Ring Video Doorbell Review
Before getting into this review, check out Tim's opens in a new windowNovember 23, 2018 and opens in a new windowNovember 24, 2018 Newsletter and the story behind how this Doorbell solved the mystery of Tim's open front door.
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I installed my new Ring® Video Doorbell on a rare fair-weather December morning here in central New Hampshire. Christmas was just days away and I was filled with excitement as I opened up my Ring® box.
Snow meltwater was dripping on me, but I didn't care. I was so excited to try this product that marries technology with traditional doorbells.
It's important to realize a month before I had a terrible experience with a similar product, the opens in a new windowNutone Knock.
Email Exchange With The Ring® Inventor and Founder
Two weeks prior to installing the Ring®, I had an astounding back-and-forth email exchange with Jamie Siminoff the inventor and founder of Ring®.
Another key point is in all my years of reviewing products I NEVER had such a pleasant and rapid response. My wife Kathy had given me Jamie's private email address a few days prior as she had an exchange with him about a different matter.
I was STUNNED that he got back with me and in no time he had sent both the doorbell and the Floodlight Cam.
My gut told me right away that my experience with the Ring® was going to be unlike any other product I've tested and reviewed over the years.
Exquisite Ring® Packaging
Everything - I Mean EVERYTHING - Included for the Ring® Install
The Ring® comes with everything you need to do the install. I had the Pro version of the doorbell because I wanted my Ring® to activate my 20-year-old traditional"ding dong" doorbell when someone pushed the outdoor button.
Here's a partial list of what's included:
- Ring® doorbell
- 4 trim cover plates
- interior doorbell snazzy diode connector kit
- handy screwdriver with Phillips and reversible Torx bit
- 1/4-inch masonry bit for stucco
- push-in wire connectors
- quick-start guide and other helpful paperwork
Jamie even included extra screws in case you drop and lose one. What a nice touch!
Ring Pro Diode Accessory Kit
You need to install a handy little diode kit, if you want your new Ring to make your old "ding dong" doorbell to still work,.
This part of the install is so simple a caveman could do it. Jamie thought this through even down to the tiny patch of 3M two-sided adhesive on the diode box.
To put it another way, I've NEVER seen such attention to detail in my life. Thank you so much Jamie!
The Ring® App - Seamless Install and Powerful
You use the Ring app to guide you through the installation. It's beyond perfect. I was prepared for frustration.
All I got was happiness. There were NO hiccups in downloading or using the app on my Moto G5+ phone.
I really appreciated Jamie's humor. Look at it below:
Ring Pro® Video Doorbell Review Summary
I love my Ring. I've installed lots of products in my career, but NEVER have I had so much fun doing it.
Often instructions are incomplete - not so with the Ring®.
It's not uncommon you have to go find tools - not so with the Ring®.
All too often you might need an extra part - not so with the Ring®.
Usually, the apps are confusing - not so with the Ring®.
I guarantee you'll be THRILLED with your Ring®. If not, Jamie will make it right.
His email address is right on the side of the box!