One of the best additions to any smart home is a smart doorbell. Typically, you will find this in the form of a video doorbell with a cost between $ 150 and $ 200. What if you could spend less? Like much less? New Kangaroo doorbell camera is only $ 20. It’s less than what you would have spent for a week of Starbucks.
If you are not familiar with Kangaroo, this is a DIY security company who shares some similarities with Simplifisafe. You can purchase home security kits including door, window and water sensors, indoor cameras, sirens and optional security surveillance.
But the Kangaroo doorbell camera, while complementary to the Kangaroo security system, is just as easily integrated into a smart home configuration. The first thing to know is not a video doorbell, as the name suggests. Instead, it takes photos when it detects motion. You will receive notifications on your phone when this happens or when someone rings the doorbell.
On the free plan, you will only see still images of the motion event. But if you subscribe to Kangaroo’s full plan for its security systems ($ 99 per year), the camera will chain a series of photos into an animation, much like a GIF.
The Kangaroo doorbell camera is battery powered and does not require wiring for your home. That means it can work in almost any home, you just need Wi-Fi. You can stick it to your front door, your garage or even indoors. The company says it should run for more than 12 months on three AA batteries when paired with a Kangaroo security system.
The doorbell itself costs $ 19.99 and is in presale today. Kangaroo plans to ship the doorbell in the first week of June. Kangaroo plans to offer a doorbell chime on the go (no individual pricing yet). However, you can also associate it with the company’s existing security system and siren.
To this end, the company also plans to offer a complete security kit with the doorbell camera, 2 motion sensors + input, a siren + keyboard and a traffic sign. It will either cost $ 79.99, or you can get the kit for free with a year of Kangaroo’s full plan.