Having a doorbell camera — also called a video doorbell — is becoming as much a necessity in today’s security-conscious world as having a lock on your front door.
Along with giving homeowners a stronger sense of safety, doorbell security cameras have also become a convenience. Many even allow you to answer or even open your door from anywhere, as well as see and speak with a visitor remotely. So, more and more people expect to have them as part of their smart home system.
If you’re tired of looking through your door’s peephole to see who’s there, you might want to consider purchasing a smart doorbell camera. This guide explains how a smart video doorbell works and answers all your doorbell cam questions.
What are doorbell cameras, and how do they work?
Generally speaking, a doorbell camera is a doorbell that’s been enhanced with a motion detector, a built-in video camera, and a speaker. When activated, the smart doorbell records activities outside your door and parts of your front yard and the surrounding area.
Doorbell cameras are Wi-Fi-enabled devices that can connect with your smartphone through an app like the Vivint app, allowing you to:
- Receive alerts when someone is at your door
- Talk to people standing just outside your home
- Watch what’s happening in real time
- Watch recordings of previous activity on your front porch or entryway
Here’s how it works.
The doorbell camera connects to your house’s existing doorbell system and your home’s Wi-Fi connection. When someone pushes the doorbell, a chime goes off, just like with a regular doorbell.
But even before they reach the doorway to ring the bell, the person is recorded. The motion detector connected to the video doorbell is triggered by their approach.
You’re then alerted to their presence, and you can open the doorbell camera app on your phone or smart hub (like the Vivint Smart Hub) and see a live video feed of the person standing outside your door.
Even if you miss the alert, you can rest assured that the doorbell camera has recorded their presence on your property, allowing you to review it later.