22nd of September, 2019Software configuration:
1 - The HikVision doorbell was easiest to do inside of the house with an aux AC transformer.
2 - The doorbell works with 5/2.4 Ghz WiFi and here noticed it connected faster to the 2.4 Ghz WiFi network.
3 - For me it was easier to scan the QR code and write down the serial number and password for programming. (that is me).
4 - push the reset button for 5 seconds and the doorbell will tell you to pair using the Android app
5 - scan the QR code or manually type the serial number and 4 digit code
6 - the device configuration is in AP mode when you are doing this.
7 - it will be talking the whole time during configuration. First part will say that it is connected to your house AP, then it will configure the doorbell to connect to your house AP.
8 - once this is done it will register your doorbell to the cloud application and will provide some options for your doorbell.
9 - after this is done you can disconnect the doorbell from your test AC transformer and install it to your front door.
10 - NOTE: the doorbell has a rechargable battery but does not stay on when removed from your power source.Hardware configuration / installation
Note: if unfamiliar with low voltage electric or doorbell wiring then hire an electrician that is familiar with doorbell low voltage wiring. I am assuming the reader can do this DIY. My set up here is using the Elk 960/930 boards (doorbell and debounce) which uses a 22/4 wire to the alarm panel for 12VDC and NO/NC switch.
IE: 4 wires used for the Elk 960/930 boards and 2 wires going to the doorbell chime / doorbell button (24VAC).
Noticed too that the base of the doorbell comes with a stick on padding to create a seal between the doorbell and the brick mounting base here.
I used a tiny cement bit on my regular drill (no hammer drill required) with the smallest screws to mount the base to brick. IE: same as the Ring doorbell mounting.
There is 1" of wood such that I have to mount the doorbell adjacent and using the angle base on the brick next to the door trim (side window pane) and drill a tiny hole in the angle base to pass the two doorbell wires to the doorbell (as I did for the Ring Doorbell). IE: the doorbell wires are run inside of the side window panel frame (must be hollow?). In another home the doorbell wires were run to a cement wall / stucco wall 90 degrees from the door.
The new doorbell is a bit shorter and less wide than the Ring Doorbell.
The doorbell chime is a lot louder now with the 24VAC transformer than the old 10VAC transformer.
Installation is more difficult than the programming of the doorbell. Will provide pictures of each step.
1 - disconnect the two power wires on the 24 VAC transformer
2 - soldered on a short 22/2 alarm wire to the end of the doorbell wires as they were very short. Used heat shrink tubing on the solder joints.
3 - Passed the wires behind the bracket. (same as the base for the Ring doorbell). You can put some calking if you want where the wires come out for a water seal. I did not see this necessary as the base rests against the hole / doorbell wires.
4 - an aux tiny level was provided and there is a slot in the base to mount the level on for drilling the two holes to the brick. (no level was provided with the Ring doorbell).
5 - leveled the base and used painters tape to hold it in place while starting the holes. Removed the base and drilled two small holds in to the brick.
6 - mounted the angled doorbell base included with the doorbell. (for the Ring this was purchased separately).
BTW I do not like that the only default doorbell configuration of the camera is using Android or iOS (phones or tablets). It would be beneficial to have a generic web page set up. Using the ONVIF and Hikvision software and an Android Virtual box to configure the features. All new video doorbells and smart cams use this methodology of cloud enabling / QT code and cell phone / tablet configuration (this assumes that most folks are tethered to their phones whatever OS is running).
PIR outdoor sound was too loud so muting it. The HikVision Android application is not as refined as the Ring application. It is very similiar except that the triggered events are stored on the SD card rather than the cloud.
I am also configuring the doorbell video to the Omnitouch screens and using programming lines to pop up video when doorbell rings.