With the increase in home-delivered products, and crime increasing in many areas, video doorbells have become key security add-ons for many households. But a video doorbell is only effective if you can put it exactly where you need surveillance. Here are three important considerations for anyone who is shopping for a video doorbell.

This product lets you view your front door in real-time and save footage in the cloud or on a memory chip. Amcrest

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Video doorbells operate in real-time, so you can get a live view of the doorway area and communicate with someone at the door via your phone. But you can’t always be available to look and communicate with someone, so a doorbell that saves the footage enables you to see who was at the door after the fact. Some doorbells save the video footage either in a cloud storage subscription or on an SD card. You’ll have to pay a monthly fee for cloud storage, so if you want to avoid that, look for a video doorbell that offers the option of storing footage on an SD card.

A rechargeable battery powers this model. XTU

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A night-vision doorbell is especially important for security in areas with no ambient light. You’ll be able to see and record any movement in the doorway area at any time, and you won’t have to go to the expense of adding lights to the area. That said, if you live in an apartment or condo that doesn’t have a doorbell, or if you want to put a video doorbell in a place other than a main doorway, make sure the doorbell you choose can run on batteries. Such a unit is also a good idea if you experience frequent power outages and are concerned about security during those times.

Up to five users can simultaneously view what’s in front of this model. ieGeek

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If you want other family members to be able to monitor the doorway through the video doorway, or if you have a business and want employees to have access, make sure the video doorbell allows you to share access with others. Some allow sharing with up to five users.