Review: SkyBell a Smart Doorbell

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My Skybell, Red LED means no internet (FIOS is down)

If you have ever visited my home, you will know my home is automated out the wazoo. I have Amazon Echo (Alexa), I have Philips Hue Lights, Schlage Wifi Connected Door lock, a Thermostat connected to the internet as well as a stand alone air conditioner, heck I even have a smart thermometer for when I have a fever.

So why not get a Smart Doorbell that will ring my traditional doorbell, as well as alert me on my cell phone when I am away from home. What would make it even cooler, is if it could stream video and audio of whose at the front door to me and allows me to speak with them. That’s exactly what Skybell does.

It’s an extra layer of security when you are not home. You can even set it to alert you as soon as someone walks up. The feature, however, was a very annoying especially when you live in an area where a lot of people walk by.

So let’s get on with the review.

Installation:

Installation was really simple, I was able to get the doorbell set up and ringing my wired doorbell within 10 minutes. All I had to do was replace the original ringer downstairs with the Skybell and left everything else intact. It was so easy my landlord who is 70 years old asked me to take it off so she could try to put it on, she was also able to do it rather quickly. I wish I took pictures but when I did the installation I had been retired from writing reviews.

Setup:

Skybell Activation Code
SkyBell Activation Codes are really long

Setting the Skybell up with my iPone and Galaxy Note 5 was pretty simple, All and all I was done with that setup within 5 minutes. It only took 5 minutes because the activation code for the Skybell was super long.

However, once everything is set up the App does not seem to work well on Android. It does work great on the iPhone. On the iPhone and on iOS devices there is no issue pulling up video, but on my android devices I can never get it to pull up the video.

Using it:

Using the Skybell is easy. It’s a doorbell, all the person has to do is push the button and ring it. As soon as they do that your normal doorbell rings and depending on how fast your network speed is your devices will ring within a few seconds of that. For me, it varies between 2 to 5 seconds after the button on the Skybell is pressed.

Overall:
Overall it’s a great device and worth getting if you are using an iPhone or iPad. However, once you go to Android the app does not work correctly there for making the SkyBell useless.

SkyBell is available on Amazon for $149.99.

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Michael Reyes

30 something-year-old living in New York City. A passion for technology and writing. Published one book working on two mores.

6 thoughts on “Review: SkyBell a Smart Doorbell

  • November 6, 2015 at 7:57 am
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    I have been thinking about purchasing the Ring Door Bell, I saw it advertised on television a few times but it looks way too big.

    I have a question though, what is the video quality like.

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    November 6, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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    The video quality is decent, and I can see everything clearly. However I can’t even get the video to show on my android I no longer have an iPhone.

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    November 6, 2015 at 9:19 pm
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    Might be a silly question, but here goes… The app works with wifi right? So you can use a ipad or iphone with no service?

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      November 6, 2015 at 9:22 pm
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      Yes it can, as long as you have a valid internet connection it will work. In fact setup requires a WiFi connection.

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  • Profile photo of Sgt_Grim_Reaper
    November 6, 2015 at 10:20 pm
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    My wifi isn’t good outside by the door when closed, does it have anything that extends inside to get a better connection, or would I need to put a repeater just inside the door for a better signal?

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    November 6, 2015 at 10:58 pm
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    My WiFi signal was weak and it barely picked it up I ended up getting a WiFi extender, however it really depends the skybell does have its own receiver so it may be able to pick it up its hard to say.

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