Ring Pro 1080p Review 2021
You’re looking for a doorbell camera, and you’ve narrowed it down to the Ring and the Ring Pro. Is it worth it to spend extra on the Ring Pro?
We think Ring Pro is a good investment because of its customizability (though it may not be the best in privacy protection).
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Ring Pro features
Customizable motion detection is the standout feature for Ring Pro.
The Ring Pro’s a step up from the standard Ring because of its better video quality and custom motion zones.
If you’ve used the original Ring doorbell and think that the motion detection is too sensitive, the motion zones can help you cut down on unnecessary notifications. With these zones, you can choose the motion detection focus and sensitivity.
The Ring Pro also has person detection to differentiate between people and ambient motion (although it doesn’t have facial recognition). And it comes with four faceplates for you to choose from, just in case one matches your home better than another.
Ring Pro pricing
Ring Pro costs more than the average doorbell.
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You’ll also have to pay for a subscription plan for Ring Pro, just like you do with other Ring doorbells.
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Ring Pro home automation
Ring excels at doorbell automation, though its products aren’t compatible with everything.
When someone rings your doorbell, your smartphone lets you know. You can then view the video stream of whoever is at the door, talk to them through two-way audio, and even remotely unlock the door with your smart lock to let them in. When it comes to a video doorbell, that’s the stuff automation dreams are made of.
Also, if you want a battery-operated system, you’re out of luck. Unlike some of Ring’s doorbells, the Pro must be hardwired.
All Ring doorbells are compatible with a Ring alarm system. They’re also compatible with the following:
- Amazon Alexa
- Google Assistant
- Samsung SmartThings
- Z-Wave (includes some Schlage and Yale locks)
- Some products from Kwikset, GE, Leviton, First Alert, Ecolink, and Dome Sirens
Sadly, Ring doesn’t work with Zigbee protocol.
Ring Pro installation
Here’s how you install the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.
Ring says you can get this baby installed in five minutes. We haven’t been able to verify if this is true. It doesn’t seem like the most reasonable claim since the Ring Pro is hardwired.
If you’re worried about not being able to hear your doorbell from everywhere in your house, we suggest adding a Ring Chime Pro during installation. It’ll extend your doorbell chime sound further (but add more time to the doorbell setup).
Ring Pro installation steps:
- Remove existing doorbell
- Download the Ring app
- Plug in the Chime Pro (if you’re using it)
- Set up the Chime Pro with the app
- Find a nearby outlet
- Run the wires from the outlet to the doorbell
- Install anchors (if you’re using them)
- Remove the doorbell faceplate
- Connect the wires to the doorbell
- Plug in the power adapter
- Set up the Ring Video Doorbell Pro with the app
- Replace the faceplate
After the installation, you can use your Ring app to further adjust the motion detection zones and cloud recording settings.
Ring Pro customer experience
Ring’s privacy (or lack thereof) is the one thing that makes us hesitate.
Last year, there was a lot of splash about Ring’s approach to privacy. Some consumers worry that Ring’s security measures aren’t strident enough.² Others question potential police access to users’ cameras.³ And some are understandably unhappy that Ring employees may have watched them for four years.⁴
That’s not to say that Ring products are necessarily unusable. We just caution potential buyers to weigh these security risks before getting the Ring Pro doorbell or any other Ring camera.
Recap: Is Ring Pro good?
Ring Pro’s a good product, but it’s not for you if you’re concerned about Ring’s privacy policies.
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a dependable doorbell option with some extra, useful features. If you’re ready to pay a little more than you usually would for a doorbell, we think you should go for it.
The one caveat: if the news about Ring’s questionable approach to privacy leaves you feeling icky, you should go with another brand.
Is your house ready for Ring Pro?
To use Ring Pro effectively, you need fast internet and a reliable cellular connection to access your doorbell from anywhere.
Recommended internet plans
Ring’s support suggests an internet upload speed of 2 Mpbs for the best experience possible.¹ We’ve rounded up some plans that might meet that threshold. Of course, keep in mind that if you have other devices on the network, you’ll want greater upload speeds so nothing slows down.
Recommended mobile plans
What good is the Ring app if you can’t use it from far away? You want the best data plan possible so you never lose contact with your Ring Pro.
We always recommend unlimited plans so you don’t have to worry about eating up data. Of course, if you go somewhere with bad reception, your doorbell may be inaccessible regardless. You might want to check with your provider before you leave town so you know what kind of home access you’ll have.
- Ring, “Improving Your Ring Device Connectivity”
- New York Times, “Somebody’s Watching: Hackers Breach Ring Home Security Cameras”
- CBS News, “Doorbell Cams Raise Privacy Fears and Concerns about Bias”
- Business Insider, “Ring Said It Has Fired Four Employees for Abusing Access to Customers’ Video Footage in the Past Four Years”
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