New RCA HSDB2A 3MP Doorbell IP Camera

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  1. Pilot04

    Pilot04 Getting the hang of it

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    Ok, it's same process that I used for Ezviz skill enablement in my Amazon account.

    I'm not sure if LaView will let us register non-HALO units if they happen to cross reference S/N so haven't tried removing from Ezviz and trying to register with my empty LaView account even though it has identical logon credentials as the Ezviz/RCA/LTS/Clare/etc. CES articles on Ezviz claims Alexa and Google Assistant support for Ezviz DB1 but so far haven't been able to discover it via Alexa or Google home. Let us know once you get FW from LaView in Q2 that enables ONVIF.
     
  2. 2ndLeaf

    2ndLeaf n3wb

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    Hi dbaker,

    Thanks for the information. The wall mount looks interesting. It makes more sense to mount it on wall than putting it on deskstop. Do you notice any delay for notification? This has been my biggest concern since both door bell and tablet are on wifi.

    Looking forward to seeing your photo.
     
  3. dbaker

    dbaker Young grasshopper

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    The delay is 1/2 second at most for doorbell push to notification. There is also a slight delay under 1/2 second for 2-way communication. There was more like a second or two for 2-way communication on the Nest Hello I have.
     
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    Here are a few pics of the tablet mounted, just the ball mount attached to the wall and magnet attached to the tablet. The call screen in the picture pops up as soon as the door bell is rung. I normally just the weather app running.

    I can also confirm that Alexa will display the camera. I tested using the Show Mode of the Fire Tablet. "Alexa show front door" displayed the live image below. took about seconds from time of ask to display of live view.

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  5. Pilot04

    Pilot04 Getting the hang of it

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    Thanks for verification that LaView ONE HALO processes the "Alexa show front door" as marketed. I wish Ezviz would get on the ball to enable their backend for Amazon Alexa and Google Home so I can use HSDB2 with SmartThings and webcore. I like the no branding in the top left hand corner live view unlike on the HSDB2 so looking forward to the firmware for ONVIF in Q2.
     
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    Thanks a lot for the information. Really helpful. Placing my order now!
     
  7. Pilot04

    Pilot04 Getting the hang of it

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    I saw a recent response from Ezviz support to a question from a customer stating "It will be compatible with Alexa in April or May." regarding their Ezviz DB1(HSDB2 variant) which would explain why Amazon couldn't discover my HSDB2 via Ezviz Skills. That is Q2 so may be same timeframe as LaView's announced plan for with ONVIF support. Hopefully, firmware will be compatible across all variants and someone can sniff packets off the wire when doorbell pulls down the new firmware. The LaView ONE firmware didn't appear to show any branding like the RCA and has Alexa support with potential for ONVIF support...
     
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    I am looking for an ip-video-doorbell. And did not find any positive reviews on any of them, until I came accross this item on this forum. I guess this is the first, atleast for a reasonable price it is.
    Hooking up your NAS is very interesting. For my ip-cams I use a Raspberry Pi with the motion package (Turn a Raspberry Pi into NVR or DVR with Motion) for motion detection and cloud (dropbox) storage of the motion clips and would like to keep using it also with the new doorbell, not depending on a brand-specific cloudserver somewhere in China. But I also might be in for a Synology. So tell us, please.
     
  9. 2ndLeaf

    2ndLeaf n3wb

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    I installed the Laview doorbell over the weekend. So far I like it. However the porch area looks very dark because of backlight. Is there any way to adjust it? Also can the doorbell speaker volume be adjusted?
     
  10. dbaker

    dbaker Young grasshopper

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    I can't remember if you can adjust the speaker volume, but there are several video quality settings you can make using the LaView Net Client (LaView version of Hikvision iVMS-4200).
    Download - LaView
    The user name is admin and the password is on a sticker on the back of your doorbell.

    EDIT:

    Alias: enter a name for your device "Front Door"
    Register Mode: IP/Domain
    Address:IP address of your doorbell (can be found in the LaView One app -> More -> LAN live view - Start scanning)
    Port: 8000
    User Name: admin
    Password: alpha characters from the sticker on the back of the Halo
    Camera: will default to first available number, 1
     
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  11. 2ndLeaf

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    Thanks for the information. I will give it a try.
     
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    So I will order the Ezviz DB1 (btw a DB2 is also available; difference is that it has a li-ion battery and is wider: https://data.kommago.nl/files/pdf/ezviz_db1_db2_datasheet.pdf ) .
    Is it possible to switch off the chime for a while in one of the above mentioned apps or even switch it off with a timer?
     
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    You cannot add the Ezviz DB1 camera to your Synology using the normal way. But you must connect to your Synology using SSH.

    1) First open a SSH connection to your Synology.
    2) Create a new file for example : Ezviz-DB1.conf It should be placed in /var/packages/SurveillanceStation/target/device_pack/camera_support
    3) Change the ownership of the file to the same user and group of the other conf files in my case that is SurveillanceStation:SurveillanceStation
    4) Edit the Ezviz-DB1.conf file with sudo vi
    5) Paste the following lines into the conf file:

    [Ezviz*DB1]
    api = custom
    resolution_h264 = 2048x1536
    default_resolution_h264 = 2048x1536
    fps_h264_2048x1536 = 5,10,15,20,25,30
    fps_h264_1280x720 = 5,10,15,20,25,30
    default_fps_h264_2048x1536 = 15
    default_image-quality = 5

    h264 = rtsp
    mpeg4 = rtsp
    mjpeg = rtsp
    motion = h264,mpeg4,mjpeg

    motion_param = sensitivity,threshold
    rtsp_keepalive = none
    rtsp_protocol = auto,udp,tcp

    6) Save and close the file

    7) Now go to the Surveillance Station management page
    8) Add a new camera. Complete Setup.
    9)
    Brand: Ezviz
    Camera Model: DB1
    Port: 554
    Username: admin
    Password: Activation code of your doorbell
    10) Next
    11) In the next screen (Video) i did not change anything
    12) In the Recording settings. You can change what suits you
    13) In the Schedule settings i only use Motion Detection. But Continuous also works fine.
    14) Once the camera is added. Now you have to edit the camera
    15) In Device Settings go to the Advanced tab
    Transport protocol: udp
    Streaming Information Source: Streaming
    16) Every setting where you can choose the quality i have chosen High Quality.
    17) It should work now

    When you first add your camera the "live preview" is still not visible but when you click on it you see the live stream. I do see a the small live preview but that was after i exported the config. Made some changes to the stream paths and imported the camera config again.

    I hope it is clear enough.
     
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    This looks like it should be clear. I don't own a Synology yet but this will for sure be very clear for everyone who does. Thanks
     
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    Ok now I'm really puzzled. The Ezviz support suggests I should buy either the Honeywell D117 or the Byron 771 chime, which are the only ones from their compatibility list available in Europe/Netherlands. These are both 8VAC (or9V batt) operated chimes. And after asking they also suggest to use a transformer of 12-24 V 2A. Will this not fry the chime? And what is in this powerkit,wich is connected parallel to the chime?
     
  16. concord

    concord Getting the hang of it

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    It appears the Honeywell D117 is 8 to 16VAC, according to images shown on the link below, then a 16VAC transformer should work. Nest Community

    The "PowerKit" can be used to prevent your chime actuator from vibrating, which sounds like a constant hum. I used a resistor across the transformer and front-door terminal on the chime; early on, they did not include the powerkit.
     
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    Thanks. Yes it look like the Honeywell/Friedland D117 is the way to go togethher with a 8-16 VAC 2A transformer. That will most definitely do the job.
     
  18. Offt

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    I did not read all 18pgs
    I'm purchased the Laview I guess same thing as rca/ezviz. I did get it when it was on the super sale (via slickdeals) -- for the same price as these others are normally *grimace*
    I'm wondering if I was an idiot for not purchasing the Ezviz version?
    I have not had a chance to install or test yet as I need to get a transformer and doorbell.
    Is Ezviz better on software/app side?
    The LaView seems to be the only one that does not come with the multiple faceplate colors and I would have preferred one of the other colors
    The LaView has 15' night vis 115 horizonal field of view and every other has 105??? with Ezviz having 25' night vision?
    Should I be returning this for the Ezviz? If they are all the same hardware rebadged why the difference in specs?


    **I also do not have an existing system and have no experience. What brought me to ipcamtalk and got me to bite on the slickdeals mention of the 3mp sony sensor doorbell is -- I need to come up with two NVR/Blue Iris for two different locations with different requirements - one to provide surveillance/security outside home - this the doorbell purchase was to be included in. I need a second for elder care inside a home w/ 2way audio and ultimate reliability.
    I shall ask about everything elsewhere on here though providing to describe my current state being clueless. I despise getting neither the best deals nor the best quality and this field is massive to someone completely new to it.
     
  19. 2ndLeaf

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    Finally have chance to play with the video setting from the LaView Net Client. Backlight compensation is disabled in app. After adjust the brightness, the image is acceptable.

    After one week of use, I don't think the PIR sensor works properly. I always got false alarm from the cars driving by, which is 20 feet away from the door bell. I adjust the alarm area setting to minimal (5 ft), but it makes no difference. All motion detection and alarm setting is disabled in LaView Net Client. Eventually I have to disable the alarm notification, which defeats the purpose.

    One pleasant surprise is the wi-fi actually supports 802.11ac, which provides a very good bandwidth.
     
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    Does anyone have any opinions on getting the 3MP doorbell cam in the RCA vs LaView vs EzViz manufacturer? I'm looking at using it more as a stand alone unit versus integrating it with NVR or Blue Iris, but may do that at some point down the road. So mostly just interfacing with it from my PC or whatever app is provided by the manufacturer. Considerations would be best firmware update support and flexibility for integrating with other platforms.