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Video Doorbells to protect your home.

Porch pirates are an unfortunate reality in an age where 79% of American consumers shop online, according to Some people are lucky enough to have a more secure place to send packages, like a workplace or P.O. box they can order to, but the rest of us have to constantly be on the lookout. Video doorbells give us that peace of mind we’re seeking.

This time of year is particularly risky with so many shoppers ordering boxes and boxes of Christmas gifts online. Before you fill up your Amazon cart again, I would strongly recommend investing in an early Christmas gift to yourself and purchasing a video doorbell to better protect your online purchases.

The two most popular options for this particular type of smart home security technology are hands-down the Ring video doorbell and the new Nest Hello video doorbell. So how do you choose? Both devices are similarly sized, although the Nest is slightly more sleek, and both have similar fields of view, connectivity and intuitive, user-friendly apps. There are, however, a few major differences that set them apart.

The Ring is available in multiple editions and therefore has more price options for different budgets, between $99 and $249, and the Nest Hello comes in one standard style for a standard price of $229. Two version of the Ring are also battery-powered, which tends to be easier for installation, but the Ring Pro and the Nest Hello both require a wired setup to function. The wired versions do have better video quality though, and since Frankie OnCall can easily install them for you there’s no need to shy away from that option. The real tie-breaker in this race is for my fellow smart home junkies who already own other smart home gadgets like a Google Home or Nest smart thermostat; the Nest Hello far exceeds the Ring in its ability to integrate with other smart home devices and platforms. But, for anyone whose first foray into smart home technology is a video doorbell, a Ring may just be the simple, more affordable option you need to get started. Remember; these products all need integration with your wireless (wifi) or wired network and bandwidth is essential!  Call me today to recommend the best product for your home or office; I install, integrate with your network and show you how to monitor your front porch while you’re away.