Remo+ DoorCam and Night Vission Latest Updated 2020 Review.
The Remo+ DoorCam ($199.99) is a completely wireless security camera that you hang over the top of your door so you can see who is outside without having to open the door. In this article, we have made provided for you a complete Remo+ DoorCam review.
About Remo+ DoorCam
Monitor any entryway with the world’s first and only wire-free, over-the-door smart HD camera with built in motion sensor, 2-way talk, and night vision. DoorCam can be installed in seconds and lasts up to 12 months until batteries need to be replaced.
- Easy to install.
- Supports motion detection.
- Good two-way audio.
- Unable to fully close door in testing.
- Odd camera angle.
- Tinted night video.
- Requires cloud subscription to view and download recorded video.
Remo+ DoorCam Design and Features
The Remo+ DoorCam is unique in that it attaches to the top of your door with the camera housing on the exterior and the Wi-Fi circuitry and battery compartment on the interior.
It’s a bulky device; the interior component measures 6.7 by 3.2 by 1.8 inches (HWD) and the exterior measures 1.8 by 4.8 by 1.8 inches. They are connected by a ribbon cable and a piece of metal that is used to hang the device on the upper edge of a door.
There are two screws on the top of the interior component that can be loosened to adjust the metal hanger to fit different door thicknesses (1-3/8 to 2 inches), and two pre-drilled holes for attaching the camera to the door.
Included in the box are two mounting screws, an Allen wrench for adjusting the hanger, three D batteries, and a quick start guide.
The exterior component is weather resistant and can withstand temperatures of 0 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. It contains a camera that records video at 720p with a 160-degree field of view and uses two infrared LEDs to provide up to 9.8 feet of night vision.
It has a microphone and speaker for two-way audio and a PIR (passive infrared) sensor for detecting motion. The interior component houses three D-cell batteries and 802.11n Wi-Fi circuitry. It has a Status button you can use to initiate a “ring” video recording, which doesn’t make much sense because the button is on the inside of the door.
There are also two LED lights that blink green during setup and glow solid green when setup is complete. A Reset button is located behind the removable panel that covers the battery compartment.
The DoorCam has the highest viewing angle of any home security camera that we’ve ever reviewed. With a 160-degree wide angle lens, the viewing area is practically panoramic.
The result is streaming video which provides a uniquely peripheral view, with coverage that includes the whole entrance area of your home. We were continually impressed by the viewing angle through our testing.
The wider perspective makes such a huge difference and made us feel confident that we would be able to easily see any shenanigans taking place on our deck or front lawn.
When we first installed the DoorCam, we were curious why Remo+ had designed the camera’s interior base to sit slightly about the door jamb line. We figure that without that extra top bit, the DoorCam would be compatible with both push to enter doors and pull to enter doors.
While we still think that fixing this issue would make be a huge improvement on the camera’s versatility, our review allowed us to understand why Remo+ made this design choice.
The extra bit on top is actually an enlarged antenna. Sometimes companies make the decision that design must take a backseat to functionality and Remo+ made the choice to improve performance rather than streamline the aesthetics.
Many home security cameras suffer from connectivity issues due to their distance from the Wi-Fi source and the many obstructions in their paths.
The DoorCam wireless hardware sits on the inside of the door, eliminating the Wi-Fi interference caused by the thick wood of the door and insulation material. If there is one feature of a security camera that you want working at all times, it is the connectivity.
Since the DoorCam is completely wireless, it relies heavily on signal strength. Remo+’s unique design vastly improves the camera’s signal consistency. You’ll want to keep in mind that the DoorCam is only compatible with the 2.4 Ghz wireless frequency, so if you’re heavily reliant on the 5 Ghz band, you’re going to have to make a concession for the DoorCam.
The Remo+ DoorCam features a customizable PIR motion sensor, allowing the user to set their preferred level of motion sensitivity. If you live in a heavily wooded area, you’ll likely want to set the motion detection threshold a bit higher.
This is because since it would be rather annoying to receive a notification every time a bird or deer prances across the screen. For us, the motion detection worked flawlessly. The camera did not miss a single motion event or send us any false alarms.
Night vision is the one feature that is slightly lacking on the DoorCam. The camera’s infrared LED night vision only offers a ranger of about 10 feet, which is significantly lower than many competing security cameras.
The night visibility is also very dependent on the ambient lighting produced by the moon and any artificial lighting, such as street lamps and porch lights. If you live in a very dark location, the visibility will be proportionally lower.
Our best guess would be that the very wide viewing angle makes full night vision coverage much more difficult. There are only so many IR lights you can attach to a device so small without interfering with other features.
Installation and Performance
Installing the Remo+ DoorCam will take you a few minutes. Just follow the process;
- Download the app
- Create an account
- Click add device on the app
- Then hose DoorCam and choose your time zone.
- Connect your phone to the camera using your phone’s Wi-Fi settings.
- Return to the app, select your Wi-Fi SSID and enter your password.
- Then that’s all, the camera will be up and running.
The camera’s daytime video is relatively sharp, with good color representation, but if the person at your door does not look directly up into the camera, you’ll have a hard time positively identifying who it is as you’re looking at the top of their head.
Anyone wearing a hoodie or baseball cap will be virtually unrecognizable, especially if they keep their head down.