After a successful venture with Ring Video Doorbell in 2013, Ring (formerly known as Doorbot) company has launched its new and improved product, Ring Video Doorbell 2, a smart doorbell with camera capabilities, that lets you monitor and talk to the person, visiting your home, through your smartphone. It produces a 1080p high-quality video and can track motion, even before the visitor rings the bell. So, sit tight on your sofa, or anywhere in the world, and keep track of your home security, from your phone.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 is 5.05 in. x 2.50 in. x 1.08in in dimension, which is bigger and bulkier than Ring Doorbell Pro, because of its battery storage area. Video Doorbell 2 can run entirely on rechargeable battery or can be hardwired, according to your requirement, making it easy to set up anywhere. It comes in two colors: Satin Nickel and Venetian Faceplates, which are changeable. The upper part of the doorbell hosts the camera, whereas the bottom part is the removable faceplate, with circular backlit button, which lights up in the dark.
The Doorbell 2 connects with the 2.4GHz WI-FI(not compatible with 5GHz) using ring app. The installation is pretty simple. It can directly bolt into your door, without requiring any additional bracket. All the asset requiring for the setup is already provided with the box: Adapter Plate, Wedge and Corner Install Kits, Installation Tools and Screws. Setup is done within 5 minutes, then you can install the app, connect it to your doorbell, and you are good to go. After you attach the doorbell, the device locks over the inside screwing panel, with a cover, making it secure, from thefts. To charge the rechargeable battery, remove the faceplate, dislodge the battery, and charge it with the included USB cable. While charging, the LED will light up red and green, and once fully charged, will become green only.
Ring Doorbell 2 can connect with Alexa and IFTTT devices, making it a part of the whole smart home system. Through Alexa, you can check, who is near your door, or ask it to show the doorbell. It can be paired with Ring Floodlight cam, or RIng Social Security Sign to provide complete protection of your home. You can add an optional Ring Chime($29), which is set up inside the house to let you hear your doorbell from within, or Ring Chime Pro($49), which including the previous feature, can increase the WI-Fi signal for your doorbell, or connect the device to the solar panel, for constant charge. The rechargeable battery itself can itself for over a month, with 25 motion alerts a day, and takes up to 4 hours to charge fully from nill.
The video quality of the Ring Doorbell 2 is excellent and with 160 degrees horizontal field of view and 90 degree vertical field of view, it can track anyone who comes near your house, with its adjustable motion sensors and alerts you on your phone, so that you can connect to the live view, to see whoever is there, and allows a 2-way communication, with noise cancellation. It also supports night vision mode, with the help of 4 infrared LEDs, so night recording is not an issue. On purchase, you get a 30 days trial of Ring Protect Plus, that basically provides you the option to record and store the video, for later. After the trial expiry, you need to either pay $3 per month(which is quite affordable), to have the same access, or you can go without a plan, and have only live-view access, without any storage facility. It lets you track your home, from anywhere, using on-demand live-view video.
If you go with Ring Video Recording Plans, then you can save and review the videos up to 60 days, and also share it with your friends, families, and neighbors. You can also download, and store the videos locally. The Neighborhood feature allows receiving alerts, if any of your neighbor post an alert video, like a fire or theft video. The Ring app is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, and also available for Mac and Windows 10. The app itself is quite extensive, with lots of features and customization options. It let you set up motion triggers, notification settings, or even the mute the speaker or doorbell, as per the need.
The Ring Video Doorbell is priced at $199 and comes with 1-year guaranty, and lifetime purchase protection, i.e if the doorbell is stolen, it will be replaced with a new one. Ring Doorbell Pro has better looking slick design with advanced motion sensors and includes pre-buffered recording, but with an additional cost of $50, it doesn’t allow wireless charging. So, if you want an affordable yet a pretty good wireless doorbell for your home, then Ring Video Doorbell 2 is just the perfect fit for you.