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 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.
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 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 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.