Wemo new HomeKit Smart Video Doorbell works with HomeKit Secure Video
After which there have been three… At CES 2022 this week, Wemo introduced the speedy availability of the Wemo Smart Video Doorbell, a HomeKit video doorbell that works with HomeKit Secure Video. It joins the Logitech Circle View and Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell digicam as the one at present out there residential HomeKit video doorbells.
The $250 wired doorbell from the Belkin sensible residence model is a brief, chunky black gadget measuring 4.9 inches excessive. It has a 178-degree vertical discipline of view, 4MP high-resolution digicam with “enhanced night time imaginative and prescient and optimum zoom readability,” in response to the press launch. It additionally options IP55 weatherproofing and works on 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi.
The Wemo Smart Video Doorbell is a chunky little fellow.
The buzzer is HomeKit solely, working with the Residence app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, somewhat than by the Wemo app, the identical because the Logitech doorbell. Solely the Netatmo doorbell works with its personal app, too. HomeKit Secure Video requires an Apple Residence hub corresponding to a HomePod Mini, which processes video recordings domestically and makes use of on-device intelligence to identify folks, pets, or autos.
Any recordings are saved in iCloud, so an iCloud plus plan is required for viewing recorded footage. HKSV additionally gives a facial recognition characteristic, which customers practice with pictures from their Images app.
The Wemo Smart Video Doorbell joins the Wemo Stage and Wemo Smart Plug as Wemo merchandise that don’t require Wemo’s personal app. It’s available for purchase now at Belkin.com.
The Wemo video doorbell is hardwired solely and requires a wired doorbell system (16-24V AC).
Wemo additionally introduced it’s engaged on Thread variations of the Wemo Smart Plug, Wemo Smart Mild Swap, and Wemo Smart Dimmer to be launched later this yr. This can allow help for Matter over Thread. Matter is the new sensible residence customary launching later this yr that can enable sensible residence gadgets to speak with any Matter-enabled accent no matter producer.
Matter over Thread ought to make Wemo’s gadgets extra dependable and simpler to arrange — two issues I’ve discovered to be a significant ache level with this model. Thread gives sooner response occasions than different protocols, and because it’s a mesh community, the extra Thread gadgets in your house, the higher vary and connectivity you’ll have.