Being a wheelchair user one of biggest frustrations is having to get up and into the chair to get to the door which causes pain, only to find out it is someone cold calling!
“Do you want your tree chopped down?”
“Are you looking to buy a new front door?”
“Did you want your drive block paved?”
I then have to really stop myself from verbally attacking them!
We have a sign on the front door saying “No Cold Callers” but no, apparently reading is beyond these people!
Also I worry about security, it never was an issue as I thought that if anyone broke in, I would make them regret that decision but when I became disabled, I then felt less confident and it started to worry me.
Of course it didn’t help that there was a firearm incident opposite us where a neighbour was shot and also we have had a few burgalries in our road.
Someone suggested the Ring video doorbell but due to me being unable to work, we just don’t have the money. But then I am told that one is being sent and two very kind and amazing people have brought one for me.
We have the original Ring doorbell model.
I was very impressed by the Ring doorbell as soon as I opened the box. It includes a screwdriver, a drill bit, spirit level and screws and rawl plugs.
It has a built in battery and so it can run without being connected to the mains but you would have then to bring it in and charge it.
Battery life depends on your settings, when someone presses the doorbell the Ring that is connected to your wifi alerts you via the phone and you can then see, hear and speak to the person at the door and this is also recorded.
We have used a transformer that keeps the Ring doorbell on mains power.
You can also set up motion detection and a wizard takes you through setting it up. We have ours set quite close as our driveway is only about 12′ and so we would get hits from cars and people going past.
You can also view a live image and sound from the Ring Door bell.
It is 720p HD with 180 deg vision and this includes infrared night vision!
Even though it is 720p and not 1080 the picture is very good within our driveway, if you try and zoom past that via the app, it gets a bit blurry.
The sound is very good, nice clear audio and I haven’t had any issues there.
You can opt to pay a one off £24.99 per year to be able to access the Rings and the motion detection videos for up to 30 days and download them or as we have done £2.50 per month.
I have to say that the Ring Doorbell has provided a feeling of security and I feel better knowing that anyone who approaches the door will be caught on the camera.
However there is sometimes quite a lag, I hear the noise from the actual doorbell and then a minute or even two later my phone gets the notification and that can be frustrating.
Also the motion detection is sometimes slow to kick in, this morning as my daughter crept in after a night out, I just had her on video entering the door and not actually approaching the door and I have had video of the postman walking away after posting a letter and missing him walk up and actually post it!
This could be down to my wifi or it could be because it is the entry level model?
Requires a minimum wifi upload speed of 500 kpbs, but 1 Mbps is recommended for optimal performance.
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection @ 2.4GHz
I have improved the performance of the Ring doorbell, our router sits at the back of the property and so I have installed an access point using an old Tenda bit of kit at the front of the property. The difference is huge! We now no longer suffer from the lag and where as we would get a recording of someone walking away after posting a letter, we now have them approaching as well. So if your Ring doorbell is not performing well, then try to improve the wifi signal.
But all in all the Ring Doorbell has been amazing and for me something that is a must have now. When I am on my own I can answer via the app on my phone and yell “NO I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT GOD” from the comfort of the settee. Pure luxury!
It also comes with a 2 year parts and theft warranty!
Dimensions – 12.65cm x 6.17cm x 2.21cm (4.98 in. x 2.43 in. x .87 in.)
Weather resistant -20.5°C to 48.5°C