by Mike Brozovich, The TV Pro Installation

Smart Home Technology

Homeowners may have a tough time keeping up with the pace of smart home technology. Marketers promise that smart home products will make your life more enjoyable, safer, and easier. While the claims are many, some products seem to live up to the hype. One popular item that delivers is the video doorbell.

So, what is a video doorbell?

A typical video doorbell system includes a video camera, microphone and speaker, motion sensor, and—of course—a doorbell. These devices connect to your home Wi-Fi network and allow you to monitor the area outside your door and speak with visitors remotely through an app on your phone or computer. Most video doorbells record and store video for several days. Some systems offer a cloud option which stores doorbell activity for longer periods.

Why consider installing one

While some are attracted by the novelty, smart video doorbells do have definite benefits.

  • Video doorbells allow you to see who is at the door and, if you choose, speak with the visitor without opening the door. This feature is equally valuable whether you are screening visitors or just being cautious.
  • Video doorbells let you see, track and address visitors while you are away—without revealing your absence. This applies whether you are at work, running errands, next door, or even on vacation. It is also a great way to deal with package deliveries.
  • Video doorbells can be a deterrent for, and provide a record of, any suspicious activity. While a doorbell can’t prevent thefts, a built-in video camera may deter would-be burglars.

Features and Cost

If you are interested in buying a video doorbell system, a good place to start is with a little research. Prices vary, but purchase costs can range from $80 to several hundred dollars. When considering costs, be mindful of subscription fees and storage limitations. Some systems are easily installed using current doorbell wiring. For others, professional installation may make more sense. Some leading providers of video doorbells include Nest, Ring and SkyBell.

Take Away

Video Doorbells provide considerable value for a smart tech product— especially considering the added home security. If you decide to buy a video doorbell, research your options to ensure you find a system that fits your needs and your budget.

Mike Brozovich is a local audio video enthusiast and owner of The TV Pro Installation. He can be reached at www.thetvpro.com

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