiple powering options: Install without wires using the rechargeable battery, or hardwire to existing wiring for continuous power.
  • Notifications that matter: Get alerts when your Video Doorbell spots people, vehicles, animals or a package with included 3-months of Arlo Secure*.
  • Built-in smart siren: Trigger your siren automatically, or manually from the Arlo app.
  • Visitor Messaging: Guests can leave you a voice message if you’re unable to answer the door, and you can listen remotely at your convenience.
  • Direct to Wi-Fi: Connects directly to Wi-Fi for simple setup.
  • Arlo Theft Replacement Program**: We’ve got you covered if your doorbell is stolen.
  • Complete connected security: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Samsung SmartThings.
  • Arlo Secure*: Includes 3-months of Arlo Secure for 30-day cloud recording, advanced object detection, rich notifications, cloud activity zones and more. Plans start at $3 per month.
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  • Review by gtdad, 8 out of 10
    Great Video Doorbell, But...

    Out of the box, the Arlo wireless video doorbell looks and feels like a high quality device.

    Included with the doorbell is the rechargeable battery with usb cable, flat and angled mounting brackets, wire extensions (should you chooses to wire the device), screws and anchors, a release pin and a quick start guide.

    The rechargeable battery has a red indicator light when it needs charging and it turns green when it is fully charged. My unit came with the battery in need of a charge which took 2-3 hours using a standard usb outlet.

    While the battery is charging you can download the Arlo app which will walk you through setup and installation. The app is excellent and the installation is quick and easy. The doorbell setup will only work on a 2.4ghz wifi. So make sure to turn your phone on to a 2.4ghz network for setup. After setup you can put your phone back on 5ghz.

    If you go to settings in the app you can customize the doorbell by choosing resolution, activity zone, motion detection sensitivity, speaker settings and more.

    When the doorbell detects motion the led light surrounding the button turns on, making it highly visible to the person approaching in any lighting condition. You will also receive a notification on your phone and you can check to see a video capture of the motion or a live picture through the camera.

    When someone rings the doorbell you receive a phone call which opens up the app and allows you to see and speak to the person at the door. There is almost no delay at all between the doorbell activation and the call you receive. Also, the audio is very natural with no delay between both ends of the conversation.

    The speaker quality is excellent and volume can be controlled within the app.

    I have been using the doorbell for 10 days and I have found it to be 100% reliable.

    One of the best features of the Arlo doorbell is the 180 degree diagonal picture with a 1:1 aspect ratio.

    This allows you to see a person from head to toe and you can even see packages on the ground next to your door. In addition, the video has minimal fisheye effect, far less than other video doorbells I have used. The video is crisp and clear in all lighting conditions.

    Some other features include 8x digital zoom on live and recorded video, built in siren, quick reply messages and ability to call 911.

    So why only 4 stars? Well, there is one definite issue and one possible issue to be aware of.

    On the Arlo website it states that this doorbell works “with seamless integration the Google Home Hub” and has “total compatibility”. Well, that is not completely true.

    You can add the Arlo doorbell to Google Home. However, when the doorbell rings, the Google Home Hub will announce that someone is at your “Front Door” or whatever you named your doorbell. But it will not show any video and will not allow you to speak to the person through the Hub. You still have to answer the call through your phone. In addition, if you ask Google to show you the “Front Door” it will display a message that the video cannot be streamed. The only way around this is to lower the resolution in the doorbell to it’s lowest setting, which is 720x720. This will allow you to ask Google to show you a live stream from the doorbell, and it will, however it will still only tell when someone is at the door and not show you video until you ask for it. And it still won’t allow you to speak to them through the Hub screen. By the time you go through all of this you could have answered through your phone much quicker. Also, there is a negative trade off of lowering the resolution. You will lose the 1:1 aspect ratio with the 180 degree diagonal picture on your recorded video. The live stream will still have a full picture but any recorded video will only record the upper half of a person’s body.

    So the integration is definitely not seamless.

    As I mentioned, I have been using this doorbell for 10 days and it is showing 51% battery remaining.

    Arlo sates that the battery should last up to 6 months, but at this rate it would only last about 3 weeks.

    If that ends up being the case, that would be completely unacceptable and I would lower my rating.

    However, I have been trying out all of the features of the doorbell over these 10 days so maybe the battery life will improve as I transition to normal use.

    Finally, this device does not have any local storage. You must subscribe to an Arlo subscription service which gives you 30 days of storage, as well as advanced object detection( cars, people, etc.), and up to 4k video. Packages vary in price but start at only $2.99/mo. However, some people may object to paying a subscription fee and it would be nice if Arlo offered a local storage option.

    In the end, this is an excellent video doorbell that is easy to install, intuitive to use, with excellent video and audio quality, and a comprehensive Arlo app. I hope that Arlo and Google can fine tune the integration of the doorbell and I hope and expect that the battery life will improve.

    Jan 04, 2021 19:56
  • Review by Steve62305, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Video Doorbell

    Full Disclosure: I received this product through Best Buy’s Tech Insider Network in exchange for an honest evaluation and an unbiased review.

    My family has wanted a video doorbell for several years and we're thrilled to finally get one.

    However, during installation and setup for this doorbell and its associated mobile phone apps I was immediately disquieted to read that my smartphone must be connected to my home's Wi-Fi using the same 2.4GHz channel that the doorbell uses to connect to my home's Wi-Fi. I was suspicious that this was not possible. I checked my Galaxy S20 and my daughter's iPhone 11 and there is simply no way to specify or force either phone to connect to just the home Wi-Fi's 2.4GHz channel or for that matter its 5GHz channel. There's just no distinction anymore.

    This derailed my setup for several hours while I researched this issue. What I discovered was that it's been many years since we had to setup a router's Wi-Fi with separate SSIDs for each frequency channel (e.g. SMITH24 and SMITH50). As router software got smarter, the need for this distinction quietly went away leaving us to have just one SSID like SMITH. I truly never even noticed.

    Now, when we buy and setup a new phone we select our Wi-Fi SSID name SMITH, enter the passphrase, then the phone connects and we never have to concern ourselves with it again. That's progress and that's as it should be.

    Finally, on my router manufacturer's website I found a tech support article that basically stated that when faced with this situation, just plow forward with the installation and in most cases everything will be fine. It stated that my router system will take care of the inner workings to make sure the legacy device (i.e. doorbell) will be able to communicate with my smartphone no matter how it connects to the Wi-Fi. And it did. I would recommend that Arlo expand their explanation of this topic in their installation instructions. It would've prevented me some consternation.

    Because of the December cold weather I took the easy route and installed the Arlo video doorbell with an exterior-grade, double-sided, mounting tape. Next spring, I will wire the Arlo doorbell in place of my existing wired doorbell button. This will eliminate the need to remove, recharge, and reinstall the doorbell battery. When wired into your existing 24vdc doorbell system, the Arlo battery is constantly charging and doesn't have to be removed for recharging. Also, when wired, the Arlo doorbell button will ring your existing wired doorbell chime in addition to notifying your smartphone.

    On your smartphone a push of the Arlo doorbell button results in an instant, incoming call to your phone. You then accept or decline the notification.

    We installed the Arlo app on two Android phones and two iPhones. So far we're loving it. I didn't receive the doorbell until a couple days before Christmas so we haven't had many deliveries since installing it. Did have two Fedex deliveries where the delivery guy rang the doorbell, but left immediately. It's nice to see our postal mail when its being delivered to the porch mailbox, but there's normally no need for our carrier to ring the bell.

    With no visitors due to the pandemic, the only conversations we've had through the doorbell have been with our 9-year old granddaughter who likes to talk with someone when she takes her dog out on a leash. With those exchanges the audio is very clear and plenty loud if you don't lower the volume.

    Both the camera's daylight vision and night vision are excellent (see my day/night images). Motion detection even triggers on a 12 pound dog heading out the door. Reviewing captured videos in the Arlo Cloud through the phone apps and on my desktop PC are pretty straightforward. Downloading a video from the Cloud and saving it just takes a couple clicks. It's all very easy. I included a screenshot from the Arlo Cloud of a typical day's collection of videos taken at our front door.

    I wish we could've received this video doorbell a few weeks earlier as two Christmas boxes whose tracking show as being delivered at the same time, never arrived. Don't know if we have "porch pirates" in the area or a mis-delivery to a dishonest neighbor. Lord knows we've carried enough mis-delivered boxes to our neighbors over the years. So we're thinking its a porch pirate as it was just a couple weeks before Christmas.

    The round, fisheye-style lens gives the camera a wide field of view that covers my entire 100' front yard from the driveway on the south to the neighbor's yard on the north. This morning, I found a cool use for it when, without leaving my warm bed, I was able to use my phone to view the doorbell in live video mode to verify my son-in-law put the trash carts out to the curb as he left for work. Confident he didn't forget, I got an extra 30 minutes sleep. Being retired is pretty nice.

    I also like to use the doorbell's live camera mode to watch the other dog when she's let out front with no leash. Beats having a bitter north wind blowing in my face when peering out a partially opened front door to keep an eye on her.

    This doorbell has many features and some we haven't had the opportunity to use yet since we've only had it less than a week. Over time we will. But, the basics we have used and all work very well. Both the Android app and the iPhone app are quality software and once installed none of us have encountered any problems. It's what we in the software development world call "mature software". Meaning all the bugs and kinks have been worked out.

    In summary, I would like to see Arlo clarify the installation documentation issue I mentioned earlier. But even with that hiccup, I can enthusiastically recommend this Arlo Video Doorbell to anyone looking for a good quality video doorbell. So go ahead and get it because you won't be disappointed in any way. As a further endorsement, I've already decided to buy one for my daughter who lives in another state and has had problems with deliveries.

    Jan 08, 2021 16:26
  • Review by AllAboutTech, 8 out of 10
    An elegant doorbell option but not quite perfect

    Verdict: The Arlo Video Doorbell is an elegant and small video doorbell that provides wireless video capability for entryways. Motion detection is very sensitive and the camera does a great job at capturing footage, but the live video chat with a visitor sometimes has a bit too much lag.

    First impressions. It is smaller than other competing products and it looks nice. The package includes the doorbell, the rechargeable battery, and a charging cable.

    Setup. The Arlo app provided easy and quick installation; I did not run into any issues. While we have two Arlo base stations, we could not connect this doorbell to the base station. It looks like the only connection option is through WiFi. Installation was straight forward: choose a place to mount, screw the mounting plate on the wall, and attach the doorbell to the mounting plate. I am using the angle mount so I have a better angle on the people approaching the door. The wireless aspect was absolutely necessary for us; Arlo allows us to have an entire camera system for the house, and now a video doorbell, without any wires.

    Live video performance. We have gigabit internet (and consistent 300 Mbps or more WiFi speeds up & down) with strong coverage throughout the house, so the doorbell gets great WiFi coverage. While the doorbell is very responsive when activating the camera manually from the app, there is sometimes a significant lag (10 seconds) from the time a visitor presses the doorbell button and the time that the video appears on the smart phone (see picture). I will try to figure out a pattern for when this happens so I can resolve it. So far, it seems random. It’s definitely neither our internet speeds nor our WiFi coverage that is the issue. I hope to be able to connect the doorbell to my base stations in the future to perhaps improve live calls and also to use local storage.

    Image quality. The wide field of view and high resolution ensures the highest quality of the image. The wide field of view means that I no longer need another Arlo camera at the front door as I can see just about 180-degrees field of view. I am also very satisfied with the video quality in all conditions. We can clearly see people’s faces, make/model of vehicles, and other details from the video recordings. HD and HDR allows for high resolution viewing, zooming, and visibility in low light. Lastly, the night vision on this camera is quite capable too.

    Detection. Motion detection is very sensitive… so much so that I have to use activity zones to avoid the waving flag on the front porch or squirrels on the patio triggering the motion sensor and sending an alert to my phone. The activity zones work fairly well, overall. After two weeks of testing, the camera has captured the faces of EVERY person approaching the door; this is something that we couldn’t do before, and we are very happy about this aspect of the product.

    Integration with overall systems. The video doorbell is easy to integrate with other cameras through the Arlo app. We have other cameras on the front patio that now start to record when the video doorbell detects motion. This allows us to capture video of the front area of the house from different angles when someone is at the front door. We also paired the video doorbell with the Arlo chime that we previously had from our Arlo audio doorbell setup.

    Things I love.

    - Exceptional detection of people approaching the door, which means you can capture all the details you need to see exactly who came to your door

    - Easy app setup and installation

    - It’s wireless! A must have for us

    - Six-month battery (remains to be tested)

    - Excellent image quality in all circumstances: HD, HDR, and night vision

    - Fantastic field of view

    - Capable of connecting through WiFi

    Things I don’t love.

    - I wish the charging connector was USB-C. This is now one of the last few gadgets we own with a micro-USB connector

    - This device should allow for base station connection

    - The live-video chat has a significant delay sometimes. I will continue to work on why that is happening, but that is a bit of a disappointment. One of the primary reasons for getting a video doorbell is to interact with people at the door. I feel that this feature should work perfectly, every time.

    Overall, this is a great video doorbell that provides convenient wireless installation and powerful features. We are very happy with this doorbell.

    Jan 05, 2021 16:35
  • Review by UnkinB, 10 out of 10
    Essential Upgrade for Home Security

    The Arlo Essential Doorbell is a great addition to any home security system. It ties into my existing Arlo wireless camera’s and app without a hitch. I have had the Arlo Security Camera’s for a few years now and I was able to pick up the Arlo Doorbell to really upgrade my home security. With the addition of the Arlo Doorbell, I am able to actually talk to someone at the door in real time, which is a really great feature during this time of social distancing. Setup was really easy for me since I already use the Arlo App, but that was just a download and install. The physical installation can either be done wirelessly or hardwired into existing wiring. Once everything is installed you pair it to your wifi and your up and running.

    The Arlo Doorbell has a 180 degree diagonal viewing area, it captures HD video and has night vision. The doorbell recognizes motion and sends a notification to your phone, most of the time I will get the notification before the person rings the doorbell. We do a lot of online shopping and get packages delivered to our house. With the Arlo Doorbell, since most delivery people just drop off the package and not ring the doorbell, I still know when the package arrives due to the motion detection. After motion detection, from your phone you can talk to the person at the door, send a notification to a friend, call 911 or sound an alarm if you notice anything fishy. The doorbell also has custom detection zones that you can adjust so you do not get the random car driving down the street or other unnecessary alerts. The doorbell stores all your notifications in the cloud if you ever need to go back and review them. I have known people that had an issue and sent the video to the police officer that was investigating.

    As I stated before, the Arlo Doorbell is an essential component to any home security system.

    Jan 05, 2021 11:30
  • Review by TechGeek28, 10 out of 10
    Easy to Install Doorbell with Amazing Features

    By far the best video doorbell on the market today. Installation was a breeze, with easy to follow step by step instructions via the Arlo app. Setup took less than 10 minutes to mount it beside my door. Battery life is long-lasting and when it needs to charge, a simple tool provided makes it easy to access and recharge. Detection settings work perfectly, knowing when an animal walks by versus a person or courier. I'm always notified on my phone when someone enters my set detection zone. The Arlo app will save a small clip for viewing later and I love having that information anywhere, anytime. When someone rings the doorbell I get a typical phone call on my cell, making it easy to pickup and talk in real time to whom has arrived. Additionally, I was able to easily connect to my other smart home devices, like Amazon's Echo line, via the Arlo skill. If my phone isnt within reach I'll have an audio notification from Alexa that someone is here. That kind of synergy is a welcome touch! Video and audio quality is extremely crisp and clear during day or night. There's peace of mind knowing when someone approaches my home, whether I'm inside or not.

    I'd highly recommend this product to anyone whos in the market for a video doorbell, with it's sleek design and ease of accessibility, Arlo knows what matters. The world of online shopping has only grown during a time where most people are home, including myself. So with the increasing number of deliveries at any given time, I finally have a digital eye keeping watch.

    Jan 04, 2021 14:59
  • Review by DrJohn, 10 out of 10
    Office Door Camera

    I installed this device on my office front door and works, records to our satisfaction.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:41
  • Review by Sean, 8 out of 10
    Easy to use, Great Quality Video Doorbell

    The Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free is a pretty darn good doorbell camera. It has some nice features and is a nice addition to our home automation.

    Build quality on the Arlo doorbell is very nice. It is plastic, however, it is solid. It has already been through one snow storm and is holding up very well with no issues. The camera is a 180 degree camera that has excellent video quality. One thing I would like to see done differently is USB-C charging. These days I feel that this should be standard for charging.

    Installation and setup is a breeze on this unit. This is a wire-free unit and can be used with a rechargeable battery, but can also be installed hardwired if desired. The battery does hold a charge for a long time, but if you chose to hardwire it, you can have the hardwired connection set to keep your battery charged. I do have to say that installation was a breeze. This does come with an angled installation plate so if you need it you can adjust the angle of the camera mount. I didn't need this for my installation, however, it is a great part if needed. This does come with screws to mount and anchors if needed. Two screws, plug in the battery, snap onto the base and your done. Then the set up comes into play. It was very easy to follow the instructions to get it connected to wifi and on my home network. It's at this point that if you don't have an Arlo account, you will need to create one.

    The video quality on the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free is very good. It has a very clear 180 degree image, night vision, package detection, Smart siren for alarms, video calling, and a great feature where someone can leave you a voice message if you're not able to answer and you can listen when you're free to. I have to say I was very impressed with how clear the daytime and night vision quality are. When something or someone enters the detection zone, I get a push notification to my phone.

    Overall, I would say that this is a fantastic camera doorbell for anyone looking for a great quality wire free option that is easy to install and set up. The one thing that is taking it down to 4 stars for me is that there is no option for onboard storage. You have to subscribe to their service in order to get access to the recordings. These days, another subscription service can be a pain point. I would love to just be able to pop in a memory card and access recordings if I need to and have an actual physical copy.

    Jan 06, 2021 22:22
  • Review by Dylnel, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Image Quality

    The Arlo video doorbell was just what we were looking for. We have another camera system in place but the video quality is not great especially at night. This solves that issue at our front door. This was a very easy install as it came with all the hardware that we needed. Simply took it out of the box and let it charge to full which took two or three hours. Once charged you need to figure out if you want a flat mount or slightly angled mount. There is a mount to give it a slight angle if needed. We went with the flat mount due to the wide field of view.

    Simply screw in the mount and attach the camera and you are up and running.

    Overall use is simple. In settings you can choose your active areas that will trigger the camera when it senses motion. For us, we choose our property so passing cars would not trigger motion which would trigger alerts all day and is not necessary.

    It takes 2 to 3 seconds to start live view if you want to take a peek outside but really isn’t necessary as anything you need to see will alert you as it happens.

    Overall image quality is excellent both and day and night. You will not see to far at night but we can see our property which is all we are concerned with.

    Overall this is a great video doorbell and we are considering a second for the back door.

    Battery based on current usage should last a few months with no issues. You won’t go wrong with this choice.

    Jan 11, 2021 08:30
  • 9.0score
    eufy - Smart Wi-Fi 2k Video Doorbell w/ Chime - Wired/Battery Operated with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
    Description

    eufy Security Smart Wi-Fi 2k Video Doorbell w/ Chime is a battery powered (or wired- you choose) video doorbell that is the perfect protection for your home. With no monthly fee, enjoy 2K resolution so that you can see who is at your door, clearly. Talk to them via the 2-way mic, and be alerted when a human is at the door (instead of the neighborhood dog).

    6 Features
  • 2.5x the clarity: The built-in Sony 2K sensor and professional-grade lens allow you to view activity in picture-perfect resolution. See visitors in sharp detail as they approach your door.
  • No monthly fee: Designed to protect your home as well as your wallet, eufy Security products are one-time purchases that combine security with convenience. All your data is stored locally meaning you will never have to pay for cloud storage.
  • Dual power options: Half a year of coverage from one charge or non-stop power supply via a wired connection.
  • Expanded field of view: The increased 4:3 aspect ratio ensures you get a head-to-toe view of anyone who approaches and gives you the perfect viewing angle every time.
  • Next-level detection: Have total control over what is detected through the use of the motion sensor, smart human detection, and activity zones. Receive real-time alerts when anyone approaches so that you never miss a delivery or keep guests waiting.
  • Control with just your voice: This doorbell allows for voice control via Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and Amazon Alexa.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by callmeageeth, 10 out of 10
    Terrific Value

    Who says good security cameras have to be expensive? The market is flooded with home security cameras/lights, etc. Most are either really pricey (Arlo) or require a subscription service (Simplisafe). For most people, I’d like to think there is a middle area where you don’t necessarily want a monitoring service, but don’t want to pay out of the ear for security cameras. In comes Eufy. Eufy is an Anker brand, who is mostly known for its charging cables and adapters (which are great). So it’s a company you can trust. With all that being said, I found the Eufy camera to be pretty impressive and worthy of your attention.

    IN THE BOX

    You get the doorbell camera, Wi-Fi chime that plugs into an outlet, wires (in case your house already has wiring), charging cable (micro-USB), two mounting brackets (one can put the doorbell at a 15 degree angle), some security stickers and mounting hardware. You also get a microSD card which is already installed in the chime itself.

    SETUP

    I judge security systems, or really any home networking or smart home device, by their ease of setup and integration into your existing system. If this is your first smart home device, then you’re golden. And even if you have a house full of Alexa or Google Speakers, you’ll be just ok, as the doorbell integrates well with both (I use Google Home).

    The instructions are well thought out, both in print and the app. It took me all of 10 minutes to be up and running. The only snag was naming the chime, that failed. I eventually “cancelled” the setup process and kept the device’s name.

    So the first step is downloading the app, and signing in. Then you can follow the prompts. You plug in and connect your chime. It gives you recommendations on where to place it in your house. It’s relatively small but does stick out from the wall a couple of inches. After that’s connected (which only requires you to take a picture of the QR code), you then connect the doorbell. Then the app walks you through mounting, asking you a few questions about your front porch and suggesting where to place it for maximum motion detection. You get a nice sticker that you can use to attach to your wall and lets you easily figure out where to drill your holes for the mount.

    Now your setup could be a little more involved if you use wiring, which my house didn’t have, so I used the battery. Using the battery did require me to charge the doorbell first. I very much appreciate the built in rechargeable battery vs. wasting double A batteries. Charging really doesn’t take long.

    But once you connect the two devices to your app, attach the mount to the wall, the doorbell just snaps in. It’s really secure and the only way to take it off the wall is to use a small metal pin (one is included in the box). Of course someone could steal it, but if your device is charged you’ll catch them in the act. I don’t think there’s much to worry about there.

    REAL WORLD USE

    So in addition to ease of setup and use, it also matters how well it works. I think the Eufy doorbell works great. Great footage and the motion detection is accurate. If someone walks within about 15 feet of your doorbell, it will detect motion and an alert will be sent to your phone. It’s default setting is to record 60 seconds of the event (although it can be adjusted). You can watch it live at any time.

    It will also sent an alert to your phone when someone rings the doorbell (as well as the chime ringing) so you know someone is at the door. You might ask, why would I need that if it detects motion? But if your phone isn’t nearby to alert you to the motion or ring, you can hear it inside the house.

    The Eufy is billed as 2K, but it doesn’t really stream 2K to your phone. Sure, the image is really sharp (more than you really need) but the 2K footage comes into play when you look at it on the computer from the microSD card. And your computer monitor might not be 2K, but the high resolution will allow you to zoom in without losing much detail.

    MISCELLANEOUS

    The Eufy doorbell has a lot of settings within the app to customize how it works based on your needs. For example, you can turn the volume of both the doorbell and the chime up or down. You can snooze the doorbell’s motion detector if you’re kids are playing in the front yard. You can set it not to detect motion if you’re home and only alert you when the doorbell rings. The app is relatively intuitive, there’s a lot of choices within the menus but they make sense, so it’s easy to navigate. You can set it up within Google Home (through the Google Home app), you can even send video to any smart home devices with screens. So it’s really flexible.

    The only minor downside, is the saving of the footage. You are stuck with the microSD card capacity, which is both a good and bad thing. It’s good because you don’t have to pay any service fees to store it in the cloud. It’s bad because your history is what it is. Generally, if you have reason to check the video you would pop out your card shortly after the event and it will be there. But you won’t be able, to go back in your entire history because the event might have been written over because the card ran out of space. In my opinion, having the option to have the footage secured in your house, in the chime, it’s much better than worrying about the cloud.

    Battery life is rated for 6 months, but that depends on the settings. So if you want to maximize security and record 60 seconds of an event when it detects motion, and say it’s detecting motion on a busy street, your battery life might be shorter. But again, this is customizable; there are options within the app to optimize battery life. It’s easy to recharge, but I do worry about the small pin that you use to take it off the mount. It’s easy to lose. Especially when you only have to worry about using it every few months. You could probably find a needle or something else that might do the trick (think the small pin that releases sim cards in phones), but I can see that being a hassle if you misplace it.

    CONCLUSION

    Eufy has built a reasonably priced doorbell camera that works remarkably well. Not to mention it’s extremely customizable to fit your needs.

    Jul 27, 2021 10:49
  • Review by SirGalahad, 10 out of 10
    It's hard to find any negatives.

    SETUP:

    The unboxing experience is nice. It comes with everything you need. This includes the doorbell, wi-fi doorbell chime, 16 GB micro SD card, mounting bracket, screw hole positioning card, mounting wedge (optional), jumper for original chime (optional), Extension Wires and Wire Nuts (optional), USB charging cable (unfortunately, USB micro), doorbell detaching pin (so it can’t be stolen off your porch), screw packs, quick start guide, and stickers saying you are monitored 24/7 by Eufy Security (yay!).

    Setup is easy and straightforward. You download the Eufy Security app, sign in/setup an account, choose your product, and then it will walk you through the setup process. Which starts with connecting the wi-fi doorbell chime to your wireless network. Then pairing it with the doorbell which you’ll want to do before mounting as they pair to each other via sound. Then you mount the doorbell. It gives you plenty of examples to ensure you mount it the correct way for your doorway and lists all the tools you’ll need beforehand. You can also use the QuickStart guide. All instructions are extremely well done, and nobody will be left saying they were unclear.

    THE APP:

    I don’t like most security apps. As they are laid out poorly and often don’t give you a whole lot of customization. I’m pleased to say that is not the case with Eufy. Their app not only is very easy to navigate but it also gives you a bunch of customization options to fit your needs and it just works. Right on the front screen on the top you are greeted with the doorbell, how much battery it has, how good the wireless connection is, a bell to snooze notifications, how many new notifications you have, and settings. The bottom row has tabs (Devices, Events, Security, and Explore).

    The Security tab is interesting as you can quickly choose how your system is running with Home, Away, Disarmed, Geofencing, Schedule, Custom. You can also customize all these modes to fit your needs. Last you can setup automation.

    Inside the doorbell settings you can change the doorbell name, adjust if the Camera is on/off, Status LED (which detects motion), Auto Night Vision, and Logo Watermark. You can adjust the activity zone, if it will only pick humans, or all motions, and how close or far it should detect different lighting and viewing conditions. Which I really like as I have a long walkway to my door, and this can capture someone as they come around the corner instead of when they are on my porch. You have a Power Manager which lists current battery (in percentage), since last charge, used days, total detected events, false events filtered by the AI, and recorded and saved events. You can change the battery to be optimal battery life, balance surveillance, optimal surveillance, and custom. Which I really like. You can adjust video quality settings to be WDR, Streaming Quality (auto, low, medium, high), video encoding format (compressed, low compressed), and which device it will stream first to (phone, Alexa/Google smart displays). You can choose if it records audio or not, how loud the two-way talk is and how loud the doorbell tone is. You can choose which notifications to get (doorbell ring and/or motion detection), to open to the event or live view when clicking a notification, the speed of a notification (just text, include thumbnail, or full effect), and the app and doorbell ring tones. You can also add a quick response. Last you have guides you can go through. Like I said a lot of customization.

    PROS:

    - Crazy amount of customization to fit your needs and wants on both the App, Doorbell, and Wi-Fi Chime.

    - Local storage means no cloud fees!

    - Great video quality compared to others with the ability to choose high or low compression.

    - Solid build quality with attractive overall design.

    - It locks into place and can only be removed with a special key so someone can’t steal it off your porch.

    - The app is easy to navigate and intuitive. Works well without any issues.

    - All your data is encrypted locally and when streaming.

    - You can set ringtones for your device and the wi-fi chime.

    - It can capture motion, just when the doorbell is rung, or both. Can also spot just humans or any movement.

    - Motion captures are highly accurate and do a great job at beginning early enough and ending on time. (So, when a package was delivered I saw the delivery man come around my corner, drop off my package, take a picture of the package, and walk back around the corner.) Which none of the other cameras I’ve tried have been able to do.

    - Easy setup.

    - Battery life should be long. They say 6 months. Or you can hardwire it so you don’t need to worry about charging.

    - Great night vision.

    - You can share who can also see notifications from the doorbell with your whole family or friends. And choose who has admin or basic access.

    - You can choose if you just want notifications when someone rings the doorbell and/or when there is motion detected.

    - The speed at which you get a notification is fast.

    CONS:

    - Charge time is long. They say 6 hours from 0 – 100%. LED will be solid orange when charging, solid cyan when charged.

    - I can’t see the bottom of my porch where a package would be located. Part of that is likely from the location I chose but part of it is also not wide enough view.

    CONCLUSION:

    This is one of the best doorbell cameras/security cameras I’ve tried. It does everything I want it to, and it does it well, with great customization. It’s an easy recommendation from me.

    Jul 23, 2021 21:36
  • Review by Wishkid, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Alternative Doorbell

    The Eufy 2K Doorbell is another great security option in the doorbell crowded market. As with my other Eufy products the build quality is topnotch. The external housing of the doorbell is made of metal and is IP65 rated. The installation is super easy and the best part is that you have the option to use it via battery powered or wired. If you don't have an existing doorbell you’re covered. This doorbell has an internal battery that can be charged with the included micro USB cable and it will last approximately 180 days according to the manufacturer. On the back of the device there are connectors for this to be installed via hard wired as well. First you need to download the Eufy security app, then you need to plug in the included wireless chime which acts as a local storage and the connection bridge between the doorbell. Then Install the included mount bracket in the location of your choice. There’s also a mounting wedge for those who don't have a front facing mounting location.

    This doorbell is 2K so the video quality is really good. The video length can be adjusted from 5 to 120 seconds. This also has an option for human detection that way you don't receive notification from animals walking in front of your camera. The camera also has night vision which provides very clear pictures and videos. Something I noticed that I thought was pretty cool, when the video clip is recorded the camera will take a snapshot of the person's face and will place it on the bottom of the clip. You can tap on the face to enlarge the image that was pretty cool specially for theft prevention. The software has plenty of settings that you can play with such as adjusting the video quality, speaker volume, chime ringtone and more. There is also a power management settings for those who decide to use this on battery power.

    This doorbell has plenty of options and features that compare to the other similar and more expensive devices in the market like to include your own recorded smart replies to answer a bell ring. Not to mention it also works with voice assistants like Google and Alexa. There's a lot to like about this doorbell but like all great things there are compromises. One of them was the way it mounts. Once you install the bracket you attach the doorbell to it, and it is held in place by a pressure pin. There’s a detaching pin included in the box but to be honest a paper clip will do the trick meaning it can be easy to steal. Now that being said, by the time they detach it you will have an image and video of the person of course. Although this is battery power the footage is not recorded in the doorbell itself it is stored on the chime meaning that if the chime loses power the doorbell won't record nor will you receive any notification if someone is at the door.

    Lastly the battery included is non-removable, when the battery drains you will be a few hours without a doorbell until the battery is fully recharged. Note that those compromises don't sound as much but it was worth mentioning. Also because you can get the impression since its battery power that this device could work during a power outage. I simulated that scenario to come to this conclusion. The speaker could have been a little louder in my opinion, but now the microphone works really well. Overall this Doorbell is a great option for those who are looking for a great build with plenty of features that will fit in almost any type of installation. It has local storage which can be upgraded via SDCard and has no monthly fees to retrieve or watch your footage live, then this will be a perfect fit for you. In the box you get the doorbell, Wifi chime, mounting bracket, mounting wedge, USB cable, detaching pin, installation screws, manual and installation instructions.

    Jul 25, 2021 19:31
  • Review by 91preludesi, 8 out of 10
    Great image quality with no monthly fees!

    I got this video doorbell to replace the original button doorbell. We had been looking to get a video doorbell for a while. My holdup had always been monthly subscription fees with other brands to be able to see your recordings. I don't want another monthly bill. Fortunately, the eufy video doorbell doesn't charge any monthly subscription fees.

    The setup was quick. Altogether (without the hiccup, that I'll explain in a minute) installation was about 15 minutes. I hardwired it to the existing wiring from the original doorbell. You'll need to remove the existing doorbell, remove the wires from it and install the backing plate for the eufy video doorbell. It comes with wire extenders, screws, wall anchors, and wire nuts. I had to end up using the wire extenders due to how short the existing wires were. The instructions make it clear how to do all of this. Attach the two wires to the back of the doorbell and then it snaps into the bracket. Now, about that hiccup. After I installed the new eufy video doorbell and chime (it simply plugs into an electrical outlet which is a great feature!), I installed the app. What I didn't realize is that you will need to scan the QR code on the back of the doorbell. This meant using the metal pin in the bottom of the bracket to separate it and then scan the QR code. In fairness, this was 100% my fault as the instructions tell you to download the app and follow the instructions that it gives you, then the quick start guide tells you the installation instructions. It also comes with an angled bracket to offset it 15 degrees if you need to as well as a charging cable if you don't hardwire it. (They estimate 6 months between charges, but I can't speak to that as mine is hardwired and I haven't had it that long). If you do hardwire it, your old chime will still function. There is a button in the app to disable it and only use the eufy chime if you decide not to remove it.

    The 2k resolution is enough to be able to see everything clearly. The app has a lot of features and is easy to use. You can set activity zones, sensitivity levels and choose from several chime options. It has three preset voice responses, "Excuse me, can I help you?", "Please leave it at the door", and "We will be right there". You can also record your own response that can be up to 10 seconds. I was at work yesterday (about 40 miles from home) and the motion alarm went off. Within seconds I got the alert. My wife had opened the door to clean the storm door. I used the opportunity to test the voice responses. She heard them clearly and I then talked to her through the doorbell. I was able to hear her perfectly like we were sitting next to each other talking. I set the activity zone too far out initially, and even with the sensitivity set to 1 (out of 5), it was still sending motion alerts to my phone every time I made a pass with the lawnmower. (The picture is the mower about 40' from the camera and it was still alerting). Some people live very close to a road, so make sure you set your activity zone properly to avoid a ton of false alarms. I have since set the activity zone to the walkway and not including the grass to avoid this. I also have a picture of what the doorbell sees at night.

    Although it does work with Alexa, in my experience it is very slow. Whereas the app is immediate for viewing the video doorbell, when I ask Alexa to show me the doorbell, it takes an average of 16 seconds for the video to come up on the Echo Show. Also, while it is pulling it up, the Show is making constant thumping sounds through the speaker. Once the video pops up, the thumping stops and you get the audio from the doorbell.

    Overall, with the image/voice quality, ability to get alerts and communicate through the app, and no monthly subscription fees, I would say it's great. One feature I would like to see is that the actual doorbell button was permanently lit up. As it is now, since we don't leave the porch light on, you would never be able to see the doorbell, much less where the button is. If they add that feature it would easily be 5 stars for me.

    Jul 24, 2021 12:36
  • Review by Linksys, 10 out of 10
    Excellent video Doorbell

    Video doorbells are almost becoming a must have and Eufy is becoming one of the top choices. I was first introduced to Eufy with their wireless battery cameras and they have been my favorite camera brand ever since. This doorbell offers excellent video clarity day or night and even when zoomed in still maintains good clarity. One of the biggest selling points for me with Eufy is local storage. This gives you peace of mind that your video is secure, something that cloud storage (in my opinion) does not offer. With this unit the doorbell that you plug into an outlet inside has 16GBs of storage. Having the doorbell like this essentially gives you two doorbells, the one built into the house and this one that you can place on another level of the house. If you don’t need a second chime and just want to use your existing one, you can disable the chime for the Eufy one in the app. If you do use the chime with the Eufy doorbell, it gives you multiple chime options more than just the standard boring bell chime.

    Speaking of the app, this is one of the areas that Eufy has always shined for me. From setup to daily use the Eufy app team definitely has made an app that just works. The setup process with all the Eufy cameras I have has always been extremely simple, even a novice shouldn’t have a problem. The one thing I would like to see added to the app for this camera is pet detection for motion, my wired Eufy camera has this so I’m sure with an update this could be added. If there’s one area that could use improving with this video doorbell is motion detection, even on the highest setting and all motion detection enabled it does not detect a cat that comes up to door from time to time. I would think this is another thing that an update would be able to address. I’ve used a few different security cameras and video doorbells and they all have areas that could use improvement. If you need the peace of mind a video doorbell/camera adds, the Eufy brand strikes the best balance in my opinion with the least amount of compromise.

    Jul 23, 2021 14:12
  • Review by jago, 8 out of 10
    Very good quality and no fees

    The Eufy 2k video doorbell with chime takes the previous version a step further and adds the ability to use the battery option or use the wired option to your existing doorbell. I chose the battery option for my install, and it has preformed well for me. Installation was a breeze, and it only took me about 30 minutes from start to finish. If you are going the wired route, it might take a bit longer, depending on your set up. Using the battery option allows you to place the video doorbell where you want it. So, if you have a doorbell that faces the side and you want to capture the walkway up to your door, then you have that option and having options right out of the box is good. I found the battery life was still around 96% after a full week of testing and hundreds of notifications.

    Inside the box you are given different mounting brackets so that you can angle the video doorbell and some mounting screws and wires to hook into your existing wires as well. Also included is a 16GB SanDisk MicroSD card for local storage (which is also an improvement over the previous model that only had built in storage, and you can expand that storage if you desire. This local storage allows you to control your video and not have to upload them to a cloud and it is also no extra cost. This is a big win in my book and the monthly subscription model that everyone else uses are an added expense that I don’t want or need.

    Video quality is great, and I have no complaints about that. Night quality is good as well and I am happy with that too. I do wish the field of view (FOV) was larger though, the image does not allow me to see the whole porch so if a package is on there it is out of view, and that is really my only complaint about this device. Video calling is loud and clear and both parties can hear each other. Notifications are quick and it only takes a second or two for my phone to connect and to be able to start speaking to the other person. There are also some canned responses you can send if you can’t talk. The Eufy security app is built for a whole home security set up with cameras, floodlight cameras, smart locks, and other sensors. To take advantage of that you would need to purchase the additional devices. Otherwise, the app is set up very nicely and it is easy to use and understand. Configuring the devices to your liking is easy as well. I really like this video doorbell and I find it easy to use, set up, and the quality and notifications are great.

    Pros:

    No monthly subscription

    Local storage (expandable)

    16GB MicroSD card included

    Set up

    Video Quality

    Battery/wired option

    Battery life

    Cons:

    FOV (field of view)

    Jul 25, 2021 13:56
  • Review by Josh, 10 out of 10
    Excellent way to take control

    I am not new to security camera equipment of various types, ranging from hardwired local storage cameras to cloud based battery powered ones. This Eufy doorbell cam straddles the best of both worlds in a convenient and functional way. In my case it is replacing a doorbell cam from a certain company that we all use to search for things on the internet. I was very interested in having a doorbell cam that had as close to the ultra-high video quality I was accustomed to while doing away with the monthly fee to keep it running. Thankfully, I feel like this is exactly the ticket.

    This doorbell cam is extremely easy to setup. It includes decent printed instructions and the app you must use with it also gives you a nice walkthrough. You have several mounting and use options as well which is very handy. My home has a hardwired doorbell that is in working order. So, I was able to use that existing system to add the Eufy cam to and use that power source and my original chime. You could also use the base station that doubles as a chime and run the cam on battery power. Two screws for the mounting plate, two wires to hook up, and that was it for the physical work. You use the app to setup your account if you don’t already have one, setup the base station/chime first, and then the doorbell itself. You can tell it how its hooked up in the process which will determine whether it should use a hardwired chime or the base station. Regardless, the base station is where the included memory card is located for storing video that is captured and is how the doorbell connects to Wi-Fi.

    As far as connectivity goes, it has been very flawless so far. I can connect to a doorbell notice very quickly and be able to speak to someone on the other end clearly and with little delay. The sound quality is very good, and video clarity and quality are on par with my old doorbell cam which was excellent. Being WDR instead of HDR is a noticeable downgrade however I have gotten used to the difference already. You can adjust many different settings in the app for detection zones, sensitivity, night vision, recording length, and plenty of other things. I appreciate that it keeps video recordings concise to just the event and nothing else. This way, you don’t have to scrub through a bunch of nothing to get to the action. I was concerned this would cause it to miss things but so far it has not. I could change it from just detecting people to all motion but so far, I have not found any need to do so. The push notifications I get sent on my phone are informative and useful, for example I get a push notice if someone rings the bell that I can simply click to quickly answer.

    I am very happy with the overall quality, the fact that my recordings are all stored locally with no fees attached, and how easy to use and setup this doorbell cam is. Saving money and taking control over my data is a very nice combination. The only drawback is the lack of facial recognition and the simple fact that the actual doorbell is enormous. But those are small details that I can happily overlook. I recommend this to anyone in the market for better security.

    Jul 25, 2021 19:31
  • Review by TechNerd, 8 out of 10
    Good little door bell camera no one talks about

    Quick summary:

    Thought this was smart of eufy to make a video door camera battery operated as well as having the option of wiring it. Some people might not have access to power lines or might be living in an apartment they can't alter. This system is a great solution with it's USB rechargeable batteries. Video quality is great and night vision is just as good. User interface is just as easy as to navigate and do what you need. Best of all Recording is FREE!!

    I've used several different brand security camera eco systems, some of their advantages and other have great features. I'll cover what I like about the eufy Smart Wi-Fi 2k Video Doorbell.

    Out of the Box:

    Door Bell Camera

    Mounting Plate

    Wiring hardware (optional install)

    Door Chime

    16GB SD card

    USB cable

    Manuals

    Installation:

    Installing the eufy door bell camera was much easier vs other brand name door bell cameras that are wired only option. This meant I could put it on any side of the door without worrying about getting power to it via power lines. This door bell also has the option of being wired for maintenance free use. Eufy gives templates and hardware so the camera installation was pretty simple, all you need is a screw driver. Installation of the chime/recorder is even easier, just install the US power outlet adaptor on to the chime and plug it in a room you often occupy.

    Use:

    Setup and using the eufy camera system is pretty easy. The app voice guidance is a different and innovative approach to easy setup. Navigating around the app was pretty easy and intuitive. Buttons are easy to read and well placed so getting around to settings is just as easy as setting up the system as watching live video of your front door.

    Pros:

    Easy setup

    Intuitive app

    FREE video recording, other brands charge you a subscription base to get this feature

    Cons:

    could use different degree shims for installing mounting plate

    Conclusion:

    I'd highly recommend this as an alternative to the other brand name door bell cameras out on the market. I'm very happy with this system.

    Aug 03, 2021 18:58
  • 9.0score
    Arlo - Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free - Black
    Description

    A better way to see the complete picture at your door. Arlo Essential Video Doorbell can be powered by a rechargeable battery or hardwired. Connect directly to WiFi for easy setup. When motion is detected, receive notifications and view live video from your phone. See what’s at the door, from head to toe or a package on the ground during the day or in low light with night vision, without opening your door. Speak to visitors with two-way audio or use pre-recorded quick reply messages when you’re busy. With an included trial of Arlo Secure, personalize notifications when your Video Doorbell spots people, vehicles, animals or packages, and store recorded video clips.* Get added peace of mind knowing that Arlo will replace your doorbell if it gets stolen through the Arlo Theft Replacement program.**

    13 Features
  • See more at your front door: See a person from head to toe or a package on the ground with a 180 diagonal degree viewing angle optimized for the front door.
  • Security in the palm of your hand: Receive notifications when motion is detected and watch live streaming video from your smartphone or tablet.
  • More ways to answer: See and speak to visitors with clear two-way audio, or respond with pre-recorded quick reply messages when you’re busy. Receive a video call when your doorbell is pressed and never miss a visitor.
  • Night Vision: See who’s at your door at night, even without a light on.
  • Brave the elements: Certified to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun.
  • Multiple powering options: Install without wires using the rechargeable battery, or hardwire to existing wiring for continuous power.
  • Notifications that matter: Get alerts when your Video Doorbell spots people, vehicles, animals or a package with included 3-months of Arlo Secure*.
  • Built-in smart siren: Trigger your siren automatically, or manually from the Arlo app.
  • Visitor Messaging: Guests can leave you a voice message if you’re unable to answer the door, and you can listen remotely at your convenience.
  • Direct to Wi-Fi: Connects directly to Wi-Fi for simple setup.
  • Arlo Theft Replacement Program**: We’ve got you covered if your doorbell is stolen.
  • Complete connected security: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Samsung SmartThings.
  • Arlo Secure*: Includes 3-months of Arlo Secure for 30-day cloud recording, advanced object detection, rich notifications, cloud activity zones and more. Plans start at $3 per month.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by gtdad, 8 out of 10
    Great Video Doorbell, But...

    Out of the box, the Arlo wireless video doorbell looks and feels like a high quality device.

    Included with the doorbell is the rechargeable battery with usb cable, flat and angled mounting brackets, wire extensions (should you chooses to wire the device), screws and anchors, a release pin and a quick start guide.

    The rechargeable battery has a red indicator light when it needs charging and it turns green when it is fully charged. My unit came with the battery in need of a charge which took 2-3 hours using a standard usb outlet.

    While the battery is charging you can download the Arlo app which will walk you through setup and installation. The app is excellent and the installation is quick and easy. The doorbell setup will only work on a 2.4ghz wifi. So make sure to turn your phone on to a 2.4ghz network for setup. After setup you can put your phone back on 5ghz.

    If you go to settings in the app you can customize the doorbell by choosing resolution, activity zone, motion detection sensitivity, speaker settings and more.

    When the doorbell detects motion the led light surrounding the button turns on, making it highly visible to the person approaching in any lighting condition. You will also receive a notification on your phone and you can check to see a video capture of the motion or a live picture through the camera.

    When someone rings the doorbell you receive a phone call which opens up the app and allows you to see and speak to the person at the door. There is almost no delay at all between the doorbell activation and the call you receive. Also, the audio is very natural with no delay between both ends of the conversation.

    The speaker quality is excellent and volume can be controlled within the app.

    I have been using the doorbell for 10 days and I have found it to be 100% reliable.

    One of the best features of the Arlo doorbell is the 180 degree diagonal picture with a 1:1 aspect ratio.

    This allows you to see a person from head to toe and you can even see packages on the ground next to your door. In addition, the video has minimal fisheye effect, far less than other video doorbells I have used. The video is crisp and clear in all lighting conditions.

    Some other features include 8x digital zoom on live and recorded video, built in siren, quick reply messages and ability to call 911.

    So why only 4 stars? Well, there is one definite issue and one possible issue to be aware of.

    On the Arlo website it states that this doorbell works “with seamless integration the Google Home Hub” and has “total compatibility”. Well, that is not completely true.

    You can add the Arlo doorbell to Google Home. However, when the doorbell rings, the Google Home Hub will announce that someone is at your “Front Door” or whatever you named your doorbell. But it will not show any video and will not allow you to speak to the person through the Hub. You still have to answer the call through your phone. In addition, if you ask Google to show you the “Front Door” it will display a message that the video cannot be streamed. The only way around this is to lower the resolution in the doorbell to it’s lowest setting, which is 720x720. This will allow you to ask Google to show you a live stream from the doorbell, and it will, however it will still only tell when someone is at the door and not show you video until you ask for it. And it still won’t allow you to speak to them through the Hub screen. By the time you go through all of this you could have answered through your phone much quicker. Also, there is a negative trade off of lowering the resolution. You will lose the 1:1 aspect ratio with the 180 degree diagonal picture on your recorded video. The live stream will still have a full picture but any recorded video will only record the upper half of a person’s body.

    So the integration is definitely not seamless.

    As I mentioned, I have been using this doorbell for 10 days and it is showing 51% battery remaining.

    Arlo sates that the battery should last up to 6 months, but at this rate it would only last about 3 weeks.

    If that ends up being the case, that would be completely unacceptable and I would lower my rating.

    However, I have been trying out all of the features of the doorbell over these 10 days so maybe the battery life will improve as I transition to normal use.

    Finally, this device does not have any local storage. You must subscribe to an Arlo subscription service which gives you 30 days of storage, as well as advanced object detection( cars, people, etc.), and up to 4k video. Packages vary in price but start at only $2.99/mo. However, some people may object to paying a subscription fee and it would be nice if Arlo offered a local storage option.

    In the end, this is an excellent video doorbell that is easy to install, intuitive to use, with excellent video and audio quality, and a comprehensive Arlo app. I hope that Arlo and Google can fine tune the integration of the doorbell and I hope and expect that the battery life will improve.

    Jan 04, 2021 19:56
  • Review by Steve62305, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Video Doorbell

    Full Disclosure: I received this product through Best Buy’s Tech Insider Network in exchange for an honest evaluation and an unbiased review.

    My family has wanted a video doorbell for several years and we're thrilled to finally get one.

    However, during installation and setup for this doorbell and its associated mobile phone apps I was immediately disquieted to read that my smartphone must be connected to my home's Wi-Fi using the same 2.4GHz channel that the doorbell uses to connect to my home's Wi-Fi. I was suspicious that this was not possible. I checked my Galaxy S20 and my daughter's iPhone 11 and there is simply no way to specify or force either phone to connect to just the home Wi-Fi's 2.4GHz channel or for that matter its 5GHz channel. There's just no distinction anymore.

    This derailed my setup for several hours while I researched this issue. What I discovered was that it's been many years since we had to setup a router's Wi-Fi with separate SSIDs for each frequency channel (e.g. SMITH24 and SMITH50). As router software got smarter, the need for this distinction quietly went away leaving us to have just one SSID like SMITH. I truly never even noticed.

    Now, when we buy and setup a new phone we select our Wi-Fi SSID name SMITH, enter the passphrase, then the phone connects and we never have to concern ourselves with it again. That's progress and that's as it should be.

    Finally, on my router manufacturer's website I found a tech support article that basically stated that when faced with this situation, just plow forward with the installation and in most cases everything will be fine. It stated that my router system will take care of the inner workings to make sure the legacy device (i.e. doorbell) will be able to communicate with my smartphone no matter how it connects to the Wi-Fi. And it did. I would recommend that Arlo expand their explanation of this topic in their installation instructions. It would've prevented me some consternation.

    Because of the December cold weather I took the easy route and installed the Arlo video doorbell with an exterior-grade, double-sided, mounting tape. Next spring, I will wire the Arlo doorbell in place of my existing wired doorbell button. This will eliminate the need to remove, recharge, and reinstall the doorbell battery. When wired into your existing 24vdc doorbell system, the Arlo battery is constantly charging and doesn't have to be removed for recharging. Also, when wired, the Arlo doorbell button will ring your existing wired doorbell chime in addition to notifying your smartphone.

    On your smartphone a push of the Arlo doorbell button results in an instant, incoming call to your phone. You then accept or decline the notification.

    We installed the Arlo app on two Android phones and two iPhones. So far we're loving it. I didn't receive the doorbell until a couple days before Christmas so we haven't had many deliveries since installing it. Did have two Fedex deliveries where the delivery guy rang the doorbell, but left immediately. It's nice to see our postal mail when its being delivered to the porch mailbox, but there's normally no need for our carrier to ring the bell.

    With no visitors due to the pandemic, the only conversations we've had through the doorbell have been with our 9-year old granddaughter who likes to talk with someone when she takes her dog out on a leash. With those exchanges the audio is very clear and plenty loud if you don't lower the volume.

    Both the camera's daylight vision and night vision are excellent (see my day/night images). Motion detection even triggers on a 12 pound dog heading out the door. Reviewing captured videos in the Arlo Cloud through the phone apps and on my desktop PC are pretty straightforward. Downloading a video from the Cloud and saving it just takes a couple clicks. It's all very easy. I included a screenshot from the Arlo Cloud of a typical day's collection of videos taken at our front door.

    I wish we could've received this video doorbell a few weeks earlier as two Christmas boxes whose tracking show as being delivered at the same time, never arrived. Don't know if we have "porch pirates" in the area or a mis-delivery to a dishonest neighbor. Lord knows we've carried enough mis-delivered boxes to our neighbors over the years. So we're thinking its a porch pirate as it was just a couple weeks before Christmas.

    The round, fisheye-style lens gives the camera a wide field of view that covers my entire 100' front yard from the driveway on the south to the neighbor's yard on the north. This morning, I found a cool use for it when, without leaving my warm bed, I was able to use my phone to view the doorbell in live video mode to verify my son-in-law put the trash carts out to the curb as he left for work. Confident he didn't forget, I got an extra 30 minutes sleep. Being retired is pretty nice.

    I also like to use the doorbell's live camera mode to watch the other dog when she's let out front with no leash. Beats having a bitter north wind blowing in my face when peering out a partially opened front door to keep an eye on her.

    This doorbell has many features and some we haven't had the opportunity to use yet since we've only had it less than a week. Over time we will. But, the basics we have used and all work very well. Both the Android app and the iPhone app are quality software and once installed none of us have encountered any problems. It's what we in the software development world call "mature software". Meaning all the bugs and kinks have been worked out.

    In summary, I would like to see Arlo clarify the installation documentation issue I mentioned earlier. But even with that hiccup, I can enthusiastically recommend this Arlo Video Doorbell to anyone looking for a good quality video doorbell. So go ahead and get it because you won't be disappointed in any way. As a further endorsement, I've already decided to buy one for my daughter who lives in another state and has had problems with deliveries.

    Jan 08, 2021 16:26
  • Review by AllAboutTech, 8 out of 10
    An elegant doorbell option but not quite perfect

    Verdict: The Arlo Video Doorbell is an elegant and small video doorbell that provides wireless video capability for entryways. Motion detection is very sensitive and the camera does a great job at capturing footage, but the live video chat with a visitor sometimes has a bit too much lag.

    First impressions. It is smaller than other competing products and it looks nice. The package includes the doorbell, the rechargeable battery, and a charging cable.

    Setup. The Arlo app provided easy and quick installation; I did not run into any issues. While we have two Arlo base stations, we could not connect this doorbell to the base station. It looks like the only connection option is through WiFi. Installation was straight forward: choose a place to mount, screw the mounting plate on the wall, and attach the doorbell to the mounting plate. I am using the angle mount so I have a better angle on the people approaching the door. The wireless aspect was absolutely necessary for us; Arlo allows us to have an entire camera system for the house, and now a video doorbell, without any wires.

    Live video performance. We have gigabit internet (and consistent 300 Mbps or more WiFi speeds up & down) with strong coverage throughout the house, so the doorbell gets great WiFi coverage. While the doorbell is very responsive when activating the camera manually from the app, there is sometimes a significant lag (10 seconds) from the time a visitor presses the doorbell button and the time that the video appears on the smart phone (see picture). I will try to figure out a pattern for when this happens so I can resolve it. So far, it seems random. It’s definitely neither our internet speeds nor our WiFi coverage that is the issue. I hope to be able to connect the doorbell to my base stations in the future to perhaps improve live calls and also to use local storage.

    Image quality. The wide field of view and high resolution ensures the highest quality of the image. The wide field of view means that I no longer need another Arlo camera at the front door as I can see just about 180-degrees field of view. I am also very satisfied with the video quality in all conditions. We can clearly see people’s faces, make/model of vehicles, and other details from the video recordings. HD and HDR allows for high resolution viewing, zooming, and visibility in low light. Lastly, the night vision on this camera is quite capable too.

    Detection. Motion detection is very sensitive… so much so that I have to use activity zones to avoid the waving flag on the front porch or squirrels on the patio triggering the motion sensor and sending an alert to my phone. The activity zones work fairly well, overall. After two weeks of testing, the camera has captured the faces of EVERY person approaching the door; this is something that we couldn’t do before, and we are very happy about this aspect of the product.

    Integration with overall systems. The video doorbell is easy to integrate with other cameras through the Arlo app. We have other cameras on the front patio that now start to record when the video doorbell detects motion. This allows us to capture video of the front area of the house from different angles when someone is at the front door. We also paired the video doorbell with the Arlo chime that we previously had from our Arlo audio doorbell setup.

    Things I love.

    - Exceptional detection of people approaching the door, which means you can capture all the details you need to see exactly who came to your door

    - Easy app setup and installation

    - It’s wireless! A must have for us

    - Six-month battery (remains to be tested)

    - Excellent image quality in all circumstances: HD, HDR, and night vision

    - Fantastic field of view

    - Capable of connecting through WiFi

    Things I don’t love.

    - I wish the charging connector was USB-C. This is now one of the last few gadgets we own with a micro-USB connector

    - This device should allow for base station connection

    - The live-video chat has a significant delay sometimes. I will continue to work on why that is happening, but that is a bit of a disappointment. One of the primary reasons for getting a video doorbell is to interact with people at the door. I feel that this feature should work perfectly, every time.

    Overall, this is a great video doorbell that provides convenient wireless installation and powerful features. We are very happy with this doorbell.

    Jan 05, 2021 16:35
  • Review by UnkinB, 10 out of 10
    Essential Upgrade for Home Security

    The Arlo Essential Doorbell is a great addition to any home security system. It ties into my existing Arlo wireless camera’s and app without a hitch. I have had the Arlo Security Camera’s for a few years now and I was able to pick up the Arlo Doorbell to really upgrade my home security. With the addition of the Arlo Doorbell, I am able to actually talk to someone at the door in real time, which is a really great feature during this time of social distancing. Setup was really easy for me since I already use the Arlo App, but that was just a download and install. The physical installation can either be done wirelessly or hardwired into existing wiring. Once everything is installed you pair it to your wifi and your up and running.

    The Arlo Doorbell has a 180 degree diagonal viewing area, it captures HD video and has night vision. The doorbell recognizes motion and sends a notification to your phone, most of the time I will get the notification before the person rings the doorbell. We do a lot of online shopping and get packages delivered to our house. With the Arlo Doorbell, since most delivery people just drop off the package and not ring the doorbell, I still know when the package arrives due to the motion detection. After motion detection, from your phone you can talk to the person at the door, send a notification to a friend, call 911 or sound an alarm if you notice anything fishy. The doorbell also has custom detection zones that you can adjust so you do not get the random car driving down the street or other unnecessary alerts. The doorbell stores all your notifications in the cloud if you ever need to go back and review them. I have known people that had an issue and sent the video to the police officer that was investigating.

    As I stated before, the Arlo Doorbell is an essential component to any home security system.

    Jan 05, 2021 11:30
  • Review by TechGeek28, 10 out of 10
    Easy to Install Doorbell with Amazing Features

    By far the best video doorbell on the market today. Installation was a breeze, with easy to follow step by step instructions via the Arlo app. Setup took less than 10 minutes to mount it beside my door. Battery life is long-lasting and when it needs to charge, a simple tool provided makes it easy to access and recharge. Detection settings work perfectly, knowing when an animal walks by versus a person or courier. I'm always notified on my phone when someone enters my set detection zone. The Arlo app will save a small clip for viewing later and I love having that information anywhere, anytime. When someone rings the doorbell I get a typical phone call on my cell, making it easy to pickup and talk in real time to whom has arrived. Additionally, I was able to easily connect to my other smart home devices, like Amazon's Echo line, via the Arlo skill. If my phone isnt within reach I'll have an audio notification from Alexa that someone is here. That kind of synergy is a welcome touch! Video and audio quality is extremely crisp and clear during day or night. There's peace of mind knowing when someone approaches my home, whether I'm inside or not.

    I'd highly recommend this product to anyone whos in the market for a video doorbell, with it's sleek design and ease of accessibility, Arlo knows what matters. The world of online shopping has only grown during a time where most people are home, including myself. So with the increasing number of deliveries at any given time, I finally have a digital eye keeping watch.

    Jan 04, 2021 14:59
  • Review by DrJohn, 10 out of 10
    Office Door Camera

    I installed this device on my office front door and works, records to our satisfaction.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:41
  • Review by Sean, 8 out of 10
    Easy to use, Great Quality Video Doorbell

    The Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free is a pretty darn good doorbell camera. It has some nice features and is a nice addition to our home automation.

    Build quality on the Arlo doorbell is very nice. It is plastic, however, it is solid. It has already been through one snow storm and is holding up very well with no issues. The camera is a 180 degree camera that has excellent video quality. One thing I would like to see done differently is USB-C charging. These days I feel that this should be standard for charging.

    Installation and setup is a breeze on this unit. This is a wire-free unit and can be used with a rechargeable battery, but can also be installed hardwired if desired. The battery does hold a charge for a long time, but if you chose to hardwire it, you can have the hardwired connection set to keep your battery charged. I do have to say that installation was a breeze. This does come with an angled installation plate so if you need it you can adjust the angle of the camera mount. I didn't need this for my installation, however, it is a great part if needed. This does come with screws to mount and anchors if needed. Two screws, plug in the battery, snap onto the base and your done. Then the set up comes into play. It was very easy to follow the instructions to get it connected to wifi and on my home network. It's at this point that if you don't have an Arlo account, you will need to create one.

    The video quality on the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free is very good. It has a very clear 180 degree image, night vision, package detection, Smart siren for alarms, video calling, and a great feature where someone can leave you a voice message if you're not able to answer and you can listen when you're free to. I have to say I was very impressed with how clear the daytime and night vision quality are. When something or someone enters the detection zone, I get a push notification to my phone.

    Overall, I would say that this is a fantastic camera doorbell for anyone looking for a great quality wire free option that is easy to install and set up. The one thing that is taking it down to 4 stars for me is that there is no option for onboard storage. You have to subscribe to their service in order to get access to the recordings. These days, another subscription service can be a pain point. I would love to just be able to pop in a memory card and access recordings if I need to and have an actual physical copy.

    Jan 06, 2021 22:22
  • Review by Dylnel, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Image Quality

    The Arlo video doorbell was just what we were looking for. We have another camera system in place but the video quality is not great especially at night. This solves that issue at our front door. This was a very easy install as it came with all the hardware that we needed. Simply took it out of the box and let it charge to full which took two or three hours. Once charged you need to figure out if you want a flat mount or slightly angled mount. There is a mount to give it a slight angle if needed. We went with the flat mount due to the wide field of view.

    Simply screw in the mount and attach the camera and you are up and running.

    Overall use is simple. In settings you can choose your active areas that will trigger the camera when it senses motion. For us, we choose our property so passing cars would not trigger motion which would trigger alerts all day and is not necessary.

    It takes 2 to 3 seconds to start live view if you want to take a peek outside but really isn’t necessary as anything you need to see will alert you as it happens.

    Overall image quality is excellent both and day and night. You will not see to far at night but we can see our property which is all we are concerned with.

    Overall this is a great video doorbell and we are considering a second for the back door.

    Battery based on current usage should last a few months with no issues. You won’t go wrong with this choice.

    Jan 11, 2021 08:30
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Wi-Fi Video Doorbell - Wired - Black
    Description

    Answer the door from anywhere and stay connected 24/7 with this Ring small wired doorbell. It delivers 1080p HD video, two-way talk, advanced motion detection, real-time alerts sent straight to your phone, Alexa device or Ring Chime (sold separately). Filter out movement next door or on a busy street with adjustable motion settings so you'll only receive the alerts that matter. Night vision with sharp contrast lets you see every detail - even in the dark.

    11 Features
  • HD video and two-way talk: With 1080p HD video and two-way talk, see, hear, and speak to people from your phone, tablet, or select Alexa-enabled devices.
  • Chime In-Home: Connect to Ring Chime to hear audio notifications throughout your home (sold separately). Note: the doorbell will not sound your existing chime. Note: the doorbell will not sound on existing home wired chime.
  • Night vision with sharp contrast: Lets you monitor what matters most - day or night.
  • Advanced motion detection: Customize your motion zone settings to focus on the areas you need to protect.
  • Wired power: Comes hardwired using existing doorbell wiring for nonstop power.
  • Versatile smartphone compatibility: Supports select Apple iOS and Android devices.
  • Ring app: Receive alerts, accept live video feed, and talk to your visitor from your smartphone.
  • Easy mounting: Replace your existing doorbell with the included installation tools and screws.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: Use your home network to easily synchronize your doorbell with your smartphone or tablet.
  • Works with Alexa: You can hear audio announcements when anyone presses the doorbell or triggers the motion sensors.
  • Power: Requires an existing doorbell system, Ring plug-in adapter or transformer for power supply (10-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60Hz,or 24VDC, 0.5A, 12W)
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by SingingAccordionist, 10 out of 10
    Very pleased with quality

    I had to do my own research to figure out how to connect to my old-style doorbell chime. Once that was figured out, the doorbell easily connected and works great. Good camera, day and night, and the microphone and speaker work well. I'm still pondering whether the free recording level is enough, or I should pay for the basic pay-level service. The advantage of my old-style doorbell chime is that it still works with my old push-button front doorbell even while the new Ring Wi-Fi is powered at my "back" door.

    Oct 15, 2021 21:12
  • Review by gso16, 8 out of 10
    Ring

    I like being able to see who's at the door, but I didn't realize there'd be a monthly fee to watch the video after the fact. It's a small fee, and I may have overlooked that fact when purchasing, but that's the only negative I've had.

    Aug 25, 2021 13:17
  • Review by Koryk, 8 out of 10
    The Ring tolls for me.

    The Ring works well and was fairly easy to install. The only co.plcatipns dealt with my breaker box not being labeled well. The set up for my acess was simple due to the scan code. I do have 2 issues. This lower level model does not have the ability to run our home doorbell so we purchased a Ring Chime a couple of weeks later. That works great. The other is sharing the connection with my wife. Evdry time I try to shsre the link, it does not connect to her phone. We follow the instructions, but it just keeps saying that she can't connect now and we should try later. These 2 issues keep the rating at 4 stars instead of 5.

    Jul 23, 2021 19:16
  • Review by DoorBell, 10 out of 10
    DoorBell

    I love it very much and would tell others that it’s something you a pay for at a low price

    Apr 23, 2021 19:00
  • Review by DadShack, 10 out of 10
    Life Changing

    This product is great. It is life changing in that we no longer have to wonder who is at the front door. We can easily see who is ringing. Additionally, it gives a chime if a person comes within range. That tells us if the Amazon person has stopped by. It is in the same category as call tracing and the telephone answering machine. Money well spent.

    Apr 30, 2021 16:24
  • Review by Mayet, 6 out of 10
    a disappointing that the original seal has been op

    Not sure if I should give the product 5 stars yet. I will have an electrician install all 3 ring products on Monday. The 2 ring doorbell boxes have been opened and were secured with clear circle tape. Crossing my fingers and hope it all works out good on Monday.

    Jul 16, 2021 14:20
  • Review by JenV, 8 out of 10
    Cost effective front door security

    Good buy for front door security. Day and night vision work well. There is a 3 to 5 second delay on getting motion alerts , so don’t expect instant alerts. Install was rather simple. Make sure your Wi-Fi has a 2.4 ghz channel before you buy

    Oct 23, 2021 11:01
  • Review by Clutch, 8 out of 10
    Easy install and delivers as advertised.

    Very easy to install, only comment is that Ring doesn't have an app with google so I'm limited to my phone to notify me someone's at the door.

    Nov 03, 2021 22:57
  • 8.8score
    Arlo - Essential Video Doorbell Wired - White
    Description

    A smarter way to see who's at your door. Get notifications when motion is detected and view live video on your phone. Get the bigger picture of what's at your door, from head to toe or a package on the ground. Even see clearly in low light with night vision. Speak to visitors with two-way audio, or use pre-recorded quick reply messages when you're busy. Plus, receive personalized notifications when your Video Doorbell spots people, vehicles, animals or packages, and store recorded video clips with the included trial of Arlo Secure*. Arlo Video Doorbell uses your existing doorbell wiring for continuous power.

    12 Features
  • Optimized for the front door: Get the bigger picture of who's there, and capture vivid detail in bright and dark areas. See a person from head to toe or a package on the ground with a 180-degree viewing angle and 1:1 ratio.
  • Security in the palm of your hand: Receive notifications when motion is detected, and watch live streaming video from your smartphone or tablet.
  • Video call: Arlo Video Doorbell calls your phone directly when your doorbell is pressed to ensure you never miss a visitor.
  • More ways to answer: See and speak to visitors with clear two-way audio, or respond with pre-recorded quick reply messages when you're busy.
  • Visitor messaging: Guests can leave you a voice message if you're unable to answer the door, and you can listen remotely at your convenience.
  • Night vision: See who's at your door at night, even without a light on.
  • Brave the elements: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain, or sun.
  • Wired power: Install it yourself by connecting to your home's existing doorbell wiring**, or contact a professional installer for assistance.
  • Notifications that matter: Get alerts when your Video Doorbell spots people, vehicles, animals, or a package with Arlo Secure. Includes a 3 month trial of Arlo Secure service, with rolling 30-day cloud recordings.*
  • Built-in smart siren: Trigger your siren remotely or automatically during an event.
  • Complete connected security: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit*** and Samsung SmartThings.
  • Arlo Secure*: Includes 3-months of Arlo Secure for 30-day cloud recording, advanced object detection, rich notifications, cloud activity zones and more. Plans start at $3 per month.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Hmirza, 8 out of 10
    Window to your home

    The Arlo Video Door Bell is your window to your home while you are at home or on the go. This video door bell allows you to see who is at the door and also lets you communicate with them right from your phone or even a smart display and when you are not home or can’t answer your alert it takes a message for you. This door bell is full of amazing features and a great quality video and audio. Let’s go over what the Arlo Video Doorbell has to offer.

    Unboxing and Setup-

    Right out of the box the Arlo Video Doorbell looks beautiful, its slim and has a black gloss center with the camera and doorbell button and white border finish. The setup of the doorbell is very simple. ***THIS DOORBELL REQUIRES A HARDWIRED CONNECTION TO WORK***. I highly recommend you download the ARLO app before you begin the process. You have to signup for an Arlo account first and then the app guides you each step of the way on how to set up the doorbell. The doorbell comes with an angled and a standard mount and all accessories needed to get the job done. My setup took less than 15 minutes, from removing my old device to installing and updating the new one. Once the setup is complete, the doorbell will guide on setting up the different features such as detection, activity zones and a new feature called package detection.

    Features-

    The Arlo Video Doorbell has HD video with HDR resolution. I was able to set mine up to 1536 x 1536 resolution, the video quality is actually a lot better than my old video doorbell. You also have night vision, 2-way communication, live view option, package detection, motion detection, activity zone setup, person & animal detection with smart alerts which allow you to choose which options you like to turn on. Some of my favorite features of this doorbell that my previous did not even offer are the pre-recorded messages you can play if you don’t want to speak to someone or the ability for someone to leave a message for you on your doorbell if you don’t answer the alert. The other feature that I liked was the option to link the doorbell to Samsung smart things and Google Home/Alexa, giving you the ability to view and answer your doorbell on multiple devices. One option I noticed that I have not seen on my previous doorbell was the ability to remotely turn the doorbell off. Now I am not sure how useful this could be but I am glad that option is also available in some case that I may need it. One other feature of this doorbell that I really liked was that the view on this doorbell was a bit wider than my previous doorbell, allowing me to bigger viewing window.

    Not so good-

    The only thing I am not a fan of is the subscription service. The Arlo video doorbell comes with a 3-month trial plan which gives you access to the smart alert options and saves your video and notifications to the cloud. Without the subscription service your doorbell would still operate as normal with the notification on your phone, the live view option and push notifications for motion detection, but your videos and notifications would no longer save on the cloud and you would no longer have access to the smart alerts and some smart features.

    I had been reading some reviews where people were complaining about a delay between the motion and the alerts. I personally did not run into such issues, actually I had no issues at all. From the setup to the doorbell being pressed to the calls and alerts coming to my phone. Aside from the subscription service, which my old doorbell also had and I did not subscribe to, the Arlo doorbell was a clear winner in my book. I would recommend if anyone is looking to for a video doorbell to give Arlo a shot.

    Oct 29, 2020 15:34
  • Review by DSPARKA, 10 out of 10
    Arlo ring my doorbell

    Setting up:

    Installing the doorbell was made very simple. I had it up and installed in about 10 minutes.

    Everything works except for the issue that I had was getting it connected to my Arlo app. I tried a few times with no success even though I used the step by step instructions and the video. I pushed the reset button for 15 seconds to start over and I was unable to get it connected. My next attempt was I uninstalled the doorbell so no power goes through and try again the following day.

    After trying to connect it again to the Arlo app I now see that it’s because I was trying to add it to the Arlo hub. I tried it again without the hub and it now connected successfully.

    Appearance Of Doorbell:

    It kept the signature Arlo look, which in a sense makes the uniformity of my products the same.

    Quality:

    The Arlo doorbell seems to look fragile and to be honest I think that all of the Arlo products appears fragile. I don’t want to accidentally break a clip because I don’t think there is a way to fix that by buying parts separately. Nothing broke during installation and if it hold up like my Arlo Ultra I will be happy because after a year I have no quality issues with the Arlo Ultra.

    Images:

    The Arlo doorbell camera provides clear and beautiful pictures in the daytime and night. I also want to point out that I noticed at night the picture quality was better when I turned off the night vision toggle. I have a porch light on so maybe it affects the night vision sensor. Overall I must say I’m impressed with the picture from the Arlo doorbell camera.

    Features:

    WiFi calling:

    For now I really like this feature. When someone ring doorbell I get a call from my doorbell and I can communicate with the person or they can simply leave a message.

    Package Detection:

    Porch pirates beware because I always have eyes on my packages. With the holidays coming up I think every household need something like the Arlo package detection. I don’t have an issue with packages missing but I like the security.

    Notifications:

    All my Arlo doorbell camera notifications are specific to what triggered the motion.

    Live View:

    Anytime I want to see what my doorbell camera sees I do with ease.

    There is not much to dislike about the Arlo doorbell camera. So much you can activate but you may need a subscription. Right now I’m on a 3 month trial so I have the available features. Price is lower than most of the competition and Arlo is a brand that I trust.

    Oct 31, 2020 22:35
  • Review by Njuice, 10 out of 10
    Exceptional Video Doorbell Experience

    I've really enjoyed how companies are making it easier for regular people to add cameras to their home. Whether for keeping an eye on whose home, when your package is coming, or security purposes - there are a lot of great benefits to these. I have experience with home security camera before, and the Arlo Video Doorbell is my favorite thus far!

    SETUP:

    - Unboxing the Arlo is pretty straight forward. They have a few straight forward items in the box and then instructions to download the Arlo App (which you will need to download) but otherwise that's it.

    - Setting up the Arlo Video Doorbell was by far the most straight forward DIY home security tech setup I have ever experienced! Seriously, I was so very impressed with my overall setup experience. All you have to do is follow the step by step guide on the Arlo App on your phone and its pretty easy from there, only took me maybe 15 minutes. All you do is turn off the power to your doorbell, do some minor electrical work, and boom you are done! Just make sure you have a screwdriver and maybe a power screwdriver.

    - After the Doorbell was all setup, I just had to do a few minor tweaks in the app. Making sure the "Activity Zone" is set to the area I want it to and various settings like that. Overall very easy and it was ready to go.

    PROS:

    - Right off the bat, I was really impressed by the video quality! I know its not "4K" but I still found the HDR portion of the camera to really highlight the scene well and make it easy to see who or what was on the camera.

    - The aspect ratio of the doorbell is great too because I can see all the way from the overhang of my front porch to the cement floor. Its a nice way to get the whole picture while also being able to see what packages might be there.

    - Also the night vision is very impressive as well! Sometimes night vision is hard for cameras but I have felt this one is still really clear and I had a good picture of everything going on.

    - Another thing I really really liked about the Video Doorbell was how it records events. If an "event" alert records, I notice the camera records a few moments before it happened, and then a few after. Meaning if someone comes up around the corner, it doesn't just start recording as soon as they are in front of the camera, it is smart enough to show you what led up to it!

    - The Doorbell works really well as a doorbell naturally! The button syncs up with my existing chime in my home, and when someone presses it you get an alert and can choose to talk to them or whatever may be! And its nice because you could chat with someone when you are 100 miles away since it has that feature.

    - I know this is minor, but I do enjoy how its "wired" because I don't have to worry about charging it and I didn't have to run new electric lines to the camera since there was already some there with the old doorbell.

    CONS:

    - This is extremely common with DIY home security cams or video doorbells, but you will have a netter experience with the Arlo if you have a paid subscription plan. This allows you to not miss out on anything that is captured aka if you are gone for a weekend and 20 actions trigger the camera, you will want to see all 20 events. Its only $3 a month and to me, that's worth it.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    - If you have been wanting a video doorbell to keep on eye on things, then this is seriously a fantastic pick for you! It is super simple to hook up, the Arlo app is really enjoyable to use, and you will have a crisp clear camera that lets you talk with whoever is at your door. I'm very excited to continue using this doorbell and I think you would be too.

    Oct 29, 2020 14:17
  • Review by Goncho, 10 out of 10
    Easy setup video doorbell

    I never bought into the video doorbell business before, since from my point of view you are either at home and use your peek window to determine who is outside or if you are away (or didn’t want to answer) and it is someone you know, they’d call you up. However, after some consideration, and having my wife asking for one such device, it seemed prudent to get into the video doorbell wagon. In the last few days of having the Arlo Wired Video Doorbell, I am glad we have it, it was an easy installation and setup, the video quality has been impressive as well as the night vision capabilities, among other things. In these COVID times, it looks like the perfect device to interact with people at your door while respecting social distancing as well as providing a sense of security knowing that video would be recorded and saved in the cloud for latter review if needed.

    - Pros: easy installation/setup, wonderful video, configurable motion detection, connects to your already existing mechanical chime, multiple-phone-user access, 3 month-trial cloud storage, and others.

    - Cons: none so far.

    >> Installation/Setup

    First thing I noticed was that there was no manual or fast guide for installation/setup, after complaining about it for some time about this, I came to realize that the approach taken by Arlo was to have your cell phone as not only the installation guide but your installation buddy, which at the end worked excellent for me.

    Second thing I noticed was the note on the box about the voltage that the Arlo Wired Video Doorbell needed: 16V-24V. I measured the voltage, in my case directly at the doorbell connection (not sure where the transformer is): a little over 16V. Just make sure you have the right voltage on your existing doorbell connection.

    Now, to start the installation, the first thing I did was to get the Arlo app on my cell phone and follow the instructions to create my account and next follow the Arlo App on a step-by-step installation (the instructions are easy to follow). Here are some highlights on my experience:

    - I placed the Arlo video doorbell at the same height the older one was: a little higher to waist level. I was tempted to put it a little more towards face level, but this device will basically capture video from the floor all the way up to the roof, as it has a wide spectrum angle. If you want you can just hook up the wires and find the right height where to place the device, I think you’d realize, given its wide video angle range, that where the old doorbell was is just the right place.

    - Given that my doorbell connection is on the side wall, I used the angle mounting plate it came with, to direct the video doorbell away from the front of house. I realized that this is not really needed given the 180 degree range this camera has.

    - The 3-month trial for cloud storage starts after the setup is complete. I am not sure yet about the subscription, though, after the 3-month trial I’ll decide whether to keep it or not (so far it looks like we are going to keep it).

    >> Audio/Video

    Audio In and Out is clear enough for people outside and inside to hear each other, volume can be configured from the App. Video is noticeable of very good quality (you can change the quality). Night mode is very good, I have other indoor security camera and the Arlo Video doorbell captures a way better image in lower or no light.

    >> App/Software

    The web version seems to have more features than the App version; for example, sharing access is not available on the App (as far as I can tell). I also, had to use the web version to enable the mechanical chime. Initially I set the chime to none, as I was having issues testing the mechanical configuration, when I decided to fix that after finding the Arlo was working fine, the message I got on the phone screen was "not connected" and there was no way to get the option to select a new chime configuration, so I had to go to the website my.argo.com and from there enable that setting and set it to mechanical chime.

    >> Sharing access to the device

    This is the one I found great. Having installed the device and tried it on my phone, of course my wife asked me when she was getting notifications on her phone. The App did not have the option to share the device, so I had to go to the website and from there send the invitation to my wife. She created her Arlo account, downloaded the App and configured it to have access to our new Arlo Wired Video Doorbell!

    Note: I haven’t tested all the features, such as Activity Zones and the like.

    Nov 08, 2020 18:00
  • Review by krush, 8 out of 10
    Much better than my previous doorbell

    I really like the Arlo doorbell. Especially how it integrates with my Arlo cameras I already have. Video quality is superb as well as audio quality. A couple of things I look for in these smart camera doorbells are: ease of installation, picture quality, features, and response times.

    I will say installation was very easy, however it would have been nice if Arlo included a drill bit for brick/rock houses to use during the mounting process. I had the doorbell up and running in a matter of minutes. The app explained and demonstrated the process very well and was extremely easy to follow.

    I really like the design of this doorbell albeit is a bit large. Also, I’m a little worried that the white edges may turn yellow in the future but its more of a concern and I may be proven wrong. Build quality feels nice and solid and it is aesthetically pleasing while also very functional.

    I’m already very use to the app because I have an Arlo camera. The app is packed with features for this doorbell. You can setup activity zones, choose between regular mechanical and digital chimes, adjust video and audio settings, and call settings. If you have Arlo smart you get additional features like advanced object detection which works very well, package detection, and 30-day video history. One complaint I have and this will contribute to the docking of a star is when someone rings the doorbell, it calls my phone but for some reason doesn’t show me a preview on my phone of who it is before I answer it. So, I can’t decide whether or not, based on who it is, I want to answer or not. I have a Pixel phone so I’m not sure if this is a limitation within the phone or within the Arlo app/software itself. Believe it or not, this is very frustrating because if I answer it, audio starts automatically so the person on the other end knows I answered it. Please fix this if possible.

    Camera quality is excellent both at night and during the day. So is the audio quality. Field of view is great. Maybe a little too great but with the option of setting up activity zones, you can really customize it well. Response time is excellent. I have a mechanical doorbell and as soon as the button is pressed, it rings the chime. My previous smart doorbell had a delay between pushing the button and the chime ringing which was sort of irritating.

    All in all I think this doorbell is an excellent purchase. It provides such a sense of security and Arlo makes it so easy and their products are very good quality. I would highly recommend this doorbell as well as the Arlo Smart service.

    Nov 04, 2020 19:47
  • Review by JorgeST, 10 out of 10
    Easy set up, easy to use too!

    This video doorbell was easy to install. The packaging was simple to unbox and everything was clearly labeled too. While I would prefer a paper hardcopy of instructions, the app walked me through the installation process easily. I did really enjoy the visuals within the app as well as it made the instructions simple to understand. Once installed, the app walked me through how to use the doorbell and viewer when someone was at the door. I did notice a bit of lag in the app, and determined it was not due to my internet connection. There was a 3-4 second delay which made it difficult to communicate with the person/people outside, but from what I've heard this happens with most video doorbells. The video quality was great and, after some adjusting, I found an appropriate angle to view my front steps and walkway. All in all, the set up is pretty straight forward and the functionality was very straight forward. If you are looking for a video doorbell i would recommend this as a great solution to check that box!

    Nov 02, 2020 08:25
  • Review by PhillipB, 8 out of 10
    Almost 5 stars if it weren't for.....

    Right off the bat, I am pretty impressed with Arlo. I have their competitor whose name rhymes with zing. Arlo by far has much more versatility and features that that competitor.

    For example:

    1) Call 911 ability

    2) Call friend ability

    3) Activate Siren

    4) Door Bell LED controls

    5) Speaker Volume

    6) Package detection

    So let’s talk about its algorithm to detect the difference amongst the following:

    1) Person

    2) Vehicle

    3) Package

    I am truly amazed that it can do this and will a good reliability in its ability to get it right is pretty spot on.

    As for its optical ability. It truly beats out the competitor that I spoke of. It has a super wide angle and captures way more than its competitor.

    So here are the cons to Arlo.

    1) Installation

    2) Phone battery drain

    The installation is where I dinged it 1 star, because it is hardwired, and the wiring that I have is old and short I needed to use the wing nuts, but because Arlo did not plan on the use of wing nuts the notch out in the back was not enough to be able set the mounting plate and the doorbell body. I tried use butt splices to reduce the overall width to make it work, but that did not work either. So I had to improvise and not stand out there all day and try other ways to make it work. I ended up using spacers to fit the butt splices in the back of the doorbell. As for the battery drain, it could also be my phone just went through an update and all the security patches are causing this. I do get a lot of notifications so not sure if that contributes to the battery drain. I still can’t figure out how to reduce the types of notifications.

    I would recommend this product despite my installation issue. Pretty well done.

    Nov 03, 2020 16:24
  • Review by jago, 6 out of 10
    Improvement over the audio doorbell

    I have slowly been growing my Arlo ecosystem over the last couple of years. I have an Ultra Camera, Pro 2 cameras, security lights, doorbell, and door chime. My latest addition is the Video Doorbell. My previous set up was using the Ultra camera linked to the door chime (audio only) and that worked ok, but I wasn’t very happy with the audio quality of the doorbell, it was difficult for the person at the door to hear me and I would see them crouch down to listen. The microphone was great, but the speaker lacked big time. This new Video Doorbell has solved that issue for sure. I am very happy with the volume of the speaker on this video doorbell and the microphone is equally as good. Video quality can be adjusted to three modes, there is 1535x1536, 1080x1080, and 720x720. You can set up activity zones in the Arlo app, but I believe you do have to pay extra for that feature beyond the included 3-month trial.

    Installation of the video doorbell was made easy with the Arlo step by step instructions. Although the photos did not match exactly what my wiring looked like, it was close. For example, the door chime that I have only had a green and red wire, but the Arlo instructions had a three-wire setup that was closest to mine. However, the doorbell wiring only displayed 2 wires, but my house has three, green, red and white. I did not use the white wire and it works fine. I only had to use a drill, level and screwdriver to install this and it took me about 20 minutes total. As I mentioned before, the step by step instructions are laid out very well and show you how to do everything from start to finish.

    Video quality is pretty good. I am sure there are better and more expensive video doorbells out there, but this one does just fine for my needs. I did notice a little bit of pixilation and strange grayed out imaging going on, so I might have to play around with the settings a bit more. I do recall that my regular Pro 2 cameras did this at some point, but I think a firmware update addressed the issue, so I am not too worried about that. There is a slight delay that I have noticed as well. At times it is about 3 seconds, and others it is about 7 seconds. Hopefully, this also can be addressed in firmware updates. One thing I really like is the 1:1 ratio of the camera. I can see the entire person from head to toe while they are at my door. With the included trial of the Arlo Smart plan, you get smart detection of Animals, Vehicles, People or packages along with, as I mentioned earlier, the ability to set Zones for motion detection. I found the detection to be rather good with only a few false alerts for the wrong thing…mostly involving packages. Overall, I am pleased with the audio improvements that Arlo has made, and this will allow me to move my Ultra camera to a different location to improve the coverage of my system even more.

    Pros:

    Cost

    1:1 video to see more

    Audio quality

    Installation

    Cons:

    Video pixilation

    extra cost for advanced features

    slight lag

    Oct 30, 2020 21:45
  • 8.8score
    eufy - Security Video Doorbell Slim 1080P Battery
    Description

    eufy Security Wi-Fi Video Doorbell kit is a 1080p video doorbell with advanced WDR and 4:3 aspect ratio. This doorbell has a 120 day battery life off of just a single charge. Setup is easy, and your data is stored locally on the WiFi doorbell chime inside your home, using advanced encryption.

    5 Features
  • See the arrive in full HD: Get a crisp 1080p-grade view of anyone who approaches your front door. The advanced WDR and 4:3 aspect ratio ensures you get a color accurate, head to toe image every time.
  • 120-day front door security: The doorbell and Wi-Fi chime form a closed, low-power wireless connection allowing for 120 days of flawless front door coverage from a single charge*.
  • No subscription required: Designed to protect your home as well as your wallet, eufy security products are one-time purchases that combine security with convenience.
  • Slim, sleek, and easy to set up: Installation can be completed in minutes and without the hassle of complicated wiring. The slim design ensures it can fit seamlessly onto any doorframe.
  • Your data securely stored: Every moment captured is stored locally on the Wi-Fi doorbell chime inside your home via advanced encryption.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by WyldeBlue, 10 out of 10
    Surprisingly robust/well-integrated video doorbell

    This video doorbell is a great starting point--maybe even transition point--into a far more connected and fully featured security system without needing to run cables and wires all over the house. Setup is user-friendly and very low-friction, needing only an open outlet for the chime/SD recorder unit and an open area of the door frame to mount the doorbell/camera unit. The doorbell unit offers spoken prompts during installation/setup and the Eufy security app offers fully illustrated and animated installation guides--all told, I was up and running in less than 4 minutes!

    The doorbell unit itself is relatively small but conspicuous enough that would-be package thieves will be able to see that they're under surveillance the moment they start heading for the door. At night, you can easily see the IR LEDs and blue motion detection ring illuminate around the doorbell button well before you reach for the doorbell itself--this offers both ease of use for nighttime visitors who don't have to go fumbling for the doorbell button, as well as an additional visual deterrent for those you'd rather not have loitering around your doorstep. The mounting kit includes a heavy-duty plastic frame for the doorbell ringer/camera unit as well as an angled backplate to help optimize the view of your landing/yard. Mounting options can be as simple as super-strong velcro or glue to wood or masonry screws. Once the doorbell is locked into place, it would take a decent bit of force to break the unit out of the frame (or rip the frame off the wall entirely)...but the video captured from the doorbell camera is live-streamed and recorded on the SD card (one is even included!) housed in the indoor chime unit, so even those making off with your camera will still be caught/recorded in the act. The rechargeable battery in the doorbell camera is rated for about 120 days--maybe a bit more or less depending on the sensitivity of the motion detection and recording duration set in the Eufy companion app (which helpfully displays the battery level for the doorbell unit right on the main page of the app). Removal for access to the weatherproof battery port simply requires one of those SIM-card removal tools (also included) to access a hidden catch underneath the unit--recharge for a few hours, pop the doorbell back into its frame, and you're back in business again.

    The chime unit is also dead-simple to operate and even more so to install--it hangs on its own from a two-prong electrical plug; no additional tools, screws, or mounting kits required. A small LED ring on the faceplate glows red when disconnected from your home network, and blue when all is well. The unit was designed thoughtfully and compact enough to only block one outlet while in use--nice! About the only drawback we noted is that the chime's compact size definitely limits just how loud the doorbell speaker can go. If you have a smallish home, it probably won't be an issue (we could easily hear it 3 rooms away), but it can't reproduce the kind of decibels that a dedicated, traditional doorbell unit is capable of. But that's where the Eufy's connectivity and app integration can also take over. We don't have an Echo Show so we can only preview the camera's live feed from within the Eufy security app, but with Alexa's Eufy skill installed, we can integrate the Eufy doorbell with our Echo Dots so they can be used as auxiliary announcement speakers when someone rings the doorbell--Alexa will even tell us there's someone at the door after playing a short chime. And while I can't speak for the Android experience, the Eufy iPhone experience was quite extensive, providing real-time alerts when someone either rang the doorbell or motion was detected (with the option to review the recorded incident or pick up a live feed from the camera), as well an Apple Watch alert with a preview image of what the camera had captured.

    The camera's low-light performance is good enough to easily make out faces and figures, and although our front door faces a street, we have yet to get a single false-positive from either street traffic or pedestrians walking out past the front of our house. In full daylight, the picture quality is extra crisp and definitely detailed enough for security or law enforcement purposes. The companion Eufy app offers VERY extensive customization of doorbell ringtones & playback volume; motion detection threshold, activity zones, human/all movement recognition; power management plans for the doorbell unit to optimize battery life or surveillance duration; video quality and streaming settings; audio recording (yes, you can hear what the camera sees, too); notification preferences; local and cloud storage options; as well as options to share the feed remotely with others in case you'd like someone else to monitor your doorstep while you're away without needing to give them full access to your home network or even your Eufy app credentials. All in all, the Eufy app is actually a powerful little security tool with enough sophistication to handle more advanced home surveillance needs while still being user-friendly enough for a novice to pick up and confidently use for a single doorbell unit.

    We weren't entirely sure what to expect when we snagged the Eufy video doorbell system, but we've been so happy with the performance and convenience (and ease of installation) that we're going to expand our system with a doorbell/camera unit for our side and back doors, as well as a "panic" button unit near the pool. Sure, you can get something even more robust with a hard-wired solution underneath, but as someone who's not so keen on DIY electrical work, or hiring a professional installer for a wired security system, the Eufy video doorbell system sets a pretty high bar for performance and capability while offering incredibly low overhead for installation and upkeep--definitely recommended!

    Jun 04, 2021 12:34
  • Review by stevefromtheburbs, 8 out of 10
    Some good stuff, some not so good stuff, undecided

    I've been a bit slow to post this review, trying to ensure I have given this a full and complete chance before I shared my thoughts and findings.

    When you open the box, and by the weight of the box, you can tell this is a super well built product. Not cheesy at all. It is kind of on the hefty side, and just exudes its quality build. So this is good. And it comes with everything you could want to ensure a quality quick install. Takes almost no time to figure out what to do....well documented, easy, self explanatory, etc. And the shape of this makes it very conducive to both flat and corner mounting. My mounting situation was not good, re-using the existing wiring for the other brand that sits next to this one in the picture. This one doesn't offer that option to re-use existing wiring, and frankly I'm glad because it allowed me to branch out with mounting locations and get a much better view!

    I mounted mine using some of that mounting tape/velcro sort of stuff that you mount your EZ pass with, and it is the easiest way to do it in my situation. I don't care if someone takes it, they'll be on video doing it, so I'll worry about that later.

    The app loaded quickly, the install was super easy, and honestly, it just was not hard to do. None of it. Easy as can be. Everything worked as the instructions said, each step was perfectly documented, and no surprises.

    The beauty of this product is that your video clips are stored on an included micro-sd card that sits inside of the interior chime unit, which works as a gateway between the doorbell and the network (I think), but also sounds a chime when the doorbell is pressed, and houses your video. Super easy, super cool, and is possible to be monthly fee free to use. The interior chime is included, and while a bit large for an outlet (it'll take up more than one outlet in space if using a multi-tap style), it is included and is a decent value!

    There is of course, a cloud based option to record there too, which I'm now using on a trial basis, which seems to speed up the review of video vs. waiting on the interior unit to load and play back clips. Same price as the competitive doorbell camera unit at $3.00/month.

    So here is where I ran into some concern, and it is probably just working out some bugs in the firmware/software. As used in a doorbell situation, part of my interaction is saved as a video and some of it wasn't. It is like it doesn't know when it really ended being a conversation and just cut off or some times not recording it at all. I like having a video/audio clip of my doorbell interactions, because alot of times potential criminals or just unsavory salespeople will try the doorbell, and that interaction could be used to prosecute them later when they can be told that soliciting is forbidden and to leave, and they don't, or also to capture their voice and video, showing they had a presence in the area when the deny having ever been here. Of course, lately they have gotten smart to this and just knock instead.

    So, the other concern I have, is that using this as a motion detection camera for recording activity, is that I've found there are some times it works, and sometimes it just doesn't. I don't know why. Seems a bit strange, I've tried all the different settings and options. But for example, with the grass cutters the other day, sometimes it recorded them and other times it did not. No idea why. My son and his girlfriend came home today and were not captured at all coming up the walkway to the front door, and in the front door, passing directly past this, with no recording of them at all. However, my daughter and I walking separately, are recorded without fail. No other activity had "just happened" so it wasn't like it wasn't recording because of fear of repeat activity - just never recorded it. Weird. I guess there are some bugs to work out and I think this could be a deal breaker for someone who wanted it mainly for this purpose. I'm sure it'll get worked out in time, but out of the box, this is a concern.

    I work with electronic security for a living and have exposure to all kinds of devices, systems, etc. These anomalies concern me a bit, not sure why they are doing this, and maybe this should be a 3 star because of it, but I already have surveillance cameras in place so this is just really more of a doorbell camera. And I feel like it is more of a firmware and/or software glitch than an equipment issue, so I'll remain hopeful a patch will be released to resolve it.

    As for the hardware, you are expected to remove the unit by using a small pin type device to lift it off of it's mounted installation plate, then bring it in and charge it, then place it back into service once charged. No issue with this, even if in my case I need to do each month or so, that isn't a big deal. My security cameras (not this brand) require this to be done every week or so, so I'm used to it.

    The hardware is really cool and some features I really enjoy are new twists. Like the LED ring light that glows when it senses motion. It is bright enough to notice, but comes on only when someone is near. Smart! And the camera quality is outstanding - I mean really outstanding. And the IR part isn't even needed if you have a nice porch light. The images are still decent in low ambient light vs. using the built in IR light. The microphone and speaker are very decent and allow both parties to be heard by the other clearly.

    The one piece of literature talks about a security chip, which is a hot button for me with the passage of the national defense authorization act that talks about products made with certain chipsets. I don't know if that is what this is eluding to, but hopefully it is. Honestly though, if some other entity wants to spy on my doorbell camera, go for it, I'm not as concerned as if it was being used inside of my house.

    I like the disconnect from the competitive product that basically allows sharing with law enforcement, not for fear of law enforcement use, but since it is such a big network of cameras, because of hackers seeing this as something worth hacking. This is not as well known nor with the number of customers, so hoping it will be less likely to be hacked.

    I struggled with the rating, but I think it fair to edge on the side of positivity because I really like the build quality, what the company is promoting, the ability to keep my recordings local and not be charged a monthly fee as everything these days seems to require to use the features of the unit. I also like the encryption level used in the recordings, hoping again to keep things a bit more secure. I'm sure the bugs will be worked out and fixes applied. That should move this up to a 5 star unit.

    May 19, 2021 21:32
  • Review by AFASOX, 10 out of 10
    Simply The Best

    This is not the first Eufy product I own and it will not be the last. Eufy makes terrific products. This doorbell camera is yet another example. It sets up easily with the Eufy Security app which is also a winner. The unit comes in 2 pieces with a plug in Doorbell chime and the doorbell itself with built in camera. The unit is battery operated and charges by way of a micro charger. Set-up of the doorbell and chime is easily done through the app with step by step instructions. The clarity of the picture is amazing it has 1080p resolution. There is a full view of the person pressing the doorbell by way of a 4:3 aspect ratio. You can set custom viewing zone to eliminate false/frequent detections. The unit has 'human detection' which seeks humans in the recording. It works amazingly well. The battery charge is said to last about 120 days. The push of the doorbell can get you alerts and then you can communicate with 2 way communication. The doorbell chime which is plugged in to your receptacle has storage capability to allow you to store your videos on the local storage. This doorbell camera has everything. A sleek looking product it is also weatherproof. Another winning feature, is the fact that there is no user fees. No monthly fees for their services. The app allows for different settings and works hand in hand with the doorbell. It is a very impressive app which compliments an already excellent product. Try Eufy products and like me you will be pleasantly surprised. They are well made. They work flawlessly and they do all the things they promise without fail. This video doorbell is a 5 star product. The second Eufy 5 star product I own. Eufy is 2 for 2.

    May 19, 2021 19:33
  • Review by elzeus, 10 out of 10
    No Subscriptions Required!

    The Eufy - Security Video Doorbell Slim 1080P was super easy to setup and very easy to use. The guided setup was a breeze and my only complication on the install was that since I was not able to tuck my old doorbell wires back into the siding there was a little gap in the doorbell housing so I will just have to caulk around the edges so that water and dust don't get behind it. There are so many features at your disposal such as motion detection and night vision, smart app with notifications. The camera's 1080p and 4;3 aspect ratio make getting a full sized image or people very easy and you can even talk with the people at your door with the 2 way communication. The battery lasts about 4 months before it needs to be recharged but mine came at about 40% so I had to charge it sooner. The included 16GB micro sd card stores your pictures and videos securely and no subscription is required for that, although they do offer one if you want cloud storage for even more security. Expanding your setup seems to be really easy as that was one of my concerns about adding more products in the future. Overall I'm very pleased with this Eufy video doorbell and would highly recommend it.

    May 22, 2021 08:23
  • Review by TechGeek, 10 out of 10
    Amazing video quality and wide angle view!

    I replaced my current video doorbell to review this product, but decided to keep it as it came with lot of new benefits and the major benefit being, not requiring any subscription!

    • Product Design: Well-built, sleek, high quality, and can be easily detached from the holder/snap-on case for charging, and don't see any issues with it not being able to withstand the extreme weather conditions.

    • Set-up: Set-up was a breeze. Got the Wi-Fi Chime and the Doorbell to connect to Eufy/Anker app without any issues. Added it to the Google Assistant app and I can now stream it directly to the Google Home Hub's Display.

    • Video Quality: The video quality is amazing! With 1080p resolution and wide angle view you can see every inch of your front yard! All the videos get recorded on the micro SD card on the Wi-Fi device, so don't have to worry about subscribing to the cloud services to store your videos/alerts. It also has some protection plan if you want to subscribe to 24/7 monitoring plan with cloud storage options.

    • Features: The chime is loud enough that you can easily hear it from anywhere in the house if the Wi-Fi Chime is placed at a central location. It talks about 4 month battery life, I had it for few days and can't really speak to how long it lasts before you have to charge it. The smart human detection avoid false alerts. I have birds flying in my yard and didn't have any false alerts so far. It offers customization options and I have it customized to only detect motion in the area right in front of my door to reduce false alerts from the traffic passing by. The app offers several (a lot!) customizable options that you can set to prevent false alarms and pick what you want the camera to detect. Added the app features in the review pictures. You get real time notifications on your phone when the camera detects a person at your front door even before they press the door bell and you can speak to the person at the front door in real-time. I haven't noticed any lag or latency so far and am happy with its real-time streaming capability!

    Highly recommend this Eufy 1080p doorbell, comes with all the features you need without having to pay for subscriptions!

    May 15, 2021 13:02
  • Review by JorgeST, 10 out of 10
    Responsive, Easy to set up

    This video doorbell and its 1080p-Grade Resolution doorbell has been a great addition to our family. It has done a great job giving my wife and I the freedom to easily identify which neighbor kid/delivery company etc. is coming to the door without having to even get up to open the door. The camera has great clarity, with a very responsive smooth motion and depth. I am able to easily see out into the street and the motion sensors aren't overly sensitive, which is a plus. Install was super easy, removed the prior doorbell, replaced with the outer plate and connected the camera. Everything you need for install is in the box too which was very impressive. Connecting to household wifi was a breeze as well, similar to pairing any other bluetooth/wifi device, standard process. For the price, ease of install and use, this is a great product to have at an affordable pricepoint!

    May 24, 2021 09:20
  • Review by Disappointed, 4 out of 10
    Very Short Battery Life and Other Problems

    Have had for 11 months now. Pros: Easy to install. NO wiring adaptation needed -- runs on internal battery. Motion detection and low light performance very good. Cons: 30 days (at most) battery life! It is promoted with "120 day battery life". NOT true. As you can see from several other reviews, this is not true. Eufy should be more honest. Once you remove and recharge, the unit should snap back into the wall base. But my unit is VERY difficult to snap back in. Tolerances are too tight! Must try over and over and over with great force to get it back on the wall plate again. Finally, the lens has started to deteriorate, and it is getting worse! Like a cataract. (See picture) Eufy customer service has declined any assistance, because I no longer have the original sales slip. Ok, I dont have the sales slip... nevertheless, it is still a defective unit. Nice and shiny on the outside, but cheap on the inside.

    Nov 01, 2021 16:36
  • Review by veritech13, 8 out of 10
    EASY INSTALL- GREAT QUALITY

    This is the 2nd Eufy doorbell camera i own, this 1080p is good quality if your concern is mostly keeping an eye on the yard but i recommend you get higher definition if you want to see clear detail when enlarging the images. The install was very simple and the connection to the Homebase, purchased separately, was very quick and painless. You do not need a home-base and can connect it directly to the wifi and the app on your phone. The build quality is pretty good and the included doorbell chime is pretty loud and helps transmit the signal to the camera and your router.

    You can upload and share clips of the video taken using the app.

    The downside of the doorbell is the battery life, it is advertised at 180 days but if you configure the recording time and notifications it lessens the battery life but it is still a great camera for home surveillance.

    May 16, 2021 12:35
  • 8.8score
    eufy Security Wired Video Doorbell 2C, 5-Day Continuous Video Recording, No Monthly Fees, Local Storage, Free Chime
    Description

    eufy Security Wired 2K Video Doorbell. 2K Resolution, 5-Day Continuous Video Recording (CVR) on Secure Local Storage, No Monthly Fees, Human Detection, 2-way Audio, and Free Wireless Chime included.

    5 Features
  • See Them Arrive in Full HD: The sharp 2K image, combined with our advanced HDR and Distortion Correction, ensures every video is recorded in 2x the quality*. NOTE: The doorbell requires existing doorbell wires at 16-24 VAC, 30 VA, or above.
  • The Alerts Which Matter: With AI technology and our sophisticated algorithm, the camera intelligently detects body shape and face pattern. Ensuring you are only alerted when a human, and not a stray cat, is at the door.
  • Keeps Track of the Last 5 Days: Records and stores every second of the last 5 days onboard the device, allowing you to check any and all events, no matter how big or small.
  • Ready to Use Storage: 32GB of built-in storage allows each recording to be saved directly to the device meaning there is no need to use or purchase an external SD card. Free Upgraded Electronic Chime Included - The new and improved chime supports 8 themed ringtones and an adjustable volume level.
  • Record 24/7, 365: With Continuous Video Recording (CVR), Floodlight Camera 2 Pro records continuously, so you can scan through your entire video history: See everything before, during, and after an event
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by nhtechie, 8 out of 10
    Great doorbell but unusual false positives

    I felt like I was one of the last people around without some sort of video doorbell - but no longer.

    Short version:

    Pros:

    A 16V transformer is fine

    Easy Install

    No issues with combined 2.4/5G SSIDs

    Pre programmed phrases to say to people outside

    2-way talking

    Customizable App notification sound

    Motion detection zones

    Cons:

    Frequent Motion Detection false-positives

    Wall-powered doorbell chime tone only configurable on the chime itself

    Install:

    As you can see in the photos, I have a 16V doorbell transformer from the early 80s; the specs indicated that 16V was the minimum and I really hoped it would work and it did.

    The unboxing was simple, however there was something that concerned me: when I removed the doorbell to inspect it, the tiny screws that go into the doorbell itself, came falling out and luckily for me, landed in the box. As I found out during installation, those are for the power connections and it would have been catastrophic if I wasn’t paying attention and lost one. See the photos for an example.

    Since I took so many photos and am only allowed 6 to upload, I created a few collages so you could all get a better look into the install.

    From start to finish, I completed the install in 60 minutes - and I’m far from a home improvement expert, but I get stuff done. These were the rough steps: cut the power, jump the old chime, pull the old doorbell, mount the bracket, connect the wires to the Eufy, lock it in place, restore power, configure.

    The only slight obstacle I ran into, was the distance between the wiring hole and the siding above were too close to cleanly mount the bracket and then be able to connect the doorbell to the bracket. I used a multi-tool to cut the bottom of the board above where the doorbell would extend to. At that point, it became easier to work with.

    Once that was done & I thought I was ready to go, I hit the power and walked back up to the doorbell. It was in direct sunlight so I couldn’t see any lights or anything on the unit; I was looking for a blinking red light, indicating that my 16V transformer wasn’t sufficient; no lights that I could tell were on at all!

    I use the Eufy Spotlight Camera already, so I opened up the App and went to add the doorbell, following the directions. Setup was easy and it also tested the voltage / transformer capabilities first. Luckily for me it passed, so 16V was enough. Pairing the wall-plugged doorbell worked without issue as well.

    My Wi-Fi coverage is robust and constantly being tuned, so I didn’t have any issues with connectivity/signal strength during, or post-setup. My network does not have a different 2.4 vs 5G network and it had no problem finding the 2.4G network, as some products do with a combined SSID.

    Setting up motion detection zones was easy and works as expected. If you have some fish-eye vignette images in play, you can just about eliminate it via an App option and the night-vision is very clear. Internally there is 32GB of rotating storage which should be perfectly fine for most; adjust the sensitivity if you’re pulling too many passers-by.

    Overall, the App does offer quite a bit of customization - even configuring your own phrases to compliment the pre-configured ones. 1080p vs 1440p is also quite nice, if you're not constantly recording.

    I do have a complaint with this. Motion Detection trips 3-4 false positives per night (moth? bug?) - and the icon it shows for the “person” is … my basketball hoop? More accurately, the base of my basketball hoop - see the photos. I'm also on a lower sensitivity setting, so this is a bit of a nuisance at 0200.

    Using the App in low-bandwidth locations to react to notifications is very choppy, or not usable at all, so I recommend using “auto” for the stream as it’ll be less intensive and will likely result in better performance and usability.

    I have Eufy tied into Google Home and can say “show the doorbell” on my hub and it’ll do so. It seems as if the stream is delayed by 13 seconds, but the same goes for the floodlight as well.

    I’ve had no issues with this Eufy doorbell camera, just as I haven’t had any issues with the Eufy floodlight camera. Now, if they only had some solar chargeable outdoor wireless cameras, I’d be set.

    Oct 12, 2020 23:56
  • Review by Danno, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Smart Doorbell!

    This is a review for the wired version of the eufy smart doorbell. So far I'm loving the eufy Smart doorbell. Instant likes: easy install, no monthly fee, great in-app features.

    Out of the box it seemed daunting of a setup. I mean, it's a wired smart doorbell. To my surprise, it's a very easy installation... Just read the directions and have faith. It won't take you more than an hour from start to finish. I applaud eufy because the setup instructions were very good. They even offered a setup video if you're more of a visual learner.

    Most people won't have to drill holes for the doorbell, and if you are one of those... You're lucky. My house is stucco, so I had to go to Home Depot to purchase a mason 1/4 inch drill bit. Obviously stars won't be impacted because it's not BB or eufy's issue. Once I purchased the right one for about $4, installation was easy!

    My doorbell wires weren't long enough to connect to the device, but fortunately an extender was provided. It was then very easy to attach to the wires to the device, but it was tough to close it at the end. The extender wires that connect to the device stay straight, which made a slight awkward angle to close the unit. I felt like I had to shimmy the wires a few directions until it fully closed.

    Once the doorbell is installed, it shows a yellow light around the bell portion. This was great, because it meant I was good to proceed to connecting it to my wifi. Red indicator means something isn't on right or not enough power. It connected quickly to my WIFI and updated itself. From there I downloaded the mobile app and created an account. I then synced the indoor chime to the doorbell, which was just holding down a button for two seconds. Very easy. I like how there're multiple chimes to choose from. Hopefully they add a few more in the next patch update.

    I have an overhang over my front door, so this provides a clean clear picture. I must admit, the picture provides a sharp super impressive 2K.I live in an area where it gets really hot, so I'm happy it won't be in the direct sun. I was able to test it a few times, and it alerted me when someone was approaching the door. It's a bit sensitive, but luckily you can change the settings within the app. Just find what works best for your environment. It also shows a "snapshot" image next to the video, capturing the person's face. Love this feature!

    Quick needs to get started:Screw driver, mason 1/4 inch drill bit (if necessary), existing doorbell wires, transformer power adapter 16v ac or 30va or above, wifi, eufySecurity app.

    Pros:

    No monthly fee!

    App

    Full HD, 2K image picture

    Sound quality

    Digital chime (upgrade)

    Can alert my smartphone

    5-day continuous recording

    Provided a wire extension

    Setup instructions were very good

    Angle wall mount

    Weatherproof

    Human detection

    Voice assistant, so I can use my Google Smart Hub!

    Can talk to someone through the doorbell from the app

    Cons:

    Make sure you have the right tools to mount (had to purchase the proper drill bit)

    Unit is a little warm to the touch

    Sometimes detects a human when no one is there (happens about 3x a day)

    Overall:

    I'm very pleased I didn't need to be a handyman or electrician to install this. Patience is key and everything went smooth. It was a great personal victory. My only ding so far is that even when I adjusted the sensitivity feature, it alerts me that it detects a human, when no one is there. I don't mind though, because I'd rather it alert me than not. The picture and sound are fantastic. I've been wanting a smart doorbell for sometime. I've put it off because most others require monthly fees. This is a no brainer. There's a one-time purchase at the store, then nothing. It's perfect for those that want a smart doorbell without paying a monthly fee.

    Oct 19, 2020 18:46
  • Review by CKent, 10 out of 10
    No fees and keeps working when internet goes out

    Let me start by saying I've had that other brand video doorbell for almost a year now, and this Eufy is taking its place, and I couldn't be happier about it.

    Number 1, there's absolutely NO subscription! Once you pay for this Eufy, you get full use without ever having to worry about your videos being held hostage behind a subscription fee.

    Part of why they can do that is because video is stored locally on the doorbell and not the cloud. Another huge benefit of this, is that even if your internet goes out, the doorbell still works! It still detects motion and it still records video. Your internet can be out for days and you can feel at ease knowing that once it comes back you'll be able to access any motion events during that time. This is completely unlike that other doorbell, where if you don't have internet, it can't upload anything to the cloud, and therefore you lose any and all motion events and recordings during that time. This is a big deal for me because my internet tends to go out frequently and sometimes my home network can be spotty.

    The motion detection is really good too. It's not too sensitive and that helps stop needless recordings. And with the average number of motion events most people probably get at their front doors you won't have to worry about running out of storage for quite some time.

    Installation is really easy and the instructions are simple to understand. Just make sure the power is off!

    The one thing I don't like about this Eufy is that you can't use the doorbell chime you already have in the house. In fact, you have to install a jumper cable in it to bypass it entirely. I understand that this is to allow the doorbell to get all the power it needs, especially since there's no battery, but its still a bummer. It means you have a useless chime taking up space on the wall.

    In its place you have to plug in an electric chime somewhere. It's not big and lets you choose different doorbell tones, even holiday ones, which is neat, but they sound a bit weak and don't resonate like a normal doorbell does. I have 2 dogs that go berserk anytime the old doorbell rings, even when an authentic sounding one goes off in a tv show or movie. But not with this little plug-in chime. So far they haven't barked once when it's been rung. They probably think it's just one of my daughter's toys!

    Aside from the chime I love everything else about this doorbell. The app is great and lets you adjust the settings, and even asks you if you need help with your phone settings if it thinks you're not getting notifications. But overall, the fact that there's no subscription fees and the video is stored locally is such a huge factor for me that I can't give it any less than 5 stars.

    Oct 16, 2020 08:29
  • Review by DavidJr, 10 out of 10
    Easy if you already have a wired doorbell

    I think it took me longer to find which circuit breaker went to my doorbell than it did to install this doorbell camera. Simply two screws out for the old doorbell, two screws to remove wires, two screws for the new bracket and two screws to attach the wires and snap it in place. The only odd thing was that the two new screws for attaching the wire to the camera were loose in the box, so be aware that those tiny things may be in falling out and not in a small bag like the other screws.

    The app is simple to set up after you scan the QR code on the camera. It runs some tests to verify voltage, connects to the WiFi and your up and running. The wireless chime box only needs to be plugged in and synced with the camera. Then you have a selection of chimes to go along with it.

    The quality of the camera is pretty good and there are plenty of settings to help make the picture better. Such as HDR, distortion correction to get rid of that fisheye look and the recording quality. As far as motion detection, leaving it at the default, it detects humans with pretty good accuracy going in and out of the house. There were a few times it triggered on a light and shadows and at least once it didn’t even notice I walked in the house. However, you can enable continuous recording and capture everything, no matter what. However, it drops the resolution from 2K to 1080, which is still really good, and videos will be overwritten a lot quicker, under 4 days.

    There is a setting so that when you get notifications of motion you can either go straight to live view or the recorded event. In live view you can then use default audio responses or your own personal recordings as well as speaking directly to them. You can have a little fun with the pre-recorded responses as well.

    If you have smart assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant you can use voice commands to show the camera on a TV capable of casting the video. There is also capability to watch the live feed or subscribe to cloud storage through mysecurity.eufylife site. However, it is a bit dated with still using Adobe Flash and does not offer access to recordings on the device.

    Overall, it is a great added security feature for any home with a doorbell already installed or if you plan to run doorbell power anyways.

    Oct 13, 2020 23:24
  • Review by elitegangsta, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding Video Doorbell, Unbeatable Value

    Setup

    Installation of the Eufy video doorbell 2k pro (wired) was extremely straight forward. You need to shut off the breaker to your doorbell. Despite doorbells being low voltage, this is always a good idea when dealing with electrical anything. Once disabled, I removed the cover to my existing 2 tone (ding-dong) chime. I connected the supplied bridge adaptor which connects the primary power to the transformer. This disabled the current chime, so you need to then plug in the supplied wireless chime into a nearby power outlet.

    *Note* Eufy labels all of the items with sequential numbers so you can easily identify which items go with which instruction step.

    I then removed the outside doorbell button and placed the included fram over the area for fitment. Eufy supplies a template for this, I chose to not use the template and just mark using the frame itself. I drilled 2 pilot holes with my drill using a 1/4” bit then screwed the frame to the outer door trim. Eufy supplies you with an angled frame or a straight frame. The angles frame helps the camera cover areas that may be blocked by other objects. In my case, I used the straight frame. I connected the wires by wrapping them around the included screws, tightened them down then clipped the doorbell onto the frame/bracket. After a second or two the doorbell light up yellow indicating it was ready to move to the next step.

    I downloaded the Eufy security app on my iPhone and followed the steps to create an account followed by joining the doorbell to my home wifi. The final step was to pair the doorbell to the chime. In my case, the chime is about 30 feet away central to the main first floor hallway and audible through the entire house. Once paired it walks you through a test to ensure things are working. Mine was successful the first time.

    I proceeded to setup some basic preferences such as illuminating the LED ring on the bell itself during night time. This is both for security and potential guests being able to easily fine the doorbell. I completed my installation in the late evening, so it was already dark by the time I finished the install. I was able to take advantage of the night vision feature right at this time. My entire front yard was visible and clearly seem despite otherwise being fairly dark (photo attached).

    The chime includes various chimes which you can cycle through by clicking the bottom on the top of the chime itself. It also has 8 holiday themed chimes to choose from, making it a fun element to various holiday seasons. For the time being, I left mine on the initial default as I found it very pleasant and fit my needs perfectly.

    Over the course of the next few days, I would get alerts from delivery folks and others that came to my door. It was nice to be able to see a package delivery notification during times they did not ring the doorbell. I live in a very safe neighborhood where porch pirating is not a thing I’ve ever experienced, and I often see packages left on porches for what appears to be days sometimes. It is nice to have the added security though in the even someone does decide to steal or damage something on the property. I found very little false positives, though sometimes a tree branch, bird, or other motions will trigger the “human alert” when in fact, no humans were present at the time.

    I found the talk feature to be especially nice for when sales folks came to the door. I am working remote from home so it was easy to talk via the doorbell to let them know “I am busy working, I am not interested in talking about your product, have a nice day” and send them on their way. This. Is also nice during COVID to eliminate human to human contact on things that are not necessary.

    Eufy provides 5 days of continuous recording for absolutely free! Let me state that again. 5 days. Continuous recoding. FREE. With NO monthly subscription. Videos are stored in 2k resolution as well. I’ve found all of the recordings I have watched to be in outstanding clarity. The doorbell even has an HDR feature if the clarity is not good enough. It is recommended HDR be turned off unless it is needed. This alone makes this product heads above anything else on the market. This is worth 3x the price of admission.

    If Eufy had a downfall, it would be the lack of full integration with other virtual assistants, such as Google Assistant or Apple Homekit. You can however control other accessories such as security cameras or other Eufy security products with these smart assistants, but the doorbell unfortunately was not recognized by either my Google Home account or Apple HomeKit. This is far from a deal breaker providing the fact the first party application is fantastic, the lack of monthly cost or 5 days worth of cloud storage. I did find this a bit disappointing though as someone who likes to have everything in my environment operating off a single pane of glass. For now, I’ll happily live without Homekit integration. It Eufy can get this added in a later update, this will be the greatest doorbell on the market. There are currently (at time of writing) very few options for HomeKit users, and the ones available are expensive. Eufy would KNOCK IT OUT OF THE PARK with this additional feature.

    Overall, I am very impressed with the Eufy video doorbell 2k pro (wired). I will be recommending this as my go to solution when asked by friends or clients. Unless you absolutely require full Google Assistant or Home Kit integration, you should highly consider this product for its security, high value, and very nice looking product.

    Oct 24, 2020 09:59
  • Review by bzma2, 8 out of 10
    Great Features

    I have mixed feelings about this product. We had an existing wiring for our previous door bell. It was not maximized for the height recommended for Eufy doorbell, but we didn't want to re-wire and mess with the wall. At the end, we found out that the height at 4' and some change was good enough to see people's faces.

    Installation is somewhat easy with only 2 wires required. It came with target to position on the wall, and it also came with a wedge which was useful in our situation.

    Connecting to our network took a bit of struggle. It required several rebooting. When it finally connected, later at night it was offline, and despite several attempts to remove and add it back on, it was not able to get re-connected. I finally had to use a paperclip to reset the doorbell. From then, it has been pretty stable.

    Alerts have been very prompt and it gave me an option to answer the doorbell from my phone, which was very cool when you're on second floor. Door chime is very easy to set up. However, we found that the volume even at the loudest is not as loud as our previous chime.

    The app is fairly easy to use. There's an option for AI facial recognition that I'm still reluctant to use. The idea is to quickly identify family members from stranger danger.

    Overall, it has been an okay experience. There is a spot on our porch where Amazon normally drops our packages because it's behind a pillar, but it's out of the view of the camera due to its positioning. But this is not the product's fault, primarily due to the existing location of the previous wiring. Video quality is very clear and voice quality is very good as well.

    Oct 19, 2020 02:27
  • Review by Powerfuru, 6 out of 10
    No subscription is great, Motion detection is BAD

    Motion detection has been awful. I have set the sensitivity to full and I get the motion only when the person is 6-7 feet away. If someone comes to the door at 8 feet and then leaves the doorbell won’t capture it as motion at all. I have emailed eufy support all the details and still waiting on their response.

    Oct 23, 2021 03:13
  • Review by Quincy0980, 10 out of 10
    One of the best video doorbells on the market

    I received my Eufy doorbell and was eager to install it. The unit comes with the doorbell-camera, mounting brackets, screws and a separate door chime unit that takes over for your existing doorbell chimes.

    Installation was easy and straight forward using the included instructions. Note that is it important to follow the steps laid out in the instruction or you may run into some trouble. The instructions have you go between the Eufy security app on your smart phone and the instruction booklet. Wiring requires that you use a jumper to bypass the existing chimes. By using the jumper the doorbell-camera will then have stable current to run the unit. The separate doorbell chime that comes with the unit easily synchs up with the doorbell by pressing the synch button on top of the chime unit.

    Once set up and registered with the Eufy app you are ready to use it. The camera quality is excellent and the ability to set up how sensitive the camera is for notifications is a must have feature. The settings provide the user with many helpful controls to customize your doorbell camera. This is an excellent doorbell camera for any level of user. I highly recommend it.

    Oct 16, 2020 10:34
  • 8.6score
    SimpliSafe - Pro Video Doorbell - Wired - White
    Description

    Give your home round-the-clock protection with this SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro. The 1080p HD camera captures sharp, clear video of anyone standing on your doorstep whether it's dark out or light out. The 162-degree field of view on this camera lets you zoom in and pan out to get a closer look at visitors.

    10 Features
  • Versatile smartphone compatibility: Supports select Apple iOS and Android devices.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: Lets you use your home network to easily synchronize your doorbell with your smartphone or tablet.
  • Manage your doorbell with SimpliSafe Home Security mobile app: Get text alerts and check in using your smartphone anytime someone's at your door. Free app download required.
  • HDR imaging and crystal clear 1080p HD: With a super wide field of view, you can see everything happening out front in the bright light of day or dark of night - in perfectly crisp 1080p HD.
  • 162° field of view: Allows you to see a wide area in front of your doorway at any time. Easily pan to the left or right and zoom in for a closer look.
  • Two-way audio: You can talk with whoever's at your door from wherever you are.
  • Precision motion detection: Video Doorbell Pro uses multiple sensors to detect people and ignore distractions such as cars on the street.
  • Powerful night vision: The doorbell comes with an infrared night vision and operates at very low light.
  • Out with old doorbell. In with new: This doorbell is designed to replace doorbells on a variety of homes, from brand-new to restored Victorian.
  • Match it to color of your home: Choose from an array of colorful faceplates included in every package.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DoubleJ, 8 out of 10
    Decent doorbell with room for improvement

    Installation was very easy, and only took a few minutes. The hardest part was how brittle my wiring was, so I had to pull it from the wall a bit and cut/strip a little. Other than that, it's just attach the base, connect the wires, and slide on the doorbell. There's a "security screw" that prevents easy removal.

    Once installed, I noticed a hum coming from the existing indoor chime. This worried me a little, but I thought maybe the doorbell was drawing extra current from the transformer causing it to hum. Since it stopped later in the day, I'm assuming it had fully charged it's internal battery and was then drawing less current. Also, initially, it would only do a single "ding" for the bell, instead of the normal "ding-dong". But that went away as well and it now does the normal front door bell "ding-dong".

    It only supports the 2.4Ghz WiFi band, but seemed to have a little difficulty connecting directly to my router. I already had a WiFi range extender that I didn't use very much, so that is now positioned right by the exterior door so that it has the strongest possible signal and it connected to that with ease.

    The device itself is a good size, obviously bigger than a standard button, but not so large that it looks out of place on the door moulding. The video quality is very good and has a nice, wide range of view. At night, it automatically switches to a night vision mode, which is black & white only, but has a good picture quality.

    At the medium level, the motion detection sometimes picks up cars on the street, but for me, the low setting isn't sensitive enough. Sometimes it randomly loses the WiFi signal but that seems to be fairly intermittent.

    Notifications are virtually instantaneous, both from motion sensing and when the button is pressed. You can talk to whomever is at the door with a slight lag (nothing unexpected). As you walk up to the door, the button lights up (indicating that motion was detected) which seems to welcome people to the door. You can also disable motion or button pressed notifications within the app if you want. I initially had some issues with notifications displaying at all on my phone. I had installed the app on my phone, installed the doorbell, used my phone to do all of the configuration, and then installed the app on my wife's phone and signed in to my account. Her phone immediately displayed the notifications, but mine did not. Only after I went to the settings for the device in the app and toggled the notifications off, saved settings, back on, and saved settings did mine start working. The app is clearly geared towards their security products since when I go in, it prompts me to enter the base station id to activate it. I don't have any other SimpliSafe products, so this is annoying, but not game changing.

    My biggest complaint is the total lack of any sort of free features with the app, except a live view. No snapshots of who's at the door, no storage of any videos at all. In fact, it doesn't even record anything at all unless you pay their $5/month subscription fee. It would be nice to include some limited free storage option, 1 day or something, and then the premium storage option for users who need that.

    Without the videos, it's really not nearly as useful as it could be. However, if you've already got other SimpliSafe security products and already pay the fee for those, then this is a great add on.

    Nov 25, 2018 12:58
  • Review by Bappy, 6 out of 10
    handy electronic doorbell, with some limitations

    The SimpliSafe Pro Smart Video Doorbell was smaller than expected, I have seen other video doorbell solutions and they often are larger. The SimpliSafe unit is more compact, basically about the size of the top half of a credit card at about an inch and a half thick, quite compact.

    This unit replaces your existing wired door bell, you have to uninstall your current doorbell and replace with the SimpliSafe door bell. Hardware installation took about 10 minutes, downloading their app and setting up via the app took about another 20 minutes. After you complete the hardware installation, turn power to the circuit back on. After you download the mobile app and create an account, you utilize the mobile app to setup your door bell. The setup process was fairly easy, scanning for WiFi access and displaying available networks, all pretty standard. Once I entered my WiFi password the mobile app generated a QR code on my phone which you display in front of the camera to complete what essentially is paring your door bell with your account. The app interface is pretty standard, with the basic features including viewing live video and access to an activity log, also you can setup notifications on your mobile device for motion or door ring events.

    The only real issue I had is you have no way of saving video generated by any events, no pictures or video of people that rang the bell or were picked up by the motion sensor. Those functions are only available with their paid subscription cloud service ($4.99 a month). I am not interested in another monthly fee to add to my long list of ongoing subscriptions, would be nice if an SD card or some type of FTP function were available to save or send what the door bell captures.

    In any case the video quality is clear and the night vision function works well. However depending on the placement of your door bell in relation to your door (for example off frame, as pictured) standing real close to the door will leave the person out of full view of the camera.

    In additional there is half duplex audio (meaning you have to press a button on your mobile device to talk out of the speaker built into the door bell, releasing to hear the person talk) this functions OK, but my wife said the audio often cuts out.

    Overall this is a pretty decent solution, which provides basic functionality with enhanced services (cloud recording and indexing) offered as part of a monthly subscription.

    Pros:

    - Easy to install

    - Camera and night vision video is very clear

    - wide field of view with a slight fisheye effect

    - compact

    Cons:

    - specs say state this only is 2.4ghz Wifi compatible (although I swear this is attaching to my 5ghz mesh network)

    - only logs events, recording is only available with a SimpliSafe cloud subscription

    - no variable horizontal camera angle adjustment, vertical adjustment mount provided

    - QR code read during setup was problematic, suspect the minor fish eye distortion of the lens trips this process up

    Nov 19, 2018 21:12
  • Review by TechTux, 6 out of 10
    Good Video Quality, Audio/Video Delays

    I have been in the market for a good doorbell camera and decided to try out SimpliSafe Video doorbell since I already have their security system for my house. I was impressed at the ease of install and range of the camera however the 3 second delay along with continual disconnects are a problem.

    Pros-

    Ease of Install

    Camera Radius

    Camera Quality

    Speaker Quality

    Mic Quality

    Cons-

    Only works on 2.4 GHz WiFi

    Video / Audio Delays

    Night Vision Quality

    WiFi Disconnections as there is no "Always On" setting

    ***Major issue was discovered that after 5 minutes of idle / non usage it completely shuts off; Meaning that the "live video feed" stops. Only way to turn device back on is through the app, motion sensor, or hitting the button for doorbell. ***

    :: Install / Setup ::

    The install was very easy and the brackets fits perfectly for the mounting onto the wall. It was a snug fit without any movement and includes a secure pin to prevent anyone from running off with it. Once connected, you install the app that was very easy to install / sign up and link to WiFi Network.

    :: Video Camera ::

    The picture quality is 1080p and looks great at all levels of light (except dark). The range of the camera was very impressive and able to view my entire walkway. I was concerned at first since the position of my doorbell is facing the other wall and not out to the street. However with the wide angle of the lenses it was not an issue and looks great. Unfortunately the night vision mode is not as impressive with difficulty at making out faces. Video quality is also affected at night however looks great during the day.

    ::Application::

    The application itself provides a lot of settings you can modify for the video door camera. However there is no "Always On" which in turns once it turns off it disconnects from WiFi. The application is easy to navigate through to quickly get to your camera for "live feed" and "Mic". The only concerns is the 3 second delay for video and mic that can be irritating at times. You are limited to only "Live Feed" or "Mic" when not having a subscription. If you wish to view the video records you will need to have a monthly sub.

    Overall I am impressed with the video quality however falls short with the Audio/Video delays and night vision. I understand they are a subscription service so will not doc them a star for the video recording. I am removing one star for not having an "Always On" feature and the Audio/Video delays. I do not see the value of paying for a subscription if the Simplisafe Video Doorbell turns itself off and looses it connection to WiFi without a persons intervention.

    Dec 03, 2018 18:11
  • Review by Pilotgeorge, 8 out of 10
    Good doorbell...just could use a few updates

    I bought this camera yesterday from Best Buy and installed it the same day. Installation was very easy requiring only removal of the existing doorbell button, screwing the new camera/button onto the house, connecting the two wires, and connecting to Wifi. This camera doesn’t require the use of another component that connect to either your doorbell transformer or chime box like some other video doorbells do, which speeds and simplifies installation. Longest part of the entire install was drilling the two new holes for the doorbell.

    The doorbell looks very much like another doorbell that is on the market, which I have no experience with. It does include three faceplates in the box (white, light green, and black). The doorbell does include a “security screw” and the special screwdriver to help prevent someone from walking away with your doorbell.

    Video looks clear both day and night. The angle/ coverage of the camera seems to cover pretty much the entire area surrounding the front door area. Motion detection works well as I have not had any false alerts so far.

    Now for the things that I wish were better to improve this doorbell to five stars. I wish there was an included horizontal angled baseplate to angle it to the left or right. The doorbell does come with a baseplate angle adapter that allows you to angle it up or down, but not to either side. Most of the other wishes I have for this item could hopefully be added in a firmware update. I wish the doorbell and app would allow you to reply to someone at your door with either standard or prerecorded messages so that if you are in a meeting or theater you can “answer the door” without speaking. Also I wish there was a setting or way to Minimize the motion alerts you receive when you leave or return home. I find it kinda annoying that I get alert every time I leave or return. I know another doorbell has facial recognition, so maybe that’s a possibility? My last observation so far, which is not really a negative thing, but after installing my video doorbell the mechanical chime box in my house went from a “ding dong” sound to a single “ding” sound.

    I have been looking at video doorbells for a few months now and have had a simplisafe alarm system for several years. When I saw that simplisafe was coming out with a video doorbell that looked a lot like another video doorbell, that could tie into my existing alarm system, and perhaps most importantly works with my current interactive monitoring plan. One of the things that kept me from purchasing other video doorbells was after spending so much money on the unit, to then have to pay a monthly yearly fee to use it fully. I’ve had a camera system from a big box store for many years now and have free access to remote viewing so I cannot see myself paying for that capability for a doorbell.

    Overall I am satisfied with this video doorbell. I hope that simplisafe can address some of the shortcomings of this doorbell with firmware updates that will bring functionality either equal to or perhaps better than the other doorbells on the market. For customers who already have a simplisafe system with monitoring and in the market for a video doorbell it’s a no-brainer. If simplisafe can make this unit meet or surpass the other units on the market they may end up selling some additional alarm systems and monitoring plans as well.

    Oct 20, 2018 10:41
  • Review by Kadete, 8 out of 10
    A must have device

    One the most useful gadget I own, very helpful and amazing images.

    High resolution images, microphone helps interact with visitors, especially for deliveries. Motion sensor and notifications are good to monitor the front and back of house(need two). It is a wide angle camera which complements my security system. The app is simple and easy to use. Only drawback I find is that it does not give you the option to record to your pc or phone. It does give you the option to record to the cloud, for a price of course.

    Installation is a breeze and easy to pair with your router/WiFi. The deign is beautiful and modern better the other choices out there.

    I use it check on my kids when they arrive from school.

    Nov 24, 2018 07:52
  • Review by Justin, 8 out of 10
    Good... but needs work.

    Starting off this is my first video doorbell I have ever seen in person or installed. With the growing concerns over security I felt this would be a good opportunity to try a video doorbell.

    Installation would be easy on most houses however I had some space constraints to deal with. I had a plan and it worked… somewhat. Anyways I ended up using the supplied angled bracket as it faced a little too far up in my situation. A side angled bracket would have been very nice to see in the box also. One problem I had that I have seen in at least one other review was the supplied screws are AWFUL! As stated I needed to adjust during install and one of the two mounting screws literally stripped so it was stuck in the house. I had to cut it in the end just to mount the doorbell over top of it. Everything else was pretty straightforward but depending on your house it could take a little brainstorming. The white works well on my house but the unit states it comes with 3 faceplates however I did not get any others in the box.

    After the physical install, the next part was setting things up in the app. The app is very basic and feels a little cheap/unfinished. It never crashed on my LG G6 but did take a while to load at times. The app guides you pretty well assuming your doorbell is setup correctly. It'll show you a QR Code and you let your doorbell see it and you're all linked up. After all this is done your doorbell is ready to go.

    The app has three main screens which are the Welcome/Dashboard, Cameras, and Timeline. The dashboard is for setting up cameras or buying others so basically useless. The next screen is a list of your cameras with the ability to add a new one. This screen is fine but it would be nice if it was a nice large preview image of the camera instead of a tiny thumbnail with "Front Door" occupying the rest of the space. The timeline screen is where you see your “incidents” whether this be motion or ring detection. The worse part about this timeline screen is it is next to useless unless you are paying the $4.99/month or have this integrated with an existing security system. It tells you the time and what occurred however you cannot act on these with video again unless you have the premium features. I would have liked to see more in the free experience because aside from wanting to test out the features that came with the $4.99/month plan just for this review, it is nice to have however I could see myself discontinuing service for the lack of features and the fact it isn’t vital to me right now. I think a lot can be done to improve the user experience, especially for free users.

    Overall, I am not overly disappointed in the camera/app but it feels a little incomplete to me. This isn’t that far apart from other doorbells in terms of cost so I would think these would be a little more refined and advanced for both free/premium users. I'd say if you already have a Simplisafe system and want to add this then it would be an easy addition but for others I might be more compelled to start elsewhere. The only reason I do like the camera it for the very small size and ease of install.

    Pros:

    - Small

    - Easy to install (Even in tighter spaces)

    - Wide field of view with night vision

    - Two-way audio

    - Quick Notifications

    Neutral:

    - Camera Quality

    Cons:

    - Required monthly subscription to record video

    - No side angled baseplate

    Nov 21, 2018 14:34
  • Review by Chuck, 4 out of 10
    Standalone? Not so much....

    I was excited to try this Simplisafe product because it's described as a 'standalone' product, and I wanted to compare it to other cameras I've tested.

    My initial impression of the doorbell was very favorable; it has a very simplistic, yet stylish appearance, so it's not going to appear as some larger than necessary, 'out of place' camera sitting next to your door. Installation was pretty straight forward. My installation took a bit longer because I have an older house and I wound up extending the wiring because I didn't want to take the chance of the existing wiring breaking while I was hooking everything up. I also wound up not using the screws that came with the product since both of the Phillips heads started to strip out with a simple low speed power driver. I decided to use the 40 yr old screws since they are evidently made of stronger metal. Once the doorbell was installed and the power was back on, I installed the app on my phone and activated the camera using the OCR code from the app. The app appears well designed and it's fairly intuitive. The live feed from the camera is very good, and even at night, the camera can easily capture images from 10+ft from the door with good clarity and a wide field of view. I tested motion detection, and the blue light around the button lit up each time when I got within about 6ft or so of the door. However here's where I began to question the product's 'standalone' claims. Although I had push notifications turned on in the app, I received none. I could see all of the events in the 'Timeline' screen of the app, but I got no real-time notifications. I called Simplisafe customer support and was initially told that the the push notifications should work without a monthly monitoring or recording package. The girl I spoke with was supposed to call back, but after two days I called back and talked to someone else who told me that I had to have a paid monitoring package to get instant notifications. I was repeatedly told that I could still view the live feed from the camera, but I couldn't make this person understand that that was only useful if I was at the house and heard the doorbell, or if I kept the 'Timeline' up on the app and watched it 24/7. I've tested several other products that allow push notifications/texts without a monthly fee, so I decided to call back and talk to someone else. Once again I was told I needed to have a monitoring package to get real-time feedback. To me, this is disappointing on several levels. First, this IS a standalone product, but it's basically useless unless you give Simplisafe some amount of money each month. If you're going to do that, why wouldn't you have their whole system? Second, the app is actually able to see the motion/doorbell notifications in the Timeline, so why not at least allow those events to be real-time alerts thru the app?

    Overall, I was disappointed with this product. It looks great and functions as it should, with great video and motion detection, but all of the functionality is basically useless without a monitoring package, which I won't have unless I wind up getting an entire Simplisafe system. I would not recommend this product as a standalone doorbell camera.

    Nov 28, 2018 14:40
  • Review by Maclemoor, 10 out of 10
    1080p & 160 degree view

    If you like 1080p video with a 160-degree field of view, this is a good option. I get plenty of viewing space of my front porch. SimpliSafe's doorbell cam won't provide face recognition, sad face. It does have high dynamic range imaging adjust to extremely bright times like direct sunlight or wicked reflections. Heads up, no battery of its own, it’s for wired doorbells. Check your voltage before installation or hire someone.

    You can automatically record video when sensors go off. It also has two-way audio equipped with noise and echo cancellation that minimizes background noise. However, I’ve noticed when I am talking I may hear a dump truck or dog barking depending on how close the sound is the doorbell, same if the visitor is talking to me. I don’t pay for storage so if I get a notification, my phone usually close by for me to check to see what’s going on. I strongly suggest not to have any plants or trees within close view or your camera will go off all day. Annoying! The design looks ok, nothing special. I have the white one but now I think it was a bad idea because it wont stay white forever. Overall, I’m happy!!

    Nov 26, 2018 09:50
  • 8.4score
    SimpliSafe - Pro Video Doorbell - Wired - White
    Description

    Give your home round-the-clock protection with this SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro. The 1080p HD camera captures sharp, clear video of anyone standing on your doorstep whether it's dark out or light out. The 162-degree field of view on this camera lets you zoom in and pan out to get a closer look at visitors.

    10 Features
  • Versatile smartphone compatibility: Supports select Apple iOS and Android devices.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: Lets you use your home network to easily synchronize your doorbell with your smartphone or tablet.
  • Manage your doorbell with SimpliSafe Home Security mobile app: Get text alerts and check in using your smartphone anytime someone's at your door. Free app download required.
  • HDR imaging and crystal clear 1080p HD: With a super wide field of view, you can see everything happening out front in the bright light of day or dark of night - in perfectly crisp 1080p HD.
  • 162° field of view: Allows you to see a wide area in front of your doorway at any time. Easily pan to the left or right and zoom in for a closer look.
  • Two-way audio: You can talk with whoever's at your door from wherever you are.
  • Precision motion detection: Video Doorbell Pro uses multiple sensors to detect people and ignore distractions such as cars on the street.
  • Powerful night vision: The doorbell comes with an infrared night vision and operates at very low light.
  • Out with old doorbell. In with new: This doorbell is designed to replace doorbells on a variety of homes, from brand-new to restored Victorian.
  • Match it to color of your home: Choose from an array of colorful faceplates included in every package.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DoubleJ, 8 out of 10
    Decent doorbell with room for improvement

    Installation was very easy, and only took a few minutes. The hardest part was how brittle my wiring was, so I had to pull it from the wall a bit and cut/strip a little. Other than that, it's just attach the base, connect the wires, and slide on the doorbell. There's a "security screw" that prevents easy removal.

    Once installed, I noticed a hum coming from the existing indoor chime. This worried me a little, but I thought maybe the doorbell was drawing extra current from the transformer causing it to hum. Since it stopped later in the day, I'm assuming it had fully charged it's internal battery and was then drawing less current. Also, initially, it would only do a single "ding" for the bell, instead of the normal "ding-dong". But that went away as well and it now does the normal front door bell "ding-dong".

    It only supports the 2.4Ghz WiFi band, but seemed to have a little difficulty connecting directly to my router. I already had a WiFi range extender that I didn't use very much, so that is now positioned right by the exterior door so that it has the strongest possible signal and it connected to that with ease.

    The device itself is a good size, obviously bigger than a standard button, but not so large that it looks out of place on the door moulding. The video quality is very good and has a nice, wide range of view. At night, it automatically switches to a night vision mode, which is black & white only, but has a good picture quality.

    At the medium level, the motion detection sometimes picks up cars on the street, but for me, the low setting isn't sensitive enough. Sometimes it randomly loses the WiFi signal but that seems to be fairly intermittent.

    Notifications are virtually instantaneous, both from motion sensing and when the button is pressed. You can talk to whomever is at the door with a slight lag (nothing unexpected). As you walk up to the door, the button lights up (indicating that motion was detected) which seems to welcome people to the door. You can also disable motion or button pressed notifications within the app if you want. I initially had some issues with notifications displaying at all on my phone. I had installed the app on my phone, installed the doorbell, used my phone to do all of the configuration, and then installed the app on my wife's phone and signed in to my account. Her phone immediately displayed the notifications, but mine did not. Only after I went to the settings for the device in the app and toggled the notifications off, saved settings, back on, and saved settings did mine start working. The app is clearly geared towards their security products since when I go in, it prompts me to enter the base station id to activate it. I don't have any other SimpliSafe products, so this is annoying, but not game changing.

    My biggest complaint is the total lack of any sort of free features with the app, except a live view. No snapshots of who's at the door, no storage of any videos at all. In fact, it doesn't even record anything at all unless you pay their $5/month subscription fee. It would be nice to include some limited free storage option, 1 day or something, and then the premium storage option for users who need that.

    Without the videos, it's really not nearly as useful as it could be. However, if you've already got other SimpliSafe security products and already pay the fee for those, then this is a great add on.

    Nov 25, 2018 12:58
  • Review by Bappy, 6 out of 10
    handy electronic doorbell, with some limitations

    The SimpliSafe Pro Smart Video Doorbell was smaller than expected, I have seen other video doorbell solutions and they often are larger. The SimpliSafe unit is more compact, basically about the size of the top half of a credit card at about an inch and a half thick, quite compact.

    This unit replaces your existing wired door bell, you have to uninstall your current doorbell and replace with the SimpliSafe door bell. Hardware installation took about 10 minutes, downloading their app and setting up via the app took about another 20 minutes. After you complete the hardware installation, turn power to the circuit back on. After you download the mobile app and create an account, you utilize the mobile app to setup your door bell. The setup process was fairly easy, scanning for WiFi access and displaying available networks, all pretty standard. Once I entered my WiFi password the mobile app generated a QR code on my phone which you display in front of the camera to complete what essentially is paring your door bell with your account. The app interface is pretty standard, with the basic features including viewing live video and access to an activity log, also you can setup notifications on your mobile device for motion or door ring events.

    The only real issue I had is you have no way of saving video generated by any events, no pictures or video of people that rang the bell or were picked up by the motion sensor. Those functions are only available with their paid subscription cloud service ($4.99 a month). I am not interested in another monthly fee to add to my long list of ongoing subscriptions, would be nice if an SD card or some type of FTP function were available to save or send what the door bell captures.

    In any case the video quality is clear and the night vision function works well. However depending on the placement of your door bell in relation to your door (for example off frame, as pictured) standing real close to the door will leave the person out of full view of the camera.

    In additional there is half duplex audio (meaning you have to press a button on your mobile device to talk out of the speaker built into the door bell, releasing to hear the person talk) this functions OK, but my wife said the audio often cuts out.

    Overall this is a pretty decent solution, which provides basic functionality with enhanced services (cloud recording and indexing) offered as part of a monthly subscription.

    Pros:

    - Easy to install

    - Camera and night vision video is very clear

    - wide field of view with a slight fisheye effect

    - compact

    Cons:

    - specs say state this only is 2.4ghz Wifi compatible (although I swear this is attaching to my 5ghz mesh network)

    - only logs events, recording is only available with a SimpliSafe cloud subscription

    - no variable horizontal camera angle adjustment, vertical adjustment mount provided

    - QR code read during setup was problematic, suspect the minor fish eye distortion of the lens trips this process up

    Nov 19, 2018 21:12
  • Review by TechTux, 6 out of 10
    Good Video Quality, Audio/Video Delays

    I have been in the market for a good doorbell camera and decided to try out SimpliSafe Video doorbell since I already have their security system for my house. I was impressed at the ease of install and range of the camera however the 3 second delay along with continual disconnects are a problem.

    Pros-

    Ease of Install

    Camera Radius

    Camera Quality

    Speaker Quality

    Mic Quality

    Cons-

    Only works on 2.4 GHz WiFi

    Video / Audio Delays

    Night Vision Quality

    WiFi Disconnections as there is no "Always On" setting

    ***Major issue was discovered that after 5 minutes of idle / non usage it completely shuts off; Meaning that the "live video feed" stops. Only way to turn device back on is through the app, motion sensor, or hitting the button for doorbell. ***

    :: Install / Setup ::

    The install was very easy and the brackets fits perfectly for the mounting onto the wall. It was a snug fit without any movement and includes a secure pin to prevent anyone from running off with it. Once connected, you install the app that was very easy to install / sign up and link to WiFi Network.

    :: Video Camera ::

    The picture quality is 1080p and looks great at all levels of light (except dark). The range of the camera was very impressive and able to view my entire walkway. I was concerned at first since the position of my doorbell is facing the other wall and not out to the street. However with the wide angle of the lenses it was not an issue and looks great. Unfortunately the night vision mode is not as impressive with difficulty at making out faces. Video quality is also affected at night however looks great during the day.

    ::Application::

    The application itself provides a lot of settings you can modify for the video door camera. However there is no "Always On" which in turns once it turns off it disconnects from WiFi. The application is easy to navigate through to quickly get to your camera for "live feed" and "Mic". The only concerns is the 3 second delay for video and mic that can be irritating at times. You are limited to only "Live Feed" or "Mic" when not having a subscription. If you wish to view the video records you will need to have a monthly sub.

    Overall I am impressed with the video quality however falls short with the Audio/Video delays and night vision. I understand they are a subscription service so will not doc them a star for the video recording. I am removing one star for not having an "Always On" feature and the Audio/Video delays. I do not see the value of paying for a subscription if the Simplisafe Video Doorbell turns itself off and looses it connection to WiFi without a persons intervention.

    Dec 03, 2018 18:11
  • Review by Pilotgeorge, 8 out of 10
    Good doorbell...just could use a few updates

    I bought this camera yesterday from Best Buy and installed it the same day. Installation was very easy requiring only removal of the existing doorbell button, screwing the new camera/button onto the house, connecting the two wires, and connecting to Wifi. This camera doesn’t require the use of another component that connect to either your doorbell transformer or chime box like some other video doorbells do, which speeds and simplifies installation. Longest part of the entire install was drilling the two new holes for the doorbell.

    The doorbell looks very much like another doorbell that is on the market, which I have no experience with. It does include three faceplates in the box (white, light green, and black). The doorbell does include a “security screw” and the special screwdriver to help prevent someone from walking away with your doorbell.

    Video looks clear both day and night. The angle/ coverage of the camera seems to cover pretty much the entire area surrounding the front door area. Motion detection works well as I have not had any false alerts so far.

    Now for the things that I wish were better to improve this doorbell to five stars. I wish there was an included horizontal angled baseplate to angle it to the left or right. The doorbell does come with a baseplate angle adapter that allows you to angle it up or down, but not to either side. Most of the other wishes I have for this item could hopefully be added in a firmware update. I wish the doorbell and app would allow you to reply to someone at your door with either standard or prerecorded messages so that if you are in a meeting or theater you can “answer the door” without speaking. Also I wish there was a setting or way to Minimize the motion alerts you receive when you leave or return home. I find it kinda annoying that I get alert every time I leave or return. I know another doorbell has facial recognition, so maybe that’s a possibility? My last observation so far, which is not really a negative thing, but after installing my video doorbell the mechanical chime box in my house went from a “ding dong” sound to a single “ding” sound.

    I have been looking at video doorbells for a few months now and have had a simplisafe alarm system for several years. When I saw that simplisafe was coming out with a video doorbell that looked a lot like another video doorbell, that could tie into my existing alarm system, and perhaps most importantly works with my current interactive monitoring plan. One of the things that kept me from purchasing other video doorbells was after spending so much money on the unit, to then have to pay a monthly yearly fee to use it fully. I’ve had a camera system from a big box store for many years now and have free access to remote viewing so I cannot see myself paying for that capability for a doorbell.

    Overall I am satisfied with this video doorbell. I hope that simplisafe can address some of the shortcomings of this doorbell with firmware updates that will bring functionality either equal to or perhaps better than the other doorbells on the market. For customers who already have a simplisafe system with monitoring and in the market for a video doorbell it’s a no-brainer. If simplisafe can make this unit meet or surpass the other units on the market they may end up selling some additional alarm systems and monitoring plans as well.

    Oct 20, 2018 10:41
  • Review by Kadete, 8 out of 10
    A must have device

    One the most useful gadget I own, very helpful and amazing images.

    High resolution images, microphone helps interact with visitors, especially for deliveries. Motion sensor and notifications are good to monitor the front and back of house(need two). It is a wide angle camera which complements my security system. The app is simple and easy to use. Only drawback I find is that it does not give you the option to record to your pc or phone. It does give you the option to record to the cloud, for a price of course.

    Installation is a breeze and easy to pair with your router/WiFi. The deign is beautiful and modern better the other choices out there.

    I use it check on my kids when they arrive from school.

    Nov 24, 2018 07:52
  • Review by Justin, 8 out of 10
    Good... but needs work.

    Starting off this is my first video doorbell I have ever seen in person or installed. With the growing concerns over security I felt this would be a good opportunity to try a video doorbell.

    Installation would be easy on most houses however I had some space constraints to deal with. I had a plan and it worked… somewhat. Anyways I ended up using the supplied angled bracket as it faced a little too far up in my situation. A side angled bracket would have been very nice to see in the box also. One problem I had that I have seen in at least one other review was the supplied screws are AWFUL! As stated I needed to adjust during install and one of the two mounting screws literally stripped so it was stuck in the house. I had to cut it in the end just to mount the doorbell over top of it. Everything else was pretty straightforward but depending on your house it could take a little brainstorming. The white works well on my house but the unit states it comes with 3 faceplates however I did not get any others in the box.

    After the physical install, the next part was setting things up in the app. The app is very basic and feels a little cheap/unfinished. It never crashed on my LG G6 but did take a while to load at times. The app guides you pretty well assuming your doorbell is setup correctly. It'll show you a QR Code and you let your doorbell see it and you're all linked up. After all this is done your doorbell is ready to go.

    The app has three main screens which are the Welcome/Dashboard, Cameras, and Timeline. The dashboard is for setting up cameras or buying others so basically useless. The next screen is a list of your cameras with the ability to add a new one. This screen is fine but it would be nice if it was a nice large preview image of the camera instead of a tiny thumbnail with "Front Door" occupying the rest of the space. The timeline screen is where you see your “incidents” whether this be motion or ring detection. The worse part about this timeline screen is it is next to useless unless you are paying the $4.99/month or have this integrated with an existing security system. It tells you the time and what occurred however you cannot act on these with video again unless you have the premium features. I would have liked to see more in the free experience because aside from wanting to test out the features that came with the $4.99/month plan just for this review, it is nice to have however I could see myself discontinuing service for the lack of features and the fact it isn’t vital to me right now. I think a lot can be done to improve the user experience, especially for free users.

    Overall, I am not overly disappointed in the camera/app but it feels a little incomplete to me. This isn’t that far apart from other doorbells in terms of cost so I would think these would be a little more refined and advanced for both free/premium users. I'd say if you already have a Simplisafe system and want to add this then it would be an easy addition but for others I might be more compelled to start elsewhere. The only reason I do like the camera it for the very small size and ease of install.

    Pros:

    - Small

    - Easy to install (Even in tighter spaces)

    - Wide field of view with night vision

    - Two-way audio

    - Quick Notifications

    Neutral:

    - Camera Quality

    Cons:

    - Required monthly subscription to record video

    - No side angled baseplate

    Nov 21, 2018 14:34
  • Review by Chuck, 4 out of 10
    Standalone? Not so much....

    I was excited to try this Simplisafe product because it's described as a 'standalone' product, and I wanted to compare it to other cameras I've tested.

    My initial impression of the doorbell was very favorable; it has a very simplistic, yet stylish appearance, so it's not going to appear as some larger than necessary, 'out of place' camera sitting next to your door. Installation was pretty straight forward. My installation took a bit longer because I have an older house and I wound up extending the wiring because I didn't want to take the chance of the existing wiring breaking while I was hooking everything up. I also wound up not using the screws that came with the product since both of the Phillips heads started to strip out with a simple low speed power driver. I decided to use the 40 yr old screws since they are evidently made of stronger metal. Once the doorbell was installed and the power was back on, I installed the app on my phone and activated the camera using the OCR code from the app. The app appears well designed and it's fairly intuitive. The live feed from the camera is very good, and even at night, the camera can easily capture images from 10+ft from the door with good clarity and a wide field of view. I tested motion detection, and the blue light around the button lit up each time when I got within about 6ft or so of the door. However here's where I began to question the product's 'standalone' claims. Although I had push notifications turned on in the app, I received none. I could see all of the events in the 'Timeline' screen of the app, but I got no real-time notifications. I called Simplisafe customer support and was initially told that the the push notifications should work without a monthly monitoring or recording package. The girl I spoke with was supposed to call back, but after two days I called back and talked to someone else who told me that I had to have a paid monitoring package to get instant notifications. I was repeatedly told that I could still view the live feed from the camera, but I couldn't make this person understand that that was only useful if I was at the house and heard the doorbell, or if I kept the 'Timeline' up on the app and watched it 24/7. I've tested several other products that allow push notifications/texts without a monthly fee, so I decided to call back and talk to someone else. Once again I was told I needed to have a monitoring package to get real-time feedback. To me, this is disappointing on several levels. First, this IS a standalone product, but it's basically useless unless you give Simplisafe some amount of money each month. If you're going to do that, why wouldn't you have their whole system? Second, the app is actually able to see the motion/doorbell notifications in the Timeline, so why not at least allow those events to be real-time alerts thru the app?

    Overall, I was disappointed with this product. It looks great and functions as it should, with great video and motion detection, but all of the functionality is basically useless without a monitoring package, which I won't have unless I wind up getting an entire Simplisafe system. I would not recommend this product as a standalone doorbell camera.

    Nov 28, 2018 14:40
  • Review by Maclemoor, 10 out of 10
    1080p & 160 degree view

    If you like 1080p video with a 160-degree field of view, this is a good option. I get plenty of viewing space of my front porch. SimpliSafe's doorbell cam won't provide face recognition, sad face. It does have high dynamic range imaging adjust to extremely bright times like direct sunlight or wicked reflections. Heads up, no battery of its own, it’s for wired doorbells. Check your voltage before installation or hire someone.

    You can automatically record video when sensors go off. It also has two-way audio equipped with noise and echo cancellation that minimizes background noise. However, I’ve noticed when I am talking I may hear a dump truck or dog barking depending on how close the sound is the doorbell, same if the visitor is talking to me. I don’t pay for storage so if I get a notification, my phone usually close by for me to check to see what’s going on. I strongly suggest not to have any plants or trees within close view or your camera will go off all day. Annoying! The design looks ok, nothing special. I have the white one but now I think it was a bad idea because it wont stay white forever. Overall, I’m happy!!

    Nov 26, 2018 09:50
  • 8.4score
    Ring - Video Doorbell Wedge Kit - White
    Description

    Mount your Video Doorbell flat against angled siding, or if your door is near a staircase, mount your Video Doorbell at an angle for a better view and improved motion detection.

    3 Features
  • Mounting brackets: This kit comes with three stackable wedges.
  • Adaptable angle: Adjust vertical viewing angle by 5°, 10°, or 15.
  • White surface: Paintable to match your home.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Dconnect, 10 out of 10
    Ring Wedge

    We were getting Ring alerts every time a car or any vehicle passed buy the house. Ordered the wedge kit at a comparable price and it arrived in a few days. Picked it up and came home to install it. Tried one wedge less alerts but still enough to be annoying. Tried adjusting but had to install second wedge of the three. Much better!

    Oct 04, 2019 16:06
  • Review by DavidT, 8 out of 10
    The Wedge

    The wedge has helped in the amount of false alarms due to automobile traffic in front of my home. Very easy to install, just make sure you have a few extra long screws when re-mounting.

    Feb 01, 2019 16:15
  • Review by Amber, 2 out of 10
    It doesn’t fit!

    I now own a worthless $20 piece of plastic. The holes don’t match up for the doorbell.

    Sep 27, 2020 17:12
  • Review by Goochie, 8 out of 10
    perfect!!

    This was exactly what I needed to angle my ring camera. Now I can see packages left on my front porch.

    Jan 03, 2021 09:33
  • Review by Gib53, 8 out of 10
    Works good

    Works but over priced for plastic, $19.99 should only cost 9.99

    Sep 20, 2019 17:24
  • Review by Anita, 8 out of 10
    Ring Wedge Kit

    I use this wedge kit on my ring to better control what is recorded

    Mar 26, 2021 18:08
  • Review by Material, 8 out of 10
    Quality materials needed

    Material quality subjective. Could be a lot better

    Apr 09, 2021 16:24
  • Review by Mre1, 8 out of 10
    Needed

    I needed this because my ring kept going off due to anything and everything going by. Only con is it’s a different screw pattern. More holes to drill in your house

    Sep 11, 2020 03:49
  • 8.2score
    Ring - Video Doorbell Wedge Kit - White
    Description

    Mount your Video Doorbell flat against angled siding, or if your door is near a staircase, mount your Video Doorbell at an angle for a better view and improved motion detection.

    3 Features
  • Mounting brackets: This kit comes with three stackable wedges.
  • Adaptable angle: Adjust vertical viewing angle by 5°, 10°, or 15.
  • White surface: Paintable to match your home.
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  • Review by Dconnect, 10 out of 10
    Ring Wedge

    We were getting Ring alerts every time a car or any vehicle passed buy the house. Ordered the wedge kit at a comparable price and it arrived in a few days. Picked it up and came home to install it. Tried one wedge less alerts but still enough to be annoying. Tried adjusting but had to install second wedge of the three. Much better!

    Oct 04, 2019 16:06
  • Review by DavidT, 8 out of 10
    The Wedge

    The wedge has helped in the amount of false alarms due to automobile traffic in front of my home. Very easy to install, just make sure you have a few extra long screws when re-mounting.

    Feb 01, 2019 16:15
  • Review by Amber, 2 out of 10
    It doesn’t fit!

    I now own a worthless $20 piece of plastic. The holes don’t match up for the doorbell.

    Sep 27, 2020 17:12
  • Review by Goochie, 8 out of 10
    perfect!!

    This was exactly what I needed to angle my ring camera. Now I can see packages left on my front porch.

    Jan 03, 2021 09:33
  • Review by Gib53, 8 out of 10
    Works good

    Works but over priced for plastic, $19.99 should only cost 9.99

    Sep 20, 2019 17:24
  • Review by Anita, 8 out of 10
    Ring Wedge Kit

    I use this wedge kit on my ring to better control what is recorded

    Mar 26, 2021 18:08
  • Review by Material, 8 out of 10
    Quality materials needed

    Material quality subjective. Could be a lot better

    Apr 09, 2021 16:24
  • Review by Mre1, 8 out of 10
    Needed

    I needed this because my ring kept going off due to anything and everything going by. Only con is it’s a different screw pattern. More holes to drill in your house

    Sep 11, 2020 03:49
  • 8.2score
    Blink - Video Doorbell - Wired or wire free, Two way audio, HD video and Alexa Enabled - Black
    Description

    Smart security that is designed for every home. Set up in minutes, and receive notifications from the app whenever a visitor presses your Video Doorbell or motion is detected. You can also choose to wire it to sound your existing home chime. Blink Video Doorbell lets you answer your door no matter where you are. Receive customizable alerts right from the Blink Home Monitor app, and experience helpful features like HD day and night video and two-way audio. Best part – Blink’s long-battery life technology provides peace of mind for up to two years.

    6 Features
  • Video Doorbell: Answer your door no matter where you are from your smartphone with 1080p HD day and infrared night video and two-way audio.
  • Long-Lasting battery: Experience long-lasting battery life, custom alerts, privacy settings, and more.
  • Motion Detection: Get alerts when motion is detected or someone presses Video Doorbell. Pair with the Sync Module 2 (sold separately) or wire to engage any time.
  • For Every Home: Designed for every home, go wire-free or connect to existing doorbell wiring to also sound in-home chime.
  • Easy Setup: Set up yourself in minutes with the two included AA lithium batteries then connect to wifi in the app.
  • Works with Alexa: get notified when your doorbell is pressed and motion is detected. When wired, see, hear, and speak to visitors.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Posted1, 8 out of 10
    Decent Affordable Choice

    Overall, a decent choice. On opening the package, everything was well laid out and packed quite tightly. Install was simple. Download the app and it walked right through the wired installation process. From open box to mounted operational system was maybe 10 minutes. Easy money.

    One very cool aspect of this device is that it can tie into your existing wired home doorbell. The installation was simple. It came with a backplate that you simply wired your two existing wires into, mount to the wall and then place the camera on. Very cool. While I love this feature, my dogs HATE it but it's nice to be anywhere in the house and know someone just pushed doorbell without having your phone near you to know. Nice feature.

    The app is fairly straightforward and simple and offers a decent suite of tools. However compared to the Ring app, this one seems a little light weight but it is certainly serviceable.

    The only couple issues I have is that the Blink product is a sister company to Ring, both under the Amazon umbrella. That said, I had a Ring doorbell camera at my other house and in order to use the neighborhood feature, it took me to the Ring app. I had to do some finagling to get the 2 apps setup in the correct new neighborhood. Deal breaker? No, just seemingly unnecessarily hassle.

    The second minor issue I have is that I can't get into live mode from the app for some reason. The setting show that it is indeed wired into my power, but the "camera icon" that the help page shows is nowhere to be found on my app. I un-installed and re-installed to the latest version and still no "camera icon". Everything on the internet shows that camera icon, but for some reason, I do not. I have submitted a support ticket but have not heard anything back yet. For the sake of this review, I will offer the benefit of the doubt that it can get resolved but it is disappointing.

    In all, a decent choice and I would recommend to a friend.

    Oct 21, 2021 13:45
  • Review by Samrio, 8 out of 10
    A great doorbell, with a Sync Module.

    With more and more homes beginning to take advantage of smart home technologies, video doorbells tend to be one of the most impactful options to add first. It allows you to make an informed decision to open your door to visitors, communicate or avoid solicitors, and even provide instructions for deliveries. You can also use a variety of features to monitor motion and protect packages sitting at your doorstep, acting as a deterrence against theft.

    In the box you’ll find the video doorbell, a mount plate, two AA lithium batteries, a removal tool that looks like a SIM card style key on a paper mount template, power posts for wired installations, and some mount hardware screws. Setup requires the use of the free Blink App, a wireless router, and an active internet connection on the device being used for setup. The installation instructions also advise you to have a power drill, screwdriver, and some tape handy for use when mounting to your desired location. If you’re using an iPhone or Android device, you can use the camera to scan a small barcode on the back of the doorbell, or simply type in the serial number to add the device in the app. I did encounter a couple of odd hang ups when initially adding the doorbell but was easily resolved with a simple reset of the device and the app. Assuming you don’t encounter a similar app lock up, the setup will finish in just minutes. If you have an existing wired doorbell, you’ll use the included posts to attach the wire and install the device.

    While this isn’t the only Amazon owned doorbell brand, the Blink Doorbell offers the flexibility of using their subscription-based cloud recording service or using a Sync Module to store them locally to a USB drive (both sold separately). The Doorbell included a 30-day trial to give the cloud recording a test run. While the Sync Module isn’t required for installation, there are some limitations, which you’ll likely find annoying without having one. In my quest to see the differences, I set up the doorbell without the Sync Module 2 first.

    Without the Sync Module, you’ll be required to use the cloud service to store recordings, there won’t be any live viewing available on your Amazon Echo Show devices and are limited to a 60 second response to answer the doorbell via the app. If you don’t answer within the set time, your doorbell goes back into a sleep state waiting for the next doorbell press. These limitations exist to prolong the battery life over time by disabling the Wi-Fi connection until it’s actively engaged. You’ll also have to push the doorbell button to save any setting changes done in the app every time you hit save (with a 24-hour window to do so). Due to these limitations, I would highly recommend the Sync Module for anyone wanting to take advantage of motion detection, live viewing, or alert scheduling.

    If you have an existing Sync Module 2, you’ll need to make sure it’s setup prior to adding the doorbell to your account. With the module setup, you’ll be able to enable a live viewing session in the Blink App or your Amazon Echo Show devices on demand. It’s important to note that the Blink Doorbell will only allow for one live viewing session at a time, so you’ll need to decide on answering via the app or your Echo Show at any given moment. Otherwise, you’ll get a connection or busy error when trying to view a live feed simultaneously on one of the devices. The Sync Module 2 has a USB slot for use with USB drives, up to 256 GB, to store recordings locally or save backups of your daily cloud-based recordings with the subscription service. You can decide to either store every live session or toggle a button in the app to save recordings at your discretion when viewing in the app. The USB drive makes it easy to remove the drive and plug into a PC/Mac and view or download the recordings at any time.

    You also get the option of scheduling arming and disarming throughout the course of the week. This essentially allows you to turn on motion detection within the time windows you set and disarm alerts to during later times in the evening or overnight. I love the schedule feature, as I arm the doorbell during peak times during the day when deliveries are more likely to happen and keep the alerts quiet during the nights and weekends when visitors are less likely. You will need to enable and link your accounts in the Alexa App if you want Alexa Echo/Show to call out doorbell presses or motion alerts. If you install the doorbell without the Sync Module, Alexa will still announce, but won’t be able to answer. So, for the best experience, I’d highly recommend picking up the Sync Module 2 along with the doorbell.

    The variety of features and their settings can be enabled or disabled in the app. The blink app will give you general health of the battery life, your Wi-Fi connection, and connection strength to your Sync Module. You can turn on detection zones using a simple to use grid, enable motion activated LED to illuminate the button when someone approaches, set the clip length, and even set the night vision IR intensity. Video quality was better than my last video doorbell, capturing recordings at 1080P, and you can even set the speaker volume to ensure the entire neighborhood isn’t hearing the doorbell ring. If you forgot how to install the device, it even includes the same doorbell installation instructions in the settings within the app. I rarely encountered false motion alerts, with every motion even captured and easily viewed in the app.

    I found that live viewing was quick on my Echo Shows, and in the App, compared to another popular doorbell I replaced. The flexibility of the local recording was a feature I plan to take full advantage of, and the size of the doorbell was about 2/3 the size of the previous video doorbell I was using. This can use off the shelf AA lithium batteries, versus needing to purchase more expensive proprietary ones, and the longer battery life means fewer need to take the doorbell off the mount to replace them. The price point feels right, but you will need to invest in a decent storage size USB drive and a Sync Module 2 in order to take advantage of all the features available and on-demand live viewing without significantly impacting battery life. Removing the device from the mount does require the small key tool but can be removed with a smaller flat head screwdriver if you’re having issues gripping the small tool it comes with. Overall, after a week of use, I’m happy with the performance of the device, even if you do need to invest in an another accessory.

    Oct 24, 2021 17:37
  • Review by TechGuru, 8 out of 10
    Security / Peace of mind at affordable price

    Blink Video SMART Doorbell from Amazon is the most affordable doorbell with all the bells and whistles. It has a 1080p camera which records video at 30fps with a 135-degree field of view horizontally and 80 degrees vertically.

    What’s in the box: Blink Video Doorbell, 2 AA 1.5v Lithium batteries, 4 Screws, 1 Case Opening Tool.

    Blink video doorbell measures 130 X 42 X 27 mm like other competitors and can be installed either wired or battery.

    Installation is simple, just install the 2 AA batteries if going with wire free option, if not connect the low voltage doorbell wires and attach the base plate using the screws. Download the latest Blink app and create the account if this is the first camera you are installing it with Blink. Just add the camera and the app will walk through the process of install. If you do plan to install the sync module 2 with this for live view or for storing your videos locally, you will need to add it separately. I have purchased the sync2 module separately and not as package but will suggest adding module to get the full functionality of this doorbell.

    There is no wireless chime option with this doorbell currently and need Amazon echo devices to get notifications when someone rings doorbell. You will get notification on your mobile from app but it would be great if they have optional wireless chime like ring devices to add if required.

    Best pro is the local storage using sync module 2 and USB if you don’t want to use the paid subscriptions. If you need paid subscription, you need to sign up for blink basic plan for $3/month for single camera or blink plus for $10/month for unlimited cameras if you have other blink cameras in your ecosystem.

    It does lack some features like vehicle, package detection for motion alerts but does offer some custom motion zones in app. Works only with Alexa devices and not with google assistant.

    Overall, at $49 this is the most affordable doorbell that can be used both wired or battery operated. We installed it on the backdoor and blink claims the battery to last for 2 years if connected to sync module. Great picture quality, local storage, battery life, multiple install options sets this up for a good competition.

    Oct 21, 2021 16:22
  • Review by SwigglesMilam, 8 out of 10
    View, Talk, Communicate with Video Doorbell

    The Blink Doorbell is a simple straight forward video doorbell. It can be installed as a wired doorbell or operate on two (2) AA Lithium Batteries, and it is designed to operate on batteries for up to two (2) years. The doorbell provides HD Live Views (day and night), a two-way audio and alerts via a chime on the app where one can then proceed to interact with the person at the door. When wired into an existing chime system, the chime will ring the system inside of your home and the video will still be viewable on your phone’s device.

    The doorbell is extremely easy to install. The app that is provided for both android and iOS devices provide step-by-step instructions on either type of installation. I was able to pair the doorbell and install it in under a minute. Taking a view of the Q code next to the serial number on the inside of the doorbell or typing in the serial number is the first step of installation. Then, much like Alexa or any other product that can be controlled through the use of an app, the doorbell just needs to join with your network.

    If wiring the doorbell, then the circuit breaker to the existing doorbell needs to be turned off and the old doorbell removed. The two doorbell wires connect to the back of the plate and then the plate is secured with two provided screws that come in the packaging. The doorbell face with batteries is then attached securely to the backing. In order to deter theft, there is a tool that needs to be used to take the face from the backing. It, too, is included in the packaging.

    Blink offers an optional subscription plan that allows you to save and share your videos, or you can choose to save and share your photos and videos without a subscription plan by using the Sync Module 2 and a USB, both sold separately. The doorbell also works with Alexa, or you can turn this feature off, under settings on the app, if you prefer not to use it with Amazon Alexa.

    This is a good alternative to more expensive video doorbells. I would give it five stars because it connected quickly, installed easily and the video works well; however, I did seem to have some static in the 2-way audio which keeps me from giving it five stars. Unfortunately, this could have been my phone’s service just as well as it could have been static in the doorbell. At the present I am not sure. I do recommend the doorbell as it is made to handle weather conditions and the video works well in both the day and night. The body of the video doorbell is made of plastic, and I am not sure how that will handle extreme heat and sub-zero temperatures that we have in my area. I have installed the doorbell and will be testing it to find out how well the casing holds up in extreme weather. Still, for $49 dollars, I think that it is a very good bargain if you are looking for a video doorbell in a lower price range and I recommend that you give it a try.

    Oct 22, 2021 17:07
  • Review by DavidJr, 8 out of 10
    Simple and basic

    Without a doorbell already installed and going through the trouble of installing all that is needed, this can be a quick simple fix. Download the app, install batteries, follow directions and instant doorbell camera. However, if you want more features, like being able to view live stream any time or record motion/doorbell presses locally, you will need the Sync Module 2 and a USB thumbstick for storage. Otherwise you will have to have a subscription for cloud storage and will only get the option to view live on a motion detention or press.

    It is simple to install. Just two batteries, two screws and snap on. The recommendation is 40-48 inches from the ground, but at arms length at 44 inches it wouldn’t see peoples heads. So, I would say 48-50 inches is better unless there is a full step up to your door.

    Video quality isn’t bad for something that is just running on 2 x AA batteries. It is a little delayed in the video and audio, but most wireless cameras are. I haven’t had it long enough to see how long the included batteries last, but it’s not like I have 10 people a day ringing my doorbell.

    I am a little disappointed that you can’t change the audio and the only internal source of sound is your phone or Amazon devices that you have connected to it. Even with the Sync Module there’s nothing unless you have something like the Amazon Echo. With that though, you can choose a more likely doorbell sound as Alexa tells you someone is at the door. Connecting to an Amazon account was pretty easy as well.

    Overall, for an affordable simple doorbell it’s decent. The more features you want, the more you will need to buy and connect.

    Oct 28, 2021 14:40
  • Review by Ponskippa, 10 out of 10
    A must have for your home

    This is my first video doorbell and I’ve had it installed for almost a week now. Installation was really easy, it only took me about 5 minutes to install and set it up. It comes with 2 screws and accessories for mounting. The included screws went into my doorframe with just a screw driver and a little pressure. A drill would make it easier but was not necessary for me. Setting up the doorbell was very quick and easy with the Blink app. Log in with your Amazon account and you’re on your way. I ordered an Alexa echo dot the next day so that I could connect that also and use it as a chime / audio announcement for the doorbell. You’ll get notified instantly on your phone or tablet but if you’re like me and have your phone on silent 99% of the time, then an Alexa device is a must for audio notification in the house. Anywhooo, I really like the Blink doorbell. It has a really wide camera with very good image quality. It’s so wide, it actually covers and records my whole porch which is about 20 - 25 feet wide from end to end. I was surprised! The app will let you choose between doorbell only or doorbell and motion detection. I find the motion detection to be too sensitive at its default setting. For me at least, I live on a busy street and I got notified every 5 minutes of cars passing by. I’m going to tweak the settings and find one that works for me. If you’re in a quiet neighborhood then I think it’ll be perfect for you at default settings. Battery life so far is very good. I love that it uses AA batteries. Even with the motion detection on, the app says battery life is good after a week. Blink claims upto 2 years of battery with the sync module. But even if I have to switch out the batteries after a month of use, I can’t complain. AA batteries are cheap and the peace of mind that I get owning this doorbell is priceless. It also has night vision! That is very clear for its price point. Blink offers a monthly subscription for your doorbell which starts at $3 a month. Very affordable! Would I recommend this? Absolutely. It’s so affordable, easy to use and has excellent image quality. You’ll be instantly notified through your phone and you can talk to the person via two way radio while they wait for you. Or you can give your delivery driver instructions with it while you’re away from home. It’s great. Get it, you’ll love it.

    Oct 25, 2021 13:05
  • Review by Mookie, 10 out of 10
    Great addition to the Blink product offerings!

    I have 4 Blink security cameras on my home, and one indoor camera. I was very excited to get this doorbell addition to my Blink system. There's a lot to like here. The security cameras install in a flash, and this door bell is no exception. The fact that this can be installed with the provided lithium batteries, as well as wired to an existing doorbell chime, is awesome. Makes it able to be used no matter what your situation may be. I live in the Northern Midwest so the winters wreak havoc on outdoor batteries. I believe this doorbell will use the batteries as backup, not really sure about that. I installed with the wires so that my chime inside could be integrated. If you don't have chimes, but an Amazon smart device, the doorbell will connect to it easily so you can hear a ring inside. Comes with a mounting bracket, 2 screws to mount to doorframe, 2 wire nuts, 2 dowels for drywall, and 2 backup screws for the home wiring. Mounting bracket has a rubber seal around the outside diameter to help deter the elements. The screw holes are padded as well as the back for a nice install. There is a paper template for the 2 mounting holes to drill the pilot holes into the door frame.

    Connects to the blink app with ease. Nice instructions on the app for installing.

    Blink cameras, doorbell...etc, will only record when you've signed up for their subscription plan. That's my one complaint about the blink products. It's my understanding at one point blink was free of charge. You can record for free if you log in to the doorbell and go live. But only when you are live, with no subscription, can you record.

    You are able to two-way talk with this doorbell. Picture on these is great quality compared to other doorbells on the market. The life of the lithium batteries is around a year or two, but is really dependent on the amount of usage, and your settings. You can tweak them in a lot of ways..ie, how long to record a video when it detects motion...longer the video obviously the quicker your batteries poop out. The parameters for the motion sensor are grid based, and can be set which comes in handy so that you will not pick up every car that drives by, insect or bird that flys by, or shadows as they move on the ground during the day cycle. Let's say there's a wall that no one could scale but is in the camera sights. Unless you live near Spiderman , you can tell the camera not to check for motion there.

    If I left anything out I apologize, and hope this helps the decision to get a great Blink doorbell

    Very much recommend..

    Nov 10, 2021 00:15
  • Review by PhillipB, 6 out of 10
    Ok. Wished video quality was better.

    I had super high hopes for Blink.......

    Installation

    Just Ok......

    I wished it would follow existing hole pattern but it did no so I had to drill more holes in my stucco. But it did not so I had to drill more holes.

    Also the rear of the mount did not have enough space or depth to hide the wires so I had to improvise and make a plastic spacer from a zip tie that has a plastic washer where a screw can be used on. This created enough space for me to mount the device to the wall.

    Set up

    Easy...

    I bought the blink module to compliment this doorbell and setup was seamless and easy.

    Downloaded the android app.

    Walked through everything and it was all good.

    Operation

    Not bad.

    User interface was easy to use

    Events were easy to scroll through and pick and look through.

    Filters were good and easy to use.

    I take issue to not being allowed to take screenshots. Everytime I tried it said this function was not allowed.

    For the most part it caught and differentiated between rings and motion pretty good. Although I was surprised it did not catch Amazon Fresh delivering my groceries this evening... Mmmmmmm. Might have been a fluke.

    "Arming" and dis"arming" function is neat.

    Lag was minimal. Both Wifi and 4G LTE was minimal lag.

    Video resolution.

    Not so great in my opinion.. Blink could have done better here.

    Night images in low light was a bit blurry even at highest resolution

    Aperture field of vision also could have been wider and taller. This area was were I was let down by Blink. I thought that the image would be much clearer and field of view would be greater.

    Video storage

    Locally I have 64 GB USB attached to he blink module and several days of continuous use only made a 1% dent in the storage. So its compression is probably pretty good.

    Was able to integrate with Alexa pretty easily.

    Overall

    I would recommend this if you are looking for a budget doorbell that does not need cloud storage this would be the way to go.

    Oct 24, 2021 23:12
  • 8.0score
    Google - Nest Doorbell Battery - Snow
    Description

    The Nest Doorbell is the battery-powered video doorbell that works with any home. See what’s happening at your door from anywhere and get intelligent alerts about important activity, like when there’s a person, package, animal, or vehicle.* And because there are no wires, you can install it yourself. Nest Doorbell requires the Google Home app and a Google Account – it’s not compatible with the Nest app or the home.nest.com site.

    13 Features
  • Control with the Google Home app.: View live HD video, replay video recordings, talk to visitors, and more – all from the Google Home app. The Nest Doorbell (battery) requires a free Google Account and is not compatible with the Nest app or the Nest site.
  • Everything works together.: The Nest Doorbell works with other Nest products. Hear announcements on Nest Mini when someone is at the door. And Nest Hub will show you who’s there when someone rings the bell.
  • Go back in time.: If you miss a notification, go back over the last 3 hours with free event video history. If you want more, add Nest Aware Plus for up to 60 days of event video history.** The Nest Doorbell (battery) does not record 24/7 video history, even with the optional wired installation.
  • Get alerts that matter to you.: The Nest Doorbell lets you see what’s happening at your door and answer it from anywhere. It knows the difference between a person, package, vehicle, and animal, and alerts you when there’s activity, so there’s no guessing.*
  • Install it yourself.: Wire-free means installation is painless. You can put it at the vantage point that works best for your door.
  • See clearly in any light.: See key details in all kinds of light. HDR helps with bright, high-contrast sunlight, and night vision gives you a clear image even in low light and darkness.
  • Designed for any door.: The Nest Doorbell is battery powered and wire-free, so it works with any door, whether you live in a house or an apartment. You can install it yourself. And it comes in a range of colors to make any doorstep more stylish.
  • Wi-Fi problems? Not a problem.: If your Wi-Fi goes down or there’s a power outage, the Nest Doorbell will automatically record important events for up to one hour in its local memory.
  • Choose the areas that matter most.: Activity Zones let you define specific areas and get notified when something happens there. So you only get alerted about things that are important to you.
  • See who’s there, even when you're not.: A taller field of view and HDR let you see people clearly from head to toe, and packages on the ground. If you miss something, 3 hours of free event video history lets you go back and see what happened with the Google Home app.
  • Talk to who’s there, from anywhere.: Talk and listen to visitors through the built-in speaker and microphone. Tell someone you’ll be right there, or let a delivery person know where to leave the package.*
  • Protects your privacy.: The Nest Doorbell uses encrypted video, two-step verification, and enhanced security through your Google Account to help protect your privacy. And a green LED light lets you know when the camera is processing or streaming video.
  • Battery life: Battery life will depend on factors including activity, temperature, and camera settings that you select. You can extend the battery life of your camera by adjusting video quality, length of video clips, time between recorded events, and using activity zones to monitor specific areas.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by 3Tcubed, 8 out of 10
    Getting Better

    I think this is the 10th video doorbell I've had, my toughtest requirement is I want no false alarms. I have plenty of other cameras that detect motion and are fairly directional. The issue with all video door bells is they all have a fairly wide angle lens. This allows them to see motions from many locations besides just in front of the door. Many advertise to only pick up humans within x feet (using PIR). I've yet to find one that does just that. I live on a fairly busy street, lots of foot trafic as a school is just down the street. So I must have a camera that allows me to select the area of motion I'm interested in (that works).

    Well the new Google Nest Doorbell (battery), seems to tick all the right boxes, but I've found until you try it in your own environment you just don't know for sure. I have tired almost all the major (and many minor ones) video doorbells, none solved all my issues (or had too short of a battery life). So what I really want is for the doorbell to be mounted at an angle mostly looking at a wall to minimize false motion from the street. I'm hoping the "AI" in this doorbell really only detects people, and can recognise who it sees, and that its activity zone do what they should. Theft prevention is also a must. Let's start there, the doorbell mounts to a metal plate that is secured to either a wall directly or to provided 30 degree angle block. The fact that this is metal is a plus, as it will strongly hold the doorbell (others have a plastic holder that does not have real strength). The metal plate attaches tightly to the back with a pin through the top (see image) that locks the plate securely in place. There is a larger hole in the bottom that must also slide in place to secure the doorbell. I does hold it securely, it comes with a "key" that you press in the top to release it so you can recharge it (they claim the doorbell only needs to be recharged every 10 weeks - this would be great). So mounting was fairly easy, I got about the field of view I was hoping for. I have many Google "smart home" products so I already had Google home installed (it must be). I also have other Google Nest products, as it's called a Nest Doorbell, so I expected this doorbell to also show up there (long story short it [currently] will not (-1 star, Google don't call it a Nest product if it does not play nice with other Nest products!)) I spent some time with their nice support people trying to figure this out.

    So the Google Nest Doorbell (battery) must be added to the Google Home app to get it set up properly. This doorbell comes with a 30 trial of Nest Aware (there is the Nest name again). In order to use facial recognition OR the motion zones, you must have a Nest Aware account ($6/mo or $60/yr), for person recognition I understand this, but for the motion zones, this was a surprise (their docs said certain functions require Nest Aware, motion zones were not clearly identified). But the have the most complete set of motions zones of any doorbell, with up to 4 separate zones that can be defined, and you can trigger multiple alerts inside and outsize of each zone (I've not see this sophisticated of zone processing anywhere else. Within each zone you can trigger on people, packages, animals and vehicles. Again very cool, but must pay a monthly fee to use it... But now having tried it, I can tell you it is very accurate, it does a excellent job of recognising people. The user interface for setting up people you know is very easy to use/change. If you have a google home hub, and use the picture frame, people I know, functionality, it similar to this, except (currently) tied to the cameras captured images only.

    The night time IR processing is also excellent (see image), It's the best I've seen/used. The definition of zones is also easily done with their software.

    I did have some problems getting the software properly installed. My suggestion is to install and set up the Nest Aware trial before installing the doorbell. It seems (currently) that if then nest aware subscription is not enabled for your google home account when the doorbell is installed, some of the functionality does not appear in the app (can't enable motion zones, but can define).

    Image quality is excellent, speed of push notiifcation to the phone takes a little over a second, a little more to get 2 way audio, which is loud and clear to/and from the doorbell. The doorbell is fairly thin, but some what tall, I think it's attractive (it come in 4 colors). If it's size really give it 10 week battery life, I'm all for it. Whenever it's recording a small green led can be seen. I think the button at the bottom is obvious as a doorbell, my wife does not. I prefer the simplistic appearance. It does come with a video recording "icon" that could be placed on you window (if required locally). So far it's the best battery powered video doorbell I've found. I do wish it was fully integrated with the other nest products, as it is it can't be fully part of Nest's home/away functionality.

    Sep 05, 2021 12:18
  • Review by BenisJ, 8 out of 10
    Not perfect, but good

    Let me start by saying I wish there was one video doorbell that would do everything without a monthly service fee...

    Now that that is out of the way, I do like the Google Nest Doorbell. Full disclosure, after initial testing, I opted for wiring the device because I can. We tested the battery version and determined that we'd really have to tweak the "always on" options down to "mostly off" to get the best battery results (supposedly up to 6 months but totally impossible to predict based on a combination of what settings you choose to leave "on" and how often you have people at your door) and decided to use the wires to take full advantage of this replacement doorbell.

    We bought this doorbell for two reasons: (1) Our previous video doorbell had a delay of about 8-10 seconds before it would alert my phone (on mobile network) of a visitor. Most people would give up by then. (2) We are heavy Google Home/Assistant users and I wanted to try to "simplify" my smart home devices. I am pleased to say our "alert" time to the in-house chime and Google devices is "instantaneous" and over a mobile network my phone gets an alert within about 3-5 seconds. There was also a third reason: Our previous brand of doorbell confused users between the camera and the logo/doorbell button. Everyone was always pushing our camera for some odd reason. The Google Nest doorbell leaves no confusion between camera and button.

    Installation was a breeze and starts with the unboxing experience. You have everything you need including a mounting plate, angle adjusting plate, screws, anchors, quick-release tool (helpful if you are using the battery feature), a quick install wiring harness, and a USB-C cable for the initial charging (charger not provided). All told it took about 10 minutes for me to physically install the device. However, before installing, you need to run connectivity process on your phone. Basically, scan a QR code then logon to your Nest or Google Home account and follow the instructions to connect to your wifi and unlock the Google Assistant features. Note that the app will ask you if you plan to use the device via battery or wire. Tools required include a drill (optional--only needed if you need to predrill for anchors), a level (optional) and a phillips screwdriver. Two-wire installation does NOT require a degree in electrical engineering. It was insanely easy.

    Once installed, we discovered some interesting things. Again, my home is very "Google smart." A push of the button lit up video of the front door on our Google Hub in the kitchen AND turned down the volume on our Vizio Smart TV (YouTubeTV was active at the time). Obviously my mobile phone also received an alert. We are not 100% sure yet how/why the TV muted--which required manual "un-muting."

    As for features and usability, I can live without the AI "facial recognition" which is part of the paid Nest monthly service. What I do not understand is why Google limits us to only 3 hours of free recording AND HISTORY. That means any overnight action will not be available when you get up in the morning. I wish I could store "unlimited" (realistically up to 7 days of "the doorbell was pushed" or "action detected" video history) video history in my Google One storage subscription. The fact that I do not get at least a TEXT history of things >3hrs ago is frustrating. Ideally I should still be able to see that at 4:15p yesterday someone rang the doorbell--and maybe even keep the screenshot of the person pushing the button.

    As mentioned previously, response time to my phone when away from the house is better with the Google Nest doorbell than my old video doorbell. The image is clear and the alerts, which can include "package detection" are clear and concise. The "instant response" feature (i.e. "Please just leave the package at the door" or "Give me a minute please...") is nice too. The 145° camera manages to cover most of my patio and captures activity at the mailbox too. I have tightened the "alerting" zone so that I don't get alerts about people walking their dog or cars driving past our house.

    In the end, while I am EXTREMELY disappointed in the limited recording history, the overall setup of the camera, integration with my Google smart home, and response time for alerts makes this doorbell a keeper...for now.

    Aug 30, 2021 10:20
  • Review by Njuice, 10 out of 10
    Great Google Doorbell Limited by its App

    I was really looking forward to Google’s new battery doorbell simply because it would be easy to use and it would work well with my other Google Products. And so far - my excitement has been justified…minus the Google Home App Experience.

    PROS:

    - I really like the look of this doorbell! Yes it is larger than other video doorbells but thats likely to have a longer lasting battery in it. Regardless, it is still slim and sleek and adds a nice improvement to your front door area!

    - Installation was SO easy! I personally went the Wired approach instead of the battery approach, so I’d imagine the battery install would be even easier. But with the wired installation all you do is turn off the power, connect the plate over your existing wires, connect the old wires to your Google Doorbell, mount it, turn the power on, and you are good to go! Seriously all in all it took me 10 mins to set up.

    - Another perk is that the doorbell works with my 20 year old doorbell chime even without a separate connector needed to be installed in the chime box itself. Very smooth!

    - Once setup in the Google Home App, you are ready to go and the picture looks very solid. It can zoom in, has nice viewing angles, and overall looks clear.

    - I have been very impressed with the night vision so far! You can clearly see everything at night and nothing is too blurry.

    - The smart features in this camera are very cool as well. It can record people, do face recognition for people it sees a lot, check for packages, animals, cars, and in general any movement at all. It’s nice how you can pick and choose what you want it to look for, or even set up zones for what you are looking for in each area

    - Overall I am just really pleased with how easy this was to install, the overall camera quality, and the amount of smart features.

    CONS:

    - My biggest problem with the doorbell is you can only use this with the “Google Home” app, and personally I don’t think the Camera is easy to use within this app. The Google App quickly gets cluttered with all your smart tech, and the Camera just gets lost in the shuffle. On top of that the settings are all over the place, there’s not a good way to quickly see all your past events on your camera, and just overall its ease of use isn’t great. The only positive to my complaints are that they can be fixed with an App or Software update, and I really hope they do so.

    - That being said, this Doorbell does not work on the Nest App and thats a big disappointment. The Nest App has been a really well made app that I have used for years, and now that I own a “Google Nest Doorbell”, I can’t even connect it to the Nest App. I just think the Doorbell would be so much better if it had its own dedicated app, like the Nest App, then being buried in the Google Home App.

    - I opted for the “Nest Aware” free trial of their paid camera storage, and I still have a big issue: the doorbell does a poor job recording an event before it happens. For example: other doorbells will start recording an “event” when the mailman is in the street, leaves his truck, and comes to your front door to set the package down. The Google Doorbell only starts recording when the mailman is one step away from the front door. I think thats a huge software flaw to not record the event longer before and after the event. Plus, I am wired in so its not like its a battery conservation thing either. This doorbell should be giving us a lot more recorded length of each event.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    - The Google Doorbell with Battery is a really well made, versatile product that is cheaper than its predecessors but has just as many smart features and the added benefit of going wireless if needed. As of the time of this review, I think the Doorbell is limited in the Google Home app - but software and apps can change over time and I have hope that this will eventually be a home-run.

    Aug 26, 2021 14:57
  • Review by ReviewedByPhil, 8 out of 10
    Good video/audio but no 24/7 recording

    The Nest Doorbell (battery) is our first smart video doorbell, but not our only product from Nest, as we also have their Learning Thermostat. Since we already have multi-room smart speakers throughout the house and security system hubs with screens, we were hoping to have the doorbell play a chime through them or display its video feed on our existing screens, when the doorbell button was pressed, however, the Nest Doorbell is only able to do this with Google branded speakers, hubs, or screens. Since we don't own other products in the Google IOT ecosphere, we can only get push notifications from the doorbell and view its video on our mobile devices through the Google Home app. Thankfully, a hard-wire kit is included with the doorbell, so we could at least use our wired electric doorbell chime for an audible notification throughout the house, and it would be permanently powered as an added bonus.

    The doorbell camera itself is quite large as it contains a fairly sizeable battery. The battery is rated to last 1.5 to 6 months depending on the frequency of usage eg. average number of daily events it records and other battery saver settings like video/audio quality and minimum event recording length. When the battery power is low, it will enter into a "low power" mode to conserve more battery until you charge the unit; to charge it, you'll need to take down the unit and plug it in via the included USB-C cable for about 5 hours. The other option is to direct-wire it to a compatible doorbell transformer. As for installation instructions, a link to a video demonstrating the battery operated installation is included in the box, but no written instructions. If you want to perform a wired installation, you'll have to search for those directions on your own, but it's easy to find the video for that process as well. However, one thing that was unclear during my installation was whether or not I needed to install the diode that came with my chime on the wire contacts of the Nest Doorbell; while my chime appeared to be compatible, since I wasn't able to find any information from Google/Nest specifically mentioning installing a diode one way or the other, I did not install it. Other than that, the installation process was pretty straightforward and took about 15 minutes. There’s also an angled wedge included if you need to change the direction the camera faces by 20°.

    For the most part, the doorbell works pretty much as advertised. When I ring the bell, a notification pops up on my phone through the Google Home app, and I can view the doorbell's live video and audio feed and use the mic to communicate with someone in front of it. The external chime that I wired to the doorbell also starts ringing right away and kind of works, but my problem is that the “length of ring” setting in the app for electronic chimes can only be set in whole second increments, which either cuts off the chime before the melody is done playing (6 secs) or allows the chime to start repeating before getting cut off (7 secs). With my normal mechanical doorbell, I never had a problem with the chime playing the melody all the way through exactly once.

    The app experience is just okay. During setup, I was a bit disappointed to find that the Nest Doorbell (battery) could not be added to the existing Nest app that is used to control the Nest Learning Thermostat and can only be added to the Google Home app. Doing this took me a few tries too because the Home app wanted to use my existing Nest product to "assist" the setup by passing along my WiFi network name and password, but it kept failing. I ended up needing to remove the Nest thermostat from my account first, enter my WiFi network info manually, and then re-add the thermostat through the Nest app which was then pulled into the Google Home app. After setup, navigating the app is somewhat clunky and it took me a while to figure out how to download a saved event video clip (you have to go into the "event details"). Changing and customizing the settings for the doorbell was pretty easy though.

    I was also surprised to find that the free 3-hour event recording history is not a cumulative measure of time. Instead, it is a 3-hour lookback period, which means you can view any events that happened in the past 3 hours, but no earlier, even if the amount of recorded footage during this period amounts to only a few minutes. So if I viewed something in the event history yesterday that I wanted to re-watch today, I wouldn’t be able to do so, unless I downloaded the clip during the 3-hour period when it was available to view or had a Nest Aware subscription. The monthly Nest Aware subscription adds benefits like a longer event history period, familiar faces recognition, allowing the unit to announce your frequent visitors' names, sound detection like glass breaking or smoke alarms, and emergency calling to 911. Note that there is no way to enable 24/7 recording (to capture non-event footage), even if you choose to hardwire the unit and get a Nest Aware subscription. The camera itself has local onboard storage for 1 hour's worth of footage, which is helpful if it gets disconnected from the internet and can’t upload it to the cloud right away.

    I will say that the video footage is clear and crisp with plenty of detail at 960x1280p, and the viewing angle is wide at 160° field of view (FOV) in a 4:3 ratio. The audio picked up from the doorbell is also quite good with decent volume. However, when speaking through the mic in the app, the speaker on the doorbell itself isn't very loud, so sometimes it's hard for your visitor/guest to hear you. You can opt, instead, to respond to doorbell rings with a pre-scripted message that is recited in Google's text-to-speech voice. I also liked that you can select intelligent motion detection options for specific types of events like people, vehicles, animals, or packages versus all motion, and you can also define multiple detection zones within the view for specific event activity and customize the alert settings for each one separately.

    Overall, I do like having the features of the doorbell, from the high quality video and audio capture, to the intelligent event recording and notifications, which was fairly accurate, though we did find that door-less mail and delivery vehicles often came up as “person” events because the camera picked up the driver inside. You have the flexibility for a wired or battery operation installation, and if you’re already using Google speakers and screens, this doorbell would work seamlessly with them. If you’re like me, and don’t though, you may still be able to hook it up to your existing doorbell chime as a low-tech workaround. The biggest drawbacks for me are the lack of 24/7 and non-event recording, the fact that my wired chime doesn't play through exactly once, and the relatively short "free" event history review period without a monthly subscription.

    Sep 01, 2021 09:46
  • Review by TechGuru, 10 out of 10
    Affordable AIDoorbell with multiple install option

    Google battery operated doorbell is a wonderful upgrade from its leading competitive brand and to its successor model of Nest hello. New slim design is very attractive with more color options and multiple installation options (hardwire, battery) for many use case scenarios. It does have 3 hours of cloud storage for free without the need to subscribe to Nest aware. There are few cons compared to its previous wired Nest hello model.

    What is the box: Google doorbell, USB C cable, hardware kit (2 wedge screws, 2 wall screws, 2 wall anchors, wire connectors, eject release tool), doorbell bracket and angle wedge.

    Setup and Installation: Very simple setup like previous gen but this one only works with Google home app and doesn’t support Nest native app. I have couple of nest cameras, 9 nest protect (smoke detector), Yale lock and have not migrated yet to google home since it doesn’t support the nest protect and now, I need 2 applications to monitor.

    Just download the google home app, charge the doorbell by connecting to power source using the included cable and just follow the instructions on the app to complete the setup. Since I had nest connect it automatically connected to my network without the need of entering any passwords.

    Once the setup is complete, you have the option to choose your installation method. This doorbell supports hardwire (using your existing doorbell wiring and transformer), rechargeable battery powered or connecting to indoor power adapter. If you don’t plan to hardwire using your existing doorbell wiring, you would need Nest smart display or Nest Speaker for Chime sound when someone rings the doorbell.

    Video and Audio Quality: This doorbell records in 960 X 1280 resolution that captures up to 30 frames per second with 3:4 aspect ratio compared to Nest Hello that records at 1080P and more digital zoom. Field of view is only 145 degrees compared to 160 degrees on Nest hello. Audio is very clear and have no trouble even when installed with battery. Speaker and microphone are great on two-way audio and is very clear and crisp with no major delays.

    It works great with the new smart displays (Nest hub max & 2nd gen Nest hub). When someone rings the doorbell, it automatically shows the live view of the door, and the communication starts without any lag on battery and announces or chimes right away. Very impressive for battery powered compared to battery powered on competitive devices.

    It does have the same activity zones setup where you can setup for motion monitoring and recording. You need to select and highlight areas of your choice where you need the motion to be picked, notified, and recorded. This way you can save battery from unnecessary motion recordings. Like previous Nest hello this does support the AI (artificial intelligence) based object recognition to detect if the motion is due to people, dogs, cat, packages, vehicles and so on.

    One of the major advantages compared to previous gen is, without any subscriptions you get free three-hour cloud storage of video feeds. It does come with a free 30-day trial for Nest aware to try for free if it’s worth subscribing to and make informed decision. Also, this doorbell records and stores up to 1 hour of video feeds locally in the event of internet outage or power failure and upload once the power or internet is restored.

    Pros: Versatile design, AI-based recognition, multiple installation options, responsive live feeds (on battery powered), Free 3-hour cloud storage, Easy installation, Local storage when WIFI lost, Familiar face alerts, multiple colors to choose from (Snow, Ivy, Ash, Linen)

    Cons: No 24/7 recording even if hardwired, big form factor (6.3-inch x 1.8 inch), Works only with google home app and not Nest app, No support to other smart home ecosystems (echo devices or apple devices).

    Bottom-line: If you are looking for affordable battery powered(recharge) doorbell with multiple installation option for future use and AI smart notifications that integrates well with your smart displays then this is the device without any second thought.

    Aug 27, 2021 14:41
  • Review by Solrak, 8 out of 10
    Solid Video Door Doorbell ... for a price

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    - Sleek modern “minimalist” exterior design – check,

    - good quality audio and reasonable field of view video capture – check,

    - super easy installation and instructions – check & check

    - Must be married to the Google Ecosystem to unlock ALL of the functionality and special features – CHECK

    If your ok with having only 3 hours of free "historical" events recorded to the “cloud” (and no means of local/backup storage for them) – I think you’d be hard pressed to find a a better video doorbell camera for the money. Be prepared to pay an extra monthly subscription fee to get anywhere from 30-60 days worth of "cumulative" event history (depending on how much extra you want to pay per month). Battery life was a big concern based off my personal usage settings, and the night time recordings where not as “good” as my previous video doorbell - ( which had better IR illumination and resolution) when compared to this Nest Doorbell.

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    Video Doorbells seemingly come into 2 varieties that I have noticed lately – “bar” / “rounded” shaped OR “box” / rectangular shaped. This Nest Doorbell clearly falls into the “bar” side of things shape wise, so if it had a very modern “flat” look to it from my eyes. In this “Snow” color, it matched well with my white door trim and looked right at home. If “Snow” white doesn’t work, the Nest Doorbell can also be had in 3 additional colors to better match your style: Ash, Ivy, and Linen. I really the clean flat overall look it provided over my other video door bell that was essentially a black rectangular box that protruded several inched from my nice white door trim. I also appreciate the inclusion of USB-C as the charging/communications port for the hardware. It is pretty much time for the Micro-USB standard to go away, as USB-C provided so much faster charge times and data transfer rates – and the Nest Doorbell benefits from this by getting faster charge times. Surprisingly there are still several other doorbells out there that use the older Micro USB standard.

    Installation wise – it could be easier. Everything is provided in the box to get you going, and Google videos and resources really make the whole super painless. Obviously, you need to utilize the Google Home App to control and interact with the Nest Doorbell – which is odd since there is already a Google Nest App – for other devices (which we have in our home – like our Nest Thermostat). It would be nice if they just pick one or the other to not have to manage some Nest Devices in one app, and some Nest devices in the other.

    Interesting side note – the Nest Camera will not work if it is not firmly inserted into the metal support bracket that is part of the installation process. I was a little to “careful” when locking into place and was surprised to see that I could not fully use the camera in the Google Home App.

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    This Google Nest Doorbell (Battery version) checks off a lot of features that I believe most people are looking for in video doorbell “security” camera these days. The filed of view that the Nest Doorbell provides was more of a “tall” vantage point versus “wide” that I was more accustomed to from my previous doorbell. The was super useful to capture packages and events that occurred super low on my doorstep on my front porch. Since I live in a townhome, this was perfect since I didn’t need to see all my other neighbor’s front porches in my recorded events. Take into account the Nest Doorbell’s very useful and accurate “smart” alerts, and I was left impressed with the “smarts” the Nest Doorbell was bringing to the table. Unfortunately, in this default configuration, I was getting A LOT of events recorded at first – since my front townhouse door faces 3 driveways, a busy street, and neighborhood kids constantly playing in very close to our porch and driveway in the background. I really had to dig into the setting to cut back on many of recording options to negate the rate the battery was being depleted from the constant recording. Which in turn made me feel like I was potentially missing out on “events” – just to save battery. I know hardwiring is an option, and I may just break down and do that because I don’t think we will get a month of usage on battery alone. Your mileage will obviously vary based on event recording length and number of activities or “zones” you configure for your use.

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    There are some pretty big features missing that I would like to have seen incorporated into the Nest Doorbell – chief among them is some type of option for local storage. I like the idea of having “optional” local storage so my events are not being stored someplace I cannot access them in the event of service outage (not to mention theoretical cloud security concerns). This makes me feel like I have to subscribe to the “Nest Aware” service for an additional monthly fee – to get the most out of things. Especially when you take into account that the “3 free” hours aren’t saved as a series of “recorded events – just a “period of time” – is a real bummer. This means if someone broke into your car at 2:00AM and you woke up at 7:00AM (5 hours later) you wouldn’t have been able to see the footage since the 3-hour window had passed – so again, If you want to actually use it as a “security” device – you essentially need the Nest Aware subscription.

    To really get the most of out the super awesome smart alerts – you need to have/be a part of the Google ecosystem. We have a good mix of Amazon Alexa, Google Nest, Apple AND Android powered smart speakers and assistant devices throughout our home… so, it is interesting to me that roughly half my devices don’t play as nice with the Nest Doorbell as at all. Overall, I really like the Nest Doorbell for its aesthetics, installation, and relatively good feature set – just remember to get the most out of it you need to:

    1. Have Google Devices

    2. Pay for Nest Aware subscription

    Otherwise, there are probably better choice on the market that will let you record in higher definition, save your capture locally and not require additional monthly fees – they just won’t look as good on your front door.

    Oct 18, 2021 04:13
  • Review by sgriesch, 8 out of 10
    Easy to Install Video Doorbell

    About

    The Nest Doorbell (Battery) is Google’s easiest to install, most flexible video doorbell to date. It boasts an almost anywhere installation, night vision, automatic alerts, 24/7 live viewing in HDR, video and audio recording, and a free 30-day trial to Nest Aware (if you don’t already have it).

    Installation

    I have owned several video doorbells, and this is by far the easiest one I have installed. This doorbell runs off a battery, so you do not have to rely connecting it to a doorbell chime for power (though you can if you would like to). My setup had very few steps to get it operational. You charge it, add it to the Google Home App, and mount it. From there you are just making preference tweaks in the app.

    Charging can take up to 5 hours. You can add it to the Google Home App while this is happening to save a little time. The mount comes with a flat mount base plate and an optional 20 degree wedge if you want to angle it away from a corner. For me the mounting was just installing the flat base plate with two screws. It took just a few minutes. The camera slides into the base which makes it easy to remove for when you need to charge it.

    For my setup I am using this as an extra doorbell (and camera) for my backdoor. I already have a video doorbell at the front which is wired to the doorbell chime. The back door is not wired for this, so the battery operation allows me the flexibility to add a doorbell very easily here. There is no chime with the doorbell, so I am notified on my phone app and I have tied them to my Google Home Hubs to announce any rings.

    Features

    Here are some of the main features of the doorbell:

    • 960p video quality with HDR (2 settings for quality in the app)

    • Night Vision

    • Can be used indoor or outdoor

    • Wire free installation – battery powered

    • Phone alerts for movement

    • Learning facial recognition (in the settings and with Nest Aware)

    • Audio recording and speaking

    My Experience

    Video Quality - I consider the video quality to be good. 960p is a lower pixel rate than you would typically see, but the HDR addition makes up for picture quality. The lower pixel setting was probably chosen to limit the strain on the battery. There are two video quality settings, and I had to use the max setting for the video quality to feel like it was worth using. The higher quality uses more of the battery power.

    Audio Quality – The person viewing the camera feed can hear the person on camera clearly while they are close to the camera (5 feet). Sound quality diminishes as things are further away. The bigger issue was when the person viewing speaks there is a terrible echo on the camera side. For instance, if you are talking to the delivery person at your door, you will hear them fine, but they will hear you and their own echo. The echo is louder than the other person’s voice. I reached out to Google about this, but they did not have a reasonable solution of how to fix it. The Nest Cam also does this for me.

    Recording – Without any additional subscriptions the camera can record 3 hours of events for you to play back for free. Live 24/7 video streaming is also free. You can subscribe to Nest Aware to increase your video storage to 30 days or 60 days. It is important to note that you cannot record in 24/7 mode with this doorbell even if it is configured in the wired setup. If you want to do 24/7 recording you need to look at the Nest Hello. Adding Nest Aware also gives you the ability to use Face Detection. This is something that you help the doorbell to learn.

    Battery Consumption – The battery consumption seems to be fairly minimal. On max video quality I have used 14% over the course of a full week. My camera was installed outdoors and in a fairly high traffic area (we have a dog to let in and out constantly). These two factors will affect your battery usage. Also, the battery is not replaceable.

    App Quality – I like the Google Home App that controls the settings. The playback feature is easy to use. Many of the other camera manufacturers have awful playback software. The alerts seem to be prompt as well, but that will be dependent on your internet connection. The Nest Doorbell will not work with the Nest App. You must use the Google Home App.

    Quick Responses – There are quick responses that are pre-loaded in the app to respond to someone ringing the doorbell. You also have a Quiet Time option to use.

    Activity Zones – You can control what the camera is looking at to avoid extra recording. There are also types of alerts that you can turn off: People, Animal, Package and Vehicle.

    Overall

    The Nest Doorbell (Battery) is a very easy to install video doorbell with good video quality. It really meets the need for people who want a doorbell, but do not have the wiring in place. For me, being able to add the backdoor camera and doorbell is a really nice feature. The biggest complaint that I have is the audio loop issue. Other than that I really enjoy this product. I am giving this doorbell 4 stars.

    Sep 29, 2021 19:08
  • Review by Gizmo, 8 out of 10
    Very good doorbell with excellent image quality

    I got this Google Nest Doorbell battery smart doorbell to upgrade my current smart doorbell. The first thing I noticed is the clean designed, but considerably larger than my current doorbell, probably due to the battery inside. It measures approximately 6.25”x1.8”. Although it’s called “Google - Nest Doorbell Battery”, it can be hard wired as well. I thought the name with “battery” in it was a bit confusing.

    Setup:

    Included in the box was everything I needed to install the Google Nest doorbell, USB-C charging cable, wire harness thing to install, screws, mounting plate and It even included a 20-degree wedge plate to mount the doorbell on an angle. This came in handy for me as my doorbell is on the right hand side of the door, visitors would walk up my walkway on the left, this would allow the motion to detect when people are coming to my doorway, not just when they’re already in front. The install was fairly easy, I mounted mine on the bricks, so I had to use a special drill bit and screws. This is connected to my existing “dumb” doorbell chime mounted on the wall. It sounds a bit off, but it could be my chime. Be sure to keep the little “key” handy for those that plan to install it in a spot where power is not available.

    The setup on the Google Home app was quite simple. Launch the app and follow the steps. It took about 3-4 minutes without any issues. The doorbell has facial recognition feature and recognizes when someone has a package. When the package is removed, it will also let you know the package is no longer seen. For the facial recognition, you have to names the faces that the Google Nest picked up. You do this in the Google home app under Home Settings – Nest Aware - Familiar face detection. The facial recognition feature worked for me sometimes, I would say about 30-40% of the time. Perhaps this will improve over time. To allow other family members to view the camera, in the app, there’s a link “Invite home member”. This will send them a link to download the app and provides the details they need to set this up on their app. One downside is that I could not get this doorbell to work with my nest app, I have nest smoke alarms already, I was hoping I would be able to add the doorbell to the same app. It seems, for now at least, I can’t and a separate app is required.

    Usage:

    The HD video quality is very good, in daylight, the video is clear. In low light, the IR’s provide enough light to get a clear black and white image. In the daytime, the camera exposure is very nice, I can see the visitor’s face and I can see the blue skies in the background. The lens is a wide angle lens of course, this allows me to not only see the visitor at the door, but when the motion is triggered, I see my front yard and part of my driveway as well.

    Conclusion:

    Overall, the Google Nest doorbell battery is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a smart doorbell. For me, once I got over the size of the device, I found the Google doorbell to be much smarter than my old doorbell! This is a great add-on if you’re already on the Google ecosystem and have their cameras and voice assistant. If you’re in the Amazon Alexa camp, there’s a “Google Home” skill you can add to make this doorbell Alexa compatible.

    Pros:

    1. Clean minimalist design.

    2. I like the pre-recorded responses, choose from: “You can just leave it”, We’ll be right there” No one can come to the door”.

    3. Facial recognition – it easily recognized members of my family after setting up.

    4. Battery or hard wired connection makes this doorbell very flexible.

    5. Google Home app allows you to add 3rd party devices (Arlo cameras for example). This is a nice feature, you can eliminate an app and view your cameras in 1 place.

    Cons:

    1. Subscription required if you want videos saved and be able to access. Both plans offer discounts for annual payment. Without a subscription, you can only view 3 hours of events.

    2. Don’t have the ability to customize the pre-recorded responses, it would be nice to add “Go away” for those pesky door to door salespeople!

    3. The doorbell is on the large side, almost the size of a TV remote control.

    4. Could not add camera to nest app, needed to install Google Home to setup doorbell camera.

    Sep 23, 2021 10:42
  • 8.0score
    Ring - Refurbished Elite Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell - Wired
    Description

    with an added level of convenience with the 1080p Wi-Fi Video Doorbell.

    13 Features
  • Works with Amazon Alexa: Illuminates and sends announcements to Echo devices when visitors press your doorbell button or motion is detected, and lets you see, hear, and speak to visitors with select Echo and Fire TV devices.
  • Notifications keep you informed: If someone enters your motion zones or presses your doorbell, you will get an instant alert on your phone, tablet, and PC for peace of mind while you're away.
  • Stream live video from your home anytime: The Live View feature lets you see what's happening from anywhere with your phone, tablet, or PC.
  • Night vision: Monitor what matters most with the infrared technology, even when it's dark.
  • Advanced motion detection: Customize your motion zone settings to focus on the areas you need to protect.
  • Hardwired with Power over Ethernet: Get non-stop, reliable power.
  • Versatile compatibility: This doorbell is compatible with iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows 10 devices.
  • Weather-resistant design: Rugged construction provides wind and rain protection for outdoor monitoring. Operating conditions: -5°F to 120°F.
  • Viewing angle up to 160° horizontal and 90° vertical: Captures a wide area of your property for high-level security at all times.
  • Capture everything in HD: IVivid 1080p resolution enables you to see small details on your screen.
  • Two-way communication with noise cancellation: Allows you to see, hear, and speak to people on your property from anywhere.
  • Mountable design: Simply place on a wall and easily connect the doorbell to standard junction boxes with a flush mount.
  • Dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz connectivity: Get a more reliable connection and fewer interruptions with the dual-band Wi-Fi, while connecting to your network over Ethernet delivers fast data transfer speeds.
  • 4 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Pako, 10 out of 10
    Great product

    I love my ring camera easy to install easy to use I love this product

    Oct 22, 2021 15:51
  • Review by Peter, 10 out of 10
    Overly sensative doorbell

    The ring doorbell is very good, but very sensative. It is nice to know ehen someone is at my door but it goes off every 5 minutes because it is very sensative.

    May 14, 2021 15:40
  • Review by Kinglol, 10 out of 10
    Nice

    Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood but need wire all way to outside

    Jun 20, 2021 01:23
  • Review by tes283, 2 out of 10
    Professional Electrician has to install.

    Called Best Buy Corporate to verify, talked to Geek Squad with item in hand, all said sure we can install it. NO when technician arrived. So no idea how it works but Best Buy on arrival says Professional Electrician has to install.

    Sep 14, 2021 17:51
  • 8.0score
    Kangaroo - Doorbell and Chime - B0008 - Black
    Description

    The Doorbell Camera + Chime is the smart home solution with no hardwiring or tools required—just peel and stick your device anywhere that needs a second pair of eyes, in range of WiFi. The Chime makes an audible sound when the Doorbell is rung. When there’s motion or a ring, you’ll be notified via smartphone on the Kangaroo app.

    3 Features
  • Secure Your Front Door: With Doorbell Camera, you’ll be notified when there’s motion, a ring, or both. No more squinting through the peephole.
  • Porch Protection Plan: 1 Year free included. Includes $300 of package theft protection ($150 per claim) and 365 days of cloud storage. ($1.99/Monthly Plan value).
  • Smart Home in an Instant: No hard-wiring. No tools necessary. Just pair Doorbell Camera with your WiFi, position it by your door, and peel-and-stick. Welcome to smarter home security.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by LivM, 10 out of 10
    Great product!

    So user friendly! Batteries are included with the product and you can just peel, stick, and connect to Wi-Fi to see who is at your door! Very pleased with my purchase.

    May 04, 2021 09:06
  • Review by GutzY, 10 out of 10
    Nice quality

    Lose the size and quality of this. Fast load times when trying to view the video feed. Alao looks really nice and not as bulky as other doorbell cameras.

    Apr 27, 2021 17:12
  • Review by Mirza, 6 out of 10
    Good starter

    Great smart door bell but do not compare this with ring. I used it indoor so my old parents can ring me

    Jul 19, 2021 01:16
  • Review by AirfryerBeginner, 10 out of 10
    Curious Wake Co

    Satisfied with product and picture quality. No complaints!

    Oct 22, 2021 17:17
  • Review by Sammi, 6 out of 10
    Just ok

    I was excited to try a smart video doorbell as I feel like everyone has one nowadays. The set up was relatively easy. The quality of the camera is ok, not the best quality but decent enough. It did alert me whenever someone was at the door. If the quality was a better I would have given it more than 3 stars.

    Jul 19, 2021 12:58
  • Review by DanielleP, 8 out of 10
    Good option

    Super easy to set up and get going . Chime is easy and love no monthly service fee. Night time vision could use a little work . Other than that , works fine

    Jul 18, 2021 09:26
  • Review by Olgasv, 10 out of 10
    Great product

    Pros easy to install and use doorbell camera. Cons my only concern it doesn’t get stolen. Doesn’t take video. But pictures are good enough for this little

    device. Would be good to see more improvements to quality and video availability feature.

    Jul 24, 2021 17:43
  • Review by Hagop, 4 out of 10
    Motion sensor too slow to respond

    Relatively inexpensive but had to return it. Motion sensor is too slow to respond so we always saw the back of people leaving and never the face coming. Also it doesn't allow remote communication with the person at the door which now I find essential.

    May 28, 2021 17:56
  • 7.8score
    Kangaroo - Doorbell and Chime - B0008 - Black
    Description

    The Doorbell Camera + Chime is the smart home solution with no hardwiring or tools required—just peel and stick your device anywhere that needs a second pair of eyes, in range of WiFi. The Chime makes an audible sound when the Doorbell is rung. When there’s motion or a ring, you’ll be notified via smartphone on the Kangaroo app.

    3 Features
  • Secure Your Front Door: With Doorbell Camera, you’ll be notified when there’s motion, a ring, or both. No more squinting through the peephole.
  • Porch Protection Plan: 1 Year free included. Includes $300 of package theft protection ($150 per claim) and 365 days of cloud storage. ($1.99/Monthly Plan value).
  • Smart Home in an Instant: No hard-wiring. No tools necessary. Just pair Doorbell Camera with your WiFi, position it by your door, and peel-and-stick. Welcome to smarter home security.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by LivM, 10 out of 10
    Great product!

    So user friendly! Batteries are included with the product and you can just peel, stick, and connect to Wi-Fi to see who is at your door! Very pleased with my purchase.

    May 04, 2021 09:06
  • Review by GutzY, 10 out of 10
    Nice quality

    Lose the size and quality of this. Fast load times when trying to view the video feed. Alao looks really nice and not as bulky as other doorbell cameras.

    Apr 27, 2021 17:12
  • Review by Mirza, 6 out of 10
    Good starter

    Great smart door bell but do not compare this with ring. I used it indoor so my old parents can ring me

    Jul 19, 2021 01:16
  • Review by AirfryerBeginner, 10 out of 10
    Curious Wake Co

    Satisfied with product and picture quality. No complaints!

    Oct 22, 2021 17:17
  • Review by Sammi, 6 out of 10
    Just ok

    I was excited to try a smart video doorbell as I feel like everyone has one nowadays. The set up was relatively easy. The quality of the camera is ok, not the best quality but decent enough. It did alert me whenever someone was at the door. If the quality was a better I would have given it more than 3 stars.

    Jul 19, 2021 12:58
  • Review by DanielleP, 8 out of 10
    Good option

    Super easy to set up and get going . Chime is easy and love no monthly service fee. Night time vision could use a little work . Other than that , works fine

    Jul 18, 2021 09:26
  • Review by Olgasv, 10 out of 10
    Great product

    Pros easy to install and use doorbell camera. Cons my only concern it doesn’t get stolen. Doesn’t take video. But pictures are good enough for this little

    device. Would be good to see more improvements to quality and video availability feature.

    Jul 24, 2021 17:43
  • Review by Hagop, 4 out of 10
    Motion sensor too slow to respond

    Relatively inexpensive but had to return it. Motion sensor is too slow to respond so we always saw the back of people leaving and never the face coming. Also it doesn't allow remote communication with the person at the door which now I find essential.

    May 28, 2021 17:56
  • 7.8score
    Ring - Certified Refurbished Video Doorbell 2
    Description

    convenience of using the wiring from your previous doorbell. See, hear and speak to visitors at your doorstep from anywhere

    5 Features
  • 1080p HD video doorbell: Lets you see, hear, and speak to people from your phone, tablet, or select Echo devices.
  • Echo device: Get notifications whenever motion is detected by adjusting your motion zones.
  • Live View: You can check in on your home any time through the Ring app.
  • Simple setup in minutes: Easily set up your Ring Video Doorbell 2 by connecting to Wi-Fi via the Ring app and mounting in your desired location.
  • Works with Amazon Alexa: Connect your Ring doorbell to Alexa to hear announcements on your compatible Echo device when your doorbell is pressed, and see a live view of your camera if you have an Echo device with a screen.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TimmyT, 8 out of 10
    Put a ring on it

    This was a gift as I already owned a Ring Doorbell. With comparing to other doorbells, hands down the best overall, especially with the removable battery option. Always have an extra battery fully charged and ready to go makes it simple.

    Dec 27, 2020 19:44
  • Review by Nola504, 10 out of 10
    Great device

    I love it i got it really cheap and it gives me a piece of mind when I'm not at home

    Mar 21, 2021 10:01
  • Review by Insignia, 10 out of 10
    Ring 2

    Works just like advertisement.Easy to install and works great on the PC also.

    Apr 16, 2021 17:50
  • Review by Rozmonique, 10 out of 10
    Great doorbell

    Great product, can't even tell it refurbished, everything you needed was in the box

    Nov 26, 2020 19:01
  • Review by bestBuyer, 2 out of 10
    Defective Ring Video Doorbell 2

    Ring tech support knows that the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is defective, but refuses to replace their defective product because it is out of warranty. RING STOP SELLING DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS!

    I got sick and tired of having to recharge my Ring Battery so, I installed a mechanical chime and a transformer to automatically recharge my Ring Video Doorbell 2. I followed all the instructions and ensured that I bought a compatible mechanical chime and transformer. After the installation, everything worked correctly. The next morning, my ring doorbell did NOT work with my mechanical chime. In the afternoon, my ring doorbell did work with my mechanical chime. Before dinner, my ring doorbell did NOT work with my mechanical chime. After dinner, my ring doorbell did work with my mechanical chime. So, I called Ring tech support and we performed a hard reset, which got my Ring doorbell to work with my mechanical chime. The following day, my ring doorbell did not work with my mechanical chime. I called tech support again, and we figured out that my Ring Video Doorbell 2 was actually defective. They told me that I was out of warranty and told me to purchase another Ring doorbell or buy more stuff from their company to fix their defective product. If I now know you are selling detective products, and you are not willing to replace your defective products, then why should I buy another product from Ring again? I am not buying anything from Ring again and I will be switching to Eufy video doorbell. There are other cheaper, no subscription, and better alternatives. Ring’s customer service was one of the best things about Ring at one point, but since that is gone. It might be better to look for alternatives.

    Jan 26, 2021 19:15
  • Review by Shot, 2 out of 10
    It’s not what it appears

    It was not what it was advertised to be. Don’t recommend it if you’re not an electrician. Basically, it was not as simple as it appears to be as advertised with installation and I just really did not have the time or energy to wire /rewire a doorbell. I was sort of expecting like a plug and go type situation and what I received was the opposite.

    Oct 19, 2020 14:58
  • Review by Joey, 2 out of 10
    Disappointed

    Defective battery! I’ve had it for three months and the battery dies every two-three days. As a result, I do not recommend this product.

    Mar 08, 2021 17:15
  • Review by Lucy, 2 out of 10
    Don't like

    It's don't show clear enough for me, I spent very high and I don’t like care for it that much

    Jan 28, 2021 09:30
  • 7.4score
    Mountable Solar Kit for Ring Video Doorbell 3 and Video Doorbell 3 Plus - Black
    Description

    Keep your Ring Video Doorbell 3 or Video Doorbell 3 Plus powered with this Ring solar charger. The weather-resistant design lets you mount the solar panels outdoors without fear of rain damage, and the black finish complements your doorbell. This black Ring solar charger includes mounting hardware for a secure and hassle-free installation.

    5 Features
  • Compatible with Ring Video Doorbell 3 and Video Doorbell 3 Plus: For use with your existing device.
  • 0.44W 5.5V solar charger: Features a mounting bracket with built-in solar panels providing power to your device and eliminating the need to deal with complex wiring and battery replacement.
  • Weather-resistant design: Ensures durability under different weather conditions.
  • Mountable construction: Just connect to your existing doorbell, and you are ready to go. All necessary hardware is included.
  • Works under direct sunlight: This charger requires several hours of direct sunlight every day to recharge your device.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by CharlieB, 8 out of 10
    Ring Doorbell Upgrade

    Amazingly easy to install compared to original Ring. Night time camera quality was a little disappointing.

    Nov 12, 2021 16:19
  • Review by clbits, 10 out of 10
    Great solar Ring charger

    I love the convience of the solar kit for the Ring doorbell. It wasn't hard to charge the battery, except the screw you had to remove was so small, I was afraid I would lose it, and it was hard for me to get started back in. With the solar charger, I don't have to worry about it. I already recommended it to a friend, that has already bought it!

    Jan 11, 2021 09:54
  • Review by Hello, 4 out of 10
    Junk

    It just doesn’t seem to work right . Battery is always low and it’s on a solar charger . It only goes off after someone is gone . To be honest I really would like to take it back and get my money back .

    Sep 17, 2021 20:22
  • Review by mamabrown, 10 out of 10
    ring

    So glad i got this best product investment. Now I dont have to change batteries all the time now.

    Nov 13, 2021 23:11
  • Review by Tastey1964, 6 out of 10
    Didn’t send all the screws

    Still haven’t been able to mount it due to the fact they didn’t send the screws with it feeling kinda of bad because I really need to mount it ASAP

    Jun 04, 2021 21:39
  • Review by Jane, 2 out of 10
    PIECE OF CRAP

    It doesn’t charge our ring door bell. I have to keep taking the ring down to charge it. The reason I bought it is so I don’t have to keep taking it down TOTALLY REGRETTING BUYING EITHER ITEMS.

    Oct 17, 2020 12:55
  • Review by Subu, 10 out of 10
    Highly recommended

    I love this. I was kind of tired of replacing the battery in few months, and sometimes even not realizing that it needed to be replaced. But now I have a better solution. It's like I don't worry or have to track my ring doorbell and if it ran out of battery! Nor be concerned when I am out of town for a while.

    Mar 25, 2021 14:43
  • Review by samsung, 6 out of 10
    solar

    this item was to be in derect sun other wisw it does not work

    Jul 20, 2021 16:36
  • 7.2score
    Night Owl - Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell - Wired - Black
    Description

    don’t miss out on any detail with the ultra-wide 160° viewing angle. Experience a seamless installation process with the

    12 Features
  • Dual-sensor technology: Reduces false alerts to your smart device by up to 90%.
  • Versatile smartphone compatibility: Supports select Apple iOS and Android devices.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: Makes it easy to link with your home wireless network.
  • Manage your doorbell with Night Owl connect app: Receive alerts, accept the live video feed, and speak with your visitor - all from your smartphone (free app download required).
  • 1080p video with live view: Monitor your property in Full HD video, and check in on your home anytime.
  • Two-way audio for clear communication: Use the integrated microphone and speaker to hear and speak with your visitor.
  • Motion-activated alerts: The doorbell only records when necessary to conserve space on the microSD card and sends you alerts that matter.
  • Advanced motion detection: Detects movement of animals, people, and vehicles.
  • Night vision: Provides up to 30' of night vision in black-and-white mode.
  • Replaces your existing doorbell: Easily connects to your existing doorbell wiring, so you'll never have to charge a battery.
  • Works with Google Assistant: Answer your door without having to get up, all from the convenience of your smart device.
  • Weather-resistant design: The doorbell is designed for outdoor use and can withstand moisture and dirt debris.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Brandon, 6 out of 10
    Night Owl

    I was concerned when I purchased this item because other reviews stated that the service cuts in and out. I went ahead and bought one anyways. Installation was very easy and the camera has a nice picture. The system does cut in and out but it hasn’t been a problem yet. My biggest disappointment was I have other night our cameras and I thought it would be compatible with the DVR system. The doorbell system is not compatible and you have to have your own separate SD card for that front door I was not happy about that.

    Jul 12, 2020 19:10
  • Review by Naturegirl, 8 out of 10
    Good video doorbell for the money

    Overall, I'm happy with the Nightowl video doorbell! The 1080 HD camera takes great pictures and video and I can literally hear the crickets chirping through the audio! Easy setup and install and I had no problems with the app downloading and usage! The app definitely drains my Samsung Note 9 battery faster than prior to the installation. The ability of using a SD card for storage and no cloud fees is a huge plus! There has been a few glitches and yesterday I tried to speak to someone on my porch and they couldn't hear me! Also, I find the push notifications don't always alert me to motion no matter what sensitivity setting I have it on! Overall, I bought it on sale and I had a BB credit, And I like it! Best Buy online ordering and shipping was excellent as usual!

    Sep 13, 2019 16:45
  • Review by Caliber72, 8 out of 10
    Great once configured and setup

    This took a while to get configured and put onto my existing night owl system network. It works great with the app but it does not integrate with the DVR. This was understood upon purchase so overall I am very satisfied with it. You definitely have to tweak and adjust the camera angle to get it to meet your needs. Overall, I would recommend it. Much cheaper than the competition.

    Jul 24, 2020 11:37
  • Review by CROSEC, 8 out of 10
    Great for the price!

    Affordable and easy to use. I just wish the speaker was a little louder for those on the other end.

    Aug 08, 2021 10:30
  • Review by Robb, 4 out of 10
    App won't ring

    8mos ago I bought 2 of these, one for me and another for a friend. Both of us have the same issues. The app drops the connection to the doorbell. The doorbell won't ring the app, that stopped about 2 or 3 updates ago. Tech support will blame it on your WiFi, phone or just you in general. I even have a brand new phone on Android 9 with a fresh install of the app and it still won't ring the app unless you are looking at the camera when someone pushes the doorbell button. If the app drops the doorbell you can log out of the app and back in to fix so make sure to keep your login info handy. If someone rings doorbell and you answer with phone you will spend a lot of time trying to understand the person at your door as you can barely hear them and they can't understand you or hear you. I have full bar wifi connection at the doorbell location. Before the update that broke the app ringing if you were on cellular and someone rang doorbell it would take 3-11 mins for it to reach app. If you have or want 2 of these on your house you have to have the higher voltage transformer. If not only one will work at a time. Once you put cover on it a pain to get off. They show you how to get cover off before you mount it but not after. I guess I could make a video about it. Best or only thing about the unit is the day and night camera, both are great. Playing back recordings takes getting used to. Can't say I recommend it to someone that is not tech savvy.

    Aug 18, 2019 21:49
  • Review by DirtyKicks, 8 out of 10
    Good Picture Good Sound

    This doorbell camera has good quality audio and video. The ability to store the files locally is awesome!

    Aug 05, 2020 10:53
  • Review by Randomhalfrings, 4 out of 10
    half-ring-issue

    Reasonably easy installation and it worked for 6-9 months without an issue except it does not ring the app. HOWEVER now the the doorbell half rings several times a day at random times with nobody there. I had issues with weak signal indication. I moved the DVR to within 5 feet. I still have connection issues and it still half rings. I'm ready to throw this item in the garbage. Any thoughts?

    Nov 08, 2021 18:02
  • Review by FineFitFifty, 10 out of 10
    Night Owl Doorbell

    The Night Owl doorbell with camera is an excellent addition to my Night Owl security cameras. It shows a wide angle. The view is very clear. I’m able to speak and listen to visitors. It’s a very good doorbell and an excellent price.

    Mar 15, 2021 09:46
  • 6.8score
    Night Owl - Smart Doorbell 1080P HD Camera - Black
    Description

    Proudly American, Night Owl is excited to offer our U.S. designed and engineered 1080p HD Smart Doorbell with Human Detection Technology, Facial Capture, and 2-Way Audio. Human Detection reduces false alerts to your Smart Device, while Facial Capture takes a snapshot of a person’s face and sends you a real-time alert. 2-Way Audio lets you record sound and use the virtual intercom feature to hear what’s happening and to talk through the doorbell. The weather-resistant doorbell also has Night Vision up to 30 ft. and a 140° wide-angle view, providing extreme coverage for property. Plus, a wired connection delivers uninterrupted viewing and recording, giving you true around the clock protection.

    8 Features
  • Human Detection with Facial Capture: Receive alerts when the doorbell camera picks up a motion and has captured a snapshot of the person's face.
  • Night vision: See surveillance video from your home in crystal clear 1080p HD even in the dark with up to 30 ft. of Visibility.
  • Real Time Alerts: Get updates about activity outside your home sent directly to your phone.
  • 2-way Audio Enabled: Dual feature that records audio and allows the doorbell to act as a virtual intercom.
  • Flexible Setup: Easily pair to a compatible Night Owl® WNIP2 series Wi-Fi NVR for additional coverage or use as a standalone by connecting to your router via Wi-Fi and viewing on our free app.
  • Storage Options: Either store recordings directly to a microSD card with no monthly fees or record locally to a pre-installed hard disk drive when connected to a compatible WNIP2 series Wi-Fi NVR.
  • Angled and Flat Mounting Plates: Choose between angled or flate plates for optimal viewing.
  • Note: The doorbell is specific to the WNIP2 series and is not backward compatible with other Night Owl® Wi-Fi products.
  • 6 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Thisisntanickname, 4 out of 10
    Not worth the hassles

    I can't recommend this as a video doorbell. It is passable as a cheap security camera. I have not been able to get it to work properly with a mechanical doorbell or a new electronic chime. I have replaced the transformer as well.

    The mechanical doorbell would buzz and randomly ding making myself and my dog insane.

    The new electronic chime rings constantly when connected. So, I purchased the digital chime power amp, PN A-WDB2-DCPA from Nightowl to attempt to fix this issue. Now the electronic chime never rings even when the button is pressed.

    On to the connectivity issues...

    There is about a 15 to 30 second delay in notifications when I'm on the same WiFi network as the doorbell, minutes of delay when I'm on cell data. When trying to open the app, I'm greeted with somewhere around a minute before it connects to show the video feed. This results in whomever rang the doorbell leaving before I can ever talk to them, especially since the chime inside won't work.

    Recorded video is decent quality, but two out of three times it says no video exists for the selected day which shows up as 1969 or some other year. Closing and reopening the app will usually get it to work.

    Jun 16, 2021 20:20
  • Review by Randomhalfrings, 2 out of 10
    Won't stay connected! random half rings

    initial installation was easy and the device paired readily. Initial function was barely acceptable. I could call up the video feed, but there was no app notification when the doorbell button was pushed. Lots of false human image notifications. After about 3 months I started having issues. The device would lose connection and then reconnect. It also did a half ring of our doorbell at random times. I verified with my phone that I had full strength wifi at the doorbell. I also moved the Nightowl DVR to with in 5 feet of the doorbell. No improvement in connectivity and issues remained with the half ring of the house doorbell. I'm returning to the store to get something that works!

    Nov 16, 2021 18:54
  • Review by Disappointed, 2 out of 10
    Disappointed

    Discconects has to be reconnected. Slow picture movement the proplom with blink

    Sep 04, 2021 13:38
  • Review by ArtVandeLay, 8 out of 10
    Great features and price for all applications.

    Price is good. Product works well without any monthly services by saving to optional sd card. Quality imaging day and night. Access to camera via phone app is easy and works well from anywhere.

    Instructional info and support needs to mature and go beyond the assumption that everything works from the get-go and provide more instructions to manage the recorded events. With all support based online, it should be easy to build and enhance a great support library.

    I highly recommend this as an alternative to competitors' that are more expensive and require a subscription to cloud storage services. (You can subscribe with this product, but as an option)

    May 30, 2021 15:01
  • Review by SayNo2CyberPowerPc, 10 out of 10
    Works as advertised

    Works as advertised. Easy installation as long as you are replacing a working wired doorbell.

    Sep 17, 2021 12:55
  • Review by Roberto, 10 out of 10
    Works great!

    Cheap smart doorbell that works great, easy to install.

    May 07, 2021 16:15
  • 6.0score
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    ADT
    ADT Doorbell Camera - Pearl Gray
    Description

    You can monitor and help secure your home's front and/or back doors with the doorbell camera from ADT. Use it to talk to your home's visitors, deliveries, contractors, and pet sitters. Plus, it’s easy to check that the kids safely made it home from school while you're at work. The doorbell camera sends notifications to your mobile device when someone steps into your custom motion detection zone. The doorbell camera is available without a subscription or term contract. It can be added to a home security system with pro monitoring from ADT. View live surveillance video from your home's entryway 24/7 using our smart doorbell camera and free mobile app from virtually anywhere. Use your doorbell to talk with your visitors and get push notifications with preview images.

    5 Features
  • Facial recognition: Receive alerts when the doorbell camera picks up a familiar face.
  • Night vision: See surveillance video from your home in crystal clear 1080p HD— even in the dark.
  • Push notifications with video preview: Get updates about activity outside your home sent directly to your phone.
  • 2-way talk + noise cancellation: Speak with visitors, babysitters, contractors, and your pets via the mobile app.
  • Cloud storage: Look back on past footage with cloud storage. Optional video storage service for as little as $2.99/month
  • 4 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Georgesbose1, 2 out of 10
    ADT Front Doorbell.

    Garbage doorbell camera. Night vision is very sandy type of view. You cannot set the distance for motion detection. Very difficult to set up to work with Alexa,or Google. Customer service cannot help you with any issues because it was not purchased through ADT. Thats terrible. There higher end camera has to have a monthly prescription. Also if someone rings the doorbell outside, it also rings very loud at the door.

    Aug 21, 2021 22:50
  • Review by Charles, 10 out of 10
    Doorbell

    Easy to setup but make sure your WiFi

    Is strong otherwise it won’t connect or keep disconnecting. I plug in a WiFi extender on the inside was to ensure it always stays connected.

    Jun 19, 2021 10:07
  • Review by jose, 2 out of 10
    Zero stars

    Not user friendly at all. I prefer the Ring over this.

    Jun 20, 2021 07:47
  • Review by Tarus, 10 out of 10
    Gets the job done

    Great DIY security system with an optional monthly subscription

    Jun 04, 2021 20:48
  • 6.0score