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Review: Ring Video Doorbell 2

Review: Ring Video Doorbell 2


Ring has been known for dependable doorbells for quite sometime now. The company recently upgraded its Video Doorbell with new capabilities. The Video Doorbell 2 now comes with 1080p HD video, adjustable motion sensors and a removable, rechargeable battery pack.

Just like earlier Ring doorbells, the Video Doorbell 2 is a Wi-Fi-connected security camera with two-way audio. So, say for instance, someone approaches your front door and rings the doorbell. What happens next is that the signal will hop from your doorbell to your Wi-Fi network, and then to Ring’s cloud servers.

It will eventually connect to the Ring mobile app on your phone and you will get a “call” from your doorbell. If you accept the “call,” you can see a live video stream of your visitor, and initiate a two-way conversation. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is quite useful if your preferred method of installation is wire-free, using power from an internal battery.

In the older model, if you had to recharge the built-in battery, you’d have to remove the entire doorbell from its backplate every few months. With this one, all you need to do is unscrew the faceplate from beneath the doorbell, push a level/catch that holds the battery in place, and the battery slides out.

Inside the box, Ring provides everything you need for installation, including screws, wall plugs, a masonry drill bit, mini-spirit level and a two-headed screwdriver (one cross-head and one Torx). Assembling it all together and installing the doorbell takes a while, but the instructions included in the package are pretty straight-forward.

The doorbell is also water-resistant, though in the Middle East, we do not need to worry as it only rains a couple of hours a year! The doorbell also comes with interchangeable silver and brown faceplates, that let you customize the doorbell according to the decor of your home’s exterior. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 also boasts infrared night vision with a 160° field of view and 180° horizontal motion detection angle.

Once the doorbell is connected to your phone app, you will be able to screen visitors at the front door without any issues. Whether you are 10 feet away from the door, at your office, or another city or country, you will be able to access the doorbell as long as your phone is connected to an internet connection.

The Video Doorbell 2 also sends notifications to your phone when it detects motion or when the doorbell is rung. You also have an option to disable those notifications from inside the app. All events are saved to the app, with the latest shown first. You can filter to view Rings, Motion and Live View events – the latter is where you’d manually trigger the camera to record.

In terms of performance, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 worked flawlessly. It offers a resolution of 1920-by-1080 at a frame rate of 15fps. With a better sensor and removable battery, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is definitely a better product than its predecessor. As a home security product, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 does a good job.

Price: AED 799



howsick Chris N. Fernando is the Chief Editor of Channel Post Middle East and Africa. He is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is easily excited by the smallest of technologies around. He is an Android fanboy at heart, who also owns an iPhone, a Windows Phone, and a BlackBerry. Though he uses a MacBook Pro at work, he also uses a Windows PC, an Xbox One and an Xbox 360 for all his gaming requirements. True gadget lover at heart!
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