Hmmmmm.....good idea. I have some smart outlets floating around and my transformer just plugs into an outlet.
I guess you haven’t read the Cliff Notes section on Megapixels?Not sure why you would think that. The fact that it is 2.4GHz only and 2MP vs 3MP makes it significantly inferior. The video will be less reliable and quality won't be as good.
I fold!I am no newb... and am actually a photography hobbyist and semiconductor engineer. I even know the manufacturers of these sensors. I am aware that MP alone is not warrant of image quality. Actually physical CMOS sensor density and optics matter and I stand by what I said. The DB11 image quality is far inferior to the hiksvision. From all the samples I have seen the Dahua is much grainier and the optical coverage is not as suited for a doorbell cam as the HSDB2.
Someone pointed me to this thread as it seems to be THE place to discuss doorbell cameras.
I was looking for a decently priced ONVIF doorbell camera (to work with my Hikvision DS-7716NI-SP NVR), but I can't seem to find a good suggestion. I was going to buy this Hikvision version (or one of it's clones) so that I wouldn't have any compatibility issues with my NVR:
Hikvision - https://www.amazon.com/HIKVISION-Doorphone-Doorbell-DS-KB6403-WIP-TF-card/dp/B07FSS6ZFH/ref=sr_1_3
Uniden - https://www.amazon.com/Uniden-U-Bell-Doorbell-faceplates-DB1/dp/B075V9ZKTY/ref=sr_1_4
RCA - https://www.amazon.com/RCA-Doorbell-Security-Detection-Android/dp/B077KW2T1H/ref=sr_1_5
LTS - https://www.amazon.com/LTS-Full-HD-Video-Doorbell/dp/B076JM9C74/ref=sr_1_6
LaView - https://www.amazon.com/LaView-Doorbell-Storage-Pre-Installed-Detection/dp/B079Q435KL/ref=sr_1_8
But the person who pointed me to this thread said it was crap. It sounds like the RCA HSDB2A doesn't support ONVIF and most of the other reviews in this thread are negative. Does anyone have a positive experience with a (recent and still purchasable) ONVIF doorbell camera? All I want to do is record video and capture motion. All the other features (like intercom) would just be a nice-to-have. I don't care if it requires a transformer or PoE as I should be able to run both.
I believe that would work! Great idea. I was considering doing something similar with an APC switched PDU that I have but I haven’t yet confirmed if it can be scheduled. The smart plug sounds cleaner - could wire up a receptacle at the ceiling where the junction box is and put a plug on the end of the transformer wires and connect it to the smart plug.I wonder if it would make sense to put the transformer on a smart switch that could be scheduled by automation to turn off and on daily, therefore power cycling the doorbell.
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Oh jeeze, I've been using the terms incorrectly. I thought ONVIF was the protocol that allows the feed and alerts to be sent to the NVR! D'oh! I thought my NVR didn't support RTSP because I didn't see it in the list of protocols (has ONVIF, a bunch of manufacturers, and a list of custom protocols) and I just checked the sub-settings for the custom protocols for my NVR and bam, there is RTSP (kind of a strange workflow, if you ask me). So, to configure the camera, I would just need to know:These are all clones and the same device. The HSDB2 is the version 2.0 of this lineup and still does not support ONVIF. It does support RTSP which is what I use to stream/record and capture motion and it has worked surprisingly flawlessly.
The difference can be found here RTSP vs. JPEG vs. ONVIF (noob questions)
Basics: ONVIF is a device autodetection standard protocol which includes streaming and various control and may include different streaming format, one of them being RTSP. Without ONVIF, it just means that you have to manually setup the RTSP URL and authentication since it is not autodetected by ONVIF.
It sounds like this RCA cam might be the only option, but will it continue to function without any internet connectivity? (I don't need it to notify my iPhone, I could open the video stream when the doorbell rings)What you are asking for is almost what I was seeking and this RCA doorbell is the closest I have found to it. I don't especially desire to not have a phone app for notification and if you want to use the call function, you will still need the phone app but... the fact that it offers an RTSP stream enabled me to make it stream to both my NAS for storage and Home Assistant for notifications and have been able to make home assistant send me a snapshot of the camera whenever my front door sensor is tripped on pushover. All of this independent of the cloud storage and the camera's phone app.
Sweet! Thanks for the links. I'll probably pick one of these up, but are you sure they're exactly the same? The LaView looks like it can do thermal imaging?Easy shortcut to the three known clones clones:
Most houses might have a standard 16V 10VA(watt) doorbell transformer.Also brainfarting here but just in case: If you have a mechanical chime, make sure you provide enough juice. I have had no problems with this doorbell but I previously converted an old electronic chime back to a mechanical chime and combined with a video doorbell taking up to 10-12w peak, you may have a problem with voltage transients. Your transformer should be at least 20VA (e.g. 20W). Voltage does not matter so much unless you have very long circuit wiring in the house, higher voltage is better as you will pass lower currents and have lower line power loss. Most devices specification support 8-24V but 18-24V would be better. I am reading Amazon reviews and people having problems either are related to poor wifi setup (running on 2.4GHz), phone coverage and android app issues (android apps in general are much flakier due to breadth of devices they need to support and much less stringent requirements compared to iOS) to get their notifications, or power supplies. It is also why there are so many less than stellar reviews of video doorbells... many times it's not the doorbell, it's something else.