New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

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HIKVISION DOORBELL101
HIKVISION (DS-HD1), RCA (HSDB2A), EZVIZ (DB1), LAVIEW (LV-PDB1630-U), NELLY'S (NSC-DB2), LTS (LTH-7132-WIFI)

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* NEW RCA OWNERS READ WARNINGS: SECTION *
* IF YOUR CHIME AS RECENTLY (2020) STOPPED WORKING AFTER APP UPDATE, SEE TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS: SECTION: *

(DO NOT UPGRADE TO ANOTHER BRAND'S FIRMWARE WITHOUT READING WARNINGS FIRST)

COMMON FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS/ANSWERS (FAQ):
Q. Is there a difference in the internal hardware between the different brands?
A. NO, they are All the same Hikvision Doorbell just re-branded, only difference is the (color/number of) face plate(s) included in the box with the install/mounting hardware.

Q. Can I change my Doorbell's Password (Verification Code)?
A. NO, DO NOT CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD (see WARNINGS: in CONFIGURING DOORBELL TIPS: Section)

Q. Does 2 Way Audio work with this Doorbell in Blue Iris?
A. NO, it is not yet supported at this time.

Q. Can the Lens (Fish-Eye) view be changed?
A. NO, the 180 degree Vertical / 105 degree Horizontal FOV is a Fixed Lens.

Q. When the Doorbell button is pressed, what does the Doorbell Speaker sound like?
A. See OUTDOOR CHIME TIPS: section - EMiks5 (The (Ding-Dong) Sound is actually Much Louder than the recording)

Q. Does the Doorbell work on Mesh networks?
A. YES - Google/Nest - xaudiblex, Eero - gnuB, TP-Link - alexdelprete, Ruckus - pete_c

Q. Why do I need to install the Power Kit if I have a Chime (Mechanical or Digital/Electronic)?
A. Here are some great answers - TechBill - klunkerbus, klunkerbus - fredkruger (Power Kit opened)

Q. How many RTSP Video streams can I have running simultaneously?
A. THREE - rafale

Q. Can I set up the Doorbell without using an App/Registration process?
A. YES, according to Nelly's


INSTALL TIPS:
⦁ Take a picture (keep record) of the back of your Doorbell, you will need the Password (Verification Code - 6 Capital Characters) for future streaming (Blue Iris, NVR, NAS, VLC, etc.)
⦁ TURN OFF POWER before/during install (Locate your existing Doorbell's breaker by having someone push your Doorbell button while you try each breaker)
⦁ Angle of Install; if you are mounting on a side wall of your door you will need a wedge, the Doorbell comes with wedges; 2 angled/1 flat (See HARDWARE INCLUDED: below) If these do not work for you see CUSTOM MOUNTS:
(NOTE: After I got my Doorbell connected to my network and the App viewing the Doorbell video fed, I used my phone to help figure what angle I needed to mount my Doorbell)
⦁ Transformers; this is one of the big questions with Smart Doorbells, what size do I need or do I even need to change it at all? Well it is all up to your existing Transformer and Chime, there are many different brands of Transformers all putting out different voltages/loads than what their label states. It will be hit or miss if your Transformer can handle the extra Load created by the Smart Doorbell (when the Doorbell button is pushed). There are two types of Chimes out there, Mechanical and Digital and many brands. Most here tried their existing transformers first, if they had problems with the Chime not working properly, Doorbell randomly disconnecting from the network, random reboots, etc., they changed theirs out. The general rule is, if your existing transformer is 16v then replace with 16v, if 24v then buy a 24v (Some have reported going from 16v to 24v increased their Chime volume). But what needs to increase to fix the above stated problems is the Volts/Amps (va), since your Smart Doorbell requires constant power (which is not a problem since your Chime uses no power until your Doorbell button is pushed) the Smart Doorbell will increase the Load, which depending on your Chime, may or may not work properly. Several owners here are using their 16v 10va with no problems, mine worked also with no problems. But if you have problems, 16v 30va or 24v 30va is a common replacement, you could use a 40va too.
Summary; By adding a Smart Doorbell to an existing Doorbell/Chime system, pressing the new Smart Doorbell button will now increase the Load so in most cases you need a transformer that can handle this increased draw/load, this is why you would go with a higher rated (va) transformer.
For Mechanical Chimes, here is a video to help explain transformers:
16v 10va vs. 16v 30va Doorbell Transformer
* IF YOU DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE CHANGING OUT YOUR TRANSFORMER, HIRE AN ELECTRICIAN *
Wiring; If you do not have an existing Doorbell/Wiring and plan to run wire yourself, proper planning will help in this endeavor. Most Doorbells use 20 gauge solid 2 conductor (2 wires) 20/2 Bell Wire. A good place to start planning is to find a continuous power source for your transformer, a central place (Usually in an Attic or Basement), a place where you will be bringing two cable runs to (one cable from the Doorbell and one from the Chime). Be sure and find your Breaker as mentioned above before installing the transformer. Most Chimes are located in a central place within a House/Dwelling in order to hear it from most anywhere within. The Smart Doorbell Wiring Diagram below illustrates how the wiring terminates.
Power Kit; Be sure and install the Power Kit for Mechanical Chimes (it regulates power and fixes low hum issues) If you have a Digital/Electronic Chime, several users/owners here have confirmed having to install the Power Kit to get there DB to work properly.
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⦁ If you have problems connecting to your Network on your Initial Install, try connecting with 2.4GHz or for 5GHz try - VorlonFrog's post.
⦁ CHIMES: This Compatible Chime Chart List is from Hikvision's Data Sheet.
⦁ If you have two Chimes, one Doorbell, you will most likely need two Power Kits.

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Friedland by Honeywell D3126 (EUR) Chime is compatible (It is suggested to change out its transformer) - croustx


HARDWARE INCLUDED:
(Face Plates will differ depending on which company you buy the Doorbell from but all hardware is the same in every box)
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CUSTOM MOUNTS:
POPMAS is one that several here on this Forum has used.
For 3D Printers:​
Custom Mount - tdb
⦁ Custom Mount for Weatherboard Siding - Skinah
⦁ Another Mount found but has not been tested yet - TechBill

CONFIGURING DOORBELL TIPS:
⦁ Software (Windows) used to configure Doorbell include: iVMS-4200 (I personally like version 2 legacy), Batch Configuration Tool (BC Tool 101 Help)
iVMS-4200 for MAC, Batch Configuration Tool for MAC
(NOTE: In the Batch Config. Tool, If your Doorbell shows Offline hit Refresh to bring it Online, Sometimes in iVMS-4200 the CCD section does not show up.)
⦁ Other useful Hikvision Tools
EZVIZ PC Studio Software (Has Batch Config. Tool built in)
⦁ Frame Rate: (FPS); the default is 15, to change to Full Frame (30FPS) in iVMS-4200 or Batch Config. Tool under Remote Configuration/Image/Video & Audio - JoshJ
⦁ Using iVMS-4200 or Batch Config. Tool in the Remote Configuration/CCD section you will be able to turn WDR On/Off, change brightness, contrast, etc.
⦁ Available Apps (Allows Remote Access):
⦁ Android 9 Hik-Connect Setup Help - Dewcal
⦁ In App be sure and change Hi-Def to Ultra HD


WARNINGS:
⦁ IF YOU JUST RECENTLY (End of 2019 or 2020) PURCHASED A RCA (HSDB2A) DO NOT UPGRADE TO Nelly's FIRMWARE at this time, we have had Four RCA owners who have bricked their Doorbell doing so:
- acmonster - rkulp89 - elvisthedj - jrinco11
IF YOU INSTALL LaView's or Hivision firmware on your new RCA (purchased in 2020), and are successful, please let us know.
NOTE 1: Here is a list of
RCA Owners who are successfully running LaView 190716 firmware and Hikvision 200321 firmware. We are not sure that if for some reason Nelly's firmware is not compatible with the RCA or there is another reason for the bricking when upgraded to Nelly's firmware.
NOTE 2: We do have new RCA owners (see last RCA Owners on our list) who have successfully upgraded to LaView and Hikvision firmware. JUST BEWARE THERE IS STILL THE POSSIBILITY OF BRICKING YOUR DB UNIT!!!
NOTE 3: We have two EZVIZ owners who bricked their Doorbell by upgrading from older firmware 190304 (out of the box), to Hikvision's firmware 200321
- cba123 & itguy78 (BE SURE YOU UPGRADE TO YOUR BRAND'S LATEST FIRMWARE BEFORE CHANGING TO ANOTHER BRAND'S FIRMWARE) SUCCESS: - cba123 & itguy78
NOTE 4: Much Thanks to James92TSi we now have a way to unbrick an RCA - James92TSi (This should work on all bricked DBs)
⦁ DO NOT change the admin Password in iVMS-4200 or Batch Config. Tool. We found when loading the Batch Configuration Tool for the first time and your Doorbell is Discovered, it will show as "not activated" under security (IGNORE THIS), DO NOT Click the Activate Button. It will force you to set a NEW admin Password on your device (Doorbell) which for most Hikvision Cameras would be a normal process but in this case it disrupts future re-inclusions/configuration through the Mobile Apps. Once done, it is not reversible and cannot be Reset either by Factory Settings Reset or Firmware Reload. - rafale, rafale, - Mtoo22 (Hikvision Partner) Note: digdoug has had a different experience, his DB's password Reset back to it's original password.
⦁ Here is a more Advanced Step-by-Step Procedure to Upgrade/Change your Firmware -
alexdelprete
⦁ RESETTING Your Doorbell (THIS MAY NO LONGER APPLY 06-2020 see below Step-by-Step by alexdelprete); If you have changed your Doorbell's firmware to another brand's firmware (ex. You own a RCA Doorbell but have upgraded to LaView's firmware) DO NOT Reset Your Doorbell without changing your firmware back to your Doorbell brand's firmware. If you Reset without changing it back you will be unable to continue the setup process when coming to scanning the OR Scan Code step. There is a fix if you missed this Warning: - rafale


FIRMWARE INSTALL/UPGRADE TIPS: (Thanks to - JSnP, JSnP & Chadsturgill) (BEWARE: THERE IS ALWAYS A CHANCE OF BRICKING YOUR DOORBELL!!!)
⦁ Most of us here has had no problems installing the different firmwares listed below (Except for Recent RCA Owners (Jan. 2020), see WARNINGS: section above. If you are going to upgrade, be sure you are within your Return Policy, worse case you have a year warranty.
For ONVIF support use LaView's, Nelly's or Hikvision (DS-HD1) latest firmware.
⦁ To be able to set Motion Detection Zones, Hikvision's firmware Enables this option in Batch Config. Tool/ iVMS-4200 under Remote Configuration/Event/Motion Detection - cba123
⦁ It is a good idea to make Note of which firmware build you have prior to upgrading to another brand's firmware in case you run into any issues.
⦁ It is also a good idea to make sure you upgraded your brand's firmware to the latest firmware Before changing to another brand's firmware (NOTE: So far we have not seen where someone has had to downgrade their Doorbell's brand firmware to a previous firmware before upgrading to another brand's firmware).
⦁ Firmware can be Installed/Upgraded with the Batch Configuration Tool:
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⦁ HERE IS A MORE ADVANCED STEP-BY-STEP PROCEDURE TO UPGRADE/CHANGE YOUR FIRMWARE - alexdelprete

FIRMWARE LIST (DOWNLOAD LINKS INCLUDED):
DOORBELL MODELPREVIOUS FIRMWARELATEST FIRMWAREONVIFALEXAGOOGLEOUTDOOR BELL SOUND (ON/OFF)MOTION DETECTION CONFIGURABLE
HIKVISION (DS-HD1)
191017​
200321 (2020-03-31)​
YES
NO​
NO​
???​
YES​
RCA (HSDB2A)
180809 (????-??-??), 180703 (????-??-??)​
190124 (2019-01-30)​
NO​
NO​
NO​
NO​
EZVIZ (DB1)
191211 (2020-01-05), 190708 (2019-07-21), 190304 (????-??-??), 181024 (????-??-??)​
200904 (2020-10-21) US Firmware, 200220 (2020-04-02) EUR Firmware​
NO​
YES
YES
YES
NO​
LAVIEW (LV-PDB1630-U)
190103 (????-??-??)​
190716 (2019-07-29)​
YES
YES
NO​
NO​
NO​
NELLY'S (NSC-DB2)
190122 (2019-03-04), 190412 (2019-??-??), 190625 (2019-06-25)&(2019-11-22)​
191216 (2019-12-16)​
YES
NO​
NO​
NO​
LTS (LTH-7132-WIFI)
??????​
???​
???​
???​
???​
???​
FIRMWARE LINKS/DESCRIPTIONS:



LaView Halo ONE (LV-PDB1630-U):
(Jul 29, 2019) Build 190716 (ONVIF Support)

Nelly's (NSC-DB2):
(Nov. 22, 2019) Build 190625 (ONVIF Support)

Hikvision (DS-HD1):
(Mar. 31, 2020) Build 200321 (ONVIF Support)

EZVIZ (DB1) (NOTE: IF AFTER YOUR UPGRADE YOUR CHIME NO LONGER WORKS, SEE THIS: TechBill - misally):
(Oct. 21, 2020) Build 200904 (NO ONVIF Support)
OR
EZVIZ (DB1) (EUR Version):
(Apr. 02, 2020) Build 200220 (NO ONVIF Support) - Jack007 - JSnP

RCA (HSDB2):
(Jan 30, 2019) Build 190124

OLDER FIRMWARE LINKS:
EZVIZ (DB1)(OLD VERSION):
usdownload.ezvizlife.com/device/CS-DB1-A0-1B3WPFR/2.0/CS-DB1-A0-1B3WPFR.dav (Jan, 5 2020) Build 191211 (NO ONVIF Support, ADDED Outdoor Bell Sound (Ding-Dong) On/Off - Jack007) - Pilot04

EZVIZ (DB1) (OLD VERSION):
usdownload.ezvizlife.com/device/CS-DB1-A0-1B3WPFR/2.0/CS-DB1-A0-1B3WPFR.dav (Jul 21, 2019) Build 190708 (NO ONVIF Support)

EZVIZ (DB1) (OTHER):
(Nov 28, 2018) Build 190708 (Possibly International Version)

Nelly's (NSC-DB2) (OLDER VERSION):
(Mar 4, 2019) Build 190122

RCA (HSDB2) (OTHER):
(Nov 28, 2018) Build 190124 (Possibly International Version)

To get the above File Dates use GNU Wget
ex. (see Last-Modified)
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STREAMING VIDEO TIPS (Thanks - JSnP):
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NOTE: "<username>" is admin, "<password>" is the "Verification Code" on the back of your Doorbell (Usually 6 Capital Characters), "<IP Address>" is your Doorbell's IP Address.
(One way to find your Doorbell's "<IP Address>" is by looking up your Doorbell's MAC address in your router.)

COPY/PASTE:
rxxp:/admin:<Enter password>@<Enter IP Address>:554/Streaming/Channels/101
(Change rxxp to rtsp)

⦁ RTSP Streaming for Blue Iris (BI) Add new camera / Find/inspect... (Use ONVIF)
⦁ RTSP Streaming for NVR (Use ONVIF to find Doorbell and setup)
⦁ RTSP Streaming for NAS (Use ONVIF to find Doorbell and setup)
⦁ RTSP Streaming for VLC (VideoLAN Media Player) Under Media/Open Network Stream (Ctrl+N)...Enter your RTSP Link/Info for Live Video Stream

It has been mentioned the Doorbell has a 3 Stream limit, 4 Streams is too much for it's processor - rafale

SNAP SHOTS: To Obtain a live JPG Snap Shot, enter this URL in your browser (you do not need to add :554 port number with your IP Address) - pete_c
http://<IP Address>/onvif/snapshot.jpg
ex.

ACCESS VIDEO(s) ON SD-CARD:
⦁ Recommended Micro SD Card; Get a Video Rated Card, V30 works great...
⦁ In iVMS-4200 or Batch Config. Tool, under Device Management/Storage/File you can set a Date/Time Range and Download Video File(s)
⦁ There is a Share Option in the Mobile Apps that allows you to send recorded video to another source - Pilot04


CHIME TIPS:
⦁ To hear what the Outdoor (Ding-Dong) Chime sounds like - Emiks5
⦁ Outdoor Chime Settings (EZVIZ Firmware/App Only) - alexdelprete, alexdelprete
EZVIZ Add-On Chime becomes an Access Point between your Router and your EZVIZ Doorbell (It is not available yet as of 11/2020 and we think it will only work with EZVIZ Doorbell/Firmware/App but hoping we can get it to work with other Doorbells) - Chime Info
⦁ If your Chime has suddenly stopped working (2020) - TechBill - misally


AMAZON ALEXA, GOOGLE HOME/ASSISTANT, & APPLE HOMEKIT:
EZVIZ DB1 (Alexa & Google works)
LaView ONE Halo (Alexa works)

ALEXA SKILLS/TIPS:
⦁ To Display on Alexa; RTSP feed from Doorbell to Amazon Echo Show via/thru Monocle - Threads to Follow; Old Monocle Thread or New Monocle Thread - pete_c
Turn Off Doorbell's Image/Video Encryption​
(LINK LaView to Alexa) - It Works!​
(LINK EZVIZ to Alexa) - It Works! (Note: IFTTT works for Motion Detection Alerting via Email/SMS or to turn On/Off camera for the HSDB2A) - Pilot04
(LINK RCA to Alexa) - Does Not Work unless you use secondary software like Monocle or MotionEye​
⦁ Home Assistant help - pete_c
GOOGLE TIPS:
⦁ To Display on Google; Link EZVIZ account to Google Assistant via Google Home App, ReSync Google Devices in App, Turn off Doorbell's Image/Video Encryption in Doorbell App Settings, then Display Doorbell on Chromecast/TV or Lenovo Smart Display - xaudiblex, xaudiblex, xaudiblex (FYI, I have not been successful to get this to work with LaView 190716 firmware on my LaView Doorbell), xaudiblex (upped screenshots) running EZVIZ 190708 firmware on his EZVIZ Doorbell and his works) (Seems to Only work on EZVIZ Doorbells - Mtoo22)​
Nelly's firmware 190625 has been confirmed to work on a EZVIZ DB with Google Assistant, displaying on Google Hub and Chromecast/TV - lekham, lekham
APPLE TIPS:
⦁ To Display on HomeKit; via HomeBridge, HomeBridge FFMEG Plugin - bigrob444


NETWORKING TIPS:
⦁ In your Firewall settings, allow ICMP from the Doorbell to your router, otherwise the Doorbell will disconnect/reconnect the WiFi - ronin1, ronin1 - alexdelprete, alecdelprete-ronin1 AND/OR if your RTSP stream drops every 3 or so minutes - cba123
⦁ In order to view the video from Ezviz app allow traffic from your local_devices_ip TO any external IP at port : 6500, 7100 and 10554 -cool77
⦁ In order to answer a ring call from Ezviz app allow traffic from your local_devices_ip TO any external IP at port : 9664 - cool77
⦁ For Streaming (RTSP) add a rule that allows traffic from your local_devices_ip TO all_internal_IP at port : 554 - cool77
⦁ For Remote Access using (iVMS-4200 or Batch Configuration Tool) allow traffic from your local_devices_ip TO any external IP at port : 8000
⦁ It is always a good idea, for security reasons, to Disable UPnP in your router too - Emilks5


IFTTT Tips:
IFTTT works with EZVIZ and Alexa for motion detection alerting via Email/SMS or to turn On/Off camera for the HSDB2A - Pilot04


HOME ASSISTANT Tips:
Nabu Casa (Home Assistant Cloud Service with Alexa/Google Support) - Olddawg
⦁ Home Assistant (Alexa) help - pete_c
⦁ Facial Recognition/Detection - rafale


SYNOLOGY TIPS:
⦁ Configuring Synology without ONVIF Support - KlaverBoer
⦁ Motion Detection with ONVIF (Hikvision Firmware) - alexdelprete, alexdelprete
⦁ Configuring Synology - alexdelprete


OTHER SOFTWARE TO CONSIDER:
Monocle (Alexa) - pete_c - scroberts72 - pete_c
tinyCam Pro, Link for those using ActionTiles (Android), JPG Snapshot in tinyCam Pro - aralos1999
MotionEye Wiki , MotionEyeOS, MotionEye Android (No Audio - Pilot04)
HomeBridge (iO/S), HomeBridge FFMEG Plugin

OTHER HARDWARE TO CONSIDER:
FRENCK (USA) Relay (Works with Home Assistant)
Xiaomi Aqara Door Window Sensor Zigbee Wireless Connection (Works with Home Assistant) - Olddawg
Finder (EUR) Relay, 344Mhz Transmitter - KlaverBoer, KlaverBoer / Finder (EUR) Relay, 344Mhz Transmitter - Jack007
uxcell (BC) Ice Cube Relay - Ford
Doorbell Monernizer (EUR) - Fietspomp
⦁ Sage Sensor - TechBill - alexdelprete - TechBill - Techbill's Forum/Thread (Sage with SmartThings)
ELK-960 Delay Timer, ELK930 Doorbell Detector - pete_c
⦁ ELV Homematic (EUR) Doorbell Sensor (Works with Homematic Hub/Bridge) - Riza-Aslan


API LINKS:
ONVIF Event API - dromero
ONVIF2MQTT Docker Hub, GitHub - dfarkov - pete_c


HELPFUL LINKS:
Doorbell Comparsion Chart - silencery
EZVIZ Chime Compatibility List
Hikvision SDK
Picture Frame Camera Viewing Station


HELP VIDEOS:
DS-HD1 3 MP Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart Doorbell Camera - Unboxing and Installation
DS-HD1 3 MP Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart Doorbell Camera - Install Hik-Connect App and Add/Configure Device
DS-HD1 3 MP Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart Doorbell Camera - Operation and Incident Sharing
EZVIZ SB1 Video Doorbell Review - Unboxing, Features, Setup, Installation, Video & Audio Quality - redturbo


BLUE IRIS TIPS:
Record Tab Basics
Working with Profiles
Triggers: Basics of Motion Detection
Zones and Hotspots
Review and Exporting Video Clips


ADDITIONAL TIPS:
⦁ For RCA owners (ONLY); if you want to remove the RCA Logo, we found a trick in doing so. You will need to install EZVIZ firmware build 190708 first, then turn ON Logo in Batch Config. Tool (Remote Configuration/Image/Video Display), then load LaView's firmware (which will turn Logo OFF)
⦁ For EZVIZ owners (ONLY); if you plan to install/upgrade your firmware to LaView's firmware you NEED to be sure and follow these steps: First Check your firmware in your App under Settings. If you have firmware build 190304 DO NOT install LaView's firmware (If you do you will end up with a RCA Logo). If have the 190304 build you will NEED to update your firmware to EZVIZ build 191211 first. Next; with the 191211 build installed/confirmed go to Batch Config. Tool (Remote Configuration/Image/Video Display) check to see if the Logo is checked ON, if so, you will need to uncheck it Off before installing/upgrading to LaView's firmware.
⦁ You can choose which App you want to use. EZVIZ, LaView ONE, Hik-Connect, etc. Some Apps require you remove the device (Doorbell) from the previous App first, you would then add it with the QR Scan Code. Each App is a little different but they all function pretty much the same.
⦁ FCC Registrations: Search FCC ID Database
FCC ID 2ADTD-DSHD1 3MP Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera by Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (Info on Hikvision Doorbell)
FCC ID VIXHSDB2 Video Doorbell by Voxx Accessories Corp. (Info on RCA Doorbell)
FCC ID 2APV2-CSDB1 Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera by Hangzhou Ezviz Software Co., Ltd. (Info on EZVIZ Doorbell)
FCC ID 2APYR-PDB1630 Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera by LaView Eagle-Eye Technology Inc. (Info on LaView Doorbell)
FCC ID 2ADTD-DOORBELL 3MP Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera by Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (Info on Nelly's Doorbell)
⦁ You can turn On Continuous Recording (All-day Template) to your SD-Card in Batch Config. Tool (Remote Configuration/Event/Schedule/Recording Schedule), just be aware your SD-Card will fill up fast...
⦁ Face Plates can be painted, best to use a good spray paint for plastic. Also, the face plates do fit each other (brands), only exception is the RCA only works with their own face places, but you can use a RCA face plate on a LaView, EZVIZ, Nelly's, etc. FYI - TechBill
⦁ Face Plates Buttons can be swapped out. It is common on a Black or Dark Face Plate to replace the Button Cover with a White one (see CONS: section about PIR Lens issue) - danli, danli, danli, NOAMattD


TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS:
SOLID RED BUTTON LIGHT; = BRICKED!!! (UPDATE: We have a solution to fix bricked DBs, try this by - Skinah or argus) (So Far (as of August 2020) THREE people to date has been able to recover their Doorbell past this point/problem, see usafltg)
LIST of BRICKS:
- COtto1984 (EZVIZ (DB1) Owner upgraded to LaView's firmware); acmonster (RCA (HSDB2A) Owner upgraded to Nelly's firmware); rkulp89 (RCA (HSDB2A) Owner upgraded with Nelly's firmware - Replaced DB with EZVIZ (DB1); elvisthedj (RCA (HSDB2A) Owner upgraded with Nelly's firmware); jrinco11 (RCA (HSDB2A) Owner upgraded with Nelly's firmware); cba123 (EZVIZ (DB1) Owner upgraded to Hikvision's firmware 200321 via EZVIZ's firmware 190304) SUCCESS: cba123
FLASHING RED BUTTON LIGHT;
FLASHING BLUE BUTTON LIGHT;
If you are unable to get your Doorbell to RESET; try completely Removing Power to the Doorbell (Turn off your breaker or physically disconnect your Doorbell from Power) for at least One Hour or until you see no more lights. The Doorbell has an internal battery that needs to drain enough to properly do a Full Reset. - VorlonFrog - Tomgar - NickTheGreat, NickTheGreat
If you tried to RESET your Doorbell without changing your firmware back to your brand's firmware first, see WARNINGS: section (ex. You own a RCA Doorbell with LaView's firmware installed) and you are unable to get pass the OR Scan Code step. Here is your fix: - rafale
⦁ If your Doorbell keeps losing it's WiFi connection, read this: rafale (Also see NETWORKING TIPS:)
⦁ If you are having problems with receiving Phone Calls from your Doorbell trying cleaning your phone: - flynreelow - Several here, including myself, have reported this to randomly work/not work. We have not been able to pin it down to a specific App/Version or phone (iPhone/Android and/or their O/S version) or if it is just a random Cloud issue. UPDATE: Users are having success using the Guarding Vision App - jmcu - David L - TechBill - mitchapp - bob2701
EZVIZ PC Studio; If you are unable to see NETWORK/ADVANCED Buttons here is your fix - alexdelprete
⦁ If you having trouble casting your Doorbell to Chromecast via Google, try this - cw-kid
⦁ If you are unable to Preview Video in the Apps or PC Software see this post - alexdelprete
⦁ If you are having problems with Batch Config Tool version 3.0.3.8 crashing, download version 3.0.2.6 for fix - just2bad
⦁ If you are having problems setting up Motion Detection Zones in Batch Config. Tool (Some firmwares do not have this option and is grayed out), see - KlaverBoer
⦁ If your Doorbell stops streaming every 3 or so minutes, see these post - cba123 - misally, misally
⦁ If your Chime has suddenly stopped working (2020) - TechBill - misally


CONS:
HEAT; yes, these Doorbells do run hot. Ours has been running 6 months now beginning in the Heat of Summer (100 degrees) to now mild Winter. Time will only tell us if this is a problem. There has been a lot of discussion about this matter, some have lowered heat by lowering voltage, others have lowered heat with custom mounts. Even read one guy added a fan. Our Doorbell read 140 degrees during the Summer with a Temp. Gun. I would just say make sure it is not in direct Sunlight. From what I have been told/read these type of cameras (IP too) tend to run hot.
⦁ PIR Lens; It has been mentioned here by several that people are mistakenly pressing the PIR Lens (Middle) instead of Doorbell Button (Bottom). I have witnessed this a few times myself. Chadsturgill here has reported his Lens is now cracked. This seems to happen more when the LED Button light is turned Off (some of us have turned it Off because it is very bright at night).
⦁ Receiving Phone Calls from your Doorbell when the Doorbell Button is pressed has been known to not always be consistent, for more info on this see TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS:


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Great write up @David L ! Thanks for taking your time compiling great info into one post! One thing I'd like to correct is that EZVIZ DB1's faceplate comes in white, copper, and black just like Nelly's as well as the wedge mounting plates.
 

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HIKVISION DOORBELL101
HIKVISION (DS-HD1), RCA (HSDB2A), EZVIZ (DB1), LAVIEW (LV-PDB1630-U), NELLY'S (NSC-DB2), LTS (LTH-7132-WIFI)
COMMON FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS/ANSWERS (FAQ):
Q. Is there a difference in the internal hardware between the different brands?
A. NO, they are All the same Hikvision Doorbell just re-branded, only difference is the (color/number of) face plate(s) included in the box with the install/mounting hardware.

Q. Can I change my Doorbell's Password (Verification Code)?
A. NO, DO NOT CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD (see WARNINGS: in CONFIGURING DOORBELL TIPS: Section)

Q. Does 2 Way Audio work with this Doorbell in Blue Iris?
A. NO, it is not yet supported at this time.

Q. Can the Lens (Fish-Eye) view be changed?
A. NO, the 180 degree Vertical / 105 degree Horizontal FOV is a Fixed Lens.

Q. When the Doorbell button is pressed, what does the Doorbell Speaker sound like?
A. See DB1-Doorbell_Chime_(Ding_Dong)_Sound.zip at the bottom of this message. - EMiks5 (The (Ding-Dong) Sound is actually Much Louder than the recording)

Q. Does the Doorbell work on Google WiFi (MESH) network?
A. YES - xaudiblex


INSTALL TIPS:
⦁ Take a picture (keep record) of the back of your Doorbell, you will need the Password (Verification Code - 6 Capital Characters) for future streaming (Blue Iris, NVR, NAS, VLC, etc.)
⦁ TURN OFF POWER before/during install (Locate your existing Doorbell's breaker by having someone push your Doorbell button while you try each breaker)
⦁ Angle of Install; if you are mounting on a side wall of your door you will need a wedge, the Doorbell comes with wedges; 2 angled/1 flat (See HARDWARE INCLUDED: below) If these do not work for you, search Nest Hello mounts on Amazon, they are not a direct fit but can be modified to work. POPMAS is one that several here on this Forum has used.
(NOTE: After I got my Doorbell connected to my network and the App viewing the Doorbell video fed, I used my phone to help figure what angle I needed to mount Doorbell)
⦁ Transformers; this is one of the big questions with Smart Doorbells, what size do I need or do I even need to change it at all? Well it is all up to your existing Transformer and Chime, there are many different brands of Transformers all putting out different voltages/loads than what their label states. It will be hit or miss if your Transformer can handle the extra Load created by the Smart Doorbell (when the Doorbell button is pushed). There are two types of Chimes out there, Mechanical and Digital and many brands. Most here tried their existing transformers first, if they had problems with the Chime not working properly, Doorbell randomly disconnecting from the network, random reboots, etc., they changed theirs out. The general rule is, if your existing transformer is 16v then replace with 16v, if 24v then buy a 24v (Some have reported going from 16v to 24v increased their Chime volume). But what needs to increase to fix the above stated problems is the Volts/Amps (va), since your Smart Doorbell requires constant power (which is not a problem since your Chime uses no power until your Doorbell button is pushed) the Smart Doorbell will increase the Load, which depending on your Chime, may or may not work properly. Several owners here are using their 16v 10va with no problems, mine worked also with no problems. But if you have problems, 16v 30va or 24v 30va is a common replacement, you could use a 40va too.
Summary; By adding a Smart Doorbell to an existing Doorbell/Chime system, pressing the new Smart Doorbell button will now increase the Load so in most cases you need a transformer that can handle this increased draw/load, this is why you would go with a higher rated (va) transformer.
For Mechanical Chimes, here is a video to help explain transformers:
16v 10va vs. 16v 30va Doorbell Transformer
*** IF YOU DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE CHANGING OUT YOUR TRANSFORMER, HIRE AN ELECTRICIAN ***
Wiring; If you do not have an existing Doorbell/Wiring and plan to run wire yourself, proper planning will help in this endeavor. Most Doorbells use 20 gauge solid 2 conductor (2 wires) 20/2 Bell Wire. A good place to start planning is to find a continuous power source for your transformer, a central place (Usually in an Attic or Basement), a place where you will be bringing two cable runs to (one cable from the Doorbell and one from the Chime). Be sure and find your Breaker as mentioned above before installing the transformer. Most Chimes are located in a central place within a House/Dwelling in order to hear it from most anywhere within. The Smart Doorbell Wiring Diagram below illustrates how the wiring terminates.
Power Kit; Be sure and install the Power Kit for Mechanical Chimes (it regulates power and fixes low hum issues) If you have a Digital/Electronic Chime, several users/owners here have confirmed having to install the Power Kit to get there DB to work properly.
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⦁ CHIMES: This Compatible Chime Chart List is from Hikvision's Data Sheet.

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⦁ If you have problems connecting to your Network on your Initial Install, try connecting with 2.4GHz or for 5GHz try - VorlonFrog's post.


HARDWARE INCLUDED:
(Face Plates will differ depending on which company you buy the Doorbell from but all hardware is the same in every box)


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CONFIGURING DOORBELL TIPS:
⦁ Software (Windows) used to configure Doorbell include: iVMS-4200 (I personally like version 2 legacy), Batch Configuration Tool (BC Tool 101 Help).
(NOTE: In the Batch Config. Tool, If your Doorbell shows Offline hit Refresh to bring it Online, Sometimes in iVMS-4200 the CCD section does not show up.)
⦁ Other useful Hikvision Tools.
⦁ Frame Rate: (FPS); the default is 15, to change to Full Frame (30FPS) in iVMS-4200 or Batch Config. Tool under Remote Configuration/Image/Video & Audio - JoshJ
⦁ Using iVMS-4200 or Batch Config. Tool in the Remote Configuration/CCD section you will be able to turn WDR On/Off, change brightness, contrast, etc.
⦁ In App be sure and change Hi-Def to Ultra HD

WARNINGS:
⦁ DO NOT change the admin Password in
iVMS-4200 or Batch Config. Tool. We found when loading the Batch Configuration Tool for the first time and your Doorbell is Discovered, it will show as "not activated" under security (IGNORE THIS), DO NOT Click the Activate Button. It will force you to set a NEW admin Password on your device (Doorbell) which for most Hikvision Cameras would be a normal process but in this case it disrupts future re-inclusions/configuration through the Mobile Apps. Once done, it is not reversible and cannot be Reset either by Factory Settings Reset or Firmware Reload. - rafale, rafale, - Mtoo22 (Hikvision Partner)


FIRMWARE INSTALL/UPGRADE TIPS: (Thanks to - JSnP & Chadsturgill)
⦁ Most of us here has had no problems installing the different firmwares listed below, Just be WARNED there is Always a chance of bricking your unit.
⦁ For ONVIF support use LaView's or Nelly's latest firmware.
⦁ Firmware can be Installed/Upgraded with the Batch Configuration Tool:

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FIRMWARES:

LaView Halo ONE (LV-PDB1630-U):
(Jul 29, 2019) Build 190716 (ONVIF Support)

Nelly's (NSC-DB2):
(Nov. 22, 2019) Build 190625 (ONVIF Support)

EZVIZ (DB1):
(Jan, 6 2020) Build 191211 (NO ONVIF Support, ADDED Outdoor Bell Sound (Ding-Dong) On/Off - Jack007) - Pilot04

OTHER AND SOME OLDER FIRMWARE LINKS:

EZVIZ (DB1) (OLD VERSION):
usdownload.ezvizlife.com/device/CS-DB1-A0-1B3WPFR/2.0/CS-DB1-A0-1B3WPFR.dav (Jul 21, 2019) Build 190708 (NO ONVIF Support)

EZVIZ (DB1):
(Nov 28, 2018) Build 190708 (Possibly International Version)

Nelly's (NSC-DB2):
(Mar 4, 2019) Build 190122

RCA (HSDB2):
(Jan 30, 2019) Build 190124
(Nov 28, 2018) Build 190124 (Possibly International Version)

FIRMWARE HELP:
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STREAMING VIDEO TIPS (Thanks - JSnP):

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NOTE: "<username>" admin is the default username, "<password>" is the "Verification Code" on the back of your Doorbell, "<IP Address>" is your Doorbell's IP.
(One way to find your Doorbell's "<IP Address>" is by looking up your Doorbell's MAC address in your router.)

⦁ RTSP Streaming for Blue Iris (BI) Add new camera / Find/inspect... (Use ONVIF)
⦁ RTSP Streaming for NVR (Use ONVIF to find Doorbell and setup)
⦁ RTSP Streaming for NAS (Use ONVIF to find Doorbell and setup)
⦁ RTSP Streaming for VLC (VideoLAN Media Player) Under Media/Open Network Stream (Ctrl+N)...Enter your RTSP Link/Info for Live Video Stream

It has been mentioned the Doorbell has a 3 Stream limit, 4 Streams is too much for it's processor - rafale

To Obtain a live JPG Snap Shot, enter this URL in your browser (you do not need to add :554 port number with your IP Address) - pete_c
http://<IP Address>/onvif/snapshot.jpg
ex.

ACCESS VIDEO(s) ON SD-CARD:
⦁ Recommended Micro SD Card; Get a Video Rated Card, V30 works great...
SanDisk 128GB Extreme MicroSDXC
⦁ In iVMS-4200 or Batch Config. Tool, under Device Management/Storage/File you can set a Date/Time Range and Download Video File(s)


AMAZON ALEXA, GOOGLE HOME, & APPLE HOMEKIT ASSISTANTS:
ALEXA SKILLS/TIPS:

⦁ To Display on Alexa; RTSP feed from Doorbell to Amazon Echo Show via/thru Monocle - Threads to Follow; Old Monocle Thread or New Monocle Thread - pete_c
Turn Off Doorbell's Image/Video Encryption
(LINK LaView to Alexa)
(LINK EZVIZ to Alexa)
(LINK RCA to Alexa)
(LINK Monocle to Alexa)

GOOGLE TIPS:
⦁ To Display on Google; Link EZVIZ account to Google Home, ReSync Google Devices, Turn off Doorbell's Image/Video Encryption in App Settings, then Display Doorbell on Chromecast/TV or Levono Display - xaudiblex, xaudiblex, xaudiblex (FYI, I have not been successful to get this to work with LaView 190716 firmware on my LaView Doorbell), xaudiblex (upped screenshots) running EZVIZ 190708 firmware on his EZVIZ Doorbell and his works) (Seems to Only work on EZVIZ Doorbells - Mtoo22)
Nelly's firmware 190625 has been confirmed to work on a EZVIZ DB with Google Assistant, displaying on Google Hub and Chromecast/TV - lekham, lekham
(Link EZVIZ to Google)
Stream your Security camera via Google Home - Chromecast/TV Help

APPLE TIPS:
⦁ To Display on HomeKit; via HomeBridge, HomeBridge FFMEG Plugin - bigrob444


OTHER SOFTWARE TO CONSIDER:
Monocle (Alexa)
tinyCam Pro, Link for those using ActionTiles (Android)
MotionEye Wiki , MotionEyeOS, MotionEye Android (No Audio - Pilot04)
HomeBridge (iO/S), HomeBridge FFMEG Plugin

TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS:
SOLID RED BUTTON LIGHT;
FLASHING RED BUTTON LIGHT;
FLASHING BLUE BUTTON LIGHT;
If you are unable to get your Doorbell to Reset, Remove Power from the Doorbell (Breaker or physically disconnecting Doorbell from Power) for at least one hour. The Doorbell has an internal battery that needs to drain enough to properly do a Full Reset. - VorlonFrog - Tomgar - NickTheGreat, NickTheGreat

ADDITIONAL TIPS:
⦁ For RCA owners (ONLY); if you want to remove the RCA Logo, we found a trick in doing so. You will need to install EZVIZ firmware build 190708 first, then turn ON Logo in Batch Config. Tool (Remote Configuration/Image/Video Display), then load LaView's firmware (which will turn Logo OFF)
⦁ For EZVIZ owners (ONLY); if you plan to install/upgrade your firmware to LaView's firmware you NEED to be sure and follow these steps: First Check your firmware in your App under Settings. If you have build 190304 DO NOT install LaView's firmware (If you do you will end up with a RCA Logo). If have the 190304 build you will NEED to update your firmware to EZVIZ build 190708 first. Next; with the 190708 build installed/confirmed go to Batch Config. Tool (Remote Configuration/Image/Video Display) check to see if the Logo is checked ON, if so, you will need to uncheck it Off before installing/upgrading to LaView's firmware.
⦁ You can choose which App you want to use. EZVIZ, LaView ONE, Hik-Connect, etc. Some Apps require you remove the device (Doorbell) from the previous App first, you would then add it with the QR Scan Code. Each App is a little different but they all function pretty much the same.
⦁ FCC Registrations: Search FCC ID Database
FCC ID 2ADTD-DSHD1 3MP Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera by Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (Info on Hikvision Doorbell)
FCC ID VIXHSDB2 Video Doorbell by Voxx Accessories Corp. (Info on RCA Doorbell)
FCC ID 2APV2-CSDB1 Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera by Hangzhou Ezviz Software Co., Ltd. (Info on EZVIZ Doorbell)
FCC ID 2APYR-PDB1630 Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera by LaView Eagle-Eye Technology Inc. (Info on LaView Doorbell)
FCC ID 2ADTD-DOORBELL 3MP Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera by Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (Info on Nelly's Doorbell)
⦁ Face Plates can be painted, best to use a good spray paint for plastic. Also, the face plates do fit each other (brands), only exception is the RCA only works with their own face places, but you can use a RCA face plate on a LaView, EZVIZ, Nelly's fyi.


CONS:
HEAT; yes, these Doorbells do run hot. Ours has been running 6 months now beginning in the Heat of Summer (100 degrees) to now mild Winter. Time will only tell us if this is a problem. There has been a lot of discussion about this matter, some have lowered heat by lowering voltage, others have lowered heat with custom mounts. Even read one guy added a fan. Our Doorbell read 140 degrees during the Summer with a Temp. Gun. I would just say make sure it is not in direct Sunlight. From what I have been told/read these type of cameras (IP too) tend to run hot.
⦁ PIR Lens; It has been mentioned here by several that people are mistakenly pressing the PIR Lens (Middle) instead of Doorbell Button (Bottom). I have witnessed this a few times myself. Chadsturgill here has reported his Lens is now cracked. This seems to happen more when the LED Button light is turned Off (some of us have turned it Off because it is very bright at night).


HELPFUL LINKS:
EZVIZ Chime Compatibility List
Hikvision SDK
Doorbell Comparsion Chart - silencery

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Great write up @David L ! Thanks for taking your time compiling great info into one post! One thing I'd like to correct is that EZVIZ DB1's faceplate comes in white, copper, and black just like Nelly's as well as the wedge mounting plates.
Thanks, got 'er fixed :) Are the wedge mounting plates different colors too? I have not opened my box yet. :), I will later today after my morning appointment.
If you notice anything else or want to add to 101, let me know.
 

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My EZVIZ came with 3 face plates. The same colors as the Nelly.
Thanks rafale, I redid it...appreciate your post...
If you notice anything else or want to add to 101, let me know.
 

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David. You have been busy man. Thanks. Great job.
Thanks, I am just an Info Compiler :), most all of the 101 is from All the Users here who have contributed to our Cause, I try to give credit where credit is due, still working on User links in 101.
I just think the 101 is at a better home on page 101 :)
I will have Mike correct Page 1 of this Thread to link to the new page 101 once I get all the file images copied over.
 

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Maybe the following information is useful to some.

I was thinking of purchasing a smart doorbell for some time now. It had to fulfill two basic requirements.
1. I should have maximum control over the doorbell, especially its data, The db-1 ticks all these boxes for me in that i can store its video fed 24/7 om my NAS and am not dependant of some cloud service. ONVIF would be nice but as i understand this would require a firmware "update" to a Laview version. Open question: Are the different firmwares regional locked?
2. The doorbell should work with my existing (wireless) gongs. My gongs are triggered by a closing switch. In order to research this I connected the db1 to a standard (doorbell) transformer (Beltrafo 15VA) in series with the powerkit. I intend to hookup a relay over the powerkit to make a switch to activate my gongs.
With this setup i hooked up an oscilloscope and took some "pictures" (BTW the transformer is connected to the 12 V coil).

This is the voltage over the DB1 during normal operation (not pressed) looks like this.
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as you can see this is a reasonable sine (as expected). The peaks look a little bit distorted. Increasing the output voltage of the transformer (like 16 or 24 V AC) makes this worse.

The voltage over the powerkit is where it gets interesting:
This is the voltage at rest; a not activated DB1:
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As you can see this is not a sine by far. Every half period is chopped away.

When pressing the db1 (a mechanical chime is configured in the ezviz app) , the compete 12 V AC is let trough for about 0.25 seconds. Probably to short to activate a standard 12 V AC relais.
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It looks like this when the electronic chime (length = 3 sec.) is configured
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Reducing the length to minimal (the app. says 1 sec.) results in a minimal activation time of about 2 seconds.
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This is the voltage in more detail:
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If there is some interest in this i will post some more of these pictures when i receive my relay. I'm curious how the powerkit behaves when there is a load on the system.

BTW:
I live in Europe so our mains frequency is 50 Hz.
The intended relay is this one: Finder 39.11.0.012.0060 FIN INT-REL.1W 6A 12VUC - Schakelrelais


Greetings,

Jack
Hi Jack, i'm from Europe to (Netherlands). I'm also using a Finder Relay. See post #401 . But it is a 24v version. Works great. But i use it in combination with a 24v trafo.
 

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I forgot to mention that while doing the above Alexa test I had (still have) Nelly's firmware 190625 installed on my LaView DB while running EZVIZ App. Nelly's claim NO Alexa Support nor on their site or on their see Amazon Description. Also there is no Nelly's Amazon Alexa Skill that I could find.

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What we know so far:
EZVIZ DB1 has Google and Alexa Support
LaView ONE Halo has Alexa Support

Hikvision DS-HD1 (Unknown)
Nelly's (No Support)
LTS (Unknown)
RCA (Has an Alexa Skill but so far no one has got it to work)

We have found this Support seems to be only Hardware Dependent not Firmware or App (Cloud) dependent.
I contacted Hikvision support last week and they confirmed that their DS-HD1 is NOT Alexa capable even though they said their subsidiary Ezviz DB1 supports Alexa and Google. However, they did leave caveat that it may be possible for future support.

RCA support confirmed that their HSDB2 is NOT Alexa/Google capable. Really odd since RCA released their RCA Alexa Skills around same time as Ezviz and Laview released their Alexa Skills.

Wondering if some sort of Service cost is factor for them to not play with Alexa and Google as hardware is definitely capable. Or maybe Ezviz has high fees for traversing their cloud integration for non-Ezviz serial numbers.
 

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So far No Go on the Fire tablet, but it does not seem to have anything to do with our Doorbells. The Fire Tablet "Offline" status in the Amazon Alexa App seems to be a common issue with these tablets and has to do with Amazon updates from what I have found so far.
Yeah, once the doorbell is discoverable via Alexa Skills linked account, it's capable to be viewed on any Amazon device(unless there's another issue like your fire tablet). My Echo Shows and Fire Stick 4K can view all devices successfully enabled via Alexa Skills that show up in my Alexa App. Those devices also show up in my Google Assistant but I currently don't have Google Hub to view them so maybe I'll pick up a Google hub next Black Friday.
 

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Thank you for this post. I currently have the EZVIZ doorbell. Will purchase the Hikvision model and install the LaView firmware for the ONVIF support.
 

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Yeah, once the doorbell is discoverable via Alexa Skills linked account, it's capable to be viewed on any Amazon device(unless there's another issue like your fire tablet). My Echo Shows and Fire Stick 4K can view all devices successfully enabled via Alexa Skills that show up in my Alexa App. Those devices also show up in my Google Assistant but I currently don't have Google Hub to view them so maybe I'll pick up a Google hub next Black Friday.
Probably no sense to connect to Alexa if a guy doesn't have any Amazon devices with screens?
 

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Probably no sense to connect to Alexa if a guy doesn't have any Amazon devices with screens?
At this time, that is correct as the only real benefit to Alexa or Google Home integration is being able to get live video feed from doorbell via voice command. In the future, if they ever allow the doorbell for "Routines" within Alexa, one can set up doorbell for home automation(play dog bark, turn on lights, IFTTT, etc)
 

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Hi Jack, i'm from Europe to (Netherlands). I'm also using a Finder Relay. See post #401 . But it is a 24v version. Works great. But i use it in combination with a 24v trafo.
Hoi Landgenoot,

Your setup looks like the one i like to achieve. Even the KAKU is the same as i intend to use.

My relay did arrive today and hooked it up.
As you can see on the image i connected the db1 on the transformer 12 V and my relay is also 12 V AC. It looks like it works like intended. Result!
The app is configured in electronic chime mode which is a great instrument to control the relay. The mechanical chime does also work but the ON-time of the relay is really short. I think this will not activate the KAKU. Once everything is hooked up i will test that theory.

BTW 1: I choose the 12 V because it feels like the transformer and db1 get less hot and components (like the relay) are more readily available.
BTW 2: Yesterday I received my RFLink and it picks up the KAKU. The RFLink is connected to Domoticz. This clears the way to do all kinds of neat stuff.

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At this time, that is correct as the only real benefit to Alexa or Google Home integration is being able to get live video feed from doorbell via voice command. In the future, if they ever allow the doorbell for "Routines" within Alexa, one can set up doorbell for home automation(play dog bark, turn on lights, IFTTT, etc)
Looking forward to playing with Routines via Google App.
 

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Probably no sense to connect to Alexa if a guy doesn't have any Amazon devices with screens?
With Google I plan to cast to Chromecast (TV) via a mini Google speaker. I can't imagine anyone without one of these hockey pucks now a days. I saw Google mini, first gen, for $15 during holidays.
 

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With Google I plan to cast to Chromecast (TV) via a mini Google speaker. I can't imagine anyone without one of these hockey pucks now a days. I saw Google mini, first gen, for $15 during holidays.
I could not get this to work with my chromecast. Maybe I did not try everything, but I had the impression it has to be on the same ssid as d the db1, while my IOT'-stuff, including the db1, has a seperate ssid (on seperate AP). I hope you will have some succes with it.
 

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I could not get this to work with my chromecast. Maybe I did not try everything, but I had the impression it has to be on the same ssid as d the db1, while my IOT'-stuff, including the db1, has a seperate ssid (on seperate AP). I hope you will have some succes with it.
Thank for the info. I will post once installed. probably after weekend though...
 

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...Just started playing with it, was able to connect and even update the ezviz firmware using the hik app while in visitors mode.

Once on my wifi i disabled Internet for the doorbell and as expected the doorbell showed offline and no longer worked, however I was able to add the doorbell as a second device using IP so it does work completely offline including 2 way audio...
How exactly does one do that? I set mine up using the app linked to on Nelly’s site, and would like to get it off the cloud (I guess). I’m still on the BI4 Eval and it seems to be working fine, though I haven’t connected BI with any mobile. I need to see how well it works stand alone.
 

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How exactly does one do that? I set mine up using the app linked to on Nelly’s site, and would like to get it off the cloud (I guess). I’m still on the BI4 Eval and it seems to be working fine, though I haven’t connected BI with any mobile. I need to see how well it works stand alone.
Various ways, i actually have a VLAN setup that drops all WAN traffic. You could also put these devices outside the dhcp range and setup up firewall rules.
 
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