Quick guide to buying a smart doorbell

Quick guide to buying a smart doorbell

What to look for when buying a wifi doorbell?  Here's our guide to buying a smart doorbell in the UK, with our experts identifying 6 key things

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What to look for when buying a wifi doorbell?  Here’s our guide to buying a smart doorbell in the UK, with our experts identifying 6 key things to look out for . . .

1) Wiring

If you’ve got an existing doorbell, then the smartest thing to do is to use the existing ‘wiring infrastructure’.  In the case of a doorbell this normally consists of a 2-wire cable.  Brands like Ring and DoorVu sell products that wire directly into your old door-bell’s wires.

2) Remote video-viewing

Being able to see who’s at your door step is super useful.  Smart doorbells integrate a camera into your doorbell, meaning that you can see whoever’s pressed it.

3) Remote door-opening

With e-commerce and deliveries on the up, being able to open your door to let in the delivery man is increasingly useful.  Most smart doorbells include this functionality.

4) Door bell chime facility

Traditional door bells ring a bell to alert you someone’s at the door.  Smart doorbells should include a separate ‘bell’ as standard (meaning that you don’t rely 100% on app notifications).

5) App functionality

Apps are at the core of any ‘smart home product’, and smart doorbells are no different.  Smart Doorbell app functionality should include things like remote notifications and remote video access.

6) Router connectivity & latency

The ability to easily connect your new smart home device (in this case a smart door bell) to your home router (and internet) is not as simple as it may seem.  Many smart home devices, especially the more sophisticated ones, struggle to maintain a connection with your home router and if they do connect often suffer terrible latency (i.e. the connection / messaging between your smart home device and app is slow – meaning that when someone rings your doorbell you don’t get notified until minutes later, after which they’ve left).
Considering these 6 factors we’d recommend buying one of the following x2 smart doorbells:

Ring

The Ring doorbell was one of the first innovators in the space.  Based in the US, Ring’s product’s definitely sophisticated – but also very expensive.  Price starts at £159

DoorVu

The newest entrant on the block from UK manufacturer SuperVu in the DoorVu. DoorVu offers quality at keen prices – between £119 and £99.  Buy a DoorVu for £99 here >>

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