ProLine Compact doorbell brings HomeKit Secure Video


Robin ProLine Compact is HomeKit compatible
You can securely answer the ProLine Compact with your iPhone, thanks to HomeKit Secure Video.
Photo: Robin Telecom Development/Cult of Mac

A follow-up to the world’s first HomeKit-compatible video doorbell from Robin Telecom Development will support Apple’s new system that makes video security systems more private and secure. It’s quite possibly the first video doorbell to do so.

Almost as importantly, the Robin ProLine Compact is smaller than its predecessor.

Not your grandmother’s doorbell

“With the ProLine Compact you receive instant notifications and answer the doorbell from the Apple Home App on your iPhone, iPad,  or on a Mac (running Mojave), no matter if you are at home or abroad,” notes Robin Telecom Development.

This doorbell includes a 720p HD camera with a 130 degree wide-angle lens. It also sports a two-way audio system, allowing users to talk weigh visitors from wherever they are.

The ProLine Compact needs a wired Ethernet connection to function. It gets its power over Ethernet, too. The doorbell can be wired to a home’s conventional door chimes.

A video doorbell with the HomeKit advantage

After an update to add Apple HomeKit Secure Video debuts in December, video goes directly to an iPhone, iPad or Mac, not through any third-party server. And video can only be stored on the user’s iCloud account, not anywhere else.

As with all HomeKit devices, this accessory requires an Apple TV with tvOS 11.4.1 or later, an iPad with iOS 12.1 or later, or a HomePod set up as a home hub.

The Robin ProLine Compact launched today for 495,04€ (~$547.25) on the Robin Telecom Development website.


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