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Over the last year or two Dean and I have installed and tested several smart home products in our home. Initially it was Wi-Fi controlled light bulbs for lamps. Then it was outdoor Christmas lights and indoor dimmer light switches. We'll soon be sharing about a smart home thermostat. But one of the smart home products we were most excited to try was the NuTone KNOCK Smart Video Doorbell Camera.
What is the NuTone KNOCK?
The NuTone KNOCK is a smart video doorbell camera that can be connected to existing doorbell wiring. It allows you to see the entire entry area with the 180 degrees, 720p, night vision-included, built-in camera. It can sense motion, heat and is totally weatherproof. It will take a video or snapshot when the doorbell button is pressed and you can opt-in (for a mere $30 per YEAR) to have video recorded to the cloud – which is AWESOME for security!
Why did we want a smart video doorbell camera?
Honestly, we wanted a smart video doorbell camera for a couple of reasons. The first being security. With automatic cloud storage of videos (with opt-in service) there's some piece of mind knowing that if someone tries to break in via the front door, we'll get them on video. The second reason is also security. But more from the perspective that no one HAS to go to the door to see who's there when they're home alone or not feeling well. We can just check the Live View in the app.
How to install the NuTone KNOCK Smart Video Doorbell Camera
The KNOCK comes with pretty clear step-by-step instructions in the box. And unlike some instructions, there are BOTH written instructions and diagrams, which is helpful. Here are the main step-by-step instructions:
- Verify Wi-Fi strength by taking your smart phone to the existing doorbell button's location. 2-3 bars minimum are needed.
- Turn off the power to your doorbell.
- Remove the cover of your doorbell chime box. Install the diode for the KNOCK into the existing chime box. It should connect between the ‘trans' and ‘front' screws. See instructions that came with your KNOCK for the diagram.
- Remove the existing doorbell button, by popping off the cover, unscrewing the bracket and disconnecting the wires.
- Mount the KNOCK camera plate. Use a drill to drill holes for screws if necessary. Also use a level if needed. (We didn't need a level as our space was so narrow.)
- Wire the KNOCK to the existing doorbell wires using the weather-resistant connectors that came with the KNOCK. Again refer to the diagrams in the instructions that came with your video doorbell.
- Push the extra wires into the wall, hang doorbell on camera mounting plate tabs and push down.
- Turn the power on and test the doorbell button.
- If the chime rings normally, add the security screw to the bottom of the KNOCK. If it doesn't ring correctly, you'll need to see the instruction sheet for additional steps and trouble-shooting.
- You need good Wi-Fi strength. Double check that your Wi-Fi will reach the KNOCK. If you can't get 2-3 bars of signal strength on your smart phone at the doorbell's location, you will need a repeater to get the signal far enough.
- You need to have an existing hard-wired (not battery powered) door bell.
- The KNOCK will not work with electronic chimes.
- Don't panic if your chime box doesn't look exactly like the drawing. Check for the three connections: REAR, TRANS and FRONT. Ours were exactly the opposite of the illustration in the instructions.
- Make sure you have or create enough room for the wires behind the KNOCK. There is no cavity in the back of the device to tuck the wires into, so you need to tuck them into the wall behind it. For us, that meant that Dean had to chip away some space in the brick mold trim to make space. For you, it may mean drilling a larger hold in your siding, etc. You can also shorten the wires from the KNOCK. Just be sure not to shorten them too much!
We did run into a couple of issues when installing the doorbell, but the NuTone Technical Support people were AMAZING! If you have any questions or issues installing yours, just give them a call and they'll walk you through a solution pretty quickly.
In a couple of weeks, we'll put together another post to share how we've used the camera and what we think. Right now, I'm loving the idea of being able to see what's happening on my front porch without having to go to the door!
What do you think of the idea of a Smart Video Doorbell Camera?
P.S. The NuTone KNOCK is not available in Canada just yet. But it will be in mid-January!
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