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.
Late in 2019 I received this wireless (433Mhz for the bell, WIFI for the app) doorbell and to my surpise, setup was amongst the easiest I’ve done for some time.
Fit your own batteries
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 were still on full after 3 days and the actual doorbell wored a treat. (While I’m here updating I noticed 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.
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 entered the name and password of my WIFI access point into the app (no sign-up or other nonsense) and that was it.
Quickly up and running
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 out-building 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 just very straight-forward, I picked a suitable spot in my office for the actual bell unit and mounted the waterproof camera/door push on the front door. The postman loves 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 coming 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 (which I immediately lost). 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 if the batteries only last a matter of months without charging (no PIR as this eats current) that could be problematic 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 lithium batteries, 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 6 months battery charge life.
Having said all of this, in February 2020 I put in a set of NEW (as against old reclaimed) batteries and a month later the indicator was still absolutely on FULL.
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 at Banggood). Right now, I have the spec for the camera including: 166 degree angle, 1920*1080 resolution, IR LED, 2-way audio, motion detection.
Long-Term – update April 15, 2020
One of my readers triggered me this morning into writing this update. It is now 2 months since I fitted new rechargeable batteries to the doorpush/camera unit… and here we are with the battery indicator sitting at 80%.
I think therefore that the 6 month battery-charge claim is reasonable. As you will see elsewhere I also have a 433Mhz battery-free doorbell but you can’t interact with the postman on that one. Yes, the postman stil;l turns up here.
I guess I should check if this can be Tasmotized but it is working so well, I don’t want to mess with it.