Ring Pro Tested

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 26, 2016

This year, Ring received $61.2 million more of VC funding.

For a video doorbell.

The video doorbell market is evidently hot but how good are Ring's doorbells?

We bought the new Ring Pro, installed and tested it against its predecessor.

We evaluated this Ring on the same criteria in our test of the first model:

  • Video quality
  • Sound quality
  • Motion detection
  • Low-light performance
  • App performance
  • Lock control / integration
  • Install ease / issues
  • Wireless performance

**** ****, ************ $**.* ******* **** of ** *******.

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*** ***** ******** ****** is ********* *** *** how **** *** ****'* doorbells?

** ****** *** ******* ***, ********* *** ****** it ******* *** ***********.

** ********* **** **** on *** **** ******** in*** **** ** *** first *****:

  • ***** *******
  • ***** *******
  • ****** *********
  • ***-***** ***********
  • *** ***********
  • **** ******* / ***********
  • ******* **** / ******
  • ******** ***********

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Contrast - **** *** **. ****

*** *** ***** ****** several ******** ******** ** the ***** **********. **** Pro ***** $***, ***** the *** *** **** costs $***. *** *** ~$50 ***** ********, **** are *** ***** **** differences ** * ******:

*** *** **** *** has * ****** ********** camera, ******** ***** ******, and ** ******* ** size. *******, *** *** unit **** *** ***** battery ***** *** ******** hardwired *****, ********* * more ********* ******** *** that **** ** ********* on *** **** ******** unit.

Test *** ********

***** ******* *** ************ and *********, **** *** our *** ********:

  • ***** *******: ***** *** ****** features ***** **********, *** video ******* ** ***** not ***** *** ********* constrained. **** **** **** and ******** ***** *** occasional ********** *** **********. In **** *****, *** higher ********** ***** ***** equal ** *** **** stream ** *** ***.
  • **** ******** ***:**** *** *** **** of *** **** ********* choppy ***** *********** ** the ******** *** ********** Ring. **** ** *** in ***** **** ** reliability ** *** ********* WiFi *******. ** *** test, **** *** *** hung ~** **** **** from *** ****** ******* a ***** ******** **** and ** ********** *** dropped ****** *** ****. Ring's *** **** *** state ** ********** ***** for ****, *** **** support********** ********** ** ******** near *** ****** * ******* ********. For **** *****, **** is ************ *** ********** an ********** *******.
  • ***** *******: **** *** ********* Ring's **** ******* ***********, with ****** *** ******** audio ** *** **** side, *** **** ***** cancelling ** **** ****.
  • ****** *********: ***** *** * major ******* ** *** original ****, *** ******** custom ******* ********* ****** zones ****** **** ******* 'wedges' ** *** ********. In *** ****, *** custom ***** ****** ****.
  • ********* ***** ****: ****** *** ******** unit **** ******* ** option ** *** ******** batteries, **** *** **** be ********* *** ******** an ********** '***** ****' ** *** ******** transformer.
  • ****** *******: ************ ** *** Pro **** ** **** difficult. ****** **** ****** installing * ******** **** a *** *********, ***** must ****** ** * power **** *** ******** turning *** ******** *** some ****** ****.
  • ***-***** ***********: ****** **** *** original ****'* ***********. ******* illumination ** *** **** is ******** *** *** scene ** **** ***** in ********.
  • *** ***********: *** *** ****** well ** **** *** and ******* *********. **** view ***** ****** ** some *****, *** ***** feeds *** ** **** on *********** **** ********, but ** ******* *********** of *** *** *** features *** *****. ** addition, ******** ******** *** viewable *** ************ **** from ****'* *** ******.

Improved ***** ******* *** ***** ******

** ***** ** *****, Ring *** ******** * 1080P ******* ***/***** ****** running ** ** *****, and *** **** ******** three ******* ** ****. While **** *** **** not ***** ***, *********** in * ******** ***** of ******** ** ****** than *** ********. *** FoV ** ***** **** angle, *** ** ******** narrower **** *** ******** generation. *** ********** ***** below *** ***** ** the **** ****, *** notice ******** ***** ******** performance *** *** **********:

*******, **** *** *** trouble **** ******* ***** defects, ******* **** **********, frozen ******, ** **** pixel *********** ** *** tests:

Good, **** ********

**** *** *** **** a ****, ********* ******** speaker *** ********** ***** in. **** **** ********** noise *** ****, **** Pro's ***** ************ ***** well *** ********** ****/******* noise *** *** ********* two-way *************. ****** ***** streaming, *** **** ********** did *** ***** ***** conversations ** ****, ***, or ****.

Integrated *****

**** ******** ****, *** new *** **** **** not ******* ***** ******* to ******* * ****** or ****** * ******** and ******** **** ** a ***** ********. '*******' someone ******* *** **** is *** ********, ******** the *** ****** *********** with ******* **** ******* like*********,****,****, *************** ***** **** ** security ********* ************** *****.

Motion **********

***** **** ***** ********* by * ******, *** onboard ****** **** *** be ********** ** ****** on ****** ** *** FoV. **** *********** ***** Ring ***** ** * surveillance ****** **** *** notify ***** ** ******** or ***** ****** ***** to *** **** *******.

Other ********

******** *******:***** ******* **** *** 1st *** ****, **** Pro ** ***** ****** bigger **** *********** **** switches, ** *** *** fit ** *** ********* nor **** *** ******* locations ** *** ***** spot ** ***** * camera *** ******** *** to ******* ********, ***, or ****. *** ***** who **** ********** ********* a **** ********* ** Ring ***, ** ****************** *********** ****** ** **** old ******** *****.

**** ************ ******** ****: **** *** ***** an ***** ******* ** notify ***** ** ** event, *** **** *** automatically *** ** *** app **** *** ******** button ** ****** ** motion ** ********. **** means *** **** **** manally ****** *** ***** and ***** *** ******* before ***** **** **. While *********** ******** ** a ******* *********, *** process ***** ****, *** the ****** ******* *** bell *** **** **** in *** ********.

Product ********

*** ***** ***** ****** a ***** ******** ** the ****'* ************, ******, and **** ******** ** a *** *** ********** Ring:

*** **** ******** ***** 4"X2"X1" ***** ** ***** 1" ******* ** ****** and ***** **** *** original *****. *** **** uses *** **** *** wire ********** *** ** - ** *** ***** typically ******* *** *** doorbells ** **** *****. The **** ****** ****** to * ******** ******* secured ** ***** ** masonry ***** ** **** screws. ******** *** ******* and ****** ** **** wires ** *** ********* and ****** ****** ** even ****** ******. ****** the ******** ***-***** ******* of *** ********, **** Pro ******** ** **** one ******** ****.

Interchangeable **********

****** *** ******** **** that *** ******* **** the ******* ** ********* colors, **** *** ************ ********** ************ ***** **** *********** in *** *****.

Hardwired *****

**** *** ******** ***** a *** ******* *********** for ***** *** **** the ******** ***** *** into *** ****, ** when *** ****** ** pressed *** **** ** heard. *******, **** ******* features * ***** ** 2-3 ******* ******* ******* the ****** *** ******* a *****, ***** **** uses ** **** ************* to **** **** ****** announcing ****** ** *** door.

**** *** **** ******** installing * ***** ******* board *** ******** ** into ** ******** ******** transformer. **** ****** **** extra ********* ********** ******* and ****** *********** ***, but ******** ***** * ladder *** ********* ******** technical ************ **** ****** DIYers *** **** ***********.

*** ********** ** *** install *** **** ***** by ****, *** ** offering '**** ************ *******' *** * ******* time ***** **** **** pay ** **** *** hung ** ********** **********. Despite ***** ******** ** a *** *******, *** fact **** ** ********* professional ******* ***** ** not * **** **** for ******* **********:

** **** ******* * post **** ** *** terms *** ******* ** this **** ************ ******* program ** *** **** future.

Operation ****

** **** *****, ** embedded ******** ***** **** the **** ** ***. You *** ****** **** video **** ***** ** general, ***** ***** *** a *********** ** ****** an ********** ******* *** users.

*****, * ******* ****:

*** * ********* ****:

**** ***** **** ******** are ****** *** **** operation, *** ********* ******* may ***** ****** *** unit ******** *** *** be ********, **** ** the ****** **** ** takes ** **** * phone *** ** * pocket.

Nighttime ***********

**** ******** * ********** IR *** ****** *** has ***** *** ** LEDs ****** ** *** front *******. ******* ********* performance ** ******** ******** to *** *** *** unit, ***** *** *** good **** ****** ** feet ** *** ****, but *** *** ***** does * **** ****** job ** ******** *** scene **** **' ****. Subject ****** ** **** are ***** *** ******** is **** ****** ** recognize ******** ***** *** can *** ******** ~** feet **** **** *** camera:

*******, ** **** *** original ****, ** ***** have *** ****** ** turn ** * ***** porch *****, ******* ***** quality **** ** ****** than ***** ** *****.

Live **** *** ***** *******

***** *** ***** **** was ********, *** ******* has ***** * '**** View' ****** ** *** app *** ******* ** on **** *** ****** is ****** ** *** time, ********** ** ****** is ******** ** *** button ** *******. ***** events **** ******* ********** that *** ** ******** or ********** *** *** app ** *** ******.

** ******** ** **** View, **** **** ***** ************** $* *** *****/ $30 *** **** *** recording ****** **** *** previous ** **** ** ~100 ******. ***** **** allows ***** ** ******** in **** **** **** the ****** ******** ** is ********* ** **** button ** ****** *** free, ********* ***** ***** extra *** ** *********. In *** *****, ****** video ** ************ ** .mp4 ****** *** *** or *** ****** *** is ****/**** *******.

Custom ****** *********

* *** **** *** feature ** ******* ** custom **** ********* ****** motion ********* *****:

** ** * ********* custom ***** *** ** placed ** ** ****** on/off ** ****** ******, so ******* ******** **** landscaping ****** ** *** wind *** ******* ** the ****** ** ** will *** **** ******.

** *** *****, ****** detection ****** ********, ********** detecting *** ********* '****' events *** ********* **** than *%- **% '***** alarm' ********* *** ** unimportant ******* ****** **** blowing ******, *******, ** shadows.

Original **** ***** ****** ****** *** ****

**** *** **** *** be * **** *** for ****, ***** *** gen **** *** ***** be *********. ***** ******* nightvision *********** ** ******* improved, *** ************ ********** and ********** *********** **** likely **** **** ***. Ring ***** ** **** plan ** ******** ** sell *** ******* *** original *****, *** **** with *** ******* ********** and ****** *** ***** abilities, ** **** ****** the **** ****** *** those ***** ******* *** a ***** **********, ******* solution.

Comments (9)

Nice review. Well documented and detailed.

Hey Gents,

So I was contemplating purchasing this unit but noticed no SD card storage. Do you know if you miss a door ring you can see that missed event without the cloud monthly fee?

Thanks

For the first 30 days, storage/ cloud is free. After that, if you don't buy a subscription, it is live view/current event only. No SD card / local storage.

Bummer, know of any competitors that don't charge and have an SD card? I know there are some Chinese knock offs but always concerned about putting those on my network.

The distinction may be blurring somewhat, but the above unit is an intercom system that uses multiple devices (door station and master cabled together), not just a single device that hangs at the door like Ring or other video doorbells.

In general, those systems have better features, but they are more complex to install and cost more. For example, that Logenex system ranges between $550 - $750 for all the pieces which is quite a steep increase over the $200 - $250 price of consumer video doorbells.

In a recent move, you now can purchase Ring Pro from ADI for ~25% off the normal price:

Before, these units were available from internet retailers, but now security distributors are also carrying them.

Ring releases Floodlight Camera, looks like interesting idea for overt surveillance:

Thanks for posting that.  We are doing a post. Preorder is $249.

I am fairly skeptical of the 'DIY' nature of this, but then again Ring Pro is a fairly ambitious DIY install.  The company offers to pay for professional install, I wonder if they'll be forced do the same here?

I also think they way overstate the speed and smoothness of triggering the siren and moving between multiple cameras.

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