Wireless Video Doorbells

What is a wireless video doorbell?

A wireless video doorbell is a weatherproof box that is secured to the wall next to your front door and it contains a video camera, a microphone (so that you can talk), a speaker (so that you can listen), a buzzer (for you to press) and infrared sensors (so that visitors can be seen regardless of the time of day or night.)

The video doorbell is either connected to a monitor or a screen by the use of wires, radio waves or Wi-Fi. Every time someone stops outside your front door you will be notified. The very best ones will notify you even if your doorbell has not been pressed.

Why do you need one?

As technology gets more sophisticated, cheaper and smaller more and more people are opting to buy wireless video doorbells. A traditional doorbell tells you when you have company. But until you open the door you don’t know who it is.

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A wireless video doorbell provides you with the ability to see and talk to people on your front door step without having to open the front door. You could be on the other side of the world. The devices can be powered by rechargeable batteries or by doorbell wire.

At their best, they are objects of beauty but more often than not they look like very large doorbells and typically are about twice the size of a traditional doorbell.

In the increasingly uncertain world in which we live,  we have never been so interested in ways to keep our families safe, particularly at home.

Since 2011, the number of times that the phrase “home security system” has been searched for on Google, has doubled and the number of times that the phrase “wireless video doorbell” has been searched for on Google has increased five fold.

Never has such good quality equipment been so affordable and we are anxious to find out more about it.

8 facts to make you think…

(1) Every year in the USA, 1.4 million home burglaries are reported. That is 1 in every 40 houses. 

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(2) That means that there is 1 burglary every 13 seconds.

(3) Most burglaries happen during the day when the house is unoccupied (65% happen between 6am- 6pm).

(4) The average cost of stolen items per house is between $1500- $2000.

(5) 34% burglars enter through the front door.

(6) The average home security system will cost between $250- $1000

(7) with monthly “monitoring” fees of $25 and upwards.

(8) A decent wi-fi video doorbell costs around $200 and some are much cheaper.

The 10 Features of the Perfect Doorbell

After spending an unhealthy amount of time looking at all dozens of wireless video doorbells, I have created an essential list of 10 features that your perfect doorbell needs!

Click on the down arrow to find out more about each feature. 

(1) Compatible with your smartphone, tablet or laptop

Most of the very best video doorbells in December 2016 will allow you to connect to your Apple iPad or iPhone with an iOS app or most of the other smartphones in the world with an Android app.

But they will also let you connect on your Windows 10 laptop or desktop PC or via an Apple laptop or desktop computer.

These apps allow you to use your smartphones, tablets and laptops as screens to watch the video from your doorbell on.

You don’t need to be in your own home see who has come to your house- you could be on the other side of the world

Other, older models of video doorbells, come with their own small monitors which tend to be about 7” in size. These types of video doorbells are great if you don’t have a smartphone, tablet or up to date laptop.

However, in order to watch the video you do need to be in your own home.

(2) Power

The most sophisticated video doorbell systems are hard wired into your existing doorbell power circuit. This is because it enables them to provide more sophisticated functions.

However, many other Most of the video doorbell manufacturers seem to be turning their backs on battery power perhaps because batteries are prone to failure, it is difficult to know exactly when batteries need to be replaced and replacing batteries will require setting the system up from scratch all over again.

(3) Night Vision

Any doorbell that you buy, should have a night vision function. The cameras use infrared Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to give you a black and white image at night and at other times when there are low light levels.

(4) Storage

A video doorbell needs to have storage in it as a means of recording videos and photos, mostly when someone approaches your front door.

In some doorbells, this storage is provided by an SD card but the best video doorbells come with cloud storage, which on some models comes at no additional cost.

Storage enables you to share any photos or videos most importantly with your local police if a crime has been committed.

(5) Live Feed

Live feed allows you to watch the video live at any time and not just when someone is coming to your front door.

(6) Two Way Audio

2 way audio allows you to talk to your visitor and you visitors to talk to you

(7) High Definition

It goes without saying that all video doorbells have a video feed, but what we are interested in here is the quality of it. The very best products have a definition of 1080P but other cheaper models have a definition of 720P.

(8) Motion Detection

This is the ability to detect that someone is coming to your front door before they have pressed your doorbell. When this happens, a message or notification will be sent to your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

The very best of these products will send you a photo or video of every “motion detected” event.

The very best products also come with different levels of sensitivity for detection. This variation is important because some people live in quieter surroundings in which they will probably want a high level of sensitivity (because the only movement or motion close to them will be a visitor.)

Other people live in noisier neighbourhoods and for these people a low level of sensitivity is required otherwise passing traffic could constantly be setting off the motion detector.

(9) Weatherproof

Your video doorbell will normally be situated outside. It will need to be robust enough to cope with heavy rain, strong winds and burning hot sunshine.

The strength of the weatherproofing should be measured via an IP rating which is in the form of two numbers, each on a scale of 1-6, where 6 is the strongest or the most robust

The first number relates to dust proofing. A rating of 1 means that the product is not very well protected from dust but a rating of 6 means that a product will not let any dust in at all.

The second number relates to water proofing. A rating of 1 means that the product is not very well protected from water  but a rating of 6 means that a product will not let an water in at all.

So the product with the strongest weatherproofing carries an IP66 rating.

(10) Smart Lock

Although it is great to be able to talk to and see who is visiting you (before) you open the front door, all of this gadgetry is a little wasted if you then have to walk to the front door and let them in yourself! I mean, how old fashioned!

The greatest video doorbells work in conjunction with smart locks, which will open at the touch of a button on the screen of your smartphone or tablet without your having to move a muscle.

Yet not all of the doorbells listed below do have this smart lock capability and many buyers do not like this feature because it a smart lock is controlled via the Internet and so it could potentially be unlocked by hackers.

The Three Types of Doorbell

There is a great range of wi-fi video doorbells available to buy. In order to make it easier for you to make a choice, I have split up all of the doorbells that I have reviewed into three comparison tables

(1) Premium Wi-Fi Video Doorbells

(2) Budget Wi-Fi Video Doorbells

(3) Video Intercoms

These tables compare 12 different possible features of a wi-fi video doorbell. I am convinced that these comparison tables contain the most detail of any that you will find elsewhere.

Premium Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Comparison Table

In the comparison table below are some premium wi-fi video doorbells with a list of key features.

I am labelling all of these doorbells as premium because they have quite a few qualities in common.

Common Qualities

(1) Some of the smallest doorbells on the market.

(2) Manufactured by American or European companies who are

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(3) Established sellers on Amazon and have a

(4) Good track record of customer service and a

(5) Well maintained helpful website outside of Amazon.

(5) The doorbells connect with iPhones and iPads and Android smartphones and tablets via free apps.

(6) Are powered by batteries or hardwired via low voltage doorbell wire and

(7) They use “cloud storage” and

(8) High definition video cameras and have

(9) Large fields of vision.

As you look at the comparison table, to read a full and complete review of each product, please click on the photo of each doorbell.

Ring Wi-Fi Video DoorbellRing Wi-FiAugust CamSkyBell HDSkyBell HDRing Pro DoorbellRing ProZmodo Greet Video DoorbellZmodo Greet
Video Quality720P960P1080P1080P720P
Field of View180 ° 120 ° 120 ° 160 ° 155 °
Motion Detection
Live View
Night Vision
SmartphoneiOS &
Android
iOS &
Android
iOS &
Android
iOS &
Android
iOS &
Android
PowerBattery &
hardwire
HardwireHardwireHardwireHardwire
StoragePaid/ CloudPaid/ CloudFree/ CloudPaid/ CloudDevice
Weatherproof
SmartLock
Audio2 Way2 Way2 Way2 Way2 Way
Price

Budget Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Comparison Table

In the comparison table below are some budget wi-fi video doorbells with a list of key features.

I am labelling all of these doorbells as budget because they have quite a few qualities in common.

Common Qualities

(1) They are larger in size than the premium models.

(2) Are made by Asian companies who

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(3) Have a good reputation on Amazon but

(4) Don’t have a separate website of their own

(5) Instructions, manuals and support might not be as good.

(6) The doorbells use a 120V adapter to power the doorbells.

(7) Use individual smartphones and tablets to store photos and videos.

As you look at the comparison table, to read a full and complete review of each product, please click on the photo of each doorbell.

Sumpple Video Doorbell
Sumpple Doorbell
The YYGift Video Doorbell
YYGift Doorbell
Powerlead Wi-Fi Video Doorbell
PowerLead Doorbell
Sykik Doorbell
Video Quality
720P
420
480P
720P
Field of View
60°- 90°
135 °
120 °
90°
Motion Detection
Live View
Night Vision
Smartphone
iOS &
Android
iOS &
Android
iOS &
Android
iOS &
Android
Power
Battery &
120V charger
120V adapter
120V adapter
120V adapter
Storage
Device
On device
On device
On device
Weatherproof
SmartLock
Audio
2 Way
2 Way
2 Way
2 Way
Price

Video Intercom Comparison Table

In the comparison table below is another group of video doorbells.  These I have labelled as video intercoms because these products come with a doorbell camera and monitor or handheld unit.

All of these intercoms have the following features in common.

Common Qualities

(1) They include a camera and a monitor

(2) They don’t use wi-fi or broadband.

(3) They don’t rely on smartphones or tablets.

As you look at the comparison table, to read a full and complete review of each product, please click on the photo of each doorbell.

Optex Vision + Handheld Unit
Optex
iVision+
1byOne
V Tech Video Doorbell
V Tech
Bcomtech
Docooler
Screen Size
2.4"
7"
1.8"
7"
7"
Field of View
60°- 90°
120 °
90 °
Motion Detection
Additional
purchase
necessary
?
Live View
Night Vision
Power
(Doorbell Camera)
Battery or Hardwire
120V adapter
120V adapter or x2 AA batteries
120V adapter
120V adapter
Power (Monitor or
Handheld Unit)
120V charger
120V adapter
120V adapter
120V adapter
120V adapter
Connection
Radio
Wires
Radio
Wires
Wires
Storage
Device
On device
+SD Card
On Device
On device
+SD Card
Weatherproof
SmartLock
Audio
2 Way
2 Way
2 Way
2 Way
2 Way
Price