When a visitor presses the doorbell button on your Ring, you receive a notification on your smartphone. The video doorbell can also tell you when it detects motion. You also get a live view of your porch and can speak with guests to give instructions or let them know you're coming to the door with a quick reply.
Your Ring Video Doorbell can trigger an existing doorbell chime if you connect it to doorbell wiring. You can also buy an optional Ring Chime accessory that plugs into an electrical outlet. Without either of these chimes, you'll still get notifications on your phone when someone pushes the button—they hear a tone on the doorbell's built-in speaker too.
Yes, Ring's cameras and doorbells connect to the internet using Wi-Fi. The company also sells a variety of battery-powered cameras that don't require power cables and even have optional solar charging mounts. Learn more about wired versus wireless security cameras to decide which is right for you.
You can view a live feed, receive push notifications, and talk to visitors from the Ring app without paying a monthly fee. But you'll need to pay if you want to record, save, and share video clips and snapshots. Some features also require a subscription, like person detection, package alerts, and photo-preview notifications.
Ring Protect plan options start at $3 a month for a single camera and $10 a month for unlimited cameras. All plans include 60 days of cloud storage, but the $10 Ring Protect Plus plan also includes an extended warranty and discounts on Ring products.
There's also a $20 Ring Protect Pro plan, but this only benefits the Ring security system and doesn't add anything to your doorbell camera. Still, it comes with all the same storage, discounts, and as the Protect Plus plan for cameras. So if you have a Ring Alarm system and a doorbell camera, the Protect Pro plan is a good fit.
Learn more in our guide to Ring camera storage plans.
Ring doorbells don't offer continuous video recording—they record only short video clips when detecting motion. If you want a video doorbell with constant recording capabilities, we recommend checking out the Nest Doorbell (Wired).
While a button press is the best way to know if someone wants to speak to you, Ring video doorbells can also notify you when they detect motion. If you get too many motion alerts, you can adjust the doorbell's motion detection sensitivity in the Ring app.
If you pay for Ring Protect, you can filter out generic motion alerts by telling the app just to send package and person detection notifications.
Yes, all Ring doorbell and security camera models come with infrared LEDs that enable night-vision recording.
Ring doorbells offer weather resistance to keep rain and snow from sensitive electronics. This doesn't mean you can submerge them in water, but that's an unlikely scenario for everyday users.