Gadegteer | Review on iseeBell Security Cam

   

Original Link: https://the-gadgeteer.com/2017/08/22/iseebell-video-doorbell-security-cam-review/

In all of my reviews, I try to be as fair as I can. Every product has its good and bad points and I try to point them out. No product—no matter how good it is—is perfect. At first glance, my review of the iseeBell Video Doorbell Security Cam may not seem fair—and maybe it isn’t. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like it. Let me explain.

My intended use for the iseeBell video doorbell was just that—a video doorbell. The setup is advertised as super easy: You remove your original doorbell and then use its existing wiring to connect. All you need are some minor drilling and mounting skills (iseeBell even supplies the proper tools and instructions). But I had forgotten one (not so) minor detail: About 6 years ago, we switched to a wireless battery doorbell. After removing the previous (wired) doorbell, I shoved all the wiring inside the wall and then stuccoed over the hole. It seemed like a smart idea at the time! As a result, I could not use and review the iseeBell as it was intended. However …

Even though I no longer could give the iseeBell a fair review as a video doorbell, they also advertise it as an indoor/outdoor security camera. After considering this, I realized that I still had a great use for it as a security camera. That’s fair, right?

I live on 2 acres in Florida and my large backyard has a separate studio building where I do freelance graphic design and also write about and photograph the products I review. Needless to say, I have some expensive stuff in the studio. Up until now, the studio has never had any security monitoring. We have large and very protective dogs in our house, but I worried about the studio because it’s 100 feet away and out of reach of the dogs. With the iseeBell, I now have a chance to monitor the building 24/7. So how does it work? Let’s see.

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When you open the box of the iseeBell, you are presented with a lot of stuff which can seem overwhelming. However, you generally won’t need all of it. iseeBell has done a good job of accounting for different installation setups you may have. The setup & installation guide is straightforward and easy to follow with clear directions and illustrations. Granted, if you have no experience with home repair tools, you may be better off asking for help. The Guide lists everything included in the box and what kind of wifi you need. A 2.4Ghz network is required, but since I have an Apple dual-band router, I was good to go. One caveat is that your wifi router must either be strong enough or physically close enough to the iseeBell to work properly.

As I said earlier, the iseeBell will run on existing doorbell wires (if you have them). The guide uses step-by-step instructions. Yeah, I know, I didn’t actually install it as a doorbell—and that’s the unfair part of this review. But trust me, I’ve installed enough stuff to know that these are easy instructions to follow.

Also included in the box is a separate indoor wireless door chime (must be plugged in), which I haven’t decided if I’m going to use or not. Why? Because the iseeBell comes with a downloadable app (iOS and Android) that works just as well for my use.

The iseeBell unit itself has a 720p HD camera that works well in low light, although the video loses some detail and becomes monochromatic. The camera is wide-angle which captures a great peripheral view. It does distort in a fish-eye effect around the edges, though. Using the app, you can you see what the iseeBell sees. It also records and stores photos and video on your phone and/or in iseeBell’s cloud. This cloud service is an extra cost option—$2/month or $20/year. While that’s not expensive, it’s worth noting. You get a free month trial with purchase. iseeBell claims your photos and videos are protected by bank-grade security. Strangely, you can only purchase the cloud service through the iseeBell app. There is no mention of it on their web site.

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The iseeBell easily connects to a home’s existing wifi via the app. There’s also a motion detector that works a little too well. More on that later. The unit is weatherproof, so rain shouldn’t be a concern.

For my use, I mounted the iseeBell just inside the door of my studio a little above eye level. I used some of the supplied screws but did not need the included masonry drill bit as this was an indoor installation. All I had to do was decide where I wanted the camera placed and drill the screws into the wall. iseeBell offers an optional adjustable wall mount that allows the camera to be swiveled at various angles for a better view. I highly recommend this option—it acts as a mounting base and allows you to point the camera practically in any direction.

I ran into two issues with the wiring on the iseeBell. Since I’m using it indoors and not as a doorbell, it needs to be plugged into an outlet for power. I wanted to mount the camera up at ceiling height, but the cord was a few inches too short to do this, so it had to be lower than I preferred.

The white cord was a bit too thick to fit into the slot at the rear of the camera, so I had to strip some of the wirings to expose more of the black and red wiring from inside the cord. It was not easy, but I’ve stripped wiring before, so I knew what I was doing. However, I could picture some people pulling their hair out if they ran into a similar problem as I did. Note that doorbell users won’t have this issue since the iseeBell won’t need the power cord.

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Once I got the wiring taken care of, all went well. I opened the iOS app, set up my account and linked the app to the camera via my wifi network. With that done, I could see a live image of myself in the apps video frame. There’s a bit of a lag, but not enough to matter. As I said earlier, The image is wide angle, and since the camera is above eye level, there is little opportunity for a close-up of a face. But the image can easily be zoomed in even while live.

Audio quality was so-so. it was somewhat distorted and difficult to understand when watching the video. There’s also a built-in speaker allowing you to talk to the person/intruder if necessary. The speaker volume was a bit weak and should have been louder.

After setting up the motion detector in the app, I noticed that it works really well … as in really well. Whenever I stretch or get up from my chair I get an audible beep and a motion warning shows up on my iPhone. It’s becoming a bit comical, but at least it works! And since I’m only concerned when there should be no one in the studio, I appreciate its sensitivity. Incidentally, the warnings can be controlled through the iPhone’s Notifications or Android’s Sound and Notification settings.

All in all, I like the iseeBell Video Doorbell Security Cam, even though I’m not using it as it was intended. It does what it’s advertised to do and does it well. I now have added peace-of-mind if anyone should enter my studio (invited or not) and I will instantly know about it.

I’m now wondering if it’s time to get my doorbell rewired?

The iseeBell Video Doorbell Security Cam sells for $149.95 US.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by iseeBell. Please visit www.iseebell.com for more information and Amazon to order.

Tech50+ | Technology through our eyes

Original Link: https://www.tech50plus.com/iseebell-video-doorbell-and-monitor/

Forget the peephole, there’s a growing market for video doorbells, where you can see on your phone who’s come calling – whether you are home or away. A recent entrant is the iseeBell – as they capitalize it – which must be hard-wired outside your door, something that actually makes it more useful, if slightly more difficult to install.

iseebellLet’s get to the install part first. The iseeBell comes with a mounting plate (with a built-in level!), a small screwdriver, a drill bit, screws, some extra wires and a power supply you can plug into a regular outlet. If you already have a wired door bell, you can use those wires to connect the iseeBell to power, but if you don’t have an already wired doorbell you’ll have to drill through a doorpost or other location and connect the supplied power brick (it has about an 8-foot cable) through the hole and plug into a hopefully nearby outlet.

You might consider having an electrician do this part if you’re not particularly handy, and the electrician might provide a hardwired power supply that stays out of sight.

Even if you have a wired doorbell, the power supply provided is a good idea, as you can setup the iseeBell indoors before you mount it.

Setup is not difficult after you download the iseeBell app for your Apple or Android phone and register an account. You’ll need to connect the video doorbell to your home Wi-Fi network – using the 2.4 GHz band only – and they make things easier by putting a QR code on the back of the doorbell (why setting it up inside first makes sense).

With the doorbell mounted and secured with a special screw, you’re all set. The iseeBell’s camera has a 185-degree view and automatic night vision. There’s motion detection and you can set its sensitivity, zones and schedule in the app, where you’ll be notified if anything sets the detector off – and here’s one of the good things about it being hardwired – you can view & record live video with just a tap of the screen, and not worry about battery life, as with some other video doorbells that are not wired in.

When someone “rings” the bell, you, of course, are also notified – pretty quickly I found – and have a choice to Answer or Decline – unlike some video doorbells, it waits for you to make a choice. Answering allows you to speak with the person at the door – which you can also do when motion is detected.

iseebellIf you already have a door chime in your home, and it was previously hard-wired to your doorbell, iseeBell provides a way to make it still work, but the kit also comes with a small indoor chime (and nightlight) that you plug into any outlet & easily pair with the video doorbell, something other video doorbells don’t always provide. The iseeBell also has additional terminals to attach wires for an electric lock, so you can unlock the door from the app.

There’s no charge to see who’s at the door, and you can save still photos on your phone, but if you want to keep a record of videos, to need to subscribe to their cloud service at $2 a month or $20 for a year, which is slightly less than some other video doorbell cloud services.

You can have multiple iseeBell devices – if deliveries are made to your back door or you just want to be able to monitor around or in your home – and you can share the devices with other users.

One thing to remember – and this applies to all video doorbells – it must be in range of a good Wi-Fi signal or it won’t work.

Although I only did an “indoor” trial of the iseeBell – my front doorbell is not wired – the doorbell, camera and chime all performed as advertised, and it even came with printed setup & installation and app guides. Printed, remember those things?

The iseeBell kit is under $150 direct or at Amazon – including a free 30 days of cloud service. The current model is plastic, but weatherproof.

How Smart Is Your Home?

Today there are more smart devices available that can be used within your home. The newest technology starts at your front door. Have you ever wanted to be able to tell who is at your front door without answering the doorbell? Now you can with a smart Wi-Fi video doorbell. This type of doorbell uses your internet and a video camera to show you who is at your door. It’s easy to use too, all visitors have to do is push the button just like they would with a regular doorbell. Get ready to upgrade your security and your doorbell with a new smart doorbell that can help keep your home and family secure.

Smart Doorbells Bring the Future to Your Door

Smart doorbells can be used for multiple doors if you prefer to install them in other parts of your home. They give you a great way to control home security, your family’s schedule and visitor interactions from any location. Smart doorbells give you the opportunity to know exactly who is at your door and who’s been at your door at any time during the day or night. Great options such as auto night vision and live view are just a couple of the great options provided. You can also benefit from two-way audio and 100° field of view features too.

The Sound of Opportunity Knocking Is Changing

Opportunity can still knock on your door, but the way you answer it has changed. A person approaching your door can be seen immediately with a smart doorbell. With a simple tap of your finger you can view visitors using any smart device. Clear images and videos can be accessed via the Cloud if you want to view previous activity around your home. You don’t even have to be physically inside your home to see who may be at your door at any given time. This gives you the opportunity to call family or friends that dropped by when you aren’t home so they know you aren’t available. Smart doorbells are perfect for people who travel a lot, work late, or just want the added bonus of feeling more secure at home.

Who Is at Your Front Door?

Smart doorbells are also perfect for people that are disabled or own a large home. If it takes you a little while to get to your front door, then a smart doorbell with two-way audio alerts your visitor that it may take a minute to get to them. Smart doorbells are perfect for time-sensitive deliveries of food, and even for car pick-up services for instance. Now visitors at your door that you are expecting won’t leave when you can’t get to the door fast enough to answer it.

How homeowners can benefit from a remote doorbell camera

Are you a homeowner who can benefit from a remote doorbell camera? Many people haven’t heard of these as yet since the concept is very new. These revolutionary remote doorbell cameras can be installed very simply and allow the homeowner to have greater control over who enters their home. By exploring the benefits of installing a video doorbell camera, you can enjoy the advantage of having this state of the art technology.

Effectively Screening Visitors

One of the main benefits of having a Smart wifi video doorbell is that you can effectively screen any visitor that comes onto your property. By utilizing HD video, your doorbell displays a clear and vivid image of the person who is requesting access to your home. Whether you are at home, indoors, or overseas, you can get access to a clear and vibrant image of who is standing outside of your door. With this type of control, you can feel more confident knowing that you always have command over who can gain access to your home

More convenience with deliveries

It can be frustrating trying to follow up with deliveries over and over when you keep missing the delivery truck. However with a smart wifi video doorbell, you can accept the delivery remotely without even being home. In addition, with footage from your video doorbell camera, you will be able to resolve any disputes at all about when the actual delivery arrived. Now you can get your delivery quickly without having to follow up endlessly.

Evidence of a crime

If a burglary occurs at your home, your remote doorbell camera could be the answer to solving the case and finding the criminals. By installing this high tech camera, you can have more peace of mind and security inside of your home.

At Iseebell.com, we offer state of the art video doorbell solutions for your home. Explore our website to learn more about the smart wifi video doorbell. Contact us to schedule an installation by calling 1(888) 600-4010.

IFSEC 2017 @London, United Kingdom

IFSEC International 2017 is the largest scale security event in Europe.  It will take place in London between June 20-22th which will give visitors exclusive experiences with more than 10,000 security solution, live product demonstrations and networking with over 27,000 security professionals. Over 650 exhibitors from 36 countries will join this event. The organizers upgraded this year’s show from various aspects such as introducing the borders and infrastructure exhibition, smart building technologies, specialized areas for installers, engineers and integrators and the drone zone etc.

IseeBell will also be one of the exhibitors of this event to grow our business in the European market. Visit our stand at Excel Pavilion C1100.

         

We are looking forward to seeing you with our new products and services on the show!

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Motion Sensors Are Picking Up Cars

Cars can give off large heat signatures, which may cause them to trigger unwanted Motion Alerts as they pass by your home. Here are some tips to eliminate these alerts.

  • If your iseeBell Doorbell is not hardwired to the existing wires, and you have an adjacent wall by your front door, try removing the device and remounting it on the wall that doesn’t face the street. By changing the camera’s viewpoint, you can help reduce unwanted alerts triggered by passing cars.

Just like what you can do when you are getting too many motion alerts, you can customize your iseebell schedule to reduce the motion alerts frequency.

Getting Too Many Motion Alerts

If you’re receiving too many Motion Alerts, you may have to adjust the Motion Alert setting within the iseeBell App. Go to the Live View Settings section of the iseeBell app, and open up Motion Alerts tab to customize the schedule settings. Within the setting, you’ll have the options to adjust the iseeBell schedule that most fits your schedule to reduce motion alerts or just turn it off at all.

We currently don’t support zone or frequency adjustable motion alerts. But if you have an adjacent wall by your front door, try removing the device and remounting it on the wall that doesn’t face the street. By changing the camera’s viewpoint, you can help reduce unwanted alerts.

Motion Sensors Aren’t Picking Up People

If your iseeBell device doesn’t capture motion from people, first check your Motion Alert settings. Open up your Device Settings within the iseeBell app. Make sure you enable Motion Alerts where you will see an orange tab, whereas disabled function shows grey.