Smart home devices have become increasingly popular during the last couple of years. Where once these devices used to target the high-end market, today, you can easily find a smart home device within your budget.
Moreover, several commercials show a friendly exchange between a homeowner and a delivery person through a camera, while no one is home, or perhaps a commercial showing how a homeowner scares away potential intruders by speaking into the smartphone’s microphone.
These are just some examples, but such things have intrigued the public into learning about smart home devices and their benefits. This gets you thinking that aren’t these devices just awesome? And before you realize it, you’re ordering a smart video doorbell for yourself online!
Finally, the package arrives. You manage to open and install it, making the perimeter around your house as secure as possible. That being said, there are a few things you should know before getting yourself a new smart doorbell.
Don’t get us wrong, there isn’t anything overly difficult in the purchasing and installation process of a smart doorbell. With just a little planning, your smart doorbell can provide security and peace of mind for many years to come.
Here are some things you should consider in order to have the best video doorbell for your home.
At some point during the decision-making process, you should ask yourself what features are you looking for in a smart video doorbell. The first and most important feature a smart doorbell ought to have is, giving you real-time updates.
This feature won’t only keep you updated on what’s happening at your front door, but you can also alert the authorities if there’s any suspicious activity going on. Also, your smart doorbell must have a remote access feature.
In other words, you can easily access your smart doorbell from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. You can do this via the smart doorbell app on your smartphone.
Also, it’s extremely beneficial to have a microphone in your smart doorbell that allows two-way communication with whoever is at the front door. Such smart devices should also have a feature that stores all footage captured so that you can always refer back to it or even use it as proof if there’s a burglary in your house, as it will clearly capture the face of the burglar.
Here are some more important features that you should look out for in your smart doorbell:
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- High-definition recording
- Motion detection
- Night-vision support
- Wide-angle recording
- Livestream capability
- Compatibility with other smart home devices
Design and Form Factor
The next thing you should consider before buying a smart doorbell is the design it. Do you want a slim, tall, square, or round form? Does the doorbell need to be supported by another object? Is it going to be screwed or mounted onto your door’s structure?
Now compare the position of your current doorbell and the smart doorbell you’re planning on ordering. Will the new doorbell fit into the current mount? Or will there be some form of overlap between the spaces?
Lucky for you, manufacturers are very well aware of such challenges, and there are always options available for choosing a doorbell that has a form that suits the dimensions of your main door’s frame.
Installation and Power
Before you go ahead and break out your power drill, you might want to check how well your Wi-Fi responds in the location you’re planning to install the new doorbell at. Be mindful that this only applied to Wi-Fi doorbells, as not all of them run through Wi-Fi.
This can be done by taking a device that’s already connected to your home Wi-Fi networks, such as your smartphone, and simply test the range of your Wi-Fi at the doorbell’s location. If connectivity is smooth, you can move on to the next step.
However, if connectivity is unstable, you should reconsider locating your Wi-Fi router at a location that’s much closer to the doorbell or get a wireless range extender that helps in bridging the connectivity gap.
The next thing to consider is how is will your new doorbell be powered. If you decide to get a hardwired doorbell, you need to locate your breaker box and have the power turned off at ten installation site.
Even though most smart doorbells are DIY installation, it’s still recommended to have a professional installer come by to install the doorbell.
You’re almost there to getting yourself a smart doorbell. Once you have considered all the above-mentioned factors, you much closer to beefing up the security of our home and making it smarter.
Just a little bit of planning can take you a long way!