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Feb232016

Ring WiFi Video Doorbell Review

A WiFi doorbell sounds like something imagined in a drunken conversation...but look on Amazon and you'll find more than a dozen competing models.

Whilst the idea of a doorbell ringing your phone might be fun, once you've added a camera, motion activation and cloud recording it begins to make a lot of sense as a security device.

I decided that I should try one for myself and after reading reviews it seems that the 'Ring Video Doorbell' is the best model currently on the market, so that's what I bought. 

Regardless of the extra features that a WiFi doorbell has, there's one simple function that I need it to do..alert me that someone is at the door. However it appears that in the hi-tech world of the WiFi doorbell, this particular feature seems a low down on the list of priorites.

Watch the video below to see why ultimately I came to the conclusion that WiFi is something I don't need in my doorbell.

If you want to try the Ring Video Doorbell for yourself - it can be purchased on Amazon UK or Amazon US.

In the end I opted for a traditional Wireless Doorbell...with a slight twist. It's called the Teqin OBell and the thing that makes this one different is the outside button generates its own electricity when pressed - so no need to worry about batteries going flat. If you are interested, here's a link to it on Amazon UK. or Amazon US

 

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Reader Comments (11)

Hi Mat,

Funny I thought about one of these over a year ago, I think it was under a different name of manufacturer. I'm so pleased you did a review on this, as it filled me in on the pros and cons - looks like the cons outweigh the pros.

If they could fix the major delay on power up, then I would think it would have a fairly good chance. And the ability to use it like a ip cam for the front door would be good too. The price is a bit pricey, but these things might come down over time (let's hope).

A very interesting and good quality review.

As always, thanks again for listening...

Daz

February 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Mat, another excellent review. This, if I may be so bold, is what non-partisan reviewers like yourself should be doing more of. You certainly pointed out the pros and cons, and, unlike say reviewers in magazines, (who want to keep their advertisers sweet), you don't hold back in expressing your opinions - good or bad. Keep it up.

February 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterQuaser

Many reviewers would give something a positive review, just hoping to get affiliated link sales commissions. If I did this, I'd lose the trust of the viewers, and without that I'm just a salesman. So on this occasion - I'm a couple of hundred £s in the hole...but I'll just move onto the next thing and hope that one is a winner.

February 23, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

What is the hard wire power required? my ordinary door bell is powered, so it may be a quick replacement,
Good video again

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDoublediamond

It's 8v to 24v

February 24, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Nice idea, but flawed.
better try some already proven technology instead.... ;)
http://s10.postimg.org/wimki6fbd/10665280_494393277430281_1076266901001850036_n.jpg

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

Great review as usual, thanks so much for doing these! "American Themed Diner"... you can just go ahead and admit that's your dining room. At least, I like to imagine that's how your dining room is decorated. Also, I think tech gear reviews in general need more puppets.

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Curious if the lag was only with your phone or with the chime as well

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commentertarzan

With many such 'remote control - alert' devices there isn't any direct App to Device communications, as this is managed by a gateway (server) that resides elsewhere, i.e. with the product company. This way it does not matter whether the App (phone, tablet etc) is connected via you home WiFi or the mobile (cellular) network, or any other access network for that matter.

The initial delay (latency) in such cases is due to the gateway/server locating the App (phone, tablet etc) and establishing the session. Once this is established the latency becomes negligible.

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGrahamK998

The two-way voice communication works admirably, and the video provides you a decent, wide-angle look at your outdoor surroundings. Video and image quality is suitable for identifying guests and having brief conversations with them.

The experience of other consumers may be entirely different than mine, but in my opinion this product was brought to market before it was ready. My problems with the Ring video doorbell were:
• The design to prevent the removal of the unit from the back plate just barely locks the unit. High winds blew the unit off twice in a week. The second time it destroyed the video and audio functions.
• The locking screws are soft metal. The special tool provide quickly strips the screw hole. I had to cut slots into the screw head in order to keep using it.
• The set the motion sensor to minimum range (zone 6 at 5 ft.) and narrow. Despite that, trucks passing 25 feet away would set it off 10 to 15 times a day. The motion sensing feature was useless for me.
• Pairing the unit to my Wi-Fi network was odious. It finally did it but it took hours of tinkering.
• TV ads show a visitor standing in a sunlit spot. My door is always in a shadow. There is no backlighting compensation.
• There is no capability to activate the video on demand.
• Whereas the world is going to wireless, Ring is retreating to wired. The new Doorbell Video Pro has no wireless option. I have no doorbell prewired. It would take a weekend for me to wire it.

April 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Strauchs

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