August Doorbell Cam Pro review: August's Doorbell Cam Pro sees who's there for a price

From there, you'll be instructed to both name your doorbell and the house where you installed it -- I named our doorbell "Front Door" and the house "CNET Smart Home." You'll then enter your Wi-Fi details and begin installation.

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Shut off power to your doorbell at the circuit breaker
  2. Remove your old doorbell
  3. Attach the August mounting plate to the wall (Note: you may have to drill new holes first)
  4. Connect the two doorbell wires to the two wire terminals on the mounting plate
  5. Slide the faceplate onto the mounting plate
  6. Turn power back on at the circuit breaker

Go back to your doorbell and give it a try to make sure everything's properly connected. If your chime sounds, you're ready to start using your doorbell. Keep in mind that the Doorbell Cam Pro only works with mechanical chimes; digital chimes and intercom systems aren't supported.

Not sure if your buzzer wiring will work? Find out more here.

August's $199 Doorbell Cam Pro performed well throughout testing. The app is easy to navigate, the settings are easy to customize and the live feed and related motion alerts are responsive. Connecting the Doorbell Cam Pro to an Amazon Echo Show speaker is simple, too. Open the Alexa app, search for the August Smart Home skill (not to be confused with the August Home skill, which is exclusively for August smart locks). Select enable, enter login information for your August account and then say, "Alexa, show me the front door/whatever you named your doorbell." That way, you can view your camera's live feed on a slightly bigger screen.

You can also pair an August Smart Lock Pro or August Smart Lock to your doorbell so you can lock/unlock the door straight from the app's live screen.

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A look inside the August app. Press the red dot at the bottom of the third screenshot to lock and unlock your door.

Screenshots by Megan Wollerton/CNET

Should you buy it?

August's $199 Doorbell Cam Pro is a good buzzer, made even better if you have a compatible August lock to add to the equation. If you don't, the Doorbell Cam Pro isn't the best choice. It has a lower resolution, a smaller field of view and a pricier cloud subscription than Ring and SkyBell. It's also the widest smart buzzer I've tested and its floodlight didn't work quite as well as traditional night vision technology. Consider the Ring Video Doorbell 2, SkyBell HD or even the $249 Ring Video Doorbell Pro if you're on the fence.