The folks at Abode must have had a busy 2021. The company announced its first video doorbell Y An affordable full-color LED smart bulb at CES today. The doorbell joins the Abode Cam 2 that we reviewed in August 2021; Like that device, you’ll get the most benefit from subscribing to an Abode Standard or Pro plan. As such, it’s best viewed as a component in a larger Abode home security system. And there is nothing wrong with that, we hold those systems in high regard.
The Abode Wireless Video Doorbell is battery operated, which is good news for homes that don’t have existing corded doorbells. It is encased in an IP65 weatherproof housing, which means that it is impervious to dust and can withstand being sprayed with a powerful jet of water. Mounts to the wall with a lockable mounting bracket that will thwart any burglary attempts.
The camera connects to your home Wi-Fi network and captures video in 2K resolution. There is support for live viewing and two-way communication, of course, and it is equipped with a touch button to notify visitors. The camera is equipped with a Starlight image sensor for full color night vision and is compatible with Abode Smart Detect, which can differentiate a person from other moving objects in its field of vision. Abode says it will add pet and package detection in a future firmware update.
As with many video doorbells today, including all Ring models, you will need one of the paid subscription plans listed above to record video clips to the cloud when motion is detected or a visitor presses your button; otherwise you will only get a life stream from the camera. Abode Standard plans cost $ 6 per month, while Adobe Pro plans cost $ 20 per month, but the latter plan includes professional monitoring if you also own a larger Abode home security system. That is very much in line with comparable systems and unlocks the Abode Cue automation engine that allows you to create rule-based automations.
Abode expects to ship the Abode wireless video doorbell in April, when it will sell for $ 80.
Color bulb housing
Abode’s new color LED smart bulb can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth or your Wi-Fi network. Either way, you don’t need a smart home hub or Wi-Fi bridge. The dimmable full color bulb produces 800 lumens of brightness and can tune its white light in a range of 1800 Kelvin (a warm white) to very cool 6500K. Abode color bulbs are available now and ship in two packs for $ 30.
Both the Abode Wireless Video Doorbell and the Abode Color Bulb offer full support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The doorbell can stream live video to any type of smart display, and you can control the Abode color bulb with voice commands. HomeKit support is not mentioned in the press release, so we assume that none of the products support it. If that assumption is wrong, we will update this story.