Blink's new $99 video doorbell cam is a breeze to install


For some, the idea of wiring and replacing a doorbell can be intimidating. Between dealing with potentially switching out transformers and changing wiring on a chime can cause headaches for those who don't tackle too many DIY projects.

The new August View video doorbell doesn't require existing doorbell wiring


August Home is best known for its line of smart locks, but the company also has a presence in the video doorbell space, including the August Doorbell Cam Pro that we reviewed in early 2018. August is now taking another crack at the market with the all-new August View. Unlike its previous efforts, the August View will be battery powered and completely wireless. This will make the product more appealing to DIYers and those millions of homeowners who homes don't have an existing doorbell and the low-voltage wiring that goes with it. The new product will also come with faceplates in nine colors.

This spooky doorbell successfully scared a ton of trick-or-treaters


Halloween may be over, but if you wish the spooky tricks would live on we have just the thing for you: A video of people ringing an utterly cursed doorbell. They came for the candy, but before these unlucky trick-or-treaters got their sweets they had to endure a terrifying show complete with sound effects, light changes, a little smoke, and some jump-worthy moments straight out of a horror film. The masters behind the Halloween doorbell made sure to switch up their performance with each ring, so you'll be thoroughly entertained/frightened for a full three minutes. Shoutout to the kid at the end who simply screams, "I'M DONE!" Same, dude. Carly Rae Jepsen's new video will make you want to dance in your underwear around your apartment Kurt Russell as Santa in'The Christmas Chronicles' will make you go ho ho huh?

Best video doorbell: Nest vs. Ring vs. August and all the rest


Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page. Your front door is the gateway to your home, so it needs to be well protected. Whether you're watching for trouble-makers, monitoring for parcel deliveries, waiting for friends to visit, or hiding from that weird neighbor who keeps asking to borrow your lawn mower, these dual-purpose video surveillance systems will help you keep an eye out. If your house has existing low-voltage doorbell wiring, take advantage of it for uninterrupted service.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 updates Ring's original smart, wireless doorbell


Most smart home products sound great on paper but fail to deliver in real-life, which is what makes the original Ring Video Doorbell such a successful outlier. Ring just announced the Ring Video Doorbell 2--available at Amazon and Best Buy for $199--and while its upgrades are modest, everything about the new model suggest it's worth a $20 price hike relative to the original doorbell. The basic Ring Video Doorbell concept remains the same: You hardwire the doorbell to your existing electricity feed, or opt to run the unit on internal battery power. After a relatively easy install, the doorbell serves as a two-way communication device between you and whoever steps up to the door. If someone rings the doorbell, you can see his or her face via a video feed on Ring's mobile app.