Nest Ring and Doorbird – Video Doorbell Review – Costs Fees Installation Setup

Some smart home video doorbells are very easy to install yourself while others may require planning, special wiring, and expert network and security knowledge. Let's outline the top 3 doorbell solutions so you can be prepared and know what to expect.

Video Doorbell Installation – Easy – Not So Easy – Harder

Some video doorbells are very easy to install yourself while others require planning, the proper wiring and expert network and security knowledge . Lets outline the top 3 doorbell solutions so you can be prepared and know what to expect

Nest Hello: $229 + Cloud Fee

Easy to Install (DIY)

If you’re looking for a video doorbell that is very fast and easy to install yourself as a DIY solution, the Nest hello doorbell is perfect for you. The video doorbell itself is powered by the same transformer that is used for a standard doorbell chime system which is already in place in most existing homes. This means the installation itself can take minutes if you have a drill and basic tools in your toolbox. As always Follow the instructions!

  • Check Compatibility with the existing chime

  • Start the setup on the App

  • Install the chime connector

  • Install the doorbell

  • Finish setup on the app

Nest Ring and Doorbird - Video Doorbell Review - Costs Fees Installation Setup


Ring Video Doorbell 2: $199 + Cloud Fee

Very Easy to Install (DIY)

If your home does not have a standard doorbell and chime installed and you really need that extra layer of security, it’s best to go with a battery powered Ring Video Doorbell 2.

  • Charge and install the battery

  • Start the setup on the app

  • install the doorbell

  • Finish setup on the app

Ring - Video Doorbell Review - Costs Fees Installation Setup


Doorbird Video Doorbell: $416 – No Cloud Needed
+ Professional Installation Costs

Harder Advanced Installation
suggestion: hire a Professional

If you have a custom built home with a home automation system like Control4, Crestron or RTi, Doorbird is a great choice for adding video doorbell security to your smart home. Chances are your home has been Prewired with Cat6 all throughout the home and the front doorbell location was no different. The Cat6 will be used to send data and power over POE (power over ethernet) technology and make this the only video doorbell solution that will not be dependent on Wi-Fi signal strength or removable battery levels.

  • Make sure your home is prewired with cat6 at the front door (wires run to your network closet)

  • Terminate your Cat6 cables

  • Install your doorbell

  • Plug the Cat6’s opposite end into the POE network switch in the network closet

  • Connect your personal NVR recording hardware to the network for local recording

  • Finish setup on the app

What about the cloud Recording?

Nest Hello: Will not work without an internet connection – It requires the cloud

Ring Video Doorbell 2: Will not work without internet connection – it requires the cloud

When talking about cloud recording and data, you have to ask yourself if you trust the cloud. Some people don’t like having there activities documented by large corporations who “promise” they are not using or accessing your data.


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Prewire pricing will vary based on exactly what features you would like in your home. Read this article about the importance of wiring/cabling in today's "wireless" world. Your local Smarter Homes integrator is the best resource for exact prewire pricing. Wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring only, not electrical.
Keep in mind that our modern lifestyle and our home's automation technology systems are extremely reliant on a quality network and Wi-Fi system. Most homes are moving towards enterprise-grade hardware and away from the types of network products you could buy in an office supply store or a consumer computer store. We recommend that all homeowners consider the network and Wi-Fi system to be the most important system and installation within the home.
Higher-quality sound or higher-grade architectural finished speakers can range from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 PER ROOM
Basic background music system pricing ranges from $1,500.00 to $5,000.00 per room including all equipment, labor, and programming.
Range includes video sources such as AppleTV, a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, and remotely-locating them for best aesthetics. A basic soundbar is included for better audio.
This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location/room.
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The installation of a lighting control system reduces wall clutter, allows preset lighting scenes at the push of a button, increases security through programming automation, and adds convenience.
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For example, a house music app, an app to operate your TV, an app for lighting automation, an app for locks, an app for cameras, an app to open close garage doors & gates, etc. Or do you want to control the entire house through a single unified app that controls all the automation systems within the home?
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