Know who’s at your door with Ring.
Ring formally known as Doorbot is an amazing home automation gadget that gives you a bit more security. It allows you to know when the doorbell has been rung from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. I’ve tried a few options when it comes to this style of product and have not been very enthusiastic about the results until now.
The team at Ring have done a wonderful job at not only designing a great looking product, but also creating one that’s very functional as well. If you had a bad experience with a past Doorbot, don’t let that scare you off. I can say that when my Doorbot worked, it worked well. I can honestly say the new Ring doorbell is a totally different product. Its audio and video has been spot on each time I’ve answered a doorbell call and even when using LTE, I’ve found audio to be clear and have no lag. At times, it does take a few minutes for the video to kick in, but it has primarily been while I was on LTE with a poor signal.
What I love about Ring compared to its competitor is that I did not have to fool with my router to get it working. Ring is built with what looks like very high-end material and is super easy to install. A big pet peeve of mine is discovering that a product is not easy for the average consumer to install. This is not the case with the Ring. You have the choice of hard-wiring it to your system or running it completely separate from any doorbell system. Either way, installation only take about 15 minutes. The team at Ring even provides a nifty tool kit that contains everything you need to install your new device. Once it’s installed, you walk through a short process through the app to connect it to your wireless network and you’re good to go.
Complete product specs for the Ring doorbell include:
- Low voltage Wi-Fi PCB that operates on an internal rechargeable lithium polymer battery that lasts for over a year.
- Infared LEDs provides clear visuals at any time of the day.
- Compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
- Sync an unlimited number of smartphone and tablets.
- Cloud Recording allows for footage to be accessed through a smartphone, tablet or computer.
- Dimensions: 4.98 in. x 2.43 in. x 0.87 in.
- Outdoor approved for heat, rain, sleet or snow.
- Speakers and microphone with active active noise cancellation.
- ABS plastic housing.
- Proprietary screws for secure mounting.
- Connection to existing doorbell wires for both power charging and ringing of the bell.
- 1-year limited hardware warranty.
- Compatible with wired and mechanical doorbell chimes.
One of the nice new features of Ring is the use of the motion sensor. The doorbell is equipped with built-in motion sensors that will detect activity and motion on your property. That activity triggers a mobile alert and is designed to give you peace of mind when you are away from home. This feature will be activated on all Ring Video Doorbells in mid-February. With the all-new wide-angle HD video camera, you never miss a visitor.
I have been incredibly impressed with Ring’s functionality and ease of use. Any technical problems I had with Doorbot or any competitors are non existent and I really enjoy using the Ring. Ring has a MSRP of $199. For more information, visit ring.com.