It has been ages since I posted on this blog and I need to start posting things more often. I was at a friend's house earlier this past month and off the bat I noticed he had installed a "smart doorbell" by "Ring.com."
When I asked how it worked, he showed me how whenever anyone presses the button (rings the doorbell) that his phone shows a picture and live video feed as to who is at the door. It can be set for motion sensor (it picks up cars driving by on the street up to 30 feet away). The video and pictures are stored on Ring.com's servers. I later found out that there is a $3.00 per month charge or $30.00 per year charge for this service. His home has fiberoptic internet so there were no glitches with the video feed. He does note that while his phone receives a near-immediate video feed that his wife's phone may be delayed significantly for an unknown reason. One of the other features is that you have the option to press the "talk" button on your phone and speak to whoever is at the door.
I think we are seriously considering installing one of these for our house. They also have non-doorbell camera systems that operate similarly with the ability to sense motion and the ability for you to speak to whoever is there at that moment. It seems you could place one of these devices for a side or back door.
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