What are smart video doorbells?
Smart video doorbells are also referred to as doorbell cameras. They alert the homeowner when a visitor arrives at the door. The items do so by sending a notification to a chosen smartphone or another selected electronic device.
They activate when someone presses the button of the doorbell, or in more technologically advanced models, when the doorbell senses a visitor with its built-in motion sensors.
How do doorbell cameras work?
Doorbell cameras connect to your device via Wi-fi. Smart doorbells record video whenever someone rings the bell or comes within range.
They capture digital high-definition colour videos and some models feature advanced video technology which allows to obtain clear pictures at night. Gone are the days of grainy black and white videos on tapes!
Video doorbells and apps
The difference between old and new technology is not only reflected in image quality and recording format, but also in the way it connects with the homeowners. Doorbell cameras can integrate with Android or Apple devices via apps that the manufacturers have developed for the products.
When a visitor activates the smart doorbell, it sends an alert to your app. This makes possible for you to view a live stream of what is happening at your door. Many models have built-in speakers and microphones, allowing you to interact with your visitor, whether you are in the house or not.
Doorbell cameras and footage storage
Most video doorbells allow you to retrieve video footage recorded either by accessing the SD card, or cloud storage.
It is important to point out that brands which offer cloud storage options, come with a subscription charge. These charges start at €3.00 per month, but they can go as high to €10.00 per month, depending on how many days you require the recordings to be maintained.
Are doorbell cameras worth it?
People install smart doorbells for different reasons:
- protect goods delivered when they are not home,
- ability to talk to visitors, when out of the house,
- make sure the kids arrive home safe from school,
- keep an eye on what happens on your doorstep, by reviewing video clips,
- being able to pass footage to the gardai, in case of theft or burglary.
- Use the device as a security feature to prevent home intrusions.
Whatever the reason, smart video doorbells are becoming ever more popular. They are affordable and easy to install, but more than anything else, they give homeowners peace of mind in the belief that the devices can discourage troubles at their home.
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