Choosing Video Doorbells for a Devicebook Smart Home

Integrated Video Doorbell devices

Almost all video doorbells are Wi-Fi devices. They are designed with work with existing doorbell wiring, powered by the same 16 to 24V AC transformer in typical doorbell installations.

Since almost all Video Doorbells are Wi-Fi devices, it is important to verify a doorbell is within the Wi Fi range of the Devicebook Hub before completing installation. In most cases, it is prudent to position the Devicebook Hub with the Video Doorbell in mind, since it is often the most latency-dependent device in the home.

Door-chime Compatibility: Some video doorbells provide an adapter that connects the push-button on the video doorbell to the existing door chime. When it is not possible to re-use an existing door-chime, either update to a compatible wired chime or to a smart door-chime device available in Devicebook Showroom (Coming soon).

Video Doorbell using Camera and Separate Sensors

You can preserve the front entrance d├ęcor but still get all of the functionality of the Devicebook Video Doorbell solution. The features of a Video Doorbell can be implemented using a regular security Camera device (typically of a smaller form-factor), a Motion Sensor placed in a subtle location, and a Doorbell Sensor (which is installed out of sight). A Doorbell Sensor is a device that detects doorbell pushes, by connecting to the doorbell's wires. 

When adding the Video Doorbell solution to a smart home design, Devicebook will walk you through this choice.

All information relating to choosing Cameras and Motion Sensors applies, in this case.



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