Video doorbells are an extra set of eyes and ears when considering protecting your family and home. You will always know who’s at your door whether your home or not. Video doorbells have moved from the “cool to have” to “must have” for a safe home. They are in fact, doorbells with built-in security cameras.
What’s involved with installation?
Some models allow you to install them yourself, but many require hardwiring. You will want to make sure you are comfortable around electricity and if not, call a professional electrician. Safety first, so before starting any installation do the research and determine what is involved.
How am I notified if someone is at my door?
With doorbell cameras, your guests will ring the doorbell like normal, but you will get real time alerts on your phone and a live video of your visitor. You and your visitor can talk via a built-in speaker and microphone. If you want to take it to the next level some devices will work with Smart Locks and allow you to remotely unlock the door and let your guest inside.
What should I look for when shopping for a video doorbell?
There’s a video doorbell for every budget. Higher-end options are Wi-Fi-enabled and come with various features such as two-way communication, rechargeable battery, video feed and recording capabilities. Designs, video quality, video storage subscriptions and installation can vary. Do your research on what model fits your needs or call your trusted electrician to step you through the process.
You will want to make sure, whichever model you select, that the doorbell is installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
Will video doorbells work with my Smart Home platform?
Today’s smart home devices are expected to work with one of the major platforms such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. You will want to make sure your model is compatible with a popular platform.