My family has moved into our beautiful new home. After surviving the Housing Bubble and Great Recession, this is where we want to be.
I installed the Ring Doorbell, scored for a decent price during the Amazon Prime Day thing (no dogs were harmed). Our house had no existing doorbell or transformer, meaning we needed a battery-operated wifi doorbell and camera.
I settled on the base model Ring Doorbell plus a Ring Chime. This model was the only one with the brass surround that I liked. It looks better than the flat stainless steel against our brick elevation and runs off a Lith-ion battery that claims to go from 6 months to 1 year between charges.
The box comes with everything required for installation: a screwdriver with both Phillips and star-headed proprietary (used for attaching the device to a mounting bracket), a detachable level, a cobalt masonry drill-bit, screws, wall anchors and of course the mounting plate and doorbell.
I learned quickly that my 5.5 amp Ryobi drill was not equal to drilling into brick so I used the mortar for drilling pilot holes. I had it installed in about 20 minutes. The screws and anchors were pretty forgiving and allowed me to adjust and keep the mounting bracket flat against the bricks.
The doorbell chime is a separate piece. It's not a digital doorbell; it's really a "smart speaker" that plugs into a regular outlet. The chime plays back audio files which you select from the Ring mobile app. There's one chime for the doorbell and one for the motion sensor. As far as I can tell you cannot upload your own chimes, but there are several to choose from for both the doorbell and motion sensor.
The mobile app allows for adjustments to sensitivity and the area detected by the motion sensor, plus the requisite automation and scheduling features. The video and audio recordings are stored on the app and (for a nominal fee) backed up to a cloud server.
When installing, first you join your mobile phone to the Chime as if it is a WiFi access point. Once connected, you can join that device to your home WiFi (in this case our Norton Core Router . . . more about that in another post).
The Ring has already paid dividends. Just yesterday, it recorded a creepy salesman who seemed to be canvasing our neighborhood. Using both the Ring app's "Neighbor" feature and a Nextdoor account, we shared some footage and found out many of our neighbors had spotted the same guy.
Honestly, this thing has already proven to be a valuable tool for home security. It was a fun experience installing and setting it up, and now I can honestly recommend the Ring Doorbell.