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Simply put: The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is one of the best smart doorbells out there, with its high-definition video, top-of-the-line motion detector and seamless syncing with the smartphone that’s in your pocket right now.
Although it looks like one, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 isn’t a regular doorbell at all. It’s a smart doorbell that can provide you with a 24/7 HD video stream with a wide field of view of all the activity that’s going on around your home. Simply sync the device with your smartphone, tablet or laptop via the Ring app, so you can always keep an eye on your home — even if you’re away at work, on vacation or running an errand.
Powered with a rechargeable battery, this smart doorbell features two-way talk, so you can talk to anyone at your door without physically answering it. This is great for taking deliveries when you’re at work, or when you want to confront someone who’s not supposed to be at your house — like an intruder or unwanted guest.
Meanwhile, the device also features a customizable motion detection system that can alert you to anyone who sets foot on your property, while it works in the evening too with infrared night vision. Now you can always be aware of your surroundings even at night.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, Echo Show and Echo Spot devices, and Windows 10 and MacOS laptops. In addition, it comes with lifetime theft protection, so if someone steals the smart doorbell itself, Ring will replace it for free!
Shop it: $199, amazon.com
Here’s what reviewers on Amazon have to say about the Ring Video Doorbell 2.
“After getting a new door (and frame) but forgetting to add new wiring for a door bell I decided to give the Ring Video Doorbell 2 (because it has a battery) a try,” wrote a reviewer on Amazon. “I wasn't expecting much, but it sure has surprised me. Mounting the doorbell on the provided mount into masonry was straightforward, and the setup was incredibly easy. After a week with our new Ring doorbell we couldn't go back to a normal doorbell again. Being able to monitor the front door live when ever you want is a cool feature, but being notified when someone is within five feet of the door is the real neat feature. Before anyone rings I am already looking at who is at the door and video is clear day or night. Definitely a great product.”
“This has been great. I have Ring scheduled to ignore when I leave and when I get home,” wrote an Amazon reviewer. “It's tuned for only the areas where an intruder or visitor would pass. The field of vision is wide and outstanding. The video quality via WiFi is outstanding. The battery consumption is measured in weeks (I have a charger with a couple extra batteries on standby). I was able to intercept a pushy neighbor making trouble with my wife via the unit's Mic and Speaker remotely while I was at work - on the FIRST day of ownership! Totally paid for itself in that one instance. The installation and configuration of each was super simple. The iPhone app is great and very easy to use. If you're on the fence about a video doorbell, this is the one to buy!”
Shop it: Ring Video Doorbell 2, $199, amazon.com
However, if you’re looking for a home security camera version, the company also makes the Ring Stick Up Cam for indoor/outdoor use.
The Ring Stick Up Cam features an HD video feed that’s accessible on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop via the Ring app. The camera is easy to set up with a simple QR-code scan with your smartphone and you’ll be ready to view everything and anything going on inside and outside of your home on-demand.
The Ring Stick Up Cam connects wirelessly on your home’s WiFi network or wired with an Ethernet cable straight from your internet modem. It installs within minutes, so you can quickly get your home safe and secure.
Shop it: $180, amazon.com
“This was the easiest Camera to Set up ever,” wrote a very satisfied Amazon reviewer. “I already had two other Ring devices and this was so simple to add into the App. Using the QR code practically did everything for you. I purchased the PoE camera which made things even easier. The camera produced a picture that is very clear and the construction of the camera and mount is very solid. The mount is very flexible and allows mounting on the ceiling, wall or table all with one Mount. The packaging is very complete including the security screwdriver used to protect the base and connection cover.”
Shop it: Ring Stick Up Cam, $180, amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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