Last year, my friend told me about her Ring Doorbell. I didn’t even know what it was, but she was able to watch a live video of the mailman at the door from her smartphone. There are so many instances where I kept thinking it would be awesome to have a Ring Doorbell, so this Christmas, we got one.
There are several models of the Ring video doorbell, and they also have other products like security cameras.
It was recommended to me to get the wired model so that you don’t have to worry about recharging, so we purchased the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.
My husband installed the doorbell, and started by removing our old doorbell and rewiring in the Ring Pro. At first, it seemed to work, but then it was having issues connecting, which turned out to be a power supply issue. Our doorbell was 8 volts, and the doorbell needs 16, so my husband was able to make some electrical changes to get it to work.
Once the doorbell is hardwired (or your rechargeable version is set up), you can sync the doorbell with the Ring app. The first month is free, and then it is $3 per month.
Ring records motion and doorbell rings. You can adjust the motion sensor area so that it isn’t picking up every little thing (like cars passing by). You can also choose which notifications you receive and the notification sounds. I have it set to get a jingling noise when the doorbell detects motion, and a ring when someone actually rings the bell.
One of the things I love about Ring is that I can make a decision about answering the door. There were times I had just finished a shower or was sick in bed and gone to a lot of effort to answer the door, only to find it was someone trying to sell lawn care or other products. Now, I can choose if I need to answer the door or not.
Here are some stills from recent video captures:
This is us heading out for chores.
UPS delivery. This way we can also monitor boxes that are left on the porch.
Ring has night vision, so you have surveillance at night, too.
The mailman placing a package on the porch.
Sometimes I check the live view feed, too. For example, I woke up early one morning and wanted to see how much snow we had without actually getting up and looking outside.
There are so many reasons I love the doorbell. Ever been in the middle of a project or in the shower and the doorbell rings? You can easily keep an eye on things from wherever you are. You can also use the doorbell as an intercom, so let’s say you are at work but you need to talk to whoever is at the door – you can do that!
It also makes it easy to keep track of all the comings and goings. Let’s say I head out to an event but I’m wondering if my husband is back from the grocery store, or we are waiting for guests to arrive – we can keep track of it with the app notifications.
I had fun checking out some of the videos that customers shared at Ring.com (here). My favorites are the criminals caught in the act and the animals!
Pros: adds a level of security to my home, I can keep track of people coming and going, I can talk to people at the door. Pretty easy to install and no issues.
Cons: a little expensive, service is $3 a month (but worth it), movements from things like animals or wind can set off motion sensor.
We bought our Ring Doorbell at Walmart, but you can find it at many retailers, including Amazon.com.
Save $10 when you download the Ring app here! https://download.ring.com/GnMK/gQKML5SKQJ
Oh this is great! Thank you so much for reviewing these products, I have been looking into more security with the baby.
Nowadays this is becoming a must! I would love to have one. It helps to be a little more cautious.
I need to get a new one as we’ve just moved house. Thanks for reminding and great reviews!
Excellent review! I was just looking into this. This sold me! Thank you for sharing!
I’ve heard a lot about this. I’m tempted to try it out for safety. We do have cameras outside, but I like how this camera is on a doorbell. You just never know if someone will steal your package these days.
Sounds like a convenient gadget to have especially since it also adds to the security of your home. Love that you can easily use the app and check whenever you feel like it.
We have the original Ring Video Doorbell and I just love it. I only have to recharge it once every 5-6 weeks or so and it only takes a couple of hours.
I have seen a commercial for this product. Never really knew how it all worked. Would be so combiner to have and use.
That is one awesome doorbell. I love the security features and the convenience of having an app on the phone to monitor everything that is going on outside. I will show this post to my husband. He will be really interested to get one.
This is good to have in your home especially when you live alone. I like that there’s an app for it, I think paying the monthly subscription is totally worth the convenience.
My aunt and uncle just got this recently. They love it! It’s really great, and now after seeing it in action, I totally want one!
Ohh, i think I need this for my house too! Definitely a great security feature to include and invest for our home. Let’s see if I can bought this by next month.
I’ve been wanting this ring video camera system for a minute now. We are finally moving and I can’t wait to get our new home all set up. I will be watching the camera like TV.
This looks a wonderful investment for our home. Thank you for sharing this! I love how clear everything is. Great quality! I have to look into purchasing one.
Wow this is the first time I am hearing about this and I can tell you I am amazed at the security features that the video doorbell has. I live in a security complex and we have access control right at the gate so I don’t get people coming to my door directly without my prior knowledge. Otherwise, I would have considered getting this doorbell!
I have an indoor camera that I’m obsessed with and have been looking for a good doorbell camera! I need to check out a Ring camera for myself! Thanks!
Yes, I totally agree that there are a lot of wonderful features and this is very helpful for any home. Good to hear about your feedback and how it works for you well.
I would love to look into one of these. It looks like a great system!
I would love to get one of these. I love seeing who is at the door before I answer it.
That looks like something I really need to have. I live alone and can’t see out of my door view at all. This is really helpful.
We travel often and it would be nice to have something like this in the house so we can check whatever’s being left at our front porch. It’s pretty convenient too when you’re busy in the kitchen or somewhere else and would like to check first who’s at the door.
This would be nice to have so I can see who is at the door. My neighbors have one and they like it.
We actually have this system and love it. It gives us piece of mind especially around the holidays. It’s sad but this is what it has come to.
A nice gadget..added security features are always welcome..
This is an excellent product. I would surely like to get one. Have to check if it is available in Mumbai, India.
This is such a great tool! I like things like this. Great for security reasons. RAD
Wow! I didn’t really know such features are presents. Can’t wait to get one. Thanks for exposing it
Wow this sounds like a really good investment! It’s great that you can talk to the people at the door while you’re out.
This is a great product. We need it for the Dollhouse!
This is such an awesome safety tool. It could make a huge difference in something important someday!
This product looks like an extremely helpful tool to invest in. Thanks for the review on it.
This is a must have tool for those live in a place with no security guard. I live in a flat, but I think it would be very useful to me too. Like the times we don’t really need to open the door for salesman etc. Thanks for sharing.
This sounds amazing! I like the convenience it can bring. I think the $3 monthly is really worth it.
This would be so very cool to have since we live in the upstairs apartment of our duplex. I really hate walking down the stairs to find out who is there.
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