Rated 5 out of 5
Was a bit concerned about installing after reading some of the reviews. It was seamless and I am not the most tech savvy person. Spent some time incorporating into my NVR, but simply had to manually input IP address assigned by my Wi-Fi.
Lag time is minimal from door to phone or tablet.
Hardware is substantial and different colored face plates are an added bonus.
Particularly like the beep warning anyone receives when approaching the door.
Overall pleased with this doorbell camera.
Excellent doorbell camera
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a superb doorbell camera. Hikvision thought of absolutely everything when they packaged the product. In the box they included:
- Three different angled mounting plates
- One flat mounting plate
- Three different face plates to fit any decor
- Chime power kit (chime not included, of course!)
- Installation kit (drill bit, all the screws, wires, insulating caps, and even a screwdriver).
EXCEPT: they only included one gasket that goes under the mounting plate. If, after you install the doorbell, you decide that the angled mounting plate would provide a better field of view, you will need to remove the gasket and most likely tear it in the process.
I replaced my old Nutone intercom with this doorbell cam. Push notifications to iPhones and iPads are almost instantaneous, so I decided the chime was unnecessary for us. The doorbell requires 15-24V AC power, just like any doorbell. If you are replacing an existing doorbell, you will most likely already have power available. If you are installing the doorbell to a location that did not previously have a doorbell button and wiring, you will have to run the physical low-voltage wiring to the location where you will install it, as the doorbell cam does not have internal batteries.
The wall opening for the Nutone intercom was much larger than this doorbell, so I had to put an oversized wall box cover (kyleswitchplates.com), and then install the doorbell on top. It all turned out beautiful and looks like a professional install. The hardest part of this project was finding the right switch plate cover.
The doorbell cam has presence, is well fabricated, and exudes quality. The camera video quality is exceptional day or night.
The two-way microphone is super sensitive; I can clearly hear all the ambient night sounds. The PIR sensor sensitivity can be adjusted. Upon sensing movement, the doorbell will sound a gentle but audible beep when it detects the motion. I suspect to let the visitor know they are detected (and watched). This doorbell, paired with the already excellent Hik-Connect app on the phone or tablet, works like a charm. Another Hikvision advantage: there's no expensive subscription required, unlike some of its competitors.
A couple of installation tips: By design, a doorbell must be at the front or back door, which may already be pretty far from the router or wifi access point. It also means that the signal will have to go through at least ONE solid wall, such as brick, block, or stone. By the time it gets to the doorbell, the signal to and from the router will be weak. Especially 5 GHz, so it is imperative to use 2.4 GHz wifi, even though the doorbell supports both. Someone else suggested to put the phone in airplane mode when setting up the bell (but make sure you did not turn off the Wifi on the phone). If you are having problems during installation, try disabling the 5 GHz radio on the router temporarily, so the doorbell does not even attempt to connect over 5 GHz and fail due to the inherent weakness of that band. Some reviewers blamed the doorbell when I suspect the real problem is crappy wifi. Unless you actually measure the signal strength of both bands at the exact location of the bell, you cannot assume that your wifi is good simply because Netflix works fine in your living room or an iPhone works on your front porch.
After setting up the doorbell on one phone, I shared it on all other family devices using the Hik-Connect app. All devices now receive instantaneous push notifications as soon as someone comes within range of the PIR sensor. If they push the button, all devices ring. I added the camera to the Hikvision DS-7608NI NVR, so that it continuously records. The camera supports ONVIF, so you have a very good chance of success adding it to a non-Hikvision NVR.
Last but not least, BH has become my go-to place for security equipment and more. They are an authorized reseller, have reasonable prices, a very good return policy, and excellent customer support. They do not act as a "fulfillment" for the 3rd party vendors selling junk and tarnishing their hard-earned reputation. Buh-bye Amazon.
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a great doorbell. Easy to install, app works great, and great image quality. Also connects to Blue Iris. No monthly fees to use unlike the more popular brands. Highly recommend.
Rated 5 out of 5
Physical installation was a snap! Some complain that the Wi-Fi setup is hard. I must admit I had to try twice. The secret is not to forget to put your smartphone in airplane mode and to follow instructions to the letter. Be patient, it takes some time.
Once over this hurdle the rest is easy. Once configured to your needs it's reliable and most of all, free recording. No need to register to a cloud-based service. Just need a good micro SD card for recording.
Piece of Junk!
Rated 1 out of 5
Installed easily but is way too slow. Yesterday it sent a cel phone alert that someone was at my door thirty minutes after the fact. I'll try reseting and reconfiguring it to make it work, but I think it should have worked in the first place. Also, the app is not available from the Google play store for Android.