March 25 2021
The new Hikvision Gen2 Wifi doorbell has arrived and has quickly taken the place of the smaller, more plastic Gen1 Wifi doorbell.
Some first impressions from us here at Protec Security and Electrical are that the new Hikvision design is much more high-end with a larger illuminated push button, gloss black and silver trims and now a card reader. The Gen1 doorbell from Hikvision was extremely popular with our customers as it was easy to use, had 5 optional covers that were user replaceable and connected directly with the customers 2.7ghz Wifi. The downsides of the Gen1 model were the lower IP rating of 54 as opposed to the new Hikvision Gen2 WiFi doorbell with an IP rating of 65.
One surprising change from this complete model change was the lens field of view. The Gen1 doorbell boasted a massive 180º horizontal field of view however the new Hikvision Gen2 Wifi doorbell is now sitting at 129º. I have installed multiple Gen2 Hikvision doorbells and have found the new field of view okay as this will increase the overall pixel density from the 1080p image in the smaller field of view and often 180º is not required for most properties.
The new Hikvision Wifi doorbell offers something for us installers as well, the additional of a web configuration menu. The Gen1 doorbell from Hikvision would only allow setup using the mobile application Hik-Connect however the Gen2 offers a large range of configuration options with the online login via the IP address of the Hikvision doorbell.
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