I’ve been on a quest to find a decent looking doorbell camera that is easy on the wallet while also allowing for local storage recording (no cloud subscription.)
What I ended up with was the Hikvision DS-KB6003-WIP. It’s been great so far. The OEM version I got had a different firmware on it, so I flashed the official HikVision firmware just to stay proper.
Device as listed on HikVisions website:
Note this doorbell will ONLY work with MECHANICAL wired chimes. I could not get it to work with my digital chime (it would just chime incessantly or not power up the doorbell camera properly depending on how I used the dummy resistor provided.)
Installation was pretty straightforward. Make sure you have a good transformer and not a terrible one like I had. Connecting it to your WiFi network is a bit different. You have to use the Hik-Connect app to create a QR code with your wifi settings. The you simply need to point the QR code to the camera, and after a moment it will announce it connected to your network.
Once connected you can access the device via web browser by IP address (or continue using the hik-connect app.) The web interface requires a stupid plugin to work properly. Make sure you use IE or older Firefox version for plugin to work. The default username is admin, and the default password is admin+verification code found on the device sticker. For example, “adminHLPVTL”
Sign in on https://www.hik-connect.com/ and register device with hik-connect to get the doorbell button to do something instead of just saying “no account found.”
To configure with Zoneminder or other DVR software, the RTSP URL is as follows:
4 thoughts on “IP Camera doorbell without a cloud subscription”
Did you also manage to find a URL, on the doorbell, that you can use to actually capture the button being pushed?
No, but I would love to find it! I don’t like that it uses hikvision’s servers for the button.
Could you configure a static DNS entry on your router to get around it?
i can connect to it via browser, but i don’t know my credentials. are they the hik online account’s, or serial number+ verification code? i’m baffled.