Product: Kangaroo Doorbell Camera + Chime
The most affordable doorbell camera in smart home security
Plug-in Chime produces an audible alert and extends your Doorbell’s battery life
Easy to set up and even easier to use
No hardwiring or tools necessary
Just peel and stick the camera anywhere that you’d like a second pair of eyes where WiFi is available
Runs on 3 AA batteries, included in your package
You’ll be notified on your smartphone when there’s motion, a ring, or both via the Kangaroo App
Check your notifications, look at the HQ image captures, and upgrade your plan all from one place
Pair the Chime with your Doorbell Camera to make an audible sound when your bell is rung
Size: 4.57" x 1.97" x 0.71" (116mm x 50mm x 18mm)
Weight: 3.81oz (108g) with batteries
Mounting Method: Peel-and-stick or screw mount
Use Location: Indoor and outdoor, weather resistant
Power Source: 3 AA batteries
Operating temperature: -4°F to 122°F (-22°C to 50°C)
Operating humidity: < 90% at 104°F (40°C)
Camera Viewing Angle: 60°
Motion Field of View: 70° horizontal
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz (WEP, WPA, or WPA2 encryption) compatible router. Mobile device with iOS 10.0 and above | Android 5.0 and above. Active internet and cellular connections are required. Alarm monitoring service requires a Kangaroo Security subscription
I owned one of these. Ordered it like when they first came out. Or maybe before. It’s a total POS. I think I got it for $20. It wasn’t worth $20. And it’s not worth $10. Maybe it’s got slightly better but the ability to adjust the sensitivity was severely lacking. And it had an issue with the lense that required them to send me a sticker to put over it. Maybe that is fixed in later models. Stay away.
Any night vision? Does the chime act as a base unit or do you really only need a wifi signal? Often times, base unit’s range is shorter than the wifi router range. Would maybe put this on the mailbox to get license plate of cars that pull in, but worry about wifi range.
I have one of these pointed at my van because it’s been invaded before. So far it’s saved me from another invasion plus I have a picture of the a**wipe that tried to break in that I shared on nextdoor. Not bad images. And I have everything go through my phone.
@Dierk not to function, but if you dont pay for the subscription you lose any ‘video’ after 24 hours. I dont pay for the subscription, I wouldnt pay for another Kangaroo either though, even at 10$. Its only redeeming quality is as a doorbell, not a security camera, quality is shit, the delay from motion to capture usually leaves me with an empty hallway for video, and when it does happen to catch someone on ‘video’ its hit or miss if you’ll be able to make anything out cuz it stitches stills together into a gif, not an actual video, so unless your visitor stares at the camera the entire time its ‘recording’ its hit or miss if you’ll ever see their face.
I clicked on the “MEH” button for the last few days in a row & it threw up a bunch of emojis all around my screen.
I think you need a warning of some sort.
Some sort of acknowledgment of just how mediocre clicking on the meh button is going to be now.
like “hey we know we’re Meh, but we want you to know.” sort of thing.
We know you’re Meh & it’s sort of condescending.
Personally, I’m totally ok with this.
I like nonsense.
Not everyone understands nonsense.
I know these things make some sort of really shitty margaritas.
But maybe a heads up that some really shitty maybe not so shitty as my margaritas type of shitty but emogis are going to fly everywhere when I click a button are necessary sort of thing sort of shitty.
What I’m saying is…
My margaritas are really shitty & you didn’t help.
Thanks a bunch.
Hugs & kisses.
I already have other Kangaroo home security products (homeowners insurance company gave them to me for free and give me a discount for installing them). I have been looking for a doorbell cam which supports HomeKit Secure Video and have been waiting for Matter and Thread to mature. But at $10, this is worth a shot as a stop gap for the next year or so. I have a garage door which most deliveries come to that doesn’t have a doorbell for some reason, so even if the video stinks, this will still serve as a wireless doorbell at a great price.
Does anyone know if you can “hack” these easily? Like, can it save video to a computer on my network if I change DNS to point to my servers? Or would I need to actually rewrite the firmware? I’m not going to waste $10 on this if I can waste it on a webcam somewhere else…
@xenophod The cheaper sensors are ESP32, this might be too, but I don’t know.
Last year, the sensors and the doorbell were on sale at Walmart’s garbage isle, prices similar to here. Seemed to be a good hacking deal, but after looking into it I decided, not worth it: Not readily flashable, no documentation on pinouts. A esp32 board with a camera module is not that much more and has software available and an easy interface for adding sensors.
These things are crap. Partially my fault for missing part of the description when I read it. But you can’t do local or network storage. You HAVE to do online storage and pay a fee if you want more than the last 24 hours.
Only takes pictures, no video like you’d expect from a normal doorbell camera. And you can’t view the camera live