BT Shop are now stocking the world’s leading smart doorbell manufacturer, Ring. The product range includes the Video Doorbell in a range of colours, the Video Doorbell Pro, the Stick Up cam as well as the Chime and the solar panel for the Stick Up cam.
What is a Ring Video Doorbell?
The Ring video doorbell is a smart doorbell that allows you to answer your door from anywhere in the world using your home’s Wi-Fi connectivity.
When the Ring Video Doorbell is pressed, the app begins a VOIP video call that connects to your smartphone so that the homeowner can have a 2-way conversation with whoever is at the door.
Ring are a premium brand so we expected the products to arrive in premium packaging, they did, and we were impressed.
We were sent the Video Doorbell in a ‘Satin Nickel’ colourway which looks very smart. There are 3 other colours available to suit the style/ look of your house.
The Stick Up Cam is only available in black as we suspect Ring have made the decision that you’re likely to want a security camera to blend in.
The doorbell itself is a very solid product, it comes in two pieces within the box. The first piece attaches to the wall of your house and then the actual doorbell that slides onto the fitting. This makes the charging of the product far easier as you can slide it off the bracket and bring it inside (unless you decide to hardwire it which is an option).
The Stick Up Cam is also a solid product that comes in two pieces. The bracket it sits on differs from the Video Doorbell as the camera is supposed to be positioned higher up, therefore meaning that the camera needs to point out at a slightly different angle.
Everything you need to set up the camera/ doorbell comes within the box (apart from the drill).
Ring Video Doorbell
As previously mentioned, Ring package their products with the necessary brackets and attachments needed to install the products. The doorbell comes with a screwdriver, drill bit and then all the screws needed to fit the product.
I am by no means someone who’s good at DIY and I managed to install the video doorbell within 10 minutes. The bracket that you secure to the wall comes with a built-in spirit level so you can be sure it’s straight when drilling the holes. You will need to drill 4 holes in your wall in order to fit the bracket.
Once the bracket is fitted to your wall and the doorbell is charged you are ready to go, it really is that simple.
I must point out that because of the doorbells large battery, charging will take a couple of hours. This does however mean that the battery will not need to be charged regularly (unless you have hundreds of people are your door every day).
Ring Stick Up Cam
As with the Video Doorbell, the installation process was really simple. All tools are provided within the box (apart from the drill) so you’re ready to go within minutes.
The bracket is far smaller than the one on the doorbell. For security reasons we’d suggest you position the camera out of arms reach to prevent anyone tampering with it. I decided to mount it just above my side door pointing forward towards the road in front of my house (this required me to get the ladders out).
The Ring Stick Up Cam took a bit longer than the doorbell to charge, presumably because it has a larger battery. Once charged, Ring say that it’ll last up to 6 months providing you’re not using the ‘live view’ feature regularly.
Like the doorbell, the bracket has a built in spirit level to ensure that the bracket is perfectly straight when fitted to your outside wall.
Both of the above products can be hardwired so you never run out of charge, alternatively, the Stick Up Cam can be charged using the Ring Solar Panel to help prolong the battery life.
Ring Video Doorbell/ Stick Up Cam
Both products are pretty much identical to set up, much like an iPod Touch and an iPad are. You’re required to download the Ring app on your smartphone/ PC in order to connect the products to your Wi-Fi.
The step by step guide within the app makes the whole process a breeze. Select your device, give it a name, connect it to your Wi-Fi and you’re pretty much good to go.
One thing to point out is that when you’re setting up the Stick Up Cam you’ll be asked which zones you’d like to be notified of motion within. The furthest setting is 30 feet, I made the mistake of setting mine to pick up movement ‘up to 30 feet away’, cue a notification for every car that drove past my house that day.
If like me, you’d like to have a conventional ‘bell’ sound go off within your home whenever someone presses the doorbell you’re going to want a Ring Chime.
The Ring Chime is essentially a wireless speaker that plugs into one of your plug sockets and alerts you when someone is at your door. You’ll always get the standard phone notification but it’s nice to still hear the sound of a doorbell every so often.
To summarise, I’ve been majorly impressed by both the Video Doorbell and the Stick Up Cam. Both serve difference purposes but work perfectly together.
For me, the best thing about the products has been the ability to cut down on visits to the post office. When the doorbell rings, I simply answer the door using my phone and tell the postman to leave the parcel round the back in my ‘safe place’. If that’s not a reason for you to get a Ring Video Doorbell then I don’t know what is.
The Stick Up Camera has also been great to use as I can now see when people arrive at my house. When my partner arrives back from work I’m able to log onto ‘live view’ to ask her what’s for tea!
Everyone who’s seen the devices in action have been majorly impressed and i’m sure you will be if you take the plunge and order the Video Doorbell or Stick Up Cam.
Ring is compatible with the following operating systems/ devices:
- Windows Mobile
- Windows 10
You’re probably wondering what other products Ring offer, here’s their full product range, if we don’t stock it now, we will be doing in the very near future:
Ring Video Doorbell – Security and convenience that works on any home.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro – Ultra-slim design with advanced security features.
Stick Up Cam – Weather-resistant and wire-free security camera.
Floodlight Cam (Coming Soon) – HD security camera with floodlights and a siren alarm.
Ring Chime (Coming Soon) – Indoor Chime for Ring devices.
Ring Chime Pro – Wi-Fi extender and indoor Chime for Ring devices.
Ring Solar Panel for Stick Up Cam – Non-stop power source for Ring Stick Up Cam.
Shop the full range of Ring products here.
Who are Ring?
Back in 2012, entrepreneur James Siminoff from Santa Monica, California built a Wi-Fi connected doorbell called Doorbot. He took the idea to ‘Shark Tank’ (the American Dragon’s Den) and pitched his idea only to get turned down by all but one investor, he actually went on to refuse the offer from the final investor.
After the programme aired on US television, he decided that to be taken more seriously he needed a new name for his company, ring was born.
Despite failing to raise the funds through the Dragon’s Den style show, James Siminoff went on to receive an investment from Virgin boss Richard Branson. Siminoff tells the story of how a ring customer was out holidaying at Branson’s private island, he used his ring doorbell to talk to a UPS delivery guy who was at his home in San Francisco. Branson saw the interaction and was immediately hooked by the product going on to invest over $25 million!