The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is not the company’s best video doorbell – that prestigious position belongs to the Ring Doorbell Elite – but it’s surely the device that’s creating the most mainstream waves, and the one that’s likely to be the Nest Hello’s main opponent in early 2018.
The concept of the Ring Doorbell sequel, and off course all Ring Doorbell models, is easy – it's a Wi-Fi connected doorbell that not only acts like a general doorbell, by constructing paired Chimes ring in the house, but it also couples up as a video intercom system, with two-way talk available through your smartphone or tablet, whether you are at home or away.
The Ring 2 isn’t exactly graceful – at over an inch thick, it’s likely to be the plumpiest doorbell that you’ve ever tightened outside your front door… it’s actually 5mm thicker than the original.
However, the slightly classy design and the inclusion of compatible faceplates (you get two in the box – ‘Satin Nickel’ and ‘Venetian’ and there are more available to buy separately) make it slightly less boxy and more fashionable than the original.
But there’s no running away from the fact that your Ring Doorbell will get limelight – although that’s kind of the point. As well as the great communication characteristics, which we’ll get onto in a bit, the Ring 2 is also an excellent crime preventer.
As more and more people become cognizant of the company and its devices – and it’s the biggest name in the video doorbell game right now – the impact of installing a Ring Doorbell in terms of reducing thefts and mischief only increases.
Everything you need to get the Ring 2 stuck up on the outside of your house is in the box, down to the wall plugs and even the correct drill bits for the screws. Also, if you’ve got an original Ring and you’re upgrading, there’s a retrofit plate too – so you don’t need to create new holes.
A new addition with the Ring 2’s installation kit is the two different angled wedges, making it easier to install the doorbell on a corner, or at a door with an angle.
Like the original, you can choose to have your Ring 2 running from a battery, or you can wire it into your existing doorbells circuitry. The good news, and the big update, if you’re going down the battery route is that you don’t need to take the whole system off of the wall to charge it.
With the new Ring, you simply remove the security screw, get rid of the faceplate and pop out the lithium battery – a battery with a Micro USB port.
When any Ring product is in setup mode, it projects a temporary Wi-Fi network.
During the setup process, the Ring app will connect to this Wifi network to inform your Ring product how to link up to your home Wi-Fi network. As soon as your Ring product has been configured up in the Ring app, it will stop broadcasting this Wi-Fi network, and stay linked to your home network.
If your Ring Doorbell 2 doesn't go into Setup mode, you can try the following:
Give it about a minute to fully complete this course, then put it in setup mode again by momentarily pressing the black button on the front.
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