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Eufy doorbell wiring UK

PJ77#1

Hi Guys,

A bit of novice question for the experts here.

I have an existing doorbell chime (see pic) with battery connections. I am not sure how the eufy doorbell wiring would be done

Any experts out the who can guide me?

thanks

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Ice1#2

I was thinking the eufy chime will plug into your outlet… I don’t own one, I may be wrong.

Oggyboy#3

I didn’t think they’d released a UK version yet.

But would imagine it would just need a live and neutral when installing (when it becomes available)

The live is split their so it can come from the button (when pressed) and activate the chime.

Haloweenhamster#4

Didn’t realize it was out in the UK, Eufy said August then September for release

Are you actually powering it from batteries? If so it won’t work, it’s only 6v & it’s DC also batteries wouldn’t last long if it did work

Unfortunately all the chimes I looked at used 6v or 8v AC
When I installed a camera doorbell I had to use the transformer in the old chime as well as the transformer in the new chime for it to work 14v AC at 1A, off load it’s 20v

You can buy separate transformers that are 16v though

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TechMan#5

You’re supposed to bypass the chime and use the plugin WiFi chime…

MacBlank#6

There is no reason over 75% of the stuff Anker industries sells purely in China and USA, couldn’t be sold to other locations.

China even uses the global 220v at 50hz, and 3 pins.


So there is no reason the factory that makes other stuff for Europe couldn’t do so for Anker, it’s only Anker blocking it.

Haloweenhamster#7

@TechMan you still need the power from the chime you just disconnect the solenoid

@MacBlank it uses low voltage, the same as any doorbell, standard for US is 16v, standard for UK is 8v

PJ77#8

To clarify, I know i need to use existing wires for the doorbell, so that is fine

All i was asking how do i bypass this chime? Any idea? US version is connecting ‘FRONT’ to ‘TRANS’ where as i have 1, 2, 3 & 4 connection…

@AnkerSupport any suggestions?

Haloweenhamster#9

To bypass chime move 3 to 4

I guess you have an external PSU?
Do you know the rating?

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AnkerSupport#10

Hello! @PJ77 Much appreciate for your interest in our doorbell series. The Doorbell is initially launched in the US at the current stage. We are aiming to launch the eufy Security Video Doorbell in UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and the Netherlands in September. The video doorbell draws power from existing doorbell wiring. The voltage requirement is 16-24VAC, which is very common in most house doorbell wiring. To make installation and compatibility simple, the doorbell requires you bypass the existing doorbell chime. It’s as simple as connecting a jumper on the chime. The product comes with an electronic chime to notify people in the house. Thank you!

Haloweenhamster#11

@AnkerSupport
May want to review that statement before releasing to the UK, as I’ve previously said UK standard is 6v, 8v or occasionally 12v, you can read up about nest installation issues in the UK if you like as they had the same arrogant attitude, USA uses this so it’s the standard

Ring actually thought about it


Looks like Europe uses 12v, probably why you get the occasional 12v doorbell in the UK

nest actually recommends buying a doorbell chime that isn’t compatible, problem is no UK doorbell is compatible with this voltage spec

You have to get an external transformer and as 16v isn’t common here people will need to get a 24v version

As you state to bypass the solenoid in the chime anyway just tell people they need a transformer not a chime

What current rating does the doorbell require & what’s the actual maximum voltage not the working voltage of 16-24v? As transformers output higher voltage when off load / partial load, if the 24v transformer hasn’t got enough load then it can be up to 35v, you also have the other issue that if it’s too low a rating the transformer will overheat

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Oggyboy#12

I have no wiring at all to my front door so would need to start from scratch.

Chiquinho#13

The best would be to remove the front door totally.
So there is no more need for wiring and door bell. :rofl:

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PJ77#14

In that case Oggyboy is living the dream!

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Oggyboy#15

Not if it doesn’t come with the necessary bits and bobs required to power it from a 240v plug socket.

Chiquinho#16

And I would recommend a new model of the Eufy series
( will be relaunched in december hopefully)

Has USB-C and “chasing away function” :

The roboGuard! :smiley:

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MacBlank#17

I don’t have a door bell either.

I do have a buzzer at the main door to the block, but nothing at my door. I could do with something tho, as … I’d catch someone if they tried to steal another parcel, stupidly left by Amazon, Plus a chime as not everyone can give a good knock on the door. (I’m told I have a police knock, that wakes the dead! Some older friends have complained, as they aren’t people who like police and often up to no good, so don’t like a coppers knock!)

Haloweenhamster#18

For those without existing wiring it might be best to get something like this

HOLACA Power Adapter for Ring View Cam/Ring Video Doorbell/Ring Doorbell 2/Ring Doorbell Pro/Nest Hello 500ma Adapter and 20ft(6m) Wires AC Adopter Plug Outdoor Wall Outlet Plug-in https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H9NY6G1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_8ylsDbT1HXGMT

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Haloweenhamster#19

@[email protected]@[email protected]
Any response to this post yet?

@AnkerSupport May want to review that statement before releasing to the UK, as I’ve previously said UK standard is 6v, 8v or occasionally 12v, you can read up about nest installation issues in the UK if you like as they had the same arrogant attitude, USA uses this so it’s the standard Ring actually thought about it [Screenshot_20190805_055443] Looks like Europe uses 12v, probably why you get the occasional 12v doorbell in the UK nest actually recommends buying a doorbell chime that isn’t c…

Chiquinho#21

Such one I got when living in a flat.
A simple knocker, no wires no apps! :rofl::rofl::rofl:

Here in our house we have a doorbell, what a technical progress!

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I had been contemplating making the leap towards a smarter home, and in a bid to do that, the first device I purchased was the wired Eufy doorbell 2K Pro. Now I was one step closer to making my home a smart home. But not having an existing doorbell in place, we had to figure out the entire installation process. 

It was surprisingly not that complicated even if we didn’t have the existing wiring for a doorbell, and we were able to get it done on the very same day. If you are here, that means you must be looking to get your Eufy doorbell installed without having to contact a technician. 

You’ve come to the right place. In this article, we have gone through a simple step by step guide for installing various models of the Eufy doorbells. Read on to find out more.

Based on your eufy model, the installation process can involve installing the base for your eufy, connecting your wired doorbell with the transformer and chime, mounting it on the wall, recharging your eufy doorbell and connecting to WiFi.

What is Your Eufy Model?

The first step towards installing your Eufy doorbell is to identify whether it is a wired or a battery-powered one. The following models have both the wired and battery-powered versions, respectively: Video Doorbell 2K and Video Doorbell 1080p. Whereas the Video Doorbell 2K Pro has just the wired model. 

Eufy is a low-cost alternative that includes many of the features found in the higher end, premium doorbells like the Ring or Nest doorbells. The video recording has at least a 1080p resolution, working its way to a 2K resolution. 

The latest Eufy model, the Video Doorbell 2K Pro, can store up to 5 days of recordings which are accessible to you without any cost, and has an internal storage of 32 Gb, thereby getting rid of an SD card altogether.

Wired Model

As the name suggests, the devices included in wired models require a 19V AC supply directly connected to them. The installation may take some time if you do not have an existing doorbell, but it is a lower-cost alternative than most of its competitors. It also has an internal memory of 4Gb.

Make sure that you’ve read all the instructions carefully before you start with the installation of your device. If you are someone who is not familiar or comfortable with handling wiring and tools, you should contact a local technician for the same.

Battery Powered Model

The battery-powered model is similar to the wired model, the only difference being that it works on a rechargeable battery. This wireless version of the doorbell is a tad more expensive than its counterpart. However, it is quite the favourite among the customers due to the increased convenience of installing it, especially if you’re one of those people who don’t like or aren’t knowledgeable enough to mess out with tools and wiring. 

There will be a base where you’ll have to mount your device, included in the box. Because you are attaching your Eufy doorbell onto a base station, there’s a 16Gb storage that comes with it.

Details on the installation of the battery-powered and wired doorbells are given below.

How to Install Wired Eufy Without Existing Doorbell

The best thing you can do if you do not have an existing doorbell is to get an adapter that can get plugged into the wall mount. This comes with a built-in transformer, ensuring that your doorbell receives sufficient juice to function well. For installing the indoor power adapter, you will have to drill a hole through the external wall and put the power cord through it.

Here is a guide that will help you install your wired Eufy doorbell without much hassle.

Tools required: Power Drill with 1/4″ (6.35mm) Drill Bit, Screwdriver.

Install the Base for Your Doorbell

  • Mark the position where you want your doorbell, and make sure you’ve fixed the screw hole-positioning card here.
  • If your doorframe is brick or concrete, you’ll need the anchors that are provided too. This is not required for wooden door frames.
  • After installing the positioning card, put in the 15° mounting widget and then the mounting bracket.
  • Secure the screws tightly through the mounting widget.

Connect Your eufy Wired Doorbell With Transformer and Chime

Before you proceed to this step, make sure that you’ve switched off the power leading to the doorbell circuit. 

You will need a transformer with an output voltage of 16-24 Voltage AC and Output power: 30VA or above.

To install the transformer and the included chime, first pop open the back cover. There will be terminals with FRONT and TRANS markings. Use the provided jumper to connect these two terminals, where TRANS stands for transformer.

Insert the power pin into the chime, make sure it’s secure. Then, plug the chime to a power source.

Mount the Doorbell on a Wall

  • Connect the plugin adapter wires to the terminals on the doorbell and tighten the screws.
  • Remove the films on the thermal conductive pads.
  • Fix the top of the doorbell to the hook and secure the bottom portion. You’ll know it’s fixed properly when you hear the click.

How to Install Battery Powered Eufy Without Existing Doorbell

Follow the steps given below for installing your battery-powered Eufy doorbell with ease.

Make sure that you’ve downloaded the Eufy security app from the App Store or Play store. Then, create an account on the Eufy website.

Recharge the Battery of Your Doorbell

The first step is to recharge the battery of your doorbell. This will take about 6 hours from 0 to fully charge. Next, there will be an orange LED light indicating that the device is charging. When it is fully charged, this light will turn into cyan.

It will work for six months on this charge alone, so there’s nothing to worry about.

Connect The Doorbell To Your Router

  • Login to your Eufy account and follow the set-up instructions for the HomeBase.
  • Plug your HomeBase into a power slot.
  • Connect it to your router via an ethernet cable.

If you notice any audio delay on the eufy doorbell, try rebooting your Wi-Fi and make sure there are no obstructions in the signal between your router and the doorbell.

Use Eufy App to Add and Sync Device 

  • After the HomeBase is done, set up your Video Doorbell.
  • Click on Add Device
  • After it has been added to the devices, go to settings → WiFiWiFi settings → Configure the WiFiWiFi at your home to the device.

Syncing your Eufy doorbell increasing its efficiency as it offers a lot of features without a subscription. There are some other video doorbells without subscriptions as well that offer all the basic features in a free package.

Mount The Doorbell

  • Mark the position where you want your doorbell, and make sure you’ve fixed the screw hole-positioning card here, then fix the 15° mounting widget and then the mounting bracket.
  • If your doorframe is brick or concrete, you’ll need the anchors that are provided too. This is not required for wooden door frames.
  • Connect the plugin adapter wires to the terminals on the doorbell and tighten the screws.
  • Fix the top of the doorbell onto the hook and secure the bottom portion. You’ll know it’s fixed properly when you hear the click.

Final Thoughts on How to Install Eufy Doorbell Without Existing Doorbell

One thing you have to keep in mind when using the Eufy doorbell is that, for you to charge your battery later, you will need to keep the entire doorbell itself for charging. While this may seem like an inconvenience, the numerous features offered by Eufy, such as a zero subscription fee and no hidden charges, are reason enough to overlook this issue.

Another thing to note is that during installation, make sure your doorbell is at 1.2m from the ground for optimal coverage. The 15-degree mounting board is for this same thing.

Be careful while you do the wiring and make sure that these are not touching each other. 

If at all your wires aren’t long enough, you can use extensions for the same. Using electrical wiring tape will help secure the connection if your wall does not have enough space for the wire nuts. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can EUFY doorbell use an existing chime?

No. The wired Eufy doorbell must be paired with the included chime.

Can EUFY wireless doorbells be hardwired?

Yes, they can. 

Can you talk through the EUFY doorbell?

Yes, you can. It has a two-way talk feature.

Does the EUFY doorbell record all the time?

No, it does not. It only records when it detects motion and functions on a 3-second buffer, thus, allowing you to see a bit of the action before the notification itself goes off.

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Want a video doorbell but don't want to spend a fortune? The Eufy Security 2K Video Doorbell (wired) by Anker provides a low-cost way to install a video doorbell in place of your existing, wired doorbell. Priced at $117.99, it costs less than some of the best video doorbells, such as the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and the Nest Hello, but offers many of the same features. And you can use Eufy's doorbell without signing up for a subscription.

Design: Simple and straightforward

 The Eufy Video Doorbell is a sleek-looking black rectangle. A large, friendly-looking button on the bottom glows a dull yellow when the doorbell is ready to use. It's a wired doorbell, which means that Eufy's offering requires a 19-volt AC wired power source. If you have a traditional doorbell, you probably already have one of these powering it, and the Eufy can usually use this with a little simple rewiring. 

The Eufy Video Doorbell also includes a chime, a small white box that plugs into a wall power socket. That's an optional add-on with most video doorbells, a nice touch for a low-cost device like the Eufy that means you can still hear when someone is at the door without your cellphone.

Eufy Video Doorbell review: Simple installation

The Eufy Video Doorbell is simple to install. If you have an existing wired doorbell, Eufy's product can work as a direct replacement, relying on the same wired power supply. First, you bypass the existing chime with an included jumper wire, which removes the chime and feeds power to the doorbell. Next, you remove the old doorbell, connect the power source to the new one and attach the Eufy to your door frame. It's a simple process that's not beyond the skills of anyone who knows one end of a screwdriver from the other. 

If you want to change the angle of view for the camera, you can use the included wedge, which can fit behind the doorbell to tilt it left or right. Templates are also included for drilling mounting holes and routing the cables through the door frame.

MORE: The Best DIY Home Security Systems

If you don't have an existing wired doorbell, you'll have to buy a power supply and wire it in. These aren't expensive; you can pick one up from Amazon for less than $15.

Eufy Video Doorbell review: App

You answer the doorbell and see who is calling through the Eufy Security app, which is available for iOS and Android. This app is simple to use and shows you the view from the video doorbell within a couple of seconds of launching the app. The process takes a little longer if you are out of the house and not on your Wi-Fi, but the process is the same. We found that the video and audio quality was about the same over a cellular connection that had decent signal strength as it was over Wi-Fi. 

Motion detection is also included; the app can notify you if the doorbell camera spots motion outside your front door. You can then look at the live view from the camera and see who is out there. With motion detection enabled, the Eufy records and stores video to the 4GB of memory built in to the device, which is enough for several hours of video. 

The Eufy also has a limited form of face detection; when the video doorbell detects motion and alerts you through the app, it will try and detect a face in the image and provide a thumbnail in the alert. You can both control the sensitivity and set the zones that will trigger detection. This is useful if you want to avoid having the motion detection triggered every time a car drives by your front door.

This video is stored on the device itself and can be accessed through the Eufy Security app. It is stored in the cloud only if you spring for a subscription, though. It costs $3.99 a month or $29.99 a year to store 30 days of video from a single doorbell, or $9.99/$99.99 a month/year for the Premier service, which stores video from up to 10 doorbells and cameras. That's comparable to services from Ring, which start at $3 and ramp up quickly from there. 

The Eufy Security app also offers a number of modes for different situations. Home and Away modes are for, well, when you are at home or away and want to be notified when someone is at your door. Disarmed mode turns off the motion detection but still notifies you when someone is at the door. Schedule allows you to set a schedule for enabling and disabling motion detection — useful for offices where you don't want motion detection during the day, because people are coming and going. 

Integration with Alexa and Google Home is also included; after setup, you get alerts and can view the doorbell image from any screen with Alexa or Google Assistant. There is no support for Apple's Homekit at present, although Anker promises that it's coming. The apps for both Ring and Nest offer deeper integration with other smart home devices, such as the ability to open a smart lock from within the app.

There are a few issues with the Eufy app, though. Only one person can be logged in to the service at a time, so only one person gets the remote notification that someone is at the door. If you don't subscribe to the cloud service, the videos are stored on the doorbell itself, so you can view or download them only when connected to the doorbell. In a power outage (or if someone removes the doorbell), you won't be able to download the stored videos.

Eufy Video Doorbell review: Video quality

We found that the video quality of the Eufy Video Doorbell was excellent during both day and night. Daylight video is sharp and clear, making it easy to see who is at the door or if there is someone messing with your car in the driveway. Sound quality is also good; the voices of those at the door were clear and easily understandable when we listened from the app. 

The video at night is also excellent, with strong detail captured in the images. Captured video did have a tendency to get washed out when the subject was close to the camera, thanks to the infrared LEDs below the lens. The camera did a decent job of using ambient light, though; we found that it captured good detail outside of the range of the LED lights. 

One thing to note here: Anker advertises the Eufy Video Doorbell as a 2K video camera, and it can capture video at a 2K resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels. But first, you have to enable this feature in the settings, because the doorbell captures video at 1600 x 1200 resolution by default. The unusual 2K resolution may confuse some apps or services. Either way, the Eufy captures video within a 150-degree field of view, which is comparable to Ring video doorbell cameras.

Eufy Video Doorbell review: Bottom line

The Eufy Wired Video Doorbell is an attractively designed, well-thought-out device that does what you expect it to do at a low cost. The doorbell looks good, captures clear, sharp video and doesn't lock you in to a long-term contract to store the video locally. 

However, the Eufy doorbell lacks the wider integration of comparable devices from Ring and Nest, though. You can't unlock a smart lock from the Eufy app like you can with the Ring Video Doorbell. So, if you are looking for wider integration with your smart home, give this doorbell a pass. But if you want a cheaper video doorbell that just does what a video doorbell needs to do, the Eufy is well worth a look.

Richard Baguley has been working as a technology writer and journalist since 1993. As well as contributing to Tom's Guide, he writes for Cnet, T3, Wired and many other publications.

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The Eufy Doorbell makes a great addition to the security products that you use to protect your home. With the Eufy Doorbell’s chime, you can get immediate notifications when someone is at your door or outside your home. But can you reap the same benefits using a chime that already came with your home?

The wired Eufy Doorbell does not work with existing chimes wired into your home, but it does come with its own chime with eight fun (and holiday-themed) ringtones. In contrast, the battery-powered Eufy Doorbell does work with existing chimes.

While wired Eufy Doorbells may not work with your existing chime, installing the included chime and doorbell is something that can be done easily.

Does the Eufy Doorbell Work with Existing Chimes?

Unfortunately, the wired Eufy Doorbell does not work with existing chimes. When you connect the device to your chime, it actually bypasses the chime, rendering it unusable. However, the wired Eufy Doorbell does come with its own chime meant to work with the device.

To set up the accompanying chime with your wired Eufy Doorbell:

  1. Open the EufySecurity App.
  2. Plug the chime into a wall outlet and wait until you see a solid blue light.
  3. Once you see the light, tap “Chime lights up” in the app.
  4. Press and hold the “Sync” button on the chime for two seconds.
  5. The light should start to flash, and you should hear a “ding” sound.
  6. If you hear this sound, the chime is ready to pair. Tap “connect” in the app.
  7. Press your doorbell button to check and see if the chime paired correctly.
  8. Tap “Done” in the app, and your doorbell and chime are paired and ready to use!

Installing the Battery-Powered Eufy Doorbell

Although the wired Eufy Doorbell does not work with existing chimes, the battery-powered version does. You would simply need to wire it into your chime.

Wiring the battery-powered Eufy Doorbell to your chime is quite simple:

  1. Set up your home base by turning it on and connecting the ethernet cable to your router.
  2. When the LED light on the home base turns blue, it is ready to set up.
  3. Download EufySecurity App from your App Store and sign up, or log into your account.
  4. Add the home base and then the doorbell to your devices.
  5. Since you are using the battery option, mount the doorbell outside your door wherever you choose. (If you are mounting into brick or stucco, use the provided wall anchors. If you are mounting into wood, these are not necessary.)
  6. Align the doorbell into the mounting bracket and snap it into place.

Wiring the Battery-Powered Doorbell with Existing Chime

To wire your battery-powered doorbell into the existing doorbell chime, follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure the power is disconnected to the chime. Test lights in the area to confirm that the power is turned off.
  2. Remove the cover on the doorbell chime, and locate the screws with Trans and Front on them. Use the wire that came with the Eufy Doorbell to connect the two terminals. This is to bypass the old doorbell chime. (This will not affect the normal operations of the electrical circuit.)
  3. Remove the old doorbell from the front of the house. Carefully pull out the two wires and gently pull them apart, so they are not touching.
  4. Mark the holes for the screws using the screw hole card that came with the doorbell. Drill the holes using the power drill. The user manual suggests placing the doorbell about 48” (4 feet) from the ground for the best viewing range. (Included is a 15-degree mounting bracket if you need to adjust your camera’s view.)
  5. If your doorbell is being attached to stucco, brick, or concrete, it is recommended to use the wall anchors that come with the camera. This is not necessary if the doorbell is going to be installed onto a wooden doorframe. Put the screws into the screw holes or into the holes on the mounting bracket (install the mounting blanket to the bracket before tightening the screws) and tighten down.
  6. Connect the existing wires to the terminals located on the back of the doorbell. If the wires are too short, extension wires are provided with the doorbell. (Only use these extensions if the existing wires are too short).
  7. Remove the film from the back of the doorbell and place it on the wall. If you need to reposition the doorbell, use the included detaching tool to do so.
  8. Turn the power back on to the circuit breaker.
  9. After the power is restored, the doorbell should flash yellow.
  10. Once the doorbell flashes yellow, follow the instructions in the EufySecurity App to complete the installation.

Final Thoughts

Eufy boasts that they offer this camera free of subscriptions, 2K camera resolution for images and videos, quick response times, video clips stored on the camera, and of course—it works with Alexa! Eufy reviews top those of the Ring doorbell and are highly recommended by former Ring users.

The best part? Regardless if you opt for the wired or wireless version, you can use the device with a working chime.

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Eufy Video Doorbell (model T8200) review: Make sure you know what this inexpensive Ring competitor can't do

We regularly kvetch about the not-really-optional subscriptions attached to too many smart home devices. And then there’s the issue of privacy: When a security camera vendor stores video that’s been recorded at your home, are they following best practices to keep that information private and secure? Anker’s Eufy division takes a different approach with its model T8200 Video Doorbell: There is no subscription fee, and video is encrypted and stored using 4GB of storage on the device itself.

And where most video doorbells capture video in 1080p resolution, the camera in Eufy’s device records 2560 x 1920 pixels with high dynamic range and distortion correction. But this won’t be the right choice for your home if you don’t already have doorbell wiring in place. And if you enjoy the sound of your existing doorbell’s chime, this one will bypass it in favor of its own, which must be plugged into an outlet.

Installing the Eufy T8200 Video Doorbell

On the bright side, Eufy’s Video Doorbell is a cinch to install—this was the easiest doorbell installation I’ve ever performed. Once you’ve shut off the power at your breaker box and located the chime for your existing doorbell, you’ll install a jumper on the chime’s FRONT and TRANS terminals to bypass the chime. The next step is to install the new doorbell itself.

Eufy Video Doorbell wiringJason D’Aprile / IDG

The doorbell comes with a metal mounting bracket and an optional mounting wedge that shifts the camera’s view 15 degrees to the left or right (depending on how it’s oriented) so you can see farther in that direction. Eufy provides extension wires and wire nuts in the box if the existing wires coming out of your wall prove to be too short. Unlike the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and some other competitors, however, there is no alternative to the T8200’s black enclosure.

Eufy Video Doorbell mobile appJason D’Aprile / IDG

The doorbell snaps onto the bracket, which has two conductive pads to transfer heat from the doorbell to the bracket. Eufy provides a simple pin-like tool in case you ever need to dismount the doorbell from the bracket, but a paperclip would likely serve equally as well (since you’re bound to lose the tool in a drawer somewhere—unless you take advantage of the magnet pad and stick it to the side of your refrigerator).

The next step is to restore power, install the EufySecurity app on your smartphone, and connect the doorbell to your home’s Wi-Fi network. In the final installation step, you’ll install Eufy’s chime by plugging into an AC outlet. You will be able to deploy up to four of these chimes when Eufy starts selling them individually later this year, so that you can spread them around the house where you’ll always be in earshot of one of them.

Using the Eufy T8200 Video Doorbell

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With its very high resolution and HDR to sharpen video in low light situations or when the person is brightly lit from behind, the T8200 produces an excellent live feed and recorded video, too. The doorbell’s default option is to record at a lower resolution to preserve storage, but I found that the memory card was sufficiently large to store around 30 days worth of notifications. Your mileage will vary depending on how many visitors you get.

The T8200 sends an alert to your smartphone whenever it detects motion, but recording starts three seconds prior to that, which is an excellent feature. When you view the recording on your phone, you’ll get a complete picture of what triggered the alert.

Much like the Scout Video Doorbell, Eufy uses artificial intelligence software that focuses on face-shaped objects. To be clear, however, this is not facial recognition—it can’t identify who the person is, only that it thinks what it sees is a face. When the camera alerts you to the presence of a person on your porch, it will also send you a thumbnail closeup of that person’s face. It’s a great feature, even if it occasionally mistakes a cat’s face for a human.

Eufy Video Doorbell mobile appJason D’Aprile / IDG

This camera has the best motion-detection zones I’ve seen. The app shows you the camera’s view, with its motion-sensing zone overlaid as a transparent blue polygon. You can adjust the points of the polygon however you like to cover exactly the area desired. Combined with the five-point sensitivity scale that ranges from alerting you to all motion to humans only, false and extraneous notifications plummeted after I fine-tuned it.

The T8200 supports two-way audio, of course, and it cribs a feature from the Maximus Camera Floodlight: You can play back up to three pre-recorded messages when you don’t want to engage with a visitor. This is doubly useful when you’re not home, but you don’t want the person on your porch to know that.

On the downside

Eufy boasts Alexa and Google Assistant support, but this feature isn’t all that it could be. You can stream live video to a compatible smart display, but you can’t interact with visitors in real time and you can’t view recorded video. There’s also no support for IFTTT or Apple’s HomeKit technology, and you can’t expand the available storage by tapping Eufy’s own HomeBase hub that’s used for its Arlo-like home security cameras. If someone manages to steal this video doorbell, you’ll have no video evidence of the crime.

Bottom line

Most shoppers will compare the Eufy Video Doorbell T8200 with something in the Ring lineup, but Eufy can’t compete with Ring’s expansive ecosystem of smart home products (ranging from its complete Ring Alarm home security system to handy doodads like the Ring Steplight). Meanwhile, you’ll need to wait until 2020 for Eufy to have a battery-powered video doorbell.

That said, Eufy’s doorbell delivers high-quality video, great motion detection with the ability to distinguish between faces and other things in front of its camera, and its low cost is rendered even more attractive by the absence of a subscription service. Back on the other side of the ledger, this doorbell won’t work with your existing doorbell’s chime, and its integration with smart displays is a weak spot.

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  • Eufy Security Video Doorbell (model T8200)

    There's plenty to like about the Eufy Video Doorbell, provided your home is prewired for a doorbell and you're not looking for tight integration to a broader smart home system.

    Pros

    • Excellent motion detection and the ability to distinuish between people and other things in its field of view
    • 2K HDR video looks great day and night
    • Very easy to install
    • No subscription service required

    Cons

    • Video is stored only on the doorbell itself
    • Lacking in its ability to be incorporated into a broader smart home system
    • Available only in black

Jason D'Aprile has been writing about technology and entertainment since the early 90s from his secluded home in West Virginia.

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