Wireless Video Camera Doorbell for Home Security or to give it the full title from the Banggood website, Wireless Camera Video Doorbell Home Security WiFi Smartphone Remote Video Rainproof. I love it already.
Recently I opened up this wireless (433Mhz for the bell, WIFI for the app) gadget and to my surpise, setup was amongst the easiest I’ve done for some time. The doorbell itself came minus 18650 (standard rechargeable Lithium) batteries – iwhich I fitted and it seemed at first obvious that the claim of 6 months charge life was over-optimistic – a few days and the batteries were going down, anyway – I fitted fully charged batteries and turned off the PIR which I don’t need – the batteries are on full after 3 days and the actual doorbell works a treat. (While I’m here updating I just saw the cost of the “RING” branded doorbell that on the face of it looks identical – on Amazon – horrendous price – so glad I spotted this).
This one is interesting in that even with postage it is less expensive to get from the USA than China though how that affects any duty will be down to where you live. In the UK it seems to be that most low-value packages from China escape duty. When I’m in Spain, I could not possibly consider ordering from the USA as the courier rip-off plus duty would be horrendous (I have at least two stories about that for another day), on the other hand I’m off to the USA in January to see relatives and you can be sure I’ll be buying gadgets from there en-masse (including another one of these for our summer in Spain next year). Last time I was in Chicago I got a Raspberry Pi WAY cheaper than UK pricing – but I digress.
Ok, so I plugged the actual bell into the wall (via a US to UK adaptor (I HATE American plugs with their two-bits-of-tin connectors – but then I hate bulky UK plugs as well. Give me a nice, solid and small European connector any day). It buzzed perfectly first time.
I then turned on the camera which said in a friendly voice that it was ready for pairing. I pressed the volume control on both camera and bell and the two units connected – now for the App. In the little booklet that came with the camera/bell combo, they suggest you scan a QR code depending on which phone you have. I picked the centre Android Play Store code – and within seconds I had the app (XSH CAM) loaded and running on the phone.
With the camera next to the phone, I told put in the name and password of my WIFI access point into the app (no sign up or other nonsense) and that was it.
Now as you can see the main unit is mounted outside the front door at home in the (wet) UK (2 small screws and plastic rawlplugs) – the bell is just behind where that car is – garage direction so good range – and at the BACK of that outbuilding is where I just took this screenshot – could have just as easily taken it at the local pub.
I’d love to write loads about this gadget but it’s all done, I picked a suitable spot for the bell and mounted the (so far) waterproof camera on the front door. The postman is going to LOVE this (he knows me) – “more gadgets from China, Pete?” – and strangely enough, JUST after I fitted this.. I was on my own for the day in my (far end of the building) office and DPD delivered another new gadget – so this doorbell is going to come in VERY handy.
Yes, I know I don’t photograph well… no need to remind me. Good gadget though – and cheap.
It’s all working – all I have to do now is figure out how to get the camera to alert me to a visitor when I’m out and about and the phone is in my pocket.
As for mounting – the camera itself has 4 small mounting screws AND double sided adhesive options.
Did I mention USB and micro-SD options hiding in the top of the unit and a security bolt in the bottom. You could of course use cloud storage if you wanted to (or none). For charging, you could feed the unit with AC (16-24v). Thinking about it the batteries will only last a matter of months without charging (no PIR as this eats current) so if you travel a lot, consider AC.
The manual (or booklet – it is all in English and comprehensive) doesn’t suggest this but of course if you have a handy DC supply on the other side of the wall able to put out the same voltage as the Lithiums you could always use that. Thinking about it, leaving a Lithium battery running the show with a slow very slow Lithium charger feeding through the wall might be another way around the (optimistic) 6 months battery charge life.
Good gadget. My idea of waterproof might vary from the standard Chinese definition so I may consider a little silicone around the back.
I’m looking for tech info on using the video stream if anyone has this (the link at the start points back to the product). Right now, I have the spec for the camera including: 166 degree angle, 1920*1080 resolution, IR LED, 2-way audio, motion detection.
Good, inexpensive gadget.