Home security is and should be a key component for anyone who owns a home and wants to keep their family safe. Ring is a company that has taken home security to the next level with its line of doorbells and flood light cameras. I first was introduced to Ring back in 2013 on Shark Tank when it was named Doorbot. Doorbot was crowdfunded via Christie Street, and raised US$364k, more than the $250k requested. In 2015, DoorBot rebranded under the new name Ring. Ring released their stick up camera which incorporated the same features as the doorbell but without the actual doorbell button.
Ring’s Video Doorbell Pro comes with all of the basic features you’d expect from a video doorbell, it offers a two-way audio system so you can talk to people at your door, motion sensors that trigger alerts on your smartphone, and access to live video of the view near your door. This video doorbell pairs with iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices, so it is easy to check live footage of your front porch while you’re at work or traveling across the country. If you choose a plan with cloud storage, you’ll also be able to store and share footage from your device—these recordings are stored for six months. Their plans run $3 per month or $30 for a full year.
With a homeowner who shares a walkway one feature that I truly love is motion detection. With the Ring Pro you can draw and create custom shaped motion zones. Using the Ring App, you can select certain areas or zones for your Ring Pro to notify you when motion is detected. I really like this feature and it’s the first one we have seen of its kind among all video doorbells we checked out.
Another great feature is one that does not even require the purchase of the Ring Pro. Ring Neighborhoods, is a neighborhood watch part of the free Ring app. You can easily connect with your neighbors to share any suspicious events going on in your community. If you see something, share something, and together, you can all play a part in reducing crime in your neighborhoods.
Ring Pro has a weather-resistant design to protect it from rain, sleet, snow or heat. It can operate in temperatures as low as -5 degrees and as hot as 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pros: Clear camera view, easy to install, good night vision quality
Cons: It is better to have a strong WiFi signal for clear communication and non-pixelized video (I am using a 5G, 100 Gbps Wifi network)
If you have a big house, the WiFi needs to be strong enough to reach the area where you install the Ring. Communication and video will be degraded if you have a weak signal. This is a great product. It ties into the security of your existing WiFi. The video can be shared with local law enforcement and neighbors (if you want). The area of motion picked up by the camera is adjustable so a tree in the background will not activate it. The Ring Pro has a $249.95 MSRP.
- 1080p HD Video, 160 degree Field of View
- Night Vision, 2 Way Audio
- Advanced Motion Detection & Cloud Video Recording
- See & Speak with Visitors by App
- 4 Interchangeable Faceplates
- Requires an existing wired doorbell
Disclosure: I received the Ring Pro in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed in my review are my own. No other compensation was given.