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Test report: eufy security video doorbell
eufy is a subsidiary of the Chinese company Anker, known for its various accessories. Its smart home solutions have been placed under Eufy, for example there are smart vacuum cleaners, but also smart home cameras. I've already looked at a few (see list of links under this post) and with the eufy Security video doorbell, I looked at the next model.
There are two versions, one hard-wired and one with a battery. Whereby, immediately thrown in, the battery variant can also be used quite normally with the cable so that it rings in the digital or analog doorbell box. If it is a corresponding line, then the battery model can also be permanently supplied with power.
The eufy security video doorbell does not require a cloud subscription, but saves on the internal memory of the Home Base 2, which is included in the package. The eufy security video doorbell supports the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The bell works in WLAN and has a 2K resolution and 160 ° wide-angle view. The camera is protected according to IP65. It also supports intelligent person recognition, which eliminates unnecessary warning messages.
The integrated battery should last up to 180 days. Because the camera does not have to be wired to your bell box, an external notification solution is on board. Means: It can ring on your smartphone, on the doorbell itself - or you can use the base of the doorbell as a module for sound output.
The structure is quite simple - anyone who may already be using an eufy security camera saves even more time. In short: set up the base, connect to an eufy account and use the app to make the bell known to the base. Finished. Except that you still have to put the bell on. For my test, I dismantled my old bell and attached the eufy model. Everything you need is included in the scope of delivery. Mounting plate, angle bracket, screws and ejector tool. As with all bells of this type: With a special ejection tool, they can be removed and thus stolen. It's not that difficult - and in contrast to security cameras, there is no way to trigger an alarm when the camera moves.
If you have successfully connected the camera, you can of course test it in advance in the app. As with security cameras, schedules and normal plans can be set. So you might not want to have a notification or a recorded video when you are at home anyway. So you can choose manual states of your camera setup, time-controlled or geolocation. Then cameras are armed when you move out of their haze. A function that is still declared as beta.
The settings for the camera are varied, but still reasonably easy to understand if you spend a few minutes looking at them. It can be set so that only people are recognized, all movements - and a movement area can also be defined. Because with such a doorbell, which is probably aimed more at homeowners, it is so that it may also "see" areas that do not have to or may not be monitored. This can be coordinated with just that range of motion.
Depending on the setting, you will receive a notification and / or a video will be recorded. That ends up on the base with the 16 GB memory. From there you can see it - alternatively you can of course answer directly from a distance if someone rings the doorbell - that is often the reason to have such a bell at all - i.e. information and 2-way audio. If you don't want to speak great, you can also leave a few short answers. Means: You speak texts, which are then played automatically when you press the corresponding text button in the app. Here is an excerpt from the app:
In practice: Depending on the settings, the camera provides me with information on my smartphone, push notifications also with a preview image of who is at the door. This takes a little longer than the plain text notification, but it is bearable. The short messages also work, but are probably not something I would use. I think the picture, both at night and during the day, is very good, eufy has a separate "WDR" setting that is supposed to ensure that people are better illuminated if the camera is installed in a location that is mainly in the There is backlight - in other words: the person in front of the door has the sun behind them.
The advantage of this solution is, of course, that no paid subscription is required. Everything is saved on the Home Base. This is a little different with other providers, Nest from Google and Ring from Amazon do not offer local storage, only in the cloud. To what extent the advantage or disadvantage is, you have to weigh for yourself.
However, there is no doubt that I still have to point out a major flaw at eufy: The lack of 2FA at Eufy creates an unprofessional image that needs to be improved. In other words: It must be ensured that users not only have access to the system with a password and username, but also have to identify themselves with an additional key that is temporarily issued. And I like to address this as a warning in every post, because some manufacturers are already making two-factor authentication mandatory, eufy does not even offer the whole thing as an option.
Not so nice either: plans and time. I can activate manually switchable plans so that, for example, only certain cameras are armed. These fixed plans can also be made into schedules. Means, for example: External cameras watch for movement and record, but only on weekdays from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The problem here is that there are not several parallel (time) plans, but only one large one. At the same time, I would have to think less with several cameras, with one plan it is so that, for example, a 24-hour active “garage camera” would overwrite a schedule for the aforementioned outdoor cameras. So you have to consider that when you set a schedule for the outside cameras, the garage camera is also included, as the all-day schedule of the garage camera from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. would be interrupted by the outside cameras. With many cameras this is very crappy and should be solved better.
Also worth mentioning: eufy offers a skill so that the image from the cameras can be reproduced on the TV or smart displays. The bad reviews speak for themselves. It is currently more difficult that announcing via an echo does not work. No, I don't need the function, it rings on the smartphone, the base and the bell box - but if something like this is offered, it should work once. So far it has not done that for me. I was able to select echoes on which to announce, but that didn't happen. I hope that they will rework here.
Otherwise, the bell does what it's supposed to do - and it does it well. The app notifications and recordings fit, the picture is very good - all in all a worthwhile purchase if you are thinking about using eufy in general - or you want to expand your existing setup. Nevertheless: eufy definitely still has to tweak the software, there is room for improvement.
The eufy security video doorbell should ring promptly on Amazon and other manufacturers; it was planned to appear in the first quarter for around 200 euros.
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