It’s been far too long since I had the chance to review something new from Ring.
I’ve been a fan of the lineup and its technology since getting a Ring Video Doorbell more than 5 years ago. Since then, Ring has brought out a new generation Ring Doorbell, the Ring Video Doorbell 2. I had the chance to upgrade my original doorbell to the 2 to test it out and see what’s new.
What is Ring Video Doorbell 2?
Ring is a Wi-Fi connected doorbell that allows you to see and speak with people at your door. The doorbell also has motion alerts, so that even if someone doesn’t ring the bell, you’ll know they’re there. The doorbell makes 20 second recordings when motion is detected, or when someone rings the bell.
It can be hard wired to your existing doorbell so you don’t need to charge it, or rely on the battery to keep things running.
When paired with the Ring app, you can take a look though the camera any time, or get instant alerts when someone comes to your door. You can respond whether you’re at home or away.
What’s the difference between Original Ring & Ring Video Doorbell 2?
There have been some improvements and design changes. First and foremost, the resolution has been improved in the built in camera. While original Ring had 720 HD video resolution, the Ring 2 has 1080 HD video.
While the battery in the Original Ring was built in and required the entire doorbell to be removed for recharging, the Ring 2 has a removeable battery.
Night vision capabilities are also said to be improved. In my opinion it seems very similar to the prior
Ring Video Doorbell 2 installation
Installing the doorbell is easy.
I love that the Ring video doorbell comes in a kit complete with absolutely everything you need to install it yourself, including screws, screwdriver, and a tiny little level. That was absolutely brilliant, as I was not looking forward to have to rifle through my husband’s tools to find what I needed. There are also several backplates which you can use to angle the doorbell to better observe your property. I did opt to face it outward slightly towards our driveway. I watched the video they have at the ready for you on their app to get an idea of what to expect with installation. The video was short, and easy to follow, and made the installation seem super easy, which it was. In less than 10 minutes, I had the video doorbell affixed to the front of my house already to go. Essentially the steps are: you charge the battery, install it, screw the backplate securely onto your doorframe, then attach the doorbell. You can choose different colour faceplates and security screws prevent anyone from stealing it. Read about original Ring here.
Ring Doorbell features
You can set up Ring to send you alerts any time there’s motion detected, and you can set the distance you want the Ring to monitor; from only keeping tabs on your porch, to having eyes on a much longer reach.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 is iOS, Android, Mac and Windows 10 compatible
The built-in microphone and speakers makes it easy to communicate with whoever’s outside your home, and yes, Ring videos have even been used to help catch crooks casing your home or snatching packages.
Recharging the battery and battery life
When connected to a 2.1 amp charger, Ring will fully charge in approximately 4-5 hours. When connected to a 1 amp charger, Ring will fully charge in approximately 9-10 hours. That’s a long, long time. But in my experience with previous Ring Doorbells, the charge lasts 3-4 months. Another feature I love? Ring will send you an email to let you know well in advance that your doorbell is running low.
Recording costs money
Important to note is that in order to access your videos from the Ring Doorbells, you will need to pay for access and storage.
While you can view live events and answer the door with no additional fees, accessing past events comes with a fee.
Ring Video Recording will save all of your recordings to your Ring account for up to 60 days, and with Ring Video Recording, you can also review the videos, download them to local storage, and share them via social media, text and email. There are two options for Ring Video Recording: Basic and Protect. Basic costs $3 per month or $30 for the year per device; Protect costs $10 per month or $100 for year, and it covers an unlimited amount of Ring cameras, offers a lifetime product warranty and gives you an additional 10% off future purchases at Ring.com.
Overall thoughts on Ring Video Doorbell 2
I love Ring, and Ring 2. It’s very easy to install and get set up. It works like a charm, and help me keep tabs on my home, plus I can leave instructions for delivery people or avoid unwanted solicitations at the door. The app is easy to use, smart and intuitive and I think the video quality is very good.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 sells for about $199USD from Ring’s website or from Amazon.
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