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Wifi Doorbell

kfmfe04

n3wb
I have a SkyBell HD (over a year now) and so does a security installer who came by last week. When I asked him about video latency and general flakiness, he says the other brands pretty much have the same issues.

We'll probably have to wait for an Ethernet-connected doorbell for sufficient reliability... ...but then for most of us, we'll have to figure out how to get Ethernet to the doorbell. Personally, even though I would not buy the SkyBell again, I'd wait until a wired doorbell is available before replacing it.
 

suddenstop

Getting the hang of it
I have a SkyBell HD (over a year now) and so does a security installer who came by last week. When I asked him about video latency and general flakiness, he says the other brands pretty much have the same issues.

We'll probably have to wait for an Ethernet-connected doorbell for sufficient reliability... ...but then for most of us, we'll have to figure out how to get Ethernet to the doorbell. Personally, even though I would not buy the SkyBell again, I'd wait until a wired doorbell is available before replacing it.
Seems like with the existing wire already there wifi or some kind of powerline network would be ideal. I have devices all over the place using wifi reliably. Maybe something with the antennas or size or house siding interfering....
 

kfmfe04

n3wb
Seems like with the existing wire already there wifi or some kind of powerline network would be ideal. I have devices all over the place using wifi reliably. Maybe something with the antennas or size or house siding interfering....
Come to think of it, you're right - plenty of mobile devices and TVs have solid video connections through WIFI (in all our houses).

Could it be that the doorbell wire doesn't supply enough power?

No one seems to be able to build a reliable video doorbell - I don't know whether I should laugh or cry - it's like a bad joke. Maybe I should just mount an old iPad at the door and provide a button!?
 

eggsan

Getting the hang of it
I always prefer the wired version instead of wifi connectivity. The ring pro mainly depends on a strong wifi signal for total reliability (the new ring elite offers both). But with Ring products, if you need relay contact closure, your only option is using a third-party partner products. I'm currently bench testing a DoorBird, model D-202 for replacing an old intercom system. So far, is working strong. It is poe mode-a, meaning you will only use 2 pairs of the cat-5e (power and data), providing 2 extra pairs for interfacing other products. In my case, connecting a wired contact for opening the remote gate and to activate a separate (wired) chime inside the house (it will be connected to an 8-zones wired intercom, which will provide the "ding-dong" chime at all stations, but no audio exchange between both systems). That kind of flexibility is not offered by the Ring products (no experience with the Skybell, but I understand is also limited on interfacing). Besides, the DoorBird is Onvif compliance (add to your nvr for 24/7 recording) and also SIP (tested with Grandstream GXV series)
 

fenderman

Staff member
I always prefer the wired version instead of wifi connectivity. The ring pro mainly depends on a strong wifi signal for total reliability (the new ring elite offers both). But with Ring products, if you need relay contact closure, your only option is using a third-party partner products. I'm currently bench testing a DoorBird, model D-202 for replacing an old intercom system. So far, is working strong. It is poe mode-a, meaning you will only use 2 pairs of the cat-5e (power and data), providing 2 extra pairs for interfacing other products. In my case, connecting a wired contact for opening the remote gate and to activate a separate (wired) chime inside the house (it will be connected to an 8-zones wired intercom, which will provide the "ding-dong" chime at all stations, but no audio exchange between both systems). That kind of flexibility is not offered by the Ring products (no experience with the Skybell, but I understand is also limited on interfacing). Besides, the DoorBird is Onvif compliance (add to your nvr for 24/7 recording) and also SIP (tested with Grandstream GXV series)
fyi grandstream has its own video doorbell that is also onvif compliant and available for 309 via ebay...GDS3710, Video Door System- Grandstream Networks
there is a thread that discusses doorbird and some firmware flaws...for at 550 the 202 is expensive..particularly considering its got a 720p camera..
 
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