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FAQ RemoBell Cloud Subscription Plan

When we drew up the RemoBell Cloud Plan we wanted something different. A plan that was cheap, convenient, and simple to use. A plan that will give you the most bang for your buck, but also not overly complicated. Since the RemoBell Cloud Plan will start March 1st, we stuck with a one fee for one plan model: Unlimited videos per day for $3/ 30-day.

 

Here are some frequently asked questions:

 

Can I browse my Cloud videos on the RemoBell website?
No, the videos stored on your Cloud can only be played on the RemoBell app on your smartphone.

 

 

How many videos will the cloud store?
You can store unlimited videos per day for 30 day storage

 

 

How long does the cloud record for?
Each video will be one minute long, whether it is a ring or motion video.

 

 

Is a Cloud plan for all my cameras or is it per camera?
Each plan is per camera. You will need to purchase Cloud plan for each of your cameras.

 

 

What videos are stored in the Cloud?
All videos will be stored in the Cloud if you have your settings set up to record to the Cloud. That means answered motion videos, missed motion videos, answered rings, and missed rings.

 

 

How do I pay for my Cloud plan?
You can purchase your cloud subscription on our website. Just go to remocam.com from a web browser→ login to your RemoBell account→ click “Your Account” at the top right → Select “My RemoBell” → select your plan then proceed to checkout.

 

 

What happens when my 30-day free trial ends?
You will not be able to see your cloud videos on your RemoBell Recent Activity. You will only be able to see a call log of your motion and rings.

 

 

How do I save videos?
Videos from rings will automatically be recorded when you have a Cloud plan. To save motion videos you’ll need to turn on the Motion Sensor and turn on Cloud recordings.

 

 

Is there a fee for canceling?
Nope! We do not charge any cancellation fees.

 

 

Can I get a refund?
We do not offer full or prorated refunds for canceled Cloud plans.

 

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Olive & Dove Inc makes Smart Home products. Our first product is RemoCam, a Smart Home security camera. Our second product is RemoBell, a wireless video doorbell. We strive to deliver best quality product and software with smart, intuitive, and caring technology.

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Battery Powered Video Doorbells v. Wire Powered Video Doorbells

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In the Smart Home industry, the biggest trend among security cameras is outdoor wireless video doorbells. For those of you who do not know what wireless video doorbells are, in a nutshell, they are security cameras that connect to your WiFi so that you may monitor the outside of your door through your phone when a guest rings.
The popular misconception with wireless video doorbell is that there is an assumption they do not need to be connected to a power cable. That is not completely true. The “wireless” part means that you do not need an ethernet wire to connect your device to the Internet.
By looking at the title of this blog, you probably can piece together that there are video doorbells that are wireless in every sense of the word. Battery powered doorbells are also available, but which one is better?

 

 

Place it anywhere you want

When you have a wire powered video doorbell, your video doorbell placement is excluded to where the pre-existing doorbell was. The perks of battery powered video doorbell is that you can install the device anywhere around your house: your front door, your porch, your backyard, or maybe even by your master bedroom. There is more freedom with battery powered doorbell since– the power source is within the device.

Winner: Battery Powered Doorbell

 

 

Power?

Batteries, at one point or another, you are gonna have to switch them out. The good thing about Battery Powered Doorbells is that most devices last for at least 4 months and they come with rechargeable batteries; however, if you’ve already installed a wired power doorbell, then power shouldn’t be an issue.

Winner: Wire Powered DoorBell

 

 

Easy Installation

With battery powered doorbells, all you need to do is connect the device to your app through your WiFi. Imagine unscrewing your pre-existing doorbell, handling electrical wires, messing with the breaker, and hoping your house has enough power to power the doorbell. It’s a nightmare, and that’s why many customers who own a wired powered doorbell needs to call in an installer to set up their camera.

Winner: Battery Powered Doorbell

 

 

Specs

Wire powered video doorbells, most products can shoot up to 1080p resolution, while battery powered video doorbells can only go up 720p. In this aspect, wire powered video doorbells are clearly the winner; however, internet plays a huge factor in resolution. If your internet is not as good, then your 1080p can drop down to 480p the whole time you use your camera. The doorbell comparison on resolution can always vary.

Winner: Tie

 

 

Don’t have electrical wires?

Do you live in an apartment? Do you have a gate? Do you live in the city where there are no doorbells? These are the limitation with wired powered doorbells. If you don’t have a pre-existing doorbell, then you have a $200 device collecting dust in your garage. With Battery powered video doorbells, you don’t need to live in a suburban home to surveillance your front door. It’s accessible.

Winner: Battery Powered Doorbell

 

In the end, Battery Powered Doorbells are more convenient, easy to setup, accessible, and with less limitation. However, if you are looking for a doorbell that does not require the constant changing of batteries and better resolution, then wire powered video doorbells is a good option. The facts are on the table, it is your choice to decide which wireless security camera is the right fit for you.

 

 

 

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3 Reasons Why College Dorms Get Burglarized

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Move-in day is an exciting time for all college students. It is the next chapter that they will embark on their lives. They will meet their lifelong friends, expand their knowledge, and grow as an individual.
Yet, before all that the most exciting time for any college students is when they finally grasp their independence through their dorm life. However, living in the dorms can be dangerous as 11,000 dormitory robberies occur every year.
I know– how can dorms get burglarized. Well, independence, meeting new people, and that “college experience” can be so euphoric that it keeps student’s guards down.  Here are 3 security mishaps every college student should keep in mind.

1. Not locking your doors

If you are a parent, you will be shocked by how many students leave their dorm rooms unlocked when they go out. If you are a student, you probably understand why you leave the dorm room unlocked– it’s a hassle and the dorm security is already great.
However, getting inside a residence hall is ridiculously easy; you just wait for a resident to open the doors. There are also neighboring students who may go around stealing other people’s belongings.
Burglary in the dorm is no news, as it happens frequently; however, how easy students make it  for burglars to steal their stuff can make you scratch your head. Always lock your doors and remind your roommates as well.

2. Opening doors for stranger

Many resident halls have a great security system that prevents outsiders from coming in. Yet, burglars always find a way to get inside the building. Actually, all you need to do is wait for a resident to come by and say “oh… I forgot my keys”, then they’re in.
Not even that, some students just let strangers into their residence hall without even asking. Echo the importance of not letting strangers in your residence hall.

3. Leaving valuables around

When you have hundreds of students living in the same residence hall, you can best believe that these students will visit each other’s dorms frequently. However, the issue occurs when a roommate invites his friend to his dorm, and then the friend steals a valuable in that room.
With so many students visiting each other’s dorm, an expensive laptop can just disappear if it is not attended for. Buy a Masterlock to store your valuables in a drawer or buy a home security camera to see who tries to steal your stuff.

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Are you a college student? Do you have some security tips for living in the dorms? Let us know in the comments below. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.
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Apartment Security Tips You’ve Never Heard Of

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It is amazing how many residents do not think about home security because they live in an apartment complex. Breaking into an empty apartment is almost as easy as breaking into a house. In fact, there have been cases where some “cunning” home intruders, who dressed up as police officers, broke into two apartments.
Just as how burglars target apartments different from single family houses, we also have to approach some home security measures differently. Here is a list of security tips you should use if you live in an apartment.

1. Avoid Ground-Floor Apartments

Selecting which floor you live in an apartment can determine how much more you have to worry about your home security.
Ground floor apartments are vulnerable for break-in because tenants will have to worry about both the front door and windows, while most higher floor apartments only need to worry about the front door. So, if you plan to live on the ground floor, just remember to take extra precautions.

2. Create a Security Pact with Neighbors

If you live in an apartment complex, befriending a neighbor is way more effective than if you lived in a neighborhood of 2-story houses; your neighbors are literally a door over.
40% of burglars have stated that the proximity of neighbors is an effective deterrent. Create a pact with your neighbors and look out for each others’ homes.

3. Ask the Landlord A LOT of Questions

It is always smart to befriend your landlord and ask them any questions regarding the apartment security and any past incidences of break-ins. You want to know what extra security measures you need to take in order to ensure your apartment is safe.
Another question to ask your landlord is whether your door locks have been changed from the previous tenants. Sometimes landlords forget, so always keep your landlord accountable.

4. Place a Security Camera Inside Your Home

It is no surprise why burglars find security cameras as the number one factor to consider when targeting a home. Home Security Cameras provide surveillance, alarms, and concrete evidence.
However, security systems can become very expensive, if you purchase from companies like ADT. But, if you want a cheaper alternative that captures the whole apartment for a cheaper price, get yourself a smart home security camera.

5. Buy Extra EXTRA DeadBolts

Most burglars want to be in and out of a home as quick as possible; they only try to spend 8 to 12 minutes per home. That is why, having extra deadbolts are crucial.  Apartment spaces are small, so searching and grabbing jewelry is quick and easy.
All they would need to do is break down the door and just quickly go through the apartment, compared to a house that is a bit bigger and more area to cover. Also, 59.2% of burglaries occurred with some form of force, so have that extra fortification for your front door.

6. Peephole Alternative

The peephole has always been the ultimate front door monitoring tool; however, with its fish lens view, you cannot get a clear picture of everything  outside your apartment. Hence comes the peephole alternative: a wireless video doorbell. These devices are taking over the smart home security market because it monitors the most important entryway for an apartment — the front door.
The issue with many video doorbells is that it requires some type of wire; however,  if you are worried about that then think of investing on a RemoBell that only require batteries.  Place it anywhere outside your home and still get that full monitoring experience.

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Why You Need a Smart Home Doorbell

What if I told you that Smart Home Doorbells are essential to effectively monitor your homes? Now, if you are wondering what Smart Home Doorbells are, they are wireless video doorbells that show you real-time footage when someone rings the doorbell or is near it.
It’s exciting right —  another alternative for walking up to the peephole to check who’s at door. However, video doorbell offers more than convenience; rather, they provide users with protection at an area of the house that is the focal point of break-ins.

An Image showing a Wireless DoorBell at the Front Door

1. Protect your family from home invasion

The front door has always been the primary entry point for many home intrusion; therefore, it makes sense that industries created Smart Home devices that focus on monitoring this entrance. If you are looking for home security, you probably want a device that will notify you whenever someone is at your front door. Whether they may be the delivery man, a burglar, or a porch pirate, your mind will be more at ease when you have the capability to monitor your front door. You will also want footage of the person who broke into your home since only 13.6% of burglars actually get arrested due to lack of evidence and witnesses.

2. Prevent your packages from being stolen

We all love online shopping. It’s convenient, sometimes cheaper, and everyone is doing it. But, your day could be completely ruined when you find out that someone had the nerves to steal one of your packages. It is also not uncommon. When you hear that 23 million Americans have had their packages stolen, it can strike fear to your heart. The great thing about wireless doorbells is that they have motion sensors that will alert you when someone is at your door. Be notified when your item is delivered at your doorstep and capture footages of the person who tries to steal your package.

3. Monitor for Broken packages

Stolen packages can be really rough, but opening a package with a broken item can be just as bad. It is possible that someone sent you a damaged product or that the delivery person mishandled your package. Either way, you need a video camera to make sure that no one is just tossing you new iPhone at your front door.
In the End, a wireless video doorbell has more to offer than just being a video camera in front of your house; these doorbells can serve as a home security monitoring system. Protect the most important entry point of your house and make sure that nothing happens to your packages.

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Are You Protecting Yourself From Package Theft?

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If you are like me, there are three reasons why you are on the internet: Social Media, the News, and Online Shopping. 80% of the US population have done some sort of online shopping and experts predict that worldwide sales will pass $1.5 trillion this year. There are good reasons why we shop online — it’s easy to use, they deliver right to your door, more deals, and… more DEALS!
Online shopping is convenient and great, but as we have more online shoppers, we also have more Porch Pirates. Having your package stolen is almost as bad purchasing fake Yeezys from a scam website. With the holidays coming up soon, you can best believe that Porch Pirates are on the prowl. However, there are security measures you can take to make sure that you are protected from package theft.

1. Leave Instruction for the Delivery man

Package theft is so easy because the packages are sitting there, in the open, in front of your door. Anyone can walk up to it and snatch it, so long as there are no witnesses.
Porch pirates plan when to snatch a package at your front door; it’s like snatching a piece of candy from a store with no cameras. However, if you give specific instruction to your delivery man to leave it in the backyard or in an empty trash bin, then the “pirates” won’t be able to spot your package.

2. Let Family or Neighbors know

You can call a neighbor or let your family know that you’re expecting a delivery. If no one is at the house, you choose the option to have UPS deliver your package to your neighbor and add a reminder slip on your door.
The best way to protect your property is to always have someone look out for you.

3. Doorman (App)

Doorman is a smartphone service app that lets users determine when they want their package delivered to them, even if it is past 4pm.
Most times, you do not know when you will receive your package; with this app, you just send your online purchase to them, they will notify when they receive the package, and then you choose when you want them to deliver it to you.

4. Security System

Another alternative is to install a security system with outdoor cameras and motion detectors. If security systems are too expensive, you can also install smart home wireless video doorbells.
The moment a porch pirate approaches your door, the motion detection will get send you a push notification through your Smartphone App.

5. Ask local carrier to hold on to package

You can also ask UPS to hold onto your package at your nearest UPS store or at Staples. They will hold onto your package for 5 business days or 7 calendar days for no added cost. Just remember to bring a valid ID when you go to pick up your package.

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Have you experienced package theft or know some extra tips to protect your packages? Let us know in the comments below. If you have a RemoCam and you caught some interesting footage, remember to send it to us at marketing@olivendove.com. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and give us a shoutout.
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Who Are Porch Pirates?

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Have you ever purchased something on Amazon or on E-bay before? Did you wait a full week for your purchase to arrive on your doorstep and did  you rushed home to open your package?
The adrenaline rushing through your veins and the excitement boiling up; it’s all so exhilarating when you come home and tear up that well-sealed cardboard box. However, all of that joy can come crashing down when you find out that someone stole your package.

Porch Pirates

You’ve either experienced it before or had a friend who has, but these thieves who go to random people’s houses and steal their packages are called Porch Pirates. Porch Pirates are a common threat, as 23 million Americans have experienced their delivered packages getting stolen.  Do not think that these are random acts of misdemeanors from random individuals; porch pirates are on the prowl and we have to be prepared for them as we would for burglars.

They have a plan

Just as how some burglars are methodical in the way they choose to target a home, so are some Porch Pirates. They would actually follow delivery trucks and then strike a home the moment the driver is out of sight. In fact, there was a case when a porch pirate in the San Fernando Valley used a smartphone app to track deliveries. Luckily for one homeowner, he had a security system to catch this individual.

When to really keep an eye out

Porch Pirates strikes every day; however, if there is one time in the year that you should really be careful it is during the holidays. In 2015, UPS was expected to deliver roughly 630 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas. With families thinking about holiday gifts and iPads, you better believe that Porch Pirates are on the Prowl.

How do I stay protected?

There are security measures you can take so that you don’t become a victim of package theft. The most popular protection is installing security systems or motion detecting cameras. If those devices are too expensive, you can also purchase a Wireless Video DoorBell to alert you when your package is delivered or when a suspicious person is near your front door.
Summer is ending, and the holidays are coming up soon. Make sure that you keep your eyes out for any porch pirates when you decide to purchase an item online.

Let us Know

If you would like to learn more ways to protect your packages, check out our other blog on “5 Ways to Protect Your Package”.  If you have a RemoCam and you caught some interesting footage, remember to send it to us at marketing@olivendove.com. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and give us a shout out.

 

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What is a Smart Home?

Smart Home has become a growing topic for innovation in the tech world. The concept that you can connect home devices with one another is flat out exciting. Think about it– what if you could unlock the front door through your phone when you forget your keys or automatically turn on all of your security systems when you lock your doors? Smart Home will provide families with such control and comfort that it will revolutionize how we live in our homes in the future.
Why SmartHome?
Convenience
Well — just as how we prefer sliced bread over a loaf of bread, Smart Home provides that “convenience”. We’ve come to a world where people are connected with people through the internet, whether you’re on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. You don’t even have to ask around town to see how your high school sweetheart is doing– just go on Facebook.
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In the same convenient fashion, the internet has allowed “things” to connect with other “things”. Smart Home devices will let you connect to your home appliances so that you can control it with a press of a button. There are Smart Home light bulbs that let you turn off the kitchen light from your bedroom or Wireless Video DoorBell that lets you see who is at the door from your phone? If they thought TV remotes made life too comfortable, Smart Home is going to give them a run for their money
Security

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Smart Home not only provides comfort and convenience but also security. You don’t have to install expensive security systems anymore. Connect all of your Home security cameras to your phone and other Smart Home devices.
Turn off the lights with your security camera or activate your motion sensor when you lock your Smart Home door lock. A lot of Smart Home security cameras come with motion sensors, two-way communications, and sirens, so you will have the necessary tools to keep your loved ones safe.
Smart Homes are now turning into Smart Cities, and sooner or later, we will be having a Smart Earth. The tech trend is going into the IoT direction, and we can look forward to other great things the future will offer.

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Let us know by commenting below of what you think will be the most popular smart home device. Check out our other blogs, and learn more about RemoCam. If you have any cool videos you captured with your RemoCam, make sure to send it to marketing@olivendove.com.  Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and remember to give us a shout out!
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