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post #1 of 35 Old 02-09-2019, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Video Doorbell Cameras

Anyone have an inexpensive one that actually works without a monthly cloud fee? I only know someone with a Ring 720P and he pays a monthly cloud fee. TIA

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Anyone have an inexpensive one that actually works without a monthly cloud fee? I only know someone with a Ring 720P and he pays a monthly cloud fee. TIA
You can use the ring without a subscription or pay a year for $30. Without a subscription you can’t see any missed calls if you don’t catch it when it alerts. For subscription free and it will save a days worth of video I would look at the August Doorbell.

https://www.techhive.com/article/325...-2-review.html

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Do you have the basic Ring. Any problems or issues with it?

I read in a review it has a long video lag and thieves have learned they can steal them within 20 seconds and not get recorded.

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Anyone have an inexpensive one that actually works without a monthly cloud fee? I only know someone with a Ring 720P and he pays a monthly cloud fee. TIA
You can use the ring without a subscription or pay a year for $30. Without a subscription you can’t see any missed calls if you don’t catch it when it alerts. For subscription free and it will save a days worth of video I would look at the August Doorbell.

https://www.techhive.com/article/325...-2-review.html

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Do you have the basic Ring. Any problems or issues with it?

I read in a review it has a long video lag and thieves have learned they can steal them within 20 seconds and not get recorded.
I can’t say that isn’t so. I have a Brinks system and considered a video doorbell but we really don’t get a lot of foot traffic nor have we had a package stolen. I am thinking it works like any decent web cam. It records constantly if wired with power and when it’s motion detection hits it backs up about 15 seconds and starts sending the recording immediately to the cloud service. Apparently they had a rash of burglaries in this neighborhood. This article explains it better than I can but it appears there is no lag in sending video to the cloud if stolen as long as it can connect immediately which depends on a lot of factors. I am not sure how they could sneak up on it.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/r...oorbell-theft/

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We hadn't had a theft or anything in the 28 years we have been here but we are in rural burbs on acreage. The delivery guys do some silly things if they are in a hurry like claim no one came to the door if a sig was required. We get a few bible thumpers a year. Still nice to know what the delivery folks did. Another gadget to play with. The need is limited.
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I don't really know anything about these devices so I can't vouch for the validity of what I'm about to relay.

My wife and I went to a house in one of the nicer neighborhoods in the area to buy some used furniture off Facebook Marketplace. When we arrived there was a sign on the door stating that the doorbell wasn't working because it was recharging. I believe it was one of the Ring devices. The owners assured us that this was a common occurrence.

If you have one of the security cam doorbells and it's plugged in to be charged, shouldn't it be charging constantly and not have to go offline to recharge. What good is a security cam that goes offline to recharge?

Anyway, that's what the owner told us.

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I have a Vivint system here in North Las Vegas. The doorbell camera works on motion sensing and is hard wired. The biggest problem we had with it is the doorbell transformer in the garage was old and did not put out enough power to keep it working. I had to put a new transformer in and that was fine. It does pick up the video fine but the part where you can talk threw it does lag a lot. Most people walk away before I can speak to them. This setup does come with a whole house alarm system so it’s really not what the OP was asking about.


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We use Nest.

I can see and hear my front door in Mississauga when I'm working online from Australia where it is 2.am just now. I can also push to talk to people. A bit spooky.

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The Nest is on the top of my short list. So is there much lag they mention on some of the others - especially halfway around the globe? Do you use the facial recognition? I get a free year of Nest Aware.

It says the video uses HDR. :-)

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I can see and hear my front door in Mississauga when I'm working online from Australia where it is 2.am just now. I can also push to talk to people. A bit spooky.


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i thought about the door bell cameras, but with 1080P security camera systems with 8 camera costing less that $400 i went that way. Got mine at costco. No annual fee and a DVR that collects six months worth of data.

They had 4K units also.

Mine has paid for itself already. Glad I go tit.

Alerts to our phones with phone access to recordings.
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