Every once in a while you come across a product you just want to like and, for me, Zmodo Greet – Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell is one of those products. It has all the features you’ll find in other video doorbells such as Ring, or the August Doorbell Camera, but it also has some extra features that you simply won’t find in these products. It actually has internal memory and that had me quite excited, because the other major players in this market either don’t offer any kind of video recording capability at all, or you have to purchase a subscription to their cloud service to be able to access recorded video. While the Zmodo does claim that they will also be offering a cloud service in the future you really don’t need it with 8 GB of internal memory.
Its video is good, but it’s not great. It is a HD video – it’s just that it’s 720 P technology not 1080 P. Having said that, for most people that won’t be much of an issue as that type of video quality is more than adequate for the simple video functionality such as observing people on your front doorstep. Remember, you’re not watching the ball game on your big-screen TV, you simply want to see the front door and the built-in video camera in this doorbell is more than capable of taking care of that function.
Zmodo Greet – Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell has all of the features of its competitors and then some.
Ultramodern Look: Not everyone likes the ultramodern look, but I class myself as one of those people that do. The Zmodo Greet video doorbell camera looks right at home in any high-tech home. The combination of silver and black gives it a sharp look that your visitors will instantly recognize as a piece of high-tech security – even if it is quite affordable.
Adjustable Camera Angle: The problem with hardwiring something is that it doesn’t make it easy to make adjustments if you’re not happy with the angle. The great thing about this Zmodo Greet video doorbell camera is that the camera can be adjusted if you’re not quite satisfied with the angle. The range of motion isn’t extreme, but it still offers something that a lot of the other video doorbell cameras simply don’t. What would be really cool is if you could remotely control movement of the camera, but they’re not there yet – you have to adjust the angle yourself manually.
Extra Security Screw: Let’s face it if somebody really wanted to steal your video doorbell camera they could do it with relative ease – it’s simply a matter of unscrewing a faceplate and removing it from your wiring, but at least you’ll know you’ll have them on camera if they attempt it! With a standard doorbell you don’t get to take a picture of the person stealing your hardware. As an added little piece of protection this Zmodo Greet model does have an extra security screw located in the bottom left corner that’s designed to deter theft as it makes it just that much harder for the thief to steal your doorbell. It’s not exactly Fort Knox, but at least it’s something.
Easy App Integration: As is the case with all of the other doorbell video cameras on the market today this particular product does have its own app which easily integrates with it and allows you to access it remotely. The apps easy to set up and it’s free to download from either the IOS App Store or the Google Play Store. The only major complaint about the usability of this particular app is that it seems to be designed to work with the multiple devices – it’s quite generic and has some functionality that doesn’t seem to have a lot to do with the Zmodo Greet Video Doorbell Camera, but it does still work.
Short Set up Time: Setting up the Zmodo Greet video doorbell camera is not difficult. It simply hooks into your existing doorbell so you will have to remove the old faceplate, unhook the wires it’s attached to, and put the Zmodo Greet in its place. It will probably require you to drill a couple of extra holes depending upon the faceplate you had there in the first place. The whole process will probably take you only couple of minutes, unless you’re not comfortable with this kind of installation in which case you may want to find a friend to help you.
Effortless Connection: A really nice feature of this product is how easily it connects to your existing Wi-Fi network. It uses SmartLink technology to quickly connect to your Wi-Fi – all you have to do is enter your Wi-Fi password and you’re ready to go. It’s compatible with a standard 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection.
Video Issues: So far you’re probably wondering what’s not to like about this product and we might have you a little confused considering we mentioned that it had issues in our opening, but this is where it gets interesting. While the specs on this video doorbell camera do state that it has HD video and it includes infrared technology you might not be overly satisfied with the end result. The video quality is clear enough, it’s just that it doesn’t always do a great job of capturing the person in front of you camera – there often seems to be a lot of shadows especially in low light. I would suggest turning the light on at night on your front step to eliminate problems and not relying completely on the built-in night vision technology.
Wi-Fi Connection Problems: The other main issue when it comes to performance is that unfortunately it’s not uncommon for this device to lose its Wi-Fi connection. We’ve all experienced this from time to time with various devices and usually the connection turns itself back on in a matter of seconds. The problem with this device is that it often doesn’t reconnect after losing that connection without your intervention and you’re likely to miss a few front door visitors before you notice what’s happened.
Motion Triggered Recordings: The one area where this product does shine with regards to performance is when the motion detectors are triggered. This automatically starts a process that will create a 30 second video clip that’s recorded on its 8 GB internal storage for you to view at a later time when it’s convenient. That’s something none of its competitors offer – that is at least not without subscribing to a cloud based service. It never ceases to amaze me how many video doorbell cameras don’t offer internal storage and so this is definitely something to get excited about. Moving forward I think this is something that all of these devices should consider including, but the cynic in me knows that they just want to get that little bit of extra money out of you by subscribing to their cloud based service.
Some Other Sources
I always like to include a couple of videos when I’m reviewing smart home technology as I think it’s essential for you to see the product in action yourself. Here are a couple of short little videos that will introduce you to the Zmodo Greet – Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell.
A Quick Intro – Watch Video
Remote Communication – Watch Video
- Zmodo Greet is working on a whole series of different home security features. They currently have door and window sensors that are available, as well as the Zmodo Greet video doorbell camera, and they’re working on a whole home solution as well. If they can improve the video quality and eliminate the missed connections, Zmodo Greet has the potential to become one of the best home smart technology solutions on the market.