Zmodo Greet Doorbell Review – Smart Wifi Video Door Bell Review

Smart video doorbells are becoming more and more popular in today’s connected home. These nifty little gadgets combine several different convenience and security features into one device. The downside is they can be expensive and difficult to install. We’ve been eager to put an affordable entry level smart doorbell to the test. When we were offered a complimentary video doorbell for review from an amazon merchant we were more than happy to oblige the request. Here’s our detailed long term Zmodo Greet Doorbell Review!

Please note, we originally received and installed this product back in May of 2016.  We’ve rewritten and reposted our original review which was posted elsewhere. We’ve been updating this review ever since and will continue to do so. You’ll notice our opinion on some issues has changed since our initial post. We’ve updated this review with new information accordingly.

What We Received:

We received the Zmodo Greet Smart Video Doorbell. Our product included the Zmodo Greet, instructions, mounting hardware and a mounting bracket.

Zmodo Greet Doorbell Review - Box

Meet the Greet: Zmodo Greet Doorbell Review at a Glance

Due to the nature of the product, this will likely be one of our longer product reviews. We’ll open with a brief “at a glance” summary of our review followed by our list of PROS and CONS.  We’ll then wrap up the review with our thoughts on the installation and setup process and additional details for those interested.

Zmodo Greet Doorbell Review

 

  • Provides good quality 720 HD video.
  • Pleasantly surprised at the decent audio quality out of the speaker
  • Setting up WiFi was a bit flaky. We ran into issues connecting to our network. However, once we decided to actually read and follow the recommendation to turn off any 5GHz networks during setup things proceeded smoothly.
  • Our biggest initial complaint was random WiFi disconnects and reboots. This turned out to be a combination of issues with our existing doorbell wiring and problems with the mounting bracket design.
  • Our other major complaint is false alarms from vehicles on the road our office faces. The motion detection feature appears to work by detecting any major heat source motion that is in frame. Because the motion detection doesn’t appear to be related to proximity, it picks up traffic from the road about 75 feet away. Currently there’s no way to filter out false alarms or no ability to set proximity zones etc. to combat this problem.

Zmodo Greet Review Photo

 

PROS:

  • Provides an affordable smart doorbell option.
  • Attractive and modern design.
  • The brushed stainless steel finish has been durable and attractive
  • With the exception of the cheap mounting bracket, the unit feels solid and well built.
  • Mounting should be easy in the majority of cases.
  • Wiring is incredibly easy.
  • Functions well as an intercom.
  • View live video with audio anytime from anywhere via a free web account or through the mobile app.
  • View and greet your visitors no matter where you are. As long as you have a data or internet connection you can view and address visitors via your mobile device.
  • Visitor alerts and the greeting process are intuitive.
  • Greeting a visitor feels like a phone call. When a visitor arrives and rings the doorbell you’ll receive a notification on your mobile device. Each time you  have three options: Answer and greet the visitor, decline to answer or you can elect to play your pre-recorded message.
  • Motion Sensor: Whenever the doorbell senses motion nearby the device alerts you via the app installed on your phone or mobile device.
  • Ability to capture video clips and still images on demand or whenever motion is detected:  Capture video clips or still images when you choose. You can also have the doorbell capture 3o second video clips automatically whenever it senses motion.
  • Good Speaker Quality: The Zmodo’s speaker quality was actually pretty surprising. Audio comes through much louder and clearer than we anticipated.  Visitors easily understand us which is a good thing.
  • Night Vision: The Greet’s Infrared camera allows you to monitor your doorstep in complete darkness. Keep in mind night vision mode provides a black and white video image. At night the video quality is a bit degraded and everything looks more grainy. Objects up close appear clear enough to allow individuals to be identified if they’re at your door. The main issue with night vision, other than quality, is range. Don’t plan on seeing vivid detail on objects that are 10 or 15 feet in the dark. It just isn’t possible because the IR camera array nowhere near strong enough for that.
  • The motion capture feature still works in the dark.
  • Lit up at night. The LED light ring around the doorbell button also serves as your doorbell button light at night. It also does double duty as a status indicator. The light typically glows solid blue when the device is setup and connected properly.
  • Device Sharing: This feature allows any family member or person you invite to control and access your Zmodo doorbell.
  • No hidden or monthly fees. The are no fees or credit card necessary to create accounts or make use of the basic features of this device. Any paid features are truly premium features you can live without. If you’d like things like permanent cloud video footage storage you can upgrade to these paid features.

CONS:

  • Initial setup was a bit aggravating until we turned off the 5 GHz band on our router. We had some issues getting the Greet set up on our network. The setup concept is simple in theory but we just couldn’t get the Zmodo to show up on our network. We decided to follow one important instruction step we ignored at first: we temporarily disabled the 5 GHz wireless radio on our dual band router during setup. We admit to attempting to shortcut the setup process by ignoring this simple step. It was a mistake that cost us time. Once we  had only the 2.4 GHz band active on our router the app recognized the Zmodo Greet on our network almost instantly and we could proceed with setup.  We’ve never experienced this before while setting up 2.4 GHz devices on our network but it does pay to read and follow the instructions!
  • Connectivity Issues and Random Reboots: When the Greet works, it works very well. Unfortunately it seems to constantly randomly reboot or drop the WiFi connection.  Furthermore, when the doorbell button is pressed or the motion sensor is triggered the Greet’s status indicator light will frequently go from solid blue to solid green indicating the device is rebooting. The device is then unusable for a short period of time until it completely reboots and/or establishes a network connection again. This seems to occur more frequently with use but the device also seems to spontaneously reboot in a similar unprovoked manner randomly throughout the day. This occurs anywhere from every two minutes to every 10 minutes or more.

We have a hunch this could be due to either an issue with the input voltage temporarily and sporadically dropping below the desired 10 volts or an issue with the device itself.  Our office sports a pretty ancient 10V doorbell transformer. We’ve tested output and it does output 10V consistently when tested with a digital multi-meter.  However, we have not tested the output under load. or over a longer duration. Although 10V is listed at the lower end of the Greet’s listed power input requirements, we suspect there are times when the unit is briefly requiring more than 10 volts and/or periods when our door chime wiring supplies less than ten volts. Either could likely be the cause of the rebooting we’ve been experiencing.

These issues seem to be persisting. Therefore we’ll take the angle of a typical consumer and attempt to troubleshoot further and contact support if necessary.We know what you’re probably thinking.  Our office has a strong WiFi signal. We also have at least 5 times the recommended internet upload speed. We’re confident these aren’t the issue.

UPDATE: This issue has been resolved since posting our original review.
The issues we were experiencing seemed to be due to a combination of two issues.  The doorbell was not receiving quite enough voltage from our existing doorbell transformer. We also had some issues with the mounting bracket that prevented the device from having a solid wiring connection at all times. Once we found a way to rectify those two problems we’ve had little to no issues with reboots or random disconnects. See the Review Update section below for details on how we fixed these two issues!

  • Not Obviously a Doorbell. This may seem like ridiculous observation but not everyone will recognize a smart doorbell. If someone isn’t tech savvy this unit could easily be mistaken for a security camera, light or other device. We have noticed other smart doorbells feature an image of  a bell or other graphic on the button to help guide visitors. We’re guessing it is a very small portion of the public that won’t recognize this as a doorbell, but we thought we’d point it out.
  • Apps: The mobile “MeShare” and “Zmodo” apps are pretty limited. We find it curious there are basically two identical apps with different names for most Zmodo products. The app functions are limited and things aren’t setup in the most user friendly manner. Fortunately, in our testing we quickly figured out where things were very quickly. We can’t help but think this device is hampered slightly by its sparse app.UPDATE: The apps for this product have improved quite a bit since our original setup of this product back in May of 2016.  It appears both apps are still available but the manufacturer seems to be focusing on only the Zmodo version of the app at this time. We’ve abandoned the MeShare app and have continued on with the Zmodo app. The user interface is much more user friendly now and we’re pleased with the basic functions offered.
  • Motion Sensor False Alarms: One of the most annoying limitations of this product is the inability to adjust the sensitivity or set zones for the motion sensor. This is probably our biggest complaint with this product. There is essentially no way to avoid annoying  false alarms with the motion sensor.  Keep in mind this may not be an issue for you if your building doesn’t face a roadway or have much movement in the distance beyond your doorstep.

Unfortunately, it is an issue for us.  We’ve been in the office today for about an hour and we’ve already had 7  to 10 motion alerts from vehicles going down the road our office faces. This street  is about 50 to 75 feet away.  The Zmodo basically picks up any vehicle passing by: sports cars, sedans, a garbage truck, pickup trucks, large stakebed work trucks and more!  We initially assumed the Zmodo had some sort of proximity based motion detector. When we installed the unit we assumed a motion source needed to be close enough to trigger it. We were quite wrong.

After some reading we discovered the Zmodo Greet features a PIR sensor (passive infrared sensor) it uses as a motion sensor. This sensor measures Infrared radiation from objects. In other words it works as a sort of thermometer and senses movement of objects that give off a heat signature. This is great for detecting movement at night. Unfortunately the PIR sensor works too well and alerts us about any vehicle that drives down the road adjacent to our location.

We’re dying for some sort of way to limit motion sensitivity or set zones the Zmodo could ignore. It would be extremely helpful if the Zmodo had some sort of way to mark false motion alerts as false positives. We’re not completely sure, but we believe some of the RING doorbells have “zones” for the PIR sensor that can be turned on or off. To our knowledge there is no way to do this with the Zmodo Greet. This dilemma wouldn’t even be the end of the world if it only detected large vehicles like garbage trucks or the FedEx driver. Unfortunately it alerts us of every vehicle that goes down our road . This ends up being a pretty big annoyance.

Since the entrance to our office faces the road in the background we are unable to position the Greet’s camera so it doesn’t pick up motion from the street.  Our only real option is to mount the Zmodo doorbell on a post or structure facing perpendicular to the roadway and door. This would look pretty weird and would also involve quite a bit of work with running new wire or extending bell wire. It is probably more work than we’re willing to take on at the moment. The only recourse for us at the moment is to learn to ignore the alerts or simply turn off notifications during busy times of day. This sort of defeats the purpose.

  • Cheap Mounting Bracket: Upon unboxing the product we immediately felt the plastic mounting bracket  could be a weak link. It turns out we were right. The mounting bracket could definitely use some improvement. The Greet mounts to the bracket with two screws at the bottom. They are supposed to lock things in place and prevent the doorbell from being slid up and lifted up and off the bracket. It did work, at first. However the plastic is pretty cheap and the design flaws become apparent if you need to remove the Greet and reinstall it on the bracket a few times as we have.

As long as you have the doorbell installed properly over the mounting bracket and don’t mess with things after the initial install you’ll probably be OK. We had issues with troubleshooting that required us to remove and reinstall the Greet a few times. This lead to the screws not holding the Greet properly on the bracket anymore. This ended up leading to issues with the device briefly losing connection and rebooting when someone would push the doorbell button or bump the unit. We also had the device fall off the bracket on one occasion. The unit landed on a concrete sidewalk from about 3 feet up. To our surprise, the device survived with the exception of a dent and some scratches to the metal housing. We’ve managed to resolve this issue with some shimming and modifications of our own but none of this should have been necessary in our opinion.

  • Worried About Long Term Exposure to the Elements: We were initially worried about how well the Zmodo would stand up to day to day exposure to the outdoor elements. We were concerned about the effects the sun would have beating down on the unit. What about rain? Another major concern was the bitterly cold winters here in the Midwest USA. Fortunately those fears have been unfounded to date. The Zmodo has hung outside in the same position since May of 2016. That’s approximately 20 months of exposure and it shows no signs of deterioration. As described previously, it has even survived a fall or two from the mounting bracket!
  • Could Easily Be Stolen: Most thieves likely won’t be able to figure out how to use the device without knowing the password. That won’t stop less than honest members of society from trying.  Stealing this device would be as simple as a hard yank off the mounting bracket. This would likely cause damage to the mounting bracket but most thieves don’t care about damage.  If they want to be stealthy, a thief only needs to remove the two screws at the bottom of the mounting bracket. This would allow them to quietly slide the entire doorbell unit off the bracket. They could then quickly remove the mounting screws for the bracket and have the device and the bracket in hand. Would they be caught on camera with motion capture during the attempt? Probably so. Is this scenario likely? Probably not but it is still something to be aware of.
  • No Volume Control for the Speaker: The speaker on the Greet is loud and clear. There are times when we’ve wanted the ability to decrease the volume to a more acceptable level.
  • Declining a Visitor Automatically Plays Your Pre-recorded Message:  When a visitor rings the doorbell an alert on  your mobile device gives you three options: “Answer”, “Play Message” and “Decline”. The process is intuitive and quite similar to fielding an incoming phone call. Seems straightforward enough right? They all seem pretty self explanatory. When you select “answer” you’re answering the door via the intercom and you’ll be able to talk to the visitor. When you elect to play message the app will of course play the message you’ve recorded. Now comes the fun part. When you elect to “decline” a visitor with the app things don’t go as expected. You’d assume choosing the “decline” option simply ignores the alert and doesn’t take any further action.  Instead, the app automatically plays the pre-recorded message. I get the idea here but then why bother having two separate features if “Play Message” and “Decline” are essentially the same thing?  Indeed, there may be times when someone simply wants to decline a visitor and the related alert  notification  on their phone without playing a recorded message. We can’t find any option allowing us to turn the voice message with “decline”feature off.
  • Whenever the Zmodo goes offline there is no notification via the app. Disconnects fortunately aren’t much of a problem anymore but if the Greet does disconnect from the network you have no way of knowing unless you’re staring at the device or happen to attempt accessing it.  In the past the only way we typically discovered the Greet was offline was when we attempted to connect via the web or app to view the live stream. At that point we’d discover infinite loading screens and timeout errors. Coding an alert within the app to notify a user the device is offline seems like a great idea.
  • Low Frame Rate: The frame rate of the video is rated at 25 or 26 frames per second. Honestly this seems like best case scenario. When viewing HD video with audio the frame rate typically seems slower. At times there can be a great deal of lag, motion choppiness and delay present when viewing live video with someone at the door etc.
  • Night Vision is Lower Quality:  The Infrared camera works well to show images up close at night. However, the quality drops off quickly at distances over a few feet. Things look grainy when an object is at about 5 feet or further away. This doesn’t bother us immensely as this is an inherent drawback of affordable products with IR cameras attempting to “see” in the dark.
  • Only 2.4GHz: This version of the Zmodo Greet only operates over the 2.4 GHz band. Granted, 2.4 GHz offers better range but it does so at the expense of some speed. The 2.4 GHz band is typically very crowded and there can be issues with noise and interference from other devices. There are situations where one band is better than the other. A dual band option to connect to either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz would be a welcomed addition to this product’s features.

 

Zmodo Greet Installation and Setup:

Zmodo Greet Review

 

Zmodo Greet Review Photo of Mounting Bracket

No Zmodo Greet Doorbell review would be complete without discussing installation and setup. Setting up this device is actually very simple.  It likely won’t take more than about 10 minutes in most typical installation situations. That said, we encountered a few issues. Most of them were brought on by our own actions. We’ve outlined our installation process and the setbacks we experienced below in hopes that it might help others with similar problems.

Wiring:

This device is made to connect to doorbell terminals from a mechanical doorbell with a low voltage trasformer supplying approximately 10V to 36V. Essentially you disconnect the two wires from your existing doorbell and hook them up to the Greet.

The good news if you don’t have an existing doorbell you can still connect to a compatible low voltage transformer without a chime. If you don’t use a doorbell chime you simply need to purchase and install a 10 ohm/10 Watt resistor (it is not included) between one of the wires and the Zmodo Greet.  You should not directly connect the device to the transformer without using the resistor or damage will result. Installing the resistor prevents the device from suffering damage due to higher voltages etc.

Please note these are the specific specifications provided with our device at the time of install. Do not rely on our information for your installation. Be sure to follow the instructions provided with your device and contact the manufacturer for support if you have questions.

WiFi Setup:

Setting up the Zmodo should normally be as simple as downloading  and installing an app and inputting your WiFi network password. In most cases setup will proceed promptly in this manner. We ran into issues unrelated to the device. In fact, if we would have closely followed the instructions we would have been able to prevent the issue.  We had issues with the device not appearing on our network.

We downloaded and installed the “MeShare” app. This was the app we were  instructed to use in the Quick Start Guide.  We later discovered the Zmodo app. Please note the newer version appears to be the “Zmodo” app. For android users at the time of initial setup they appeared to be the exact same app. The only difference was the name and a different color scheme. The actual functions, settings and options all appear to be identical.

We created a free user account, logged in on the app and then tapped “+” sign in order to  add a device. When asked what type of device we were setting up we chose “Wireless Device.” Our problems began here. At first the app wouldn’t detect the Greet. It would simply time out every time we attempted to connect. Our issues persisted until we reread the directions. At that point we noticed the mention that there could be issues with routers using a 2.4 GHz and  5 GHz Wi-Fi signal.

To make matters worse, our particular router uses a smart connect feature that automatically chooses whether 2.4 or 5 GHz is best for a device. This lead to problems because with this setup both our 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks have the same name. It seems the Greet was likely attempting to connect to the 5 GHZ band instead of the 2.4.

We solved the problem buy simply temporarily disabling the 5GHz wireless side of our network.  Once we left only the 2.4 GHz network enabled the Zmodo app detected the Greet and we proceed with the setup process hassle free. We simply re-enabled our 5 GHz Wi-Fi network once setup was complete. After you’ve completed the initial network setup and got the doorbell setup on your network you can  further customize the connection. We changed the device’s name and also set it up with an admin password for some added security.

 

Mounting:

We’re covering mounting last because it is pretty straight forward. We had a couple unique challenges we encountered. We’ll outline them later below. Rest assured most users will have a simple mark and drill install.

Things start with the mounting bracket. All of the wiring is done on the bracket itself. You end up mounting the bracket and wiring to it. The Greet then simply slides down over the bracket for mounting and installation. It connects via a contact between some metal pins on the back of the Zmodo and metal plates that are wired up on the mounting bracket.

Take some care when choosing a mounting location. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to mount this over or near the existing hole for your old doorbell switch. When choosing a mounting location you should consider moving things up if your doorbell was mounted extremely low or high for one reason or another. This normally couldn’t be the case but never say “never.” We’ve seen some weird things in our time. The typical accepted doorbell mounting height is around 48″ up from the floor or ground. That was the case with our install.  We pointed the Zmodo camera up a bit in order to get an ideal viewing angle of our front entrance.

As with any installation you should take your time. It is always a good idea to carefully measure, mark and verify things are level before drilling any holes.

 

We Faced Unique Mounting Challenges Most Users Won’t:

We weren’t in for an easy install due to additional challenges.   No worries because most buyers will have it mounted in a few minutes. It typically won’t involve much more than marking, drilling and screwing. We didn’t have this luxury for a couple reasons:
1. Our existing doorbell situation was a bit strange and isn’t mounted on a simple flat wall.

2. We aren’t permitted to drill any additional holes on the outside of our office for something like this.

Our existing doorbell button sat oddly in a narrow gap between a shutter and our entrance door. (We have large faux shutters on either side of the entrance door.) To make the problem a bit more complex,  the shutter is raised out from the house near the door frame by approximately half an inch.  The Greet is wider than the space where the old doorbell button sat and it doesn’t have enough room to sit flat. The left half of the Zmodo Greet falls over the raised up shutter.  The right half sits over the door frame area.

We probably could have managed to install the Zmodo bracket at an angle and called it good. That would have looked weird. We wanted the unit to sit straight and not at a peculiar angle. Removing shutters wasn’t an option. Then again, we also couldn’t drill new holes into the exterior even if things did fit.

Relocating the doorbell to a better suited location wasn’t an option either. It would end up being too far from the door and would require relocating or extending existing bell wires. We had to come up with a way to mount the Greet without drilling any new holes.

We had to use the existing doorbell mounting holes we had.  Essentially we made a wood bracket to mount the greet mounting bracket to.  The end result is the Greet is mounted to the factory mounting bracket which is screwed to a wood mounting plate mounted to the existing doorbell button mounting holes. We constructed our mounting bracket out of a piece of 1/4″ thick wood about the same size as the Zmodo mounting bracket.   This acted as backing plate behind the actual plastic Zmodo  mounting bracket. We drilled a large hole to allow the doorbell wires to pass through unobstructed.

To remedy the uneven mounting surface we placed an additional narrow 1/4″ thick wood spacer only on the right side of our DIY bracket spacer. This helps fill the gap between the doorframe and the first wood mounting plate and keeps thins more level. We were  pleased to discover the bottom right and right middle holes of the Zmodo plastic mounting bracket are positioned the same distance apart as the top and bottom mounting screws on a standard rectangular doorbell button. This made things easier. We drilled two holes all the way through the wood mounting plates in these two areas. This allowed  us to use the long mounting screws that came with the Zmodo to hold the entire mounting setup to the wall. Most importantly we did so via the existing doorbell switch mounting holes and didn’t need to drill any holes into the building.

The rest of the Zmodo plastic mounting bracket is secured to our DIY bracket solution via the remaining 4 mounting holes using shorter flathead wood screws. We finished off our unconventional solution by painting the wood spacer brackets flat black. They match the factory plastic mounting bracket well and everything blends together very nicely. Visitors cannot tell tell the spacer is there and no one knows unless we point it out and tell them to look closely from below or straight down.   The mounting solution is secure and stable. Our quick creation has lasted almost a couple years now.  In the future we may end up making it again with acrylic or aluminum to make it even more weather resistant and durable.

 

UPDATE: 7/3/2016

We grew tire of random reboots and connectivity issues.  As a result, we emailed Zmodo tech support describing our issues and asked their opinion. We also attempted to confirm 10 volts actually is enough to operate the unite reliably.

The next day we received a short email reply. They stated it sounded like the unit was possibly under powered and we should check and confirm our voltage. We received no response to our inquiry regarding whether 10 volts is actually enough power for the Zmodo.

Based on our assumption and some confirmation from support, we decided to update our old 10V doorbell wiring.  We had long suspected it as the cause of connectivity issues and reboots.  We purchased a new mechanical chime unit and a 16V transformer. Installation only took about 15 minutes. This seems to have helped some with the Greet’s random reboot issues and connectivity problems.  We suspect that while  10V was at the low end of the recommended input voltage range, it just wasn’t enough in our situation. There may have been some random voltage drop or perhaps the device was requiring more than 10 Volts during use.

The motion sensor picking up traffic on the street is just as bad as it has always been.

 

UPDATE: 8/2017

After we performed the 16V doorbell transformer upgrade things have been much more stable. We did seem to have some issues with losing power or connection after this but it was only when a visitor pressed the doorbell or bumped the device. After some troubleshooting we discovered the culprit was the plastic mounting plate.
The bracket had grown tired and worn out from us removing and reinstalling the Zmodo during previous troubleshooting attempts. The mounting screws that screw up into the bracket to mount the Greet had actually started wedging themselves between the Greet and the bracket instead of just screwing up and against to lock things in. The mounting screws were now effectively prying the device away from the mounting plate. When the button was pressed just right or bumped the connection would be lost until we reseated things. We resolved the issue with some shims and additional modifications to our bracket. It appears to have worked.

ZMODO GREET DOORBELL REVIEW UPDATE: 2/12/2018

The previous fixes of the new doorbell transformer and modifications to fix our mounting bracket have proven to be a long term solution. We aren’t aware of any connection issues or reboots since the update back in August of 2017.

In addition, we can provide an update on durability and resistance to the elements. The Zmodo Greet has been mounted outside and exposed to the elements for about 20 months now. We notice no signs of deterioration due to the sun or weather.

We’ll continue to update this post with any additional information regarding this product.

 

REVIEW UPDATE: MOUNTING BRACKET ISSUES AGAIN  11/14/2018

To be perfectly blunt, we’re about out of patience with the mounting bracket on this thing. We sincerely hope Zmodo has updated the cheap, poorly designed plastic mounting bracket. The issue, again, is the screws that screw into the mounting bracket. This setup just doesn’t seem to hold securely.

No matter how hard we try we cannot get the Greet to stay securely mounted on the bracket for an extended period of time. It doesn’t fall off. Instead it creeps up and out just far enough that the electrical connection between the doorbell and the mounting bracket breaks. We have to push it back in place, loosen screws and resecure everything.  We’ve been having issues with it disconnecting and being offline for days until we fix it. This summer we’ve had times where the doorbell was offline and disconnected for weeks because we’re simply tired of messing with it.

To make matters worse, when the device is actually connected and working, the app stinks.  Since we originally posted this review, the mobile app has been updated.  Unfortunately, the android version of the app has less features than it originally did before.

CONCLUSION:

Initially our biggest problem with this device was frustrating disconnects and random reboots that lead to unreliable performance. Luckily we were able to resolve those issues. Based on our experience we highly recommend you inspect your doorbell wiring prior to installation if you’re using existing doorchime wiring. Ours put out about 10 or 11 volts at rest, but this wasn’t enough for the Greet. Once we upgraded to a 16 Volt doorbell transformer (an inexpensive and easy upgrade) most of our connection issues were resolved.

This leaves us with just one main complaint about this device: annoying false alarms with the motion sensor feature. Granted, part of this is due to the fact that the device can see a road in the background. Unfortunately, unless we go to an unconventional mounting location away from the door, there is little we can do to alleviate the problem. At this point we wouldn’t recommend the Zmodo Greet to anyone where the intended install location faces a regularly traveled roadway Based on our experience, if installed in these locations the camera will frequently capture video and issue motion alerts due to any major traffic visible in the background.

Other than our issues with the cheap mounting bracket and motion sensor we’re very pleased with the performance of this product. Unfortunately, the mounting bracket issues keep rearing their ugly heads. Quite frankly, we’re tired of messing around with the mounting bracket just to get the doorbell back up and running.

This is a decent entry to mid level smart video doorbell.  Minor defects hamper the device slightly but we still feel this is a good option if you can score one at the right price. It is a steal if you can find it in the $60 to $80 range  That seems like the perfect price point to us.  We’d still easily recommend it in the under $100 price range. Anything beyond a $100 price tag and we feel there are better options out there. At that point you’d be better off putting the funds toward a better product.

Where to Buy:

Shop for the Zmodo Greet on amazon.com.

 

Browse for new and used Greets on ebay. Check out current listings here.

Check out the Zmodo Greet 1.5 and the Zmodo Greet Pro:

The Greet 1.5 is essentially a newer version of this product. It addresses many of the drawbacks, complaints and feature requests we mentioned here in this review. If you’re looking for even better features and performance the Greet Zmodo Greet Pro is definitely worth checking out.

 


 

Zmodo Greet Smart Video Doorbell

8

Durability

8.0/10

Affordability

8.5/10

Installation

8.5/10

Overall Performance

9.5/10

Motion Capture

7.5/10

Mounting Bracket Design

7.0/10

Mobile App Features

7.0/10

Pros

  • Durable
  • Affordable
  • Easy Install and Setup
  • HD Video with 2 Way Audio
  • Access and View From Anywhere

Cons

  • No Zones or Sensitivity Settings for Motion Detection
  • Plastic Mounting Bracket is a Weak Point
  • 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Only
  • No App Notification if Device Disconnects
  • App Is A Bit Sparse

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