Most of us would have heard of the original Ring Video Doorbell, an optionally battery powered wireless video doorbell (and security device) installed on hundreds of thousands of doors in over 80 countries world, and responsible for the apprehension of large numbers of wrongdoers around the world.
But fewer of us, particularly in Australia and New Zealand, have heard of its evolutionary sibling – the Ring Video Doorbell PRO.
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is as the product title suggests, a more professional product. Smaller in stature and arguably much more contemporary, the Pro is permanently powered without a battery option. Typically in Australia this would be done via a 24volt transformer, and requires their ‘advanced power cable’, the video signal remains wireless.
It has configurable Motion Detection, a 160° wide field of view, as well as a highly requested new feature, Live View (essentially a live video feed).
Abiding to their core mission, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro allows users to see and speak with visitors at their front door from anyplace, anytime. This audio function can be activated at any time, and does not require the person to push the doorbell so to speak. I.e. If you see someone lurking around you can ‘tell them’ they’re being watched on camera.
The Pro records in 1080p, while the original (which is still available) records in 720p. Once a visit ‘rings’ your doorbell the signal is transmitted via your wifi network to your connected device – anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet data connection. So to put this into perspective, you could have it installed on the front door of your home in Sydney, and ‘answer’ your door while holidaying on the Gold Coast, the US or literally anywhere else in the world – and talk to them like you were right inside your home!
Cloud video recording is available for $4 Australian per month, allowing you to record and store all your events in your Ring account, so you can review, save and share your videos any time you choose.
Here what you’ll find in the Ring Video Doorbell Pro’s package.
- Video Doorbell Pro
- Advanced Power Cable (Free – But must be specifically requested for Australian installations)
- 4 Interchangeable face-plates
- Optional wiring and connectors
- Drill Bit
- Installation Screws & Anchors
- Quick Setup Guide
Editor’s Note: With all Ring devices, you need to perform a Speed Test by your router and at the actual mounting location of the Ring device. You can do this via their dedicated speed test link: www.ring.com/speed
You need to ensure that you are receiving at least 2 Mbps Download and 2 Mbps Upload by the router and at the mounting location for Ring devices to function correctly.
If the Ring’s mounting location is over 20ft from the router or on a separate floor, you may need to purchase a Ring Chime Pro to give the Ring device a closer access point to connect to. This will help give the Ring a stronger connection to stream video, because it is a closer access point than your original router. Therefore the video doesn’t have to travel so far to reach you and load the video to your phone.
If you are interested in connecting your Ring or Ring Pro to an Internal Doorchime, or transformer, the devices are only compatible with AC (not DC). This isn’t an issue, as mentioned earlier we’re running a 240v to 24VAC Indoor Transformer we picked up locally at Jaycar, or it can be powered via an existing ‘compatible’ doorbell.
Here’s a handy list of compatible doorbells for the Ring Pro: https://support.ring.com/hc/en-us/articles/210644123
When installing a Ring Pro without Internal doorbell you need to ensure you call support for Advanced Power Cable, or request one at the time of purchase, because this is the part you need to directly connect the transformer to the Ring Pro.
When installing a Ring Pro to an internal door chime that has enough power, you can follow this installation using a Pro Power Kit (the White Box) https://support.ring.com/hc/en-us/articles/208267686
When installing a Ring Pro to an internal door chime that has too little power you’ll need to go with the Advanced Power Cable (Red & Black Cable) option, see https://support.ring.com/hc/en-us/articles/210205763
Editor’s Note: I would recommend a simple 24VAC transformer as the most straightforward alternative.
When setting up motion detection areas on the Ring Pro, make sure you draw motion zones on the ground we walk on, I.e. not foliage etc because the Ring Pro detects motion by constantly scanning the zone you created and referencing it for changes from the previous scan – foliage moves so it would give you false also and unnecessarily record that movement.
You can order a Ring Video Doorbell Pro direct from the US based company. Local ‘toll free’ contact numbers are available via the following link: https://ring.com/