The WiFi Chime has now been listed on Amazon.com as part of a package that includes the Eufy battery-powered doorbell, priced at US$149.99, with availability between October 1st – 9th. In the bullet points for the listing, it states that “The doorbell and Wi-Fi chime form a closed, low-power wireless connection allowing for 120 days of flawless front door coverage from a single charge”. However, at this time, there is, understandably, no mention of HomeKit compatibility, given that it has yet to be officially announced.
Earlier this summer, the discovery of a forthcoming doorbell chime from Eufy showed up on the FCCID.IO website, which also came complete with a HomeKit code (albeit a dummy version). This was immediately seen as a sign that rather than the Eufy doorbells getting HomeKit themselves via a firmware update, the process of getting them exposed to HomeKit would be via a separate device, in this case, the aforementioned Doorbell Chime. This would seemingly work in a similar way to how the company’s EufyCam 2 and 2C cameras work with HomeKit, via the Eufy Basestation 2, which is itself the HomeKit device in this instance.
Still, despite this discovery, it wasn’t at all clear whether this WiFi chime would be designed to work with the current wired or battery-powered versions of the current Eufy Doorbells, or whether it would end up only working with a forthcoming newer model. In fact, the company already have a ‘Battery Doorbell Slim’ listed within their app, taking the tally of video doorbells to three – so far.
In contrast to this, Reddit user u/berniemike3 today discovered within the Help section of the Eufy Security app, instructions on how to connect the battery-powered doorbell to the new WiFi Chime, which would naturally lead one to conclude that at least one video doorbell model. In addition, in the setup process for the WiFi chime, one of the diagrams shows what, on one side, is an SD card Slot, as confirmed by a recently released video tutorial showing the installation. This is likely to be used as part of a separate base station for the doorbell, with the SD card used for recordings.
The Help section for the wired doorbell makes no mention of the WiFi chime, as the wired version comes with a different Chime to the forthcoming WiFi model. Eufy has also already previously stated the wired version of the video doorbell wouldn’t be getting HomeKit compatibility, although we’ve already seen companies make a big u-turn on things like this just recently, with LG backtracking on their previous ‘backtrack’ with regards to HomeKit and their 2018 model TVs, so things could change at any point.
Regardless of all of this, with still only two HomeKit compatible video doorbells on the market, and the Netatmo still waiting in the wings (although not for much longer) more choice is well overdue.