A Dead Ringer For DoorBot

This week has seen the team behind the DoorBot pseudo-smart doorbell announce their second generation product. In so doing they’ve renamed themselves Ring. Honestly, my experience with Doorbot and its creators was so bad that I can’t help but harbor some animosity toward their operation. Yet, I want to be fair. Design is an iterative … Continue reading “A Dead Ringer For DoorBot”

Our DoorBot has Been Decommissioned: Part 3

For the several weeks we’ve had the new “Extended Range” Doorbot installed in place of the original device. The only apparent difference between the two is the addition of a short external antenna to enhance the Wifi connectivity. Happily, the new unit does seem to stay better connected to our WLAN. In the past I … Continue reading “Our DoorBot has Been Decommissioned: Part 3”

Our DoorBot Has Been Decommissioned: Part 2 – How Fi is Our Wi?

The problem with using a less than common Wifi AP is that a manufacturer can say, “we’ve never heard of that make/model”  and hope that they are thus absolved of any possible requirement to help troubleshoot the situation.  Not that the crew at DoorBot took that stance, but I’ve heard it plenty in prior situations. … Continue reading “Our DoorBot Has Been Decommissioned: Part 2 – How Fi is Our Wi?”

Our DoorBot Has Been Decommissioned: Part 1

One of the realities of my life as a home office worker is that deliveries can be important. Moreover missing deliveries can be extremely inconvenient. On January 1st I installed  a DoorBot at our front gate, intent upon giving it a try as the way that we are notified about visitors and more significantly, deliveries. … Continue reading “Our DoorBot Has Been Decommissioned: Part 1”

DoorBot Selected as One of Wired’s 10 Best Gadgets of CES 2014

It seems that the Wired Gadget Lab has selected DoorBot as one of it’s 10 Best Gadgets of CES. That’s certainly nice for Edison Jr. As someone who has pounded the pavement at similarly vast trade shows, I certainly know how difficult it can be to ensure that you see everything that might be interesting. … Continue reading “DoorBot Selected as One of Wired’s 10 Best Gadgets of CES 2014”

Coming Soon: Rock ‘em Sock ‘em DoorBots!

You may recall that I was eagerly awaiting the arrival our DoorBot, the Wifi-enabled, video capable doorbell that calls a smart phone app when the button is pushed. Well, our DoorBot arrived early in December. Since then I’ve been pondering if, and exactly how, to share my initial experience with the device. To be blunt, … Continue reading “Coming Soon: Rock ‘em Sock ‘em DoorBots!”