Ring Video Doorbell

As doorbells go, this is one very good looking example. Even the button is surrounded by that futuristic blue ring of light that helps give the brand name its double entendre. Wordplay aside, that ring of light is also a nice feedback feature (along with an audible tone) so the person pressing the bell knows it’s working and doesn’t follow-up by banging on the door too – great for anyone with napping children.

The outer surround is sleek, minimal and can be adapted to suit your front door decor with varying faceplates including Satin Nickel, Pearl, Venetian and Black – all of which come included. The reason for a removable faceplate isn’t just for personalisation, it also allows for simple setup.

With the faceplate off you can access the setup button, which is then securely locked away once the faceplate is screwed on. This comes after you’ve wired in the unit using two simple screws. The wall mounting is more of a faff with drilling required – but all the parts, even the drill bit, come included. So all you need is a drill and then you can mount and wire in, replacing your existing doorbell.

So installation isn’t easy, but if you go in with that expectation you’ll be pleased it was made as easy as possible by Ring, which supplies everything to help. This includes a transformer as your current non-smart doorbell likely won’t be using a 12V connection. All this only has to be done once, unlike the easier to install battery unit that then requires charging maintenance. Then you simply download the app, fill out some details, get connected and you’re up and running.

The basics need to be mentioned first as this covers everything you’d expect. That means Full HD 1080 video with two-way talk functionality. This can be done via the smartphone app, meaning you get alerts, wherever you are, when the doorbell is pressed. This can also work with a plug-in chime for more traditional alerting. You also get night vision which, in this model’s case, is also in full color for extra clarity.

The more enhanced features, that help to make this a security solution too, include custom motion zones, motion activated alerts, Live View video on demand and Amazon Alexa support. You can also link this in with other Ring security cameras so everything is fed into the one app for easy home monitoring. If you’ve got a smart lock then you can unlock that, although not within the app.

The most important thing: does this work as a doorbell? Yes it does. However, there can sometimes be a slight delay on opening the app with a connection for two-way video. That said, the alert comes through right away so you can begin walking to the door as the app opens in the case of a slight delay. We’re being sticklers here, as this delay is mere seconds – but worth a mention.

Ring Video Doorbell

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