We tested the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

Ring just sent us the newest doorbell, the Ring Video Dorbell Pro 2. A wired but connected device that can replace your peephole and old doorbell. The device can also complete your home automation system as well as your alarm system.

On paper, the doorbell has the following specifics. 1536p HD video quality, a two-way audio system, a 3D motion detection device and improved dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity. The optics have a wide field of vision (direct hit), with which you can see your visitors in a very wide field. But no more blah, without further delay, let’s go for our full review!

Unpack and design

The package contains the famous doorbell with a compact and modern design and several small accessories. A support to move the camera a few degrees if you don’t want to install it from the front. A very long power cord of several meters to power it because you will understand that we are near a wired device.

The entire bundle. Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

An EU and US plug, a set of screws, two safety screws (an emergency) and a star screwdriver and several small instructions. The materials and finishes of the doorbell are modern and appear to be of a very good quality.

Quite a nice modern design. Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

installation

As indicated in the previous paragraph, it is a wired device, which implies a slightly longer and more complex installation. To install, you will need a screwdriver, several screwdrivers, and a glue gun to secure the cable. You will also need a household power outlet near the door to power the device.

The mounting holes. Photo credit: Alexandre for Neozone A hole to pass the cable through Photo credit: Alexandre for Neozone We attach the two connectors to the doorbell. Photo credit: Alexandre for Neozone The doorbell without cover Photo credit: Alexandre for Neozone

To begin with, you need to attach the bell to your door or frame. To do this, you need to drill two holes. You will also need to drill a hole to route the power cord from your home to the doorbell. In our case we had to cut off part of the bracket to route the cable.

A small notch to route the cable. Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

This is arguably the longest part of the installation. Wait between 30 and 45 minutes depending on how your home or office is configured. All steps are perfectly displayed step by step by the application.

The bell installed. Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

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Once plugged in and powered on, all you need to do is pair the doorbell with your mobile phone and just follow the application’s instructions for physical installation. The model of your device is automatically recognized by scanning the box’s barcode. Pairing and configuration are quick and very intuitive.

An intuitive application. Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

The doorbell has 3 modes of operation: Disabled, At Home and Outside. Each is configurable and it is possible to enable “geofencing” to automatically change the mode. You also have access to many operating and setting options such as the camera detection area, the sensitivity level, the coupling with other ring devices as well as a detection and ring protocol. The application is really very complete.

It is also possible to connect to Amazon to use the options of a voice assistant. We tried pairing it with Google Home but unfortunately it seems impossible despite the many tutorials available on the internet. Note that it is also possible to install a “doorbell” to amplify the doorbell sound. Even if it rings on your phone too, hearing the sound of the chime better when you are at home can be an interesting option.

Speaking of the doorbell, we couldn’t find an option to change the ringtone type, it’s a bit of a shame. Finally, note that it is possible to add multiple users, which is very convenient for associating members of your family with the device.

Photo credit: Alexandre for the Neozone

Conclusion

Despite a somewhat “complex” physical installation, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is an excellent product. Don’t be fooled by its simple name, the device is more than just a doorbell. With its HD camera, motion detectors and push notifications, it offers many very interesting functions. The doorbell necessarily needs an internal amplifier in order not to be dependent on your telephone. It costs around 30 euros on Amazon, a shame that it is not included … We also regret the lack of compatibility with Google Home. Finally, after 30 days, the doorbell apparently requires a subscription of a few euros to keep the audio and video files. Although not strictly necessary, there is a risk that more than one person will be cooled. For the price you have to pay almost € 250 to offer yourself this little gem.

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A complete but perfect device

Despite a somewhat “complex” physical installation, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is an excellent product. Don’t be fooled by its simple name, the device is more than just a doorbell. With its HD camera, motion detectors and push notifications, it offers many very interesting functions. The doorbell necessarily needs an internal amplifier in order not to be dependent on your telephone. It costs around 30 euros on Amazon, a shame that it is not included … We also regret the lack of compatibility with Google Home. Finally, after 30 days, the doorbell apparently requires a subscription of a few euros to keep the audio and video files. Even if it’s not strictly necessary, it can cool several … For the price you have to pay almost € 250 to indulge in this little gem.

User Rating: 4.2 (1 votes)

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