Ring's new smart doorbell features 1080p video, 5GHz Wi-Fi, advanced motion detection and more

By Shawn Knight
Mar 16, 2016
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  1. Internet of Things company Ring has announced an updated version of its original smart doorbell that improves on the original in nearly every category.

    The all-new Ring Video Doorbell Pro features a higher resolution 1080p camera and now supports both 5GHz and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi. The unit self is also a bit smaller and features swappable faceplates (with the original, you were stuck with the color you ordered).

    If you haven't figured out by now, the Video Doorbell Pro is exactly what it sounds like – a video-powered wireless doorbell. The device mounts beside your door and features a two-way speaker system that works through a smartphone app. When someone is at your door, you'll get a notification from the app and can talk to and see them from anywhere so long as you have a data connection.

    Perhaps the only obvious shortcoming with the Video Doorbell Pro is the fact that it isn't wireless. As TechCrunch points out, the original could run for several months at a time via built-in rechargeable battery. The new model must be hardwired for power, making it far less attractive to someone living in, say, an apartment where permanent modifications to the structure are frowned upon.

    Oh, and if you're worried about thieves stealing the device, fret not as Ring will replace the unit if it comes up missing.

    The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is available to pre-order as of writing for $249 and is expected to ship sometime next month.

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  2. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,599   +411

    I'm not saying this just because news came out that a billion devices running Snapdragon SoC's are a security risk, but I'm gonna wait a while longer before I get into anything that could involve my personal information being associated with IoT.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,488   +666

    Yep, that's a good idea ..... certainly wish they would have made it optional that those remote camera's are battery powered. THAT would be one I would want to hard wire ...
  4. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 726   +224

    I love the illustration of it next to a door with windows. The perfect representation of how worthless a 1080p doorbell is to both the average man and tech enthusiasts alike.
    Raoul Duke and DJMIKE25 like this.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,455   +1,759

    Maybe the door with windows is a metaphor for the field of vision you'll have once you install this "breakthrough device"! (*)

    Or maybe, they figure if you're stupid enough to pay 250 bucks for this turd, you won't notice the door has windows in it.

    Or possibly, they figure you'll be too scared to go near the door after having watched, "Clockwork Orange", and you'll hide in your closet, sucking your thumb while watching the security monitor, never to go near your front door again.
    NightAngel79 likes this.
  6. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,132   +479

    I could make a good deterrent for thieves, since they prefer easy targets. Of course if I were to ever get one, I would want it to look like HAL 9000.
  7. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 TS Booster Posts: 159   +37

    You could be on the other side of the house, you could want to hide from door to door anythings, or you could be out of town and want notified any time someone comes to your door ;)
  8. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 TS Booster Posts: 159   +37

    But can you view a live feed from camera without someone having to be at your door?

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 898   +236

    Cool... this will go nicely with my automated paintball turret installed on my porch ceiling. Now I can have yet another angle of the poor pizza guy getting pummeled with paintballs.
    cartera and RebelFlag like this.
  10. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Maniac Posts: 929   +238

    Yet another security hole from an IoT manufacturer trying to make a buck before the fad dies.

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