There is a new product called the Ring system, it consists of a WIFI enabled doorbell and flood light cam devices, while still new on the market this device is the future of home security. As electrical contractors we have installed and learned the ins and outs of these products, from installation to set up we will review what this product is all about.
Most of us have seen the commercials about the clever devices known as the Ring doorbell camera and the new Ring floodlight camera, sounds like a great set up right? For those of you that are not familiar with what this system is or how it works, well in short there are currently 2 main products they have available now. The first one is the original Ring doorbell camera this WIFI enabled device replaces your current doorbell with a new sleek looking doorbell with a high quality camera on it. It is also equipped with a Mic and motion sensor, so when someone comes to your door even if they do not “ring” the doorbell you will get an alert on your smart phone and subsequently a live feed of who is there. Also, you can answer the door from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection and speak directly with the visitor, and if the visitor is a would be burglar you can tell them they are on camera or just with a push of a button activate a siren to get the attention of your neighbors and scare them away, all the while the video is being recorded off site so there is no way the can get in and take the evidence. The other product they offer is the Ring flood light camera system which is just like the doorbell system but instead replaces your flood lights or you can have them installed where needed with a regular 120 volt connection just like you would wire for an outdoor light.
If you are considering getting a Ring system, take it from the professionals, after installing these for our customers I and some of our employees have purchased these and installed them in our own home We at Power Pro Electrical strongly recommend this product for any one thinking about replacing their existing camera system that only records the burglars and flood lights that only turn on to guide them in.
The product is well-made and easy to install, it is pretty much plug and play and device itself walks you through the setup. The picture quality is amazing, and the offsite recording is definitely a plus. also, the flood lights are equipped with 2 flood lights at a 5000 Kelvin color temp ( bright white light) they produce enough lumens to light up the entire sight while giving you the convenience of LED lights so you never have to replace a light bulb.
As we mentioned above all that is required is a regular `120 volt connection for the flood lights and a regular 16 to 24 volt connection for the door bell system for the doorbell, and that to keep the battery charged. All the audio video is connected via WIFI, all the devices have their own address so you can name the accordingly and since the recording is off site there is no more equipment to buy.
Not to many bad things to say about the Ring system, it’s a great product, but being that they are still fairly new there is a few kinks that need to be worked out.
The flood light system is made to be surface mounted on the wall of the building, but most flood lights are mounted on the overhang of the roof, in order to hang them on the overhang we had to install an aftermarket a 90 degree 1/2 plumbing fitting that has a threaded male on one end and a threaded female on the other. This allowed us to mount these flood light on the overhang and be able to aim the camera correctly. It’s a quick and cheap fix, but it would be nice if Ring included this adapter so you do not have to make an extra trip to the hardware store, and hope they have the fitting.
The connection to your WiFI is the only way to connect to your network, but it would be nice if they gave you the option of WIFI or hard-wired, we had a customer that wanted one for his dock to protect his boat, but his signal was weak and the dock, and since the hardwired option is currently not available we had to install an outdoor rated signal extender to be able to connect the dock Ring flood light to the network, which is a pricey necessity compared to running a CAT5 (computer cable ) to the light when your already making a trench to run the power not to mention the secure signal strength. But aside from these 2 details that I am sure they will straighten out, this system if very well put together and we strongly recommend it.
YES, IT IS. The Ring system starts from 200 to 300 a piece, but when you compare the cost of a security system that only records the burglars, and think about the loses of the stolen goods and the piece of mind this system provides it is definitely worth the price. We recommend you install one to cover the entire perimeter of your property, which would actually be less expensive than a modern camera system and DVR and installation and complicated port forwarding to see the cameras from your smart device.
We are residential electricians and know what products are good and which you should pass on, but the Ring system is a winner, out of the 11 customers we have installed this system for we have not had 1 of them unsatisfied with this product. And since we install this product we can confirm that this is a well-made product, not a cheap china light, you can spot quality when you see it and we saw it in this system.
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