Review of Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera: An Excellent Solution for Monitoring Your Front Entrance
Doorbell cameras are a great way to keep a watchful eye on your front door. Along with providing 24/7 surveillance, the Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera sports unique integrations with the company’s other smart home products.
The Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera provides a perfect way for you to keep a watchful eye on your front door. Along with 1080p video, the camera features a 175-degree vertical field of view so you can see what’s on your porch from top to bottom with no fisheye effect. To cut out unwanted notifications, you can create an Activity Zone and customize the radar’s detection range. Smart Focus will pan and zoom to give a closer look at visitors. A subscription is required to view recorded video, but it’s inexpensive and also unlocks several security features with other Ecobee devices.
Installing the Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera can require some DIY knowledge, as it uses your existing home wiring from a traditional doorbell. A wired doorbell camera provides the advantage of constant power, but it won’t work if the power goes out. Ecobee offers a compatibility checker to ensure your home is compatible, and professional installation is available for an additional fee. Instructions for self-installation are provided through the Ecobee app.
The Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera is compatible with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa. With Apple HomeKit, you can see a live view of your doorbell camera through the Home app or Apple TV, and communicate with visitors. Using Alexa, you can see live view and communicate with visitors on Echo devices. Recorded video can only be viewed through the Ecobee app, and a subscription is required to access recorded video.
The Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera provides high-quality 1080p video with a 175-degree vertical field of view, allowing you to see your entire porch without fisheye distortion. The night vision feature works well, and there are options to customize the radar detection range and set activity zones to minimize unwanted notifications. The Smart Focus feature can pan and zoom to keep important elements in view, although the zoomed-in results may not be as impressive due to the 1080p resolution. There may be a delay in accessing the live view through the app.
The Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera can be integrated into a larger home security system with other Ecobee devices. With the Ecobee Premium Thermostat, you can view the live view of the doorbell camera on the thermostat screen and communicate with visitors. Optional SmartSensors can be used to monitor windows and doors. Subscription plans are available for video recording, smart alarm detection, reminders, and 24/7 professional monitoring.
Overall, the Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera provides a great way to see visitors, protect against porch pirates, and enhance home security. Its compatibility with other Ecobee products allows for the creation of an inexpensive but comprehensive home security system.