How to Tell the Difference Between the Ring Video Doorbell and Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation)

Ring Video Doorbell and Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation) have different features, but look similar from the front. You can tell them apart by looking at the back of the device. 

If you need to find out what Ring doorbell or security camera you have in the Ring app, click here.

Note: A limited number of Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation) were recalled. If your device was properly installed, it should function as expected. If you'd like to learn more, please click here.   

Ring Video Doorbell (1st generation)

Ring Video Doorbell (1st generation) has sensors on the back of the device and a mounting plate. 

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Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation) does not have sensors on the back of the device or the mounting plate. To get the mount off the doorbell, put two fingers on the mount. With the other hand, pull the doorbell straight back to release the magnet holding them together. 

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                                                                              Product Specs

 

Ring Video Doorbell

(1st generation)

 

Ring Video Doorbell 

(2nd Generation)

Power Options Rechargeable battery power or hardwire to existing doorbell kit Rechargeable battery power or hardwire to existing doorbell kit
Power supply Internal battery Internal battery
Compatible Doorbell Transformers 8-24 VAC (40VA max) and 50/60Hz. Not compatible with: DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers  8-24 VAC (40VA max) and 50/60Hz. Not compatible with: DC, halogen, and garden-lighting transformers. 
Field of View 180 degrees horizontal, 140 degrees vertical 155 - degrees horizontal, 90 degrees vertical
Video Resolution HD 720P HD 1080P

Finishes 

Venetian Bronze, Polished Brass, Antique Brass and Satin Nickel Venetian Bronze, Polished Brass, Antique Brass and Satin Nickel
Compatible Networks 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n
Resistor  Yes, resistor needed when hardwiring. No, resistor not needed when hardwiring  
Diode  Yes. Diode needed when hardwiring and using a digital bell  No. Diode not needed when hardwiring and using a digital bell
Near Motion Zone No  Yes. Improves battery life by limiting unnecessary alerts; more flexibility over motion zones
Size 4.98 x 2.43 x 0.87 inches

12.65 x 6.17 x 2.21 centimeters

4.98 x 2.4 x 1.10 inches

12.65 x 6.2 x 2.8 centimeters

Operating Temperature Range -5 degrees Fahrenheit and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. (-20.5 degrees Celsius and 48.5 degrees Celsius)

Note: The devices are also weather-resistant.
-5 degrees Fahrenheit and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. (-20.5 degrees Celsius and 48.5 degrees Celsius)

Note: The devices are also weather-resistant.

 

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