How Do Video Doorbells Work?

Video doorbells are amazing pieces of technology. They’re not only impressive in what they are and how they work, but they’re also incredibly affordable. That’s a rare combination that allows everyone to enhance the security of their home without breaking the bank. So, what is a video doorbell, and how do video doorbells work? Read on to find out.

What is a video doorbell?

A video doorbell is pretty much what it sounds like—that is, a doorbell with video capability. It used to be that only the super-rich could afford a system like this. It involved a specialized camera and closed-circuit TV system wired to the house. Sometimes this would involve some serious work if installed on an entrance that wasn’t right by the front door. But this is not the case anymore.

A video doorbell looks like a traditional doorbell, and it does basically the same thing. Once it’s pressed, a chime will sound inside your home alerting you that someone is at the door. But it also has a small camera that will show you just who is at the door. For this reason, these units are also called doorbell cameras. So, how do doorbell cameras work? How do you see what the camera picks up?

How does a doorbell camera work?

A doorbell camera connects to your existing doorbell wiring to make the sound inside your home. It also has a computer chip inside of it to allow it to connect to your home’s wi-fi network. This is where the magic of the 21st century really kicks in.

Because it connects to wi-fi, you can see what the camera sees live, as it happens, on any internet-connected device. That means you can see it on your computer, or even your smartphone. To add to this magic, you don’t even have to be on the same wi-fi network to see what your doorbell camera sees. You can view it from anywhere in the world, anytime you want. Many models have services that also record the action for archival purposes.

Some doorbell cameras use motion detection to turn on and start recording, and some turn on once the doorbell button is pressed. When it’s activated, a notification is sent to an app on your smartphone to let you know someone is at the door. When you open the doorbell camera app on your phone, you can see a live video feed from the camera.

Some models go beyond just the video feature. It’s possible to have a doorbell camera that allows you to hear and talk to the person at the door. Again, this works through an app on your phone, and can be done from anywhere in the world.

Video doorbells are easy to learn to use, but they can be a bit complicated to install. If you are interested in learning more about how a video doorbell works, or if you are ready to have one installed at your home, contact the experienced professionals at Done Right TV today. We will get you started on enhancing the security of your home right away.