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Wondering who is knocking? With a doorbell camera, you’ll never have to peep through that small lens on your front door again. It’s a smart security feature that will allow anyone in your family, including kids, see who is on the other side of the door without going near it.
Our roundup of favorites includes only Wi-Fi devices designed to let you answer the door, even if you are not home, via an app using live video streaming and two-way audio. All the doorbell cameras on our list also come armed with motion detection, so you'll get an alert anytime there's activity on your doorstep.
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Best Overall: Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell
Whether you are on the sofa, or at the beach, this Wi-Fi doorbell camera by Ring makes it possible to answer your door from virtually anywhere using your smartphone, computer or tablet.
How does it work? Ring shoots users an instant alert when anybody presses its doorbell or trigger its built-in motion sensors. The app, which is free, will let you see and talk to who is there using sharp, 720p HD video and clear two-way audio. The device works day and night, rain or shine thanks to its infrared night vision and weatherproof design.
While this doorbell requires hard wiring, the task should not be a deal breaker. The setup process is relatively swift and painless using the app and included tools. Each kit also includes a free 30-day trial to Ring's cloud video recording platform so you can save, review and share captured videos. The device is compatible with standard operating systems (iOS, Android, Mac and Windows) and its faceplate is available in four different metallic colors: Antique brass, polished brass, satin nickel and Venetian bronze.
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Best Wireless: RemoBell Wi-Fi Wireless Video Doorbell
Skip the hassle that comes with hard wiring an electric doorbell camera with RemoBell by Olive & Dove. The device runs on AA batteries, so there is no messing with wires in your exterior wall when connecting.
To install, set up the smartphone app and mount the device on any vertical surface using the enclosed screws. You will get a push notification and live video feed when anyone rings the bell or activates the motion sensor. Afterward, you can interact with who is there via two-way audio. You will also be able to peruse the recorded video later without paying for cloud storage. So that you know, up to five people can be invited to your account for viewer access. While the doorbell is weather resistant, it is not a good fit for areas where the temperature drops below zero degrees.
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Best Splurge: Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Of course, just like our pick for best overall, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is compatible with IOS, Android and Windows devices. But just as handy, it works with Amazon Alexa too. Plus, for your viewing convenience, the camera outputs 1080p HD video. The device is also weather resistant and for stylish fun, comes with four interchangeable faceplates in the following colors: Satin black, Venetian, satin nickel and pearl white.
You will need to hard wire the doorbell before setting up its app. While the process is simple enough for novice do-it-yourselfers, it may take a little longer to do compared to the first choice on our list because there are a couple of more steps. Instead of fumbling with tools, you can opt for professional installation for an extra fee.
After the doorbell is fully connected, you will be able to keep an eye on your entrance and chat with visitors from the comfort of your sofa or some far-flung island. Whenever the doorbell rings or is triggered by motion, you will receive an instant alert. If you opt for Ring's cloud recording service (there's a 30-day free trial) you will be able to save, share and view any video the doorbell recorded.
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Best Budget: Zmodo Greet –Wi-Fi Video Doorbell
Our best budget pick comes loaded with features found in more expensive Wi-Fi doorbell cameras so you can view, hear and speak to visitors on your smartphone or computer whether you are at home or on the go for less than $100.
Each Zmodo Greet package includes Zmodo Beam, a smart hub that does two things: Connect your Zmodo accessories (including door and window sensors) and boost your Wi-Fi range, so your doorbell stays online.
What can you expect? You will receive a push notification when the doorbell is pressed, or motion is detected. You will also get on demand access to live 720p HD video from your smartphone or computer. FYI, this weatherproof device comes with built-in night vision. Best of all, when you are not around to answer the door, Zmodo Greet can be set to play a personalized voice message. FYI, you’ll need to wire this gadget to a power source.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Best Camera View: DING Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell
While all the doorbell cameras shared here are Wi-Fi enabled, DING is the only one of our list that allows users to pan live video with a swipe of a finger to get a 145-degree view.
Like all the makes and models on our list, it also sends you an alert via an app whenever the doorbell is pressed or motion near your front door is detected. Afterward, it gives you the option to see, listen and converse with anyone at your door using your tablet, computer or smartphone even when you’re out and about. Even better, DING allows users to create customize voice messages that will play automatically whenever the doorbell is pressed. The system is wire-free which makes it a cinch to install.