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6 Reasons Why Every House Needs a Wi-fi Video Doorbell

A “wi-fi video” doorbell replaces your traditional doorbell. They include a camera for live video interaction and Security surveillance camera, two-way audio for communicating with people at your front door, and a sensor for proximity alerts. Here are the six reasons why each home needs a wi-fi video doorbell:

1. Keeping an eye on things while you’re away

Most video doorbells are equipped with security features such as cameras, motion sensors, and remote viewing app. You can use it to make sure your home is safe. Premium home security systems are easy to get set up. Video security doorbells can be a great addition.

Whenever you’re on vacation, you can check in and make sure your front door or entryway is safe. You can also keep an eye on mail or packages that are dropped off. Or perhaps, you can go directly to delivery man and tell him the best place to put your stuff.

2. To stay safe and secure

When someone rings your doorbell – especially if you do not expect visitors – there is no telling who it might be. Of course, it could be a postman or a friendly door-to- door salesman, but it could be an unscrupulous person. You never know who’s going to be, so you better stay safe than sorry.

The doorbell keeps you safe inside your home. When someone rings it, you can communicate without opening the door. Most are equipped with mic, spy pen and speaker so you can call out the visitors and they can respond.

3. You can interface with other Home Products

The beauty of a connected home is that all your devices can communicate with one another. Many home devices can do this through the central hub like Wink, while others can do it via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

It opens up a multitude of possibilities – For example, a wifi-video doorbell that synchronizes with a pen camera will allow you to see who’s at the door and unlock it – even if you’re not home. You can use it to have a family or friends in your home while you are away. You can use it to keep unwanted people out.

4. Because they’re more convenient than regular doorbell

When someone rings the doorbell, you can answer anywhere in your home. In fact, you can even answer when you’re not home. Simply open the smartphone app and look at who’s waiting for you.

5. You can communicate with visitors

One of the best features is that they come with two-way audio support. That is not only can you hear someone at the door when they talk; you can talk back. In other words, you can have the full-on conversation with someone at the door without opening it.

Believe us when we say that you will never understand the convenience of such things until you can take advantage of it. You can communicate with a delivery man or professional contact service, or tell guests to come to the back of the house.

6. They are easy to install

Many wi-fi video doorbells replace your traditional doorbell easily. It’s as simple as removing your old doorbell and installing the new one. You can always hire a professional who will do the job for you, but there is no need. They are easy to install.

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Top 10 Apps For Home Security Systems


1. Guardian Security with Alarm.com

Alarm.com home security works with Guardian as well as a variety of alarm companies. The app functions so well that companies often choose it over creating their own. It’s compatible with smartphones, tablets, apple watch, voice controlled devices, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Alarm.com also has a smooth interface that provides a quality user experience. All these factors and their great support have us ranking Alarm.com the #1 security app to use with Guardian or any other applicable security company.

2. Skybell HD

Skybell is the go to video doorbell app. It’s easily installed, works like a charm and has the best rating of the video apps in the app store. Skybell is simple. It’s strictly a hi def video doorbell that shoots video to your phone. But, it’s the one that works. When it comes to smart home apps, stability is key. The camera also integrates seamlessly into alarm.com

3. Broview

Broview is most likely the least visually appealing smart home app on the market. It looks like it was designed at the beginning of the internet. It makes me think of my iPhone 1. It is also cameras-only. However, it has proven with it’s 2014 dated interface to be one of the most reliable security apps on the market. Not to mention, not being proprietary gives you the freedom to hook it up to most camera systems.

4. Ring.com

Ring.com is a simple, easy to use application that hooks up to your doorbell camera. It is proprietary, so you will have to use their camera. There are reports of the camera only recording people walking away, being set off by cars driving by or not loading. Aside from a few issues with connectivity and motion detection zone it is for the most part reported to be a positive experience.

5. Protect America

Protect America app is pretty standard in its ability to produce an event log, control home, z wave devices and more. So, it does have some amazing features that were not available years ago. However, it falls offline a bit, has a few negative reviews and complaints about login errors and the raising of monthly monitoring fees.

6. Canary

The most current version of Canary does not have enough reviews to fully gauge how it’s working for everyone. It may not be firing on all cylinders. A few users reported lagging. Battery draining has been an issue based on a lack of geofencing. It has also been switching modes on people. You may check back for further updates. The system itself if designed beautifully, so there is a lot of potential. However if it doesn’t work the bugs out it may be all for not.

7. Nest

The Nest app links into your homes thermostat, carbon monoxide alarm and cameras. All for the price of around $250. As with most home security apps, it does have some negative feedback. Users report not having a proper connection. Having to be at the house to troubleshoot can be a burden if the point of the system is to control it from anywhere.

8. Total Connect by Honeywell

Honeywell has a long standing reputation of excellence, innovation and sustainability. Their smart home application Total Connect is for the most part no different. It’s easy to use features are easy on the eyes and a breeze to use. The learning curve is null as you logon to control your thermostat, z wave devices and more. Cons: a few users have reported issues with the app crashing and having reliability issues, but it does not seem like the norm.

9. Skyapp by Vivint

Based on a variety of factors, vivant is perhaps the most expensive company you can go with. They have great advertising material and are widely used, however many users tell a different story. The system has a lot of glitches. The app is said to not usually work, indicate it is armed when it’s not and generally not have all functions working at the same time. The interface is nice though.

10. Pulse by ADT

ADT has been in business for over 140 years in some capacity. They have been quick to adapt to Alexa and use it as a big selling point. The current version of Pulse, while more sleek is drawing a low star rating and being reported by many as non functional. As with all apps user experience may vary. If you are considering purchasing, make sure you check the current reviews on iTunes. When everything is on the up and up the Pulse is quite sleek, but reliability is currently an issue. (Last Update July 26th)