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New Ring Doorbell on the Block: The Ring Video Doorbell Wired

Jalesa Campbell
Updated Apr 16, 2021
3 min read

Looking for a more cost-effective Ring doorbell?

Look no further because Ring now has a $59.99 wired video doorbell. The new Ring Video Doorbell Wired looks a little different compared to its siblings, thanks to its slimmer profile. 

While wiring up a doorbell may seem like a challenge for some, one of the benefits of a wired doorbell camera is that you won’t have to be concerned with changing out the batteries. Instead, wired doorbells are constantly supplied with power. 

Here’s a closer look at some of the tech specs this device has to offer.

Ring Video Doorbell Wired - Tech Specs:

  • 1080p HD video
  • Two-way talk to hear and see visitors
  • Alerts to your phone, a compatible Amazon Alexa device, or a Ring Chime
  • Night vision
  • Constant power with no need for battery replacement
  • Control with the Ring app

Ring Doorbell Wired Installation

Ring explains how you can install your new doorbell camera:

  1. First, you’ll need to shut off power at your circuit breaker
  2. Take the jumper cable that comes with your doorbell and connect the ends to the terminals for your current doorbell chime
  3. At your existing doorbell, you’ll need to disconnect it and connect the wiring to the back of your new Ring doorbell
  4. Once that’s done, fix your Ring doorbell in place with the faceplate and turn your power back on
  5. To complete setup, use the Ring App

 

Need a visual? Check out this installation tutorial from Ring:

How Does the Ring Video Doorbell Wired Work?

Once you’ve installed the doorbell camera, you’re ready to test it out. In the Ring app, you’ll be able to see a live video feed when you’re ready. You’ll also be able to get activity alerts on your phone.

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that if you want to hear an audio notification whenever someone’s at your door, you’ll need to purchase the Ring Chime or use a compatible Alexa device.

Additionally, the Ring Doorbell Wired features two-way talk, night vision, custom privacy settings, and advanced motion detection. You don’t have to purchase a Ring Protect subscription plan to use the doorbell, but a subscription will enable additional features like video saving and sharing, person only mode, and rich notifications that include a photo whenever activity is detected near the doorbell.

How Much Does the Ring Doorbell Wired Cost?

The Ring Doorbell Wired costs $59.99, allowing you to save about an additional $40 compared to the new 2020 Ring Video Doorbell. Most doorbells by the brand range between $100 and $400, depending on the model. But, we’re definitely happy to see a more affordable Ring doorbell option on the market.

Several Alternatives

If you’re in the market for a video doorbell, here are some alternatives to the Ring.

  • 1. Eufy Security Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

    Our rating

    Our take

    The Eufy Security Video Doorbell is another video doorbell option that offers 2K resolution. It’s a wired doorbell camera that uses artificial intelligence technology to detect body shapes and faces to ensure you’re not receiving false alerts from pets or cars. You’ll also get these perks: 

    • A free electronic chime with eight ringtones to choose from 
    • Local storage with 256-bit encryption to secure your video clips from hackers
    • Custom motion zones
    • Prerecorded messages
    • Voice commands from Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

     

    Pros

    • 2K video resolution 
    • Advanced person detection with AI technology 
    • Advanced encryption

    Cons

    • Only DIY installation available 
    • Requires existing video doorbell 
    • Doesn’t work with Apple HomeKit

     

    Introducing the eufyCam 2 Pro 

    Eufy recently released the eufyCam 2 Pro for those looking for top surveillance options to add to their doorbell camera. The DIY smart camera has military-grade encrypted video storage, monitoring without monthly fees and anti-theft detection. We’ll keep an eye on more Eufy equipment and services to let you know what we think.

     

    More from Eufy

    Stand-out features include

    • 2K video resolution
    • Multiple ringtone options
    • Free doorbell chime with eight available ringtones
  • 2. Arlo Essential Video Doorbell

    Our take

    Get a better view with the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell, featuring a 1:1 aspect ratio and 180° field of view. This video doorbell also boasts HD and HDR video for clarity and has a built-in siren for deterrence. The Foresight feature with the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell allows you to see moments before the doorbell picks up activity so you can get a better understanding of events around your door.

    Stand-out features include

    • HD and HDR video
    • Ultra wide 180° field of view
    • Built-in siren
  • Best All-Around Video Doorbell

    3. Lorex 1080p Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

    Our rating

    Our take

    The 2K QHD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell is a step above Lorex’s other options. It offers popular smart camera features that are a step above other camera competitors’. You can expect these top-notch features:

    • 2K resolution, twice as good as a standard option 
    • Color Night Vision™ to see live and recorded videos in color 
    • Voice assistant compatibility 
    • Prerecorded messages and two-way audio to speak to guests using your smartphone 

    Lorex’s doorbell ties with Arlo and Vivint for the best video doorbell picks. Lorex offers local storage with up to 6TB of space, more than other camera provider storage options.

     

    Pros

    • Optional local and cloud storage
    • Color Night Vision
    • Prerecorded messages

    Cons

    • Field of view less than the industry average 
    • Requires existing doorbell wiring 
    • Doesn’t work with Apple HomeKit

     

    Lorex Outdoor Camera Hands-On Review 

    We took an up-close look at Lorex’s Smart Outdoor Wifi Camera. Our hands-on review shares what we liked and what could be better before you buy. We covered everything from installation to camera features to help you choose the right camera for your home.

     

    More from Lorex

    Stand-out features include

    • 2K video resolution
    • Color Night Vision™
    • Built-in motion-triggered LED light

Is the Ring Video Doorbell Wired Worth It?

We’d say that for the price, features, and reviews we’ve seen, this doorbell camera is worth considering. You’re still getting access to two-way talk, night vision, alerts, and additional features with the Ring Protect subscriptions. The only downside is that you will need the Ring Chime or a compatible Alexa device for audible alerts. All-in-all, when it comes to front-door security, we’d say this is one product you don’t want to sleep on.

About Ring

Ring is a popular brand in security camera products, including video doorbells, outdoor cameras, outdoor lighting, and more. Started by Jamie Siminoff, Ring is now an Amazon brand serving customers in the home security sector.


Safety and Security Reporter

Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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