Bringing the power of a Smart Home OS to the front door, SnapAV has unveiled the Control4 Chime Video Doorbell — the first video doorbell solution designed to leverage all of the capabilities of Control4 OS 3.
Review: Control4 Chime Smart Doorbell
“Video doorbells are incredibly popular, giving families the ability to see who is at the front door. But many are simply smart accessories that don’t leverage the full capabilities of a smart home to protect a family,” says Charlie Kindel, chief product and technology officer for SnapAV. “Chime marries security and automation to a level that has never been done before. Users can determine what actions they want to occur when motion is detected or the doorbell is pressed. It’s entirely customizable, transforming the doorbell’s role in the smart home to deliver the experience homeowners want.”
Chime really shines when integrated with Control4 OS 3, enabling integrators to create automated actions customized to the family. Actions can happen automatically based on motion or a doorbell press, or they can be user-initiated. For example, users can see and speak with a visitor while unlocking the door, turning on the lights inside and outside, and disarming the security system all within the Control4 app. Advanced motion detection with five adjustable zones keeps homeowners alerted to important movements around the front door, opting to receive important video notifications when movement is detected in a specific video zone, or when the doorbell is pressed.
Available in two metallic finishes (black and satin-nickel), Chime features HD video with a 5-megapixel camera, a 180-degree field view to see more of your property, and a built-in night mode for clear visibility, even in the dark. It also enables natural two-way communications using standards-based communications technology, allowing users to hear and speak at the same time without having to press an intercom button.
With a 4Sight subscription and the Control4 Intercom Anywhere app, users can use their phone to answer the door, talk to visitors, and receive notifications from virtually anywhere. And now, Intercom Anywhere is included within the Control4 OS 3 mobile phone app — enabling communication and control of the entire Control4 smart home from a single app.
When customers miss or ignore a doorbell call, they can also use their mobile phone or Control4 touchscreen to access a history of video recordings for complete peace-of-mind. Video can also be captured with a network video recorder (NVR), including Luma Surveillance NVRs.
With Chime, pros can offer this advanced Control4 video doorbell experience to virtually every customer by offering a model for new construction (Power over Ethernet) with one-wire installation and retrofit (Wi-Fi) models to existing homes when an Ethernet cable cannot be pulled. Chime accessories include a new-construction wall box and two 15-degree wedges (left and right) to help optimize the viewing angle. Chime is also OvrC-enabled, giving pros control to remotely monitor system status, receive notifications, and reboot devices if needed from the OvrC web or mobile app.
The Control4 Chime Video Doorbell has an MSRP of $400 and is available in four models: Black, PoE – C4-VDB-E-BL; Black, WiFi – C4-VDB-W-BL; Satin Nickel, PoE – C4-VDB-E-SN and Satin Nickel, WiFi – C4-VDB-W-SN. It is shipping now.
For more information, visit www.control4.com.