Ring’s security cameras are convenient and cost-effective and designed to fit any home. Their indoor and outdoor camera choices make protecting your home easy and affordable.
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Ring began to create DIY security equipment under the name ‘Doorbot’ to offer security cameras and motion detectors. Doorbot was later acquired by Amazon to expand their home security offers to video doorbells, security systems and the latest smart lights. Ring security cameras help protect inside and around homes with specifications and features families love, including the Ring mobile app to remotely control and connect multiple Ring devices. Each Ring camera is equipped with HD video, motion detection and two-way talk. Ring security cameras are easy to install and control using the Ring mobile app anytime, anywhere to help protect your home.
Adding up Ring security camera costs
Ring camera prices depend on the power source and camera type. Ring makes home security affordable with the latest security camera options. The Stick Up Cam costing $179.00, Ring Spotlight Cam or Ring Video Doorbell costing $199.00, and up to $419.00 for the complete Ring Alarm Security Kit. Regardless of the camera you choose, each comes with 1080-pixel high definition (HD) video quality with, motion detection – with the most complex installation only taking 25 minutes.
Ring also offers a low-cost monthly plan to store all of your security camera footage. For $3/mo. (or $30/yr.), you can save, record and share videos with the Ring Protect Basic Plan. This plan stores videos from all of your Ring security cameras for up to 60 days, and includes a 1-year warranty that doesn’t require a contract. The Ring Protect Plus offers all coverage from the Protect Basic Plan and 24/7 professional monitoring with cellular backup for your Ring Alarm. The Ring Protect Plus plan costs $10/mo. (or $100/yr.) for all storage, additional features and 10 percent off all Ring products.
The Ring Floodlight Cam includes two built-in LED floodlights and a loud 110-decibel siren that can be activated via smartphone and the Ring mobile app. This Ring security camera includes dual sensors to detect objects and people differently to prevent nuisance notifications. It also includes customizable motion zones to select which areas to monitor during set-up.
Two built-in floodlights to shine brightly to see who’s outside your home
140-degree field of view, pan and smart zoom to see your home’s vicinity
Includes dual sensors to detect people and inanimate objects differently
Install time between 15-25 minutes with hardwired mounting
The Ring Stick Up Cam is the latest Ring security camera and it can be installed indoors or outdoors. The security camera includes 1080p HD video quality and night vision to monitor your home with a sharp and clear view. This Ring security camera includes two-way audio with noise cancellation to clearly see and speak to visitors via smartphone. It also includes an adjustable mounting bracket to easily place it anywhere inside or outside the home.
Includes an adjustable mounting bracket to install anywhere
Use Amazon Alexa voice commands to see live footage hands-free
Includes an easy-to-remove rechargeable battery pack
Install time between 5-15 minutes with an easy plug-in power source
Wi-Fi indoor and outdoor camera available as battery-powered, Power over Ethernet (PoE) or solar energy
The Ring Spotlight Cam is a Wi-Fi-enabled outdoor camera. It has 1080p HD video quality, night vision and wide-angle lens to see visitors clearly day or night. This Ring security camera also includes a built-in microphone and speakers with two-way audio. You’ll be able to see and speak to visitors via smartphone whether you’re home or on the go.
Built-in spotlight for clear video when someone’s outside your home
Select which areas to detect motion using adjustable motion zones
Includes an easy-to-remove rechargeable battery pack
Install time between 5-10 minutes with a battery power source
Wi-Fi outdoor camera available as hardwired or battery-powered
Ring’s security gadgets are designed to easily connect to the Ring security system for full home security using your smartphone. Here’s how:
Control all of your Ring products: Use the Ring mobile app to control all Ring products including security cameras, smart lights and video doorbells at once.
Easy camera commands: Turn on the outdoor security camera lights, sound the alarm, pan and zoom-in via smartphone even when you’re away.
Instant notifications: When you’re on the go, the Ring app can send notifications when your smartphone is connected to Wi-Fi. And when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, Ring will automatically send you a mobile notification as a reminder that you won’t be able to receive Ring security camera notifications.
Automatic low battery alerts: If you opt for battery powered security cameras, Ring will automatically send mobile notification and email alerting you when it’s time to change the batteries. And, all family members with Ring mobile app access will automatically receive notifications if any motion is detected.
Ring security camera features to consider
Every Ring security camera has guaranteed key features to help watch over your home. Regardless of your camera choice, you’ll have the essentials. Each camera comes with the following features:
Live-View and 1080p HD video for crystal clear live footage
A loud 110-decibel siren to trigger the alarm and scare thieves
Two-way audio with noise cancellation to see and speak with guests
You also have the ability to connect as many Ring devices and smartphones together as you’d like – there’s no limit. During set-up, use the Ring app to name each security camera, and when motion is detected, you’ll receive a mobile notification specifying which security camera noticed movement. You’ll also be able to use the Ring mobile app to control each Ring security device with ease.
The latest and greatest Ring security camera
The Ring Stick Up Cam is the latest security camera that can be installed indoor and outdoor – whereas other security cameras aren’t as versatile. The Stick Up Cam can be installed anywhere using an adjustable mounting bracket and can be Powered over Ethernet (PoE), solar energy or battery-operated. It’s easy to install in less than 15 minutes and can be controlled using Amazon Alexa devices or the Ring mobile app. But it’s important to note that even though the Ring Stick Up Cam can be used both outdoors and indoors, it’s splashproof to only withstand a small amount of water, not rain or submerging. This security camera is the latest in Ring’s push to provide easy, inexpensive DIY home security.
Factors to consider before buying a Ring security camera
Ring is a great DIY stand-alone security camera option to add extra security to your home, but there are a few factors to keep in mind:
Professional monitoring: A fully-monitored home security system is not included in the cost. With the Ring Protect Plus plan, customers get 24/7 professional monitoring for $10/mo. ($100/yr.).
Smart home connectivity: Ring only currently connects to Amazon Alexa-enabled devices and other gadgets using the mobile app, If This Then That (IFTTT), to connect all your smart home devices using one system.
Power source: Ring security camera features only work based on the power source. Solar powered and battery operated Ring Stick Up Cams have adjustable motion detection, whereas wired Stick Up Cams have more free range to select and customize areas to monitor and detect motion with customizable motion detection. Simply draw a square around the area using the Ring app and your smartphone camera to set areas for the camera to keep an eye on.
What Ring customers say
Here’s an overview of Ring customer reviews to keep in mind. Customers have mixed feelings about Ring security cameras. The reviews depend on the power source, placement and use of the camera.
What they like
Customer service is superb. Ring customer reviews share that customer service representatives are helpful, friendly and sincere. Ring’s customer service team has scheduled phone sessions for troubleshooting, fixed Ring app bugs immediately to work for iPhone XS Max users and responded in record time with fast solutions.
Installation is fast and easy. Ring promises fast and easy security installation and they deliver, according to customers who install their own devices. Customers enjoy flexible mounting bracket, the ability to easily to adjust cameras and simple set up process using the Ring app.
What they don’t like
Video replay should be a given feature. Unfortunately, customers don’t like paying a separate subscription to review footage. Recordings only stay on the app for up to 60 days with the Nest Protect Plan and they only hold up to 250 minutes.
Audio quality is low. Based on Ring customer reviews, although Ring security cameras include two-way audio with noise cancellation, the audio quality can be lower than expected. This also varies based on the camera and power source.
Ring security FAQs
Can Ring cameras work via Bluetooth?
Unfortunately, Ring security cameras do not work via Bluetooth. They’re only Wi-Fi-enabled for connections at 2.4 GHz.
Does Ring require a Ring Protect Plan?
Ring does not require users to purchase a Ring Protect Plan, but you won’t be able to download and save Ring camera footage to your USB drive or local storage option without it. Ring’s Protect Plan records and stores video for a certain number of days depending on the plan. Ring users without a Ring Protect Plan still get Ring app alerts, motion alerts and custom motion detection. They also still have two-way audio, live video on demand and a 1-year warranty.
How long does it take battery operated Ring security cameras to recharge?
Ring shared that any security camera backup batteries should take only 5-10 hours to recharge. Charging time depends on if the battery is charged via a USB port or standard wall outlet.
How should Ring cameras be mounted safely?
Feel free to mount your Ring security cameras to any wall, ceiling or adjust to a flat, sturdy surface. But, according to Ring, you should mount your Ring Floodlight Cam nine feet from the ground to capture footage and see your home’s vicinity without being too close or too far away. And hardwired Ring Spotlight Cams should be mounted to an electrical box outside the home to keep power.
Ring security cameras are just one of the ways Ring helps keep your home protected from danger. With many options to choose from, your camera choice should be one that makes you feel like your home is more safe and secure than before. Remember to keep power sourcing and camera features in mind to pick the Ring camera that’s best for your home. Check out more Ring devices on Amazon to learn more.