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Ring is the most popular and widely advertised make of video doorbells on the market. They were one of the first companies to really showcase the benefit of being able to answer your door from anywhere.

Customizable motion detection zones

We think that what separates this doorbell from the rest, is the inclusion of motion detection technology. Ring has invested wisely in innovation that allows you to customize specific zones to detect. This means you won’t end up with hours of wasted recordings because of a drape flapping in the wind or your neighbor’s garage door opening. You will notice that the doorbell records about 5 seconds before the motion triggers occurs indicating that the device is recording constantly and simply adds a few seconds either side of the snippet, ingenious!

Creating the zones is easy, you simply drag and drop and shape them in the admin panel. You might need to tweak it over the first few weeks but when you get it right you can guarantee that the doorbell will be recording legitimate events each time.

As for the recordings, we found them to be a decent length of time at just over 1 minute compared to some other brands that only capture 30 seconds. You will find that the battery powered models capture less recorded time to reduce the drain on the batteries.

Ring Motion Detection Zones


Ring will be insistent that you get an electrician to install your new video doorbell. If you’re not sure, here’s a good test. The package with a transformer which steps the voltage down to 24 volts, if have no idea what we just said then we recommend that you seriously consider calling in the professionals and factor about $100 into your budget just in case.

Final thoughts

The ultimate irony is someone stealing your theft prevention system but funnily enough is does happen. Should this happen and if you are unable to identify the culprit with your Ring Video Doorbell then Ring will kindly replace it.

Another admiral quality of Ring is their latest app update that has a community feature that lets you share concerning videos with nearby Ring users. You aren’t identified by name or address, but a recent update lets you leave comments on neighbors’ videos to ask for more info or compare notes.

Key facts

  • 1080p full-HD video recording
  • 160-degree field of view
  • 2-way audio with echo cancellation
  • night vision
  • -20 to 50-degree operation
  • 2-year warranty
  • Community video sharing