New Ecobee smart doorbell beams video to thermostat screen


You're on camera via thermostat screen, complete with vertical field of view and smart sensing.
You're on camera via thermostat screen, complete with vertical field of view and smart sensing.
Photo: Ecobee

The new Smart Doorbell Camera that Ecobee rolled out Tuesday offers an “industry leading” vertical field of view and a “first of its kind” live video stream beamed to a thermostat screen, the company said.

For any smart home powered by HomeKit or Amazon Alexa, the camera offer clear vision day or night, radar-sensing tech for accurate detection and a battery-free enclosure that allows reliable usage in extreme temperatures, Ecobee said.

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Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera (wired)

The Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera (wired) integrates with the company’s Smart Thermostat Premium to show a live stream directly on the thermostat screen, “a first-of-its-kind integration,” the company noted.

“We set out to make a doorbell camera that would stand apart from the rest. One that could see what others can’t–like visitors from head-to-toe and packages right up against your door — even in extreme weather. Our new Smart Doorbell Camera gives homeowners the full picture with crystal clear vision, day or night,” said Ecobee founder and CEO Stuart Lombard.

“The new Smart Doorbell Camera works even better with the rest of our ecobee smart home devices and Smart Security service, from showing a live stream of the camera right on the ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium to detecting the difference between people and packages on your doorstep,” he added.

Vertical field of view, low-light vision

When Ecobee talks about an industry-leading vertical field of view, it refers to the camera’s 175° vertical field of view. It lets you see visitors from head to toe and packages stacked right up against your door. Low-light vision and cinematic 1080p HD video helps you see clearly in light or dark conditions.

And along with the Smart Doorbell Camera’s integration with Smart Thermostat Premium, which puts your doorbell feed on your thermostat screen, you can answer the door and talk to visitors from anywhere via the Ecobee app and Apple Watch.

Always-on security

It's a pretty sleek device, too.
The doorbell is a pretty sleek device, too.
Photo: Ecobee

Ecobee makes Smart Doorbell Camera with a machined-glass front and an aluminum alloy back casing. The device doesn’t require a battery inside, so it works even in the worst weather. While battery-operated devices may fail in extreme heat or cold, this doorbell camera featuresIP65 waterproofing and dust protection, works in rain and snow, and operates in temperatures between  -13 and 113°F, Ecobee said.

The device features advanced radar verification and computer vision for accurate detection and notifications. And you can make it smarter by setting up an Activity Zone, or area of focus for motion and person detection. Ecobee offers different Smart Security plans that come with video recording and even a siren to scare off intruders. The Complete plan includes professional monitoring.

Pricing and availability

Customers can purchase the Total Security and Savings bundle, which includes the Smart Doorbell Camera, Smart Thermostat Premium with SmartSensor, and SmartSensor for doors and windows 2-pack, for $399.99.

Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera is available for $159.99 on, and online through select retail partners including Amazon, Best Buy, and Lowe’s. The ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera will be available in-store at select Best Buy retail locations beginning Oct. 23, Ecobee said.

Where to buy: Amazon


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