The $28 Million Video Doorbell Ring Tested

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Sep 08, 2015

In 2015, video doorbells are big business. Ring landed $28 million in funding from Richard Branson and others who are betting that this is the next big thing.

However, when Ring's first generation Doorbot hit the market, it was a total failure that left people furious. So we bought a new Ring, installed it (below) and decided to see how well it works.

 

We evaluated:

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

** ****, ***** ********* *** *** ********.**** ****** $** ********* ******* **** ******* ******* *** ****** *** *** ******* that **** ** *** **** *** *****.

*******, **** ****'****** ********** ********** *** ******, ** *** * ***** ******* **** **** people *******. ** ** ****** * *** ****, ********* ** (below) *** ******* ** *** *** **** ** *****.

 

** *********:

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

[***************]

Key ********

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

  • ***** *******: *** ***** **** ********** ********** *** **********, *** ****** for '***** ********' ********.
  • ***** *******: ******* **** ****, **** ****** *** ******** ***** ** the **** ****, *** **** ***** ********** ** **** ****.
  • ****** *********: **** ***** ****. **** ****** ***** ** ****-**** ****** detection ** ******** *****-******.
  • ******* ****: *** ****, *** *** ***** ** *** '*-****' ******* by **** ** ** ******. ** *** **** **** ****** use, * **** ****** ***** **** ** - ** ****.  However, ********** ********** **** *****.
  • ***-***** ***********: ********* *** ********.  ** **** *****, ***** *** *** be **** ** ******** ******* ******* **** ********** **. ** dark *****, ***** **** ****** **** ** ***** ******** ***** lights ** ** *** *** ****** *** ***.
  • *** ***********: *** *** ****** **** ** **** *** *** ******* platforms, *** *** **** ** *** ********** **** *** ******* or ********.

******** ***** *******: ** ***** ** *****, **** ******** * **** ******* (180 ****** ***) ***/***** ****** ******* ** ** *****, *** the **** ******** ** ****. *******, ******* *** **** ** not **** *** *** ** ********* ***** ****, **** ***** quality ** ********* **** ***** **** *** **** ******.  ***** video ******** ******* ** ********* *** ** ********* ** ************, Ring *** ******* **** ****** **********, ****** ********, ***** **********, and ******* ****** ** *** *****:

** **** ****:**** **** *** *** *** **** ** ****** *** ****** on ******. ****** * *** ****** **** ** '****** **', if ** *** *** ****** *** **** ****** ** ** the ****** ** *** ********* ******, **** ***** ******* *** inaccessible ** *** ****.

****, **** ********: **** **** *** ***** ***** *****, **** * ****, ungarbled ******* *** ********** ***** **. **** **** ********** ***** was ****, ****'* ******* '****** ***** ************' ****** **** *** even ********** **** ** ******* ***** *** *** ********* ***-*** communication. ****** ***** *********, ** ** **** *** *** **** connection ***** ***** ******* ** **** ** ****.

*** *********:*** **** *** * **** *** ****** ** ****'* ******** is *** ********** ***. ** ***** ********* *** **** ** the **** *******/ ********* ** **** **** ***** *****, ***** is ** ***** *** *** *** ***** ** ***** **** activity.

** **** *******:**** ** * ******** *** ****** **** ********** ******** stations **** *** ******* ***** ******* ** ******* * ****** or ****** * ********. '*******' ******* ******* *** **** ** not ********.

****** **********: ***** **** ***** ********* ** * ******, *** ******* camera **** *** ** ********** ** ****** ** ****** ** the ***.  **** *********** ***** **** ***** ** * ************ camera **** *** ****** ***** ** ******** ** ***** ****** close ** *** **** *******.

Other ********

******** *******: ******* **** ** **** ****** **** *********** **** ********, ** may *** *** ** *** ********* *** **** *** ******* locations ** *** ***** **** ** ***** * ****** *** intercom *** ** ******* ********, ***, ** ****. ** **** doorbell ** ******* ** ****** ********, ***** ****-****, ** ** the ******** ** ******* ** ******* ***** ** ******** *************, Ring **** ****** **** ***** ******* ******.

**** ******** ***:*** '******** ******' ***** *********** ** *** ** ***** **** to *********** ** *** ********* **** *******. ** *** ****, the **** *** **** ~** **** **** **** *** ****** through * ***** ******** **** *** ** ********** *** ******* frames *** ****.  ****'* *** **** *** ***** ** ********** range *** ****, *** **** ***************** ********** ** ******** **** *** ****** * ******* ********. *** **** *****, **** ** ************* and ********** ** ********** *******.

**** ************ ******** ****: **** **** *** ************* *** ** *** *** **** the ******** ****** ** ****** ** ****** ** ********; ** sends ** ***** ******* ** ****** ***** ** *** *****. This ***** *** **** **** ******* ****** *** ***** *** swipe *** ******* ****** ***** **** **. ***** *********** ******** as * ******* *********, *** ******* ***** ****, *** *** person ******* *** **** *** **** **** ** *** ********. Ring **** *** ******* *** ******** ** ****** **** ** the *** (**: ***** *** ** ****** ****) ** *** end ****** ** *********** ** **** *****.

Product ********

*** ***** ***** ****** * ***** ******** ** *** ****'* construction, ******, *** **** ******** ** * *********** ********:


*** **** ******** ***** *"**"**" ***** ** ************ ****** **** normal **** ********. *******, *** **** **** *** **** *** wire ********** *** * - ** *** ***** ********* ******* run *** ********* ** **** *****. *** **** ****** ****** to * ******** ******* ******* ** ***** ** ******* ***** or **** ******.  ******** *** ******* *** ****** ** **** wires ** *** ********* *** ****** ****** ** **** ****** DIYers.**** ********** *** ******* ******* *** ***** ******** **** ***********.

***** *** ******** ***** ***** *** **** *******, *** **** ties *** ******** ***** *** **** *** ****, ** **** the ****** ** ******* *** **** ** *****. *******, *** unit **** *** ** ******* ** **** ** * ********** unit ******* ********** ** ******** *****. *** ********** ***** ****** ******:

  • ******** ****: **** ***** **** ************-** ***** *** ~$****** ***** **** * **** ****** *** ****** ***** ** hear **** *** ******** ** ****.  ******* **** ****, ****** a **** *** ********** ** ***** ************* **** *** *** realize ******* ** ******* *** ********.
  • ******* ****: ******* ********* *****, **** ****** ** **'* ******** ******* the****** ****** ** **** *** ** ** * *********** ******* ** ****** ***.  *** ******* ***** '****** ***' drops ***** ***** **% *** ****, ** ******* ******* *** more *********. ******** ** **** *** * ****-*** **** *** included *****, *** ******** ************ **** *** * - ** hours ***** ******* **, ******* *** ******** ******* * ******** during **** ****.

***** ********** *********** **** **** ********* ** **** ********* *** the *********** *****. *******, ** ***** **** ** ******* **** completely, ********** **** ** *** **** *** ** ********* *** hassle.

Operation ****

** **** *****, ** ******** * ******** **** **** *** unit ** ***:


****** *** ***** ****** ***** *** **** *** ****, *** before *** *** ******** *** ***** ** ******** *******. ****** about **** ******** *** ****** *** **** *********, *** ********* ringers *** ***** ****** *** **** ******** *** *** ** answered, **** ** *** ****** **** ** ***** ** **** a ***** *** ** * ******.

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

**** ******** * ********** ** *** ****** *** *** * series ** ****** (*** **********) ** **** ****** ** *** front *******.  ******* ********* *********** ** *** ****, **** ****** ** **** of *** ****, *** ************ ***** ******* ***** ***.  *********** the ****** ** *** ***** ***** ** ********* ** *** possible ** ** **** *****.

*** **** ******** *********, ******* ** * ***** '***** *****' would ******* **** ****** ***** *******.

Optional ***** *******

** *** ***** ** ********* *****, **** ***** * ***** ******* ******* $* *** ***** ** $** *** **** **** ******* events **** *** ******** ** ****/ ~*** ****** - ********* ***** *****.  While **** ****** ***** ** ******** ** **** **** **** the ****** ******** ** ** ********* ** **** ****** ** motion *** ****, ********* ***** ***** ***** *** ** *********.

** *** **** **** *****, ** **** ** ****** *** video ** ******** ******* ** ******:

** *** *****, ****** ***** ** ************ ** .*** ****** via *** ** *** ****** *** ** ****/**** *******.

Fine ****** ****** *********

** *********** ******* ** ****'* ******* ** ******** ****** ********* sensitivity ****** * ******* ***** ** **** ** *** ** a ******** **** **** *** **** **** ****** *** ***:

**** ****** ****** * ********* ***** ** ** ****** **/*** to ****** ******, ** ******* ******** **** *********** ****** ** the **** *** ******* ** *** ****** ** ** **** *** send ******.

** ********, * ****** *** ******* ***** ** ****** *** depth ** ********* ** ***** ****** * **** ** *** unit, *** ** ** **** ** ****.  ** *** ****, a ***** ** ***** * - * **** *** ***** for ********* ****** ** ** *********** *** **** *** ******** shadows ** ******** ** ******** ** *** ******** ****.

** *** *****, ****** ********* ****** ********, ********** ********* *** important '****' ****** *** ********* ***** **% '***** *****' ********* due ** *********** ******* ****** **** **** ** *******.

Key *********

*** **** **********, ****** * **** ******** ******** ** *** significant ***: ** ***** *** ******** *** *** **** **** if *** *** ***.

***** **** ***** **** ** ******** *** ***** **** *** camera, *** **** ***** *** *** ******* ** ***** **** whomever *** ****** *** ****** - **** ** *** *** miles ****.  ** ******* '**** *** ****' ***** ** ******* you *** *** ****, *** **** **** ***** ******* *********** you *** ***** ** **** ***** ******, **** *** ***** to **** ***** *******.

****** ****, ***** *** ****** *** **** ****** ************ ******* in *** ******, *** *** * *****-******* *** ********* **** Ring **** ******* **** ****** *** **** *****.

Biggest ********

*******, **** ** *** ******* ********* ******.  *** ********* ** view *** ****** **-****** ** * *** *********** **** ****** its *** ** * ************ ******. ***********, *** ********** ** a ***** *** *** *** (** *** ******) ***** ** a *********** *** ***** ********* ** ****** ** ***** * smartphone **********.

***** ******* *** ******* ***** **** ** * *** *******, depending ** *** ******* ** *** ********** **** *******. ** our ****, ** *** ******** **** ****** ** ***** *****. For ***** **** ****-****-***** **** ********, **** *********** ***** ** a *** *******.

Comments (23)

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* ******* ******** *** **** ** ***** *** **** ** a ******* *** **** ******* ***.

*******, *** *********** ***** ***** ** **** ****** ****** **. It's *** ******* ******** (**** ** ***** ** *** ******) especially **** ****** *****, *** *** *** *********** ****** ** is ***** *** *** $*** ***** ********** *********** **** ********* options **** *** ************* ***** *********** * ** ********.

**: ******* - * ******* ******* **** *** **** ********* within * **** ****. *** ** *** ******* ***'*/**** *** be ** ***** *** ***, *** ** ****'* ****** *** test.

** *****/***,

**** ************ *** ***** ** *** ******, *** ********* *** Axis ***** ******** *** *'* ******** **** *******'* *** *********** (both *** ****** *** *** *** **** *************)?

* **** *********** ******** ****** *** * ***** ******** **** solution, *** * ***** ** ***** ** ** ** *** $200-$300 *****. * *****'* *** * ****** ** ******** **** yet, *** * ******* * ***** ***. * ***** **** the **** ** **-****** ******* ** * *** ******** *** the ****. *** ***** ***************?

************ ** *** ********** ******** *** ***** ****** *** ** well, *** * ***** **** ** *** ****** **** ***** fair ***** ** ********** ****** *** *****.

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****** ******* ****** **** *** ********* ****** **** ****'* ***** supposed ** ** **** *********** ******* *** ***?

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**** *** ****™ ***** ******** **** **** ********** *****?

*** **** *** ** ********** **** ***** **** ******* **** LockState, ****, ** *********. **** *** ******* * "****" ** call **** **** ****, *** **** **** *** ****** ** launch *** ***** **** *** **** *** **** *** *** remotely ****** *** **** *** **** *****.

*** '***********' ** **** **** * ***** **** ****** ******* else's ***. *** **********, ** ******* (*** *****)************************** ****.

* ********* ** * ******* ** **** **** ****** **** IPVM. ** ***** ***. * *****'* ******** **** ***, *** I **** **** ***** *** *** ************ :). ** **** any ************ * ** ******* ****** **** ******** **** ****.

*** **** ***** ******* **********?

** **** **** **** ******* * ******* ************* **** ********. *** ****** **** **** ** **** **** ****.

** ***** **** **** **** ******* **** **** *** ************ that ** **** *****, ********* ** ****, **** *** ***** point *** *** ****

****'* *********** ***. ******. ** *** **** ********** **** *******? It *** *** ****** ****** *** **** **** ** ******* 1.0.

** **** ********* *** ******** ** *** ******. **** **** worked, *** ******* **** **** *****, *** * **** **** underwhelmed ** *** *******. ** **** **** **** ****** ***** cost * ***** **** *** ** **** *** *** ********, but *** ****** *** ***** **** *** ******* ***. ** all ***** ******** ************!

****** *** *** ********, ***. *** *** *** ******* **** the **** ** ***? ** ** * ******* ***'** **** to **** ******?

** **** *** ****** **** ** ******* ***** ** *** or **** ***** **** ** * ******* ****** *** *** person *** ** **** **** ******* **** *** ** *** installs ** *** *** ************. **** ******* ** ***** *** camera ** ****** ***. ****** *** ******* ** **** **** it ******* ** ****** ******* ** ***

** * ******* ***********, * ******* *** *** ***** **** be ****** ** *** **** * ** * *****. **** WDR ******* *** ******** ************ *********** *** **** *** ****** down ****** (*.*., ***** ****), ** ****** ******** ** ***** doorbells **** ****** *********** ***** *******.

** **** ****** ** *** ** ****'* ******* ********. * found *** **** ** ***** **** *** ** ** **** and **** *** **** *** *** ****** **** ****** ** the ***. *** **'* ******** *** ** ***** *** *** it **** **** ****. ******** *********, * ****** **** *** wide *** ***** **'* *********.

* ****** ** *** **** ***** ** *** **** **** week. * **** **** ***** *** *** ********* ***. * plan ** ******* ******** ******* ****** *** ****** ************ ****** arrive. ****** **** * **** **** **** *** ***** **** traffic ********. * **** ******** ***** ******* ********* ** ********* battery **** ***'* ** ** *****.

*** **** **** *****.

**** ********* * ********* ******** ****** ***** "***** ** ***" *** $***.

*** ****** **** *** **** *** ******/*** *** ***** ******* setup ** *** ******** ****.

** *** *** ****, **** ** ****** ********* ** ***** existing ***** ********** ********* *** ********* **. ***** ******* ** only $** *** **** ***** ** **** ** ******.

** *** **** ****, **** *** ** **** '******* *********', not ********** ***** *****, ** ******* *******, *** ***** ****** terrible.

****** *** ******** ***** *** ** *********, *** *** **** uses * ******* ***** *** ******* ****** ** **** *** 6-12 ******, *** **** ****** ** **** ******* ** ****** units ** **** ***** ******* *********** ** *** ********.

*** ****** ****** ***** **** *** ******** **** **** *** doorbell ****** *******.

*** ****** ****** ***** **** *** ******** **** **** *** doorbell ****** *******...

*** *** **** *** *** ********* ****, ** *** *** plug **** **** **?

*********** * - *** **** **** **** **** * ******** button ***** ** **. * **** ** *** *** **** changed **** *** ***** * *** ******* ******** ******* ******. They *** *** ***** **** ******* *** ******** *********. **** I ********** ********* **** * ******** * *** ****** ****** which *** *** *** * ******** ****** ***** ****. **** aren't ******* *** * ***** ********* **** *** **** **** do.

[******:] ** ******* *** ******** ** ***-************** ***. *** **** ****, **********, *** ******* *** ****** ****.

* ******** ****** ** **** ***** ***** ** *** ***** generation **** *****.

**** ******* *********, ***** *** *** ******* ** **** ********* on ********* *****. **** *** * *** *********** **** *** app:

**** *********, **** '**** ****' ******:

********* ** * *** ****** **** ******, ******** ** **** View **. **********:

**** **** **** ********** ******* ***** **** ******* ****. ********* looks ******, *** ***** ** ******* ***** ******* **** ******:

*******, *** * ******* ******* **** *** * *** ***, Ring *** ************ ****** ** **** "**** ****".

*** ***** ** *** *****, **** * ****** ********* ************ system **** *** **** ********** ************* **, *** ** * combo ********/******** *** ***** ** *** **** ***** ******* **** downloaded *** *** *****, **** ** * **** *******.

** * ******* ****, ** **** ******** *** *** *** Ring **** *** *** *** **** *** ** *** ******** test. **** **** *********** **** ** * **** ** **** test.

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