You don't need to spend a fortune on making your home office secure, but thanks to mobile technology, our options are now far beyond a locked door and window fastenings. Smart video doorbells that create and record both video and audio feeds in real-time when you have a visitor. Motion and sound sensors that can be used in and outside, digital door locks, cameras with excellent night vision -- the range of products that leverage mobile connectivity, apps, and Internet of Things sensors are endless. That is not to say that all smart home security products are created equal, and not every home needs to have bells and whistles on when it comes to security -- sometimes, a few select pieces can create a home ecosystem that is enough to protect your home (and office) against intruders, as well as alert you when suspicious activity is detected. ZDNet has created a list suiting a variety of budgets and setups to help homeowners and remote workers decide how best to protect their properties, ranging from full kits to useful window sensors and cameras suitable for use both in and outdoors.
Wouldn't it be convenient if you could see who's outside your door before you even open it? With the Wireless IP 1081P Smart Video Camera Doorbell, you can get the security and mental freedom you're looking for. It connects to your home WiFi and transmits a real-time video feed to your phone, tablet, or another device of your choice. You'll receive alerts any time movement is detected, thanks to built-in motion sensors, as well as a crisp, high-quality photo. It's even equipped with night vision, so you'll be able to see what's going on in the dark. With its built-in dual speakers, you'll be able to communicate with whoever is at the door as well.
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A new smart doorbell is coming to market this year that might really upset the competition. Blink, best known for their smart security cameras, unveiled their new video doorbell at CES 2018, just one month after being acquired by Amazon. The company that began as a Kickstarter startup in 2014 currently offers indoor and outdoor smart security cameras, and by the middle of this year, they'll be selling a new, affordable smart video 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.