How To Choose The Best Video Doorbell For Your Home

A security doorbell is an inexpensive and essential component of your home security. They monitor your entrance for motion, and their mere presence can work to deter burglars. A video doorbell alert you of package deliveries, let you know whenever anyone enters or leaves your home, and can help you keep an eye on the comings and goings on your street. Doorbell cameras come in various styles and price points, so it’s easy to find one that fits your needs. Many doorbells even come with features like two-way audio and night vision, so you can see and hear what’s happening even when you’re not at home. Whether you’re looking for peace of mind or an extra layer of security, a security doorbell is an excellent choice.

Beyond security, these doorbells often catch breathtaking sun rises or sets, unexpected wildlife visits, and candid family moments.

Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions to help you make the best decision for your home.

How Do Security Doorbells Work?

Most security doorbells use infrared technology to detect movement. When someone approaches your door, the doorbell camera will start recording and send an alert to your phone. You can then choose to ignore the warning, or you can view the live video feed to see what’s going on. You can simply dismiss it if you know it’s a harmless alarm. Also, some of these smart devices are equipped with two-way talk features that would allow you to communicate with visitors, vendors, and guests.

Some security doorbells also have facial recognition technology. This allows the device to learn and recognize the faces of your family members and friends. Once it has stored their information, it will no longer send you alerts every time they come over. The idea behind this is to give you more peace of mind, knowing that the people who frequently visit your home are not strangers.

Which Video Doorbell Is The Best?

Most security doorbells use infrared technology to detect movement. When someone approaches your door, the doorbell camera will start recording and send an alert to your phone. You can then choose to ignore the warning, or you can view the live video feed to see what’s going on. You can simply dismiss it if you know it’s a harmless alarm. Also, some of these smart devices are equipped with two-way talk features that would allow you to communicate with visitors, vendors, and guests.

Some security doorbells also have facial recognition technology. This allows the device to learn and recognize the faces of your family members and friends. Once it has stored their information, it will no longer send you alerts every time they come over. The idea behind this is to give you more peace of mind, knowing that the people who frequently visit your home are not strangers.

The best security doorbell for you is the one that best meets your particular needs; there is no one size fits all. However, a few key factors to keep in mind can help narrow down the field. First, consider what features are most important to you. For example, suppose you live in an area with poor cell service. In that case, you’ll want to ensure that the doorbell camera you choose has its own dedicated WiFi connection or a compatible external mesh system.

Another thing to consider is the field of view. Some doorbell cameras have a wide field view, while others have a narrower view. Other things to consider would be whether you want additional features like night vision or two-way audio, and aesthetics is also a factor. The size and shape of the camera should complement your entryway while being small enough to be discreet but also big enough to get a clear view of your front door. Lastly, compare prices; you’ll want to ensure you’re getting a good value for your money.

Here are two videos to help you compare some of the most popular models

Comparison Of Wyze, Unifi, Ring Pro 2, Netamo, Nest Hello, & Eufy Video Doorbells

Ring Vs Blink Video Doorbells

How Is The Doorbell Data Stored?

When it comes to security footage, storing the data locally or in the cloud both have their advantages. Local storage gives you more control over your footage, allowing you to easily download and share it as needed. Cloud storage, on the other hand, allows for greater accessibility, as you can view your footage from anywhere with an internet connection. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that cloud storage may come with automatic deletion after a set period of time, so always make sure to download important footage before it is erased. Alternatively, some security systems utilize disks for local storage, giving you even more control over your data. Ultimately, the decision between local and cloud storage boils down to what best fits your needs and preferences.

How Secure Is The Video Doorbell Footage?

The safety of data is in the hands of the servicer. Larger cloud servicing companies like Ring, Nest, or Apple have extensive safe guards to protect and encrypt your data, but the most secure data is data that is stored locally.

Is An Alexa Show or Google Home Screen Required To View Doorbell Footage

No, if you have access to a smartphone or computer, you should be able to answer your door or view your footage, but be sure to consult the manufacturer’s website for affirmation before purchasing.

Do video doorbells require a subscription?

No, not all require a subscription, and most will function with a live view without any fees. Some manufacturers offer free monitoring and cloud storage, but most have some data limits.

Do video doorbells require a subscription?

No, not in all cases. Some security device manufacturers have to do-it-yourself models powered by batteries or solar power, the most reliable doorbell devices are hardwired. Although a Tech can install a video doorbell, hiring a licensed electrician is always a good idea. Most video doorbells on the market today are hardwired, which means they need to be connected to an existing doorbell wire or an electrical outlet. If you don’t have an existing doorbell or your current one isn’t compatible with the new doorbell, an electrician is best qualified to run a new wire.

Electricians are trained in how to safely work with electrical systems, and they’ll be able to ensure that your installation is completed correctly and safely. They can also help you troubleshoot any problems that you may encounter along the way. If you’re unfamiliar with electrical work and smart home integration, it’s best to leave it to an electrician trained for innovative home security installations. That way, you can rest assured that your home is safe and secure.

 

Why Use HPM To Install Your Video Doorbell?

We are a security professionals trianed and certified in proper installation and use of most systems. As a certified installer we’ve recieved additional specific training and access to the latest upgrades and software updates. With HPM installing your video doorbell, you can be confident that your installation will be done right and setup will be done for you.

 

Not Sure Which Video Doorbell Is Right For Your Home?

We offer smart home consultations to help you understand device operations, integration, and installation before purchasing. Our expert can recommend the best products for your specific needs and budget. Whether you’re looking for a single security doorbell install or a complete system, we can help.

 

Hawkins Property Management llc (dba HPM Electrical Services) is a licensed and insured Maryland Home Improvement Contractor specializing in Property Management and Electrical Repairs and Installations.

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