Video doorbell provides added security for home and continued trust for the brand.

I consider myself to be ‘brand-loyal’. When I find a product that works, I tend to stick with it. That couldn’t be truer than it is for the product line-up from Ring. I was an early-adopter of the video doorbell concept and my loyalty to Ring actually spans back to its early days when they were called Doorbot. Since day 1, I’ve been provided with excellent customer service and their video doorbells have been a remarkable addition to my home security setup. It’s a product that’s been consistently solid and the company continues to make improvements and innovations that move the Ring Video Doorbell forward with future technologies.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 REVIEW

I recently had the opportunity to upgrade my Ring Video Doorbell Gen 1 to the second generation model — Ring Video Doorbell 2. My Ring 1 doorbell has been in place since 2015. The second generation model provides sufficient updates to the classic device and in my opinion, it’s work the upgrade. One of the great things about the Ring doorbells is that they are designed as dual-purpose; they can either be wireless or hardwired into your home. This means that if you have an original Ring on your front door and you upgrade to the 2nd gen model, you can install the first unit elsewhere on your home. Even though Ring’s purpose is as a doorbell, it’s also a very capable security camera. It detects motion up to 30 feet away from it. So, you can potentially set it up on your home — even if there isn’t a point of entry — and have the ability to monitor an area on the exterior of your home.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 REVIEW

Ring Video Doorbell 2 Technical Specs

  • Powered by battery/hardwired (8-24 VAC)
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connection @ 2.4GHz
    • Requires a minimum upload speed of 1Mbps, but 2Mbps is recommended for optimal performance
  • Two-way audio with noise cancellation
  • 1080P HD Video, Live View, Night Vision
  • Adjustable motion zones (up to 30 feet)
  • 160-degree field of view
  • Weather resistant (-5 degrees to 120 degrees F)

Ring Video Doorbell 1 and 2 have a few subtle differences, which I have outlined below. I believe that the upgrade to 1080P video is enough to make the switch. In addition to the differences listed below, I also want to mention that the Ring 2 comes packaged with a wedge plate. This is actually a valuable accessory that I’ve seen with other video doorbells. The wedge gives you the ability to mount the doorbell at an angle rather than flat against the wall. For some people, flat against the wall might work just fine, but having the option to angle the Ring makes it possible to have a better view of your front door/porch area in many cases. I’m very glad that Ring included this mounting option.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 REVIEW

Video Doorbell Video Doorbell 2
 Price $179 $199
 Power Source  Rechargeable Battery
(or hardwired)
Quick-release Rechargeable Battery
(or hardwired)
 Wi-Fi 2.4Ghz 2.4Ghz
 Video Quality 720P 1080P
 Motion Detection  Basic Motion Detection Basic Motion Detection
 2-way Talk X X
 Night Vision X X
 Interchangeable Faceplates (included)  X
 Available Colors (included)  Antique Brass, Polished Brass,
Satin Nickel, Venetian Bronze
Venetian Bronze, Satin Nickel

One of the biggest differences between Ring 1 and Ring 2, aside from the video resolution, is the inclusion of the removable battery. For the users who are using the doorbell completely wireless, this is a wonderful upgrade. Before, if you wanted to recharge the Ring, you would have to remove the unit completely from the wall mount and plug it into power. Now, you can remove the faceplate, pop the battery out and plug it in leaving the unit intact where it was installed. I could also see this being useful if the battery fails. A user would only need to worry about replacing the battery and not the entire unit. I think this is a wonderful feature of the Ring 2.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 REVIEW

Just like the original Ring, installation of the Ring 2 was easy. The first thing you should do is to setup the doorbell in the Ring mobile app. If you already have a Ring doorbell, you will be adding a new device and not replacing the old one. If you want to remove the old one after you set up the new one, you can delete it, but I would recommend doing that after you are certain that the new unit is connected and working properly. Setup through the app is pretty painless. You connect to the doorbell as if it were a wireless network. The doorbell then connects to your WiFi network (you will have to enter the network password) and then the device becomes active in the app. Because it’s a wireless doorbell, you can actually test it at this point without mounting it to your house. You can also modify all the settings — motion detection distance, notifications, etc. — inside the app.

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After the setup of the doorbell is complete, you can then mount it to your home. The Ring provides all the needed mounting supplies other than a drill. Within about 20 minutes, I had the existing doorbell removed and the new one added to the side of our house. The Ring makes the process very easy and as long as you have a solid connection to WiFi, you shouldn’t have any major problems with the doorbell.

So, how does the Ring 2 compare to the Ring 1? My personal observations are as follows:

  • Ring 2 had a faster setup/connection to my WiFi network than Ring 1
  • Ring 2 seems to connect/send notifications quicker than Ring 1
  • Video feed seems stronger than Ring 1 — especially in the evening
  • The new device is lighter than the original

Ring Video Doorbell 2 REVIEW

Ring Video Doorbell 2 REVIEW

The Ring provides the live video feed and communications features at no extra charge to the users. However, if a user wants to be able to access their recorded videos at a later time, they will need to add a Ring Protect Plan to their account. This system activates video recording and event sharing for your Ring camera. You can add the plan per camera ($3 per month/$30 per year) or per home, which covers all cameras in the home ($10 per month/$100 per year). To learn more about Ring Protect Plans, click here.

I’m very happy to have the Ring Video Doorbell 2 available at my home. Not only does it provide me with the ability to communicate with welcome visitors, it also gives me a warm sense of security from potential threats to our home and family. I can’t recommend this system enough. I feel safer knowing that my home has the watchful eye of our Ring Video Doorbell on it.
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