June 20, 2024


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Lorex 1080p Wi-Fi Video Doorbell – Review 2020

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The latest addition to the Lorex family of smart security devices, the Lorex 1080p Wi-Fi Video Doorbell ($129.99) offers sharp 1080p video, motion detection and recording, and compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. It stores recorded video locally so you don’t have to worry about monthly cloud subscriptions, and it’s relatively easy to install. That said, it doesn’t offer quite as many features as our Editors’ Choice for video doorbells, the $99 RemoBell S.

Design and Features

With its glossy black faceplate, matte silver enclosure and ring button, and blue backlit LED indicators, the Lorex Video Doorbell offers a clean, modern aesthetic. At 4.7 by 1.7 by 1.0 inches (HWD), it’s closer in size to the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro (4.6 by 1.5 by 1.3 inches) than the bulky Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus (5.1 by 2.4 by 1.1 inches).

The front of the doorbell holds the camera, a PIR (passive infrared) motion sensor, two infrared LEDS for night vision, a speaker, a microphone, and a call button. Around back are two wire terminals, a reset button, and behind a rubber lid, a micro SD card slot with a preinstalled 16GB card (the slot supports media of up to 64GB). An embedded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio is used to connect the doorbell to your home network.

Lorex 1080p Wi-Fi Video Doorbell outside on doorframe

Included in the box are the doorbell, a mounting plate and mounting hardware, a screwdriver, wire nuts and wiring cables, a chime kit for connecting the doorbell to your existing chime box, and a quick start guide to help you install the device.

The 2MP camera captures 1080p video at 30fps, has a 160-degree field of view, and has a night vision range of up to 33 feet. It begins recording when motion is detected or when the call button is pressed, but it lacks the buffering technology that you get with the pricier Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus that captures a few seconds of video before an event.

The doorbell does not support Apple HomeKit or IFTTT applets that allow it to work with other smart devices, and it doesn’t integrate with other Lorex cameras. However, it does support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands that let you stream video to compatible devices. Missing are the intelligent alerts that know the difference between people and vehicles that you get with the $150 Arlo Video Doorbell, and the face recognition feature that you get with the $229 Nest Hello.

The Lorex Wi-Fi Video Doorbell uses the same mobile app as the Lorex Indoor and Outdoor cameras. It opens to a Devices screen that displays panels for each installed camera. Tap the doorbell panel to launch a live video feed that you can view in full-screen mode by turning your phone sideways. Below the video panel are pause, high def/standard def, mute, and full-screen mode buttons. There’s also a button that lets you view multiple camera feeds (up to four) in a single panel. At the very bottom of the screen are buttons for taking a snapshot, manually recording a video, and initiating two-way talk. Tap the gear icon in the upper right corner to access device settings where you can enable notifications, set motion zones and motion sensitivity, configure chimes, and update the firmware.

Lorex 1080p Wi-Fi Video Doorbell app

Installation and Performance

Installing the Lorex Video Doorbell is easy and straightforward, but requires working with low-voltage wiring, so if this is not something you’re comfortable with consider hiring a pro.

I started by downloading the Lorex mobile app and creating an account. I turned off the power to my existing doorbell before removing it, ran the wires through the opening in the Lorex doorbell’s mounting plate, and connected the wires to the doorbell terminals. I powered up the circuit, opened the app, and tapped the plus icon in the upper right corner of the devices screen. I used my phone to scan the QR code on the back of the doorbell, verified that the device was powered up, and created a password for the doorbell. I selected my Wi-Fi SSID from the list, entered my Wi-Fi password, and the doorbell chimed, indicating a successful network connection. The doorbell was also automatically added to my Alexa device list. I gave it a name, attached it to the mounting plate, and the installation was complete.

The Lorex Video Doorbell turned in solid performance in testing, delivering crisp, colorful 1080p video during the day and sharp black-and-white video at night. Motion detection worked quite well once I lowered the sensitivity setting and tightened up my detection zone to eliminate alerts from passing cars.

Motion and ring alerts arrived instantly, and recorded video looked just as sharp and colorful as the live feed. Two-way audio was loud with no discernible background noise or distortion. Alexa voice commands to stream live video from the doorbell to an Amazon Echo Show worked flawlessly.


Sharp, colorful video and Alexa and Google voice support make the Lorex 1080p Wi-Fi Video Doorbell a solid choice for the price. It’s easy to install and offers accurate motion detection, and it comes with an SD card that lets you store recorded video locally rather than having to pay for a cloud subscription. That said, it lacks some of the features that you get with our less expensive Editors’ Choice, the RemoBell S, including a higher-resolution camera, free cloud storage, and integration with other smart devices using IFTTT applets.

Lorex 1080p Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Specs

Connectivity Wi-Fi
Integration Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Field of View 160 degrees
Resolution 1080p
Storage Local
Two-Way Audio Yes
Mechanical Pan/Tilt No
Night Vision Yes
Alarm No

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