You are busy doing household tasks and listening to music, and so you didn’t hear the doorbell ring. As a result, you missed an important delivery. In situations like this, it would be nice if there was a better way to know right away if someone’s at the door.
Your wish is granted by Ring, one of the leading companies in the smart video doorbell market today. Whether you want the original Ring Video Doorbell or the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Ring has a line of products that will make it super easy to monitor the front door no matter where you are or what you are doing.
Here, we will break down Ring’s lineup of products for you, helping you choose the best one for your home.
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is the flagship product and is a truly a smart device. It will ensure you never miss whoever is at your door.
The pro version provides 1080p HD video quality and comes with a motion detection system that you can customize. Feel free to create your own motion zones to maximize the device’s effectivity. This smart doorbell also works with 2.4 + 5GHz Wi-Fi connection and has an interchangeable face plate to fit the look of your exteriors.
It looks sleek and futuristic, with dimensions of 4.5″x 1.85″ x 0.8″. It has night vision (for efficiently monitoring the front door even when it’s dark) two-way audio capabilities (for smooth communications with whoever is at your door), and is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows 10 smartphones.
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is capable of recording videos, too, which is great for sharing clips with friends and family, or with law enforcement when a situation calls for it. In short, this smart doorbell can double up as a security camera.
Video recording is, however, an optional feature, which is free for the first month and then will cost you $3 per month afterward. To save, you can subscribe to a yearly video recording plan for $30. Recorded material will be accessible from a secure cloud storage, and up to six months of activity can be downloaded at a time.
You should know that the Ring Video Doorbell Pro only connects to an existing hardwired doorbell. The good thing about this is you can take advantage of the live view feature, meaning you can check whatever is happening in front of your door any time of the day. So, if you do not have a hardwired doorbell yet, either have one installed by HelloTech or simply go for the non-pro device.
Another important thing to note is that the pro’s specs sheet leaves out the built-in rechargeable battery that can be found in the lower-rung model, the Ring Video Doorbell. Instead, this model will need a 16-24 VAC transformer. This is great if you do not want to be bothered about charging the unit every few months.
Since the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is the most advanced among Ring’s products, its price is also on the higher end. You can purchase this directly from the manufacturer’s website for $249. If you are willing to pay for the premium price, then rest assured that you will enjoy premium features.
How Does It Differ from the Pro Version?
One of the main differences is that the Ring Video Doorbell works for homes that have or don’t have hardwired doorbells. If you go down the non-hardwired route, then you won’t be able to access a live video feed. You will only be able to see the person at the door when he rings the doorbell or when motion is detected.
This model also has a built-in rechargeable battery, which you need to take the time to recharge every six to twelve months. Aside from that, the face plate isn’t interchangeable. Wi-Fi connection meanwhile is only at 2.4 GHz. Additionally, it is only capable of providing 720p HD video quality. And with dimensions of 4.98in. by 2.43in. by .87in., this model is slightly larger than the pro version.
More Affordable and Still Highly Useful
If budget is an important consideration, then you will be glad to know that the Ring Video Doorbell is $50 cheaper than the pro version. If you are okay with the differences highlighted above, then this device is certainly worth purchasing.
It still has all of the core important features – clear night vision, dependable motion detection system, video recording and cloud storage, and smartphone notification for Android, iOS, and Windows 10 mobile devices.
If you would rather have a door camera instead of a doorbell, then Ring also offers a Stick Up Cam that can be mounted anywhere you want near your door. This allows you to monitor whoever is knocking. What’s great is that it also allows communication between the homeowner and the visitor.
The Stick Up Cam comes with a secure and quick-release mounting bracket, which is adjustable for you to find the perfect viewing angle. Upon purchasing the product, you will receive everything you need to install – screwdriver handle, screwdriver bit, drill bit, and installation screws and anchors. A micro USB charging cable is also included.
The camera detects motion at your front step effectively, and has two-way audio and night vision capabilities as well. Just like Ring’s other products, it also enables cloud video recording and live view. It records high-definition videos and has an 80-degree field of view.
Not only that, it is also equipped with bank-grade encryption for boosting your security, and works in environments with temperatures ranging from -5 ºF to 120 ºF. The Stick Up Cam is only 4.98 in. by 2.43 in. by 1.45 in. in size and has a rechargeable battery, which you need to charge every six to twelve months.
Overall, the Ring Stick Up Cam is a handy door and security camera that will definitely bring you convenience and, at the same time, improve your home’s safety.
Installing any of these devices is super easy. When you order any of your Ring devices on their website, you can choose to have a HelloTech technician come to your home to set it up. Through HelloTech’s official partnership with Ring, their tech support team is ready and waiting to help you install the doorbells and stick-up camera at your most convenient time.
So take full advantage of Ring’s product range to never miss any house caller, delivery, etc. Depending on your budget and your needs, there is a device that can meet or even exceed your expectations.