Halloween is around the corner! With all of those trick-or-treaters ready to approach your doorstep in costume to ask for some candy, it may be good to have a smart doorbell ready for action. This way, you can see who's there for a treat, and who's there to trick. You'll also be prepared to see who's coming to your home by getting notified when there's motion at the door, or when you need to tell them to wait for a second while you get candy!
A smart doorbell can be used for more than just the Halloween season. It's the perfect technology to have all year round. This way, you can see who rings your doorbell, when a package gets delivered, and look out for any unwanted visitors. But before the spooky holiday nears, here are 3 smart doorbells to consider.
Arlo Video Doorbell
This camera has got it all, including the 180-degree field of view, so you can see everything across your front lawn to the packages on your doorstep. Like a handful of smart doorbells now, the Arlo Video Doorbell can be connected with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit.
If you want to enjoy all that this doorbell has to offer, you'll want to subscribe to the Arlo Secure service. This includes features like going back into past videos and seeing who was at the door, and giving callers the to leave a message for you (kind of like a new and improved house phone!
Ring Video Doorbell Wired
There's a lot to love with the Ring Video Doorbell Wired. One of Ring's many smart doorbells, this particular version offers full-HD footage that's both detailed and clear. Even better? Video also records in the dark, and while still in black and white, it is a very good visual. You can be notified when there's motion at your door when you're not home, but when you are, those notifications can be silenced.
To get notified by an alert when you're home, be sure to link the smart doorbell to an Amazon Echo Smart Speaker, or the Ring Chime/Ring Chime Pro. You'll also be able to use other smart features like setting specific zones around your house. This way, you're only notified about activities in that specific area.
It's also important to note that there's no other support for Google Assistant or HomeKit. Furthermore, subscribing to Ring Protect will allow you to review any missed alerts.
Say "hello" to the Nest Hello! This smart doorbell lets you see who's at your door but also has a Familiar Face function which tries to identify the visitor through facial recognition. Once the doorbell detects a face, you can name them through the app. This way, the next time the person approaches your door, the app will notify you with an identification. The more they visit, the more the app's library stores and the more the facial function improves.
However, like most smart doorbells nowadays, you will need to get a subscription to Nest Aware to have more than the basic figures, such as saving history clips from more than 3 hours prior. And although it connects to Google Assistant, it doesn't work with Alexa or HomeKit.
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