Video doorbells provide an instant upgrade to your smart home set-up. Not only can they increase the safety and security of your home, but they can also be a convenient and efficient asset to everyday life. But how exactly do they work? Are they easy to install and how much do they cost? We’ve put together this complete guide to video doorbells to reveal all.
A video doorbell is a piece of smart technology that incorporates a camera, microphone and audio capabilities into a traditional doorbell. Placed by the front door, they are connected to the internet or cellular network and are able to notify the homeowner’s smartphone when the doorbell is rung or if there is movement outside the front door.
Video doorbells, sometimes referred to as smart doorbells, therefore allow homeowners to answer the door remotely and from anywhere in the world through a dedicated App. Homeowners can be at work or on holiday and still be able to see who has approached the property, as well as communicate with the visitor as if they were there in person. This is particularly useful for receiving packages, meaning no missed deliveries, as well as catching any suspicious activity.
Video doorbells work in similar ways to CCTV cameras, but on a condensed scale. A camera is integrated into the doorbell to capture video footage both day and night, and an inbuilt microphone and speakers transmit audio. In some models, a motion sensor is also integrated to detect an approaching individual. Video footage can be stored in various ways depending on the model of the video doorbell. Options include local storage within an in-built micro SD card, or most commonly, remotely via the Cloud.
When a visitor approaches the front door the motion sensor will be triggered, if the smart doorbell has this feature. This will send a notification to the homeowner’s smartphone or device, most commonly via a WIFI connection. The same process will occur when someone rings the doorbell, alerting the homeowner via their smartphone that someone is at their front door.
Within the video doorbell’s control App, the homeowner will then be able to physically see the individual via the live camera footage and interact with them.
There are various models of smart doorbells on the market, but there are two main types, concerning the way they are powered.
Wired smart doorbells are those that are hardwired and connected to a home’s current doorbell setup. The current doorbell will therefore need to be removed. Installation is slightly more complicated than a wireless doorbell, due to this, but nothing a professional installer can’t manage. With wired video doorbells, bear in mind that because it is connected to the electricity mains, if a home loses power, the doorbell will not work. Wired
video doorbells with backup power options are available.
Wireless smart doorbells are powered by batteries and are quick and easy to install. The only thing to bear in mind is to keep on top of replacing the batteries.
Smart video doorbells will add an extra layer of protection to your home and improve your home security, due to the ability to be notified and know whenever anyone approaches your front door. Plus, you’ll be able to answer the door even when you’re away, creating the impression that someone is at home.
Video doorbells provide the utmost convenience. Whether you are away on holiday, in the garden or busy working on other tasks, you can answer the door via your smartphone, without interrupting what you were doing.
Protecting the ones we love is a priority for us all. A video doorbell can provide the peace of mind that your more vulnerable loved ones are, and feel, safe answering the door.
A video doorbell can actually deter criminals! Much like with CCTV, criminals do not want to be caught in the act and instead will move on to a new target that has less home security in place. Statistics show that a video doorbell can reduce crimes by up to 55%.
Catch suspicious activity on your home video doorbell that you would otherwise not know was happening.
Missed packages are a regular occurrence. With a video doorbell, you’ll never miss a delivery and be able to communicate with the delivery person as to where you would like your package left.
Having a video doorbell can also deter criminals from carrying out package theft. Knowing they will be caught on camera can make them think twice before stealing your packages.
A great benefit of video doorbells is that they are easy to install, especially with professional help, making them a quick way to improve your smart home security.
Wherever you are in the world you’ll be able to answer your door, giving you the freedom to travel and leave your home unattended with the peace of mind that you are still in full control.
Smart video doorbells can range in price. A simpler DIY version will be more affordable, however, it may not be as reliable and resilient as one that has been professionally installed. Prices typically range from £50 up to £250.
It’s always advised to get your video doorbell professionally installed, whether it’s wired or wireless. The engineer carrying out the works will be trained to a high level and adherent to all the latest standards and legislations. A professional installation will guarantee that your video doorbell has been installed correctly and without fault. If you carry out the installation yourself, you may find the system not working properly, something that can result in your home security being compromised.
At Homewatch, we are a professional supplier and installer of Myers Smart Video Doorbells. Enjoy HD footage, day or night, accessible through the dedicated smart App. Keep your loved ones safe and your home protected.
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