Analysis of the Ring Video Doorbell 2, a video intercom to monitor who comes home

The arrival of surveillance cameras connected to our smartphone has changed the concept of video surveillance offering a huge variety of devices that adapt to almost any need you may have. With battery, connected to the mains, indoor, outdoor … and now also that make the function of video intercom.

Ring, brand with years of experience in the US market, offers us its new model Ring Video Doorbell 2, a doorbell for your home that also acts as a video intercom and surveillance camera that alerts you to any movement detected in its field of action. We have tested it with the Chime Pro accessory and we tell you our impressions with video included.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Chime Pro

Ring Video Doorbell 2 acts as a doorbell for the house door and surveillance camera. With the ability to capture 1080p images and night vision, you can use it as a doorbell for home. When you press its front button you will receive a notification on your smartphone and you can see who is calling and talk to him, as if it were a videoconference, thanks to its microphone and built-in speakers. You will also receive notifications about any movement that occurs in your field of action, which is customizable, storing the recorded video in the cloud for you to watch or download on your device whenever you want.

Chime Pro is a Optional accessory that you can purchase together with your video intercom and that acts as a WiFi extender and doorbell. If your router's WiFi signal is not strong enough to reach your Ring camera, this accessory will act as a WiFi repeater, solving this problem. Also when someone presses the video intercom button it will ring, so in addition to the notification on your iPhone and iPad you will hear a bell that is customizable and adjustable in volume. By the way, if you want to continue using your usual bell you can do it if it is compatible (of tones)

Box contents

It is amazing everything that the video intercom Ring contains, since it includes absolutely everything you need for its use and installation. From a screwdriver with double tip to the dowels and even the drill for the holes in the wall. A level to be perfectly placed, the battery recharge cable (microUSB), screws for fixing, a security screw to prevent its theft and two front, one in gray aluminum and one in black, so you can choose the one that best fits your facade.

Installation and configuration

The installation is very simple, being able to replace your conventional doorbell or place it independently. Being a battery-powered device you do not depend on any electrical outlet, so you have total freedom to place it where it serves you best. The box also includes two accessories to give it some vertical or horizontal inclination, in order to achieve the best possible visual field. In about 10 minutes you will have your device mounted and ready to work. There is the possibility of connecting it to the mains, for which it is necessary that you have an electronic bell and transformer.

One of the questions raised by this video intercom is the possibility of being robbed. It has a screw "anti-theft" to make it difficult, but it is not too complicated to get a screwdriver tip that can be removed. If your Ring Video Doorbell is very accessible and you think it is highly likely to be stolen, better find another location or hire a Ring protection plan that covers this possibility (we will explain later).

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Its configuration is done through the Ring application, which you have available in the App Store, compatible with iPhone and iPad and completely free. It is the typical procedure to connect it to the WiFi network (2.4GHz) from home and ready. You should then simply take a couple of minutes to set the ringer volume, the motion detection area and the tone for calls and for motion notifications. It is really intuitive and simple thanks to the application.

Special mention requires the configuration of the motion detection area. Ring Video Doorbell 2 will send you notifications when it detects any movement that is within its visual field, which will cause a recording of a few seconds and a notification on your device. But this will have a negative impact on the life of your battery, so you must find the perfect balance to avoid staying if you battery within a few days or receive notifications every five minutes.

According to Ring the burden of The battery lasts about 6 months (even one year) with normal use. In my case, it has not yet been used up after a month of use, but I doubt that it reached that figure, although it is true that at the beginning I received many notifications until I managed to adjust the appropriate detection area. To recharge the battery you must disassemble the front (a screw) and remove it to charge it with the microUSB cable that rakes in the box, taking about 4-5 hours to fully recharge.

Functioning

There is not much to say about how this video intercom works: someone rings the bell, Chime Pro rings and you are notified on the iPhone and iPad, you open the app, see who it is and talk to it or directly open the door. This is the essential functionality of Ring Video Doorbell 2, just like any video intercom but from your iPhone instead of a telephone placed on the wall of the main hall. It is very comfortable to be able to see who is calling from anywhere, even from the home garden. Even when you are away from home, as long as you have an internet connection, you can talk to the caller and tell him that you are not, ideal for carriers.

But it not only acts as a video intercom, but also acts as a surveillance camera, so it will notify you of any movement detected. The notification is accompanied by a short video that is stored in the cloud and that you can see whenever you want, depending on the Ring plan you hire, something we will talk about next. Videos that are stored in the cloud can be downloaded to your device or sent by messaging, something very useful sometimes. The quality of the videos is very good, even at night, and they allow you to zoom and move around the screen to see the details.

These movement alerts can be customized by setting “Do Not Disturb” periods or even fixed times when the detection stops notifying you to avoid being annoying. It is perhaps the section that is most worth trying, since in addition to impacting the battery life, as we indicated before, that before any car that passes in front of your house you are notified ends up being a real nuisance.

It is not mandatory to have a Ring Protection plan contracted. Without paying any monthly fee you can continue to receive calls to your video intercom, talk to the caller and you will even receive notifications by movement and you can watch the video live. However you will lose the cloud storage of the videos, so if you miss a notification you will not be able to see what exactly happened.

Starting by € 3 per month (€ 30 per year) You can have up to 60 days of video storage in the cloud and you can download and share them. This fee is per camera you have installed. If you have more than two cameras, the superior plan of € 10 per month (€ 100 per year) which includes, in addition to all of the above, all cameras that you want discounts on the purchase of products and protection against damage and theft that replaces your device completely free if something happens to you.

Editor's Opinion

The Ring Video Doorbel video door intercom perfectly fulfills the functions of doorman for your home and surveillance camera for entry. With its notification system and the recording of Full HD images you will not have any problem in being able to identify not only who knocks on your door but also possible unwanted intruders. It also has a good night vision, and response times for viewing videos are not high.

It is almost obligatory to acquire a monthly or annual plan, but it is not a serious problem since the price of the basic is very affordable (€ 30 per year) with what you get up to 60 days of recording in the cloud. If you want an uncomplicated surveillance system and video intercom and easy to install, it will not disappoint you. Available for € 199 on the Ring and Amazon website (with occasional offers) it is one of the most interesting video surveillance cameras on the market right now.

One of the advantages of Ring is also the huge catalog of accessories that exist, from solar panels for recharging to additional batteries or WiFi extenders that make additional doorbell, such as Chime Pro. It is a detail that these bells can also be customized from the application itself.

  • Editor rating
  • 4.5 star rating

€ 199



Pros

  • Simple and cable-free installation
  • Well designed and intuitive application
  • 1080p recording and good night vision
  • Customizable bell notifications
  • Very affordable pricing plans

Cons

  • Almost mandatory to pay monthly fee
  • Easy to steal if you place it in very accessible areas

Pros

  • Simple and cable-free installation
  • Well designed and intuitive application
  • 1080p recording and good night vision
  • Customizable bell notifications
  • Very affordable pricing plans

Cons

  • Almost mandatory to pay monthly fee
  • Easy to steal if you place it in very accessible areas

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