Everyone owns a smartphone these days, maybe even a smart TV, but what about a smart doorbell? Recent innovations in smart technology have brought forth a new advent in the business of home security. From now on, you’ll be able to know exactly who is visiting your home before you answer the door.
These smart doorbells will add an extra layer of protection to your home security.
1. TFT Wireless Video Door Phone Intercom
Even the most affordable doorbells can be an effective security measure. The TFT Intercom is a basic video-intercom system that connects with your smartphone. It allows you to see and speak with visitors from any room in the house, and it even comes with the ability to wirelessly unlock your door. It is one of the most basic and affordable doorbells on the market now.
But what if you’re looking for something a little more high-tech? The Doorbot is a Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell that connects wirelessly to your smartphone and shows you who is at your door from work or on vacation. When someone rings the doorbell your phone automatically notifies you by showing a video of who is on your porch. It also enables two-way audio so you can speak with your guest.
Best of all, the DoorBot comes with a security screw to keep it secured to the house and unable to be stolen. It can also come with an optional add-on called Lockitron that allows you to remotely lock and unlock your door from your phone.
Similar to the Doorbot, the SkyBell Wi-Fi Doorbell uses Wi-Fi to connect to your smartphone. It also comes with video and audio functionality to allow you to communicate with whomever is at your door.
But the Skybell takes it a step further. In addition, the Skybell doorbell is capable of multi-user functionality, allowing you to customize access for everyone in the home on each smartphone. It also allows access from On-Demand for those who have it.
For those looking to up to ante just one notch more, the iSmart Alarm Doorfront might be the best fit. In addition to all the wireless phone compatibility of its competitors, the iSmart Alarm comes with a built-in motion sensor that informs you when someone is approaching even before they reach the doorbell. You can hear, see and speak to your visitor through the companion phone app. It allows you to take and store snapshots, view streaming video and automatically set it up to capture motion activity on and around your porch.
Currently the most technologically advanced of the smart doorbells is the Chui. This smart doorbell is a recent addition that adds facial recognition technology as an extra security enhancement. Chui features both audio and a camera and connects to your home’s Wi-Fi through a tablet or phone. It then scans the visitor face and matches them to previous guests stored in its memory, or social contacts from your phone or tablet’s internal list. You’re then given the option of speaking with your guest or playing a pre-recorded message. The makers of Chui hope to enable add-ons such as Lockitron soon.
Most people worry about intruders breaking through the window or door when no one is home, but some would-be burglars simply wait for you to open the front door. These doorbells make a much-needed addition to any security system. By seeing who is at the door before answering, you can make an informed decision about whether or not this is someone you want coming into your house.
It also provides added protection for when the kids are home alone. You’ll be able to see who visits in your absence, and communicate with your children on whether or not to answer or simply let the doorbell ring. With some of these you can even keep track of anyone who may be suspiciously lingering around your front porch.