Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell Review
An internet-connected doorbell isn’t a new idea. The Doorbot of a few years ago was clunky and ugly, but tantalizing: someone rings your doorbell, your smartphone blurts and buzzes, and with a tap, you can initiate a videochat with the visitor. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the kitchen, at the office, or on Oahu. You can talk to them and see them. They can hear you, but they can’t see you. If it’s a delivery, you can give the guy permission to leave a package and instructions on where to stash it. The Ring Video Doorbell offers a more refined and comprehensive approach. It adds motion sensing, so it can alert your phone when somebody walks through your yard or onto your porch. It also records video and audio of each event (a ringing of the bell or a motion detection) and stores it in the cloud for later review.
The Ring unit costs $200, and you install it yourself. It’s about the size of a Cracker Jack box, with a 180-degree HD camera near the top. Below the camera eye is a circular button surrounded by an LED ring. At the bottom is a speaker for barking commands at your friendly FedEx driver. The companion app is free, as is the user account that lets you access the Ring’s features. The cloud storage of all your recorded events is free through April 1, and then $3 per month or $30 per year...Read more!