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Smart Home: DoorBot's digital peephole doesn't quite cut it

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Smart Home: DoorBot's digital peephole doesn't quite cut it

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BOT Home Automation's $199 Wi-Fi doorbell promises increased security and convenience, but does it deliver?

Hi, I'm Megan Wollerton for CNet Appliances, here on my front porch with button home automation Doorbot. Doorbot is a doorbell security camera and intercom all in one. It connects your local Wi-Fi and you can use the related Doorbot app to see who's at your front door. now this is an excellent idea in theory because its basically like a digital peep hole so you can be sitting on your couch or out getting groceries and you will receive a push notification when someone rings the doorbell one problem that I see with this is not everyone will ring your doorbell so maybe you're expecting a package from fed ex or ups so you can get a notification when the doorbell rings. To see if it is that person, or that maybe ex-boyfriend that won't leave you alone. It also has a built-in speaker and a microphone, which allows for two-way talk. So you can hold down a button on the app and speak, and then release it to listen to what they say. Unfortunately, I couldn't get this to work at all. And the one time it did work, the quality wasn't very good. And on top of that the video quality is pretty bad. The feed was really pixellated, it was hard to make out a face, and depending on the time of day or if you're under a covered porch there might be a lot of shadows making it completely impossible to see who is actually at your front door. So you're basically spending $199 for a really snazzy doorbell. The doorbell works great, it has a nice chime, but that's about it. And one final word of caution, if your wi-fi connection is spotty at best at your front door, this will not work. At all. My wi-fi router is about forty feet away and the signal only has to pass through the front door. And it still struggles to find a good connection. So while I wouldn't recommend this product today, I'm really hopeful they will improve some of these glitches. Because I really think an all-in-one, sort of security and convenience, device like this [MUSIC] Has a practical application in the smart home. Thanks for watching, I'm Megan Lorenshen for Cnet.

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