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Ring Doorbell

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Review of the Ring video doorbell

Review of the Ring video doorbell

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!

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 it for me!

We have the original Ring doorbell model.

Immediately I was very impressed by the Ring doorbell as it is very well presented and includes a drill bit, screwdriver and mini spirit level! How many products even include a drill bit?

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 Wi-Fi 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 (see update at end of post) 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 1080p 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 (see update at end of post), 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 Wi-Fi 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

EDIT:

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

*UPDATE*

The Ring video doorbell has performed well and proven it’s worth!

It has to my knowledge caused two dodgy characters to walk away when they saw that they were being recorded.

Having rewatched this, I have seen that he did spot the Ring doorbell and we had another occasion where this happened.

Having the Ring there, always keeping watch gives me peace of mind and not only because of its monitoring but also because the mere presence of the Ring Doorbell causes people to think twice about breaking in or knocking in an attempt to scam or rob you!

Another feature that I have recently been using is the ability to view it on the TV via the Fire TV Box. Just say “Alexa show me the front door” and it comes up and it is quicker than doing it via my android phone!

Motion Settings

Up until now (Jan 2020) I have had the motion detection alerts switched off. This is because the camera faces a road and that road is only about 20 feet away and despite setting it up to not alert me with motion on the street, it still did.

However I went in to have a look at the settings yesterday and saw the new ‘People Only Mode‘ and so I gave it a go.

It works, even to the point where someone pulling on the drive in a car doesn’t create and alert but as soon as they get out of the vehicle, it does.

So I now have the motion alerts on and loving this new setting in Ring!

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