We all want to know who is knocking at our front door, especially if it involves us having to stop what we’re doing and go answer it.
The Ring Doorbell takes care of the heavy lifting by providing you with a live-view access right from your phone so you can figure out exactly who is at your front door and how you’re going to address it.
In this article on “What Does A Ring Doorbell Do?”, you’re going to learn exactly how it works, the key features of it such as the two-way communication (which is just AWESOME), and most importantly, if it’s worth the investment for your home.
Let’s get right into it.
First Question When It Comes To Mind: What Exactly is The Ring Doorbell?
The Ring Doorbell is a SMART doorbell that works as the first line of security for your home.
By downloading The Ring App on your phone or tablet, it connects through your WiFi and sends you notifications whenever someone or something approaches your door or is in range of the security camera.
Unlike traditional home security systems, ring products doesn’t require a monthly subscription to be functional even though you can opt-in monthly for additional features.
Pricey monthly subscriptions is what usually discourages the shopper from buying a home security system, but The Ring subscription is very budget-friendly which I will explain more in detail below.
The installation process is DIY aka “Do It Yourself” for those that didn’t know what that acronym meant. At the time of writing this review, I just recently found out what it meant :).
Anyways, there is no need to hire a professional because the installation is quick and painless. The instructions are straightforward, they even provide tutorial videos within the app, and they give you all the necessary tools to mount it on your door.
The Key Features of The Ring Doorbell
With The Ring Doorbell, you get the luxury of answering your front door without even having to be at your front door. And it doesn’t matter if you’re at home or not.
You can be at home relaxing on the couch or shopping at the grocery store, you still will be able to greet your guests or scare intruders off right from your phone.
Super cool right? I know. It’s as if you’re always home even when your not home.
The Ring Doorbell is equipped with night vision so you have the ability to see what’s going on in low-light conditions.
The HD camera collects tiny bits of light and amplifies it so you can see the video clearly right from your device.
So, it doesn’t matter if it’s the darkest hour of the night, the Ring Doorbell will be able to catch whatever in its range of view.
Personalized Motion Sensors
If you ever had a home security system, then you should be very familiar with false alarms and just how annoying they can be.
These false alarms can be triggered by pets or stray objects coming in the field of vision of the camera, but with the Ring Doorbell, you can choose the more important angles you want the camera to focus on.
This is great because you don’t want to be bombarded with notifications every time someone is walking on the sidewalk or a squirrel runs across your yard.
You got the authority to choose the camera angles that matter most to you.
Versatile Installation Options
The Ring Doorbell is multiple options to choose from when it comes to installation.
Unlike its competition, it doesn’t require hard-wiring to be functional even though you can go that route and wire it into an existing doorbell setup and have it ring the chimes you want.
The Ring also can be powered by solar or rechargeable batteries if hard wiring is too much work for you. These options makes the installation process a breeze for the homeowner by choosing which one works best for them.
All you have to do is mount it on a sturdy surface whether that be wood, brick, concrete, etc… and you’re good to go.
The Ring videos that are captured by the camera can be downloaded and shared with friends, family, and other ring users within your neighborhood.
You can see how this feature comes in handy for whenever there is a neighborhood vandal roaming the streets and you want to get the word out to your neighbors and local authorities.
The Ring Doorbell helps you protect your home even when your not there by sending you instant alerts whenever something activates the motion sensors.
The alerts pop up right on your device and then you have instant access to switch to the live-view feature that will give you live video feed from your camera to show you exactly who or what is at your front door.
Multiple Device Support & Alexa Compatibility
Once you’ve set up your Ring account, it can be accessed through multiple devices.
This includes multiple phones for you and your family, tablets, desktop computers, and even Amazon Alexa. Its 2020 now, every home should have an Amazon Alexa.
(If not, read our “Full Review on Amazon Echo Dot and How it Makes Accomplishing Your Daily Responsibilities Easier”.)
You can give a voice command to Alexa to answer the front door and she’ll do just that. Not literally opening your front door but connecting your device to the doorbell where you’ll be able to see and greet your guests.
Having this type of accessibility to your home security system helps you keep watch over your home anytime and from anywhere.
Package and motor-vehicle thefts are two of the leading causes in neighborhood crime and the video timeline feature allows you to be able to go back and find events that your camera recorded and then share them with others.
Plus, you can zoom in and out as you please. This feature is a part of the premium package and requires a monthly subscription of $3 per month or $30 for the year which is very reasonable considering the value you get from it.
The first thing that strikes your eye with the Ring Doorbell is the 180 degree wide-angle lens that is capable of 720p video and with night vision.
That is about equal or even better camera quality than most of the modern cell phones that’s out right now.
The colors are vivid and pleasant, your camera footage would be clear as day. You’ll see exactly who is at your front door and what’s going on in your front yard.
Life With The Ring Doorbell
I’ve had the Ring Doorbell for a little over a year now and I can personally say that it lives up to the hype. When I was installing it, I was on edge about two things: I wanted to know if it would adapt to my existing doorbell wiring because I choose the hard wiring option and would it use my existing doorbell chime because I had the same doorbell chime for 5 years and didn’t want to change.
My concerns were addressed as soon as the setup was complete when I checked the app and seen the battery life was increasing and when I had my wife test the doorbell and I heard my favorite chimes go off in my house.
We had left the following weekend for a family reunion and I got to see the Ring Doorbell in action. I went into the app and set up the motion detection zones to focus on the front yard and the front door.
The doorbell did exactly what it was supposed to do by notifying me with everything that came in my front yard including the mailman delivering my package, our neighbors dog roaming the yard, and even the kids riding their bikes on the sidewalk in front of my home.
Quite frankly, all the notifications that are being sent to your phone can become annoying after awhile because 95% of them will be false alarms. So I had to adjust the sensitivity of the motion detectors to where it just notifies me when there is motion at the front door.
What I really loved about it and came to value its worth is when the mailman delivered my package and didn’t ring the doorbell. But I still knew that my package was delivered and where it was placed at.
Another aspect I really enjoyed about the Ring Doorbell is the two-way communication. I love how when a visitor rings the doorbell and I am able to answer it whether if i’m at home or not. I can see and have a full conversation with the person that is at my door right through my phone.
While it’s not mandatory, I am subscribed to the Ring Cloud at paying $30 a year (very affordable) which grants me access to the activity timeline to watch and download security footage.
At first, I was going to cancel my subscription to the Ring Cloud because I didn’t find much use for it and wanted to save that $30. I didn’t realize exactly how much I needed it until my package was stolen out of my front yard and I was able to go back through the timeline, find the exact time the thief took my package, and zoom in on their face and license plate to let the authorities know. My package was recovered and that silenced any doubts that I had about canceling the service .
I really have no complaints about the Ring Doorbell, but if I had to choose one, it would be that there is no “Watch Now” option. The only way I can see what’s going on at my front door if there motion detected or if the doorbell is being pushed. It’s not that big of a deal because the only time I am interested in watching is when someone is at my front door.
All in all, I am a huge fan of The Ring Doorbell and recommend it to anyone who wants to know what’s happening on their front porch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How Long Does The Rechargeable Battery Lasts?
A. The built in rechargeable battery lasts about a year (depending on its activity) before you have to take the doorbell off the house and take it inside to recharge it. The charge time is around 10 hours to reach maximum power and you don’t have to worry about recharging it for a whole nother year. I sure do wish my cell phone had that type of battery life.
Q. What All Comes Inside The Ring Box?
A. You get the ring Doorbell itself, a quick install guide that is very detailed and specific, and a cute little tool pouch that has everything you need to mount the doorbell except the power drill itself.
Q. Does The Ring Doorbell Come In Different Color Options?
A. Yes, the Ring Doorbell face-plate comes in multiple finishes to compliment your home. The different color options it carries are white, black, bronze and nickel. (I have the sliver one, it gives off a very sophisticated appeal and blends well with my home). But whatever color you choose, each has a smooth and crisp finish that will look great on your front door.
Q. What Happens If The Ring Doorbell Gets Stolen?
A. Don’t worry, the Ring Company has you covered. Ring follows a strict policy that’ll replace your doorbell, free of charge, if it ever get stolen. Pretty cool right? I know. Plus the ring doorbell is equipped with motion detection so you’ll see the thief taking it off your door and you’ll be able to save the video to inform the authorities and your neighbors.
Q. Does Ring Doorbell Require A Subscription?
A. No, the Ring Doorbell does not require a subscription to be functional. But you can subscribe to Ring for $3 a month or $30 a year for their cloud service. Ring cloud service is where they let you have access to your timeline of activity within the app and watch any of the videos captured by the device within the last 6 months and have the option to download those videos.
The Bottom Line
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