SafeWise is dedicated to your family’s well-being. So we make it a priority to keep you informed of potential safety and security concerns, while offering tips for protecting your loved ones.
With that in mind, we want you to know your home’s front door is a vulnerable entry point for burglars and other criminals. Whether they force their way inside or walk right through an unlocked door, criminals won’t think twice about accessing your home through its main entry.
If you’ve been a crime victim, we don’t need to tell you how frightening it feels. The good news is there are several proactive security measures that can help fortify your home. For example, you can replace a weak front door with a SafeWise-approved, high-security door and install a high-quality smart door lock. For added security, consider purchasing a smart doorbell like Ring® Video Doorbell.
Our in-depth review will explore the ins and outs of Ring, including cost and how it integrates with ADT® to achieve a more robust home security solution.
How Do ADT and Ring Video Doorbell Work Together?
Ring Video Doorbell is even more effective at keeping criminals at bay when it’s integrated into an ADT® monitored home security system and used in conjunction with home automation and security devices like smart door locks, motion sensor lights, and wireless cameras.
It’s important to know that Ring doesn’t work with every ADT package—it’s specifically designed to work with ADT Pulse®. When paired with ADT Pulse, you can control many features of your ADT home security system right from the Ring app. In fact, if you get a Ring motion alert or doorbell alert, you can do things like immediately lock your home’s door, turn on some lights, and even arm your ADT system via the Ring app.
Using Ring Video Doorbell with ADT Pulse helps you create an even safer home while making everyday tasks more convenient. You can buy Ring as part of your initial ADT Pulse home security system purchase. If you’re already an ADT Pulse customer, you can buy Ring separately and integrate the two systems.
What Is Ring Video Doorbell?
Ring is a Wi-Fi connected video doorbell that allows you to monitor your front door from your smartphone, tablet, or other web-enabled device using the Ring app. The Ring app is compatible with iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows 10 devices.
What Are the Key Features of Ring?
Ring offers a long list of features that not only increase your sense of security but also add convenience to your life. Here’s a rundown of the things you can do with Ring.
- See and communicate with visitors at your door right from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Every Ring model includes a wide-angle lens and built-in microphone and speaker.
- Get alerted instantly when Ring detects movement through its built-in motion sensors, or anytime someone rings your doorbell. Motion detection also initiates video recording.
- Store recorded video to the cloud, or share video clips with family members, neighborhood safety organizations, or law enforcement. You can even post clips to social media.
- Monitor specific areas by setting up special detection zones. For instance, you can isolate your mailbox area, allowing you to respond differently to an alert triggered by the postal carrier than you would someone at your front door.
- Check in on your front door area via live stream video. Night vision allows you to see what’s going on even when it’s dark.
- Integrate Ring with ADT Pulse® and other home automation devices such as smart lights and smart locks for even more security and convenience.
*Not all Ring models offer every feature listed.
How Do Ring Doorbell Models Compare?
There are four Ring models: Ring Video Doorbell, Ring Video Doorbell 2, Ring Video Doorbell Pro, and Ring Video Doorbell Elite. All are designed to let you remotely see and communicate with anyone at your door, but some have more advanced functions. Here’s how they stack up to one another.
The Ring Video Doorbell is the company’s entry-level model is powered by a rechargeable battery or can be hardwired. It offers 720p HD video, basic motion detection, night vision, two-way talk, and four different color options.
Best for HD Video
Ring Video Doorbell 2 comes with 1080p HD video, basic motion detection, night vision, and two-way talk. It offers a quick-release rechargeable battery and interchangeable faceplates in two different colors.
Best for Advanced Motion Detection
Ring Video Doorbell Pro includes customizable motion zones and human detection capabilities, plus all the features of Ring Video Doorbell 2. A notable difference with this model is it must be hardwired. It also boasts a slimmer design than the other models, and it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa. Ring Video Doorbell Pro comes with four interchangeable faceplates in various colors.
Best for Businesses
Ring Video Doorbell Elite is similar to Ring Video Doorbell Pro, but it’s powered over Ethernet. This is Ring’s business-grade video doorbell and it requires professional installation.
How Much Does Ring Video Doorbell Cost?
As you’d expect, Ring is more expensive than a traditional doorbell, but it’s priced right in line with most competing video doorbells. According to the Ring website, Ring Video Doorbell is $179, Video Doorbell 2 is $199, Video Doorbell Pro sells for $249, and Video Doorbell Elite is priced at $499. All Ring models are sold on Amazon.
Ring Video Services
Ring charges for video recording services, with its Basic plan priced at $3 per month or $30 per year for each Ring camera. Every camera comes with a free thirty-day trial of this plan, and you can cancel at any time. The Basic plan includes features like cloud storage, video review, video sharing, and event saving.
You don’t have to sign up for video recording services—even without a plan you still get instant alerts, live stream video and audio, and live view—but your videos won’t be saved.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Ring Video Doorbell?
Based on reviews we’ve read and our own evaluation of Ring, here’s a roundup of its pros and cons.
Ring Video Doorbell Pros
- Quick and easy to install
- High-quality video, up to 1080p HD
- Available in up to four stylish colors
- Integrates with ADT Pulse® for enhanced security
Ring Video Doorbell Cons
- Can be costly, depending on model
- Audio quality could be improved
- Battery doesn’t last very long between charges
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro must be hardwired
Take our home security quiz to become aware of your home’s potential security weaknesses and learn how to correct them. Then, discover easy home security projects you can tackle this weekend, and consider putting the installation of Ring at the top of your list.
Want to see other recommended smart doorbells? Check out our guide to 2018’s Best Smart Doorbells.
*Pricing and features are current as of writing. Pricing and features are subject to change. Not all offers available in all areas.