Video doorbells have now become a staple of home security in Berks County. We've all seen videos online and TV captured by these handy devices. Not only do they deter crime and catch criminals, they let you know who's at your door before you answer. You can also answer your door remotely. It's a great way to protect your home.

Before you buy a video doorbell, here's a few things to think about:

Resolution

Make sure the doorbell camera has at least a resolution of 1080p or higher. You want to have nice clear view of whoever is at your door. Long gone are the days of the grainy "convenience store" cameras. Now you can capture video of visitors with crystal clear quality.

Night Vision

You also want clear vision at night, since that's obviously when most crime happens. Not all cameras offer night vision, so make sure the one you purchase has this important feature.

Field of View

The field of view also makes a big difference in what the camera can capture. 180 degrees means that it sees in front and on the sides. A 90 degree camera can only see what's in front and a little on the sides. The wider view is obviously better.

Audio Features

Another great feature of video doorbells is being able to speak with the person at the door. This is especially handy if you're away from home and expecting an important package, as you can direct the delivery remotely.

Motion Detection

Try to get a camera that will let you define which zones react to motion. That way if you live on a busy street, it won't alert you every time a car drives by.

Cloud Storage

Cloud storage is the preferred choice for storing video footage. If someone does break into your home, then your footage of them is safe and ready for you to send to the police.

App Support

Check into the app support for the doorbell and find reviews if possible. If the app gets low ratings, it may not be the best choice. The last thing you need is to have a hassle with the app support.

Also, since these devices use your wi-fi, it's a good idea to place your internet router close to the door to make sure it has a strong signal. If that's not an option, then a signal booster located near the door will work.

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