Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review – Upgrading your old doorbell to a smarter one

Experience of using the Ring Video Doorbell 2

The Ring Video Doorbells have Ring Protect Plans. By default, the Video Doorbells comes with a free 30-days Protect Basic Plan. That is why you can review the past recorded events (i.e. motion detection, rings).

Protect Plus Protect Basic Free
Coverage All Ring devices at 1 address One Ring Doorbell
Video Recording Access recorded videos of every Ring, motion and live view event for up to 30 or 60 days, depending on your location No
Ring Alarm professional monitoring Yes No
Review, share and save Ring videos Yes No
Live video on demand Yes
Warranty Extended 1-year

The ability to review captured events is great. Probably the main reason why I got the device in the first place. I would probably sink in some money for the Protect Basic plan.

Live Video on Demand

Live View from the Ring Video Doorbell 2.

The Live view or Live Video on demand feature is good too. Especially when you hear some noise outside the door and just want to check it out instead of walking over. As you can see, my location is a little challenging for most cameras as the scene is flooded with natural light on the left and fully shaded on the right. A big test to camera sensors!

The image/video quality at dusk.

I am glad that the motion detection still works perfectly despite the lighting condition. The lighting is much even at dusk which the Ring Video Doorbell 2 handled it perfectly.

Motion Detection

You can define the motion detection zones in terms of distance and segment to minimise false positives. That is, reducing the number of wrong detection of motion.

Defining the motion detection areas.

Defining the motion zones is pretty intuitive. First use the slider to extend or pull in the detection zone (marked by the light blue zone) and excluding or including segments for detection.

Looking back through Event History

Event history allows you to review the past events. This feature is not available on the free protect plan.

This is a nice paid feature. If you are on the Ring Protect Basic/Plus Plan, you will have the ability to store videos on their servers for future reviews. This is a feature that I am contemplating to continue sign up for although I am secretly hoping that somebody found a way to redirect the video records back to my network attached storage (NAS).


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