As part of home improvements I was on the lookout for a video doorbell to use on the outside gates of my home, I had a few pre-requisites:
- It needed to be powered by POE, no batteries to replace
- It should be weatherproof and tough
- I didn’t want to have to pay a monthly subscription to use it (a la Ring doorbells)
- It should have a mobile app for answering the door
- I’d like the option to add in a remote door release/unlock
There’s not many options out there that are relatively cheap and tick all of the boxes but while researching, I found a few mentions of the Hikvision DS-KB8112-IM Vandal Resistant Doorbell.
Not only did it do everything I needed, I’d secretly been hoping for one extra feature: that I could use the camera as a feed for my CCTV camera system (powered by a Synology NAS running Surveillance Station) and this delivered in fine style.
Now I have not only a video doorbell with no subscription needed thats powered by POE on home network, I also have an additional video camera recording on my system all the time.
Synology Surveillance Station Settings for Hikvision DS-KB8112-IM
Out of the box the Hikvision DS-KB8112-IM worked great as a video doorbell and I was really pleased with the performance. Unfortunately it took a bit of coaxing to get it to work consistently with Suveillance station – the camera added fine and a thumbnail was visible but live view was just blank at first.
The key setting for me was to change the Streaming Information Source setting under Edit Camera > Device Settings > Advanced to Streaming, rather than the default setting of RTSP: