The Ring Video Doorbell lets you watch over your home, even when you’re a thousand miles away — here’s how it works

Ring Video Doorbell

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The Ring Video Doorbell 2 ($199) gives homeowners a real-time video view from their front door whether they’re in a room down the hall or across the country.
The doorbell has security features including infrared night vision recording and an automatic motion detection setting.
Ring doorbells can be paired with Amazon’s Alexa, sending you alerts and letting you use the two-way talk function through the speaker.

You can buy a perfectly decent DIY doorbell for less than twenty bucks. So why would you spend ten times that much for a $199 Ring Video Doorbell 2?

The short answer is because Ring doorbells are beyond perfectly decent. In fact, if you value the peace of mind that comes with protection against package thieves, deterrence for burglars, and the knowledge that your family got home safe yet again, a Ring Video Doorbell is actually closer to perfect than decent.

Also, assuming you’re using the battery-powered option, it takes about five minutes to install the doorbell and pair it with an app on your phone through which you’ll be able to monitor the home from anywhere. $199 and five minutes’ time — not bad, really. But let’s take a closer look.

The basics of the Ring Video Doorbell:

A Ring doorbell is always on the lookout. When you open its app, you get instant access to the camera’s broad field of view, and in 1080 high-definition video, no less. You can program the Ring to alert you and display its video feed when someone rings the doorbell, or even when someone merely draws near to the door thanks to the motion control feature. (Its sensitivity can be customized so don’t worry about lots of false alarms.)

After sunset, the camera uses infrared night vision to keep watch. And with the optional addition of the Ring Protection Plus program, which costs $10 a month, the video captured by your Ring is recorded and saved and can even be shared with others.

How two-way talk works from anywhere:

Lots of doorbells have a two-way talk intercom; that type of feature had been available for decades. But with the Ring, you can make use of two-way talk from anywhere you have Wi-Fi signal or cell service.

So whether you just don’t feel like getting off the couch and walking down the hall when a deliveryman rings the bell (“Just leave it on the porch please, thanks!”) or you have detected a potential thief thanks to a motion detection alert sent to your phone even though you’re in Albuquerque on a business trip (“Hey buddy, I see you there and you’re on recorded video. Maybe leave without breaking into my house?”) you can dialogue with anyone …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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