What are the differences between the Ring Video Doorbells?
Since launching in 2014, Ring Video Doorbells have made a name for themselves in the smart home security industry. The Ring Video Doorbell is a smart doorbell that allows you to see, hear and speak with people at your front door even when you're not at home.
These smart home devices not only have a live, smart security camera built inside but they also have a two way talk feature that allows you to communicate with guests in real time.
Everything is controlled and accessed via the Ring App. Real time notifications are sent to the app where live view, two way talk and playback can be achieved. Notifications are sent to the app when the motion sensors are triggered from the Ring Video Doorbell.
As more and more new Ring doorbells continue to launch, it may be hard to understand which one works best for you.
Here is a list of frequently asked questions that should help you to find the correct Ring doorbell.
Does the ring doorbell run on battery?
Please see the range of Ring Video Doorbells that have a rechargeable battery that can be used to power your doorbell
- Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation)
- Ring Video Doorbell 3 and Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus
- Ring Door View Cam
Which Ring Doorbells can be hardwired?
These particular models can be hardwired to your existing doorbell (please note, additional items may need to be purchased in order to hardwire) If you are confident hardwiring your Ring Doorbell then this may be a preferred option or we do recommend getting a professional to install it. The installation must be done according to local electrical regulations.
- Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation)
- Ring Video Doorbell 3
- Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 (Hardwired)
Which Ring has a plug-in adaptor?
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 can be purchased with a Plug-In Adapter which is an easy and cheaper way to provide power from a standard UK electrical socket.
All other Ring Video Doorbells can have a Plug-In Adapter for 24/7 power but you would need to purchase this separately.
Which Ring can I connect via Ethernet?
How difficult is it to install a Ring doorbell?
Ring Video Doorbells that are battery operated, can be installed with minimal effort as they can be mounted and screwed onto the front of your door.
If you are hardwiring your ring doorbell to your existing doorbell, it might be best to get a professional to hardwire the device as the process involves tampering with the electrics in your home.
The Ring Video Doorbell Elite will require you to install a mounting bracket in your wall. This bracket also works as a junction box so if you already have a junction box, you can discard the mounting bracket. To install the mounting bracket, you need to make a hole into your wall and then fit the mounting bracket inside and tighten it.
The Ring Door View Cam is easy to install as it fits through your existing doors peephole. The device comes with 2 sides that connect to each other through your peephole, making installation achievable in minutes. This Ring model is particularly good for people who live in rented flats and houses as you do not have to do any drilling.
What is the field of view on a ring doorbell?
- Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) and Ring Door View Cam have a 155 degree horizontal field view
- Ring Video Doorbell 3, Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, Ring Video Doorbell Elite and Ring Video Doorbell Pro have a 160 degrees horizontal field view
What is the motion detection angle?
- The Ring View Door Cam has a 130 degrees detection angle (infrared heat detection)
- The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell Elite have a 160 degrees detection angle (camera) that analyses camera view and generates motion alerts within user-set motion zones.
- The Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) and Ring Video Doorbell 3 and Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus have a 180 degrees detection angle (infrared heat detection)
Do all ring doorbells have live view?
Yes, all Ring Video Doorbells have live view that can be streamed via the Ring app.
What networks are compatible with Ring?
- Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)- 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n
- Ring Video Doorbell 3- 802.11b/g/n Dual-Band Wifi connection @ 2.4GHz & 5GHz
- Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus- 802.11b/g/n Dual-Band Wifi connection @ 2.4GHz & 5GHz
- Ring Video Doorbell Elite- 802.11b/g/n Dual-Band Wifi connection @ 2.4GHz & 5GHz
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro- 802.11b/g/n Dual-Band Wifi connection @ 2.4GHz & 5GHz
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2- 802.11 b/g/n/ac wifi connection @2.4GHz & 5.0GHz (Channels 100 and above).
- Ring Door View Cam- 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n
Does the ring doorbell have night vision?
When viewing the Live View at night on a Ring device, you'll find that your image is in black and white.
The colour night vision toggle on your Ring app will enable your Ring device to use ambient light to create false colour images in Live View. This feature is only available with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and the Ring Video Doorbell Elite.
What is the recommended Bandwidth for the Ring Doorbells?
All Ring Video Doorbells have a recommended bandwidth of 2mbps. This ensures that you get the best possible video and audio experience from your Ring Doorbell.
What are the advanced motion detections?
Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)- Customisable motion zones and Near motion zone capability
Ring Video Doorbell 3- Customisable motion zones and Near motion zone capability
Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus- Customisable motion zones and Near motion zone capability
Ring Video Doorbell Elite- Customisable motion detection zones
Ring Video Doorbell Pro- Customisable motion detection zones
Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2- Customisable motion detection zones and 3D Motion Detection
Ring Door View Cam- Adjustable Motion Zones
Customisable motion zones allows you to choose a specific area that you want your particular Ring device to cover. This means you can effectively monitor the area you want more efficiently and the Ring device is less likely to pick up false positive motion alerts.
What transformer do I need for a ring doorbell?
- Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) -8-24 VAC (40VA max) and 50/60Hz, DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers not compatible
- Ring Video Doorbell 3- 8-24 VAC (40VA max) and 50/60Hz, DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers not compatible
- Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus- 8-24 VAC (40VA max) and 50/60Hz, DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers not compatible
- Ring Video Doorbell Elite- Can't be powered, but can activate an existing 8-24VAC chime
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro- 16-24VAC (Transformer included, 40VA max) and 50/60Hz, DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers not compatible
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2- Standard doorbell system or transformer with 16-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60Hz or 24VDC, 0.5A, 12W
- Ring Door View Cam- Cannot be run off a transformer
Does the Ring Doorbell work with Alexa/ Google Home?
Yes, all Ring Doorbells can connect to an Alexa, Goggle Home and Google Nest.
Does the Ring Doorbell ring inside the house?
If you hardwire any of the Ring Doorbells to your existing doorbell then yes it will. If your Ring Doorbell is powered via battery, you can purchase the Ring Chime or Ring Chime Pro as an alternative. The Ring Chime connects to your Ring device and chimes inside your home when activated.
Is there a monthly charge for the ring doorbell?
In order to save and re-watch your video footage, you must subscribe to Ring Protect which is £2.50 a month or £24.99 a year. Once subscribed, footage is kept on the app on your device for up to 30 days. You do not need a subscription if you wish to use the device for just live streaming and live chat. This applies to all Ring Video Doorbell devices.
Which Ring has pre-roll?
Pre-roll is when a Ring doorbell keeps recording up to six seconds of video and will then attach itself to the start of any triggered event recording. This features gives you a much fuller picture of everything that happens before an event is triggered.
Are Ring cameras 1080p?
Yes, all Ring Video Doorbells have a Video Resolution of 1080p HD