Smart Doorbells That Improve Home Security
In today’s hyper-connected world, we are never more alone than we choose to be. The Internet of Things is transforming our homes as dramatically as the cell phone transformed us. Now, we can not only be instantly connected to other people, but we can stay connected with our homes, even when we are not there. In many ways, this adds levels of convenience to our lives that, in the past, would have seemed impossible. In some cases, these technological advances provide security along with convenience. The smart doorbell is one example.
Electric doorbells have been featured on homes since Joseph Henry invented them in 1831. They soon replaced manual bells and door knockers as the preferred way to alert people inside a home to the presence of visitors. Now, smart technology is revolutionizing the humble doorbell yet again, and giving us even more control over our homes when we are not there. While a smart doorbell is not a replacement for a high-security lock installed by professionals like Lock N More locksmith in Fort Lauderdale, these doorbells can help improve home security by allowing you to know when someone approaches your door.
The Ring Video Doorbell
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 offers a great balance between price and features, and it is easy to use, as well. This doorbell connects via wi-fi or cellular phone service. It can be hard-wired into your home’s electrical system or you can use it with batteries. If you choose to go battery-powered, the battery is removable and rechargeable, so you don’t have to remove the doorbell to release the battery. You get live 1080p HD video-on-demand (requires a service subscription which includes cloud storage), with a 160-degree field of view. It is sturdy and weather-resistant, operating in temperatures that range from -5 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 has motion zones that allow you to specify which areas in its field of view you want to trigger motion alerts, and which areas (such as public pathways) to ignore. This cuts down on the number of false motion alerts you receive. Ring also includes a night vision feature. This versatile doorbell is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers as well as iOS and Android devices. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 costs about $200. This is a great choice of a doorbell that will help you improve home security.
The SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell
The SkyBell HD Wifi Video Doorbell’s attractive circular casing sets it apart from the others. This doorbell allows multiple people to monitor the door and receive alerts with no subscription required! Unlike the ring, this doorbell should be wired into your home’s existing electrical system, since the included battery has a short life, making it more suitable for coverage during power outages than for everyday use.
The SkyBell has a 1080p HD camera that includes a 5X zoom feature. And, like the Ring, it includes motion detectors that will alert you when someone is near your door even if they don’t press the button to ring the bell. You can easily monitor your front door at any time through an app on your iOS or Android device. The SkyBell offers free cloud storage so you can store, download, and watch videos wherever, whenever. SkyBell operates in temperatures from -40 degrees to 149 degrees Fahrenheit, making it even more suitable than the Ring for people who live in places with extreme temperature issues. This doorbell also offers color night vision and a two-way conversation feature, so you can hear and speak to your visitors from any location. The SkyBell HD Video Doorbell is slightly less expensive that the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and will cost about $165.
The Zmodo Greet Smart Video Doorbell
If you are looking for a more economical choice, the Zmodo Greet Smart Video Doorbell may be for you. This doorbell offers lower quality video than the others at 720p HD camera, and it includes 8 GB of storage. You can purchase cloud storage with a subscription. You must use existing doorbell wiring for this device. Other than that, it offers many of the same features as its higher-priced competitors. You can hear and speak to your visitors, get motion alerts with a short video clip of the activity at the time of the alert, and see more clearly at night with the night vision feature. Use this device with the Zmodo Beam to boost wi-fi connectivity and pair it with your iOS or Android smartphone app. You can buy the Zmodo Greet Doorbell with the Beam Smart Home Hub and Wi-Fi Extender for about $80.