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Choosing a Wireless Video Doorbell Camera: A Buyer's Guide

Apr 30, 2019|

When was the last time you answered a phone that didn’t have Caller ID? Don’t remember? Most people don’t. If you made your first call after the 1980s, it’s possible you’ve never picked up a phone without it.

In a few years, the same will be said for answering a door that doesn’t have a wireless video doorbell cameraUSA Today hit the nail on the head when they said, “Consider it Caller ID for your front door.”

The wireless doorbell camera has made quite a name for itself in the world of cutting-edge tech and home security. And over the last few years, doorbell cameras have become one of the most popular products in the home automation space.

But if you haven’t latched onto this home security trend quite yet, you may be wondering what all the buzz is about. What makes the wireless doorbell camera such a powerful addition to the well-being of you and your family? Just how big of a difference can this little smart device make in your everyday life?

You’re about to find out.

What makes the wireless doorbell camera so popular?

The introduction of the video doorbell changed home security for the better, and the way these devices work has only improved over time. The best smart doorbells on the market today provide homeowners with a number of benefits that make the investment worthwhile.

Provides peace of mind

Many homeowners will tell you installing a smart doorbell camera gave them some much-needed peace of mind.

I have a Vivint alert set up for my doorbell camera. It notifies me when it senses a person. I pay close attention to the alerts now after it notified me unexpectedly late one night. It was my mother going out to check mail (which she never does). So, I made a point to keep checking in case she didn't come back after a few minutes. She didn't come back. Long story short, without the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro I would've never known she was in trouble and her situation was dire. 
- Patricia G., South Carolina

If you work long hours at the office or spend time traveling, you can rest easy knowing your doorbell camera is keeping a watchful eye over your home's front door. You’ll never miss a beat with a wide-angle lens, night vision capabilities, and constant high-resolution surveillance.

This is a particularly comforting benefit if you have kids. Whether you’re working late or you’ve got a date night planned, you can still make sure your kids are safe and sound by enabling notifications on your smartphone and tapping into the camera's live video feed from anywhere.

If you have older kids with access to a smartphone or tablet, they can also take full advantage of your smart doorbell. The next time the doorbell rings when their parents aren’t home, they can check the video feed and speak to visitors through the two-way audio function before they wrap their hand around the doorknob.

Deters crime

Acting as an effective crime deterrent is perhaps the most publicized of the video doorbell benefits. Shortly after homeowners began installing these devices, theft, vandalism, and attempted burglaries were caught on film and reported to the authorities for investigation. In one Los Angeles neighborhood, for example, burglaries dropped by 55% when doorbell cameras were installed in just 10% of homes.

Countless footage clips also started going viral on social media and various news stations, declaring to the public that these small cameras were a force to be reckoned with. Here are a few examples of criminals caught on camera with a Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro:

Today, almost everyone is familiar with the capabilities of the wireless video doorbell camera, making the device an effective crime deterrent for would-be trouble makers.

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Enhances productivity

Doorbell cameras can have a great effect on your daily productivity. Have you ever felt bound to your home for fear of what could happen if you left? Have you chosen not to run errands while the kids are home because you’re worried about leaving them alone?

With the peace of mind that a smart doorbell brings, you can feel good about living a more productive lifestyle. Take your home security a step further by installing an integrated Vivint smart home system. Smart security sensors, energy-saving thermostats, crystal-clear cameras, and more will give ultimate peace of mind.

And by teaching your kids how to access the Vivint app on a tablet or smartphone or how to use your Vivint Smart Hub, you can feel at ease leaving them home alone.

Here's another common scenario. Say you've got errands to run, but don’t want to miss an important delivery and leave an expensive package sitting out on the porch. You can enable notifications on your smartphone so you know when your package has arrived.

From here, you can ask the delivery person to leave the package inside by unlocking your front door's smart lock or you can simply keep an eye on your package until you get home by accessing the live video stream.

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In addition to keeping you safe, a doorbell camera can also make you more productive.

In addition to keeping you safe, a doorbell camera can also make you more productive.

Integrates with other smart devices

If you’re all about turning your home into a smart home, you’ll be pleased to know your video doorbell can potentially integrate with your other smart devices. All of the best wireless doorbell cameras are smartphone compatible and capable of integrating seamlessly with the certain smart home apps. This is true of the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro and the Vivint app.

This makes it easy to manage all your smart devices from one convenient hub using an organized dashboard. Choosing to acquire your smart devices from the same company can also save you a lot of storage space on your phone by giving you the features you need in just one app. This is one of the biggest perks of installing a smart home system from Vivint—everything works together seamlessly from one central app.


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Acts as Caller ID for your home

Imagine you work from home and are in the middle of an important call. Your doorbell rings and you really don't want to interrupt your meeting. With a doorbell camera, you can quickly check your phone to see who's at the front door, letting you know if you need to answer or not.

Having Caller ID at the gateway of your home is such a magnificent invention, it’s a surprise that it wasn’t invented sooner. With a smart video doorbell, you’ll never have to answer your door again without knowing who’s knocking on the other side of it.

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Another benefit of the doorbell camera? It's like having Caller ID for your front door.


What should you look for in the best wireless doorbell cameras?

Shortly after the smart doorbell was introduced, it became undeniably clear this home security trend is here for the long haul. The exciting futures quickly attracted a great number of manufacturers, leading to an overwhelming number of options to sift through.

Unfortunately, not all of the available smart doorbells are up to the task of protecting your family and securing your home.

If you’re not sure how to choose a smart doorbell, or you’re wondering what the most important features are, here's a list of must-have capabilities for maximum protection:

  • wide-angle lens for capturing everything that happens outside your door.
  • High-resolution footage and night vision capabilities for crystal-clear monitoring day and night.
  • Smart visitor motion detection–otherwise, your doorbell could alert you every time a car drives by, which gets old very quickly.
  • mobile app that gives you easy access to your wireless doorbell camera no matter where you are.
  • Integration with other smart home devices so you can get the most out of your surveillance system.

These are just a few of the basic, must-have features for your smart doorbell, but you will find products that provide a lot more.

The Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro, for instance, comes with all the above-mentioned features and is also equipped with two-way audio, convenient Vivint Smart Clips, and dependable playback memory, making it the best option on the market today. Plus, with it's seamless integration with the entire Vivint system, your family will be safer than ever before.

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Upgrade your front door with a wireless video doorbell camera from Vivint

With so many worthy benefits and impressive features, it’s easy to understand why the doorbell camera is so popular. Upgrade your front door with a Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro, integrated with your Vivint system, for ultimate convenience, security, and peace of mind.

If you’re ready to outfit your home with the latest and greatest in smart home security, call Vivint pro today at 844.481.8630 for a free quote.

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