Monday, 14 March 2016

Ring Wi-fi Smart Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell“A family’s home is its castle.” While many of us associate that old axiom with the pride felt in maintaining and appointing our own abode, it actually originates from the legal ideal of Castle Doctrine, which ensures that a resident not be penalized for defending their domicile. The Ring Wi-fi Smart Video Doorbell is a device that aims at marrying the two ends of this concept, allowing you to feel more secure in your environment, while simultaneously allowing you to revel in its stylish upgrades. Along with the door itself, the doorbell is one of the first items most visitors interact with when entering your home. Its historically uncomplicated design is patently obvious: a simple switch to activate a chime to notify the residents within that guests have arrived. The $200 Ring complicates that interaction somewhat (an additional $3 monthly subscription, for example), but the overall effect is worth it.

How Ring Video Doorbell works

ring smart video doorbellRing operates on a simple concept. Someone presses your doorbell, and the signal travels through your WiFi network, up into Ring’s cloud servers, and then back down to your smartphone. Once you open up the phone notification and get inside the Ring app, you can see who’s at the door, and even talk to the person in a two-way conversation.
You can see them, but they can’t see you—and this is what makes Ring a compelling home security device. Whether you’re inside your home, at work, or on vacation, the system is designed to let you always answer the door.

Design and Features

ring wi-fi enabled video doorbellMeasuring 4.9 by 2.4 by 0.8 inches (HWD), the Ring doesn't look like a typical doorbell. The upper part of the device is made of black plastic and houses a 1,280-by-720-pixel camera with a 180-degree field of view. It also holds a motion sensor. The metallic lower part of the doorbell (available in Satin Nickel, Antique Brass, Polished Brass, and Venetian Bronze) contains an LED-backlit Ring button that glows blue when you press it and sounds a loud chime that can be heard from the speaker at the bottom of the device, as well from the speaker of any connected mobile devices. The doorbell comes with a 4.9-by-2.4-inch mounting plate that attaches to any surface including wood, cement, brick, vinyl, and stucco. The folks at Ring give you a small toolkit containing everything you'll need to mount the device, including a level, a screwdriver, a masonry drill bit, weather sealant, and mounting hardware. The doorbell is certified for outdoor use and has an operating range of -5 to +120 degrees Fahrenheit. It connects to your home Wi-Fi network and supports 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity on the 2.4GHz band. 

Set up And Installation

Ring can be hardwired to your existing doorbell’s electrical leads, but lacking any doorbell at all, I opted to use the device’s internal battery, which is charged with a USB cable (just like any typical mobile device), and is rated to last one year between charges. Pulling off the doorbell ring wifi smart video doorbell ring wifi smart video doorbell for recharging is a simple matter of removing two screws with a special tool that Ring provides, and then sliding the doorbell off a backing plate. It’s no big deal.


The backing plate is designed to mount on wood, brick, concrete, stucco, and aluminum siding, and the kit includes installation parts, like screws and a drill bit, to provide everything you’ll need. Unfortunately, using my cordless DeWalt drill, I couldn’t penetrate my home’s concrete, so I opted for heavy-duty double-sided tape. It works marvelously, and there’s a failsafe even if someone steals the doorbell: Ring will replace stolen doorbells free of charge, as long as you provide a police report.
As for overall durability, the doorbell is rain-resistant, and is rated to operate in temperatures ranging from -5 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
My Wi-Fi problems notwithstanding, both the doorbell and chime accessory were easy to pair with my wireless network. Just a word of caution: If you’re using a Wi-Fi range extender, make sure to pair the doorbell outside your house, right on your doorstep. This will ensure that Ring finds the extender, and not your router. If you pair the doorbell inside your home, you run the risk of pairing it with your main Wi-Fi router, especially if your router and range extender have different names.

The Pros

- Easy installation and set up; 
- HD video; 
- Motion detection video alerts; 
- Wide-angle video with night vision

The Cons

- Latency in time-to-answer; 
- No on-demand video; 
- Slow app performance

Verdict

The Ring Video Doorbell lets you use your smartphone to see who's at the door whether you're inside the house or 100 miles away, but audio quality is inconsistent and battery life could be better.



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