Don't Make Me Buy Another Nest Hello
  • I just bought a Nest Hello for my daughter for an emergency type situation. It works okay but the monthly pricing is nuts. Keeping a 30 day history of video is $300/yr and $150/yr for additional cameras.
    Is there a working doorbell camera solution currently that uses SS? It isn't clear if Hikvision does.

    As a workaround, I have considered an outdoor IP camera with audio. The advantage is that I can use POE for better network speed/reliability and I already have SS implemented. Notifications and video could be triggered using a zwave low voltage relay that is wired to the doorbell circuit. I have used many Hikvision cameras with SS but none with microphone/speaker. Are there any models with audio features similar to doorbell cams? Is there an easier solution?
  • I agree - the subscription services can be quite pricey and don't offer good value. As you probably know, our software SecuritySpy is purchased for a one-off license fee, rather than a subscription, which offers far better value in our opinion.

    There are a few doorbell cameras already on your list of compatible cameras, including the Hikvision DS-KB6003-WIP.

    Unfortunately, SecuritySpy currently does not support two-way audio for Hikvision cameras (we are looking into this, but it isn't as easy to implement this as it is for other manufacturers). The solution could be to use an Axis, Dahua or Amcrest camera that has a built-in speaker, as SecuritySpy does support two-way audio for these cameras.
  • With a little investigating, it looks like a Ring/Nest substitute using SS may be a challenge:( You need duplex audio, built in phone app, speaker, and doorbell chime integration. However, using a product like Nest Hello, without subscription, and supplementing with a basic camera through SS would provide far greater storage and functionality at less cost.
  • Sorry I was incorrect in my above message: SecuritySpy does actually support two-way audio for Hikvision devices. The above Hikvision doorbell has a built-in microphone and speaker, so will work in SecuritySpy (including the SecuritySpy iOS app) for duplex audio.

    You can set up notifications in SecuritySpy to iOS, so that you will get a notification when someone approaches the door.

    I think this will be a very good solution.
  • If you don't mind having your Nest camera available on the Internet (accessible, but 'unpublished' id), there is a hack that lets you pull the video stream into SecuritySpy.

    You'll get a low frame rate (around 5 fps or less), but it does give a way to permanently record the Nest camera to your own storage.

    I have it running with a Nest Hello but don't rely on it for anything important.

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