Agree radar is a joke, great Wi-Fi is key with Ring, I have a 6 unit mesh network so fast speeds everywhere, image quality on the Pro 2 is stunning but I also have my hard wired system with high resolution cameras, but the problem with them is the size of hard drive you need to store the video and pictures so I invested in an 8TB hard drive, 5mp cameras are standard now.
As many of you I had a number of camera brands with number of apps but finally, replaced all with Ring as they have more advance interface and with £80 PY plan which works even internet goes down with the Ring alarm. I have 2 occasions they have call me to check so very happy with 24 hours monitoring for this prices.
I know all about Ring Products thanks. I imported my original Ring doorbell V1 from the US before it was available to buy in the UK. I also bought a Ring Pro 2 when it was released, but the satellite map images for birds eye view were a joke and I also had audio issues with mine where you couldn’t hear audio from the bell, so I sent it back. Ring are great for speed notifications and OK image quality, but you need something with better resolution as well because Ring unfortunately just can’t cut it in that department.
I started your way with a hitch pot of cameras, trust me its a nightmare, as I said above SPEED of response is paramount and Ring gives you that. I still have all my other cameras and will have them as backups, most similar to what you have that I have bought over the years, and by the way buy the Song Pro 2 doorbell it knocks spots of anything else its absolutely superb with much higher resolution and head to toe fisheye recording, I posted a deal on here for it, pay the extra £10 and get the new Chime in the package deal, its worth it as they are £29 on their own and work very well, unfortunately its just been launched and I paid the full price but hopefully someone else can benefit ;) https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/ring-doorbell-pro-2-latest-launched-a-couple-of-weeks-ago-with-head-to-toe-vision-3714891
I think the best made cameras are the Reolink Argus 2, they are solid but no SD card capability, I have a bundle of them with battery and additional Solar panels, Netatmo has the SD card but playback is slow and unreliable over wifi, Blink are Blink, cheap and cheerful again no SD card, I have Neos Smart cams in my camper van running off the wind there, they are cheaply made but do the job, Nest cameras are overpriced and again no SDS card facility, so the winner for me is Ring without doubt. It's not just the cheapness of the camera but the reliability of the alerts and speed of getting them, I have 18mths free Protect from Ring but happy with £80 a year, if you buy the Ring Camera spotlight Twin Pack i posted on here you get 6mths of Ring Protect Free so maybe try that and save your 32.50 a month for 6 months as well, they are only £224 for 2 a bargain when normally £179 each, I bought 4 of these last week and 4 extra batteries from AO at £17 each with free postage. https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/its-back-ring-battery-spotlight-camera-special-offer-3714676 With almost zero policing you need to protect yourself, and deter criminals, its no good crying after you have had your house invaded and items stolen, its always nice to be able to offer the police any angle of the criminal they want from all your cameras.
That's why I went with TP link, no smart features but SD card storage so no additional costs. Motion detection works well and you can set up to alert depending on that. 25 quid. Saying that, I'm only using it as a dog monitor when I'm out.
Heat Added 🔥
These are good but without a subscription it’s just a live feed, no going back to look at previous events. Suppose that’s the same with most of these cameras! 😏
Very, very tempted at this price but I'm going to hold my nerve and see what's announced during Google IO next week. I'd like a couple more of these but at a higher resolution, without shelling out IQ money
Good find @Jen_x - thanks for taking time to share :)
Depends on what you need as I said, plus how much of your time do you spend re selling stuff, is it worth the bother, anyway there is a choice for people that's what its about. I have the new ring Doorbell Pro 2, fantastic bit of kit so wouldn't want an old model doorbell now, I guess that's why they are giving them away plus the new alarm system is out, but from what I can see its just the design that has changed, the guts are pretty much the same so that is still good value, especially with the monitoring for £8mth that includes as many cameras as you have as well.
Hard to justify considering the link I posted to the 7 piece, indoor cam, doorbell and extra sensors. Even if you didn't want the bell, you could sell on for profit and buy the extra sensors with the profit.
Seems expensive but depends what you want, 10 piece here for £219 with camera but no bell, bells are cheap now though https://www.amazon.co.uk/ring-alarm-10-piece-kit-with-ring-indoor-cam/dp/B08KPYLD59/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=ring+10+alarm+camera&qid=1620400318&sr=8-2
This might be a slightly better deal depending if you're not too bothered about the Ring version: https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/alarm-security-7-piece-kit-1st-generation-video-doorbell-2nd-gen-satin-nickel-indoor-cam-3718316 A second door sensor and second motion sensor.
I guess it's very different to Ring, who will give you another one. I'm unsure if this is a security flaw or just a design issue. I guess if you use their cloud storage option, it's not an issue?
I just think it's concerning when a company offering security cameras has a major vulnerability for almost a year that they still haven't resolved. Worst thing about that forum thread is the bit where Eufy respond saying the security team said it was designed to be that way which isn't helpful when you want the footage of who stole your camera.
I'm not too bothered. I'd they can get a ladder to get them, then they've earned it! Cheers for the info though.
Whilst I agree about image quality they are one of the easiest doorbells to steal you only need a small computer screwdriver or sim card removal tool to dismount the unit from the bracket, don't understand why they never chose to put a security screw on the bottom like ring has.
Hope your not using any of their security cameras such as EufyCam models, they all have a major security flaw where a thief who steals them just has to press sync button on the back of camera and they automatically unlink from your homebase and wipe all the footage that was stored on the homebase. https://communitysecurity.eufylife.com/t/major-flaw-delete-homebase-data-via-camera/903359
Ah. It is big, but similar size to the Ring and quite a few others.
The doorbell camera as listed.
Which camera did you get ? The 2c cameras are very small.
They have the ability to add storage via USB in the back, but as far as I am aware they have not enabled the unit to do it yet despite some promises. I suspect it will come at some time, but don’t rely on it. The 16gb stores months of recordings - I have 2 cameras and a doorbell and I have over 3 months of CCTV footage saved on the hub (and I think I cleared it before then).
I tried one and it’s was ok but very large camera unit. My understanding was you can’t add storage but as stated doubt you need to. I returned it and find a Blink external camera over the front door covers all my needs.
I’m not saying it’s easy if you haven’t got power nearby, but if you make the effort to power your video doorbell it pays dividends. It may cost a bit of money or time hiding or routing wires but it’s worth it. Not only will you never have to charge a battery again, you’ll get faster responses and unlock better and more advanced features that are not currently unavailable you because of battery limitations. The difference is night and day.
We’re same, no power anywhere near the front door so only option is battery
I had my ring doorbell for 3 years ,never had a issue have spare battery so always have power, it's not alway practical for people to have wire as there isn't one there before.
I’m inclined to agree. But acknowledge that in some homes/for some people wiring isn’t practical. I’m moving to nee house and as soon as I work out how, I’ll be getting the wired Pro 2. Or possibly the eufy equivalent, I haven’t decided.
I paid a lot more for mine,but don't think I would even pay this lower price for one now,its brilliant I don't need subscription, the camera is great,but as a doorbell especially away from home it's been useless, too laggy,my WiFi signal is good,but I have never been able to catch a parcel delivery,by the time I have received the notification,opened the app to see who is there,they're long since gone.i can see through the camera on echo show screen,but I have 4 echo's around the house but can't get them to ring when someone presses the bell,only if I'm in the room where the eufy home base is.
I spoke to a customer service representative with no problem whatsoever. She was very helpful and managed to fix my issue. My experience with eufy customer service has been outstanding.
Upto 128gb. I have a 32gb in my chime unit.
The recordings are recorded onto a micro sd card located in the supplied chime unit. Therefore you don't need a home base.
I bought this the other day when it was Amazon for the same price. I'm liking it so far, but I am in a gated community so not getting the battery drain others see. I'm on 89% battery after 4 days, it's detected 211 events and recorded 53 (about 15 of those were me testing it). Video and audio quality is perfectly adequate and for £80 I have no complaints.
Ah my bad I didn't realise the other nest cams upload 24/7, I thought they were similar to my logi cams which are event based (but still use heaps of upload) I've seen the nest software and it's great. Nevertheless when you have to use your footage 'in anger' and the authorities say it's just not clear enough, it's worse than having no footage. I think nest outdoor don't use 5ghz in the UK because of homologation, but if you have good outdoor WiFi... Yes the nest outdoor 4k is expensive, it's also only zooming into the scene for 1080p upload. I am hoping that installing PoE cabling means I can more easily swap out in future... That's the idea, best intentions and all that :) Also when I got my first cloud cams I swiftly followed with (wired) mesh wifi, because it's needed!
I struggled for 2 weeks to make a choice that was right for me (my needs and the shape, size, walls, loft of my house). In the end it was this 24/7 recording doorbell AND its reduced price that dragged me into the Nest ecosystem... and I hate Google and don't trust them to shut this project down in a couple of years. Oh also I was up against a deadline of ~10 days to get it all installed! Nest might not be right for you but it does offer 24/7 recording with 10 days storage. I really hope they one day increase the number of days without increasing the subscription price.. but I doubt it - https://store.google.com/gb/product/nest_aware?hl=en-GB Oh and they do have a 4K camera but it's STUPIDLY expensive - https://store.google.com/gb/magazine/compare_cameras?hl=en-GB - thankfully I don't need it. I'm going to be on the look for 2nd hand cameras.
I'm still going with a 4k PoE NVR system for exterior, the nest cams won't record 24/7 or with enough definition to see plates etc.....I'm undecided on the nest sub, I currently have a logi circle sub for £60 a year but I could be swayed if the nest software is good!
I just tried to post this myself. Phenomenal reduction. I need a complete camera system ASAP and was ready to buy a Eufy Bell and Reolink 4 camera system, fit it all myself, buy cable pullers, network cable crimpers, etc, crawl around the loft, up ladders etc I saw this and bought it within minutes. I know it ties me in to £100 a year for the subscription but it's going to be a lot less hassle to set up, I won't have a DVR/NVR box to manage and this was also the only 24/7 doorbell recorder that I could find. I'm really not interested or worried about a new version coming out. This does everything I need. I was so close to paying £229 on Google's site this morning... Now I just need to look for reductions on the outdoor cameras.
No power sadly without going through double bricks and all sorts, thinking of drilling upwards to get to the first floor circuits.
Does it need to be an annke DVR or will it work with others. Don't have much experience with Poe IP cameras. I have a hikvision DVR, connected to hikvision Poe IP cameras. I didn't do any config. I just plug them in, and after 20 seconds, a picture comes! It's already logged itself in and authenticated. Which is great as that's a whole pain in the arse!. Any ideas?
Yeah, it's funny because Anker CS wrote the same thing "'may I trouble you to shake the doorbell and re-add it to see if it helps?' (lol) I said no thanks, a new one hopefully will does the job properly. (And it does) :) Love the way when Alexa says someone is at the door or checking the live feed via google nest hub… <3
That’s great. I had a quick read up on them and apparently it’s goes pink when the IR sensor gets stuck over the camera. I read that one user banged it a few times to release it and another user used a strong magnet to move it back. Ring has the same issues so it’s not just eufy. Hope you have better luck with this one. I’m waiting for the 2k one to drop in price a little.
The new one works great! (y)
Cheers, won't be big harm already started the return process and emailed Anker just in case. Just ordered another one to see if that works properly or not. (y)
Very good security system. Specifically with £8 pm monitoring. IMO it's better getting pro version of doorbell.
Potentially a cheap way of grabbing a Ring, if you weren't interested in the indoor cam or security kit and could be an easy sell off. Alarm Kit (179.00 on offer, £200 in some places) + Indoor cam (£49) = £228
Its a pan/tilt, but even so they make cheaper ones themselves so not sure why this one is so much. https://kamistore.eu/collections/kami-smart-home-cameras/products/yi-dome-guard?variant=39514835026114
Seems v expensive for an internal wifi camera.
Good point, this is a poor deal considering it's a lot cheaper on Amazon for the same. (Before anyone says it's a different make read below) it's the same camera, it's the sister brand name. They do this to capture more of the market. You can use the YI App for both, as everything is the same. Voted cold
Is this not similar to the YI dome X for £31.99 on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/YI-AI-Powered-Surveillance-Detection-Time-Lapse-White-Grey/dp/B07XRJ2P46/ref=mp_s_a_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=yi+dome+camera+1080p&qid=1620111720&sprefix=yi&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExNjkxMzE1TVpYM001JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwODkwNDE3MVhTSTZDQ0NXRlVYSiZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwODMzNTA0NkJGQkFLMFM1VktMJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfcGhvbmVfc2VhcmNoX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=