So, the main reason I pulled the trigger on getting this doorbell is that our previous one (a Zmodo) was literally falling apart. I don’t know if it was age, sun or aggressive button pressing, but the button was half gone.
Yobi is the first (maybe second, but first for consumers) Homekit enabled doorbell (as advertised during WWDC ’20).
When you’re on the bleeding edge, getting cut is a likelihood. The Zmodo had a clever install. You installed and connected your doorbell wiring to a plate. The actual hardware slid on and locked down with a screw.
Yobi ain’t got time for that!
They Yobi comes with an ugly gold frame. You connect your wiring directly to the device. The frame leaves zero room for wiring. I guess Yobi assumes you have plenty of doorbell wiring that you can pull out to make use of, but that is easily shoved back inside.
Try as I might, I couldn’t get my not long wiring to connect to the device and shove back inside. Yobi provides some wire extenders which help, a little.
The solution I came up with was to use one of their little off-set bits. They include two, one that angles your device slightly up or slightly down and one that angles your device slightly to the right or left. The upside of these is they also provide some space for wires.
If you plan to go this route, get your own screws. This is the screw they give you, the head is so small it passes right through the slot it’s meant to hold your device to the wall through. Who thought this screw made sense? Oh and it’s such a shitty and soft metal, you’re likely to strip the head putting the screw in. One and done.
Thankfully I have quite the collection of random screws from other projects.
Once you get past the pretty janky install, connecting this thing to your network, and Homekit Home, is actually really easy, Sorta.
They put the homekit code on the back of the device. Nowhere else, not in the documentation, anywhere. Likely depending on your wiring, the device is on, when shoved into the frame.
Thankfully the iPhone camera is good and I could capture the code from severe angle.
Once you get past that, it’s actually really easy. Kudos to Yobi here, adding to HomeKit once scanned took one shot. I’ve had other gear that took a half dozen attempts.
What Would Improve?
I’d ditch the gold. I’d include usable hardware. If possible, I’d make the frame either have room for wires, or have the wiring attach to the frame.
Once I have more time, I’m going to have to take mine off the wall and tighten up the install, which I don’t relish.
That said, it’s nice to have one less app, and to have my doorbell in HomeKit. I assume once iOS 14 is released to the public, the whole “Homepod announce doorbell” thing will work.