What’s the Best Doorbell Camera? – 3 Top Contenders

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A number of years back, the Video Doorbell craze took off! It all started with the invention of the video doorbell camera by one company and rapidly grew into a market craze as every security company wanted a piece of that pie. Some have improved on the concept, while others simply copied it and offered it for a better price. So, the big question now is “What’s the best doorbell camera?”

We will take a brief look at the short history of doorbell cameras and how they became an overnight sensation. Then we will look at the features people want in a video doorbell or doorbell camera followed by a review of the top products that meet the needs of most consumers. So, let’s dive in and see what’s the best video doorbell!

The First Known Video Doorbell

In 2013, Jamie Siminoff founded a company called Doorbot whose flagship product was a doorbell camera or video doorbell (whichever way you like to say it)

which he later renamed Ring. That same year Siminoff appeared on the reality show Shark Tank seeking $700,000 in investment funding. He was denied by investment experts.

The History of the Video DoorbellWhen Ring Was Still Doorbot

Ring continued to grow, and after the appearance on Shark Tank and the subsequent rejection, they quickly earned $5 million n new revenue. The company kept growing and gaining exposure and credibility.

In 2016 Shaquille O’Neal acquired an equity share in Ring (his intuition is 7 feet tall!!)

Shortly after that, the company raised another $200 million in investments and the rest is history…. or the future as far as the DIY home security market is concerned.  Shark Tank really missed that one!

Not All Publicity is Good Publicity

In February of 2018, Amazon bought Ring for upwards of $1 Billion! The growth hasn’t stopped since then, but it has slowed at times due to other players on the market with similar products. Another factor slowing them down a time or two has been the publicity of security breaches and the public disclosure of the fact that Ring was in bed with over 200 police agencies throughout the US, allowing them to use homeowners’ Doorbell Cameras in their investigative efforts.

This triggered a public outcry over compromised privacy and caused many to view Ring as a part of Big Brother instead of the company they were trusting to keep them safe (and private). Hopefully, all of that is over! If not, go for companies that have a better track record of not allowing any government agency to use their enterprise.

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Let’s Look at 3 of the Most Popular Video Doorbells

Since the craze with video doorbells took off several years ago, many companies and products have come onto the market. Some of these products are from companies that you are likely familiar with. However, some of them are basically unknown and often have no reviews or just a few reviews on their products.

For the purposes of this review article, we will stick with the products that have a proven track record with consumers and we’ll keep an eye on the other, unknown products and review them once there is enough information available to provide you with an accurate assessment.

With the more known products, let’s see if we can answer what’s the best doorbell camera!

Here we go:

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell proSimpliSafe states that their video doorbell detects people and ignores distractions. They do this by having a two-sensor approach. One sensor identifies the heat signature of people while the other detects the form of a human. This means that you will not be alerted every time a car drives past your house or a gorilla wanders onto your porch (wait, I’m not sure if it will read a gorilla as a human form or not. If not, it may miss my uncle Burt!)

SimpliSafe’s Video Doorbell Pro works well integrated with any SimpliSafe security system, or as a standalone product. Two requirements to note: 1) Needs to be wired into an existing doorbell setup, and 2) requires WiFi.

SimpliSafe is known for being user-friendly and for being one of the easiest DIY home security systems. Installation is easy. Here are some key features:

  • Infrared Night Vision
  • Great app that’s friendly with both iOS and Android
  • Two-way Audio
  • 160º Field of View
  • 1080p HD Video
  • Motion Alerts
  • Door Chime
  • HDR Imaging

These doorbells are sleek and look great, but if a person would like a different color, there are faceplates that are available in three colors: cloud, jade, and obsidian (or white, light green, and black). When connected with a SimpliSafe security system, the Video Doorbell Pro and every other camera on the system starts recording the moment any sensor is triggered.

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The downsides are:

  • Capturing recording requires a monthly subscription, although relatively inexpensive
  • Uses existing doorbell wiring, no reviews wireless options
  • Doesn’t support voice commands (Like Alexa or Google Assistant) or IFTTT

Overall this is a great product, especially if you are planning on acquiring or already have a SimpliSafe security system.

Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus

Ring Video Doorbell 3 PlusRing has several video doorbells! In fact, they also have multiple generations for at least one of their lines of doorbell cameras. One item they offer is a peephole camera. Basically, their video doorbells all offer the same thing with improved features such as better motion sensing as the newer versions roll out.

For the purposes of this article, we’ll look at their latest product, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus. Ring is also a user-friendly company with DIY products that promise quick and simple installation. With this latest incarnation, they’ve made available a pre-roll video capture feature so that you can go back a few seconds before the camera was triggered. Here are some of the features:

  • Infrared Night Vision
  • 1080p HD Video
  • 160º Field of View
  • User-friendly App
  • Wired or Battery Powered
  • NEW FEATURE: Removable Battery Pack
  • Pre-roll video capture
  • Two-way audio with noise cancellation
  • Supports Amazon Alexa and IFTTT

These doorbell cameras are also sleek and stylish! In fact, the new third-generation plus series is slightly smaller than the other ring video camera predecessors.

There is really only one complaint that seems to have any merit: To view any recorded video or picture, a person must subscribe to the Ring Protect Plan which is currently $3/mo per device or $10/mo per household for accessing up to 60 days worth of footage. Not bad, but it is one more monthly expense to deal with. But the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is a true DIY video doorbell.

Nest Hello

The Nest Hello Video DoorbellThis product would “wow” you if you were to visit a friend who had it already installed and who also has a Google Smart Home vibe going on. Since Nest is owned
by Google, it should come as no reviews surprise that the Nest Hello works well with all of Google’s and Nest’s smart home equipment and features. If that’s you, this is probably the video doorbell for you.

Although a great product, there are a few things to consider if you are in the market for the best camera doorbell or a wireless doorbell camera system. There is no reviews wireless option, and it is a bit tedious to install, usually requiring professional installation which adds considerably to the price.

If you don’t already have a doorbell chime, you will need to purchase one for this video doorbell to work. To view the video history you will need a monthly subscription, although I’ve seen it inconsistently reported that there are three free hours of backup for images. The added costs make this one of the most pricey doorbell cameras on the market.

But being called the smartest video doorbell around, it’s worth a look if it fits your budget. Here are some key features:

  • Advanced App with great features and easy to use
  • Facial Recognition (requires an additional storage fee)
  • 2-Way Audio
  • Works with iOS, Android and Desktops
  • Geofencing and Scheduling options
  • Motion and Sound detection
  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • 160º Field of View
  • Sleeker design to fit on more doorframes

So, this is a great product! There’s no way around that fact. Nest Hello looks great, performs well, and has a few features not found in most other video doorbells.

If you’re on a budget or need a DIY option, try the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus or the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro. Otherwise, the Nest Hello is probably the most advanced doorbell camera system on the market today.

Final Thoughts

We just looked at the evolution of the video doorbell market since its quick rise just a few years ago kicking off with the Ring Video Doorbell. Since then, with a plethora of doorbell cameras on the market offering diverse options and price points, it could make a person’s head spin trying to decide which products are worth their consideration.

To help you in the decision-making process, we’ve ventured out in true SecurtyUnveiled fashion to show you the three top contenders for the best video doorbell. Each of the three, SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro, Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, and Nest Hello, have slightly different features.

So, what’s the best doorbell camera? It really depends on your needs and budget. You can’t go wrong with any of these. But overall, and if budget and ease of installation aren’t important points, Nest Hello would sit at our top spot as the best camera doorbell.

Please leave us a comment below with any insights, opinions, or experience with any of these or other Video Doorbells. Thanks for stopping by!

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Best Home Security Systems – You May Be Surprised!

For some, there may just be that gut feeling that something should be done soon to secure their home or family before a break-in or worse happens. For others, a break-in has already happened and it’s put them on red alert that a plan to keep their family and belongings secure has to be put in place. So, what are the best home security systems? It may surprise you what has been formulated over the years as the best methods for keeping your home safe.

Sure, a solid security system sounds great, but what if a person can’t afford that during these times? Or what if they have a system but still feel like more security measures are necessary to feel the level of security their family needs? Wouldn’t it be great to just chill with the family at night and not have all of those concerns in the back of our minds?

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Well, there are several tips we’ve learned along the way that are brilliant deterrents to intruders with eyes on your home. And those creeps ARE out there! But if you follow these tips, you can have peace of mind as you enjoy your family or your solitude.

We are about to look at six tips to keep your family and belongings safe with or without a security system or to help a burglar fund his hobbies and buy that new boat they are eyeing, whichever way you choose to roll.  These tips fall into that, “ahhh, I should’ve thought of that” category and are easy to follow. And remember, we are here to help if you have questions.

Quickly before we dive into these easy to implement tips,

let’s look at the mindset of most intruders….

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Home Security for DummiesWith extremely rare exceptions, burglars follow some basic guidelines. They do so for their own protection. Let’s help them to not be caught trying to get into our homes!

===> Their first rule is, “Do the Research”. This means they need to watch YOU, and YOUR house, and observe YOUR habits until they feel comfortable with whatever plan they’ve devised to launch an attack. Sure, not all of them do that. Some just go down the street with a crowbar. But the tips below are effective regardless of the sophistication of the criminal. If what we propose will deter a sophisticated criminal, it will deter an amateur even more easily.

===> Their second rule is, “Get in and out as fast as possible”. They aren’t wanting to hang out until a swat team shows up. They want a quick payday. They’ve studied the best way in and out of your home with, hopefully, no detection. They know which room is best to hit, where people keep keys, how to guess an alarm code (if there is one), and how to accomplish their evil deeds with even close neighbors not seeing or hearing them or knowing they are there.

There are a ton of other rules, but they are contained within these two as we are about to see.

But there are ways for keeping them from targeting you in the first place, and for disappointing their payday plans if they do happen to make it into your home and take some of your stuff. Hmmm? So, what do we set them up to take? Remember, they are there for a quick hit-and-run operation. They aren’t going to spend too much time evaluating the value of an item or looking it up on Amazon. They know the statistics on where to go, what to look for, how to best secure it in their bag, and run stealthily as quickly as possible from your home.

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Tips To Help Your Intruders Buy Their New Boat

So, what will help an intruder decide your home is a target in the first place? Answering that question, we start with the first set of tips.

Tip #1

Make sure it is always dark outside your house at night!

Or, if you choose to not help them buy that big boat……

…….. Leave lights on the outside of your home at night! It sounds overly simple, doesn’t it? But research (including interviews with former criminals) has shown convincingly that most criminals attempting any type of break-in at night will avoid a home with lights on outside. I’m sure this takes little explanation, but I’ll give a couple of points taken from those who’ve done their dirty deeds at night.

So, the potential intruder parks in a nearby parking lot. In his (or her, but since most of these losers are men, we’ll just go with the male pronouns for this article) stealthy manner he makes his way through the backside of a subdivision and ends up undetected as he inspects a convenient cul-de-sac where he will be conducting his business.

He notices that 5 of the houses are dark, at least in a few key entry points, but one is lit up enough that he could easily be seen by neighbors or passersby. He has been scouting/casing this cul-de-sac for a couple of weeks, and at certain times all of the houses were dark. But tonight, the house he had been most interested in isn’t dark at all, because the owners read this article earlier today. But it’s a no-brainer for Mr. Loserville. The home he intended to invade is off the shortlist.

A Safely Lit Up Home

It’s really that simple. It costs much less to run low wattage outside lights at night than people normally think. Especially with the LED lights available today. And it’s far cheaper than replacing stolen goods or dealing with an insurance increase. And the worst part is some of what would be taken is irreplaceable like some family heirloom piece of jewelry or rare collectible.

And even worse than that, even with the best insurance available, your family’s security and peace-of-mind has been taken. You can’t buy that. But chances are that a little bit of outside light will keep any of that from happening.

Check these reviews on outside LED lights and other outdoor security lights.

Tip #2

Leave a key in a predictable place, like under a doormat, or under a plant or in a fake rock. Or,

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to foil his plans, don’t have a key in those places. If you need to leave a key outside for some reason, secure a spot with a combination lock that can’t be cut by these semi-pro criminals. They almost always have cutters sufficient to cut open a realtor-type lockbox hanging on a doorknob.

Remember, all you have to do is make it a little more difficult. They want to get in and out quickly! They are not wanting to spend any length of time getting into your house. So, get a little quickcrete and build a little concrete housing for a lockbox. It doesn’t have to be an expensive lockbox. The concrete will ensure that the intruder can’t cut it open. He can’t get the cutters around a lockbox that is set in concrete.

He could only get in if he knew the combination.

Tip #3

Do not buy any type of outdoor security equipment! It could delay the intruder’s big boat purchase.

Or, to not participate in his boat purchase, consider acquiring a simple piece of outside security equipment. Or more if your budget can handle more. This would further deter a person wanting to violate your family and your home.

SimCam Person Detection CameraRemember, the first tip (keeping outdoor lights on) will keep most of these butt heads at bay. But an added level of protection from an intruder ever even trying to enter your home is to have a couple of outdoor cameras. They don’t have to be the expensive ones, nor do you need a monthly contract with anyone.

There are great products that do have monthly fees, but especially when trying to do this on a budget, the DIY, affordable cameras with no monthly fees will
definitely do the job. (And shhhh! ….one possible nuance to this tip is to buy a couple of simulated or decoy cameras…. (you’ll also see many other cameras and lighting options at that link) It’s one more thing these scumbags don’t want to risk: being caught on camera)

Check out some of the reviews on smart floodlight cameras and spotlights that are both motion-activated that will send the fine fella running with one hand cupping his backside and the other trying to block the bright light that has suddenly blinded his sorry butt! Meanwhile, the onboard camera was activated just as the lights were by the motion detector and it is all crystal clear, in high resolution for you to review and/or to submit to the local authorities if needed. One thing is for sure, your home is no longer on his radar.

Tip #4

Get a dog, preferably at least a medium-size one who will bark when anyone approaches your home or yard. The same interviews with former burglars and intruders that confirmed that outside lights were a great deterrent, also indicated that a noisy and potentially threatening dog was also an item to help an intruder narrow down on the list of homes he may attempt to invade. Plus, dogs are just great anyway! No need to elaborate on this tip. I think we are already familiar with the benefits of having a watchdog.

By the way, those who are concerned with having cameras with motion detectors and a dog who might set it off, worry no more! Most of the systems we review are smart products that can distinguish between an animal and a human. See our reviews on The Best Indoor Security Cameras and the one on the SimCam AI Smart Cameras. These are great products that are reasonably priced.

Tips In the Event An Intruder Does Breach Your Walls

Since I believe we are all on the same page at this point and not wanting to buy this hardly-working gentleman a new boat, we’ll just continue in that vein. This second set of tips will help you to always be prepared in case a jerk-wad burglar does get into your home. Let’s be proactive!

Burglar with a Crowbar

Here are things TO DO to be prepared for the unfortunate event that a scum-sucking leach of a creature was to make it inside your home:

Tip #5

Buy at least a minimal do-it-yourself (DIY) indoor security system.

So, you forgot to turn on the outside lights before going out to dinner, and for whatever reason, this guy makes it inside. But thank the heavens above, you had invested in a minimal security system including sensors on doors and windows and a motion detector for the main part of the house.

All of the components are connected (usually wirelessly via WiFi, but wired is available too) to a 100dB alarm (or approx.) that will blare out bringing attention to your home and will also fill his pants with crab food. When that happens they do not look to grab anything except their own things (well, and in this case, his butt) to minimize any possible evidence left behind (Hopefully for him nothing leaks out! That would be DNA evidence that some sorry soul would have to evaluate in a lab downtown!)

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Remember, he doesn’t want to do anything but get in and out, unseen and unheard. But now, he’s been heard. At least he will do nothing but assume so, and will likely be correct. Plus, he has soiled, black DUNGarees to wash, and a driver’s seat to disinfect! (Gag) He won’t wait to see how long it takes for the local authorities to show up on the scene.

Tip #6

Do not leave an alarm keypad in a place where a potential intruder can watch you disarm your alarm. And, yes, many of them do stake these things out.

One idea is to place a dummy keypad by the entry door and the real one in a less conspicuous place. You should always punch in some fake digits on the decoy pad before leaving or when entering the home. People put them by the main door because there are only a few seconds to arm or disarm a system before the alarm is triggered. But it’s plenty long enough to walk into a room or a spot not visible from a window.

Also, most systems will allow you to set the time to whatever works for you. So, walk in, punch in fake numbers on the artificial pad, go to “the bathroom” and turn your system off. Or, turn it off from your key fob if one came with your alarm system.

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Talk about a frustrated intruder (poor thing!) who thinks he is brilliant in cracking the code only to find the code he has ain’t it! (Always use the same wrong code on the fake pad to keep it all looking legit in case he’s watching)

One other piece of info to be aware of is that many intruders use a simple system to crack your code. The first digit on the keypad is always the dirtiest one, the second is second dirtiest, and so on. It isn’t a perfect system for them, but it has proven to be extremely effective. So, keep the real keypad clean. Wipe it down on a regular basis.

But if you are using a fake keypad too, never wipe the fake one down. He’s watched you and now the dirt accumulation makes him ready to do a victory lap for his own brilliance because what he deciphered you punching into the pad is also confirmed by his clever dark criminal knowledge.

But he tried, and he tried, and he tried, he can’t get no…..

He Can't Get No Satisfaction

              …..cooperation with the flippin’ alarm. (A little shout out to                            Mick there!)

Time’s up!

Now, the only dirt accumulation he’s concerned about as the alarm blares in his ears is….. you got it: it’s the man-mud piling up in the back his fancy black, silky Fruit-of-the-Looms! Once again, cupped hand in back unsuccessfully trying to stop the leakage…. other hand trying to do everything else!

Poor fella! I know one house he won’t be trying to break into any time soon. Keep in mind, once an intruder has succeeded or attempted to break into your home, he is aware that you will be on the watch for a long time to come.

Tip #7

Don’t keep valuables in the Master Bedroom. Well, you may have to keep one or two, but keep the rest somewhere else. The first and usually only target room of an intruder is the Master Bedroom.

  • Keep valuable jewelry in an unlikely place, like the top of a closet in a toddler’s room. Still hidden of course, but they will not look there anyway.
  • Keep cash in another room. Some people use fake Coka-Cola or other soda can that has a compartment. Don’t put it in your mattress IN YOU ROOM!! How common is the term “mattress money”? Pretty common term. Everybody knows that one.
  • Anything of yours you don’t want a burglar to own, keep in another room.

He's Got the Goods

An intruder will typically go straightway to the Master Bedroom, search for jewelry and cash in the obvious places, including a safe and a large jewelry box. He sees a safe in the master closet, and it’s not bolted down. It’s heavy, but light enough to throw in his black bag and move on. Jackpot! Then he goes to the jewelry box and quickly sees a lot of shiny stuff. Cha-ching! He’s feeling good now.

“I’m almost out of here now. Hahaha!” (wicked laugh) “I bypassed their lame security, found the mother load as predicted, and I can get out quickly with these idiots PAYING me! I can pick the lock on this stupid safe once I am at my safe haven!” (he snickers at his own cheesy burglar humor)

Oh crud! What? He got the wrong stuff!!!

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See, the real safe was bolted down in an inconspicuous place. The slime bucket intruder couldn’t have taken it! He took a decoy and never thought that there would be another. And all that jewelry he took? Same thing! It’s noting but fake stuff. It looks good at the moment and he swipes it up by the handful, but it’s virtually worthless. It’s jewelry that is probably casually wearable, but it’s not the real stuff. The real jewelry was in another room, not in a fancy jewelry box, but out of sight in a baby monitor box in the top of the closet in a baby’s room, or in the dryer, or maybe in a fake cheerios box in the pantry (just made a lot of that up because it’s easy to think of great places).

Really, not much else matters except that those valuables aren’t in the master bedroom nor in plain sight. And it’s a good idea to have a few shiny decoys like we just observed. Intruders want to get in and out. Let’s help them do just that!

While You Were Sleeping – General Tips

Keep your phone, wallet, purse, and keys on the nightstand right by where you sleep.

 

First, if someone were to get into your house at night, the last thing you want is for them to have access to your wallet, keys, and phone because you’ve formed a bad habit and have been leaving them on the kitchen counter or somewhere else in the house.

Second, when you wake up hearing those strange noises and you’re certain someone is inside, you immediately reach for your phone, but it isn’t there. That dude in black has it! “Oh wait! I’ll grab my keys and hit the panic button so my car alarm will go off. Crap! The keys were with my phone!” He plans to drive away in your car since he has so much of your stuff to get to his place. He’ll ditch the car before you have a chance to notify the authorities, and any cash you had will probably not be left in your mailbox. Also, he may get your identity and keep reeking havoc on you if that possibility doesn’t register with you in time. In fact, he could use your cards online stealthily immediately after leaving your house.

It’s just so much better to have those things by your bed and a couple of lights on outside.

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Conclusion

Certainly, there are many facets to protecting a home, and some things work better than others. Nothing can be 100% guaranteed, but implementing the tips above have been proven over and over again to keep intruders out and your family safe. A simple light in the front and a light in the back may be all you ever need and it is a cheap place to start. Then a minimal DIY security system that can be very affordable will add another layer of protection and info gathering for authorities in the event a break-in occurs. Check out our SimpliSafe Alarm System Review or our Ring Security System Review.

Both SimpliSafe and Ring offer affordable DIY systems that cover all of the bases and are two of the top-rated home security companies on the market.

And lastly, just as most people are unable to go to bed without brushing their teeth or some other going-to-bed habits, establishing some sensible habits such as keeping your phone wallet and other related items by the bed will add another layer of protection and even an alarm if you have an automobile with panic mode.

I hope you found this article helpful. If you would drop us a note in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you if you have any ideas, general feedback, or even products that you know of that may help readers as they build their home security. Thanks for reading! 🙂


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Wireless Video Doorbell System – SimCam Ango Video Doorbell

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Some might say:

        “the appearance of a wireless video doorbell system can deter most people that would come to your door with ill intent….”

And they would be right. These devices are not meant to be disguised or inconspicuous, but to both inform those with nefarious intentions that they have been tracked, and to do the actual tracking via video/photo!

The benefits of having a video doorbell system go beyond security…..

It can be convenient from time to time to know exactly who is at your door, and when- especially while you’re not home.

There is a range of different video doorbell systems out there, and they’ve existed for years. The old systems behaved more like an intercom that could ring a doorbell and take shotty videos.

The Systems available today are far more superior in their effectiveness, features, and video quality than ever before. The use of AI and the ability to record clear video in daytime or night conditions have made it more difficult for criminals to sneak up on anyone.

The SimCam Ango Doorbell is such a device assisted with AI technology and is what we’re going to be focusing on in this post.

The SimCam Ango Video Doorbell System

This particular device from SimCam has a large range of features to go through. However, there are particular selling points that users have pointed out.

Easy to Install

The first thing would be the ease of installation. After going through several reviews, the first thing mentioned is how easy of a time users had installing this on their door.

And notice that I said that the users installed the system. This unit is 100% do-it-yourself friendly— no need for any expensive professionals to show up and install.

Picture Quality

The second most common thing that is mentioned in reviews is how good the video looks. Most are very impressed with the FHD 1080p video and images either day or night.

A lot of people who took the time to write a review were replacing other brands of a similar product. They wrote how pleasantly surprised they were with the difference in picture quality with the SimCam over the replaced brand.

Answering the Door when You’re Not Home

This is a feature that a lot of people bring up. If someone comes to your door while you’re away, the app alerts you on your smartphone. The alert not only allows you to see who it is in real-time, but you can also conduct a conversation with whoever is at the door.

One person brought up a door to door salesman and letting them know that he wasn’t interested while he was miles away from home. You can also inform someone with ill intent that they’ve been recorded and the police are on their way. That can prevent the person or people from taking further action.

Without too much imagination, you can come up with several other reasons why this would be a handy feature.

Features of the SimCam Ango Video Doorbell

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Here is a list of features that you get with your doorbell cam.

  • FHD 1080p Video Quality
  • 140 Degree Field of View
  • Night Vision with 6 Infra-Red LEDs
  • Two-Way Talk
  • Local Storage up to 128 GB
  • Cloud Storage Support up to 28 Days (Optional with Subscription)
  • Person Detection – The AI will determine whether it’s a person at the door or other things like moving branches or traffic. False notifications are reduced through this feature.
  • 100 Foot Wi-Fi Range
  • Motion Activation
  • Tamper Alarm- Prevents someone from tampering with or stealing the doorbell.
  • Pre-Recorded Door Answering Message Option

Another thing that is worth mentioning is that this device can be powered by the rechargeable batteries and mounted to your door. Or, you can replace your existing doorbell, and use its wiring to hardwire the device beside your door.

The SimCam website boasts that the battery life is about 180 days, but I don’t think that is a realistic number. The reason is, there are so many variables that come into play to determine how long a battery will last.

Ultimately- how often is it going to get out of sleep mode and use up battery life? If you’re a business of some kind with customers coming and going, the battery would need to be swapped out for fully charged ones much sooner than a home with less traffic.

I bring this up because as nice as it is when the unit is fixed and centered on your door to get the best facial picture, it might not be the most practical for some situations. Hardwiring removes that from being an issue, but the easiest way to do that is to replace the existing doorbell. You’ll still get a shot of folks at the door, but not a dead-on headshot.

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Conclusion – Wireless Video Doorbell System Peace of Mind

At the end of the day, peace of mind is the largest benefit of the SimCam Ango Video Doorbell. It is a layer of security that wards off the most forward approach of burglary, it is an affordable item, it is easy to install, and comes with some impressive features for the money.

Some of you have experience with this product or even other doorbell cameras. We’d love to hear from you. Shoot us a comment below and we will respond promptly.

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20% OFF of your entire order AND a FREE SimpliCam (the coveted camera these days)

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 ===>Click Here to go to SimpliSafe’s special site!<===

A Company On A Mission

This sale is  SimpliSafe’s MO! Except for their Christmas sale in 2019, 20% off is pretty good, and they’ve added a free SimpliCam, their state-of-the-art indoor home camera. It’s a deal for those looking for a steal.  Yep, they are giving away one of their famous $99 SimpliCam cameras with every security system purchased during this sale. The size of the package doesn’t matter. Once in awhile, there will be a security company that will offer a discount on products, but not like this.

But there is one thing that disappoints me with SimpliCam, one thing I just can’t understand More on that below…..

Why does SimpliSafe Do This?

But first, why did SimpliSafe crank up in the first place? Why are they giving deals that are unbeatable within the DIY Home Security arena?

Who Are These Masked Men? (Masked due to Covid-19 mandates of course!)

SimpliSafe was started by a couple of Harvard Business School students in 2006 as an answer to a need. Several friends of Chad and Eleanor Laurans had experienced break-ins and were unable to find a security company that was a fit for renters. This motivated Mr. Laurans to create a solution since there was none.

Harvard UniversityAs an electrical engineer who had graduated from Yale in 2000, Mr. Laurens had a jumpstart with the necessary skillset to start developing a line of DIY (Do-it-yourself) home security products that would cater to renters. From 2006-2008 Chad and Eleanor worked on the SimpliSafe concept in their home. The products were tested out at friends’ residences as the appearance and functionality were perfected for an official launch in 2009.

There was an initial investor who believed in the company, and two more consecutive funding companies who saw the quick growth and potential of SimpliSafe. The most recent investor took a controlling interest in the company and they have continued to grow. Grow? They’ve done that! That leads me to the one issue I have with SimpliSafe, but first, one last thing. Then onto my disappointment.

Why Offer Such Deals?

SimpliSafe was determined to make a difference in the world of home security. This venture wasn’t to be a quick fix, and the founders were not wanting to provide products that would take extreme sales tactics for them to remain in business. Their goal was to change the industry by creating and developing products that were in step with the times.

There are other home security companies that brag that they have been around since the 1800s. Well, some of them seem like they are still operating with that day’s technology in mind. Okay, being fair, they may have kept up for a while as the world changed, but they got locked into a mindset a few decades ago that wasn’t anticipating the needs and wants of a generation of homeowners who are all holding mobile phones and laptops.

So, being one of the pioneers of this new, DIY home security concept, SimpliSafe has been determined to continue to reinvest back into a new customer base as they prove themselves to be the innovators that they are. They want to win loyalty through honesty, great products and services, and reasonable prices. As they do so, they will be offering more and more products, filling the needs of customers as they become aware of them. Now I will share with you how they are letting me down……


Where Are the Cameras?

The one thing that disappoints me about SimpliSafe is its limited camera options. In fact, they only offer the SimpliCam for indoors, and the Video Doorbell Pro for outdoors. Video doorbells are not the same as other outdoor cameras. It’s impractical to put a doorbell camera in most places where one would want them. They are designed for that one spot, right by your door. Check out our reviews on home security cameras.

And don’t get me wrong, both of these cameras are exceptional and receive rave reviews for quality, durability, appearance, and great price. all of their products are great! But SimpliSafe would do well to add a couple of outdoor cameras and at least one more indoor option. Perhaps wired and battery operated. A floodlight camera for outdoors would be awesome too! This link will take you to one of our reviews on some outdoor security lights and smart lights.

The good news, if I’m understanding it right, is that they will be rolling out more camera options soon. I hope this is correct because most people want to have all of their components working together from the same manufacturer. It’s also good news to know that any cameras SimpliSafe puts out will be quality products just like everything else they’ve ever offered.

So, How Do I  Get 20% off and a free SimpliCam?

Using this link, go to SimpliSafe. You will automatically receive the discount. The discount is for anything you buy with the package. For instance, even if you get their least expensive package, you get the discount and free SimpliCam. If you decide to add a Video Doorbell Pro or Smart Lock, the discount is applied to those products as well.

SimpliSafe Foundation Package

<===== This package is called The Foundation. It’s the basic starter package and is insanely affordable! It doesn’t cost much more than the free SimpliCam if it were to be purchased. But you get the SimpliCam security camera for free and 35% off of your entire order, EVEN WITH THIS FOUNDATION PACKAGE! I don’t know how they do it.

 

Before You Go Shop At SimpliSafe……

To clear up any confusion based on a number of questions I’ve received, although the Video Doorbell Pro isn’t part of the pre-set packages, it is eligible for the 20% discount. You would just need to add it to whichever package you choose. The same goes for the Smart Lock.

To check out one of our reviews on SimpliSafe, CLICK ON THIS LINK.

To check out some of our other product reviews, simply go to our HOME page and take a look around. Since we are not part of any of the companies we review or highlight, our research, insights, and professional opinions are objective as we try to give you the most accurate and up-to-date information on every product or service discussed within our articles. With that in mind, feel free to look around at some of our other product reviews. And you should know, according to our research and tons of customer input, SimpliSafe ranks high at SecurityUnveiled.com with almost every aspect or category within the home security arena.

We would love to hear from you! If you have questions, ideas, opinions, or expertise to share, please leave us a comment below. We will respond in short order.

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SimpliSafe Sale – 4th of July DEALS!!



UPDATE!! Although the July 4th promotion is over, the prices at SimpliSafe are still the best in the industry and their products are state-of-the-art. Check out the links below to get updated pricing or a quote directly from SimpliSafe, or check out this review of a few of their products

Below is the sales post from last weekend:


30% OFF Of Everything at SimpliSafe Until Tuesday July 7th!!!

To go straight to the discount link, start here at SimpliSafe! For more info, keep reading……

In case you haven’t heard, SimpliSafe is taking off as the next big thing within the home security industry. And I should not stop with the home. There are countless small business owners and managers who have chosen SimpliSafe’s components to protect their businesses as well as their homes. So, right now, this SimpliSafe Sale is their way of saying “thanks” for the support and for all of the positive input regarding their products and services.

In this brief post, I just want to give you a “heads up” on the deal SimpliSafe is currently offering. Frankly, their website, though simple, can leave a few things unclear. I will clear those items for you that I encountered. But I’d rather a great product with a not-so-clear item or two on their website than a glorious web presence from a company who sucks, has poor customer service, elevated prices, or has a bad logo! (I guess that’s just me as a design guy)

So here we go with the SimpliSafe Sale for the week of July 4th, 2020 and ending on July 7th, 2020:

30% Off of Everything!!!

30% Off? That’s a pretty good product-wide contribution to the country. None of the equipment comes in red, white, and blue, but they are about helping during this difficult time in the world. Usually, there are certain products that are on sale, not everything. But, you’re probably thinking “there’s gotta be a freakin’ catch!”. Well, kinda, but not really. Read on and I’ll explain.

Now, I won’t say 30% off is the best deal they’ve had, but it’s close. And I don’t see how they’ve done the deals they’ve done before. Around Christmas (2019), lots of people I know were receiving offers for 50% off of everything from SimpliSafe!! That was a sweet deal, but that was probably a one-time (or season) deal as SimpliSafe was in a campaign to show the world they are a serious contender within the industry.

So, what about the freakin’ catch!? Okay, okay….

Here’s the Not-Really Catch

The offer is for a “security system”, not individual components. My take? They are upfront about the fact that it is a package discount, and that is reasonable. With SimpliSafe systems, there is a hub and a wireless keypad for it to operate, so those two items are completely necessary to have a system with them. The only other thing required for it to become a package is ONE sensor. Yep, one door or window sensor makes it a package. So, it’s not some deceptive way to get a person to buy a certain level of package, or to get some overpriced junk to receive deep discounts. These are the essential components that have given this company its great reputation.

30% OFF Plus, Plus

On top of the 30% discount, SimpliSafe will throw in a FREE SimpleCam! Have you heard of these? They are part of the success of SimpliSafe. These cameras will alert you via phone, tablet or computer anytime it detects motion. These cameras are also on the cutting edge of technology in that they minimize the false alarms associated with motion detectors. For instance, if one of your rats were to come out to look through the garbage, you don’t want to know about it on your phone. They’re not gonna haul off your smart TV or computer (Just remember to leave out more cheese so they won’t rummage so much).

One Complaint I Have About This SimpliSafe Sale

The sale is great, and they are upfront about all products being 30% off when purchasing a package, and the package can be as small as would make sense to buy. But I didn’t see the Doorbell Cams on the list of the items of any pre-set packages, nor was it on the options of the ones you build yourself. That kinda set me aback about the promotion because I want people to honestly know what to expect and not be fooled by some bait and switch marketing. I thought, “well, that really blows chunks!”, because most people I know or deal with really want a doorbell camera as part of their security system. (I sure like it!)

So, I called an executive with SimpliSafe and they let me know that as long as someone purchases a package, all other items with that purchase will be 30% off. That means everything! Just remember that when you go check out the deals. It won’t be clear as you look at each item, but as long as a package is purchased, the entire purchase is discounted by 30%.


Last But Not Least!!!

I know the yard signs aren’t expensive, but they do throw one of those in for free as well as a $99 SimpliCam! That really sweetens the deal to me. It’s hard to get “too many” cameras. There’s always one more spot I wish I had one.

So, the 30% off of any size package is reasonable, in fact generous. Adding on a SimpliCam makes it well into a bargain. And to know you can purchase a doorbell cam or any other product from SimpliSafe at 30% off is a great reason to take advantage of this SimpliSafe Sale for the 4th of July. And don’t forget, this sale goes until Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

You won’t see the discounts as you are making your order, but you will receive the 30% discount at checkout. Just click here to go to the SimpliSafe product listing or order form.

Ring Security System Reviews – Smart Home Technology

Smart home security systems have become available to homeowners in ways that were impossible in the past. Ring security system reviews tell us how much Wi-Fi has changed the game, expanding their market to people who wouldn’t have been able to utilize their services and products through traditional (hard-wired) means.Door Armor

The market’s expansion due to Wi-Fi dramatically rests on the shoulders of renters. Not every rental property or apartment comes equipped with a security system. In most circumstances, renters wouldn’t have been able to have a hard-wired system installed.

Security systems have become cheaper, DIY (opposed to having a professional come and install it), and contain a greater variety of options than ever before.

Before we take a look at the buzz around the Ring security system reviews, gathering a consensus on what folks are saying about them, we’ll have a glance at the systems they offer.

Or, if you prefer, click here to go where you can see all of the products that Ring has to offer as well as the products offered by their competitors. 

Ring Security System Kits

When it comes to Ring, the sky’s the limit. You can have your whole house outfitted to be controlled through an app- from all the lights in your home, to exterior lights. They have a well-thought-out catalog of products to choose from. Still, for the purposes of this article, we’ll primarily stick to their Kits.

Customers can create their own custom orders to suit their needs. In an attempt to make things easier, they have four kits available- 5-piece, 8-piece, 10-piece, and 14-piece.

The kits displayed below are not always as they are at the time of this article. But rest assured that if those particular packages aren’t available per se, the Ring products are still available and different packages and sales are offered most of the time.

Check the latest price and packages here

5 Piece Security Kit

Ring 5-Piece Systyem

The 5-piece kit consists of:

  • 1 Base Station
  • 1 Keypad
  • 1 Contact Sensor
  • 1 Motion Detector
  • 1 Range Extender

According to Ring, this package is effective up to 1,000 square feet. Coverage consists of 1 window or door, and the motion detector covers one room. This system is best for

8 Piece Security Kit

Ring 8-Piece System

The 8-piece kit consists of the following:

  • 1 Base Station
  • 1 Keypad
  • 4 Contact Sensors
  • 1 Motion Detector
  • 1 Range Extender

You can safeguard four windows or doors using the contact sensors. If placed wisely, the motion detector can cover any entry point within range- down a hallway, for example.

10 Piece Security Kit

Ring 10-Piece System

The difference between the 8-piece and the 10-piece kits is the inclusion of one more contact sensor, and one more motion detector.

The 10-piece can grant protection for five windows or doors and will cover 1,000 – 2,000 square feet. Ring considers this to be adequate for a standard 1-2-bedroom home.

Now for the Larger Homes!

14 Piece Security Kit

Ring 14-Piece System

The 14-piece security kit is geared to secure a more substantial home of 2-3 bedrooms, tackling 2,000+ square feet.

  • Base Station
  • 2 Keypad
  • 8 Contact Sensors
  • 2 Motion Detectors
  • Range Extender

Customized Kits

There is an option that is interesting, that allows you to enter details about your home to come up with a custom kit. The info you enter (how many windows or doors you want to be covered, etc.) formulates what you’d need to secure your home.

Accessories

Ring Video DoorbellNo matter what you decide to choose, there are always accessories available to include with your order. Among the accessories are yard signs posting that your home is secured by audio/video monitoring systems, extra rechargeable battery packs, solar panels, and a chime box that alerts you to the doorbell or if something is triggering the alarm system.

Aside from the accessories, you can also purchase other mainline products from Ring such as video doorbells, security cameras & other video equipment.

Ring Security App

A great feature of this DIY system is the Ring App. The app allows you to know what’s going on within or around your home wherever you are. When an alarm is triggered, a notice pops up via the app.

Through the app, you can figure out whether or not it’s a false alarm. False alarms could be kids coming home from a friend’s house, family stopping by, or other mundane or well-meaning things that may occur while you’re away.

However, if it’s a break-in or something nefarious happening, you have the option to alert the authorities immediately. Ring will do the calling for you if you maintain their 24/7 professional monitoring membership.

A useful feature that is included in the app is that you can create separate accounts for different family members. This makes it easier to control who can do what, as far as modifications to the system, and extra eyes on what’s going on at home.

Floodlights & Video Doorbell

Ring Black Floodlight CameraThe packages talked about above are lacking these two items that are a huge leap forward as it relates to securing your home, but both are available from Ring. In fact, the video doorbell is what started Ring’s direction as a company.

The video doorbell delivers video footage to your app whenever anyone triggers the sensor, alerting you who might be at your door. This is great whether you’re away or not.

The floodlights (which can also be controlled through your app) are battery operated. This is what makes these easy on the do-it-yourselfers.

Ring Security System Reviews

Now that we’re more familiar with their product, let’s get an overall consensus on what people have to say about their products & services.

*Affordable

Many positive reviews include the affordability of their products in comparison to their competition.

*DIY Friendly

Reviews often include how easy their systems are to set up and get running. As is true with any DIY project, the more you can do yourself, the more you save. Security system installations are no exception.

*Monthly 24/7 Monitoring Not Necessary

If you’d rather not spend the $10.00 per month for their monitoring system, and would rather place that on your shoulders, you can. Other companies require you to subscribe to their monitoring programs, and for much more per month than Ring. Users found Ring’s way of doing things to be welcomed freedom.

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Conclusion

Your home, your family, your stuff, and your life, should be kept safe one way or the other. Ring makes it possible to purchase what you can afford and continue to build as time and finances progress.

But there’s something that I’d like to point out about this, or any other Wi-Fi system. No matter where you move, you can take it with you. The same can’t be said for hard-wired systems.

Ring has a solid reputation in the DIY community, and according to the reviews provided by users, the investment is well worth the money. Please leave a comment below with any questions or insights you may have. We’d love to hear from you and we will answer all comments or questions. 🙂

If you’d like to check out all that Ring has to offer as a SmartHome product provider as well as the products and services offered by their closest competitors, click here! 

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Simplisafe Alarm System Reviews – DIY Home Protection

In the world of DIY projects, home security can be akin to learning an entirely new trade- just to set up your own system properly. However, Simplisafe alarm system reviews typically begin with how easy the system is to put into place without any installation experience.

Because this is so user-friendly and seemingly a breeze for the do-it-yourselfer, we’re going to dive into the systems available through Simplisafe.

Pick a Security Package

If you look at the packages available at the Simplisafe website, you’ll find that several different packages are meant to cater to certain style living quarters. All will vary in price and will vary in scope.

For example, you’ll not need enough components to fully protect a two-story home if you’re looking to protect a one-story apartment.

Build Your Own Alarm System

If you want to work from the ground up, you can pick and choose which components you’d like to incorporate into your home. This can be more or less expensive, all depending on your needs and how many components you wind up acquiring.

SimpliSafe Alarm Systems

Features Included in the Simplisafe Alarm System

When you dig into the capabilities of the alarm system, you’ll find that the technology included go beyond break-ins. Sleek in appearance, smaller in size, and less intrusive, the components don’t stick out from the rest of your home’s décor.

Here are some of the features you can expect from the Simplisafe alarm system:

Smart Intruder Recognition

The brains behind this alarm system are able to discern between a broken plate, and a broken window; a person entering a space, or an animal like a dog or cat walking through a zone.

This technology prevents false alarms and unnecessary alerts to the professionals at Simplisafe as well as your personal devices.

Not Just a Burglar Alarm

The base station is able to detect fires, smoke, storm damage (such as leaks), and warns you if your pipes are at risk of freezing. Whatever is detected, the proper authorities will be contacted.

If it’s a break-in, the police will be notified, if it’s a fire, the fire department will be called.

Wi-Fi ConnectionsDo It Yourself Wireless Home Security System

All components are connected via Wi-Fi, so there are no wires to have to worry about. For the people who are interested in DIY, this is a huge timesaver and avoids having to mess with holes in the walls, or doing more work than you originally anticipated

Signal Burst Technology

Signal burst technology is utilized by Simplisafe to extend the battery life of the components at play while extending the reach of their signals. This is meant to relieve you of having to switch out your batteries over and over again. According to Simplisafe, this technology makes it so you seldom need to change the batteries out.

Alerts

The days of the police showing up at your home because your kids came home before you did are over. Well, at least they are with this system.

The alerts are one of the best and most convenient features incorporated into their systems. You’re alerted personally through whatever device you linked to the system- a tablet or cellphone would be the most common (if not both).

While you’re away, you’re alerted of any findings through your security system. If someone left a window open, you’d be alerted to it if it’s while you’ve turned on your system. You’ll also be told which window!

If there’s any activity detected at all, be it pre-planned like a visitor showing up and turning off the alarm, a fire, or any unusual activity, it will be sent to your device. Also, you can observe what’s going on at home from the palm of your hand, through the lens of the security camera (the Simplicam).

All these options make for instant access into what’s going on inside of your home. You can also arm or disarm your system via phone, making it more convenient if you’re expecting company while you’re out, or if it’s time for the kids to get home from school.

Simplisafe Alarm System Reviews Across the Web

Every outlet that provides feedback on purchases has positive reviews for Simplisafe and their various security products. Google Store has them at 5 stars with nearly 40,000 reviews, and Amazon has them at 4.5 stars with over 8,000 reviews.

If you check out the reviews themselves, you’ll find that the only real complaint is the camera itself. Some people aren’t satisfied with the quality of the image.

The camera costs $99.00 by itself and is by no means a high-ticket item in the world of cameras. But from what I’ve seen, it’s image quality and capabilities, are better than what you’d expect for the price as compared to items in the same price range.

SimpliSafe Package Deals

Monitoring Services

There are two different services available as it relates to monitoring your system.

  • Standard Professional Monitoring- $.50 per day
  • Interactive Professional Monitoring- $.83 per day

Check out their plan page for descriptions and differences between these two packages.

Conclusion

Well, is the Simplisafe System worth what you’re paying for? Yes, it is. 24/7 monitoring availability and all of the components, do work out to be cheaper than other systems by different brands. The multi-layered levels of security provide peace of mind that extends beyond your windows and doors.

And it can’t be underscored enough; the ease by which this can be installed is a feature all on its own. Just plug in the base, and place the components where you want them- it’s that simple.

Some DIY projects are beneficial or fun. But when it comes to a security system, you’ll be far better off taking the wireless route, and going with a system such as the focus of this page.

The costs saved by doing it yourself versus hiring professionals to come in and install it for you will save you a boatload of cash. Also, knowing that it’s Wi-Fi, you can modify your set-up at any time if you feel compelled to do so.

Once a hardwired system is in place, it’s there forever, and you’ll be leaving it behind when you move on to another home. Such is not the case with this comprehensive wireless system.

If you have any comments or input on SimpliSafe or any other related subject, we’d love to hear from you. Just drop a note below and we will respond to you.

What is the Best Doorbell Security Camera?

 

AUNEX Video Doorbell WiFi Doorbell Camera PIR Motion Detection Cloud Storage 720P HD Wireless Doorbell Home Security with Two-Way Talk & Video Night Vision Support Android and iOS(Silver)

Probably more than any other question, people ask me about the doorbell cameras that are currently on the market. What’s the best camera? Which one has the best video resolution? Do they all have two-way audio? Although the toilet paper craze has exceeded any other modern, illogical public insanity I can remember, doorbell cameras have been the craze since the first notable doorbell camera came onto the market. However, it makes sense! People want to know their orders from Amazon, Wayfair, Target or any other suppliers, are safely resting on their porch awaiting their return home. And who doesn’t order from these suppliers these days? We all do for the most part, and we want our stuff to still be there when we get home. So, what IS the best doorbell security camera? In this article I only refer to one. There’s no need to elaborate on all of the options on the market, but I’ll focus briefly on the top ones. Other than the ones mentioned here, several other manufacturers offer doorbell cameras, but they aren’t better than these, in my opinion. You’ll also notice the price disparity with some of the doorbell cameras even when the functionality and quality are on par.

The Aunex Video Doorbell with all of its functionality, features, ease-of-use, and modern sleek design make it a formidable competitor to contend with for the other, more pricey doorbell cams. With a 166 degree field of view (which provides wider angles and less dead zones compared to most doorbell cameras), 720 HD video, and smart night vision, there is nothing to say but “where can I get this product?” No doubt the price will increase once people begin to realize the value of such a quality doorbell camera. We all know how the supply and demand thing works, and it’s logical that the prices will increase once the name recognition hits a certain level. So, now is the time to invest in this product and this company in general. Apparently, they are here for the long haul.

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Once you use this product you’ll see how easy it is to navigate through the notifications and alerts. Installation is as simple as it gets. You can also zoom in and out while talking to anyone on your front porch (or where ever you have this camera), and they will assume you are in the house, even if you are in the Bahamas. It’s wireless and has WiFi as well as cloud storage. (This product just gets sweeter and sweeter!!)

So, in answer to the question, “what is the best doorbell security camera?”, I’ve chosen to not overload you with the multiple options you see on other sites. It seemed logical with a product that offers more than Ring or other companies, with a quality, durable product, to not waste your time on a thousand senseless comparisons. If you want more bang for your buck, this is the doorbell camera you are looking for. With motion detection, mobile phone notification, and real-time video and audio from your doorbell camera to your mobile device, and at about half the price of competitors, there isn’t much room for debate.

So, what is the best doorbell security camera? All things considered, it’s the Aunex Video Doorbell! The best price is currently on Amazon.com. Even Amazon rates this doorbell camera at the top of their list. Order today before the secret gets out!!

 

 

Top Home Security Systems – Strengths and Weaknesses

Top-Home Security SystemsSeems like everyone I know has been through the mind-boggling search online for some form of home security system. The top home security systems vary in price and package offerings as some newcomers to the market are offering significant savings while maintaining quality, or often, raising the bar on durability and features. Of course, no one wants to pay more than they have to, but the struggle is often in determining what is simply inexpensive and what is downright cheap. And when it comes to selecting home security systems, this isn’t a place to sacrifice quality.

So, let’s take a look at three of the best home security systems! In this search for the best system, that determination may vary for any particular individual or family and what new offerings may come out as competition within this market heats up; but our overall criteria will be quality, great customer reviews, bundle and package offerings, and affordability. In fact, we won’t even rate them in any particular order since one may be better than another for you, while your neighbors will fare better with another one of these systems. All of these are great products and each offers functionality differing from the others. Again, your specific needs will dictate which system you place at the top of your list. Our goal is to help you determine which one ranks in that top position that’s right for you.

 

Protect America

We start with Protect America, which seems to not be as HUGE of a name as EDT, Ring, Simply Safe and a few others. Although they are offering zero upfront fees, you will likely be locked into a contract that will keep you at their mercy. However, their equipment is reportedly well made and reliable and if upfront cash is a problem, this could be a great option.

On a better note, Protect America offers top of the line security features that help protect you and your family. Although you may have a commitment that sort of ties you down, most other companies have higher monthly fees for the monthly service. Protect America offers an introductory offer with its Copper plan, which starts at only $19.99/mo. They also design customized security systems for your home. This means you only receive the services you need to best protect your family and belongingsProtecting My Home while avoiding the costs of superfluous items you don’t really need. You will also have convenient access and control wherever you go via remote access and home automation technology. Protect America is a great contender as the right system for your home security needs, and they are one of the top home security systems on the market today. Here are a few highlights to keep in mind:

  • Five different packages ranging from $19.99 to $41.99
  • Smaller upfront investment if upfront cash is a problem (Homeowners are locked into a 3-year contract to pay for equipment and services)
  • Three different monitoring choices depending on a customer’s particular needs
  • Industry-leading technology, including their Simon XT Touch Screen control pad
  • Smoke detectors and medical panic buttons
  • Wireless, high-speed internet or landline options
  • Great customer reviews

SimpliSafe

Affordable Simplisafe PackagesSimpliSafe has been around for over 12 years and boasts an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Their systems and package offerings are quite different from those of Protect America. SimpliSafe systems are completely wireless, and there are no contracts at all. In fact, they offer a 60-day trial period which has earned them a bit of credibility. Their equipment is DIY and extremely simple to install (even a cavechild could do it!), however, they do offer professional installation for around $199.

 

For anyone on a budget and not wanting more monthly bills, SimpliSafe offers several low-cost introductory packages, and customers can easily purchase additional equipment a little at the time. With this model, a homeowner can decide which items are most needed for their home security needs, start there and add on as funds are available. There are no monthly fees unless a monitoring package is purchased, and all the equipment purchased is the property of the homeowner. If the homeowner moves, the equipment can be easily uninstalled and brought along to the new home.

Remote Home SecurityThese systems are all DIY and are typically operated in a self-monitoring manner. Notifications are sent to homeowners’ mobile phones and computers so that monitoring is easy! For instance, if someone approaches the front door of a customer with a doorbell camera, there is an immediate notification sent out. The homeowner can even communicate with the person at the door with a built-in microphone and speaker. But do keep in mind, SimpliSafe offers two relatively inexpensive monitoring options: $14.99 (no mobile control), and $24.99 (with mobile control). In a nutshell SimpliSafe offers:

  • No contracts!
  • Completely wireless systems
  • Easy DIY installation
  • Self-monitoring or competitively-priced professional monitoring
  • Affordable equipment bundles starting at $99.00
  • Landline, broadband or high-speed internet options
  • Backup battery in case there are power outages
  • Excellent customer reviews

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ADT

ADT has been around for more than a century. In fact, they’ve been around for over 140 years. In the late 1800s they created a telegraph-based “call box” that was connected to residences in the area where it was first developed. This was the first known residential security monitoring system. Now obviously, neither their primary function nor their expertise included “wireless” home security systems that long ago. That would have been an area more suited for Nikola Tesla! (I think) But for a company to have been around that long while focusing on one specific area of product and service, perhaps more than just a nod of respect is due. A closer look is warranted as we consider the best home security systems and what many consider the top home security systems based on reviews and customer feedback.

Their reviews are good, the longevity is to be admired, and the pricing seems competitive. The equipment is top-notch as would be expected with such an established company (or any company planning to become well established), and ADT offers equipment that is wired and some that is wireless. Their reviews on their installation are stellar! Their response time is quick and their customer service appears to be above the fray. However, name recognition and confidence with a company with such a long history can sometimes cause the pros to overshadow the cons. In this article we are looking at some of both (However, to get a complete overview of the products and services of any home security system provider, a careful look at each of their websites is recommended, provided you keep your focus on the offerings that interest you while not being distracted by the sales hype and pop-up ads and banners). With that in mind, now we will look at some weaker points that are rarely found in reviews of the best home security systems that seem to point out the same weaknesses with other providers while giving ADT a pass.

The Cons of ADT

For one thing, ADT doesn’t offer a do-it-yourself option. Installation is required with an up front fee (which is similar to other companies with professional installation). There is also a 3-year service contract that that is required to get the equipment, installation and monitoring service. This is what pays for the equipment. Free equipment isn’t free if a customer pays for it through higher monitoring fees with a 36-month obligation. And with professionally installed proprietary equipment (most of it hardwired), a homeowner is unlikely to change providers after the 3 years contract is finished. At that point, the higher than average fees are simply monitoring fees, and monitoring only isn’t very expensive to operate. Also, for their basic systems, a landline is required. Who has a landline anymore? I know some people do, and certainly businesses do, but landlines in the home became a thing of the past in the recent decade or so. And what if a homeowner gets a job offer that just can’t be passed up and decides to take the job and move unexpectedly? Well, your equipment will probably stay in the home you are leaving, which brings me to another point: you must be the homeowner to use ADT. You can’t be a tenant or some other family member. So, again, in a nutshell, here are a few highlights of ADT:

  • Great track record and a long time in the industry
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Professional installation
  • Touch screen control panels
  • Must have a landline for their basic packages
  • There is a 3-year contract
  • The equipment is essentially lease
  • Professional monitoring is mandatory

Three Great, Yet Different, Options!

Certainly, there are dozens of other options out there. There are home security companies that have unique bundles with special pricing. And almost every company offers special deals once in a while. That could definitely sway a buyer’s decision if a comparable product is offered by another home security company that is offering 75% off. But all things considered, when looking at which companies currently have the best overall product bundles, pricing, services and customer approval, the top home security systems emerge as listed above. Protect America, SimpliSafe and ADT are each unique in their offerings and pricing. The goal here was to lay out the three top home security companies that Weighing Out Home Security Optionsappeal to the different needs of homeowners. SimpliSafe is fairly clean-cut and straight forward with easy to understand pricing and other offers. Protect America is a little more confusing, but with a monthly monitoring service fee and equipment that is leased monthly (lower up-front costs), Protect America seems to be the clearest without a lot of confusing hidden costs. ADT may have superior hardware (and maybe not…?), more industry expertise (and maybe not…?), more package offerings (and maybe not…?) but their website is the most confusing, and the only way to get to any definitive pricing or to have typical home security system questions answered is to fill out a few pages of info online and they get back in touch with potential customers. It would seem that a larger residence or estate may be better off with ADT, while smaller and more average-size homes would do better with SimpliSafe or Protect America, depending on the needs of the homeowner as discussed above. Whatever you do, choose a top home security system, one that is affordable and reliable, and select the provider that best meets your needs.

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DIY Wireless Home Security Systems – Be Alarmed!!

Not very long ago having a home security system required expensive equipment, extensive wiring, and an outside company to install the system and monitor your home for you. Usually this was a system that didn’t even include indoor or outdoor cameras since they were too expensive for most people to afford. And even if they could, they couldn’t monitor their cameras, alarms or sensors from a mobile device. But today, DIY wireless home security systems are the norm with a growing number of companies offering a variety of affordable easy-to-install security packages depending on your specific needs.

Do It Yourself Wireless Home Security SystemInstalling a wireless DIY (do-it-yourself) security system allows you to add individual components easily at any time, to monitor your own system on multiple devices or choose the level of outside monitoring you want, and to simply remove the system and take it with you in the event that you move.

Selecting the Right Security System For You!

Unless you are already able to purchase a comprehensive system for your home, it’s much better to start small and add to your system over time as opposed to waiting to buy it all at once. With only outside cameras or only sensors on the doors, you will know if someone were to enter your home. Plus, as I allude to below, having the security company’s logo on window stickers (and other ways of notifying passersby that you have a security system), will deter potential intruders as they have no idea how extensive your system is.

So, start with the most important items you can afford and add to it from there. A typical start-up package will include a few sensors for main entrances and/or windows and a motion detector placed in the largest traffic area in your home. From there you may want to add a camera or two, such as a doorbell camera, one for the back patio, or even one or two inside. Of course, some people choose to start with a doorbell camera or some other kind of camera and build from there. It’s a matter of what works best for your home and your family’s needs. Remember, this stuff goes with you if you move and it’s easy to install or uninstall.

Installation For Dummies

Not to oversimplify the do-it-yourself installation aspect of these systems, but most of them are amazingly easy to install and uninstall. Some products will not even require tools to set up. Within minutes, you can have your DIY wireless home security system installed, armed and ready to protect your home. More on this at a later time as we look more closely at a few of the most awesome home security systems on the market.

Monitor and Control Your System From Anywhere!!!

In your home, you can have an “at home” setting that doesn’t send you alerts or set off alarms every time you pass through the living room or check on your kids during the night, but will alert you if someone comes to any outside door that is equipped with a camera or passes any other outside camera. And an alarm could be triggered with the opening of any external door or window on which a security sensor is installed.

In addition to your “at home” setting, you would have an “away” setting that would activate all parts of your security system while no one is home. There is an almost unlimited number of settings that could be arranged depending on the manufacturer and package you choose.

Home Security Controlled By Mobile

Although you can control your wireless home security system from inside your home, you can also control your system from anywhere on the planet. See, it’s very likely that you now carry your “home” phone in your pocket or purse (since most people use cell phones these days). And in the same way that you’re able to conduct complex personal or professional business from your smart phone or laptop, you can monitor your wireless home security system on the same mobile device or laptop?

You and/or any other family member or roommate (of your choosing) can monitor the system by receiving alerts on your mobile device or laptop. Depending on which system you choose, those alerts could include the following:

  • Someone at your front door….delivery? intruder? ????????
  • Motion in the vicinity of any indoor or outdoor camera (which you could then view on your device)
  • Motion inside your home sensed by a motion detector
  • The opening of any door or window
  • The breaking of glass
  • Dangerous levels or carbon monoxide
  • Smoke/Fire
  • Water

Be Smart About Home Security – Tips and Ideas

There is a clear difference between being alerted and being alarmed. With today’s high-tech home security gear, if you were to be alerted by a security monitoring company every time the mail carrier was near your house, or when a package was being delivered, or when any number of events would trigger movement in or around your house, you’d have little time for anything other than responding to the monitoring service’s calls. That volume of alerts would drive anyone crazy. Fortunately, with the DIY home security system, not only is the installation DIY, but so is most, if not all, of the monitoring.

Primarily, you want to know when to contact the authorities and when there’s nothing to be alarmed about. But never take chances or put your family at risk. Certainly, if you are notified of an intrusion into your home, you will be alarmed, and you should be. And that is the time to alert the authorities of a possible intruder at your home. You can also set up certain criteria with many home security companies stating the circumstances where you want them to automatically respond. This would take you out of the equation if something were to happen and you were out-of-pocket. The monitoring company would respond according to what you have set up with them. An example would be if your system were on an “away” setting and an exterior door were to be entered without the person entering having the code to disarm the security system. The monitoring service would be immediately on top of the situation and dispatch the authorities to investigate the situation. And if you have cameras, there would be a back-up potentially revealing the identity of the intruder.

Here are two nearly fool-proof deterrents to nefarious activity at your home as proclaimed by law enforcement and notorious burglars:

  1. Leave some lights on outside. It’s cheap insurance. Every intruder has choices of homes to invade. If 10 homes in their neighborhood of choice are dark and 3 have some lights on around the exterior (even low lights), they target one of the 10 that are dark. It’s almost 100%. Unless you house the Mona Lisa or some huge ticket item that is known, your home is not a usual target for thieves and burglars if you have a light or two on outside.
  2. Purchase the cheap flower bed signs and window stickers offered by your security company. They will state something like “This Home Protected By XYZ Security”. Some people have cameras. Some have only an entry sensor or two. Some only have inside motion detectors. Seems more and more people have a comprehensive security system with today’s affordable DIY wireless home security systems, but the scum bags wanting to get into your house don’t know the difference and aren’t willing to take that risk when the house down the street has no lights on and no apparent security system. It’s an inexpensive way of letting intruders know you have something in place to bust them on the spot, or worst case, identify them later.

Hopefully you never have to deal with the trauma of a break-in, theft, or any other unfortunate situations, but if so, you are light years ahead of the game with a DIY wireless home security system.

Conclusion

Never has it been so affordable to protect your home with your own DIY home security and alarm system. The components available to protect your home have never been better, and it’s never been easier to install a comprehensive system without paying for expensive professional installation. And the best part, it will look like professional installation. Save Money and do it yourself!

Save Money with a DIY Security System

You’re able to monitor your system from your mobile device. You can keep an eye on things even when you aren’t there. You can decide when an alert is nothing to worry about and when a call to the authorities is in order. And you can have it set up automatically alert police when certain alerts are made, such as a back door being entered by someone who doesn’t have the code to disarm the system.

If you need to start small, then start small. Buy the most important components that make sense for your needs and add to it as you go. If you move, within a few minutes, you will have your entire system in a box ready to go with you to your new home. Don’t’ put off securing your home and family. The key is to start now.