Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
Lately, visitors have been forced to use their cellphones to direct my attention to their presence. I blame them for not knocking loudly enough but, to be fair, the problem is mine. As I march dodderingly into old age, so has my ability to hear.
In an effort to alleviate this problem, I searched Amazon.com, examining a variety of doorbells ranging in price from less than 10 dollars to well over 100. Most of these devices were wireless and many appeared to be a hybrid, incorporating both doorbell and security-related features.
The video camera/doorbell combination proved enticing, and, happily, several of them were within my price range. After comparing specifications, I chose the V6 wireless video doorbell camera. My purchase included batteries and a chime. Sometimes, however, these items must be purchased separately.
This doorbell is 2.5 inches wide, 5 inches tall, and 1-inch thick. It is composed of black ABS plastic. The camera lens sits at eye level and a pushbutton is located near the bottom of the unit.
Inside the case are two rechargeable 18650 lithium batteries, a reset switch, and a USB charging point.
The main unit slides into a plastic mount, which can be screwed onto a surface adjacent to the door.
When the doorbell’s pushbutton is pressed, a notification is sent to the associated cellphone. From here, video can be accessed. Also, a voice conversation may be initiated between the visitor and the cellphone operator.
My doorbell came equipped with a chime. This module can be plugged into an AC outlet anywhere within the house. Once it is synced, this WiFi device will chime whenever the doorbell is pressed. Additional chimes can be connected to the system if required.
Video resolution is 720P with a viewable angle of 166 degrees. This device is capable of infrared night vision and supports a 2.4GHz WiFi network.
The free LiveHome application is required for the setup of this doorbell. LiveHome is also used to provide phone notifications, video, and voice communications.
Free cloud storage is provided, allowing the user to store and review the last seven days' worth of video.
- Name: V6 Wireless Video Doorbell Camera
- Model: V6
- Country of Origin: China
- Dimensions: 6.3 x 12.7 x 2.5 centimeters (2.5 x 5 x 1 inch)
- Power supply: Two rechargeable and replaceable 18650 lithium batteries
- Charging: USB. USB cable is supplied
- WiFi: 2.4GHz WiFi network
- Video: 720P resolution. 166-degree range of vision
- Communication: Two-way voice communication
- Alert: Phone notification when doorbell pushed
- Chime: Compatible
- Cloud storage: Free. Seven-day loop
- Application: LiveHome
- SD card compatible: No
- Infrared night vision: Yes
- Motion Detector: No
- Water resistance: IP55
I have been unable to determine the manufacturer of this device. It was designed and built in China and sold to a variety of vendors for resale.
Setting up the Device
After charging the batteries, I downloaded and installed the LiveHome application. This was used to set up the doorbell. Installation was quick and easy.
I pressed the doorbell against the wood frame adjacent to my door, ensuring the camera lens was at eye level. Then I marked its position and replaced the device with its plastic mount. Once I’d drilled four holes in the appropriate spots, I screwed the mount against the wall and slid the doorbell into its slot. The device was secured in place by two tiny security screws.
My unit came complete with a chime that can be plugged into an AC outlet. This device is equipped with volume control and a selection of 52 different chimes from which to choose. It is WiFi compatible and quickly synced with my doorbell.
When the doorbell was pressed, the chime immediately responded, playing music within my dining room. A second later, I received a notification on my cellphone. Once I selected the warning, LiveHome opened. I chose the Doorbell option and, after a lag of several seconds, could view my visitor.
I clicked the microphone button on my phone and said, “Hi.” A couple of seconds later, I heard his reply. Because these conversations are conducted via WiFI, there is always a slight delay.
Even when the video is presented full screen, the picture is surprisingly clear.
When I initially tested this doorbell, LiveHome informed me that the WiFi signal was weak and the video presented movement in a jerky fashion. I added a WiFi extender halfway between my router and the doorbell. From then on, the video ran much smoother but, unfortunately, it took longer to commence once I selected the Doorbell option.
I really like this doorbell. The chime ensures I never ignore a visitor, and the video is excellent. Sometimes I will turn it on and sit back, enjoying a cup of coffee while watching people and traffic pass by my house. This is what old retired folk do for excitement!
Because of the annoying time-lag, I don’t often use this device’s video or two-way communication capability when a visitor rings my doorbell. These features, however, do prove useful if someone drops by when I am not at home.
Bearing in mind that you might need to pick up a WiFi extender to ensure this device works properly, I feel that the V6 Wireless Video Doorbell Camera is well worth its purchase price.
Questions & Answers
Question: The device keeps going offline, why?
Answer: This device required a strong wi-fi connection. If the signal is weak, the doorbell will go offline.
© 2020 Walter Shillington
Walter Shillington (author) from Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada on July 25, 2020:
Here is a link to a compatible chime on Amazon.com. You can probably find one cheaper at AliExpress if you are willing to wait (they take a couple of months to ship).
TiffW on July 25, 2020:
I just bought this same one but i wasnt aware that i needed to get the chime . i have been looking for information but cant find anything on where to buy one do u happen to know