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Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review – Introduction
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 builds on that reputation. It’s an upgraded version of the original Ring Doorbell. It has new and improved features. It looks very smart too.
In this Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review, we look at those features in some depth. Plus, we look at the benefits of having a smart camera doorbell. We have also assessed the installation of the Ring Video Doorbell 2.
Is the Ring Video Doorbell 2 worth buying? Well, we liked it. Let’s see what you think after you read our Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review!
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review – Who Needs a Smart Video Doorbell?
If you are not already into smart home technology, you might be asking yourself why anyone would need a ring video 2 doorbell at all. After all, we have managed well enough with the old-fashioned, opening the door method up until now. If that is what you are thinking, then think again. Think of the ring video 2 doorbell as an addition to your home security system, rather than a doorbell. Then, you’ll start to
understand the benefits of having a smart video doorbell.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a Wi-Fi connected doorbell camera with two-way audio. It allows you to see who is at your front door and talk to them via your phone. The Ring Doorbell 2 also features a motion sensor. So, it will alert you to the presence of someone at the front of your home. You can also record footage of people who call at your home. So, in the event of a crime being committed, you will be able to use the video footage to identify the perpetrator.
This functionality offers more benefits than you may realize. It offers security, convenience, and it acts as a deterrent against crime. Here are some of the benefits of installing a ring 2 doorbell security camera:
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review – Quick Overview
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a top-quality smart video doorbell from the leading maker of smart doorbells. It allows you to see who is calling at your house, whether you are in or not. It has two-way communication so that you can talk to callers without opening the door. It also features motion detector alerts to alert you when someone is approaching your property. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is easy to install. It can be used as battery operated Wi-Fi camera doorbell, or it can be wired in for continuous charge. It makes an excellent addition to your home security, and it’s super-convenient to use.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review – The Benefits
Avoid Nuisance Callers
If you have a Ring doorbell installed, you can avoid all those pesky door-to-door salesmen. In fact, you can ignore the neighbor calling to ask to borrow your lawn mower again as well. When you use the Ring Video Doorbell 2 video function, you can see them, but they can’t see you. It’s perfect for those lazy Sunday afternoons when you don’t want to be disturbed.
Answer the Door Without Getting Up
When your kids’ friends call, and your kids aren’t home, you don’t need to interrupt what you are doing to tell them that. If you have your phone by your side, you don’t even need to get up. On a more serious note, this is a great feature for seniors. If you have trouble getting up and down out of your chair, you can see who’s at the door remotely if you have a Ring doorbell 2.
Avoid Answering the Door to Strangers
Checking who is at the door before you open it is a sensible precaution to take. A Wi-Fi doorbell camera makes that easy to do as well. You can check who is at the door and ask what they want without needing to open the door at all.
Get Alerts When Someone Approaches Your Home
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 has a built-in motion sensor. It will alert you if someone approaches your home. The motion sensor detects motion a wide arc. So, it will alert you to prowlers in your yard as well. If someone is prowling around in front of your home, you can ask them what they are doing via the two-way communication. Or, you could call the police if you felt you needed to.
See Who’s Calling When You Are Out
Because the Ring Video Doorbell 2 works via an app on your phone, you can keep an eye on your property while you are out. If someone calls to deliver a parcel, for example, you could ask them to leave it with a neighbor or leave it on the back porch. If someone you know calls around, you can tell them when you will back.
Deter Thieves When You Are Out
If you get an alert on your ring doorbell app while you are out, you can scare any suspicious looking characters away by using the two-way communication. They will have no way of knowing that you are not talking to them from inside the house.
Deter Thieves Without Having to Confront Them Face to Face
Even if you are in when an unwanted visitor arrives at your home, you may not want to confront them face to face. Your Ring wireless doorbell camera solves that one of you too. You can let them know that someone is home without even having to show your face.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review – The Features
The first thing we will look at in this Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review are the features of the doorbell itself. We’ll explain what’s in the Ring app later. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 does have a lot of features for a security doorbell, but is it the best video doorbell on the market? Let’s have a look.
The doorbell contains a high-quality 1080p HD video camera. That’s the same full HD resolution that you would get on a handheld video camera. It is a higher resolution than the original Ring Doorbell, and higher than many other smart doorbells. There are other Wi-Fi doorbell cameras, though, that do offer the same video quality.
Infrared Night Vision
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 will record or stream video at night as well. It has an Infrared Night Vision camera. The black and white night vision is not as sharp as the HD daytime video, but it is still more than adequate for the job.
Motion Activated Alerts
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 has a built-in motion sensor. It will send alerts to your phone if someone approaches your front door. Even if they don’t press the doorbell. That’s a great security feature to have. Some people have reported that the motion sensor in the original Ring Doorbell was a bit too sensitive. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 appears to have solved that problem.
The ability to hold a conversation with someone at the door is a must-have in a smart doorbell. So, this feature is no big surprise. However, the quality of sound that you get with the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is very good. The two-way talk operates via the Ring app on your mobile device.
Works with Alexa
You can connect a Ring Video Doorbell 2 to select Alexa devices. Once connected, you can start two-way talk via an Amazon Echo device. The Echo device will flash yellow and chime if it receives an alert from the doorbell. You can also connect your Ring doorbell to your smart TV using the SmartThings app.
Removable Battery Pack
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 can either be wired into your existing doorbell or it can be battery operated. If you are using it as a battery-operated wireless doorbell, a fully charged battery will last between six months and a year. The battery pack is removable from the doorbell for recharging. That is a vast improvement on the first-generation Ring Doorbell. You had to remove the entire doorbell to recharge that!
You get two interchangeable faceplates supplied with the Ring Video Doorbell 2. One is “Satin Nickel”, the other is “Venetian”. In other words, one is silver, and the other is dark gray!
Record, Save and Share Ring Videos (Optional)
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 does not come with any video storage features. Each time a new video is recorded, the last video will be lost. To be able to record, store, playback, and share videos, you will need to pay a monthly subscription of $3 per month. Some other video doorbells do offer limited video recording and storage features for free. If you have multiple ring Devices, for example, Ring security cameras, you can opt for Ring Protect Plus, which costs $10 per month.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review – The App
The Ring app is easy and intuitive to use. From within the app you can receive alerts, view a live video stream, and review past alerts. If you have subscribed to the cloud storage option, you can also view the video associated with those alerts.
There is a neighborhood function in the app that lets you share videos with neighbors who are also using a Ring doorbell. You could warn each other, for example, of a pushy salesman who might be knocking on all the doors in the street. More importantly, you could also share video of any suspicious characters seen in the neighborhood.
The Ring app is where you set up your smart doorbell too. You can set the tone of the chimes and alerts. You can set the sensitivity of the motion detector. You can share the alerts with other users.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review – Installation
Next in our Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review, we look at the installation of the Ring smart doorbell. As is the case with any smart device, some people say it’s a breeze, a few have reported difficulties.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 can either be hardwired or battery operated. If you are installing it as a battery-operated video doorbell, you simply charge the battery and screw the doorbell to a wall with the screws provided. You will then need to follow the video instructions on how to connect it to your WiFi Network and phone. It’s all straightforward to do.
If you are installing your Ring Video Doorbell 2 as hardwired unit, you can connect it to your existing doorbell chime. Remember, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 does not have its own indoor chime. That’s an optional extra. Again, there are some very good video instructions on how to hardwire the Ring 2 Doorbell. Here’s short Ring Video Doorbell 2 installation video to give you an idea of what’s involved.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review – The Verdict
As we said at the beginning of this Ring Video Doorbell 2 review, you might think that a smart doorbell is a bit overkill. The truth is, though, with the added convenience and security that they provide, Wi-Fi camera doorbells make a lot of sense.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is not cheap. There are cheaper video doorbells on the market. But, like everything, you get what you pay for, both in terms of quality and in terms of functionality.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is very easy to install, especially if you use it as a battery-operated video doorbell. The camera delivers sharp 1080p HD daytime video. The black and white night video is surprisingly sharp too.
If you want a conventional indoor chime, you will need to buy the optional wireless Ring chime. Or you can connect the Ring Doorbell to an existing chime. Alternatively, connect the Ring Video Doorbell 2 to your Alexa Echo Device, and that, along with your phone, will provide you with the alerts.
If you are looking for an easy to install smart doorbell with HD video, motion detector, and Alexa connectivity, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 probably is the best video doorbell for you.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review – Conclusion
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