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Lorex WiFi Video Doorbell review: Onboard storage is the lone bright spot on this budget-priced front-door guardian

Added 05-27-20 06:15:02am EST - “The competition is fierce in the video doorbell market, and this one from security camera vet Lorex doesn't deliver enough features or performance.” - Techhive.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Techhive.com: “Lorex WiFi Video Doorbell review: Onboard storage is the lone bright spot on this budget-priced front-door guardian”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Lorex is an old hand at building security cameras, and now it’s moving into the smart home market, with its 1080p Wi-Fi Video Doorbell (model number LNWDB1) being the first product to reach the market. With a $130 asking price, this device is clearly aimed at the budget end of the spectrum.

It doesn’t have much in the way of bells and whistles, but it does have onboard storage that eliminates the need for a subscription to store video clips in the cloud, and it performed reliably enough during my review. But this is a crowded market, and you’ll encounter several competitors that deliver more, including at least one that operates on battery power (Lorex’s device relies on low-voltage wiring).

Lorex anticipates you’ll be replacing an existing wired doorbell that’s mounted on a flat wall (there are no wedge options for installation on slanted surfaces or to otherwise change the camera’s viewing angle), and I found the installation process to be straightforward and as expected. You’ll first attach a small chime kit to the wiring in your existing chime box to supply a stable source of power, and then remove your old doorbell and replace it with the new Lorex.

Once the new doorbell is wired up, you’ll use the Lorex Home app to connect the new doorbell to your Wi-Fi network. And that’s pretty much it. The 1080P camera provides a suitably clear, sharp image, and the night vision is good enough and with sufficient range to show off the general area it’s guarding. Lorex sets expectations in this regard for 33 feet, but 10 feet is more realistic based on my experience.

The Lorex WiFi Video Doorbell does capture well-defined 1080p video with its camera’s 160-degree field of view.

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