What Are Doorbell Cameras?


Simply put, a doorbell camera is a device similar to a traditional doorbell but, as one may assume, has built-in camera. Doorbell cameras allow homeowners to view who is at their door remotely, from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. This device shows the user live streaming footage from in front of the equipment and is capable of recording both audio and video. Doorbell cameras also let the user have a 2-way conversation with the person on the other side before opening it, possibly preventing an intruder from entering the house.

How do doorbell cameras work?

Smart doorbell cameras are easy to use, have many convenient features and provide a higher level of security around a residential property. Here are some of the things that a doorbell camera does.

  • A doorbell camera connects to your home’s existing doorbell wiring and doorbell chimes, as well as your home’s WiFi.

  • When someone pushes the doorbell, it chimes just like a normal doorbell. Some doorbell camera models use motion detectors to sense when someone is at your front porch and then start recording automatically.

  • A notification is sent to your smartphone via the WiFi connection, alerting you when someone is at the door.

  • Opening the doorbell camera’s app will allow you to watch a live video feed from the camera. Some doorbell cameras start recording video footage once the doorbell is pressed, or when motion is detected, allowing you to review the footage at your convenience. Because recorded video clips require storage space, you may need cloud storage or removable storage.

  • Doorbell cameras also feature a speaker, allowing you to use the app to speak through the doorbell camera to the visitor on your doorstep. If the doorbell camera also includes two-way talk functionality, you can see and have an active conversation with your visitor.

Why should you add a doorbell camera?

If you’re like most people, you may not answer your phone if you don’t recognize the number on the caller ID. Many people now feel the same about their front door—why would you answer it without knowing who is there?

A doorbell camera acts like the caller ID for your front door, letting you see who’s there without actually opening the door or peering through a peephole. It’s a must-have for anyone interested in improving the security of their home.

Contact Titan Alarm to explore the benefits of a doorbell camera installation.