- The Benefits of Installing a Ring Video Doorbell
- How to Set Up Your Ring Video Doorbell 2
- The Ring Doorbell Battery
- Frequently Asked Questions About Ring Video Doorbell
- How long does Ring Doorbell battery last?
- How long does Ring Doorbell 2 battery last?
- How long does it take to charge a Ring Doorbell battery?
- Can I replace the battery in my Ring Doorbell?
- What batteries does a Ring Doorbell use?
- How often do you need to recharge Ring Doorbell battery?
- Does the Ring Doorbell battery pack charge when hardwired?
- How do I know when Ring Doorbell battery is fully charged?
One of the best home security innovations of the past few years is the Ring Video Doorbell. It turns almost any front doorbell into a security camera, and you can access it remotely.
This product differs from other remote doorbell brands in that it can be mounted and wired in the same space as your current doorbell without additional brackets or wiring. The price is also right. You can purchase the hardware for as little as $70 and the app is free. If you want a subscription, you can rent the service starting at $3.00 per device, per month. Protect your entire home through multiple devices for only $100 per year.
With the subscription, you can save your video feeds to a cloud storage or download them to a device for a small monthly fee. That fee includes monthly 24/7 security monitoring, but even without the subscription, you’ll be able to use the app for free while continuing to receive live front door video feeds and alerts when the motion sensor is activated.
The main difference is that you can’t download, record, or save the video without a subscription unless you’re actively self-monitoring the live feeds and use your phone’s built-in video recording capabilities.
Ring offers a 30-day free trial so you have enough time to try it out and feel confident that the product you purchase suits your needs. Once the trial period ends, any benefits of the subscription plan ends with it.
The company manufactures several newer versions of the basic Ring Video Doorbell as well as affordable accessories and Pro or Elite version. The main difference between the latter two video doorbells is a slimmer design and additional premium features. They also make a peephole cam for apartment dwellers or those who prefer not to have a doorbell installed.
The Benefits of Installing a Ring Video Doorbell
Ring Video Doorbell is superior to other smart home doorbells in several ways. For one thing, you won’t run into the logistics and security issues that come with Google Nest or similar products. It’s also super easy to install. A typical setup can be performed in about 15 minutes, including mounting the Ring doorbell, downloading the app, and connecting it to your Wi-Fi network.
That’s 15 minutes to a more secure home without rewiring or all the hassle and expense of installing an entire home video security system.
How Does the Ring Video Doorbell Work?
The Ring doorbell can be connected to existing doorbell wiring or installed via the bracket to almost any exterior wall surface. You just need to drill two small holes and screw in the bracket, and then attach your Ring doorbell to that. Otherwise, you need only remove your exiting doorbell and connect Ring Video Doorbell to the wires.
This makes it highly portable and useful for renters or homes that don’t have existing doorbell wiring. You can also purchase several to install on detached garages, home offices, and other entryways into your home.
It works with an app that you can download and install on your smartphone or other devices for access and visual monitoring from anywhere you’re located.
The motion sensor detects movement within the programmable zones and sends an alert to your phone. This is also the procedure if someone rings your doorbell. As soon as motion is detected, it activates the live video feed so you can monitor the front of your home for suspicious activity or see who’s at your door.
Video records for increments of up to 15 minutes at a time. You can also opt to store the video for future use, which is useful if it’s needed for evidence after a break-in. All stored videos can be downloaded to the device of your choice and stored offline.
What’s New: The Advantages of Upgrading to Ring Video Doorbell 2
The newer generation of Ring Video Doorbell offers a couple of advantages over the original. First of all, it works independently of any wiring. That means you can move it anywhere you like and let it run off of the battery. You can still opt to run it through existing wiring, if you prefer, and the video resolution of the gen 2 is better. Consider 1080p verses the 720p.
The battery in the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is also removable so you can recharge it easily without removing the entire unit. This type of modular behavior means that you can purchase a second battery and keep a charged spare to swap out whenever you need to remove and charge the battery that comes with your Ring doorbell 2.0.
Rather than removing the entire unit and connecting it to your Micro USB cable, you simply remove the front panel and slide the battery out. It’s still charged via the included Micro USB, and charging still takes about 4 – 5 hours. Other than that, this item works in much the same manner as the original, with better video quality.
How to Set Up Your Ring Video 2 Doorbell
Setting up your Ring Video Doorbell is super simple. You need no technical skill or experience, and you’re ready to go in about 15 minutes. Everything you could possibly need comes in the box, except for the Ring app, which you download and install on your smartphone or other devices.
The Ring Video Doorbell comes complete with:
- Two mounting brackets, a flat and an angled bracket
- One screwdriver with a removable, reversible bit
- One orange Micro USB cable
- One 6,100mAh Li-ion battery
- Five screws
- Instructions and manual
You can also purchase a second backup battery for about $20 from the Ring website, most online stores that sell electronics, or brick-and-mortar shops like Home Depot or Best Buy. Other accessories that will extend the functionality of your Ring Video Doorbell include the Chime Pro accessory.
This component is a little pricey at around $49, but it will extend your Wi-Fi signal and allow you to hear the Ring doorbell from almost anywhere on your property, inside or out. That will come in handy if your router is located far from your front door or you spend a lot of time outside.
Before installation, it’s important to fully charge the battery and activate the app. It’s almost impossible to do once the unit is installed on your wall. The battery can be charged by plugging the orange Micro USB into a wall outlet or the USB charging port on your PC or laptop. You’ll know it’s charged when the green indicator light is solid and unblinking.
- Line up the four mounting holes on the bracket and mark the interior of each hole for placement
- Carefully drill holes
- Install mounting bracket
- Secure your programmed, charged doorbell to the bracket
- Enjoy additional security and peace of mind from anywhere
Ring Doorbell App
The Ring app works on iOS and Android-powered devices. Simply go to Google Play or the Apple App Store, search for Ring, and download the app to your device. Once the app is installed, you’ll want to login into an existing account or create a new account. Just open the app and follow the on-screen instructions.
Next, you’ll need to set up your device. Simply select the “Set up Device” button and then tap “Doorbells”. After that, use the QR code or Apple ID to scan your device using your smartphone camera. The QR code is located on the front of the Ring doorbell, and the Apple ID is located on the back.
You also have the option to “Set up without scanning”. Just select “Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation)” from among the options under that menu and proceed as instructed.
The next step is to select and verify your location. Keep in mind that some features won’t work without a location entered. If you have an existing account and location set up, you can select it from a list of locations. Otherwise, enter your location address and select “Confirm”. Those who have more than one Ring device will be prompted to name their doorbell.
Now, it’s time to connect your device and add it to your network. First, push the orange button on the back of the unit. Once the white light starts spinning on the screen, tap “Continue” when prompted. Android-powered devices will search for your network and connect automatically. If you own an iOS device, you’ll have to tap “Join” to connect.
The final step is to test your app by making an initial test call. This will activate the app and make sure that your doorbell is properly configured and ready to go. Now, it’s ready for mounting by securing it to the bracket or existing doorbell wiring.
Your Ring app may update immediately once everything is set up. You’ll know it’s updating when the white light is lit up on the front.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 Performance and Customization
The Ring Video Doorbell will begin working as soon as it’s installed. The initial grid view is 160 degrees, but you can select certain segments to remove them from motion detection or deactivate motion detection altogether.
For example, you can configure it to only monitor your front porch, your front porch and walkway or driveway, or include parts of your yard and street. Keep in mind that the more functions and features you use, the faster your battery will drain.
Once initiated by movement or a chime, you’ll receive a push notification on your smartphone. You can either choose to view the video or speak to whomever is at the door. In general, the recorded video looks sharper than the live feeds, which are somewhat pixilated. Audio is usually pretty clear, but there’s a slight delay.
Ring Video Doorbell Smart Home Integration
Ring Doorbell 2 offers integration into the most popular smart home systems and networks. There’s a smart lock feature inside the app that’s compatible with Kisi, Kevo, LockState, and Lockitron. You can also set up the device for 2-factor authentication for added security.
As far as smart home assistants and devices, the Ring Video Doorbell is compatible with:
- Google Home
- Apple HomeKit
- Fire TV
The Ring Doorbell Battery
The Ring Video Doorbell is powered by a single 6,100mAh Lithium-Ion battery. This is the same type of battery that you would find in a camcorder or DSLR. The battery is held in place under a cover that’s secured by a single screw. It’s easily removed by sliding it out of the unit once the cover is removed.
You’ll need about 5 – 6 hours for the battery to charge fully, and it will last up to 12 months on a single charge with light use. In our testing, the battery remained at 40 percent charge after four weeks with all of the features enabled. You can extend the battery life and reduce the need for frequent recharging by disabling some features. For example, turning off the motion sensor will prolong battery life.
Ring Doorbell Battery Installation
The Ring doorbell battery is easy to install, and it only takes a minute. Simple use the included screwdriver tool to remove the security screw from the bottom of the unit. Make sure to put it in a safe place so you can replace it later. Then, you push the little, silver quick-release button to remove the old battery and slide it out of the bracket. Slide a new battery into the bracket and snap it into place. Replace the cover a security screw. The entire operation should take less than a minute.
Ring Doorbell Battery Life
The manufacturers of Ring Video Doorbell claim that the battery will remain charged and functional for 6 – 12 months on a single charge.
That lifespan is based upon several factors, including:
- Regular usage; this is typically 1,000 activations
- Number of enabled features
- Whether your doorbell is hardwired or battery-powered only
Ring Doorbell Battery Replacement
If you ever need to replace your video doorbell, either for charging or to install a new battery, the procedure is the same.
- Remove the security screw from the Ring doorbell from the bottom of the unit
- Remove the doorbell cover
- Press the quick-release button on the bottom of the battery; it a small, silver rectangle
- Slide the battery out of its bracket
- Slide your re-charged or a new battery into the bracket
- Snap the battery into place
- Replace the cover and security screw
The company will replace your Ring doorbell battery free of charge if it stops working within the first year of use. After one year, you can purchase a replacement battery by purchasing a new one online or at stores such as Home Depot.
It’s also a good idea to buy a second battery even if the one that came with your Ring Video Doorbell is working fine. They’re only about $20, and you’ll always have a fully charged spare.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ring Video Doorbell
1. How long does Ring Doorbell battery last?
2. How long does Ring Doorbell 2 battery last?
Ring Video Doorbell 2 lasts for up to 12 months between charges or up to 1,000 activations with normal use. Disabling additional features like motion detection and quick access video feeds will extend your battery life.
3. How long does it take to charge a Ring Doorbell battery?
It takes 4 – 5 hours to fully charge your Ring doorbell battery.
4. Can I replace the battery in my Ring Doorbell?
5. What batteries does a Ring Doorbell use?
6. How often do you need to recharge Ring Doorbell battery?
7. Does the Ring Doorbell battery pack charge when hardwired?
Yes. That is the main advantage of hard-wiring your Ring Doorbell. It doesn’t actually run of the wiring, but off of the battery. Hardwiring keeps the battery charged so that you need to recharge less frequently; the battery keeps it running during an emergency, such as when there is a power outage.
8. How do I know when Ring Doorbell battery is fully charged?
While the battery is connected to the included orange Micro USB, a red and a green indicator light will blink. You’ll know that your battery is fully charged when the green indicator light shines a solid green. When the battery is low, the light will begin to blink intermittently, and you should receive an alert from your smartphone or other connected device telling you that it’s time for a recharge.