How do you choose a smart doorbell?
Choose smart doorbell
When you search for the best smart doorbell for your situation, there are several aspects that you should pay attention to. In any case, ask yourself the following:
- Do you use a wireless or wired internet connection?
- How do you want to store your video footage?
- Do you want to hear a sound signal at home?
- Are you going to install the doorbell yourself?
Do you use a wireless or wired internet connection?
A smart doorbell needs the internet. Your doorbell can be connected via a network cable or WiFi. A wired network connection is more stable than a wireless connection. You'll need to extend an internet cable to the door post of your front door. A wireless connection to the doorbell takes less effort, but a good WiFi reception is necessary. If the WiFi reception at your front door isn't good enough, you can improve it, for example, with a powerline adapter in the hall.
How do you want to store your video footage?
A smart doorbell with a camera makes live photos or videos of the visitors at your door, which you can then view in the app. Because the internal storage of the doorbell isn't large, you often need a cloud subscription for extra storage capacity. You pay a monthly or yearly fee for this. There are also smart doorbells with a base station that can store images locally. The upside of this is that you don't have to pay a monthly fee.
Do you also want to hear a sound signal in the house?
With a smart doorbell, your smartphone is the standard receiver. When someone rings the bell, you'll receive a notification via the app. You won't hear a sound signal in your home if someone rings. That's why it's useful to expand the doorbell with a doorbell chime. This wireless receiver goes into an outlet in a central place in the house and makes a sound when someone rings the bell. Just like a standard doorbell. Not every smart doorbell can be connected to a wireless receiver.
Are you going to install the doorbell yourself?
Installing a new doorbell isn't always easy. Especially in the case of older models, when you often need some technical knowledge to install them properly and safely. If you're not that handy, choose a plug-in model or a battery-powered doorbell. It's smart to call in a technician to install a wired doorbell.