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Smart doorbel experiances


#1

Hi all.

I have a doorsafe DS 6600 smart door bell. It has a extra outlet so you can use this to trigger Homey and even ope a doorlock. It works fine with homey if you use a fibaro binairi switch in conjunction with homey.
This part works fine. First i tried it with wifi but the app that comes with the doorbell does not open. Than i tried after asking the supplier a treaded connection. Did not change anything . When someone is at the door and i want to answer the call i get the error response “network is busy”.

The homey part works fine but the rest is a piece of sh…

I have seen the doorbell of Ring however the reviews are confusing me. Also i dont like that you have to take an abbonement on it for reviewing the video’s . What are youre findings about the ring doorbell.

Also i have seen the august and skybell doorbell. Is there anyone using these devises and is there a way to connect them to homey?

greetz
Frans


#2

I’ve personally favorized Ring (now Amazon) then Nest came (now google), unfortunately both of them are quite closed and do not really allow “playing” with them. Finally I’ve ordered Doorbird. Germany based company, still independent. Device is fully opened, you can record videos directly to Synology NAS, interact with homey (no third party switches needed), you can send stream to your smart television and so on.

Generally, I would recommend Doorbird https://www.doorbird.com. They do cost a bit more initially but are without any additional installments which ends up much cheaper then all the other subscription based (Ring, Nest). Support from Doorbird is a bit slow in case you need them but they will eventually be of an assistance once you get in contact.


#3

I would also recommend doorbird. Works for me 10 out of 10 times. Respond to a ring is fast. Camera could be better, especially irritating is the fact that you can not keep the ir on all the time. This goes on automatically (but often to late) and you can only set it to open for 3 minutes.
Keep in mind that it is a bit large :face_with_raised_eyebrow:


#4

I am looking for a clever doorbell / entry solution as well and did some research and comparing during the last weeks.
Verdict:
There is nothing on the market that suits perfect.
However, there are 5 products on my shortlist:

  • Ring
  • Doorbird
  • Nest
  • Fibaro Intercom
  • A selfmade Solution, using binary sensors

While Ring vs Nest is tested very often throughout the web, I need to state they are out of race. Why? They’re offering subscriptions, okay - typical Google and Amazon - but the added value for money is to me not really worth it. Furthermore I want to open the gate with a click - not possible there.

Doorbird doesn’t fit in my case as it has to be installed at the door at the garden and I don’t wanna mess up with all the clutter.

Fibaro Intercom seems to be technically high-end, offers at least on paper all that’s “neede” and even more. Pain in the ass: costs is around 750 - 800€ (!). No subscriptions, no hidden costs.

After all I still don’t got a doorbell at the house entry and as there is a Gira TKS-Gateway (not IP) built-in w/ Phone Intercom (I don’t wanna go this way with an external call) I am really struggling what to do.

Perhaps a binary sensor in the basement, where the simpel 12Volt signal comes in from the “dead” doorbell from the house entry could send a signal (433mhz) and Homey could receive it, handling it as a virtual device; then - as a flow - Start procedure such as:
When it rings, stream 3rd party cam signal and mic audio to smartphone; enabling a button to speak or to open the gate.

After looking up weeks (really weeks!) I tend to be somewhere between trying Fibaro because of less stress - or building the own solution.


#5

I’m looking in to this model https://www.hikvision.com/europe/Products/Video-Intercom/Wi-Fi-Door-Bell/DS-KB6403-WIP
Not to expensive and should be able to work with Synology Surveilance Station.


#6

Hi All,

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I looked at the doorbird , got it all exept the right price.
Yesterday the mailman came again from Robsshop but nothing happened again for the second time so the package was returned to the shop again :roll_eyes::roll_eyes::roll_eyes:. Today got a surprise from my wife the ring pro incl the chime. Very happy today. I don;t have a fence so don’t have to open it. The 3 euro’s a month i take for grantidge. First impression is realy very good. Works with homey and works within 10 minutes. I can set areas for alarms ext. so yes for me its the right device.

greetz,
Frans


#7

Good to hear. Always interested in real experiences.

As there already are 10 wires from outside to my basement, I tend to build it by myself.
Will report when I failed or made it. :grin: