I’ve been looking for a new doorbell and was recommended the Orion Smart Doorbell. For under $100, it seemed like a compelling option, so I got one.
A few thoughts
- Premium look with nice finish
- Sturdy and robust feel
- Much larger than a traditional doorbell
- Ring button could be more obvious
- Weather resistant but not storm proof, so place under an eave
- Bracket looks upside down (it’s not - check the packaging)
- Easy enough to install; you will need access to some tools
- Nice to have a dedicated mobile app
- Slight lag between bell ringing and receiving a notification on your phone; I hear that’s pretty common though
- Inside reciever is loud enough by default, but you can adjust the volume
- Supports local storage up to 128GB (16GB included)
You will need a drill, so be prepared for that. If you don’t have one, these sticky strips are an option, but aren’t theft proof.
Once you have the required tools ready (drill & bits, pencil, screwdriver and level), measure the recommended distance from the floor, drill two pilot holes and secure the bracket in place using the provided screws. From there, the doorbell simply clips in.
For the average DIYer, it should only take 20-30 minutes.
To use the smart features, download the Grid Connect app, otherwise it’s just a very expensive ringer.
It’s a simple connection if your modem is set to 2.4GHz. My modem was set to 5GHz so I had to change frequency before it would connect. You will receive a warning during set-up if the modem is on the wrong frequency.
Using the Mobile App
Open the app to start an encrypted connection and activate the camera. Below the video feed, there’s options to take a photo, speak using two-way audio and record video.
There’s also a settings screen which has extra features which aren’t turned on by default:
- Activating motion detection (with sensitivity rating)
- Night vision
- Bell settings (e.g. pick a new ring!)
It does exactly what I expected. There’s some delay on motion detection, but that’s an issue with any smart doorbell. Would the Google alternative (at over 3 times the price) be a huge improvement? I can’t see how.
For $99, you can’t go wrong.