THE Positive, through the Smart Home division, has been betting more and more on intelligent lighting, comfort and protection gadgets. The last launch of the brand in the security sector was the Smart Video Doorphone Wi-Fi, also popularly known as “smart doorman”, which can be easily installed at home or in the office in minutes.
Direct competitor of Intelbras Allo W3 and Allo W5, Positivo’s Smart Video Doorphone is highlighted by a wireless doorbell, two-way audio, night vision and protection against splashes and dust. But how does it work? Is it worth it? I spent the last few days evaluating the product and answered these and other questions in this review.
Analysis of Smart Wi-Fi Positive Video Doorphone on video
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Kit and installation
Smart Video Doorphone Wi-Fi requires two installation procedures: integration with the company’s application is the first step. You just need to search for the doorman model in the app, connect to Wi-Fi (the network must be 2.4 GHz) and scan a QR Code to start using the gadget.
The second step is to define the location and how you will fix the product on the wall. For this, Positivo sends a double-sided tape that should only be used indoors with a smooth wall. And for more complex installations, there is a tool kit with screws and bushings.
But first of all, you need to remove the seal from the batteries and this is exactly where the first negative point is. It remained to explain how to open the lid and make this removal; something that even Positiva doesn’t explain in the quick guide and made me spend a few minutes trying to guess how to do this.
With the Allen key in hand, I removed the pins at the bottom and by pushing down it is finally possible to remove the rear main cover. But it doesn’t end, another cover must be removed first. This protects the battery, at least it is easy to remove.
Speaking of batteries, the company sends two 3.7V chargers. Positivo promises up to three months of autonomy and the power can be done through the micro USB port inserted on the side of the device.
A wireless doorbell is included in the kit and works connected to the outlet, without the need to leave it close to the Smart Video Doorphone as it works with radio frequency. It has two touches and allows you to adjust the loudness in four modes.
Positive and negative points
Moving now to the positives and negatives, this is a smart product that can be synonymous with simplicity, in this case. I say this because there is no need to use wires to install and use the intelligent doorman – a differentiator from Intelbras’ model, the Allo W3, which requires the use of a power supply.
Smart Video Doorphone depends on the brand application to work. After making the settings, you can follow everything that goes on outside, in addition to taking a picture, recording, talking to the person on the other side and checking the recording history. He can still let you know when someone is at the door even if you’re not at home, which is very interesting.
As this is a safety device, Positivo still keeps a record of the day and time on the images and can be useful in urgent cases.
Regarding the camera, it has a 120º angle of view, which I consider excellent to be able to follow everything that happens outside well. Night vision is another security mode present in Smart Video Doorphone and allows you to see who has just rung the bell at night without much difficulty.
The infrared motion sensor was introduced here to warn you when someone passes by the door. For this function, Positivo offers three sensitivity modes: high, medium and low. During my tests, even with a small delay, the feature was very useful and works well.
There are two recording formats here: SD and HD at 30 frames per second. To store the local recording, it is feasible to insert a micro SD card up to 64 GB or to sign a branded cloud recording plan.
The audio, in turn, is bidirectional, that is, you can talk in real time with the person at the door and authorize or not the entry. The coolest thing is that you can use your own phone as a microphone, this through the app.
And because it is a smart product, you can control the doorman and have access to the visitor’s images through the virtual assistants Alexa and Google Assistant. When creating a command, it is possible to transmit the image to the Echo Show, Fire TV Stick or Google Chromecast.
Speaking now of negative points, the intelligent doorman leaves something to be desired in some moments and can even be irritating in specific situations. During an evaluation period, the battery lost its charge and when this happens, the app does not stop sending notifications to you to supply. I counted 36 consecutive low battery warnings in a single day. A little exaggerated, isn’t it?
The IP54 protection is not necessarily a negative point, but it can influence the purchase decision, as it only guarantees protection against dust and splashes. Therefore, the gadget is not prepared for the summer rains that we are used to. Therefore, you will only be able to install the Smart Video Door Phone Wi-Fi only in closed places or with awning, which may not be so interesting for some consumers.
Positivo charges R $ 649 for its Wi-Fi Smart Video Doorphone. It is a high price considering that its main competitor, the Allo W3, is found for less than R $ 500 in online retail, but this option from Intelbras requires the use power supply, doubting the proposal for easy installation.
If you have an office, Smart Video Door Phone Wi-Fi can be interesting and the same goes for those who own businesses or offices. I live in a building with a 24-hour concierge, so the device turned out not to be very useful in practice. So, if you live in a closed condominium, it is worth analyzing whether or not it pays to have a product like this.
It also does not guarantee robust protection, but it certainly contributes to residential security. Integration with the app and virtual assistants further enhances the smart home experience.
Refining the entire system would be most welcome, as well as greater protection against water and a better explanation of how to do the installation. These are my feedbacks that Positivo can consider in the next generations of video entryways.