Ring Video Doorbell
Hardwired or battery-powered video doorbell (Venetian Bronze)
Our take on the Ring Video Doorbell by Crutchfield's Emily S.
See who's at the door, whether you're there or not
I have two dogs who get pretty excited (and a foster dog who gets scared) when people knock on my door. That means I find myself constantly peeking out the window if I'm expecting guests or food delivery so that I can head them off at the pass. With Ring Video Doorbell, I'd no longer have to worry about my dogs losing their minds if my timing is a little off — it senses motion and sends a mobile alert before visitors even have a chance to reach the door.
What's even more amazing is that you can keep an eye on things when you're not there. Use the mobile app to chat with people when they ring the bell, and they won't know you aren't at home unless you want them to. Get notified when an expected package gets delivered (or if someone tries to un-deliver it).
Hardwired or battery-powered — your choice
If your current doorbell operates at a voltage between 8 and 24 volts AC, you can connect Ring Video Doorbell to the existing wiring. Hardwiring this way keeps Ring's battery charged and allows it to trigger your existing chime when someone rings the bell.
Does your current doorbell play a synth melody? If so you'll probably need to install the included diode. Just check the manual for instructions on wiring to a "digital doorbell."
No doorbell at all? No problem. The battery can be charged with the included micro USB cable, and it only needs to be removed for charging every 6 – 12 months, depending on usage. Without an existing doorbell, you'll also need to keep your phone handy for notifications, or purchase Ring Chime or Chime Pro for alerts while you're at home.
Optional cloud storage
The camera streams live footage to the app 24/7, but if you want to save or send video clips, you'll need a Ring Protect plan. Ring Protect is a subscription-based cloud storage service. The basic package ($3/month or $30/year) covers a single camera and allows you to save and share your Ring videos from that camera. You get a free, 30-day trial subscription when you activate your Ring device.
Installing multiple Ring devices? The Ring Protect Plus plan ($10/month or $100/year) includes cloud storage for unlimited Ring devices at a single location.
Part of your ring of protection
The Ring Video Doorbell is just one piece of your home security puzzle. Fill in the gaps with these other Ring devices:
- provides a 720p HD view of who's ringing the doorbell
- built-in microphone and speaker for two-way talk
- infrared night vision
- battery-powered or hardwired
- battery lasts 6 - 12 months, depending on usage
- remove device to recharge with included micro USB
- requires 8-24 VAC transformer for hardwiring
- 180° wide-angle lens
- weather-resistant housing
- uses your home Wi-Fi® network to send images to your smartphone
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection @ 2.4GHz
- requires a minimum upload speed of 500 kbps (1 Mbps is recommended)
- selectable motion detection zones
- 2-7/16"W x 5"H x 7/8"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee