One of the best additions to any smart home is a smart doorbell. You usually find that in the form of a video doorbell with a price between $ 1
If you don't know Kangaroo, it is a do-it-yourself security company that has similarities with Simplifisafe. You can buy home security kits that include door, window and water sensors, indoor cameras, sirens and optional security control.
But the Kangaroo doorbell camera, while complementary to the Kangaroo security system, fits just as easily into a smart home setup. The first thing to know is that it is not a video doorbell, as the name implies. Instead, it takes photos when it detects motion. You get notifications on your phone when that happens or when someone rings the doorbell.
In the free plan, you only see still images of the motion event. But if you subscribe to Kangaroo's complete plan for its security systems ($ 99 per year), the camera will merge a series of photos into an animation, no different from a GIF.
The Kangaroo Doorbell Camera is battery operated and does not require any wiring to your home. That means it can work in almost any home, you just need wifi. You could stick it at your front door, your garage or even inside. The company says it should run for 12+ months on three AA batteries combined with a Kangaroo protection system.
The doorbell itself costs $ 19.99 and is currently on presale. Kangaroo plans to send the doorbell in the first week of June. Kangaroo plans to offer an on-the-go bell (no individual pricing yet). However, you can also pair it with the company's existing security system and siren.
To that end, the company also plans to offer a complete security kit with the doorbell camera, 2 motion + access sensors, a siren + keypad, and Yard Sign. That costs either $ 79.99, or you get the kit for free with a year of Kangaroo & # 39; s complete plan.