Top positive review
Has Many Options Rivals Do Not Have
November 5, 2018
I was happy that the installation was a breeze! At first, I went with the battery option, and took me 5 minutes to install the doorbell. If your house is not as crazy as that of mine, your battery will last you several weeks. If you go the battery route, buy a set of four EBL 18650 batteries (ASIN B079RTBN4D), two can be used in your doorbell while the other two are charging. Note that this is a special battery and takes up to 3 or 4 hours to charge, so having a spare pair is highly recommended. My doorbell is used at least 10 times a day and then there are times that I am out of town for a week, so I could not only rely on the rechargeable batteries. This doorbell offers two more options (1) USB 2 charging cabler (2) 24V DC transformer. The USB charging jack is on the back of the doorbell, so you need to drill a space for the jack on your wall if you want your doorbell to be flush mount with respect to your wall. I wish the USB jack was on the sides or bottom to avoid having to drill in the wall. I was hoping that by connecting the doorbell to a 24V DC transformer, the rechargable batteries would be charging, but your doorbell does NOT charge your batteries, so prepare to use a separate battery charger.
After installation and downloading the app if you notice that your phone is buzzing every couple of minutes, you must change the sensitivity of the PIR Motion Sensor. Let me explain this with an example: Imagine two types of environment: (1) A unit at the end of a hallway in an apartment building facing a wall 9 ft away (2) A house on the prairie, with front door facing a big yard and trees and overlooking the horizon.
In the apartment case, you can set the sensitivity on the highest as your doorbell is overlooking a wall and you do want the smallest motion to trigger it to take photos or video. In the second scenario, if you do not put the sensitivity at the lowest level, a breeze moving the leaves will trigger the sensor and your phone will buzz every couple of seconds. So adjust it based on your environment.
I did not buy the optional Wifi Chime and now that I am using this doorbell, I wish I had bought it. If you are frugal like me and love to reuse & repurpose then you can repurpose and old cellphone as your doorbell Chime. If your devices on your network are cohesively connected, then you have even more options: I am sending the doorbell signal to my Samsung Hub and through Hub, it goes to echo spot. I also LOVE that you are given two storage options: (1) Store doorbell photos and videos in the built-in memory card (bought separately) or (2) store them, in the cloud storage offered by the manufacturer at a FRACTION of the cost charged by other similar doorbell manufacturers.