August's Doorbell Cam is your portal to the outside world (pictures)

The $199 Wi-Fi August Doorbell Cam adds another layer of security to your front door setup.

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August's Doorbell Cam costs $199 and is available in the United States on August.com and at Best Buy.

International availability is in the works, but August isn't announcing specifics just yet.

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The Doorbell Cam has to be hard-wired, but the installation is fairly straightforward.

A major downside is that doorbells are often installed on narrow door frames and August is square, so it didn't exactly fit.

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The Doorbell Cam will only work with wired systems that use a traditional mechanical doorbell chime -- no digital chimes or intercom systems with this Wi-Fi gadget.

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When someone rings your doorbell, you should get a push notificaiton.

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Click on the notification and you'll be able to view a live feed of the person standing at your front door.

You can also pull up a live feed on demand, a nice benefit of having a wired doorbell -- advanced features that would quickly drain a battery-powered model.

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And August Smart Lock customers can lock/unlock their deadbolts from the live feed screen in the Android or iOS app.

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