Do Doorbell Cameras Need Wi-Fi? A Quick Breakdown of the Options? Ⅱ

Do Doorbell Cameras Need Wi-Fi? A Quick Breakdown of the Options? Ⅱ

Give the Doorbell Camera Some Credit, It’s Processing A Lot of Information

Now, let’s think about what your doorbell camera is actually doing for you.


First, your doorbell camera is using motion activated sensors that are programmed to begin recording and displaying video when the doorbell rings. No big deal. At least not yet.

Following that, you're now expecting your doorbell to capture stunning crisp video and images. You might even want it to have the ability to transmit audio and voice back and forth to the man soliciting at your front doorstep.

For any of you that understand computers, you know that this is a lot of data and processes taking place, all within a short amount of time.

Speed in transferring that data helps dramatically in these situations, and whenever possible, speed should be a priority.


How Doorbell Cameras Work


As mentioned before, in most circumstances, your doorbell camera will be connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

At this point, your doorbell camera will send real-time data to your mobile device informing you that the girl scouts are at the front door, ready to sell you some cookies.

Once you have received this electronic transmission in real time, you can see who is on your doorstep, and with any reputable doorbell camera, you will have the ability to speak to the visitors using 2-way audio communication.


Most doorbell cameras do not require a separate power source to operate. Instead, these devices are powered through the existing wiring of the doorbell system that was originally installed in the home.

Battery-powered doorbell cameras are also available for those without existing wiring infrastructure.



The Preferred Method of Connection Explained


The preferred method of connectivity is a wireless network in the format of 802.11 B G or N. Most doorbell cameras can connect to a 2.4GHz channel. Higher end models can also connect to a 5GHz channel.

An internet connection with relatively decent speeds is what will allow your doorbell camera to seamlessly transmit live HD video and audio to the app installed on your desktop or mobile device.

Without a strong Wi-Fi connection, notifications may be delayed. This may also cause video streams to be interrupted or delays while talking through the 2-way intercom.


For optimal performance, the minimum bandwidth available should be between 0.5 Mbps to 2 Mbps. A Wi-Fi extender may be needed to make sure the signal stays strong throughout the house.

Related Article: Essential Guide to Wi-Fi Networks - How to Speed Up Your Connection



What if My Wi-fi Network Crashes or Goes Down?


Don’t worry, in this situation, you are going to be okay.

Your doorbell will still work perfectly fine without a Wi-fi connection. The doorbell will still ring since that function has nothing to do with your internet connection.


Unfortunately, if your Wi-Fi connection does go down and you aren’t able to connect using any of the other methods we’ve laid out for you, all of the other functions on your doorbell camera cannot be performed.

Video streaming, audio transmission, and recording can’t be performed without a Wi-fi connection.

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