|Product Dimensions||29.46 x 8.89 x 31.5 cm; 839.15 Grams|
|Item Model Number||D101S|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Size||Strato Silver D101S|
|Manufacturer Part Number||FBA-DB-D101S|
|Item Weight||839 g|
DoorBird WiFi Video Doorbell D101S, Strato Silver Edition
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- KNOCK KNOCK - No more Who is it... Answer your door from anywhere in the World from a Phone or Tablet ( IOS and Android)
- EASY WIRING - Comes with everything you need. Use WiFi or Power Over Ethernet (POE)
- CONNECT TO YOUR SMART LOCK - DoorBird integrates with August Locks, Kevo, Chamberlain, LiftMaster, Lockstate and more. Unlock your door from anywhere
- QUALITY BUILD - German made out of high quality materials. Excellent 720P High Definition Camera Video
- SECURITY AND FUNCTIONALITY - Built in Motion Sensor lets you always know whats going on at your house
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You speak with your visitors and open the door by smartphone from anywhere in the world. DoorBird combines innovative technology with exclusive design. A smart solution Made in Germany. DoorBird can be powered by Power Over Ethernet, off exciting doorbell transformer, or with provided power supply. It connects to your internet via WiFi or Power Over Ethernet. Access camera streams with built in ONVIF support and have the ability to integrate it with your Smart Home. DoorBird gives you the ability to use your current door chime and integrate with your Smart Lock of Choice. Also can work with your gate or garage door system. DoorBird also provides automatic Firmware updates so you will always be at the cutting edge. Works with many control systems, URC, RTI, Savant, Crestron, Control4 and more!
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None of these units are highly suited for direct rain or snow exposure. If your unit is in direct weather, at minimum, a silicone bead on the top and two sides is wise. Some like a seal at the bottom, I prefer to allow air flow with a common mesh screen (anti insect, vapor and condensation feature) sandwiched behind at the bottom. Also, I ran a second CAT5e cable for all the input/outputs for any future use with the over head door or if I ever need an electronic lock.
Customer support is all by web site help indexes for both Ring and Door Bird I had to wait overnight on email service support with both companies. Door Bird was responsive and Ring was a royal pain - blaming wiring - far too much uncalled for push back. Everything Ring claimed was my fault, was dead wrong. Ring finally had to replace the unit and the replacement unit was equally flaky as well and sent the whole mess back.
If you don't require the smart phone feature, the Optex is a nice value and even has a battery powered option (fully wireless) however it will only record a snapshot when someone pushes the call button when battery powered.
It's very important to understand limitations of recording optional services. Door Bird records one or sometimes more snap shots. Ring records a video event. I like Ring in this regard. It's very important to keep in perspective these are not surveillance cameras. They are "event recorded" (door bell and if turned on - motion event) triggered event recording systems. The sweet spot is for human identity when someone is at the door pressing the doorbell of the unit. If someone steals a package at your door step, the motion recording is all you have to go by and that is limited. In my professional opinion, they all do an okay job at best.
There are professional grade units available (bigger $$$$) that don't connect to smartphones as a doorbell - yet have much higher video quality "wide dynamic" imagers that will compensate for bright sun light far better. With that said, I would rather just invest in a secondary true surveillance camera with night infrared lighting built in and have full time or motion recording. The better recording set up would likely be record at least one image a second without motion and at least 15 to 30 images a second on motion. The one image a second catches what motion won't and helps for time line review. It is also super critical to disprove lies. If someone claims they delivered your package at 3:17pm and you don't have a recording, you have a "partial argument". When you can provide one second video snap shots of that time period - you nailed the liar "with indisputable evidence". Now you know the value of a security professionals "opinion"... This in no way represents direct advice or an implied subscription of advise. This is merely a review of a couple appliance technologies.
We were NEVER able to setup Doorbird with just the Doorbird power supply.
We waited the 2-mins (for timeout/3 chimes/No Network), and then press, hold (10-seconds), release the call button (doorbell button) to trigger/activate the Wi-Fi (enabled) feature to gain internet access (via owner’s access point) and then continue the setup process. After about 2-hours of repeated attempts, we were forced to go the PoE route, which did allow setup within about 10-15 minutes.
NOTE: I think the Wi-Fi is BROKEN on our device... another reason to send back.
NOTE: There is no web interface to configure this device; simple states "DoorBird" when you hit the assigned IP. Apparently, it can only be configured via the phone app.
Found the instructions a little contradictory... According to the owner/user manual, the preferred connection is PoE (third party power); however, Doorbird states you void the warranty if you don't use their power supply. So, what is it... use their power supply and connect over intermittent Wi-Fi or connect via PoE at 1GB speeds.
NOTE: This camera only uses 270kB/s... WiFi would be more than enough... however, hardwired for stability is our preference.
We have seven (7) other security cameras (360 fisheye to PTZ) around the house. This one claims 720 and is detected as such in BlueIris… however, the picture quality of DoorBird is now the lowest of the eight cameras. All our other cameras are in the 2.0 - 6.0 MP range with streams greater than 20 FPS and the fastest at 40 FPS. The DoorBird camera is only 0.3 MP... yes that is a Zero (point) Three... and only streams at 6 FPS, which explains the grainy and stuttered picture flow.
In our application, this camera faces East; therefore, around 9-10 in the morning it’s already moving into the shaded area of our covered patio… this makes the background brighter than the foreground and any person standing in front of the door is like a dark shadow. We get a better picture at night with infrared and a dark background. Was sort of hoping for a good 24-hour solution.
Security... Theft... Passwords:
There is some security precautions on the device; in regards to username/password combos that are unique to each device. Doorbird charges $80 (as of this review) to recover your password if lost... then claims all sorts of security verification stuff to justify the charge. So, don’t lose your password.
Theft... just search/read a few Ring reviews and you'll come across devices that have been stolen in less than a minute. I'm not really sure if the DoorBird password recovery actually protects the original purchaser/owner or if this is simply a revenue stream for DoorBird to get another $80 and allow a would be thief to reactivate. I really don't see any recovery options for to protect against theft… other than the device maybe useless without the username/password combo.
NOTE: Since we use this with BlueIris, we also have every camera buffering 5 seconds of PRE-Motion Video, which gets added to the video captured once motion and/or an Item is added or removed within a protected view.
NOTE: If the DoorBird is your only camera... there is a delay, even over hard wired 1GB LAN (Button: 1-2 Seconds / Motion 3-5 Seconds)… from device to cell phone app... don't count on this being the only camera to capture a view of a would be thief... 8 out of 10 passes alerted to motion... 2 of the 10 were a fast approach and I could have had my had over the camera before it triggered, which is why we have more than one camera and use BlueIris to capture pre-motion recording.
NOTE: Due to Theft concerns, we are keeping another 2MP camera with a tight profile view on the front door AND plan to add a hidden ground-up starlight camera to catch the faces of the head-down cap/hoodie wearing thieves that roam around day/night.
Doorbird attempts to gain trust by stating (multiple times) this is German manufacturing…
This is by no means Audi/BMW quality... it’s simply made in Germany and at this point I can’t see any difference between German and U.S. manufacturing quality in this product.
Example 1: If you use the PoE dongle option… there is NO place on the backside of the camera to store the RJ-45 dongle/plug… you must push this into the hole you drill (at least 1” diameter) into your house - from the outside… sort of like a high-school engineering oversight mistake.
Example 2: All our other cameras are Dahua PoE IP HD Cameras (2-6 MP), which have a much better picture quality than this (0.3 MP).
… but yet… it’s German.
Installation may have been simple if I was able to use the Wi-Fi and their power supply. However, our preference was PoE, which led us down a 2-day install and about another $70 in repair costs. Our home was built in 2005. The builder must have framed the front door with about 7-10 2x4 side-by-side; the stud finder couldn’t find an opening (to pull new wires) within 18” of the front door. Starting 6” away from the door frame… I attempted three holes (4” apart) and hit studs at each point (it was solid). So, I went back to the 1st hole… drilled all the way into the house… ripped a ¼” wide gap up the inner wall to attic access height (pushed CAT 5e into/behind drywall) and then routed the cable back into the attic to a PoE switch. Filled/Patched the gap, sanded, textured, and repainted the wall. Definitely not a task for the plug-n-play type of users.
The scope of this project was looking for a front-door solution for our parents. We get a lot of people trying to sell door-to-door and some of the sales folks feel they can get pushy with people 60+. So, instead of opening the door to find out who it is... this was intended to allow them to just ignore the door. However, I don't really like the reliance on them [parents] needing to hear a Doorbird Tweet from their phone when their Samsung TV volume is normally around 80-90... (Vietnam War Vet / Hearing Loss). The dog barking is normally their doorbell.
NOTE: I'm waiting on a Kenuco 7" always on intercom display screen, which claims to be DoorBird Compatible... to see how well the two play together.
However, when you consider:
* 0.3 MP
* 6 FPS
* Poor Backlighting Compensation
This doorbell had been on our wish list for some time due to the ONVIF capability, which is still a requirement for us; however, we are really leaning towards evaluating some of the new video doorbells that just hit the market and also have Z-Wave. In the end, the ONVIF requirement will win because it feeds BlueIris... and BlueIris interacts with HomeSeer, which controls all our Z-Wave and also interacts with our Google Home devices. It would simply be cleaner if one of the new (R---) PoE doorbells did ONVIF and Z-Wave.
So, unless you simply use their power supply to already existing doorbell wiring and the Wi-Fi turns on for you to configure... definitely not a task for the plug-n-play type of users.
At this point, I'm not impressed by the product... I'm simply okay with it (emoticon: Meh)… would rather have the $400-500 and my time back.
The biggest reason I selected the Doorbird is the ONVIF. I already use Sighthound home video security software. With ONVIF, the DoorBird just becomes another home security camera in a larger system. There is no need to pay for an extra subscription, or use a separate app to see the video feed. Although the Doorbird app is still needed for two-way audio.
The video quality on the camera is good. I wish it handled dynamic brightness a bit better, as faces can be shadowed when the background is very bright. For my porch, the video is actually a bit too wide angle.
The two-way audio is the biggest disappointment for me. The volume is quite low for both the speaker and the microphone. No where near the volume you would expect from a home intercom. Some visitors didn't even realize I was talking to them.
You can adjust the volume in the app, but it just ends up clipping the audio and making it harder to understand. There is also no boost for the microphone. However, I don't use the two-way audio very often.
The quality of the enclosure is a bit lacking. It is not a weatherproofed product. The front looks like it could hold up to a light amount of water spray, but the backside has a large opening exposing the circuit board. The circuit board itself also doesn't appear to be conformal coated. The front looks to be stainless steel metal, but the surround is just silver painted plastic.
The DoorBird (iOS) app isn't bad. There is very little lag between the button push and the notification. One thing which wasn't clear was how to change the default quite chirping sound to something more noticeable. You can change the notification sound by clicking on setting, then your login ID, then Doorbell.