August Wi-Fi Smart Video Doorbell: This doorbell lets you see who's at the door from wherever you are via a downloadable app. The 1-way video camera allows you to view and speak to your visitor without them seeing you.
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Posted by: dilegrd from: on
When it works, it's nice. It dropped my wireless connection after a few days and would connect, disconnect, connect literally every minute. Each connection or disconnection leads to a notification so my phone was blowing up ALL day! Restarting the device didn't fix the problem. After the 2nd reset, I'm back up and running but the connection is still quite low. I'm using a Linksys Wireless AC router that's ~15FT from the doorbell. Ookla Speed Test shows 40-50MBPs download speed from the location of the doorbell. I reached out to August support and their response was I need a WiFi range extended even after I sent screen shots of my download speed. SMH...
Much like Augusts other gadgets, I own the lock, the product is hit or miss. I told myself I wouldn't buy August again but am a sucker for their design. Their devices as a whole miss the mark and support isn't any help.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great idea, but WAIT FOR V2, 3, or 4
Posted by: m1rooster from: on
I am an IT professional with a background in networking. Here is the largest problem I have had with mine: The wifi module in the doorbell cam is ridiculously under powered. With my home router just 10 feet away, I was getting about 59-62dBm. August says it should be between -66 and 0 for good video performance. this is not at all true - the camera and the sound generally only work if you can get the dBm to -30-35dBm. So, I bought a second Netgear r6400 router to use as an additional access point. This brought the signal to about 54-56dBm, and it is still very choppy and the sound rarely works properly. I then bought a dedicated wifi range extender, and plugged it into the wall inside, directly adjacent to the doorbell. Same result - the Doorbell simply cannot make anything of a signal that runs through any walls. I then tried to put the wifi range extender outside on an outlet 7 feel from the doorbell - no better. Finally, I used an extension cord and hand held the wifi extender 3 inches away from the doorbell, and that did it! I got 31-35 dBm, and things actually started working as expected. So, in short, unless you want to put your router OUTSIDE WITHIN THREE INCHES OF The DOORBELL, this thing is a huge waste of money. And don't get me started on the completely unacceptable lag when using the camera and August lock together - it takes up to 20 seconds for it to connect to the lock and actually do anything. Save your money and wait until v3 comes out with battery power and proper signal handling.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Patience definitely rewarded
Posted by: Matt1971 from: on
I love my doorbell cam. It really has changed the way I relax. Whether it's someone trying to sell me a new house, a candy bar for their school, a new religion, or a new subscription I am tired of not knowing whose knocking at my door.
That's changed now. After taking some time to set up - it definitely takes time - my doorbell cam works amazingly. Paired with my August lock it's one of those technology purchases that changes your life for the better. In fact I kinda wish my lock looked more like my doorbell camera as I don't know who designed the lock but the doorbell cam looks really cool.
As for set up -I was definitely frustrated. If you are not a real DIYer get help. But if you can set up other things like say your wifi router or dvr with wifi you should be able to get this.
I would say three stars for set up but six stars for how it changes everything. And since you only set it up once - more stars.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
One of the worst!
Posted by: MrGreenC from: on
Product design is great. Video is crisp when camera decides to work. Install instructions are bland and skip some details. Wiring would be easier if they're color coded! Connectivity is the absolute worst! Placed wifi extender directly behind the doorcam and signal level falls between 67-70dBm. Which is just barely operational. Always receiving notifications about it constantly being offline and coming back online. When doorbell is pressed and you receive the notification to answer it, it just says connecting. By the time it finally connects whom ever was at my door is gone by then. So much for screen captures. It would be nice if all the features that were supposed to work actually worked! Please do something about this soon. I'll change my rating then.
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
August Doorbell/Camera Great Design and Reliable!
Posted by: MacMcConnell from: on
This is one of those product categories that you don't fully appreciate until you own and use it. I installed the August Smart Lock, Smart Keypad and Doorbell Cam on the front door of my two-story home four weeks ago. I initially assumed that I would need to have someone do it for me, butfound that I was able to install and configure the Smart Lock to work with my iPhone and Apple Watch in just under 15 minutes, with the aid of well-considered August instructions, and just a Phillips screwdriver. The Doorbell Cam fit right over my existing analog doorbell wired location, and required only drilling a few mounting holes, and physically inserting the low voltage wires from the old doorbell into the new Doorbell Cam. This took another 20 minutes, tops, and the keypad addition rounded out my installation time to just under an hour. The August app configuration recognizing my Netgear router (located on the second floor) and the Lock and Doorbell Cam was as slick as any Apple user has come to expect.
My wife and I literally no longer carry a set of keys. We've set the lock to open within 100 yards of sensing our iPhones, and to auto-close after 1 minute. It's a little nervous-making to trust how rock-solid August makes this work, and that's why I've waiting for four weeks to review the products. We've given our adult kids their own access codes, and the August software logs every entry and exit, with each user or guest name, date and time. If I'm away from home, I get a notification on my phone when the doorbell rings, along with a video feed of who is there and an option to talk to the person via the Doorbell Cam two-way microphone and speaker. I can look at a live video feed from the door anytime from anywhere.
The August Smart Lock and Doorbell Cam combination is beautifully made, and August has obviously gone to great pains to make installation easy for the average homeowner, and functionality simple and straightforward for any smartphone user.
I **highly** recommend this product.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Works well and is pretty cool
Posted by: Justaguy from: on
I've had the doorbell cam for a few months now, and recently added the August Lock to the mix.
Installation is easy - clear instruction and very few steps. You need to make sure you have the right voltage range to drive it. I think it expects the standard and mine had no issues. The setup with the app is straightforward too.
The key benefits for me have been being able to have a better sense of people coming and going: kids' friends, the occasional delivery, etc. It's pretty amazing to sit in my office or out of state and see (and hear!) what's going on by my front door.
The combination with the lock is powerful too - the cam allows to control the lock via the internet so I can see if the door is locked or not and unlock it when needed.
There's certainly no going back to the old fashion doorbells...
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Had some connectivity issues...
Posted by: Pollo from: on
Overall, the doorbell cam is pretty good! I only wish it'd connect faster. My only comment is, your router has to be LITERALLY behind the wall in order for it to work properly. Otherwise, you'll be getting an incredible number of annoying notifications throughout the day saying that your doorbell cam is getting off and online. So, if you don't have it already, be ready to spend at least another $60 on a wi-fi extender/booster to prevent this from happening.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Posted by: PDC1 from: on
I love this doorbell. It enables me to see who is at my front door and talk to them. Definitely recommend it.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: tonka from: on
It works as a doorbell. I spent about 2 hours fiddling with it and still havent gotten it to work yet. It keeps saying that it's too far away from the Wi-fi, but I am getting 3 of5 bars on my phone sitting right next to it. I have reset it to factory settings and started over several times still without any luck. This thing has great promise to be what it is, but it still does not work as designed.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Everyone loves it!
Posted by: DoubleJ from: on
I was in a meeting....doorbell rang and I had a full conversation with the At&T installation guy. Everyone was blown away.