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    Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    As does the Nest x Yale smart lock (both in the US only for now).
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    Re: Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    I want a true IoT doorbell. Just a standard doorbell that optionally calls a webhook or something via WiFi or a signal via BlueTooth. I can then do what I want with that (like text me).

    All in my control, all fully flexible.

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    Re: Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    Raspberry pis have some bare pins for I/O, right? You could just take a normal wireless doorbell, and replace the speaker with a board of your choice watching for a voltage across where the speaker was as a sign that the doorbell was pressed

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    Re: Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    Yes probably, I was thinking that a BBC microbit might be better for it as they run off batteries and have bluetooth low power built in.

    I don't know electronics enough to know how you would monitor was I assume is mains voltage on a door bell on a device that accepts 5 or 12 volt signals though.

    And then, there's the time to actually do it.

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    Re: Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    Quote Originally Posted by Dashers View Post
    I don't know electronics enough to know how you would monitor was I assume is mains voltage on a door bell on a device that accepts 5 or 12 volt signals though.
    Door bells are typically 6V. But you don't need the real bell - you just need a button to trigger an input on the pi/arduino etc. You could takre an output from the device to operate a bell, or drive a loudspeaker and send a signal to whatever internet process you want.
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    Re: Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    My house has a cheap wireless doorbell, that's got batteries both ends. Just 3 AA cells in the speaker unit, so the ~4.8 V max you'll get from that will play nice with an input pin

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    Re: Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    Hmm, the Ring doorbell uses the standard doorbell wiring as a power source and is wireless. You get notifications on your mobile, as well as the ability to talk to people regardless if you are in or out, cloud saves assuming you pay the $25 per annum subscription. Also has a wider FOV and pretty damn good night time vision as well.

    What makes this so different aside from pre-recorded responses? I certainly don't see how it's worth spending $5 per month.

    As for a smart lock, ewwww, keypads wear out giving any potential intruder an easy way to guess the code...

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    Re: Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    Quote Originally Posted by Dashers View Post
    I want a true IoT doorbell. Just a standard doorbell that optionally calls a webhook or something via WiFi or a signal via BlueTooth. I can then do what I want with that (like text me).

    All in my control, all fully flexible.
    The Amazon Dash Buttons can be configured to do just that. I bought the Heineken one for £1.99 back in November but have yet to do anything with it.

    Check out "Hack #23" on here: https://www.dashbuttondudes.com/blog...h-button-hacks

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    Re: Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    Video doorbell. Hmm, yup maybe.

    Net-connected? Er no. Cloud? Hell no.

    Google with a finger in it? Absolutely no way, not now, not ever.


    For me, a few customisable, prerecorded responses and a local, internal manual override would be fine.

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    Re: Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    Video doorbell. Hmm, yup maybe.

    Net-connected? Er no. Cloud? Hell no.

    Google with a finger in it? Absolutely no way, not now, not ever.


    For me, a few customisable, prerecorded responses and a local, internal manual override would be fine.
    Someone used a RP to make a video doorbell:

    https://www.hackster.io/robin-cole/p...cations-408d3d

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    Re: Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    Yeah, but that might be a stretch for my 83 year old mother-in-law. She has enough trouble programmjng her VCR. And yes, I do mean VCR.

    And for me, I want to buy it, install it and get on with my life, not build it and have to program it, When I know someone's already invented the wheel, got light-weight alloys, wheel-balancing machines and all-weather tyres, I fail to see personal attraction for reinventing the darn thing, starting with a bolder, hammer and chisel.

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    Re: Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    Unfortunately most of the commercial ones seem to be net connected in some way.

    Edit!!

    This one doesn't:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/BW-Doorbell.../dp/B00CE4FOCY

    There might be a few others on Amazon but OFC don't know how good they are!
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    Re: Nest Hello video doorbell finally becomes available

    On a cursory look, that looks perfect for her, and might suit me too.

    Nice one, Cat. Thanks.

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