Ring is a company that has developed two different doorbells, the Ring Video Doorbell and Ring Video Doorbell Pro. The Ring Video Doorbell features a high-resolution camera that records in 1080p and has night vision, a 160 degree field of view, motion detection, and pre-buffered recording.
What It Does?
This product lets you see what’s happening outside your house with a free App on your smartphone. You can also talk to people in front of your house on the video feed who press the button to speak. The video feed displays both the front and the back of your house.
The video feed is live 24/7, so you can see someone who is walking away from your house like you can’t with a camera on a manned camera. It’s also great for parents because if you have kids who are inside the Ring Video Doorbell, you can monitor them through the Ring app on your smartphone.
This product also works with security cameras. If there is an issue like someone ringing the doorbell while it has motion activated, an alert will get sent to your phone and you’ll know what’s going on outside of your home immediately.
San Diego Mommy –
I finally made a decision to go with a hardwired system and I am glad I did. I opted to have it professionally installed and it was very easy to connect to the Wi-Fi and has been working without any issues. Video quality is fantastic during the day and night. Highly recommend this system.
Nancy L –
I want to see who is near my door or in my driveway. I love the chime for motion detection so I can check the footage right away. The only problem we had was right in the beginning before we knew we could adjust the range for photographing and the sensitivity level. We had a holiday garland around the door and on a few windy nights the ring doorbell went crazy. Then, we read about how to change its sensitivity level. The doorbell also gave us a discount on our homeowners insurance. Thumbs up!!!
This is my review for:Ring Video Doorbell WiredI tried to keep my review short but there was a lot of information here so I added headers for easier reading.Background:When the first Ring doorbell came out, I really wanted one, but it was a bit too expensive for my taste, so I went with a cheap knock-off. I have been using that knock-off since then and I hate it. The image quality wasn’t awful, but it had a lot of bugs and it didn’t play well with “Alexa”. I kept automating my home adding echo’s, lights, switches, cameras, you name it and every time I circled back to the doorbell I would think: “I already have a video doorbell and the Ring doorbell is still pricey; maybe I should buy some other automation toys”. Well, this new Ring came out, and it was less than 100$ thus I said, let’s try it…Appearance:Dimensions wise, this one is pretty small (5.1”x2.4”x 1.1”). The button is very noticeably a button; to me this is important as with my old knock off doorbell, people would constantly push the camera lenses thinking that they rang the doorbell.Differences between this Ring Doorbell and Previous versions:I did some internet research prior to deciding for it, and I could only find a few things: (1) it supports only 2.4 GHz networks instead of being dual band, (2) it only works as a fully wired setup (3) it has a single faceplate and (4)it is way cheaper than previous models.To me, it wasn’t a big deal the doorbell not being dual band, I planned on using the 2.4 GHz band anyway as I have been with my knockoff brand doorbell. There are several obstructions along the way (two thick walls and some furniture between the door and my repeater, and my router is in the basement), and the 2.4 GHz network is usually better for that albeit a bit slower.This doorbell requires to have an existing wired doorbell setup, unlike previous iterations that you could have fully battery powered doorbell. Yet the setup is only needed for power. You will be bypassing the existing doorbell chime, thus, you will either need to purchase the model that include the Ring Chime (+20$), purchase a separate Ring Chime (30-50$) or use a compatible Alexa device as the speaker(s). I am using a few of my echoes and I like the setup a whole bunch.The Ring Video Doorbell has a single face plate (black) vs 4 different color ones for the Pro. I did search online for other faceplates and I found a pearl white one going for about 15$ but I am sticking with the black one.The newer model is about 70% cheaper. About 60$ vs the 200$ MSRP for the Pro.Issues so far:I haven’t had a lot of issues, but I already had one. I had some connectivity issues right of the bat. The fact that this doorbell bypasses the hardwired chime exacerbates this. No connectivity means no doorbell whether you have power or not. A few resets, I moved my repeater closer and it appear the problem was corrected. However, I point it out because when compared to my old 2.4 GHz knock-off video doorbell, I never had an issue. I am considering this as a one off but I will update my review if this issue persists.Bottom lineWhat I liked:Compatibility with Alexa. When Amazon acquired Ring a while back, I just knew that integration with Echo devices would probably only improve but even knowing that, I was impressed. You can define specific devices you want them to work with. It allows for tons of customization including ringtones.I currently have two echo dots and an echo spot serving as my alerts and this setup works great. The video playback on the Echo Spot is smooth as silk with minimal Lag. I will be linking it up to my new Echo Show when it gets here, next week. I don’t envision any issues linking it up, but I will update my review if needed.It features an advanced motion detection system that allows for customizable alert motion zones. It is extremely intuitive to setup. Thumbs up, all the way.It was very easy to installIt looks elegant yet sleek.It is cheaper than any previous Ring Model.What I dislike so far.It supports only 2.4 GHz networks. This is not a major negative as 2.4 GHz networks usually allow for a better range, especially if there are obstructions along the way. Still, it is worth mentioning.I have a hardwired doorbell chime that is useless now. If my WIFI fails at any point, my doorbell is dead in the water.I already had connectivity issues. They might have been a one off so I am not necessarily overreacting to them but I will update my review if needed.The first two negatives were design choices that allowed lowering the price point and they were something I knew coming in. However, they are still significant enough that I called them out.Overall, for the price, this is actually a very good device. If you already have a Ring doorbell, this item is not for you. If you don’t, and you are ok with a fully WIFI driven, hard wired power doorbell camera, I strongly recommend it.
I purchased tne hard wire and Wi-Fi for back yard. Extremely pleased with both. I’m not tech savvy so a ftiendvheloed me. The Wi-Fi is excellent. It’s probably a good 70 ft and solid brick wall it passes through. Worked great. The front is excellent. With both I feel so much more secure. Yep. These were refurbished. No problem. Tne battery life for outside Wi-Fi is great. Been over a month on one charge. Just get refurbished. You won’t be disappointed
J. Scott –
This is a great product I wish I’d installed sooner. Still at first I didn’t like that I lost my doorbell function because my doorbell transformer is older and weak.Nevertheless, I soon discovered that I don’t actually need the function as I receive the notifications instantly on my phone. If you’ve been thinking about trying one of these don’t wait like I did …they’ve actually thought of everything and incorporated it into the device you’ll be well pleased with the utility it provides. Even my wife likes it and she’s a big part of why I waited so long …but when told by a girlfriend who lives alone how great it is. …well we couldn’t get one installed soon enough. I just ordered today 2 additional Ring Stick Up Cameras at the wife’s insistence.
Monica Payeur –
I am a 60+ female. My husband is never impressed when I decide to buy these little “home improvement” deals. 🙂 So I took it upon myself to do the install of the new Ring Wired doorbell. Talk about easy! It took me around 15 minutes to install and several minutes of that was determining which was the correct breaker to shut off.We live in an old farmstead. The current doorbell system is ancient and I had concerns as to whether the transformer would power the Ring. So far, it is fine!We also purchased a Chime to place in our basement where we spend most of out time. It set up super quick also. Thinking about another chime for the main floor since the old doorbell chime does not work with the Ring. But waiting to see if phone notifications will be enough.Now we just have to learn all the ins and outs of the settings and get it fine tuned.So far, so good.
Installation took about 30 minutes. Fortunately, my existing door bell transformer was compatible with the ring doorbell which made installation much easier. It looks great, very compact, works reliably, and the price was hard to beat. Video quality has been good during both the day and night.Only downside: With no battery, there’s no power backup functionality and no way for this model of ring doorbell to operate my existing doorbell chime. Not a big deal for me since I rely on my phone for notifications anyway.
Got mine wired so I don’t have to deal with extra battery issues or charging can turn it in and off whenever manually or by phone instructions were easy and extra accessories came with it as well there’s videos and page instructions to make the whole process very easy and smooth some people may or may not need extra stuff from Home Depot or even on sale here to make it worth they include all that information as well on their website and on Amazon as well high recommend
A. Reynolds –
The ring doorbell works really well so I won’t go over what you can read in thousands of other reviews here. Instead, I will talk about the thing that is missing from the instructions which by itself can cause the installation to fail and the buyer to regret making this purchase. Here it is:When connecting your Ring Doorbell to existing wiring, which means connecting this to the doorbell’s step-down transformer, you MUST make sure that the existing transformer is a minimum of 16V and a maximum of 24V, with a minimum current rating of 10VA (for Ring Video Doorbell Pro) or 30VA (for all other models) and maximum current rating of 40VA. Many older homes have transformers that are lower powered and thus don’t meet this requirement. If that’s the case, then you need a new transformer. I bought this one from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SNYD5PN?BTW, don’t worry about trying to find a transformer with the exact right output. Just get anything between 16-24V and 30-40VA and it will do the job for ANY Ring Doorbell.Before swapping out the transformer, the old transformer was enough to power up my Ring Doorbell, but it would constantly go offline, or it wouldn’t work when someone pressed the doorbell. This is because sometimes there wasn’t enough power to provide that function as the existing transformer was being pushed beyond its limits. This was absolutely maddening and I initially gave this product 2 stars because a doorbell that doesn’t ring is pretty useless. However, after swapping out the transformer it works every time and never goes offline, thus my upgraded review.BTW, this information is not included in the instructions, which is just ridiculous. It should be one of the first things that you read when reading the instructions. Ring, if you’re seeing this, pay attention and update your instructions!
We got the prewired one and it was very simple to set it up. Add the jumper wire to your existing chime box, install the Ring, and follow the prompts. Couldn’t be simpler. Installed mine on brick which was a challenge, especially with the short wires and no slack, but the doorbell itself works wonderfully and is well worth the money. The yearly plan went up from $30/year to $40/year, but that is still a bargain for what you are getting.