Apologies for the length, but trying to paint a full picture.
We very recently moved to a new house and are looking to install multiple doorbell cameras (or one doorbell camera and a couple of outdoor cameras without doorbell). We are heavily into SmartThings and Google Nest/Google Home with smart home integration (with Hue mixed in as well) and had a Nest Hello at our old house we loved. However, the new house does not have existing doorbell wiring for installation of a Nest Hello (I am aware we can buy a power adapter but my wife doesn’t want me drilling a hole through the wall). I have been researching other doorbell cams and know that there are a few that are battery powered, but they each seem to have different limitations that concern me. Eufy looks good but it appears the range to the Homebase is sketchy and that would be problematic in our planned setup. Others have no or limited integrations with our Google system, or there is not enough information online for me to determine integration with our setup. There is no chime at all in the new house, and I really would like our Google Speakers to act as the chime, and to a lesser level of importance would like to view the video on our Google Home Hub and Chromecast devices. So my first question is, given the above, what doorbell cameras would others here recommend?
And related to that, we have also considered ADT cameras and doorbell cams but that brings up a list of other questions. The new house does have an ADT system installed, with what appears to be older push button control panels (not touchscreen) and no cameras. We are requesting an ADT rep to come out and go over what is currently installed, see if/how they can upgrade the system potentially to the SmartThings version, and to ask about their cameras and doorbell cams. I can’t seem to find the information I’m looking for on their website, and before we talk to them, I was hoping that the folks here could give me a little information on their experiences so I can be certain what I’m being told is accurate, or that I can interpret what they say correctly. I have searched these forums and found some very informative posts, but in much older threads that could be no longer accurate. Some questions/concerns I have are:
Does ADT still integrate with SmartThings? I believe I read where the support was being reduced or eliminated, but both the ADT and SmartThings websites say they do. I don’t want to go this route only to have them drop support 6 months in.
Will I have to replace my current ST hub with their ST control panel/hub, or is there an ADT system that just works with my existing hub? Is the integration worth replacing my hub, or would we be better off not upgrading the ADT system and keeping the home automation separate from the security (I still have not set up quite a bit in the new house yet, so replacing wouldn’t be awful)?
If we go this route, and later decide to no longer have the monitoring, does the ADT ST hub still fully function (just without monitoring)?
Will all of my existing sensors, buttons, plugs, Osram lights, Hue lights, etc. work with the ADT ST hub or does it require a different version of all of those?
The ADT website says the system (well certain versions of it) works with Google Assistant, but I cannot find any information on what type of or how much integration there is. Can anyone provide some insight to this?
The ADT doorbell cameras look to be hard wired and would have the same installation concerns as a Nest Hello. Anyone know how they are powered if no existing doorbell wiring is available?
Does the ADT doorbell camera integrate with Google Nest/Home at all?
ADT’s website says a Ring video doorbell can be paired with certain ADT systems, and Ring has a battery version. But as far as I can tell, Ring’s integration with Google is very limited and I need our Google speakers to be the chime. Anyone know if the Ring integration with Google has expanded enough for that?
We definitely want a good camera/doorbell camera setup. The ADT system upgrade and monitoring is something that we are considering, but isn’t a definite want yet.
One thing about this move that has really stood out to me is that some companies do a very good job of providing good, complete information on what they or their products do and how they work. But there are more than I anticipated that provide very little (or no) information on the websites. Even when you call with questions, I am surprised at how unhelpful some of them are.