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Ring Pro Review

I finally got my hands on the newest version of Ring video doorbell, and here you can find full Ring Video Doorbell Pro Review.

Features

  • HD Video – 1080p full HD
  • Motion Sensor – Multi-zone motion sensor where you set up zones to track.
  • Live Monitoring – You can view the live stream, finally improvement comparing to the first generation.
  • Cloud Video Recording – Ability to record videos and store them up to 6 months. 30 days trial and then $3/month.
  • Night Vision – Infrared LEDs help to see bright and clear at night.

 Requirements

  • Power: 16 – 24 VAC, with an amp rate of 1 to 1.5.
  • Wi-Fi: compatible with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz up to 150 Mbps.
  • Mobile Device: iOS or Android cell phone with Ring app installed.
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Ring vs Ring Pro

There are many differences between ring pro vs ring doorbell models. First what you will notice it’s smaller modern design with 4 interchangeable panels so that you can match with your color house design.

Another big difference is camera resolution. Now Rind doorbell comes with full 1080p HD camera and plus infrared LEDs. Yes, you can see bright and clear at night.

Ring vs Ring Pro
Ring vs Ring Pro side view

Also now it supports 5Ghz wi-fi network. What does it mean for you? If you have wireless router supporting it, then you will have better speed, and less people will use the same frequency.

The new version comes with some negative impacts.

For example, because it does have slimmer design it doesn’t have battery anymore and you require to have external power adapter to power up the doorbell.

Ring

Ring Pro

Video Doorbell

Ring

Ring Pro

ImageRing Wi-Fi DoorbellRing Pro Video Doorbell
Video Quality720p1080p
Field of View, degree180º160º
Motion DetectionControl the sensitivity on predefined motion zones.Draw and create custom shaped motion zones.
BatteryYesNo
Connects to existing doorbellYesYes
Wi-Fi Connection2.4GHz2.4 + 5GHz
Size, in4.98 x 2.43 x .874.50 x 1.85 x .8
Weight, g233272
Design34
Easy Installation55
Video Quality34
LivestreamN/A4
Motion Detecting45
Night Vision34
Audio Quality55
Apps55
Cloud Storage44
Integration44

Our Rating

3.6

4.2

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Below you can see day and night video images from Ring and Ring Pro video doorbells.

Day time video: Ring doorbell on the top and Ring Pro on the bottom.

Ring Doorbell In Day Time

Ring Pro In Day Time

Night time video: Ring doorbell on the topand Ring Pro on the bottom.

Ring Doorbell - Night Time

Ring Pro Doorbell - Night Time

Review

Installation

The installation not just plug and play, but pretty simple thanks for the installation paper and video guides Ring provides which comes handy. They got rid of the battery, and now you don’t need to worry to recharge it every 6-12 months, and you will need just to connect it either to your existed doorbell or another external power device.

Ring Pro Video Doorbell Installation

Ring Pro Box

Ring Pro panels

It also comes with advanced power kit which will help to get enough energy to power the doorbell. I installed doorbell with 16VAC 1.25 Amp power transformer and added advanced power kit in the middle between the power adapter and doorbell. You don’t need to cut any wires because Ring provides all tools to just clip wires together and doorbell will be ready for use.

Video Quality

Ring Pro comes with full HD camera which is the nice upgrade, and many customers wanted to have better video quality because sometimes you can’t see the face of the person by your front door. The video is clear with minimal pixels showing up sometimes and small video delays (about 0.5-1 second), but I bet my Wi-Fi networks isn’t perfect, and it’s time to upgrade it.

Ring Pro In Day Time Ring Pro Doorbell - Night Time
And finally, the new version supports stream live view. You can see whats going on in from of your door in anytime and it will record video in the cloud for future viewing.

Also, they upgraded night vision, and now it’s full infrared LED in place, and you can see at night far and clear.

The only thing I didn’t like it about the Pro version, it’s viewing angles they are a little bit smaller here probably because the size of the doorbell is slimmer and this why this couldn’t integrate the camera with 180 degrees viewing angles.

Honestly, I still prefer Skybell HD video quality because it’s crispy clear and at night you can get colorful video thanks to bright LED on the top of doorbell which makes a total difference at night.

Audio Quality

The two-way audio quality is just perfect. Not only it doesn’t have any delay, but it also has noise reducing function which is great if your house located on the busy road or area. From all doorbells I have tested, this has the best audio quality.

Compatibility with Other Devices

The new version doesn’t have any differences with the previous version because it’s all about software/app that it is using. It has the same compatibilities, and they are improving it every day.

It can integrate and work with many different smart home gadgets. You can connect to smart locks like: Kevo, Lockstate, Kisi, Lockitron and go to the supported app right through the video feed and open your door. Also, You can connect to Wink and Wemo systems to turn on/off light switches and outlets.

Competitions

Top Smart Doorbells

Main competition on the market is Skybell HD. Despite Skybell has better day/night video quality Ring Pro has better audio and software. In my testing Skybell app, multiple times stuck and weren’t able to connect to the doorbell.

Other doorbells like Ring video doorbell and August doorbell cam aren’t even close to competing with it by quality because the first generation of Ring doorbell has only 720p camera, and August model has 960p camera and also currently doesn’t support motion detecting

Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • HD video quality
  • Better night vision
  • Can setup areas to track motion detection
  • Live stream view
  • Smaller design
  • Interchangeable panels
  • Support 5Ghz WiFi

CONS:
  • Viewing angles smaller than the first generation
  • Unable to configure sensitivity of motion detection
  • No battery only works with existed doorbell wires or external power

Conclusion

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I hope this Ring doorbell pro review was helpful to you to decide and compare with other models. If you want to have better video and motion detecting feature, then I suggest Pro version. If you don’t want to deal with wires and prefer to charge the battery once or twice per year, then the first generation will be a good choice too.

Don’t forget to check Skybell HD vs Ring Pro vs August Doorbell article where I compared each doorbell side by side.

Let me know if you have any question regarding Ring Pro in comments below.

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8.5 Total Score
Almost Perfect Smart Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell Pro almost perfect doorbell on the current market.

Design
8
Video Quality
8
Motion Detecting
9
Night Vision
8
Audio Quality
10
User Rating: 3 (34 votes)

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32 Comments
  1. Reply
    Louis Vitale October 21, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Hi
    Really appreciate your review
    Question where does the advanced power kit mount
    Also can a phone wire power it?
    Thank you

    • Reply
      Casey Miller October 21, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Hello Louis,
      This is the interesting question!
      Phone line provides around 90V AC and power kit should stabilize the power and output optimal power to Ring Pro doorbell.
      I didn’t test it myself and I think it’s better to contact Ring support and see what they will answer, to be safe with warranty.

  2. Reply
    Gordon Fath October 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Hi, Thank you for the review of the Ring Pro. Is this an IP camera? I would like to integrate this item with my home IP security cameras and add it to my multi camera display.

    • Reply
      Casey Miller October 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Hello Gordon,
      Yes, Ring Pro is an IP camera.
      I didn’t connect it to other camera systems, but I am sure there are diy methods available.
      I will try to do it myself in future and write blog post about it.
      Let me know if you able to figure out and share your results!

  3. Reply
    David November 3, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Thanks for the great review Casey. I bought the RING PRO doorbell while shopping at Best Buy. I usually read through reviews like this before I buy something but I’m happy that my pick this time around was exactly what I was looking for and has most of the features I’m looking for. Your review made me feel very positive about my decision so thank you for that!

    My question is what video profile would I choose if I were to connect to the cameras (I also have the RING CAMERA installed out back). Very interested in doing as Gordon and others have mentioned and connecting through direct IP. Thanks and keep up the great work!

    • Reply
      Casey Miller November 3, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Hello David,
      I am glad my review helped you.
      Can you please explain what do you mean by video profile?
      Video quality?
      Best Regards,
      Casey

  4. Reply
    steven M November 29, 2016 at 6:58 am

    does any of the door bells have a slot for SD card for internal memory?

    • Reply
      Casey Miller November 29, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Hello Steven,
      No, doorbells don’t come with SD card slot because it will be easy to steal the card and video data on it.
      This why all video stores online. Even if robbers will steal your doorbell, you still can see video online.

  5. Reply
    Hales December 6, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Hi,
    Great review…this close to purchasing, but…will it hold up to Canadian winters?
    Hales

    • Reply
      Casey Miller December 19, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Hales,
      Manufacturer recommends operation temperature between -5F to 120F, when Skybell HD can operate in lower temperatures: -40F to 140F
      Regards,
      Casey

  6. Reply
    dhws December 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    hello Casey: We live on a private street where there is a lot of foot traffic and some cars but the street is close to the front of the house. Is there any way to control the sensitivity of the motion detector?

    Thank you

    DHWS

    • Reply
      Casey Miller December 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Hello DHWS,
      You can control sensitivity on Ring Video Doorbell.
      The Ring Pro only gives the ability to set up the motion detector zones.
      If you are looking for better video quality compared to the first generation Ring doorbell then I suggest you get Skybell HD, it has motion detector sensitivity control.
      Regards,
      Casey

  7. Reply
    Michelle L. January 22, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Great comparison, Casey! I received the Ring Doorbell as a Christmas gift (per my wish list) and did not know there was a newer, smaller version (Ring Pro). I am debating exchanging my Ring for the Ring Pro. I have not installed the Ring, only charged it, downloaded the app, and played with it a little inside the house to gain familiarity with the app and the features. Here is my biggest question for you: when you show your images above comparing the Ring and the Ring Pro, you show a daytime picture where the Ring Pro is much clearer and far better quliaty. However, in your nighttime picture the picture on the right (labeled as Ring Pro) lacks color and is not nearly as crisp & clean as the (Ring) picture on the left.
    Is it correct the the Ring picture is the one on the left (clearer, crisper, more colorful, larger view), and the picture on the right is the Ring Pro? I’m hoping it’s a mistake and the pictures should be swapped.

    • Reply
      Casey Miller January 22, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Hello Michelle and thank you!

      Yes, the pictures are correct.
      The Ring Pro comes with infra-red night mode which is black and white like in professional security cameras.
      And infra-red vision actually more crisp and will have better details in the area without external lighting because has better resolution 1080p vs 720p.
      On this particular images there were external lighting from the walkway near the door and Ring (non-pro) got better image.
      If you are worried about night time vision then I suggest to you to get Skybell HD, it has better night vision because of external LED very bright.
      Otherwise, first generation Ring Doorbell is good beginner choice.

      Please let me know if you have any questions.

      Regards,
      Casey

  8. Reply
    H A lewis January 27, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Hi. Thx for the great review!
    After easy installation of a ring pro, the resolution sucks. It’s like blurry, like a piece of Saran Wrap is over the lens (yes, I took their protective wrap off). Is there another? Anyway, why is it so unclear as well as overt silhouetting.

    • Reply
      Casey Miller January 27, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Hello H A Lewis,

      This is weird. Maybe your internet upload speed isn’t fast enough.
      How fast is your internet upload speed?

      Regards,
      Casey

  9. Reply
    Stevo January 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I’ve been using the Ring Pro for a month and after working out some early bugs, I love it. One of my early issues that people really should be aware of before purchasing this is their internet provider’s download/upload speed. I was on AT&T’s 18Mbps plan which is not a basic plan at all and my upload speed was hovering just below 1.0 Mbps. This was causing my motion detection video to cut out after only about 3-4 seconds leaving only audio for the rest of the usual 30 second video. My live video feeds were also pix-elated. After reading the Ring troubleshooting, I realized the minimum upload speed recommended is 2.0 Mbps and I was well below that. After upgrading my plan, this device is just about flawless and exactly what we wanted in a household security device. Users should really be patient if they are experiencing problems with the video. It may not be the device itself. It’s well worth it.

    • Reply
      Casey Miller January 30, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Hello Stevo,
      Thanks for info about upload speed.
      I heard about this issue, but didn’t have it because I have fast download/upload speed.
      Thanks again!
      Regards,
      Casey

  10. Reply
    Robert Lehrer February 3, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Well-done review, Casey. Thanks. I’m unsure about the adjusting motion settings on the Ring Pro compared to the original Ring device. I have two questions:
    1. can I decrease or increase the range on each model?
    2. can I turn on or off 6 of the motion zones on each model?
    Thank you.

    • Reply
      Casey Miller February 4, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Thank you Robert!

      Motion sensor sensitivity only adjust on regular Ring Doorbell.
      And in Ring Pro you can specify with which area exactly you want to set it up.

      To answer your questions:
      1. Only in Ring Doorbell
      2. Again only in regular Ring Doorbell. Ring Pro only will detect motions in specific areas which you will specify.
      Please let me know if you have questions. And let me know which model you choose.

      Regards,
      Casey

  11. Reply
    Gustavo March 1, 2017 at 10:59 am

    In either of them , When someone rings the door is there a bell that can be in the house in case your cell is on silent?

    • Reply
      Casey Miller March 2, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Hello Gustavo,
      Yes, you can get Ring chimes for Ring and Ring Pro.
      They are wireless and you can place them anywhere in the house.
      Regards,
      Casey

  12. Reply
    Meg March 8, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Great review! I’m looking at Ring Pro…… BUT! What if my existing doorbell is mounted on the SIDE of the house, at a 90 degree angle from the door?

  13. Reply
    MeHu March 19, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Hello,

    I have the ring now and am considering upgrading​ to the pro. The major problem I have with the ring is the lag time for the video to start. I can have ups come to my door leave a package and the video starts when the truck is pulling away! It just did defeats the purpose. How is the sensitivity and lag time with the pro?

    • Reply
      Casey Miller March 20, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Hello MeHu,

      I didn’t have this issues with neither doorbells.
      Remember, it all depends on your wireless network signal, internet download/upload speed.
      And Ring Pro motion detector more sensitivity.

      Regards,
      Casey

  14. Reply
    Mark Abraham March 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I currently have a skybell ver 2.0. I am ready to upgrade. My question is which one had a louder speaker so the person on the porch can hear me better.

    • Reply
      Casey Miller March 22, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Hi Mark,
      Yes, Ring Pro has loud and better audio quality than Skybell HD and of course Skybell 2.0.
      Regards,
      Casey

  15. Reply
    El April 4, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Hi
    Will the ring Pro or Basic Ring effect my existing Cox Home wireless alarm system?

    I have a camera from them yet it is very obscure & mounted by front door high in an area that can’t be moved-so I am thinking of installing a ring system for better facial recognition
    Also~ does the ring pro or basic Ring come with a door bell chime for my inside Door bell- or do I need to hard wire it to my existing door bell for the chime to work inside?

    I have a very skinny area where my doorbell is now mounted..therefore A ring Pro would fit better if it covers my existing bell area..Hope this makes sense.. I suppose I can disconnect my door bell & put the ring in a new area if possible

    Thank you for your time

    • Reply
      Casey Miller April 5, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Hi El,
      Neither of them won’t effect your wireless alarm system.
      The Ring doorbell you can power up with just a battery, but Ring Pro required hard-wiring to existed doorbell.
      And yes, when you hard wire it then it will work with existing chimes.
      The other way is to buy Ring chimes which aren’t expensive and no need wires.

      Sound like you can just get Ring Pro and wire it old wires. And yes, Ring Pro is way smaller than original model.

      Regards,
      Casey

  16. Reply
    Marivonne April 17, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I have a regular Ring doorbell (not Pro). I hate that whenever it loses connection with my Wifi, I have to unscrew the unit, dismount, bring inside, connect to USB long enough so it can reconnect to my Wifi, then go back otaide and reinstall. This is so ridiculous. Right now mine is off of my Wifi and the battery says it’s 100% charges. My question: can the Ring Pro automatically reconnect to your network, like after a power outage, for example? This is ao stupid.

    • Reply
      Casey Miller April 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Hello Marivonne,
      Yes, it can.
      It will reconnect automatically. It can failed sometimes as well, but you can click reconnect button from the app.
      If you changed wifi password or your router then you will need to re-setup the doorbell. You don’t need to unscrew it. Just pull out the front panel and press side button.
      Regards,
      Casey

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