The following Ring security cameras review will look at the upsides and letdowns, keeping in mind the quality of the product. Ring’s security system, despite the company being a newcomer on the home surveillance market, has become increasingly popular in recent years. We are taking a deep dive into the specifics of Ring security cameras.
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Ring Security Cameras Comprehensive Review
Security cameras delivered by Ring are the company’s trademark. Having stated that, we advise to take a look at the specifics of the security system, especially at cameras. We are providing a guide into technicalities and applications of existing cameras supplied by Ring,
While there are several major types of security cameras presented by the manufacturer, they all share the same key features. There are differences, of course, but we will sort them out later in the review.
The key features include:
The enterprise started its business in 2013 and raised $364,000 by a then-unusual way of crowd-funding, making $115,000 more than the initial goal set by the provider was. The company’s extensive media appearance heated the hype, and the enterprise earned $5 million in sales eventually. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. In 2018, the enterprise was purchased by Amazon, which resulted in the significant soar of sales of the main product: security cameras.
The Ring cameras are flagships of the company, while several signature features are well-adapted for the modern use in any household. We are looking at them below.
The Neighborhood App is available on iPhone (iOS) and Android smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets. The app allows customers to instantly access their video accounts, updates, and many more. This is how clients can remotely control gadgets, for example, the alarm, sensors, and cam gear.
With the mobile app, users can look at the video footage captured by cameras, and also the images. Updates are self-installed.
A user can customize the areas inside the household to provide motion detection where needed. The feature comes in handy when your household has a lot of tricky entryways and hidden passages.
The full history of recorded footage is accessible at all times for the user and can be navigated through the mobile app.
The robust feature of the security system is the capability of cameras to record the footage in Full High Definition quality of 1080. This is a significant advantage of the system, as most systems provide only 720p video at basic plans.
For users of Amazon Alexa or Amazon Echo, integrating these with the security cameras is a subject to consider, as all mentioned products are owned by Amazon. However, users with Google Home Assistant, Nest, and others would not be able to do the same.
Infrared Night Vision
The cameras of the security system are provided with the ability to capture footage in the nighttime, owing to the infrared frequency on board.
The doorbell cameras, as well as the rest of the installed cams, provide an instant alert to the user’s app on the smartphone.
Multiple Power and Installation Options
The system can be connected both via Wi-Fi or through the Ethernet cable. While many users prefer internet connection to organize their home automation, there are still those who opt for the reliability of land cables.
Neighbors can watch one another`s premises with the capabilities of the system, connected to the group functions, and they can exchange the information on safety and security of the shared space.
The sirens inside the system are available for outdoor devices only. The siren is as loud as 105-decibel, and the experience shows that this is more than enough to scare a burglar away.
Compatibility with Mobile & Desktop Devices
The cameras are compatible both with Mac and Windows 10 and perfectly fit into any device that uses these, be it your laptop, home PC, Echo-connected device, or tablet.
Through the doorbell cameras that are used with the system, users can use the app to talk to visitors. The Ring doorbell cameras with two-way audio are one of the best on the market among the security components.
Equipment and Installation
The devices are all well designed and are DIY by nature. That means they are very easy to install by the customer himself. We are discussing major equip pieces below.
Cameras are the thing that the enterprise is most popular for. These items accompany battery replacement and back-up also, to add to the functionality and ease of use.
This out-door Ring camera is perfect for driveways and pathways and can only be hardwired. The floodlight is strong and detects the motion easily.
This spotlight camera can be mounted, hardwired, battery-operated, and solar-powered. The cam features a built-in siren and several LEDs come with two-way audio and a decent wide-angle lens for broader viewing.
The stickup cameras are used both outdoors and indoors. The camera comes in several designs and colors, two-way audio, motion detection, night vision.
Video Doorbell Cameras
The company is famous first and foremost for its doorbell cameras, and they can be Pro, Elite, and Peephole types. The cameras are perfect for instant notification if a user wants to know who is there at the door.
Alarms & Sensors
We are providing an overview of alarms and sensors offered by the company.
Alarm Indoor Security Kit
This D-I-Y set-up includes the base station, contact sensors, motion detectors, keypad, and, above all, a handy range extender.
The keypad allows a user to set his passcode for arming/ disarming the system.
Contact sensors are aimed to protect your doors and windows from intrusion. They are quick in reacting and instantly send the alert to the mobile app.
Flood & Freeze Sensors
Flood sensors come in handy in areas where there is a lot of water around, for instance, swamps or small rivers, that can cause troubles. It also helps in the regions with heavy rain. Freeze sensors would be useful if a user experiences severe winters with excessive cold.
Motion detectors are part of any modern security system and can detect motion of approaching burglars. The motion detectors are highly customizable and can be adjusted not to react on your pets.
Customers can utilize range extenders to expand the signal range of the kit motion sensor.
The smoke and CO2 detector are necessary for every household to protect it from a possible fire. The device can be replaced with the First Alert Z-Wave Smoke/CO Alarm.
While most of the security systems are powered by Internet connection and require stable Wi-Fi, some parts of this one are hardwired and will require an additional installation. However, most of the items of the system are extremely easy to install, and, with a help of a manual, any user can set the system up independently. Some of the doorbell cameras may require the help of the professional certified by the company.
Packages & Prices
With all plans, customers can view their footage only with a monthly subscription. The basic self-monitoring package goes for $3 a month and comes with image capturing and 60 days of storage. Protect plan comes at $10 and includes monitoring. Below is the comparison table of existing plans and packages.
Comparison of Basic & Protect Packages
60 Day History
Equipment pricing is generous with the company, as it provides something for any given budget.
Equipment Pricing Comparison Chart
The security cameras are the cornerstone of this security system, and the provider has taken care to expand its catalog and include all sorts of cameras that might be needed for the perfect security of one’s household.
The floodlight cameras are priced at $249.99
The spotlight camera is priced at $199.99.
The stick-up camera is priced at $99.99
Video Doorbell Cameras
The front runner of the product range of the provider, doorbell cameras are priced at $99.99–$499.99, depending on their capabilities we discussed elsewhere in the review.
Alarms & Sensors
Alarms and sensors are essential parts of any security system and serve a user when there is a need for an alert to be sent by the mobile app. All kinds of threats are preventable with the help of an alarm system: burglars, wild animals, floods, fire, etc. We are taking a look at how the alarms and sensors are priced by the provider:
- Alarm Indoor Kit: $199.00
- Alarm Keypad: $50.00
- Contact Sensor: $20.00
- Flood & Freeze Sensor: $35.00
- Motion Detector: $30.00
- Range Extender: $25.00
- Smoke/ CO2 Listener: $35.00
Extra add-ons and accessories would be needed if a user wants something beyond the basic security control. Z-wave alerts, panic buttons, window magnets, and other useful add-ons are generously provided by Ring. We are featuring the current pricing on these.
- Access Controller Pro: $299.99
- First Alert Z-Wave Smoke/CO Alarm: $40.00
- Open Window Magnet: $5.00
- Panic Button: $35.00
- Retrofit Alarm Kit: $199.00
- Slim Magnet: $5.00
- Solar Sign: $49.00
- Window Stickers (4-pack): $4.99
Ease of Use
Most reviewers who installed the system themselves were happy with easy installation, that was required for the product to get launched. The Wi-Fi connectivity is easily established, while the DIY-installed cameras are ready for action in a couple of minutes. There are also hardwired components inside the system, and these may require the help of a professional technician, who can be hired by the company’s staff.
The company has gained a high rating for its customer support alone. The acquisition by Amazon, with its signature support, helped enhance the quality of the provider’s feedback to its customers. The website ring.com is well organized and features prominent buttons to reach customer support.
Terms & Guarantees
The customer support is ready to assist its users 24/7 via the telephone and also live chat accessible through the official website of the provider. The customer support has received high ratings from users who asked for a helping hand from the provider. The staff is quick to reply, understanding and provides extra support in cases of emergency.
So far, the provider has not received great scores from trustworthy aggregates. The company falls behind on trust scores and tech stability. A-C - rating was granted by the Better Business Bureau while the score of two out of five stars was gained on the Trustpilot. The main concern is the glitches with the application, which were noticed in separate resources by a certain number of customers. Also, a lot of customers were misguided by the basic, affordable plan, which entailed a lot of malpractice. As the provider notes, extra kits and accessories are required for uninterrupted service.
What is the range of cameras?
When the battery should be replaced?
Can a ring doorbell serve as a camera?
Can I use the system without subscribing to a plan?
Pros & Cons
The Ring security systems are distinguished for providing the friendliest pricing among leading providers. Any household, however low its income might be, can afford the basic Ring security system and install at least the doorbell. Another major upside of using the company’s service is the absence of monthly fees. Contract obligations can be a major hindrance to security providers, and Ring manages to get away without utilizing these.
The provider is relatively new to the market of security systems, yet its progress is impressive. Among the DIY providers, the cameras by Ring are featured as one of the ablest. Flexible subscription and contract policy that does not bind the user is looking to the future. Equipment is perfectly ranged for different purposes and features one of the best optics you can find. The downside noted several times is the glitchy mobile app, which is still under testing and construction.
Total Score 8.0/10
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