Smartphones have opened up a whole new world of convenience and functionality across many aspects of our life. Take the Ring smart doorbell/camera for example. The Ring Doorbell is made by Ring.com and is an easy to install doorbell with camera that connects to your mobile devices, and we think it is a great idea.
Doorbell with video. Always have a clear view of your home’s entrance with wide-angle HD video night vision mode
Two–way audio. Seamlessly speak with anyone at your door via the built-in speakers and microphone
Built-in motion sensors. Detect activity on your property and trigger instant mobile alerts, giving you the ability to know what’s 180 degree coverage up to 30 feet
Cloud video storage. Watch recorded video after the fact
Alert to mobile devices. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Sync an unlimited number of smartphones and tablets.
Dual power supply. Run on battery for over 6-12 months with normal use or connect to existing doorbell power supply
The Ring Doorbell is marketed primarily as a home security device that records video of people approaching your front door and provides capability to have audio dialog with them remotely. The Ring Doorbell uses the premise that criminals will check to see if a house is unoccupied before breaking in. If you can respond to the doorbell via the two way audio feature the criminal will not know that you may not actually be at home. This could be sufficient to dissuade the criminal from breaking in. Whilst not foolproof this sounds like a logical approach. However, the Ring Doorbell may not prevent a break-in if:
Comparing to the traditional means of break-in prevention such as a monitored alarm the Ring Doorbell concept slightly different. Monitored alarms only activate after a break-in has occurred, and depending on protocols established between the alarm monitoring company and the home owner they may attempt to contact the owner prior to asking the police to attend. Depending on police response time the chances of catching a thief in the act are pretty slim really. With the Ring Doorbell concept there is a good chance that the thief may be fooled in to thinking someone is home, even when they are not, and so decide to miss your house.
Ring offer a wall mounted camera call the Stick Up Cam which can extend the area monitored by movement activated cameras. The Stick Up Cam is a weather-resistant and wire-free, camera which can be mounted anywhere (within Wi-Fi range) to allow you see, hear, and speak with your visitors.
The Sick up cam also connects to your Wi-Fi for alerts and access to the video via your mobile device.
What you Need for the Ring Doorbell to Work
If your risk area is not the front door, but want to be able to video outdoor activity try the Netatmo Presence security camera/light. Read The Midlife Man article "Smart Outdoor Security-Netatmo Presence".
You can buy the Ring Doobell online from
Price USD $ 249.00
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