As part of our house move, I wanted to avoid missing knocks on the door in future. Be it travel or just being too far from the door. Gab and Tim had purchased a Doorbot in the past, and were quite pleased, so I decided to make the jump.
First of all, the doorbot is shipped from the USA, so if you are in the UK, expect a Customs Charge if you are unlucky (I was). The device is nicely presented and comes with all tools needed to fit an install on your door/wall. Compared to a standard doorbell, it is chunky, but security bells are typically larger in my experience.
Installation is simple. Everything you need to complete the installation (screws, hex screw, screwdriver etc) comes with the device. The physical installation requires you to drill a mount plate for the doorbot. You can connect “real” doorbell wires to this plate, which will be used then to interact with your internal doorbell (if you have one). It also keeps the doorbot charged for you. After you have the plate fitted, you hook the front piece (the camera and button/speaker) to the plate and secure using a hex screw which is supplied.
The software installation requires you to download the app (google play or App Store). Download the app, then press the button on the device, it will create a wireless network and you join it to your real network via the interface. You can invite multiple users to the device so notifications are sent to whichever users you wish once the bell is rung.
Once installed and configured, once you ring the bell, your doorbell rings as normal. Also your devices get notification. From there you can choose to ignore the notification, see who it is or “push to talk” to the person.
So… The Good
The device looks well, albeit big. Personally I would like a more subtle, square design, but that is my taste. Installation is easy and it feels secure and rugged. The battery in the device will last for a year and you can recharge via usb, OR it will take charge from the bell wires if you have them connected. Vision is good, audio is good. Night vision is good.
The mobile apps need work. Notifications are slow (about 7 seconds on average from doorbell ring) and then it takes more time for the screen to open so you can hold to talk or see the person ringing. Newer versions are needed. If bandwidth is an issue, the “hold to talk” button should work before video is there so I can at least speak to the person. Additionally there should be desktop software for Mac and PC.
All in all, it is a good device but severely lacking on the software side.