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Topic # 185556 27-Nov-2015 11:14
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Browsing for a good Door Bell solution and found this. 

https://ring.com/
Has anyone here have this, any comments or alternative suggestions? 

Thanks


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  Reply # 1435938 27-Nov-2015 11:34
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I would prefer to get one of these...(they make tea as well).





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  Reply # 1435941 27-Nov-2015 11:36
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I've been looking at these, theres a few around

chui 
august
skybell
doorbird

Chui looks like the best IMO with the API support, but still not shipping yet, so I've been holding off on getting on.
Reviews of skybell say lots of connection issues and poor quality video.
Doorbird looks huge.
Ring, no API.

For these types of things you really must provide an API, so you can hook it up to your home automation system.  E.g. while watching tv, doorbell rings, tv pauses and switches to the door bell feed so you can see who it is.  Or even a PIP still pops up.

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  Reply # 1435943 27-Nov-2015 11:42
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I reckon this would be cool(er)
www.getkuna.com/



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  Reply # 1435956 27-Nov-2015 11:57
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Thanks for those alternative links .. I am not sure what I can do with an API support as of now. 
Ring sounds easier and it provides one year battery and lifetime replacement if stolen which is appealing. 

Doorbird is good as well, just reading about it now. 

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  Reply # 1435959 27-Nov-2015 12:01
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API opens it up to the internet of things, meaning it could support future devices.  This sort of thing really is something the home automation crowd would be interested in, so they really need to provide an API.



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  Reply # 1435960 27-Nov-2015 12:08
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Yep, agree if I know what I am going to do with it. This is my first gadget at house. 

I think Doorbird is better than Ring - however

Doorbird is very expensive compared to ring. 
Secondly, doorbird and the rest require power supply. 
Ring works for a year on a single charge and easy to install. 
and for 199 USD plus 29 for Chime for home, it sounds appealing :) 

The above are my factors for opting ring. 

reven: API opens it up to the internet of things, meaning it could support future devices.  This sort of thing really is something the home automation crowd would be interested in, so they really need to provide an API.

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  Reply # 1436113 27-Nov-2015 15:30
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freitasm: There are a few other doorbell on Amazon as well - including Ring (with our aff link).


Thanks for that. Still deciding on it and when I am buying will surely use the above link :) I prefer to order from Amazon.

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  Reply # 1436139 27-Nov-2015 15:51
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maxeon: Yep, agree if I know what I am going to do with it. This is my first gadget at house. 

I think Doorbird is better than Ring - however

Doorbird is very expensive compared to ring. 
Secondly, doorbird and the rest require power supply. 
Ring works for a year on a single charge and easy to install. 
and for 199 USD plus 29 for Chime for home, it sounds appealing :) 

The above are my factors for opting ring. 

reven: API opens it up to the internet of things, meaning it could support future devices.  This sort of thing really is something the home automation crowd would be interested in, so they really need to provide an API.


Agree with your analysis. Saw ring on Engadget (or similar) a week or so ago and liked it for the reasons you set out. Still thinking about whether to proceed or not.

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  Reply # 1436176 27-Nov-2015 16:46
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I've got a Ring and the accompanying Chime (wall-plugged wifi chime/speaker) as well.

Very happy with both and the company/team behind it.

A bit of history, the Ring is actually their Gen 2 device. I signed up for the Kickstarter campaign for the "Doorbot" device. It worked ok but was a bit slower and less features.
Then Doorbot re-branded to Ring (same company) and sent a free Ring device if you paid the shipping.

Also lucky for me, I opted to be a Beta tester so they sent me the Chime for Free and gave me unlimited Video cloud storage for life.

As for features.
The built-in motion sensor is definitely handy and adjustable from your smartphone.

Picture Quality is good, as is the build quality - a fair bit better than the original Doorbot as they changed streaming formats.

I'm on ADSL2+ but I purposefully moved to Annex M to give me slightly better upload speeds (0.8Mbps vs 1.5MBps)

The response time when the device is triggered (either motion or button) to the push notification on your phone is pretty good, especially considering how far away we are from their data centers.
With Fibre or VDSL this would possibly be better but I'm certainly happy (and so is the Wife) with how responsive it is now just with ADSL2+.

I highly recommend the Chime unit. It's faster than the push notification to your phone (local Wifi vs cloud push to Apple/Android). Also means if you're phone isn't handy, you still know if there is motion or the doorbell has been pushed while at home.

Battery Charge, not sure if it would last a year... I'm on the beta firmware stream so they focus on new features rather than battery life until the kinks are worked out.

Ease of install - very easy if you just want to use battery. If you want constant power, you have to have a wired doorbell.. even then, it's not too hard.
Install Tip - PRE DRILL your screw holes else you'll shear off the heads.

Hope it Helps!





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  Reply # 1436327 27-Nov-2015 21:05
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Wow. That's great. Thanks for the detailed review and analysis.


SilentOne: I've got a Ring and the accompanying Chime (wall-plugged wifi chime/speaker) as well.

Very happy with both and the company/team behind it.

A bit of history, the Ring is actually their Gen 2 device. I signed up for the Kickstarter campaign for the "Doorbot" device. It worked ok but was a bit slower and less features.
Then Doorbot re-branded to Ring (same company) and sent a free Ring device if you paid the shipping.

Also lucky for me, I opted to be a Beta tester so they sent me the Chime for Free and gave me unlimited Video cloud storage for life.

As for features.
The built-in motion sensor is definitely handy and adjustable from your smartphone.

Picture Quality is good, as is the build quality - a fair bit better than the original Doorbot as they changed streaming formats.

I'm on ADSL2+ but I purposefully moved to Annex M to give me slightly better upload speeds (0.8Mbps vs 1.5MBps)

The response time when the device is triggered (either motion or button) to the push notification on your phone is pretty good, especially considering how far away we are from their data centers.
With Fibre or VDSL this would possibly be better but I'm certainly happy (and so is the Wife) with how responsive it is now just with ADSL2+.

I highly recommend the Chime unit. It's faster than the push notification to your phone (local Wifi vs cloud push to Apple/Android). Also means if you're phone isn't handy, you still know if there is motion or the doorbell has been pushed while at home.

Battery Charge, not sure if it would last a year... I'm on the beta firmware stream so they focus on new features rather than battery life until the kinks are worked out.

Ease of install - very easy if you just want to use battery. If you want constant power, you have to have a wired doorbell.. even then, it's not too hard.
Install Tip - PRE DRILL your screw holes else you'll shear off the heads.

Hope it Helps!



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  Reply # 1437570 30-Nov-2015 09:23
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We bought a ring doorbell for work. The battery life is about 1-2 months - certainly NOT 1 year. Other than that, no complaints.

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Harvey Norman has started selling the Ring doorbell in NZ. Not too bad price considering GST and shipping cost.

http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/computers/connected-home/ring-video-doorbell.html





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  Reply # 1461041 4-Jan-2016 14:54
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billgates: Harvey Norman has started selling the Ring doorbell in NZ. Not too bad price considering GST and shipping cost.

http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/computers/connected-home/ring-video-doorbell.html



Nice spotting, be cool to see more of these pop up around the place. Wonder if they'll get the Chime as well.

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  Reply # 1461064 4-Jan-2016 15:37
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SilentOne:
billgates: Harvey Norman has started selling the Ring doorbell in NZ. Not too bad price considering GST and shipping cost.

http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/computers/connected-home/ring-video-doorbell.html



Nice spotting, be cool to see more of these pop up around the place. Wonder if they'll get the Chime as well.


Does Ring.com sell the Chime with NZ power plug?




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