[Best Buy] Ring Doorbell Satin Nickel $129.99
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- November 16, 2017
- Best Buy
Update: the Satin Nickel trim version is now on sale for $129.99 at Best Buy. Also at Lowes (https://www.lowes.ca/doorbell-sets/ring ... 20904.html), same price now unfortunately so no more 10% price beat.
The Ring Doorbell 2 is also on sale for $199.
And now all trim styles for $129 at Bed, Bath and Beyond too: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/p ... 20doorbell
I have this Ring Doorbell model. It originally had some WiFi connection reliability issues, but it has been working fine ever since Ring sent me a free Ring Chime Pro with WiFi extender.
All versions of the Ring doorbell offer the same doorbell/camera/motion-detect/2-way voice functions. The differences are:
Original Ring (this one): 720p 1 Mbps video, 180 deg fisheye lens, battery or doorbell wire power, 2.4 GHz WiFi
Ring Pro: 1080p 2 Mbps video, wide-angle lens, doorbell wire power only (smaller housing but smaller and crappier speaker), 2.4/5 GHz WiFi, advanced motion detection zone setting
Ring 2: 1080p 2 Mbps video, wide-angle lens,, battery or doorbell wire power, interchangeable batteries, 2.4 GHz WiFi
- WiFi connection problems. These are located outside the outer wall of your house, often in a weak WiFi zone, and they are often plagued with a variety of cryptic issues all related to weak WiFi even though the diagnostic information looks just fine. However Ring can often be persuaded to send a free Ring Chime Pro with dedicated WiFi extender to solve your WiFi issues.
- Physical installation issues. Ring 1 and 2 are significantly bigger than an old doorbell button, and you probably want to connect it to the existing doorbell wires in the exiting location. Mounting surface may be brick/stucco/stone.
- Motion detection settings. The Ring 1 and 2 are especially prone to picking up passing traffic on the street if you point them toward the street, while the Ring Pro's advanced motion zone setting can help minimize that (but not prevent it entirely). Mine is mounted sideways next to the door, taking advantage of the wide field of view of the fisheye lens to see all the way out the street without motion detection being triggered by passing traffic.
Also be aware that you have to add a US$30 per year subscription to Ring's cloud recording service to get the full functionality.
The doorbell is dependent on Ring's internet servers to operate, which is a vulnerability. On Halloween everybody's Ring doorbell stopped working because their servers failed under the load.