Skybell’s WiFi Doorbell: Answer Your Door With Your Smartphone
Smart home appliances have recently been flooding the tech market, turning even the most mundane devices into internet-capable, intelligent gadgets designed for enhanced safety and convenience. Skybell’s HD WiFi Video Doorbell is a strong addition to the smart home industry, updating the traditional doorbell with security cam-style video integration and notifications available from your smartphone. Skybell is the high-tech answer to the age-old question that has frightened homeowners and scary moviegoers for decades: who’s at the door?
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Skybell’s primary feature is its ability to send live video feeds from your front door to your phone, all through the free Skybell app for iOS and Android. Whenever a visitor presses the button, the smart doorbell activates, streaming live HD video day or night, always in color. For less courteous potential intruders, the device has a motion sensor, alerting you to their presence. Skybell truly stands out from the standard security live feed by offering two way audio, allowing you to interact with the visitor, deliveryman, or unwanted “Cable Installer” through the app, whether you’re at home or at the office. Videos can be downloaded, and the device logs activity history and can even snap photos. Skybell also has a quiet mode.
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A recent CNET review confirmed that Skybell plays nice with some other smart home gadgets, notably Amazon’s Alexa and Google/Alphabet’s Nest thermostat and Smoke/CO detectors, but not Samsung’s SmartThings or Wink. At nearly three inches in diameter, the Skybell is also a little clunkier than a traditional bell, and may hang into your doorway, unless you adjust your wiring. Still, set-up is a breeze, and the doorbell installs easiest with a hard-wired system or mechanical chime. Instructions are available through Skybell’s tutorial videos and app, and it’s indicator lights helps you know when it’s up-and-running.
The smart doorbell comes in brushed aluminum or oil rubbed bronze.
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