Advertising for Ring and Nest video doorbells suggest you get everything you need straight out of the box. Dig a bit deeper and you begin to realise that what you get is a very basic package. With a Ring Doorbell this includes viewing the camera’s live stream 2 way audio and notifications. To do anything more advanced such as record your doorbell you will need to sign up to a subscription like Ring Protect and Nest Aware.
Subscriptions are around $30 – $60 per year. Assuming you have your doorbell for 5 years that can add up to $300 to the total cost of ownership. That’s quite a hefty chunk of cash!
Whilst, it’s understandable that the manufacturers want the recurring revenue more transparency it would be better if they were more transparent about the limitations of the devices without a subscription.
So, what can you do if you don’t want to pay for a subscription?
- Free cloud
- find a video doorbell that gives you free storage of your doorbell videos in the cloud
- Local storage
- find a video doorbell that stores the footage locally. Either on the device itself or on a base station or attached storage such as a NAS
The best video doorbell without subscription available at the moment is the Eufy Wireless Video Doorbell with 2K HD.
Eufy Video Doorbell Wireless
Here are some other alternatives that do not require a subscription