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Skybell HD WiFi Video Doorbell Review

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Best for Features & Performance

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    The Good Stuff

    Free Video Storage. High Quality Video. Great Integration Options. Weather Durable.


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    The Not So Good Stuff

    No International Returns. Possible mounting issues due to awkward design.

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Features
9.0
Usability
8.0
Design
6.0
Performance
9.0

Review

Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell is a leaps and bounds upgrade from the previous model Skybell 2.0 version which had consistent reoccurring technical issues. This latest version has the highlighted feature of FREE video recording, so that you can download previously recorded videos at a later date. Other competing products usually charge a monthly fee for this service.

Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell has the additional feature called On Demand. This means you can, from your smart phone, activate the camera and view live your front door

It is important to consider the internet speed requirements; you will require a fast internet connection in order for optimal performance for this device (1.5 mbps upload). Please check with your internet provider before purchasing the product.

One of my favorite features of the Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell is the amount of third party integrations it has available including with the ever popular Amazon Echo and Google/ Alphabet’s Nest. The full impact of smart devices are always optimized when used in conjunction with other smart devices. Check out the summary of

There has been wide spread complaints about poor customer service offered by Skybell when trying to resolve issues, however they have shown proactivity when devices have been faulty.


Features

Skybell HD Video Doorbell is a complete package in terms of essential features.

  • Motion Sensors: Customizable motion sensors to activate the Skybell HD Video Doorbell.
  • Two way audio: Converse freely with you visitor.
  • High quality Video: 1080p HD Video with 5x Zoom
  • Smart Application: Application works on iOS and Android.
  • Night Vision: Capture motion and activity 24 hours in COLOR
  • Wi-Fi Compatible: Wi-Fi connection (802.11 b/g/n 2.4 Ghz)
  • Power: Wired Doorbell. check out our wired vs wireless article
  • Theft Guarantee: If your Skybell HD Video doorbell is stolen, Skybell will replace it free of charge.
  • Free Video Recording: Records each video which you can download and watch at any time.
  • On Demand Monitoring: You can activate the camera even without a notification.
  • Weather Resistant: -40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Field of Vision: 120 degrees
  • Dimensions: circular body 2.9 inches diameter and 0.9 inches depth.

Important Requirements:

  • Needs Fast Speed Internet: For optimal performance, the user should have a fast speed connection with 1.5mbps upload speeds.
  • Wi-Fi: Needs a (802.11 b/g/n 2.4 Ghz) – Dualband routers should have a separate SSID for the 2.4GHz band.
  • Power Compatibility: 8 to 36 VAC 10 VA or 12 VDC with an amp rate of 0.5 to 1.0.

Design

Consistent Design: The Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell is consistent with the previous model Skybell Version 2.0, with a circular brick like design. I preferably like to have my doorbells look like doorbells rather than high tech hockey pucks.

Possible Mounting Issues: Due to the quite wide diameter of the Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell, it can be problematic mounting the device to the door frame. With the majority of door frames to be less than 2 inches, it is possible that your Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell will hang off the frame slightly. It may be necessary to mount slightly further away which will impact its ability to capture images of visitors.

Clean Colors: The Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell comes in two very clean colors, brushed aluminum and oil-rubbed bronze.

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Usability

Notifications: A visitor presses the doorbell and the user receives a notification via the Skybell application on their smartphone. The user may then choose to speak, and view the visitor or ignore them completely.

Set-up: The Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell only comes in a wired option. Hopefully your existing doorbell will have the wires already installed so it is a simple process of connecting the wires and mounting the doorbell. You may need to hire an electrician if you have the possible mounting issues mentioned earlier to move the wires to a more appropriate location.


Performance

High Quality Video: Skybell has excellent video quality and most like the best available on the market right now.

Average Audio Quality: Skybell HD Video doorbell audio quality is passable due to some distortion and lag. Considering the price and the technology currently available, this should not be happening at this price point.


Additional Products / Accessories:

Skybell Digital Doorbell Adapter: Allows your Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell to be integrated directly with your already existing chime. Only a 5 minute simple installation. Retails for $12.95 USD.

Skybell Wedge Kit: The wedge kit allows for the Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell to be mounted on an angle, allowing for stark improvement in vision. Retails for $9.95 USD.


Integrations:


Amazon Echo: With the Amazon Echo voice command smart hub device and Amazon Alexa smartphone application you can control you Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell from anywhere in the house with just your voice or via your smart phone. Take a snapshot, record a video, turn on and off quiet mode.


Nest Cam: Skybell is the first doorbell camera to work with Nest, a smart hub. If Nest Cam detects motion in the home whilst away, it can activate the Skybell camera to start recording, additionally it can turn your Skybell LED red if reading carbon monoxide in the house.


IFTTT: Is a trigger and action smart hub with some extra special features. Ability to send commands to the Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell. IFTTT can send a message to your Skybell LED light to turn red if your smart smoke detector detects a Carbon monoxide in the house.


iControl Networks: Smart hub which creates triggers that can create actions such as turning on the lights or locking and unlocking the door when the SkyBell HD Wifi Video Doorbell button is pressed or motion sensor is triggered.


Honeywell TotalConnect: Honeywell is the standard for all home security devices and now includes control of Skybell all within the TotalConnect application.


Alarm.com: Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell Camera is fully integrated with the popular Alarm.com allowing Alarm users to directly control their doorbell.


Kwikset Kevo: Kevo is the first smart lock to have a direct integration with the Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell. Users can unlock their door via the Skybell application.

Samsung SmartThings: Smart hub which allows the user to create “triggers” and “actions.” Triggers for the Skybell HD Wifi Video Doorbell are button press or a motion sensor event with resulting actions including taking a photo and recording live video for 60 seconds. Additionally it can allow integrations with other devices including taking a snapshot every time a smart lock is unlocked.

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