Ring Video Doorbell 2nd Gen

“The most affordable Ring is not a revelation, however its worth is.”


Nice app expertise

Privateness Zone censors particular areas

Easy set up

No detachable battery

Glitchy video and audio

Ring video doorbells have gone by means of a number of iterations for the reason that unique got here out in 2013. There’s been the Elite, Professional, Ring Video Doorbell 2, Ring Video Doorbell three, and Ring Video Doorbell three Plus. In spite of everything that, the corporate has gone again to the unique with the Ring Video Doorbell 2nd Gen ($100).

What units it aside from all of its cousins? Its $100 price ticket. It’s by far the most cost effective Ring doorbell launched this 12 months — the Ring Video Doorbell three and three Plus are priced at $200 and $230 respectively. That’s an enormous distinction. Is it worthy of the premium Ring model? I gave the 2nd Gen a attempt to see the way it compares to its competitors and the opposite Ring doorbells.


Set up

Like the opposite Ring Video Doorbells, the 2nd Gen may be very simple to put in. The directions within the app information you thru all the things, step-by-step. The package even comes with a degree, screwdriver, and a drill bit, if it is advisable use a drill. All it is advisable do is connect the mounting plate to the wall or door body with a couple of screws, click on the doorbell onto the plate, then safe all the things with two extra screws. It takes round 30 minutes in all to put in it wirelessly. When you’re changing one other wired doorbell, it gained’t take for much longer to put in because it connects with the wires which are already there. Nonetheless, if you’d like it to be wired, however you don’t at the moment have a wired doorbell, you’ll must name in knowledgeable to make the set up occur.

Nonetheless no simple strategy to recharge

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The very very first thing I seen is how tough it’s to cost this new mannequin. The opposite new video doorbells in Ring’s line have a faceplate that pops off, which lets you take away the battery to cost them. The Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) doesn’t have a detachable battery. The entire doorbell must be utterly faraway from the mounting plate as a result of the charging port is on the again of the doorbell, which is similar technique utilized by the first-generation Ring Video Doorbell. Meaning you’ll must unscrew two safety screws, simply to have the ability to recharge the doorbell. What a ache! Additionally, whereas the doorbell is charging, you’ve gotten an unsightly mounting plate beside your door as an alternative of a doorbell.

In addition to having to pluck the doorbell from the faceplate and cost it inside, the battery isn’t that dangerous. Like the opposite Ring doorbells, it ought to solely want recharging each few months. Total, it makes use of about 1% of its battery life every day.


The Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) has a 1080p HD digital camera, identical to the Ring Doorbell 2, Ring Doorbell three, and Ring Doorbell three Plus. It’s leaps and bounds higher than the first Gen, although, which had a 720p HD digital camera. Much more stunning, this 2nd Gen mannequin has extra colour saturation and higher distinction, perhaps somewhat an excessive amount of distinction, and that’s regardless of having the identical video specs as the three Plus.

The fish bowl curvature across the edges of the video appears to be barely much less apparent.

Additionally, the fish bowl curvature across the edges of the video appears to be barely much less apparent. As I’ve mentioned in different Ring doorbell evaluations, curvature distortion is an issue that ought to have already been solved. The Arlo Video Doorbell, amongst others, discovered easy methods to create a doorbell with out edge distortion. Why is Ring sleeping on making this improve?

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The 2nd Gen has night time imaginative and prescient like its model buddies, too. It’s corresponding to different doorbells with night time imaginative and prescient, however removed from wonderful. The distinction is sweet and faces are pretty recognizable. When it’s actually darkish exterior, the digital camera switches to black-and-white footage, however so long as your porch gentle is on, it nonetheless information in colour.

The video does glitch if the individual in entrance of the digital camera strikes round. It corrects itself in a couple of seconds, but it surely’s nonetheless annoying. You’d suppose that this might be resulting from the truth that it solely has 2.zero GHz Wi-Fi connectivity. Not so. The opposite Ring doorbells have this downside, too, even when utilizing  5.zero GHz Wi-Fi connectivity.

The sector of view (how a lot space the digital camera can “see”) is barely narrower than different Ring doorbells. The Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) has a area of view of 155 levels, whereas the three Plus is barely wider 160 levels. Frankly, this didn’t appear to make a lot of a distinction when evaluating footage aspect by aspect. The unique mannequin has a 180-degree area of view, so I’m somewhat confused. You’d anticipate that the 2nd Gen could be an improve, not a downgrade.

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When you can see dwell video without spending a dime, you’ll want a subscription to retailer your movies. The Ring Defend Plan permits you to evaluate and share movies and images for as much as 60 days. It solely prices $three per 30 days per gadget or $10 per 30 days to your entire family, so it isn’t terribly expensive. It’s corresponding to different plans like Nest Conscious for the Google Nest Whats up, however different firms, like August, provides free video storage for his or her doorbells.


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Two-way audio is a function discovered throughout the Ring line of video doorbells. It permits you to discuss to whoever is at your door with out having to open it, and even be at dwelling. The noise cancellation know-how actually helps to dampen surrounding noise, so you’ll be able to clearly hear the individual talking. The audio may be very loud, too. The one downside is that it cuts out and in by means of the mic and the speaker, so the sound on each side of the dialog is a bit uneven.


The Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) has many of the identical options as the entire different Ring doorbells, primarily as a result of all of them use the identical app. One factor it doesn’t have is the pre-roll choice that permits the digital camera to take a four-second preview video earlier than a motion alert, which is completely accessible with the Ring Video Doorbell three Plus. It’s useful if you want extra footage to, say, establish somebody on video, but it surely’s not an enormous loss.

Many Ring rivals leverage synthetic intelligence to detect and provide you with a warning when there’s a bundle in your porch, however Ring doesn’t provide it on a single mannequin. Possibly I’m simply overestimating what an important function that’s. I believe it’s fairly useful, however perhaps Ring doesn’t. It’s synthetic intelligence that may inform the distinction between a human, animals, or automobiles,  so motion notifications turn into extra correct.

Ring Video Doorbell Gen 2 beside the three Plus Alina Bradford / Digital Traits

To save lots of on battery use and to minimize fixed notifications, you’ll be able to customise the digital camera’s movement detection in a pair methods. The vary of the movement detection might be adjusted, so it would simply detect movement in your porch, or all the way in which to the sidewalk. You can too modify the sensitivity of the movement detection. When you don’t need notifications in any respect, you’ll be able to snooze movement alerts for 30 minutes to 4 hours.

There’s a Privateness Zone choice that may actually block out part of the yard within the video.

In case you have part of your yard that you simply don’t need the digital camera to see, there’s a Privateness Zone choice that may actually block out that a part of the yard within the video through a black field. Consider it as your individual censor bar. This may be useful in the event you don’t need the digital camera to document your youngsters’ play or pool areas, in the event you’re involved that the footage might get hacked.

I say this lots in my evaluations, however I’ll say it once more. I really like the Ring app. It isn’t glitchy and it’s simple to make use of. Even higher, it sends you reside crime and security alerts which are being reported by your neighbors or native regulation enforcement, in addition to weekly security studies. That is the one doorbell app that has all of that. In actual fact, the app is certainly one of Ring’s greatest promoting factors.

Our take

It actually looks like Ring is simply churning out video doorbells with out a lot innovation in any respect. The Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) is sort of indistinguishable from their different new video doorbells, besides it doesn’t have a detachable battery or 5.zero GHz Wi-Fi connectivity choice, and has a barely narrower area of view. The factor that units it aside is the value. The Ring Video Doorbell three prices $200, whereas this 2nd Gen mannequin prices $100. That’s an enormous incentive.

Is there a greater different?

If you’d like a Ring Video Doorbell, this one is your best option for the value. The Ring Video Doorbell three Plus has the additional pre-roll choice and a detachable battery, however that’s not value paying an additional $135. A greater choice could be the Ring Video Doorbell three, which chops down the fee to $200 and has all the identical options and specs as the three Plus, besides the pre-roll function.

For higher video high quality, I’d suggest the Arlo Video Doorbell or one other selection on our greatest video doorbells record. Nonetheless, Ring does have one of the best app in the marketplace, and if in case you have different Ring merchandise, I positively suggest the Gen 2.

How lengthy will it final?

As a result of this doorbell is one stable piece with out a detachable faceplate, it looks like it might be extra sturdy than different Ring Doorbells. It comes with a one-year restricted guarantee and if it will get stolen, Ring will substitute it without spending a dime.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. It’s truly an honest doorbell for the value. Plus you get the good Ring app.

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