Ever notice that when technology first hits the market it is expensive? Then, as time goes on, someone figures out how to do that same technology and offers it at a lower price. This is true of TVs, computers, smartwatches and now even video doorbells. The Remobell WiFi Video Doorbell is half the cost of a Ring doorbell camera without much dropoff in quality or features. It is an affordable, basic video doorbell camera that does what you expect it to do for the price.
The Remobell Doorbell kit comes with everything you need to install the doorbell. If you’re installing this on a masonry wall they even include a drill bit and masonry anchors but not the drill. You’ll have to provide that.
If you don’t own a drill, they’re pretty inexpensive if you want to buy one. Or you can rent one for a few hours from a Home Depot or Lowe’s. To rent a drill it’s about $20 for four hours.
Most doorbell cameras don’t come with wedge mounts. You have to buy them separately. Wedge mounts for video doorbells improve the viewing angle of the doorbell or can angle the camera to avoid high traffic areas like a sidewalk or a street.
The thing I like about the Remo is the wedge mounts are included. Yes, mounts as in plural. This is important to me that they are included.
How do you know if your camera can get a good view of the front of the door until the camera is installed? Wouldn’t it be better to have the wedges included when you buy the camera? Instead of buying it then having to figure out a wedge mount is needed? Now, you’re waiting on the wedge mount and having to spend an extra $10 or more.
But I was in luck….
The Remobell WiFi video doorbell kit comes with a 15 degree mount that you can use to angle the camera towards the door for a better view of a visitor. It also has a 5 degree wedge mount that angles the camera up to hopefully avoid the motion sensor not get triggered by people or cars going by.
So if your existing doorbell has a chime that you would like to continue using you have to install the Power Kit. The power kit is the Remo doorbell receiver. When the button on the Remo is depressed your doorbell chime will still go off. There is no need to install this if you are not going to use the home’s existing doorbell chime.
But if you don’t use the power kit you will need to install the safety fuse that comes with the doorbell.
First thing to do is turn off the electricity to the existing doorbell, preferably at the breaker box. The Remo doorbell requires hard wiring to the electricity so that’s something you’re going to want to shut off.
The doorbell comes with a mounting plate that goes on first, then the doorbell is connected to the wires coming from the wall that were connected to the old doorbell. Then the doorbell fits into the mounting plate. And that’s pretty much it.
The electrical part is probably the most difficult thing in the installation process but as long as the power to the doorbell is shut off that shouldn’t be a problem.
Then it’s on to the app.
The video from the doorbell is in 1080p, HD quality. However, the video from recordings in the cloud look fish-eye so they are a little hard to make out detail. The video on the app is fine and square but those are only viewed if you open the app on your phone in real time. There is also infrared night vision to capture video in dark or low light conditions.
The camera also features 2-way audio so you can speak, see and hear your visitors and the built-in motion sensor will send you a notification even if the doorbell isn’t pressed. So you can see and talk to people who are lurking at your front door. And they don’t know you’ve been alerted.
The motion sensor sensitivity can be adjusted on the app. Set it for less sensitivity if you get notifications when the leaves blow or cat walks across your yard.
The app will also let you adjust the zones the motion sensor detects. So if there is a lot of car traffic in front of the house or a lot of walkers on the sidewalk you can turn that zone off, it won’t record and you won’t get notifications on your phone.
The doorbell camera works in temperatures from -4F to 122F. While that might not be good for those in extreme cold, extreme hot places look to be fine.
The doorbell camera also will work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT.
Overall Impression of the Remobell WiFi Video Doorbell
I liked the easy installation and the free video access from the cloud. Something else I also liked is the almost instantaneous notification and live video feed on my phone.
I did not like the minimal capabilities of the doorbell app or the fish eye view of the recorded video.
Remobell does have a “lifetime theft warranty”. If stolen, you need to provide a police report showing the Remobell listed and a copy of the invoice or receipt. However, even if they validate what you send them, they send a refurbished device and not a new one.
There is a 1 year limited warranty but only if it is purchased through Remoplus.co. If purchased through anywhere else, like Amazon or Home Depot, the return policy is up to the individual store.
The Remobell doorbell at $99 is a good option if you want an inexpensive video doorbell. It has WiFi for remote viewing, free cloud video access, and motion sensor. It is easy to install and has a good picture. All these features can also be found on the big name video doorbells.
The unique thing about this Remobell video doorbell is it has a lot of the good things that the more well known video doorbells have but it doesn’t cost as much. If you want a video doorbell but don’t want to pay a lot, then you should consider this video doorbell.
Remo Video Doorbell Camera
- The price
- Free cloud video access
- 180 degree field of vision
- 2-way audio
- Share access with 5 users
- Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT
- "Fish eye" video on video viewed from the cloud distorts video
- Has to be hard wired
- Motion sensor is too sensitive, even at lowest setting