Choosing a Ring Video Doorbell

A Ring Video Doorbell is the easiest way to enhance the security of your home. This buyer’s guide will help you sort through the unique circumstances of your home and select which Ring Video Doorbell is right for you.

The Home Checklist

There are a number of circumstances you’ll need to consider when selecting your Ring Video Doorbell. That’s why Ring has developed “The Home Checklist.” The Home Checklist is simply a listing of the important considerations you’ll need to think about when purchasing and installing your Ring Video Doorbell. This Buyer’s Guide will go into more detail about each of these factors, but for now, here’s a short list of what to think about: 

    • Home Modifications: What kind of modifications can you make on your home? This may depend on things like whether you own or rent.
    • Power Supply: Do you have an existing doorbell or separate power supply you can wire your Ring Video Doorbell into, or will you require a battery?
    • Cost: All Ring Video Doorbells are competitively priced for the features they offer, with different options that match your needs and budget.
    • Feature Set: What features are important to your individual circumstances?
    • Installation: Some Ring Video Doorbells are known for their easy installation and maintenance while others may require a bit more handiness or even professional installation. 
    • Network speed: High speed internet is required. 

The rest of this article will go over each of the available models of the Ring Video Doorbell in relation to the Home Checklist. It will also provide a list of the model’s technical specifications

Ring Video Doorbells - Click on a model:

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Ring Door View Cam

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Ring Video Doorbell 3

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Ring Video Doorbell (2nd generation)

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro

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Ring Video Doorbell Elite

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Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus


Ring Door View Cam

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If you’re in an apartment or your rented home has a doorbell with a peephole, consider the Ring Peephole Cam. The Ring Door View Cam utilises your own door’s peephole and includes features like knock sensors that create a measure of security for anyone’s home. Not only that, but you’ll still be able to use your existing peephole. 

Home Ownership: This part of the Home Checklist will be most important for those considering a Ring Peephole Cam.

  • Renters: The Ring Peephole Cam was specifically designed for renters in apartments and homes with a peephole. The Ring Peephole Cam works with your door’s existing peephole and can be installed and uninstalled easily without damaging the door or any surrounding structures.
  • Homeowners: If the front door of your home has a peephole, the Ring Peephole Cam may be an option for you. If you don’t have a peephole on your door, however, or are looking for more features, Ring’s line of Video Doorbells may offer you more for your money. 

Our online Help Center has more details about the Ring Peephole Cam.

Power Supply: The Ring Door View Cam is powered by a single removable, rechargeable battery. Simply install the Door View Cam, charge it, and go! That being said, going with this option will require you to recharge the device every few months, depending on usage, meaning it will be offline for a few hours if you haven't got a second rechargeable battery. 

Cost: The cost of Ring’s Door View Cam is equivalent to the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and comes with a suite of features comparable to the Ring Video Doorbell 3, but is specially tailored for users in apartments, townhouses ,and any home with a peephole. 

See Ring.com for more information on the cost of purchasing a Ring Door View Cam.

Feature Set: If you’re considering the Ring Door View Cam, the following lists some of the most practical features of the device. 

  • 1080p HD Resolution image: See who’s at your door before you open it!
  • Mobile Alerts: By using the free Ring App, you’ll receive mobile alerts that let you know when someone’s at your front door.
  • Impact Sensor: Visitors not ringing your doorbell? No problem! With Peephole Cam’s impact sensor, a knock on the door is as good as a ring!
  • Live View and Two-way audio: Talk to your visitors before you open the door and scare away thieves even if you’re not home.
  • Customisable Privacy Settings: Put your neighbour’s worries to rest with privacy zones that ensure that your neighbour’s door can remain private
  Door View Cam
Camera Resolution 1080p HD
Field of View  155 degrees horizontal, 90 degrees vertical
Power Supply Quick Release Battery Pack
Connectivity 2.4GHz Wireless 802.11 B/G/N
Connection Speed Requires a minimum upload speed of 1Mbps, but 2 Mbps is recommended for optimal performance
Audio Specs Two way audio with noise cancellation
System Requirements iOS 9.3x or later, Android 5.0 or later
Size  

External: 47.0 mm x 97.3 mm x 19.8 mm (1.85 in. x 3.83 in. x 0.78 in.)

Internal Device: 57.4 mm x 112 mm x 29.5 mm (2.26 in. x 4.40 in. x 1.16 in.)

Peephole Diameter: 12 mm - 14 mm (1/2 in x 9/16 in.)


Installation:
The Door View Cam installs in a couple of minutes. Just unscrew and remove the existing peephole on your door, connect the front and rear sections of the Door View Cam through your door, insert the rechargeable battery, snap the cover in place and you’re ready to go!

 

Ring Video Doorbell 3

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The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is our most versatile doorbell brand and the start of enhanced security around your entire property. With Ring Video Doorbell 3, you’ll always be connected to your home, so you can watch over your property and answer the door from anywhere. It also has enhanced resolution and a huge array of features that make it suitable for almost any home security situation.

Let’s go over the Home Checklist:

Home Ownership: The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is an excellent choice for homeowners.

  • Renters: If you rent your home, depending on your renter’s agreement and the configuration of your home and front door, a Ring Video Doorbell 3 might be for you. 
    • You might also want to look into a Ring Door View Cam.
  • Homeowners: If you own your own home, you have much broader options which makes the Ring Video Doorbell 3 easy to recommend. It’s very easy to put together and install, has a variety of power options, and for its lower price, can be the first part of an eventual (when combined with other Ring products) home security and Smart Home suite.  

Our online Help Center has more details about the Ring Video Doorbell 3.

Power Supply: The Ring Video Doorbell 3 offers three different power options, depending on your home configuration and the amount of DIY you want to do during installation.

  • Battery Power: Battery power is the simplest power option available for the Ring Video Doorbell. 3. Simply put the doorbell up, charge it, and go! That being said, going with this option will require you to occasionally recharge the device, meaning it will be offline for a few hours without a second, back-up battery (sold separately).
  • Wired: If you have an existing doorbell, you can wire the Ring Video Doorbell 3 into the existing doorbell wiring. This means you usually won’t have to recharge the device. 
  • Transformer: Finally, you have the option to wire the Video Doorbell 3 into a low voltage transformer. This will also remove the need to charge the device but may require a bit of handiness as you drill into the wall to install the transformer. 

Cost: The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is a bit costlier than the original Ring Video Doorbell but comes with a more powerful array of features including 1080HD video, night vision, and customisable motion zones. 

See Ring.com for more information on the cost of purchasing a Ring Video Doorbell 3. 

Feature Set: If you’re considering the Ring Video Doorbell 3, the following lists some of the most practical features of the device. 

  • 1080 HD Resolution image: See who’s at your door before you open it!
  • Mobile Alerts: By using the free Ring App, you’ll receive mobile alerts that let you know when someone’s at your front door.
  • Motion Detection: Advanced Motion Detection with Adjustable Motion Zones and Near Motion Zone
  • Live View and Two-way audio: Talk to your visitors before you open the door and scare away thieves even if you’re not home.
  • Night Vision: For unwanted visitors who skulk around in the dark. 
  Ring Video Doorbell 3
Camera Resolution 1080p HD
Field of View 160 degrees horizontal
Power Supply

Three Options:

Quick Release Battery Pack

Wired into existing wiring

Transformer

Connectivity 2.4  GHz or 5 GHZ Wireless 802.11 B/G/N
Connection Speed High Speed Internet
Audio Specs Two way audio with noise cancellation
System Requirements iOS 9.3x or later, Android 5.0 or later
Size 128 mm x 62 mm x 28 mm (5.1 in. x 2.4 in. x 1.1 in.)

Installation: The best thing about installing the Ring Video Doorbell 3 is that it's incredibly easy when compared to the array of security features offered by the device. Run the Ring Video Doorbell 3 off its own Quick Release Battery Pack or with some simple DIY, hook it into a transformer or an existing doorbell. 

Ring Video Doorbell (2nd generation) 

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The original Ring Video Doorbell offers an excellent array of features at a very competitive price. Let’s go over the Home Checklist:

Home Ownership: The original Ring Video Doorbell is an excellent choice regardless of your living situation.

  • Renters: If you rent your home, you may have a clause in your lease agreement that keeps you from opening up a wall or drilling holes to install more complicated doorbell models. That makes the Ring Video Doorbell a more difficult product to recommend as it requires drilling holes in the wall. You definitely want to avoid anything that might void your damage deposit. 
    • Why not look into the Ring Peephole Cam instead?
  • Homeowners: If you own your own home, you have much broader options which makes the original Ring Video Doorbell a perfect “starter kit.” It’s very easy to put together and install and for its low price, can be the first part of an eventual (when combined with other Ring products) home security and automation suite. 

Our online Help Center has more details about the original Ring Video Doorbell.

Power Supply: The Ring Video Doorbell offers three different power options, depending on your home and the amount of DIY you want to do during installation.

  • Battery Power: Battery power is the simplest power option available for the Ring Video Doorbell. Simply put the doorbell up, charge it, and go! That being said, going with this option will require you to occasionally recharge the device. 
  • Wired: If you have an existing doorbell, you can wire the Ring Video Doorbell into the existing doorbell wiring. This means you won’t have to recharge the device. 
  • Transformer: Finally, you have the option to wire the Video Doorbell into a low voltage transformer. This will also remove the need to charge the device but may require a bit of handiness as you drill into the wall to install the transformer. 
    • Note: Low voltage systems such as the Ring Video Doorbell require lower voltage to operate than the typical power source supplies. So, if the power source in your wall outputs 120 volts, a low voltage lighting transformer can drop the voltage to just 12 or 24 volts. 

See our online Help Center for more information about the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd generation). 

Cost: If you’re on a budget, the original Ring Video Doorbell is for you! It’s our most affordable Video Doorbell but has a powerful array of features.

See Ring.com for more information on the cost of purchasing a Ring Video Doorbell. 

Feature Set: If you’re considering the Ring Video Doorbell, the following lists some of the most practical features of the device. 

  • 1080p HD Resolution image: See who’s at your door before you open it!
  • Mobile Alerts: By using the free Ring App, you’ll receive mobile alerts that let you know when someone’s at your front door.
  • Motion Detection: Advanced Motion Detection.
  • Live View and Two-way audio: Talk to your visitors before you open the door and  talk to visitors before you open the door, even if you’re not home.
  • Night Vision: To keep an eye on your home, even in the dark. 
  Ring Video Doorbell
Camera Resolution 1080p HD
Field of View 180 degrees horizontal, 140 degrees vertical.
Power Supply

Three Options:

Built-in Rechargeable battery

Wired into existing wiring

Transformer

Connectivity 2.4GHz Wireless 802.11 B/G/N
Connection Speed Requires a minimum upload speed of 1Mbps, but 2 Mbps is recommended for optimal performance
Audio Specs Two way audio with noise cancellation
System Requirements iOS 9.3x or later, Android 5.0 or later
Size 126.5mm x 62mm x 28mm (4.98 x 2.43 x0.87 inches)

 

Installation: The original Ring Video Doorbell has the easiest installation process of any of our products: charge it up, put it up and you’re ready to go! 

 

Find out more about setting up your Ring Video Doorbell (2nd generation) here.

To purchase the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd gen), click here. 

 

Ring Video Doorbell Pro (Plug-In or Hardwired) 

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The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a hardwired video doorbell with advanced security features and sleek design. Let’s go over the Home Checklist:

Home Ownership: The Ring Video Doorbell Pro requires hardwiring into an existing power supply, making it impractical for somer enters.

  • Renters: If you rent your home, your landlord may not allow you to open up a wall or drill holes to install more complicated doorbell models. That means the Ring Video Doorbell Pro may not be right for renters as it requires being wired into an existing power supply.  That being said, if your landlord does allow you to do installation, you may find that the power of the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is right for you.
    • If you can’t use the Ring Video Doorbell, why not look into the Ring Peephole Cam instead?
  • Homeowners: If you own your own home, you have much broader options. That  makes the Ring Video Doorbell Pro a perfect video doorbell for homeowners looking for a powerful array of features without the hassle of dealing with rechargeable batteries. It takes a bit of DIY knowledge or a professional installer, but is the perfect center piece for an eventual (when combined with other Ring products) home security and automation suite. 

Power Supply:

Plug-In Adapter: Installation using the included Plug-In Adapter is the simplest, quickest and most affordable way to provide power to your Video Doorbell Pro from a standard electrical socket.

Hardwired: Video Doorbell Pro Hardwired comes with everything need for installation using your existing doorbell wiring.

See our online Help Center for more information about:

Cost: As with any piece of installed security gear, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro costs more than the original Ring Video Doorbell or the Ring Video Doorbell 3 but comes with a more powerful array of features including Customisable Motion Detection, Dual-band 2.4 & 5GHz wifi connectivity, an ultra-slim design and interchangeable faceplates. 

See Ring.com for more information on the cost of purchasing a Ring Video Doorbell Pro. 

Feature Set: If you’re considering the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, the following lists some of the most practical features of the device. 

  • 1080 HD Resolution image: See who’s at your door before you open it!
  • Motion-activated Alerts: By using the free Ring App, you’ll receive mobile alerts that let you know when someone’s at your front door.
  • Adjustable Motion Detection: Visitors don’t have to Ring the bell to start the video process and porch pirates are caught when they trigger the device’s recording functions (available with a separate Ring Protect Plan.) 
  • Live View and Two-way audio: Talk to your visitors before you open the door and scare away thieves even if you’re not home.
  • Night Vision: For unwanted visitors who skulk around in the dark.
  • Ultra-Slim Design
  • Four Interchangeable Faceplates
  Video Doorbell Pro
Camera Resolution 1080p HD
Field of View 160 degrees horizontal, 100 degrees vertical
Power Supply Wired only
Connectivity 2.4GHz or 5 GHz Wireless 802.11 B/G/N
Connection Speed Requires a minimum upload speed of 1Mbps, but 2 Mbps is recommended for optimal performance
Audio Specs Two way audio with noise cancellation
System Requirements iOS 9.3x or later, Android 5.0 or later
Size  (11.43cm x 4.67cm x 2.03cm) 4.5 x 1.85 x 0.80 inches


Installation: The Ring Video Doorbell Pro’s installation takes a few more steps than the original Ring Video Doorbell or the Ring Video Doorbell 3. Since it requires being hooked into a power supply, it will take a bit of DIY acumen to properly set up. Once completed, however, the Video Doorbell Pro will be ready to protect your home.

Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus

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The Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is the next generation of Ring Video Doorbells. In addition to new video features such as Near Zone functionality, the Video Doorbell 3 boasts dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wifi connectivity, improved energy efficiency, better screw strength and advanced motion detection.

Let’s go over the Home Checklist:

Home Ownership: Like the original Ring Video Doorbell and the Ring Video Doorbell 3, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus can be mounted very simply while while running on battery power or hardwired into an existing doorbell of power supply.

  • Renters: If you rent your home, the Ring Video Doorbell is a bit more expensive than the original Ring Video Doorbell, but the security offered by the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is worth the investment for many renters. That being said, if you would like a more economical route, the original Ring Video Doorbell (2nd generation) or Ring Video Doorbell 3 can also offer good security at a lower price.
  • Homeowners: If you own your own home and you're looking for a simple install while still getting a product loaded with security features, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is your best bet. It can be powered off a transformer, an existing doorbell, or it's own batteries while boasting new security features such as Pre-Roll, Advanced Motion Detection, and dual-band connectivity. For homeowners looking for a powerful array of features and reliable video service along with simplicity, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 is perfect for your home security. 

Power Supply: The Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus offers three different power options, depending on your home and the amount of DIY you want to do during installation.

  • Battery Power: Battery power is the simplest power option available for the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus. Simply put the doorbell up, charge it, and go! That being said, going with this option will require you to occasionally recharge the device, meaning that without an extra battery (sold separately), it will be offline for a few hours.
  • Wired: If you have an existing doorbell, you can wire the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus into the existing doorbell wiring. This means you won’t have to recharge the device. 
  • Transformer: Finally, you have the option to wire the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus into a low voltage transformer. This will also remove the need to charge the device but may require a bit of handiness as you drill into the wall to install the transformer. 
    • Note: Low voltage systems such as the Ring Video Doorbell require lower voltage to operate than the typical power source supplies. So, if the power source in your wall outputs 120 volts, a low voltage lighting transformer can drop the voltage to just 12 or 24 volts. 

Cost: As with any piece of premium installed security gear, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is more expensive than the original Ring Video Doorbell or the Ring Video Doorbell 3, but it includes a powerful array of features including 1080HD video, night vision, the re-Roll feature, and customisable motion detection zones. 

See Ring.com for more information on the cost of purchasing a Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus. 

Feature Set: If you’re considering the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, the following lists some of the most practical features of the device. 

    • 1080 HD Resolution image: See who’s at your door before you open it.
    • Motion-activated Alerts: By using the free Ring App, you’ll receive mobile alerts that let you know when someone’s at your front door.
    • Adjustable and Near Motion Zone Detection: Visitors don’t have to Ring the bell to start the video process and porch pirates are caught when they trigger the device’s recording functions (available with a separate Ring Protect Plan.) 
    • Live View and Two-way audio: Talk to your visitors before you open the door and scare away thieves even if you’re not home.
    • Infrared Night Vision: For unwanted visitors who skulk around in the dark.
    • Privacy Zones: Preserve neighbour privacy while retaining your security capability.
    • Dual-band Connectivity: Connect to a 2.5 GH or 5 GHz network for visual clarity or data savings.
  Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus
Camera Resolution 1080p HD
Field of View 160 degrees horizontal, 100 degrees vertical
Power Supply

Rechargeable, Quick release battery pack

Can be hardwired to an existing doorbell system or transformer with 8-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60Hz for continuous charging.

Connectivity 2.4GHz or 5 GHz Wireless 802.11 B/G/N
Connection Speed Minimum 2mbps
Audio Specs Two way audio with noise cancellation
System Requirements iOS 9.3x or later, Android 5.0 or later
Size 128 mm x 62 mm x 28 mm (5.1 in. x 2.4 in. x 1.1 in.) 

 

Installation: The best thing about installing the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is that it's incredibly easy when compared to the array of security features offered by the device. Run the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus off its own Quick Release Battery Pack or with some simple DIY, hook it into a transformer or an existing doorbell. 

Ring Video Doorbell Elite

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The Ring Video Doorbell Elite is a professional-grade, flush-mounted smart doorbell hardwired with Power over Ethernet. Let’s go over the Home Checklist:

Home Ownership: The Ring Video Doorbell Elite requires hardwiring into an existing power supply, drilling holes into walls, and professional installation.

  • Renters: If you rent your home, you may not have permission to make drill the holes or do the electrical work that the Ring Video Doorbell Elite requires. That makes the Ring Video Doorbell Elite impractical for most renters as it requires being wired into an existing power supply as well as professional installation.
  • Homeowners: If you own your own home, you have much broader options which makes the Ring Video Doorbell Elite a perfect video doorbell for homeowners looking for a powerful array of features and reliable video service without the hassle of dealing with rechargeable batteries. It takes some DIY knowledge or a professional installer, but is the perfect center piece for an eventual (when combined with other Ring products) home security and Smart Home system. 

Our online Help Center has more details about the Ring Video Doorbell Elite.

Power Supply: The Ring Video Doorbell Elite is run by Power over Ethernet. The same hardwired connection that gives you completely reliable video service also gives you completely reliable power. This means you’ll never have to worry about a battery running out of power on your Ring Video Doorbell and the best, fastest video relay available. 

Cost: As with any piece of premium installed security gear, the Ring Video Doorbell Elite is more expensive than the Ring Video Doorbell Pro but includes a powerful array of features including 1080HD video, night vision, and customizable motion detection zones as well as an ultra-slim, installed design, Power over Ethernet, and four customizable faceplates to match your front door and your style. 

Click here for more information on purchasing a Ring Video Doorbell Elite. 

Feature Set: If you’re considering the Ring Video Doorbell Elite, the following lists some of the most practical features of the device. 

    • 1080 HD Resolution image: See who’s at your door before you open it!
    • Motion-activated Alerts: By using the free Ring App, you’ll receive mobile alerts that let you know when someone’s at your front door.
    • Adjustable Motion Detection: Visitors don’t have to Ring the bell to start the video process and porch pirates are caught when they trigger the device’s recording functions (available with a separate Ring Protect Plan.) 
    • Live View and Two-way audio: Talk to your visitors before you open the door and scare away thieves even if you’re not home.
    • Infrared Night Vision: For unwanted visitors who skulk around in the dark.
    • Ultra-Slim Design
    • Four Interchangeable Faceplates
    • Power over Ethernet 
  Video Doorbell Elite
Camera Resolution 1080p HD
Field of View 160 degrees horizontal, 100 degrees vertical
Power Supply Power over Ethernet
Connectivity 2.4GHz or 5 GHz Wireless 802.11 B/G/N
Connection Speed Requires a minimum upload speed of 1Mbps, but 2 Mbps is recommended for optimal performance
Audio Specs Two way audio with noise cancellation
System Requirements iOS 9.3x or later, Android 5.0 or later
Size  11.94cm x 6.98cm x 5.51cm
(4.7 x 2.75 x 0.43 inches)


Installation: The Ring Video Doorbell Elite’s installation will require some DIY skills or professional installation since it requires being hooked into a power supply and the running of an Ethernet cable. Once completed, though, the Video Doorbell Elite will be ready to protect your home.

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