Remo+ DoorCam Review 2020
The Remo+ DoorCam is an interesting alternative to a traditional doorbell camera. Everyone and their mom have a video doorbell these days. But what if you live in a rental and your grumpy landlord won’t let you swap out your doorbell, even though you’ve promised to be careful? (Not like we’re speaking from personal experience or anything.)
Well, your landlord can’t complain about the DoorCam. It takes about 10 seconds to install (you just slide it over the top of your door), you don’t have to drill any holes, and it gives you a decent view of your whole porch.
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Data effective as of 8/6/2020. Offers subject to change.
Remo+ DoorCam features
The DoorCam is conveniently wire-free, but it has iffy video quality.
Most video doorbells require you to take off your existing doorbell and finagle electrical wires to hook up the camera version. Or, if you opt for a battery-powered model (like a Ring Video Doorbell), you suddenly have two doorbells on your porch, and your visitors have to guess which to press.
The Remo+ DoorCam solves the problem by ditching the doorbell altogether. This camera slides over the top of your front door (or any door, really) to give you a view of your porch—no electrical wiring required.
Remo+ DoorCam features:
- 720p HD resolution
- Two-way audio
- Night vision
- 160º field of view
- Motion detection
- Battery-powered by three D batteries
- Cloud storage (with subscription plan)
- Integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
- 0°F to 122°F (-18ºC to 50ºC) operating temperature
- Compatible with push-to-open doors 1 ⅜ to 2 inches thick
The DoorCam doesn’t require any wires or drilling. You can screw it into place if you want to, but it will sit securely on top of your door either way. The door bracket is adjustable so you can fit it tightly to your door without even breaking out the drill.
This camera also doesn’t have any wires. It connects wirelessly to your Wi-Fi router, and the part that talks to your network stays inside your front door. That’s great if you have a thick front door that tends to block Wi-Fi signals to traditional doorbell cams.
One downside? The DoorCam uses three D batteries, which are pretty big and heavy. Remo+ says the batteries can last up to 12 months, but it totally depends on your usage. If you leave the camera’s live view on all the time, your batteries will deplete much faster.
The DoorCam’s video quality is our biggest complaint. The camera records in 720p resolution, which is still high-definition. But we expect 1080p resolution (if not higher) from our cameras these days.
We also found that the camera’s night vision isn’t the best. It tends to make everything look a little purple.
The video quality isn’t terrible, but it’s not great either. If you don’t care about having super-crisp, clear vision of every detail of your porch, then 720p is probably good enough. But it’s not winning any extra points from us.
Remo+ DoorCam pricing
For the video quality, we think the DoorCam is a bit pricey.
The Remo+ DoorCam will cost you about $200. That would be on the pricier side for a doorbell camera. And, frankly, a $200 doorbell camera will almost certainly have better video quality.
You’ll also probably want to sign up for a Remo+ cloud storage plan. Without one, you’ll have access to your live view and motion-activated clips from the last three days. With one, you’ll be able to see footage from the last 30 days.
Remo+’s Premium plan costs only $3 per month, so it won’t exactly break the bank.
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Data effective as of 8/6/2020. Offers subject to change.
Remo+ DoorCam home automation
The DoorCam works with Alexa and Google.
The Remo+ DoorCam has some basic home automation features. It works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It also works with IFTTT, which lets you set up rules, or “recipes” with other IFTTT-compatible devices. (There are hundreds.)
For example, if you want your smart door lock to lock when your DoorCam senses motion, you can set that up through IFTTT.
The DoorCam doesn’t work with Apple HomeKit.
Remo+ DoorCam installation
You’ll have the DoorCam up and running in seconds.
The Remo+ DoorCam couldn’t be any easier to install—especially compared to traditional doorbell cameras. A regular video doorbell takes about 30 minutes to an hour to set up. As for the DoorCam? It’s more like 10 seconds.
The longest part of the DoorCam installation process is downloading the Remo+ app, setting up your account, and connecting the DoorCam to your Wi-Fi network. As for installation of the actual camera, all you do is slide it over your doorframe. Just about anyone can do it.
Remo+ DoorCam installation steps:
- Download the Remo+ app and create an account (or sign in).
- Insert the batteries into your DoorCam and connect it to your Wi-Fi network through the app.
- Hang the DoorCam over your door.
The setup process is pretty straightforward, but if you need a little help navigating the app, then check out the Remo+ tutorial video.
Recap: Is Remo+ DoorCam good?
The DoorCam is a decent doorbell cam alternative, but it’s not our favorite device.
Compared to a doorbell camera in a similar price range, the Remo+ DoorCam isn’t our first choice. But if you can’t (or don’t want to) use a regular video doorbell, then the DoorCam is an easy, breezy alternative to keep an eye on your porch.
Features: The DoorCam is wire-free and records in high-definition video. It’s only 720p resolution (we expect at least 1080p these days), and the night vision isn’t the best. But the quality is passable.
Pricing: For the video quality, we think the DoorCam is a bit expensive. If you can use a doorbell camera, then we think you’ll get better features for your money from one of those. But the DoorCam works in a pinch.
Home automation: The DoorCam has pretty standard smart home features. It works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and IFTTT.
Installation: The DoorCam installs in seconds. You’ll spend longer setting up the Remo+ app than you will putting up the camera.
Want to see an even better alternative to a doorbell camera? Check out our review of the Ring Peephole Cam.
Is your house ready for Remo+ DoorCam?
If you have a decent internet connection and a mobile plan with data, then you’re probably all set for the Remo+ DoorCam. But if your internet struggles with bandwidth issues, then it might be worth upgrading before you add a camera to the mix.
Recommended internet plans
The Remo+ DoorCam doesn’t record 24/7. It turns on only when it detects motion, so it shouldn’t eat up too much of your internet bandwidth. But if your Wi-Fi network is already slow, you might want to upgrade—camera or no camera.
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Recommended mobile plans
You’ll use your phone to check your DoorCam’s live view (if you turn it on) and to respond to notifications. It shouldn’t use too much mobile data, but if your whole family is packed onto one plan, then an unlimited mobile plan is a good idea anyway.