The Ring Doorbell Buyer's Guide

A Ring Video Doorbell is the easiest way to enhance the security of your home. Just which Ring Video Doorbell product is suitable for your needs, though? 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, so there should definitely be one that fits 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: We recommend approximately 2mb/sec download and 1mb/sec upload speed for optimal video and transmission quality, but the faster your internet speed is, the better.

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 Peephole Cam

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Ring Video Doorbell 2

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Ring Video Doorbell

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro

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Ring Video Doorbell Elite


Ring Peephole 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 Peephole Cam utilizes 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!

Let’s go over the Home Checklist: 

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 Peephole Cam is powered by a single removable, rechargeable battery. Simply put the Peephole Cam up, 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.

Cost: The cost of Ring’s Peephole Cam is equivalent to the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and comes with a suite of features comparable to the RVD2 but is specially tailored for Neighbors in apartments, condos ,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 Peephole Cam, the following lists some of the most practical features of the device. 

  • 1024p 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.
  • Customizable Privacy Settings: Put your neighbor’s worries to rest with privacy zones that insure that your neighbor’s door can remain private
  Peephole 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  Indoors: 2.3 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches Outdoor: 1.9 x 3.8 x 0.8 inches

 

Installation: The Peephole 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 2

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The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is our most versatile doorbell brand. It boasts three different ways to power it -- battery, wired or an optional solar charging kit (sold separately). 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 2 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 might be for you. 
    • You might also want to look into a Ring Peephole Cam.
  • Homeowners: If you own your own home, you have much broader options which makes the Ring Video Doorbell 2 easy to recommend. It’s very easy to put together and install, has a variety of power options, and for its low 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 2.

Power Supply: The Ring Video Doorbell 2 offers four 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. 2 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 seperately)..
  • Wired: If you have an existing doorbell, you can wire the Ring Video Doorbell 2 into the existing doorbell wiring. This means you usually won’t have to recharge the device. 
  • Solar Power: With the optional solar kit (sold separately) you can use the power of the sun for constant charging. 
  • Transformer: Finally, you have the option to wire the Video Doorbell 2 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. 

See our online Help Center for more information about:

Cost: The Ring Video Doorbell 2 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 adjustable motion detection. 

See Ring.com for more information on the cost of purchasing a Ring Video Doorbell 2. 

Feature Set: If you’re considering the Ring Video Doorbell 2, 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.
  • 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 seperate 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. 
  Ring Video Doorbell 2
Camera Resolution 1080p HD
Field of View  160 degrees
Power Supply

Four Options:

Quick Release Battery Pack

Wired into existing wiring

Solar Power with optional solar power kit

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  5.05 x 2.50 x 1.08 inches

Installation: The Ring Video Doorbell 2 has a simple installation process: charge it up, put it up and you’re ready to go! For those a bit more handy or who have existing doorbell wiring, you can greatly reduce the need for charging with a bit of sweat and DIY. 

 

Ring Video Doorbell

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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, 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 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:

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. 

  • 720p 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: Visitors don’t have to Ring the bell to start the video recording process. The Ring Video Doorbell starts recording when people they trigger the device’s motion detection (recording available with a separate Ring Protect Plan.) Catch those porch pirates!
  • 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 720p HD
Field of View 180 degrees horizontal, 140 degrees vertical.
Power Supply

Three Options:

Quick Release Battery Pack

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 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! For those a bit more handy or with existing doorbell wiring, you can even do away with the whole recharging thing with a bit of sweat and DIY.  

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

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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 centerpiece for an eventual (when combined with other Ring products) home security and automation suite. 

Power Supply: The Ring Video Doorbell Pro requires a Pro Power Kit in order to function and this device must be installed before the doorbell itself can be installed. You may also wish to avoid potential power problems by installing a hardwired transformer kit. While this may take a bit of DIY skills or a professional installer, it does mean you’ll never have to worry about a battery running out of power on your Ring Video Doorbell. 

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 2 but comes with a more powerful array of features including 1080HD video, night vision, and adjustable motion detection as well as a sleek design and four customizable faceplates to match your front door and your style. 

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 seperate 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  4.5 x 1.85 x 0.80 inches


Installation: The Ring Video Doorbell Pro’ installation takes a few more steps than the original Ring Video Doorbell or the Ring Video Doorbell 2. 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 Elite

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The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 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.
      • Why not look into the Ring Door View Cam instead?
  • 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 centerpiece for an eventual (when combined with other Ring products) home security and Smart Home. 

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. 

See Ring.com for more information on the cost of 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 seperate 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  4.7 x 2.75 x 0.43 inches (when flush mounted)


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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