Home security is a huge part of the Electronic House. It doesn’t have the same flash of a home theater, but it can certainly save some of that AV equipment from being stolen. And installing a few home security cameras around the house is a lot cheaper than replacing a big-screen TV.
It’s also easier. Today’s home security cameras are simple to install and monitor, thanks to web-enabled interfaces and apps. Security cameras also come in different shapes and sizes so you can squeeze them in almost anywhere. We’ve seen them small enough to sit on a bookshelf or be enclosed inside a teddy bear. However, a new breed of security camera is being put front and center, right at the front door.
Doorbell home security cameras can provide a peek at your entryway from anywhere in the world. Typically, these products operate like a standard doorbell. However, in addition to sounding off a tone when someone pushes the button, you will also get a smartphone alert and have the ability to answer the door remotely.
This is great if you’re expecting a baby-sitter, friend or other vistor. However, it also allows you to see who has stopped by in your absence—and whether that guest is welcome or not. Some doorbell cameras have the option to take still photos and be integrated into other areas of the smart home, such as door locks.
Are you ready to see who goes there? Let’s take a peek at three doorbell home security cameras that can secure your entryway.
Formerly known as the Doorbot, this product can stream live audio and 720p video from your front doorstep to almost any smartphone or tablet. It has built-in motion sensors to trigger mobile alerts, a 180-degree field of view, and a range of up to 30 feet. It also features cloud recording, which can be accessed through the Ring iOS and Android apps. Other features include night vision, a weatherproof housing, and an internal rechargeable lithium-polymer battery for up to a year’s worth of use.
For More Information: Ring
This option connects to your home’s WiFi, allowing you to answer the door from almost any mobile device. The recently released SkyBell Version 2.0 has a new chip for better WiFi performance, digital door chime options, and enhanced memory. Other features include a wide-angle camera, a motion sensor, customization of contrast and backlighting options for a better picture, and options for brushed aluminum or oil rubbed bronze finishes. At last peek, the company was planning to add a timer, so users could choose when to have the motion sensor active. Server recording and activity history options are expected in the near future as well.
For More Information: SkyBell
Like all of the entries on our list, Bird Home Automation’s video and entry system can connect you to the front door when someone arrives. It works with any iOS or Android device and your WiFi network, but the remote options are via 3G/4G. Users can “answer” the door and if an electronic lock is part of the setup, actually let in welcomed guests. And although DoorBird allows a 180-degree peek any time of day, if someone does actually ring the bell, it snaps a photo. The system also has infrared night vision, a motion sensor, and the option to keep a record of the last 20 guests. There’s even an option to integrate the DoorBird into BirdGuard cameras, with support for other smart home devices on the way.
For More Information: DoorBird